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How to know what sells for you

I thought we'd switch it up a bit and talk about the business side of art.  I've invested countless sleepless nights trying to decide what direction to take my art in, but the truth is when I sit down to design I really am inspired more by my imagination than by a certain aesthetic.  I… Continue reading How to know what sells for you

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My new obsession – forest creatures

Inspired by my new art class - Aaron Blaise's Hidden Creatures of the Forest - I have become obsessed with creating little creatures and putting them into forest environments I photographed.  It's bad...like wakes me up at 4:00 a.m. bad.  Like gave me an art-related arm injury bad.  No kidding, I had to sleep with… Continue reading My new obsession – forest creatures

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My Summer Art Class

Every summer I try to take an art class that is different from what I do every day as a pattern designer.  Recently, I've been looking a lot at illustration, and I have a few illustrators whose work I adore - but I am so not an illustrator.  I am a painter - and I… Continue reading My Summer Art Class

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Cleaning up my “orphan” print files

I like to design in collections - it brings cohesion to my portfolio and allows me to fully explore a concept or technique before I move on to a new project.  Collections give me multiple options for my customers and allows me the freedom to experiment with colors and layouts without reinventing the wheel. But… Continue reading Cleaning up my “orphan” print files

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How to create an Instagram Puzzle

I'm stupidly excited that I managed to create my first Instagram puzzle.  I've seen the accounts that use these and I think they're so cool - but I thought it would be super hard to do it, so I just let it slide until tonight.  I saw someone posting that they'd sell you the templates… Continue reading How to create an Instagram Puzzle

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Filling your artistic bag of tricks

I've spent years nailing down my "signature style" - most intensely this past summer which ultimately led to months of not being able to produce anything.  Obsessing over my "style" and trying to be consistent with it sucked all the joy out of creating.  It took me a long time to get back to working… Continue reading Filling your artistic bag of tricks

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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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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