Monday, December 30, 2013

Reflections of 2013

Overall 2013 wasn't a bad year. I've come to see it as a year that will lead to bigger and better things. I quit my day job to pursue my art, moved to a smaller town and celebrated my first wedding anniversary. I always knew my path would be a bit of a long and windy road so this year rendered me a tad bit impatient to get things going but art is a funny thing. Just when you feel you've figured yourself out you find something that inspires you even more. I was convinced that I was done with patterns and surface design.  I'd fallen in love with illustration, gouache and the world of landscapes and interiors. Turns out patterns and surface design are not done with me. I don't know what led me back but after not being able to sell any work I'd had a professional illustrator evaluate my work and he encouraged me to dig deeper in developing my own surface design style. My OWN style?! I suppose I never contemplated doing that before. I sat down and dug deep, did a lot of research and sketched until my hand hurt. After a few failed trials it just poured out of me. I've loved fabric and patterns since I was girl and I've loved all the travels I've done throughout the world. Every country I visit I try to find some form of fabric or fiber art, of course it all made sense. Why hadn't I seen it before? Well when you are listening to creative directors, "trends" and sales analysis you begin to lose faith in your voice. I don't think I've found my full yelling voice yet but in 2014 I will along with making a living from my art and patterns. I have any resolutions or goals for 2014 it will be that and to do everything with love and positivity. Until then I will be quietly working away in my studio, getting better bit by bit.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I Still Believe in Unicorns

This new print is for everyone who still believes in something imaginary as everyone should. I believe it's good for the spirit to think beyond the realm of "possibility" and "reality".  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Finding that signature style

I had a lot of fun creating this piece. Nothing is more satisfying than a folk floral! I've been going crazy designing new pieces for my new website and shop and to be honest I couldn't be happier. This is the most personal work I've ever produced. There is this wall artists and designers have when they quit the corporate design world and the instructions of a creative director- like a creative identity crisis. This is where you keep making work until you find your "signature style". For me it was overspending way too much on art supplies, making many pieces that were kind of me but didn't really reflect me, which I'm guessing is why I was having a hard time selling my art.
After having an awful time trying to sell my artwork at craft shows and online I went back to the drawing board and delved a little deeper as to what inspired me and my personal tastes were.
  I decided to start designing wall art and patterns again. I'm a pattern designer first and foremost and I love art that is fun, happy and colourful. Since I did those things the designs have been coming out of me nonstop. I hope you enjoy them as well! Since the holiday season is just around the corner these will not be available until the new year in my shop. Should anyone have a request earlier please don't hesitate to contact me by email!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Prints and Mystery Creatures

These are some new prints and patterns keeping on my folk art kick with lots of new animal motifs.
In other news, I will be revamping my shop putting in new artwork and prints soon so make sure to subscribe the newsletter on my website if you desire any discounts on shipping!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pink and Black Therapy

I can't get enough of this pink and black colour combination. So much fun to look at and design!

I don't quite know how this pattern happened but it's much more fun than reality, no?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Characters

I've been designing some fun new characters using vectors, my knowledge of pattern, texture and a lot of imagination with a ton of trial and error mixed in between there somewhere. These are a start to a new direction in the surface art market I am aiming to get my foot into.