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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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New Art Licensing Options

At this point in my art career, I'm not yet ready to work with an agent or studio to license my designs.  But I have been creating some new designs for different markets - like these cute bunnies for the gift bag market.  I was hanging on to my designs, building my portfolio with the… Continue reading New Art Licensing Options

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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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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

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Why there is so much orange in my portfolio

I've been going through a revamping of the Sand & Chi brand since this past summer. I've really been trying to focus on a cohesive style instead of just producing a rather random mix of patterns and prints in various forms. One of the things I did in the process was to look at my… Continue reading Why there is so much orange in my portfolio

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And now for something completely different…

 I aim for a consistent look in my portfolio - I even hope to one day have a style that is instantly recognizable as my own, but clearly I am not there yet.  As I look at the screen shot above from my artist website, I think my vibe is similar.  I aim to have… Continue reading And now for something completely different…