This past weekend I submitted several designs in Tigerprinter's call for Male Specific Pattern Competition. This is the first competition I've ever submitted to and just thought it would be good experience....
I am beyond proud and so completely excited (and a little shocked!) to say that I'm one of the finalists. I love drawing and designing patterns, and the fact that a company I admire a great deal thought at least one of them was worthy??? Well... color me happy. :D
Big thanks to Caravan Shoppe for selecting TWO of my patterns for their #365patterns February round up. So blown away by all of the creativity in this group. And feeling very lucky to have the skills to participate.
#365patterns is an Instagram group that was started by Melanie Burk and and Alma Loveland as a daily creative challenge. I can't remember exactly how I stumbled upon it, but it's wonderful. It's been a challenge to find time to create a different pattern every night, but I'm super happy with my results. And, the other designers? WOW... what amazing talent and a huge inspiration for me. Funny enough, the other designers and this experience had helped me to home in on my style and the way I enjoy working. I can't believe how far I've come in a few short months! The original blog post can be found here. Thanks so much, Melanie and Alma!
So, when I started my surface design class last November, I wasn't looking for any more than the basics to design fabric for my upholstering. But I got so much more.
I've always loved to draw, but never had a 'place' where my drawings 'fit.' Until now. What a wild six months it's been. I've created so much art since the beginning of November... I feel so lucky to finally have an outlet that fits. I needed this outlet so very much.
Through the (strong) urging of a few awesome friends, my amazing sister, and my super lovely husband, I'm going to be putting some of it out into the world. I can honestly say, I've never been more nervous about anything before. I've always created, but my art and drawings have always been so personal, almost secret. But it's time.
Dave and I have owned Panorama Creative Group, a boutique graphic design and publishing firm, for almost five years - him doing most of the designing, and me on the business development side. And we have collaborated on many, many projects. My favorite being this book cover. Those colorful stamps are one of my favorites of all time.
It's fitting that we should collaborate again - so we're in the baby stages of launching 'studio pano'. Basically, we like to make stuff, and this will be where you can find said handmade stuff. It'll be some screen printing, posters, tea towels, scarves... and anything else we can think up to collaborate on. We make an awesome team, so I'm very excited to see this happen.