Uncategorized, Art, Art & Design

I finally found myself as an artist – and I was right where I left me…

Asian art has always influenced my work. From the time I was little, I looked at photographs of Chinese art that my Grandfather loved. He brought me a lacquered cigarette box when I was young because the inlaid birds and flowers were so beautiful. I collected pheasant vases in cobalt blue and ivory - and… Continue reading I finally found myself as an artist – and I was right where I left me…

Uncategorized, Art, Art & Design

How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter

I love creating textile designs more than anything these days, and the program I use most often to create my designs is not Photoshop.  Don't get me wrong...I use Photoshop every day and despite my initial reluctance to learn it, I do love it.  But since 2009, I have been using Corel Painter for my… Continue reading How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter

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The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”

It's strange how life sometimes throws you a hint.  Even stranger is the way that a certain memory is stored with perfect clarity while the rest of the same day fades away.  It was summertime, right before I went away to college and I was visiting a friend of mine.  We were standing in his… Continue reading The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”

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Creating woodblock prints digitally

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. As a method of printing on cloth, the earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220 AD. Wikipedia I wish I had the… Continue reading Creating woodblock prints digitally

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Refining your artistic style

This past year, I spent a great deal of time trying to refine and clarify my artistic voice. I really love a minimalist style and thought my art should reflect that. A concerted effort to fit my art into a very tight mold frustrated me beyond belief. I wound up being completely blocked because I… Continue reading Refining your artistic style

Art & Design, Home Studio, Uncategorized

What a Speed Design Challenge taught me

This past week, I participated in my first ever "Speed Design Challenge" and it was indeed a challenge! In fact, it might be the MOST challenging thing I've done in quite some time.  A Speed Design is just that - produce a design based on a brief in a short window of time.  It doesn't… Continue reading What a Speed Design Challenge taught me

Art & Design, Business, Uncategorized

The vision for 2020

I like setting goals for my business.  I set really lofty goals and try to hit my targets, but when I'm setting those goals I forget that life is often busy and my business goals will undoubtedly take a back seat to the really important things like family.  That's okay, though because goals are a… Continue reading The vision for 2020