I thought I’d share my latest project with you all. As many of you know, I have been using sites like Redbubble for customers to select my designs and print items to order. It’s gone really well however I lack any control over fabrication and delivery. And the sites take the lions share of profit whilst the artist gets next to nothing. I don’t mind if it’s things like phone cases and products I can’t make myself. I can, however control totes, purses, scarves and cushion covers. I have sourced ethical printers and a local manufacturer who will produce small runs for me. It means I can choose better fabrics, control the actual physical look of the item and know where it’s made. So here is a taster of the type of bag I will have for sale on my website. (Photo taken by the talented Jody Potter.)
It’s been a while since my last post. Apologies but I have been really busy getting my fabrics printed and having items such as totes, scarves, pouches and hair accessories made.
Anyway I have a favour to ask you. I have entered a very big design competition run by the Met Museum in New York. The top designs voted by the general public will then be judged by none other than Anna Wintour who will pick the best entries to be made and sold in the Met Store. I have long been a fan of the Met, it’s design store and Anna Wintour, for her style.
I have attached my design and it’s inspiration piece, which had to be from the permanent collection. The link to vote is above and doesn’t need passwords or memberships.
Anyway if I get into the top 10 I will be over the moon and if I get selected, I will definitely go to the museum. Any excuse!!
Thanks for your votes.
I would love your vote people, for this little sloth design I have on Spoonflower. The challenge was to design a print using sloths so I have dressed them in cute onesies playing on clouds. These guys remind me of kids at a sleepover party all dressed up for fun in pjs and not for sleep. Anyway I would love your votes. I added a coordinated plain cloud design and plain sloth design. Some purchasers like to buy the matching print for bedroom decor or kids clothing and accessories.
I love the variety of products that Spoonflower offers. An array of beautiful cut and sew fabrics, top quality satin wrapping paper and two types of wallpaper. One is removable so a perfect option for renters or stylists.
New to Spoonflower this week is this Vintage Vases design on a deep navy. I love collecting vintage glass bottles. They make good single stem flower vases. And I have entered this into a design challenge on the Spoonflower blog.
The best thing is if you’re not a sewer, being able to buy items on Roostery home in ready made home decor items. Drapes, bed linen, cushions and napery.
Have a look. I can create your own bespoke design on one of these products. Let me know if you are interested.
Designing for companies around the world has become so easy and commonplace with the amazing technology available today. And, being a self employed surface and textile artist means I can work from my studio in Sydney or be on holiday anywhere and still be able to create and upload designs. When I used to work at Longina Phillips Studio eons ago, everything was painstakingly hand painted and quite laborious to fix or alter and put into design repeat. No longer! I can create designs on an IPad that can be made to look hand painted and turn them into repeats fairly easily.
This design is one of my success stories from recent months. I entered a design competition/challenge for a New York based design company called Printed Village who create monthly challenges for their clients, who are looking for specific prints to fill a gap in their range. Textile Designers from around the globe answer the design brief, create relevant designs and upload them by a designated time for judging. The entries are chosen by the clients and designs selected are then paid for. This design was selected by Elan USA as the winner for this resort wear challenge. Very pleased to see my hard work paying off and this design is on a variety of garments. The design was also made in a pink and green colour way.
So, if you are looking for a special print for a project, I love working to a brief and happy to help. Please email me via my contact page.