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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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My December organizational binge

I work a full time job in an entirely different industry from the art world.  That leaves me scrambling to create content for Instagram, get my portfolio updated (and post the updates to my artist website sandandchi.com)  Once all of that is done, I have to finish collections, design new elements, make new patterns...and the… Continue reading My December organizational binge

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Beautifully organized chaos

I love symmetry and balance.  I have a gallery wall in my living room with a collection of nautical art that has circles, squares, rectangles, and ovals all perfectly balanced with a large picture in the center.  It looks a little like this: I spent hours measuring odd shaped pictures and hunting through my collection… Continue reading Beautifully organized chaos

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Narrowing the focus of my art & design business

It's been one whole year since I started designing patterns in an organized way - in other words, actually running my hobby as a business. I've been designing for years now, but I made a shift last year to exclusively designing patterns (instead of producing paintings and illustrations as canvas works). Truthfully, it has become… Continue reading Narrowing the focus of my art & design business

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Changing it up by choosing new colors

I typically design with rich, saturated colors. I like bright and deep colors that really pop, but there are some design elements that seem to lend themselves to a more neutral color palette - and honestly, I think most people shy away from lots of color in their homes. As an artist, I am drawn… Continue reading Changing it up by choosing new colors