Studio Update + back to school

Oh, the carousel of time has come around again and here I am at the beginning of a new school year (which will probably always feel more like the “new year” than the actual new year as long as I have kids in school and a teacher husband). I know I say every year that summer went by so fast, but this year it really did go by fast. I’m usually ready for the transition into the academic year but this year I was NOT at all. Unfortunately they don’t let me decide when these things happen, so here we are!

I’m getting back into a regular work routine while still finishing up my studio project . . . yes, that’s right, it’s not done yet. Oh, home construction projects. It’s getting close though! I hope I can give you a tour soon because I’m anxious to get back in there.

I’ve got walls, paint, and some trim. All that’s missing is a closet door, flooring, and some barn doors. Oh, and all my STUFF.

I’ve got walls, paint, and some trim. All that’s missing is a closet door, flooring, and some barn doors. Oh, and all my STUFF.

So besides my studio project, what else have I been doing? Let’s catch up!

I did a short course at the beginning of the summer called Explore Florals with Victoria Johnson. I’ve always liked Victoria’s style and the variety of ways in which she approaches her work. This 3 week course gave us a few different themes to work from with a lot of suggestions on how to explore the subject. The above collection, Wild Botanica, came out of this course and it’s one of my favorites. It was inspired by a walk I took on our family vacation in northern Minnesota. I liked it so much I turned it into my 2019 tea towel calendar design. It’s now available in my Spoonflower shop and on Roostery and finished tea towels will be in my Etsy shop (which is still temporarily closed) later this fall.

There are a few other new collections in my portfolio (see below) that I worked on this summer and I also received some fun new samples over the past few months! My first fabric collection with Robert Kaufman, Flamingo Paradise, is now in stores and the next collection, What do the Animals Say?, will be available soon! Because of the construction zone in my house I haven’t been able to make anything with the fabric yet, but I hope to get to that in the near future.

I love seeing new product samples!

I love seeing new product samples!

And now it’s back to class for me! It’s always a bit hard to get back into a good routine, but I’ll get there! I’ll be back soon (I hope) to share my new studio!

MATS A | Week 5: The finale!

This past week was the fifth and final week of MATS A and it was a really fun market: the gift market.  I would love to get work in this area. I'm a compulsive gift-giver and I love to browse gift stores and sift through the tote bags and pouches, stationery, magnets, it's all so colorful and fun and gives people the opportunity to express their personality in a subtle little way. I wish I had a little more time to spend on my project this week but it was spring break here so the kids were off from school, I had some family visiting, it was my birthday (!), not to mention Holy Week and Easter, so there was A LOT going on. I did manage to carve out some time for MATS and even with the time crunch I'm really happy with my final piece. Our assignment was to design a "hyper-lush" zipper pouch (something that could be used as a pencil bag or makeup bag - or if you're me you keep it in your purse filled with band-aids, hand sanitizer, and a few crayons). To get some inspiration Lilla asked us to explore our own personal collections.

I don't really consider myself a collector. As a kid I collected clowns for a time . . . I know - clowns! It wasn't too long ago that I had to figure out what to do with all of that in my basement storage. I often over-worry about getting bogged down with too much "stuff" (my husband and family are probably doubled-over with laughter at that statement) and I do try to control the amount of unneccessary things that come into our home. That being said, I'm still one of those people who just like "things." I hear of people selling all their possessions and moving to the woods and I have a small panic attack. I will SO never do that. Without any obvious collections I tried to look more at the things that I'm really drawn to right now, things I have a hard time passing up when I see them in a shop. Some of my small "collections" are below and ultimately I designed around small paper tags, postcards, and typographic elements, along with some fun florals.

I really enjoyed the assignment and I think I might take some elements of it and put them into a repeat pattern for fabric. It will be fun going forward to think about the gift market as another possible avenue for my work.

And that's it for MATS A! Thanks for following along. I had a great time and feel like I've got a few strong pieces for my portfolio. It was challenging at times, inspiring, supportive, and it armed me with some great information on how to get my work "market ready." Now in the meantime it's back to MATS Bootcamp and I'll be looking forward to MATS B in October!