This week's Spoonflower fabric design challenge was for an "illustrated animal tea towel." So, in light of the events of February 4th, 2018 and the resulting joy and pandemonium in Philadelphia and its surroundings, I present "Top Dogs".
My design for the Spoonflower Retro Bar Cart challenge (drawn in ProCreate). Inspired by these words from an 1894 issue of Popular Science: "Sparkling wine was so far beyond the old-style still wine that the two could not be compared in the same breath. The delicious and original qualities of vin mousseux are a fine color, a snap, a sparkle, and "beaded bubbles winking at the brim," a quick, fleeting taste to the tongue, an almost imperceptible bouquet, and last but not least a subtle, exhilarating effect."
This 1950s Spoonflower challenge design was inspired by the furnishing fabrics of designer Marian Mahler.
According to the Victoria & Albert museum: "Marian Mahler (ca.1911-1983 b. Austria) was a freelance artist who studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna from 1929 to 1932 and then at the Royal State Academy. In 1937 she emigrated to Britain where she worked for various leading textile manufacturers including Allan Walton, Edinburgh Weavers and Donald Brothers."
This Spoonflower 1920s design challenge entry -- Abstract Art Deco Tree motif -- was inspired by an abstract design from the book “Kaleidoscope” by the brothers Adam and Maurice Verneuil.
The designs in Kaleidoscope, were intended as inspiration for textiles and/or wall-coverings. Published in France in 1925, it was produced using "pochoir" -- a highly labor intensive process of printing that used stencils (here is a good overview of pochoir). Artists and craftsmen hired pochoir artisans to produce limited-edition journals, books, decorative and fine-art prints, and illustrated deluxe portfolios. The technique reached its height in 1920s Paris, with the works produced by the firm of Jean Saudé.
This design is adapted from a sketchbook image from the Rjiksmuseum Rijksstudio. I added graphic elements (dots and lines). The image above shows the design as a mod dress (available from Sprout Patterns), sheets, tablecloth, pillow, and wallpaper (all available from Roostery). Fabric with this design can be found at Spoonflower.
Make it into a dress to wear to marches (Fight Like a Girl Inari Tee dress with bow-tie sleeve detail front and side view mock-ups and fabric swatches shown below) or perhaps a tablecloth (Fight Like a Girl tablecloth; see below) to inspire when you write letters or call your congressperson.
This is a Forest for the Trees fabric consisting of three trees that I drew using the "colored pencils" in Procreate -- I am still being influenced by Gunta Stolzl's graphic Bauhaus designs. There are images online of Gunta's drawings on graph paper and I used a graph paper "background" while sketching. It would make a great upholstery fabric. Here it is made up as a pillow (available here from Roostery):
How cool is this wallpaper? ŽIVILI! is the Croatian word for "to life". It would make a great accent wall in any room in your house where you celebrate! Isn't this toast really like a little prayer? To health. To each other. To this moment when we are gathered together. Lift your glass -- ŽIVILI! To life!
Order this custom wallpaper at Roostery.
For fabric with this design, visit Spoonflower Zivili.
Or get a set of Živili cocktail napkins at Roostery:
XENIA is the ancient Greek word for the concept of hospitality and generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home. My nephew’s girlfriend spent a year in Kazakhstan and they brought me back a pair of earrings that inspired my “Xenia” fabric design.
Here is the finished repeat design:
And the repeat at Spoonflower:
This fabric design was inspired by the weaving patterns of Bauhaus Art School teacher Gunta Stölzl. Lots of color and texture. I used the colored pencil tool in the Procreate app.
Purchase yardage of this Gunta-inspired fabric at Spoonflower.
Use the fabric to make a Bauhaus fun dress (the Alder Shirtdress pattern by Grainline Studio; available here as custom cut-and-sew fabric from Sprout Patterns):
Or purchase the design on home goods at Roostery.
What a kick! My pussy-hat-magenta-pink "Girls Just Want to have Fundamental Human Rights" chiffon scarf is in the just-released CMYK issue of Uppercase magazine! The issue is full of the work of many talented people and pulls together so many of my favorite things (the Folly Cove Designers, Josef Albers-inspired weavings, offset lithography, typography, and fabric just to name a few). There's even a story about an innovative new ink derived from car exhaust, that turns pollutants into artistic possibilities (Graviky).
Each page and that eye-catching drawdown cover by Baltimore Print Studios is a delight that leaves me feeling "hi-res"!