Inspired By - Vikings

I have Viking in me (according to my 23 and Me results). But that’s not the only reason I’ve been fascinated lately. It must be from my current obsession with the show Vikings and the trip I made to Iceland a few summers ago. I’ve always found Nordic cultures, along with their folk heritages and design so special. It probably goes back to my youth growing up in Northern Europe, i.e. Germany and Finland. (I’m also completely obsessed with “Scandi-Noir” crime dramas, but that’s a whole other discussion. Hit me up if you want a list of the best).

The images I collected for inspiration give me a feeling of beautiful craftsmanship, cold and ice, and dark days; and and that’s what my inspiration board is. A collection of images which excite and inspire me to feel a certain way, and in turn influence my designs.

What is your latest obsession or inspiration for your designs?

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APRIL INSTAGRAM FAVE - CHLOE HILL

If you want some quirky and colorful style in your feed. Check out Chloe Hill my latest favorite fashionista to watch.

Trend Forecaster Mirella Bruno

Mirella has been my favorite trend forecaster to follow for many years now. Whenever I need a glimpse into what is going on and what is coming up in the trend world, I look to her incredible compositions. I could really scroll through them for hours and hours. She has the most incredible eye and her work is lush and vibrant, always telling a bold story. Here are a few examples—enjoy this feast for the eyes! See more of her wide scope of work here.

Artist Spotlight: Rafaela Mascaro

I found a bold print of the the Brazilian artist Rafaela Mascaro on Pinterest and had to investigate to see more. And oh boy, is there more! You know I’m drawn to bold and colorful art especially if it includes patterns and that is exactly what these are times 10. Click link above to see more from this versatile artist and click on images to purchase prints.

Currently Coveting

Here’s a little bit of my own inspiration for the week. I was really struck by this particular piece of art by Sally West. It has stayed in my mind for a few days now and I wanted to share. I think I’m most struck by how spare, yet bold the strokes are. It’s just a bunch of little blobs and smears of color on a canvas, yet you feel the brightness of a blue sky beach day immediately.

It makes me want to practice using fewer strokes for greater impact; a good creative challenge for the week!

Trending: Big Cats

I’m really into big cats and big cat patterns like dots and spots and stripes. I’m seeing them in art, on runways, everywhere! And I love it. Here are a few favorites from my Big Cats Pinterest board. Click through the images to see more from these artists.

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My Fabric is Real!

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If you get my quarterly newsletter this may not be new news to you. But for everyone else, I have an exciting announcement: I have fabric! This has been a long-time dream of mine to be able to offer my designs on fabric and it is finally here! There are currently 50+ designs, in multiple colorways and 20 different types of fabric to choose from. More designs are added regularly so be sure to come back often.

I am partnering with a sister company of Canwil Textiles called Canvas ETC. They are a U.S-based, minority woman-owned company, that has served as a wholesaler to many businesses since 2002 and now is offering retail services catering to makers and crafters.

They are based in Auburn, GA with their facility for printing in India, where they adhere to high environmental standards in reducing waste and lowering carbon footprint. They also offer cut and sew services which are realized in Blue Ridge, GA so they can help you complete your individual projects, all made in the U.S.

If you have questions about anything you see on the site, just let me, or Canvas ETC, know and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request; and if you love a design that you don’t see on their site, just let me know and I’ll do my best to make that available for you.

Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing what you do with these new fabrics!

Latest News

Wow it's been a minute since I last posted anything. I think that's because I've been happily busy with work that keeps me completely interested and fulfilled. Probably the first time in my life I can say that with 100% honesty!

Working at Old Navy has been such a wonderful experience. I just had my first designs show up in store and that was super exciting to see. I've learned so much working alongside an amazing group of über talented people. 

Instagram Fave - @thegreaterbombay

Rachel Lopez, a journalist in Mumbai, has taken time to record her many rides in taxis with their colorful and kitschy ceilings. Under the Insta handle of @thegreaterbombay, you can savor all the delectable patterns that she captures. The wonderful contrast of her scarves and red-framed glasses with the ceilings just adds that extra vibrancy of mixed patterns that I love. Take the colorful ride with her and enjoy the sights.

Dream Dresses

I'm obsessed with Temperly London's Summer 2017 Collection. It's so incredibly dreamy. Watch the runway show to see the dresses in action. Just when you think you've chosen a favorite, another incredible piece floats around the corner. Watch here

Temperly London Summer 2017

Artfully Walls

I am thrilled to be chosen by Artfully Walls to join their great group of artists. Take a look at the latest artwork available for your walls—wonderfully curated by their team.

Take a look here to see a few of my designs included in their Garden of Delight collection, like the one here, below on the right. You can also shop from my page here

As stated on their site:  

Our collection of beautifully styled walls showcases the art prints sold on our site, and provides looks that can be easily recreated by users on their own walls...Prints sold on our site are museum quality fine-art prints made with archival inks and premium paper and canvas, resulting in vivid and stunning pieces. Additionally, with our app for iPhones, that utilizes advanced augmented reality algorithms, users can view how entire styled walls or individual pieces of art will look on their own walls before actually placing a purchase. All it takes is a click of the "Try on Wall" Button. Once users install and sign into the app, they can view how the selected works look on their own wall.

Click through to my shop!

February Instagram Fave - Vanessa Amisano

I see lots of great things on Instagram and I follow tons of people, but Melbourne-based artist Vanessa Amisano's work really caught my eye. Her distinct style is vibrant and full of pattern which is of course, my jam.

I especially love her 100 girls project. I like how clean and simple her girls are yet also colorful and dynamic—each with a distinct style and personality. And their outfits! Don't you want to own these clothes?

Connecting with creative Instagram friends around the world is a wonderful thing that feeds my soul. Follow Vanessa's Instagram hereAnd check out her site for more in the coming weeks. 

 All images used with permission of the artist. © 2017 Vanessa Amisano

© 2017 Vanessa Amisano

Sneak Peek

My mural for Minted has finally begun!  I am having a blast helping the muralists paint my strange bird. I hope you'll stay tuned to see more in the next few weeks including a stop-motion video of the whole process. I feel so honored and excited to have a wall with my art on such a large scale in the city I love.

Me painting my corner

Me painting my corner

In progress

In progress

Chiara on the bird

Chiara on the bird

Morgan Bricca on the lift

Morgan Bricca on the lift

Celia Birtwell and Ossi Clark

My inspiration this week are the designs of Celia Birtwell and Ossi Clark. Although these designs are from the 60s-70s, there's something about them that feels so relevant today. I absolutely love the graphic yet delicate and very feminine nature of their work. 

Celia Birtwell
Celia Birtwell Rossi Clark
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Inspired by TV Textiles

A lot of things inspire my designs. Being outside and walking around town or in nature are big sources of inspiration. But on days when I'm stuck inside or just enjoying some TV time all cozy on the couch, I still can't stop myself from noticing patterns wherever I look. I have even saved a few images over the years on my Instagram feed #tvtextiles.

I love the series The Durells in Corfu (PBS Masterpiece Theater). It's set in 1935 and I am so in love with the fashion that is depicted on the show. I can't help but take snapshots of special patterns I notice as I watch. Afterward, I will look through the images and make little sketches to see a theme arise.  Attached are (blurry) examples of my captures and the sketchbook entry, then design, that followed. Inspiration has no boundaries! What's your secret source of inspiration?

One of my inspired design

One of my inspired design

2016 West Coast Craft Fair

West Coast Craft

 

Here are just a few I enjoyed, out of hundreds of vendors. Click through to see more from the designers.