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
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”
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
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
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
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
I'm starting to build a new collection of textiles for a bedroom. The feel should be soft, organic, and very restful - but the bedding is going to stay completely white (there's an ultra soft microfiber duvet cover and pillow shams that must remain). In order to design something that will fit the space seamlessly,… Continue reading I’m starting a new collection of eclectic and organic themed textiles.
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…