New Society 6 shop!

December 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Just in time for Cyber Monday, I have a new Society 6 shop up and running! Now you can buy products such as canvas prints, pillows, tote bags, device cases and skins, wall clocks, shower curtains, duvet covers and more. Head on over there to see all the goodies!

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2014 Look Book Sneak Peek!

May 2, 2014 § 3 Comments

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Preparations for Surtex are rolling right along! One of the things I’m most excited about this year is the debut of my first look book – I’ve spent the last few weeks concocting mock-ups of products with my designs on them, and bringing them to life with the magic of paper craft and photography. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of the hard bound version! Keep an eye out on my website for the final PDF version to be posted next week!

INSPIRATION: Desert Landscapes

April 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Hello hello! I’ve been super busy getting ready for Surtex, and it’s just like me to try to squeeze one last collection in before the big day! This one is a desert collection – lots of beautiful cacti, interesting geos, floral shapes, and a maybe even a vicuña or two! Of course, I was inspired by my travels – this time in northern Argentina and Chile, a region where I totally fell in love the with the rusty desert hues and interesting plant forms.

New Collection: Cabin Christmas

December 3, 2013 § 4 Comments

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These are just a small sample of my newest surface design collection, Cabin Christmas! I’m currently in the process of updating my website, but I will post a link to the full collection on my site when it’s ready.

Studio Time: Color Obsession

November 13, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Choosing colors is one of my favorite aspects of creating art, and over time I’ve amassed a bounty of resources to enable this obsession. My favorite are my color collage sketchbooks (seen above). Sometimes I leave pages unfinished for weeks or months before finding the right color combination to complete the collages. Having these is like having a secret stash of mood boards at the ready! I also love to go through my old photos on flickr for good color palettes, as well as browse Pinterest for inspiration. I always take in a lot of color inspiration for each project, but in the end, I can usually find one or two images that really hit the mark, color wise. From there I work out a basic palette and adjust as I go. Below are a few of my favorite color palettes, side by side with patterns I made with them:

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Of course, there’s lots of other great resources on the web, which I use regularly. ColourLovers, Kuler, and Color Collective are a few of my favorites. I also love flipping trough the inspiration books in the paint section of my local hardware store, leafing through my Pantone book, and checking out art books from the library for further inspiration. There’s no end to the color love here!

 

Inspiration Exploration: Florals in your face!

May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

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It finally seems like spring is here to stay! Judging by the looks of my portfolio, I may have a slight obsession with spring and summer. There’s outdoor travel themed images, nature themed images, watermelons, veggie gardens…and the floral! I have lots of bright, enthusiastic florals. I’ve been seeing large scale fun florals on a lot of art and products recently, and I thought it was a perfect theme for me. I especially love the intersection of pop art and nature. Naturally I have a lot of photos of great actual flowers from my travels (I never get tired of taking photos of flowers and nature) so that made it even better!

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Tales from the Road: Cherry Blossom Bliss

April 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

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One thing about spring is that it really makes me miss Korea. Nice weather, lots of people hanging out on the Han river, Buddha’s Birthday and Children’s Day, and the cherry blossoms. Oh, the cherry blossoms! The blooming of the cherry trees is a much-anticipated event. There are websites that predict which days the trees will bloom in different regions, and people flock to famous cherry tree sites around Seoul and the country. One of the most famous places is Gyeongju, the old capital of Korea. In 2011, I went there with some friends to run the Cherry Blossom Marathon (um, I did the half). It was amazing. The whole course was lined with blossom-laden trees, musicians, and old people waving Korean flags. Afterwards, I went to see the royal tombs, one of the most scenic places in Gyeongju. This was also a great site to view another much-honored Korean tradition: boyfriends with fancy DSLR cameras taking elaborate photo shoots of their girlfriends. Cherry Blossoms bring the romance out in everyone!

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For me, that day was a heady mix of runner’s high and travel induced euphoria. The inspiration stayed with me and now I’ve created a whole collection of cherry-blossom inspired patterns, which I will debut at Surtex in May! The full collection may be viewed on my website.

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{Tales from the Road is my occasional blog series in which I share some of the better stories and reflections from my travels in Asia, Europe, and South America. This is in part to make up for terribly lazy travel blogging over the past year and half, but hey, better late than never!}

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