Sunday, June 23, 2013

Studio Sunday - Digital Play

Welcome to Sunday and it's going to be a hot one here!  I've been puppy sitting my neighbor's dog, Chez, and between Friday night and this morning, I've taken 5 long walks with her in the heat :(  Clearly, I'm not ready for a dog yet as the older I get the more I can't take the heat and humidity.  So having to go out and intentionally walk in it is not something I really want to do :)  We won't even touch on the squirrel chases.


I spent yesterday listening to a number of really informative interviews with pattern design artists and agents on Monica Lee's site, "Smart Creative Women".  


I'm back to playing with mark making and digital collage.  For these two, I started with a paper collage that I had made and added various new layers and adjusted blending modes.  You can see one of my sticky foam stamps in the background on the second image.  I have turned that into a nice repeat pattern for a pattern collection I am working on now.  

I am developing my uniqueness and experimenting with the ways I like to create my art.  This is what makes a person's designs stand out, when you get to a point where you can really design from your happiest place.  This will allow you, as quoted by Kathy Davis, "scatter joy", that you will have to market your *ss off to make sure the world sees it and understands who you are! :)  No kidding, there is a huge amount of work behind making yourself a successful surface pattern designer and I haven't even made it out of the gate yet!

If you are interested in getting a jump start on creating your own personal imagery, definitely check out my Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVD titled "Paint, Print, Layer, Collage: Creating With Personal Imagery" that you can purchase direct from Interweave here.


Stay healthy, stay cool and have a great week!
Margaret

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Studio Sunday


Puppy love!!!!  There is nothing better!  This is Ralphy and he is my neighbor's 2nd Jack Russell Terrier and cute as a button.  His big sister, Bella, gets so excited when she sees me she pees (I tend to have that affect on dogs) but I love her just as much!  My neighbors with dogs know that they can always come to me if they need a "puppy sitter".  Someday I'll have my own :)

The loft/studio keeps changing as I adapt it to my needs.  Thanks to my wonderful "Superman" brother-in-law, I now have a platform 16 feet x 8 feet that is large enough for me to build out a bedroom upon.  The step ladder I have been using to climb up on since it is chin height will need to go as I build a version of stairs for access.  


I had to move the closet with the design wall behind it in order to accommodate the larger platform so now I need a new design wall.


So knowing that I will be spending a lot more time in front of the computer as I get deeper into surface and pattern design, I figured I would hang pin-up boards on the large wall that my computer table faces.  This way I can see my drawings or other pieces of inspiration as I work on my designs.  Next step is to hang up the boards.


These pics were taken from standing on the platform.


Here, I'm standing at the other end of the platform from where the bed currently is.  It is really big and I can't wait to lay carpet down on it and get another real bed, bureau and TV stand!


I feel like I still need a drafting table but I have enough flat table space to work on now so that will have to wait.  I hope you are all having a wonderfully creative weekend!

Margaret

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Studio Sunday and Summer Flowers

Well, we had a heat wave this weekend!  It reached the high 90's yesterday which seems a little extreme following the much cooler temperatures from the week before.  That's New England for you!  All the sun and warmth encourage beautiful things to happen like flowers blooming.  I was down in RI yesterday working with Barbara from Joggles and we took a little break to walk around her beautiful yard.  I love this time of year when there is growth everywhere and the green grass and leaves are so saturated with color it's like stepping into the perfect photograph.




I love, love, love flowers and haven't taken any pictures for a few years now even though I have a huge stash to refer to from prior photo shoots.  I am always mesmerized at how such complex layering exists first in a very neatly wrapped little package!  


I will linger and study the overlapping and shedding of these layers in different phases of the growth of a beautiful flower from perfectly round buds or a larve-like transparent sheath from which the very tip of a bud emerges. 



Now if only I could draw as well as I can see!  I think a little tracing and digital manipulation will be required to incorporate a stylized version of these beauties into some surface and pattern design.  The first part of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design has ended and the next module won't start until August.  I thought for sure they were lined up one right behind the other but this reprieve will be great as I will totally be designing up a storm between now and then.  

Surtex in 2014 is a very challenging goal and maybe completely unrealistic due to the financial requirements to be ready to show at this significant trade show but I am so willing to try and reach it!  I recently read that I should be prepared to layout at least $6,000 between the trade show booth, pre-show marketing, professional website design, and products, copyright, banners and more from my designs.  It's going to require more work than I have ever tried to accomplish on a deadline, but it is a year and I've proven before I can get a lot ready in a short period of time.

Through this process, I will be finding my "voice".  I believe my first designs/collections will truly reveal my design style as I try to pull together the different types of elements and styles that I'm inspired by and give birth to the eclectic mix I anticipate.  

Happy June everyone!
Margaret