News - Local Porch Featured Maker

This past month I received a few industry "shout-outs" which I wanted to share. It's so exciting to discover others value your creativity. I'm still a "newbie" to my chosen creative field and despite a few successes, often times struggle with "imposter syndrome."

Who doesn't on occasion question not only their ability/skill but also wonder "will I ever be good enough." Despite working hard everyday, I keep thinking someone is going to "find me out..."

A big "Thank you" to the folks at Local Porch who featured me their Instagram feed. Local Porch is an online marketplace for makers and creatives - a smaller version of Etsy. Local Porch selected me for their "Maker Spotlight" Fun stuff!  


News - It's a Winner!


I received some good news the other day, the pattern I submitted to the "MoodyJungle" challenge was selected as the winning design! Printed Village sponsors four to five monthly challenges for surface designers. Each design brief provides the theme, a few guidelines and/or restrictions plus an inspiration board to get you thinking in the right direction.

I made a conscience decision this year to participate in more of these type of competitions.  It's a good way to stay active in the community, to get your work out to more folks while building a portfolio and with any luck, perhaps sign a contract and take home the cash prize.

This particular design as shown is rendered in an alternate color scheme which I submitted in addition to my original. Funny how those minor decisions can have a huge impact...

I'm looking forward to taking next steps with the manufacturer. My design will be printed on a scarf and will be presented to various retailers for inclusion in next seasons accessories launch. I am currently evaluating the scale at which to print the design and will be working with the art director at Printed Village to finalize my submission before sending it off to production. 

Below are printed samples of the pattern design rendered at different scales... stay tuned!




#52weeksofprint - February LookBook


The February theme was "Tea Pots & Tea Cups". This month was a bit of a challenge as I typically sketch motifs which are inspired by nature more so than objects.

I found the "Tea Pots & Tea Cups" shapes a bit harder to work with in terms of making a repeat pattern. In general, because the shape of an object is fixed I found it difficult to design a pattern without creating odd gaps in spacing. The shapes (at least the objects I selected) tended not to fit into each other well... florals and organics are a bit more flexible in terms of design as you can manipulate the shape slightly to fit your design intent and it will not look "off". 

Week 6 was a my favorite design of the month. The nesting tea cups created a nice compact motif which was more easily rendered into a pattern than the other shapes. To see all of February's designs please head on over to the new Lookbook which not only features each design but 3-4 product mock-up's of each pattern as well.


Design - "Nespolo " New pattern design


I'm excited to announce I will soon be adding this pattern and several others to my new Spoonflower shop. Spoonflower is an on demand digital textile printer that allows surface designers to print their designs on fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap in addition to actual sewn products such as napkins and pillow covers. Once I get all of my patterns formated and uploaded, I'll be ordering samples which I can not wait to share...stay tuned! 


News - February Konmari Update

I decided to tackle my basement storage this month. Of course, not my entire basement, as that would be crazy, just my excess household "domestics".

You know the stuff I am talking about...tableware, glassware and bridal gifts that although were given in the right spirit, are not really practical for the way I currently live.

Here's a few examples of what I found...
  -An electric carving knife, used once - a disaster! Tom does much better carving the turkey with a sharp knife.
  -A punch bowl with eight matching cups, used once at Matty's christening.
  -An electric coffee grinder, never used. Dunkin Donuts is more convenient, plus these days Keurig is my new best friend.
  -Barware..I think I may have had a drinking problem (kidding!) I found 8 Martini glasses and 12 Margarita glasses. I was able to donate my barware to a good cause. You know who you are!


A number of organizations accept household items including the The Salvation Army. The majority of my items (a car loads worth) were donated to Morgan Memorial Goodwill.

News - Into Production


Last fall I sold a design which was recently presented by the manufacturer to various buyers at the NY NOW trade show. The manufacturer has applied my design to a scarf as shown above and below. These marketing photos were taken for their 2017 wholesale partner catalog. I recently learned the design did very well at the show and was scooped up by a number of retailers! The scarf will be sold online and in major department stores in a few months. I do not know yet which stores specifically nor the exact timing, but if you happen to see my design "out in the world" please send me a photo, it's such a thrill to see something you created from your imagination on an actual physical product.


Desktop Wallpaper - March

I wanted to share this FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER. Rather than have several sized wallpapers, this series is available in the four most common aspect ratios for computers. The design is pulled from my year long project #52weeksofprint - a series of block printed designs.

If you are not sure of the correct aspect ratio for your computer simply find out your screen resolution.  For Windows this can be found on the Control Panel under Display.  For Mac click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen. 

To download, click on the appropriate image below and right click then set as desktop wallpaper.  If you have selected the correct aspect ratio your image should load without needing to be stretched and should not be blurry.  Enjoy

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News - Printed Village Featured Designer


It never gets old when you realize others have an appreciation for your artwork! I'm excited that the wonderful folks at Printed Village took the time today to feature one of my recent surface pattern designs on their Instagram feed. 

This pattern is one which I submitted to the "Moody Jungle" competition sponsored by Printed Village. Ironically as much as I like the design, as soon as I posted it I decided to change the background color and update the leaves. The background as shown above looks a tad too grey and the color of the leaves look "predictable".  Below is the updated version which is what I will officially submit for consideration as well as a second color pallet.  Fingers crossed!


News - Konmari January Update


For the month of January I decided to focus on clearing out my clothes closet. Although I had completed this exact same exercise once before, I realized I could still par down even more. As it turns out, I had held onto a number of pieces primarily because I had convinced myself I would "eventually fit back into it" or could not get my head around the fact that "I spent too much $$$ to just throw it out". These pieces are now all bagged up and ready for the donation center.

In addition to clothing, I am also clearing out shoes and handbags. Yes it's true, I am (sadly) parting with a number of designer shoes and bags. I've realized these are just "too fancy" for my everyday "yoga pants" lifestyle. Funny how your personal style/tastes change as you get older/retire!

Initially I am looking into possibly selling these items. I've discovered two wonderful apps which allow you to post images, set your selling price and once sold, collect your earnings. I've had great success to date and it's been really easy - I've sold two wallets and one satchel. The apps are from Poshmark and from Tradesy. If you want to check out any of my items for sale, see the links HERE and HERE.

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#52weeksofprint - New LookBook


I'm surprised at how quickly the month of January seemed to fly by, wouldn't you agree? Perhaps the unseasonably warm weather helped and the fact that I am very motivated to "getting it done". I've completed the first month of my year long project #52weeksofprint and I'm loving it! The January theme was "Seed Pods"

I have four new designs to add to my portfolio and decided to showcase each design by creating a LookBook. The LookBook features various product mock-ups which illustrate how these new designs might appear "out in the real world" Are you a buyer? or an art director? A rendered mock-up is a great way to see how these designs might translate onto your product.

You can view these on my web site HERE. Every month I will update the LookBook with the newest designs from that month's theme. The new February prompt is "Tea Pots and Tea Cups"