New swatches of my arrow textile design arrived. I chose to experiment with neutral charcoal gray backgrounds in two values. This large expanse of cotton contains eight options I designed in various color combinations. Test swatches are important because they help you get a better sense of what your repeat will look like at scale on the fabric of your choice. My next step is to make some adjustments to the dark gray and possibly order a swatch on canvas. […]
I recently had the super opportunity to collaborate with artist Michael Slack to dream up the Chet the Cat™ and Friends line of pretend play sets. These fully illustrated, dishwasher safe sets bring the tasty delicacies of an imaginary cafe run by animals to the world of a child. Working with Michael on the project was really a bunch of fun because he’s simply got so much imagination wired in. On the phone. we’d discuss the sorts of colorful environments […]
THE BASE LAYER Ever since I stole away time with my sister’s Fashion Plates set in the early 1980s, I’ve always wanted to design my own textile, which is now easier than ever with the simple user interface of fabric producer Spoonflower.com and with the help of their online tutorials. What you see here is my pink arrow textile design, available for purchase on Spoonflower. I bought a yard of it and cut it down to a bit larger than […]
The Long Beach Press-Telegram wrote a lengthy feature about the tour, which runs today and tomorrow. I’m pictured in my studio with some of my mixed media on canvas works. Lisa Wibroe, above, points to some of her ceramics pieces in her indoor/outdoor space, also in Wrigley. The tour is an annual event and this year features 30 artists working in all sorts of mediums.
This photograph of the Arizona sky is meaningful to me because it’s where I came to be. I shot this a few years ago as part of my own personal library of source material, and here you see it printed on cotton twill. After using a water soluble sewing marker to draft my letterforms, I will embroider the phrase “What do you hear?” with cotton or silk embroidery floss.
Here’s a peek at my pink arrow fabric, now available by the yard at Spoonflower.com in a number of weaves, from cotton to silk. I drew the arrows on paper with Crayola marker on paper, scanned them, and created my repeat in Adobe Illustrator. Spoonflower makes it so easy! If you’ve ever dreamed of designing your own textile, then give it a shot. After you’ve designed your repeat in the Spoonflower Design Studio, you simply order a swatch of your […]
I’ve begun to experiment with my new Brother quilting foot which I received yesterday. Drum roll…and here we have my first quilting attempt! I walked around the house with this tiny treasure and it occurred to me how much I hate placing my eyeglasses atop a bare wood chest of drawers, which serves as my nightstand. What do you think? Maybe it could double as a little doll blanket!
Embroidery thread on cotton with photographic transfer, 2013. My sisters and I used to swing on this tire in Dickson, Tennessee.
Freehand machine embroidery is easier than I imagined. Simply lower the dog feet on your machine, remove the foot if you’d like, and get going. I recommend buying some backing interface for stability. This one was done on denim, which is pretty rigid…easy to embroider onto.