Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Little Rococco

Its time for another Spoonflower fabric design contest.  The theme this week is fashion fabrics.  This seems like an incredibly open-ended contest and I expect many entries with some very different takes on 'fashion.'  I decided to focus my design on the fashionable hats and hairstyles of 18th Century Europe and really concentrated on France in particular. I limited my palette (color selection) and tried to capture a torn paper look for each of the portraits.
Another fabric design contest is up an running on Connecting Threads, a quilting fabric vendor.  Connecting Threads asked artists to submit designs with no particular theme in mind and artists could submit as many designs as they like.  Five winning artists will then create a collection based on the winning design.  I submitted three designs, the one below, the Moroccan Tiles print from the previous post and Garden Path with Chickens.  My designs are on page 20 under 'All Categories.'
  Thanks for taking the time to vote!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Under African Skies

As you have read in my blog in the past, I am living in Senegal.  The fabric, culture and architecture of African is very inspirational for many of my designs (available as fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap and decals in my Spoonflower shop.)
The African Visage print was inspired by African motifs in wax prints as well as the theme for the Dakar Women's Group art show this year: Visage.

African Faux Lace uses the same background motifs and peanut plant leaves as in African Visage along with netting to create a lace overlay effect over the background.  Included in the second row of African Faux Lace swatches is an example of my lozenge style design, Senegal 1.2 directly inspired by wax prints.

My newest prints coming out Moroccan Tiles and Radiant Spokes have a north African inspiration. This time mainly architectural details.  First picture is of detail of the design and second picture is the view of a quarter yard, like the designs shown above.  These prints will be available soon from my Spoonflower shop.