Print & Pattern “Nature” Book Release

I was excited to hear that the latest book “Nature” by acclaimed Print & Pattern author and blogger Bowie Style (aka Marie Perkins) was released in the UK on Amazon today! I was fortunate to be included among the artists she approached. Marie was kind enough to send me this photo of the spread featuring some of my work. The left page shows my surface pattern designs Nordic Suzani Floral and Vintage Butterfly Garden, and the right page shows A Field Guide to Wildflowers. The publish date for the US on amazon.com is February 7.

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Nordic Suzani Floral 2017 Agenda

A few months ago, Bookbinders Design approached me seeking to license my Nordic Suzani Floral pattern for their 2017 agenda. I highly recommend them as a contact to fellow illustrators, as my contact Philipp was wonderful to work with all around. He recently mailed me a copy of the agenda as it will be sold later this year (link to follow).

So far they kept the original palette – these images were taken with my matching gift wrap underneath. I think it’s a very usable and aesthetically pleasing agenda, measuring almost 7 by 8 inches, spiral-bound, with an elastic closure and weekly spreads. Here is a glimpse inside this lovely little book. :)

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Fitness Contest Winner

The title sounds as if this is about a fitness competition. Nothing could be further from reality – but I did win Spoonflower’s last contest, which was fitness themed! And drawing icons representing various sports made me want to get more involved in certain sports, especially swimming, one of my favorite activities.

I’m fascinated by how many swimming badges – with different levels – one can achieve in Germany. One of particular interest to me is the almost extinct “Totenkopfschwimmer” (engl. death’s head or skull swimmer), which comes at three levels: 1 hour, 1.5 hours and 2 hours need to be swum continuously at a time. But in order to even get admitted to such a test, one needs to master less difficult levels of swimming. I like that each level gets awarded with a cloth badge that can be sewn on one’s swim suit. I included adapted versions of two of them in my design: “Freischwimmer” and “Fahrtenschwimmer”, blue and white designs in use in Germany from the 1950s to 1980s. Now I feel really old, because I remember the designs well!

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First Day of School

It is the time of year when many children are approaching school, so when Spoonflower held its “What’s in your bag” contest, I was inspired by the German tradition of giving small gifts to first graders on their first day of school. These are presented in decorative cardboard cones and taken to school that day. The gifts are meant to make this first-school-day-day-ever a bit less anxiety-inducing. Many parents craft their own school cones for their children. The cardboard base can be wrapped in fabric or paper (such as gift wrap, hint!). Here is an example of a mid-1980s school boy taken from Wikipedia:

I luckily placed in the top 10 for this contest, so here at the fabric images provided by Spoonflower. Thank you so much to anyone who cast their vote for my “First Day of School”! :)¬† It is now available as fabric, gift wrap and even wallpaper!

Camouflage Llama Family / Free shipping on Spoonflower

Last week’s contest theme at Spoonflower was llamas, for which I drew a design inspired by the habitats llamas are commonly found in. When reading about the Andes, I was drawn to the high-altitude Polylepis forests and woodlands with their beautiful shrubs and trees (and flowering cacti are found there as well).

Since my llamas made the top 10, here are photos of the printed fabric, courtesy of Spoonflower. Many thanks to anyone who voted for my design. :) It is now available on various fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap.

PS: Today, July 13, Spoonflower offers free international shipping for 24 hours (until July 14, 9am Eastern Standard Time).

Miami Beach Lemonade Stand

For Spoonflower’s recent lemonade contest, I drew a design inspired by the subtropical feel of Southern Florida. I wanted it to feature palm trees, lemon trees (and blossoms), parrots, a lemonade cart roof (like an awning), bottles, pitchers, glasses and of course lemons and raspberries. Since the design made the top 10 this week, I can share fabric images here. Many thanks to anyone who voted for my design! It is now available for sale on various types of fabrics, gift wrap and wallpaper.

Pillow by Carousel Designs

My pillow came in recently from Carousel Designs, printed with my design “Mojave Desert: Dusk & Dawn”. I’m impressed with the quality – it even has piping all around the sides. It’s nice to know that it was sewn in the USA. Thank you, Carousel Designs!

My latest fabric images: Islands & Bees

After a month of being on the road, I am back and now have some catching up to do. To my delight, my design “Islands of Hawaii: Flora & Fauna” won first place in Spoonflower’s island contest. It was dedicated to plant and animal life on the Hawaiian islands. Later in the bee contest, I was fortunate to place in the top 10 as well. Since I was unable to post anything while away, here are Spoonflower’s fabric images.