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Color + Pattern, continued…

August 27, 2015

After a bit of a break (I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to!), I want to get back to sharing details about Khristian A. Howell’s book, Color + Pattern. Khristian, if you are reading this, you knocked it out of the park–what a great book! If any of my readers are interested in getting really solid instruction and ideas for how to create patterns and collections of patterns, this book is truly helpful. It offers a glossary of industry terminology, ideas for how to get started, “assignments” similar to those one would get in design school, and all of it is FUN!

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I want to make a special note that the artists and designers who contributed to this book are really amazing. These folks are known within the industry for their style and talent. I have to give a call out to them: Jessica Swift, Mary Beth Freet, Rachel Taylor, Abi Hall, Arrolynn Weiderhold, Jenean Morrison, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Elizabeth Olwen, Leah Duncan, Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer, Stephanie Corfee, Sisters Gulassa, Ana Davis (that’s me!! :), and Ampersand Design Studio. If you are not familiar with these talented designers, click these links! I honestly can’t believe I am included in this group–it is really a great compliment.

Khristian has broken this book into sections which include everything from gathering inspiration, exploring various motifs, creating repeats, and pulling a group of patterns together cohesively. That is where my contribution comes in. I wrote about how to pull a collection together. I used pieces from my collection Dream Lotus as examples of how color, scale, and amount of detail give various pieces of art a “role” to play within a collection.

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These are designs from Dream Lotus. This collection was used by the Gift Wrap Company on gift bags and gift wrap. Coyne’s Company also used a variation of this artwork on women’s accessories and umbrellas.

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If you or someone you know aspires to create surface designs, collections, make patterns, or just wants to play around with these ideas when making artwork, buy this book. It has a flexible, board cover, so it isn’t as heavy as a hardcover, but it is still sturdy. You can throw it into your bag and take it with you as you explore for inspiration and begin to enjoy the world of surface and pattern design.

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July 9, 2015

I am sitting in the airport, on my way to the Atlanta Gift Show. So, naturally, I am catching up on my Facebook and Instagram friends. And I am glad, because at long last I see that Khristian A. Howell’s new book will be hitting shelves soon. You can enter to win a copy for yourself!

  
Whether you win one or buy one, be sure to check out my contribution to Color & Pattern on how to “Pull a Collection Together!”

Congrats to you @Khristianahowell! What an amazing accomplishment!

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Surtex 2015 Flyers

May 3, 2015

Surtex will be here in no time flat! So, I have begun to send out flyers in the hopes that lots folks will be enticed to visit us while we are exhibiting at the show. These flyers show my various art styles and offer a peek at my new collections. Hope you all like these!

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Wild Things © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Indian Paintbrush © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Bunny Patch © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Flower Garden © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Laura © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Lola Vine © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Lola Diamond © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Indigo © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Quilt © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Five Birds © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

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Tulips © 2015 Ana Davis, Ltd.

Painted Garden Melamine

April 13, 2015

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:

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Suzani Soul & Embroidery

April 7, 2015

As new spring products begin to roll in, so to has my newest fabric collection, Suzani Soul:

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Suzani Soul in Chambray. These fabrics will be shipping soon. Visit Blend Fabrics website to learn more.

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Suzani Soul in Black. These fabrics will be shipping soon. Visit Blend Fabrics website to learn more.

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.

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A suzani pillow by Madeline Weinrib.

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I found these pillows at les-ottomons.com.

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This pillow is by Surya. I can only wish to work with them someday. They have fabulous products!

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:

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A lovely embroidered piece by Charlotte Lyons. I found this in her Etsy store.

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Oh! Aren’t they charming? Also from Charlotte’s Etsy store.

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And this is the perfect gift for a little one. So sweet! Also from her Etsy store.

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:

Large Suzani Indigo EyeI 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…

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Poppy Stripes, by Ana Davis (that’s me!)

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Painted Garden, also by yours truly. :)

A Cup of Tea and a Good Book

March 3, 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

Cottage Door Press

December 16, 2014

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!

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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.

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Artwork by Jannie Ho

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Artwork by Jannie Ho

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Artwork by Dan Taylor

 

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Artwork by Stacy Peterson

 

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Artwork by Steve Mack

 

 

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