For Sale: Fabric & Wallpaper Designed by Me

These are a few fabric I’ve design and are available to view in my Design Library on Spoonflower.com. If you’re interested in purchasing, let me know. I still need to get verified before I can sell on their site. I’m not sure if I want to have customers order through me or have Spoonflower take care of everything.

Not sure in anyone will notice, but the image in my WordPress header is a partial of the Watercolor Lattice pattern (on the bottom left in the above image). The pattern looks very different when paired with a colored background.

You can find out more details about each pattern by visiting my Spoonflower Design Library linked above.

Color Inspiration, Groovy

I was eating lunch one day and went to throw the remains away when I noticed the very beautiful color pallet of the orange peels, grapes, whole wheat bread crusts, and the plate they all rested on. I took a picture,  went into Adobe Illustrator, and selected each color to create swatches. Beauty and inspiration can be found in simple things and in the most unexpected places.

Hmmm…peanut butter, jelly, and a glass of water, anyone? Oh, maybe a groovy, polyester pantsuit?

Hand Lettering

I made some fonts a couple of weeks ago using gouache and watercolor. These are the best of the bunch. I’m thinking about submitting some to the TypeGallery 2010 typeface design competition. I would refine and clean them up, of course.

I name this one The Intellectual. I was going for scholarly, traditional, but with a modern easy, handmade feel. I didn’t really care to be precise. I want to mix typeface with handwriting. Maybe I will on a next variation.

I did a simplified version in hunter green. The original version would have been hunter green with navy shading. I was feeling very preppy and or ivy league about this color scheme.

I thought about the late 1970s, summer, Florida, racing cars and their graphics when making these letters. This also made me think of vintage vacation souvenir t-shirts.

The final font has a more personal touch. I wanted to look at it as someone signature, some that has qualities to be big and epic. This reminded of the director Cecil B. DeMille…maybe because the name Emile rhymes with his last name. Anyway, I wanted to still channel old Hollywood. I would like to think that Emile is a young man with antiquated charm; he wears oxfords and vintage Pendleton blazers.

vintage souvenir tees

vintage vacation tees

new Pendleton

My Favorite Things Part 2

I have opted to think about and celebrate the things that I have and love, instead of things that I don’t have. I really want to finish decorating my room this summer. I’ve ben planning it, but never getting around to it. I just need a feel more things, like a curtain rod and some spray paint and I should be closer that ever to finishing. So here are some of my favorite things.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a garage sale with my mom and bought these three belts.

The metal belt I bought looks awesome, I can’t wait to wear it.

The fabric they’re laying on is one of two vintage wall hanging sort of things my mom bought at a garage sale. I’m not sure what there are or how they’re supposed to be displayed. I want to put them up in my room or drape one of them over my nightstand. One is marked 100% linen the other isn’t, but both feel like they are made from the same type of fabric.

Here are the cloths.

I love the how the black is used to define the image. It gives and old world, hand done feel to it.

The other cloth appears to be a souvineer from New Zealand. It reminds me of the type of state map used in my elementary school classrooms, it would list the state bird, flower, etc… The colors used make me think back to the old encyclopedias I had as a kid. The colors are bright, but they don’t feel modern. I don’t know how to explain it. Maybe it’s the cream color of linen (that has no color) of the outermost border or the retro 1960s/70s tan used throughout.

I love the illustrations on this one, and the shades of blue and green are beautiful.

A small pillow that has an illustration on it similar to antique botanical illustrations.

I use this blanket (given to me by a friend of my mother) in the winter. I love the tiny rosettes and the twisted tassels. It belongs in grandmothers cottage.

My mini library, the table it sits on is in the process of being repainted, by me, by I have yet to finish it. Meanwhile, my books are stacked in a chair. My room is looking pretty disorganized right now.

Have I mentioned how much I love the 80s? Well I do. This is The Benetton Color Style File from the 1980s that I bought at the local library book sale. It’s fabulous. The book explores color themes in relation to season, environment, or occassion, what your favorite color says about you, and how to mix and match colors and pattern.

Another favorite book of mine is The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key. I like this particular 1965 edition that I have because of the great vintage cover and illustrations.

Finally, I love my new Gola shoes! I want a gold pair next.

Fabric Jewelry

I decided to get back on Etsy and sell some things. I decided on making fabric jewelry. The pieces will be  made from t-shirts and fabric remnants. There will be as little sewing as possibly. I found t-shirts, and mixed them to make usually color combinations, showing juicy brights and light as air pastels. I wanted them to look funky, fun, and playful. I wanted to get a sense of summer and the beach.

Here’s the collection so far:

You can see the rest of the photos on my Flickr: PrairiG