It is finally springtime in Chicago. Over the weekend, my husband cleaned out the garden. We can see that the peonies, lilies, and tulips are sprouting. We removed our garden furniture from winter storage, and cleaned everything off. The deck is ready! Now all we need is warm weather, and our children and their friends can play in the yard and splash around in their little wading pool.
This year lemonade and snacks will be served on my new Painted Garden melamine set. I blogged about these painted pieces the other day. Below are photos of the artwork applied to sorts of melamine items. Sturdy and colorful, this set is great for summer entertaining! The pieces do not break, thank goodness–something always gets kicked over with the kids running around. :) The artwork has fun geometric elements mixed with bright, painted florals. I cannot wait to use this set! I will update this post when I know where the items can be purchased:
As new spring products begin to roll in, so to has my newest fabric collection, Suzani Soul:
Traditional suzani is a type of central asian textile embroidery. My fabric collection is inspired by those embroidered pieces, however my work is painted rather than the sewn craft. Below are a few examples of embroidered suzani pillows I found on the internet, including one by Madeline Weinrib. If you know her work, perhaps you are as agog with it as I am.
I have always loved embroidery, whether it is traditional suzani or the more american craft interpretation. Of course, I am not an expert embroiderer. For that you must visit the likes of Ms. Charlotte Lyons of House Wren Studio. Oh, visit her Etsy shop! It is FILLED with goodies. Like these gorgeous items:
Although my embroidery needle has been tucked away for ages (and by ages I mean, perhaps 30 years), I have been painting recently. And that brings me back to my Suzani Soul fabrics. The group of artwork that makes up Suzani Soul is hand painted. Here is the original painted piece that was the starting point for the entire Suzani Soul collection:
I am glad to have my hands back in my inkpot, as it were. I have more ideas for paintings than I can possibly get done. It feels good to be making the kind of art I actually once hoped would make all day. And I am thrilled that some of the paintings have been making it onto new products.
And yes, that is supposed to be a cliffhanger. Did it work? Is anyone on the edge of their seat??? :) Well, I will leave you with these paintings, below. What do you suppose they would look good on? Stayed tuned to learn more…
Yesterday in the mail I received a postcard from the amazing Molly Hatch announcing her new book, A Teacup Collection. The book is published by Chronicle. It features Molly’s unique paintings of the 300 piece tea cup collection at the Clark Art Institute.
You may know Molly’s work in various ways: she has had many items at Anthropologie, and one of her pieces was on the cover of Uppercase last year.
I met Molly last October at the Houston Quilt Market. She too has a fabric collection with Blend Fabrics. Molly is so talented and interesting, and I am certain her new book is as charming as she is. If you or someone you know loves tea or collecting teacups, this book would be a perfect gift for them.
Some time ago I wrote and illustrated two children’s ebooks. I am tickled pink to announce that both Big Day for Baby, ABC Party, plus a new book, 123 Count with Me, will be published by Cottage Door Press next summer! They will be sturdy board books with die cut page tabs–perfect for little hands. What a thrill!
Not only am I ecstatic that my books will be real, but Cottage Door Press is working with a stellar array of artists: Jannie Ho, Dan Taylor, Stacy Peterson, Steve Mack, to name only a few. If you love children’s books, if you love adorable illustrations, if you want your little ones to love reading, you will LOVE Cottage Door Press! They have so many charming books. Below are a few pieces of art by the illustrators I mention–but this is just a thimbleful!
Find Cottage Door Press on Facebook, and get ready to be charmed as they announce their 2015 catalog and offer a sneak peek into the pages of their books.
Do you love the Print & Pattern blog the way I do? I adore it and go there all the time to absorb the beautiful artwork and charming products posted there. It is such a fun place on the internet to hang out.
I am THRILLED that Bowie included a link to my website on the new “Designers for Hire” page. In looking through the new page, I have already discovered several artists whose work I hadn’t previously known. Have you seen the work by Sarah Andreacchio? Susan Driscoll? OMG. How about Bethan Janine? Dinara Mirtalipova? This doesn’t even scratch the surface OR mention any of the artists I already know and love.
Below are just a couple images from these artists. You have to go to their websites to really understand how amazing these artists are. And check out the Designers for Hire page. All of these artists deserve to be admired!
My newest fabric collection, Equinox, will begin shipping in November. Below are close-up images of the patterns and colors in the collection.
Equinox will be on display next week at Houston Quilt Market along with two of my other groups, True Blue and Clementine. Blend Fabrics and Anna Griffin always have a fabulous booth. I am looking forward to seeing all the new Blend artists’ collections at the show. I believe that collections from Liz Macay, Molly Hatch, and Khristian A. Howell will all be on display (not to mention all the other amazing fabrics from the artists who work with Blend! Check them all out, here.).
. . . a huge range of Ana Davis designs for your smartphone or tablet! There are 15 pieces of artwork available as cases for iPhone version 4/5/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, iPad 2/3/4, and iPad minis. And, even more items are coming soon. Yay!
Check out the items at Kekacase.com.