Postcard Swap 2014

Here is my take on a stitched postcard.  I love postcards and when I travel, in addition to sending them to friends and family, I also send to myself.  I love the slightly battered look from postal transit and I love reflecting on the moment captured on the front.  Recently I had an epiphany about time:  even though time commitments towards making my art are flexible, they need to remain a high priority.  I was in the habit of bouncing art time to take care of other things that had fixed timelines.  Weeks could pass between my ‘making’ sessions.  So the message on the front of my card is something that I repeat like a mantra several times a day to other artists and myself.

The production of the card is fairly simple – I sewed it out of pieces of muslin and cottons.  I wished I hadn’t serged the outer edge because it lost a lot of the ragged muslin edge.

Sandy, I hope you enjoy and always practice making time!IMG_2300

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap!

Another adventure in design!  I am participating for the first time in The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap! Organized by the ever inspiring Beth Kempton of Do What you Love, the swap is now in its 7th year!   I’ve taken several course from DWYL which have not only encouraged me along the path to becoming a surface pattern designer, but also provide amazing opportunities to showcase design work.

This years swap theme is Create, which can be interpreted in any way choose but we do need to include some type of stitching. I’ll post my postcard here soon as well as to my penpal, Sandy in Ontario, Canada.  Be sure to check out the postcard creations on the Do What You Love facebook page!  It’ll be mind bending!  The early posters have some phenomenal work to share.

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Pin Hop 2013 – a virtual art show

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Today is Pin Hop day! In fact, a whole Pin Hop weekend.

A bunch of really talented designers from all over the world prepared lots of great patterns to share with people who love patterns. The Pin Hop is an initiative of Tina Olsson, from Fyllayta. Her hard work and initiative were essential to make it possible. Thank you, Tina!

I submitted one collection inspired by the Midnight Garden theme.  hope you like the patterns and story I used to develop them. I found lots of inspiration from the long days of late Spring in northern California when daylight and moonlight combine to create some fantastical landscapes.

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In case you haven’t done so, or in case you want to do it again, you can go to the main pinterest board and find a print from each designer taking part in this hop.

In case you like any of my patterns, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I am available for commission or licensed work and would love to share my portfolio with you.  Please use the comment form below; the website will be available soon, I promise!

Thanks for participating in our bloghop!

Welcome!  First, for your convenience there are navigational links at the bottom of this post to take you forward, return to the previous blog or to return to the start of the bloghop.

Now, I hope you enjoy my quirky pattern celebrating the color emerald green.  I found it a difficult color since it has such great influence on surrounding colors, anything lighter looks too bright, anything darker appears muddy.  With such a rich complex color, I suppose we should expect a little diva-tude!

Emerald Starflower

Emerald Starflower

The next stop in your graphical journey is the delightful Claire Smillie!  Enjoy!

http://clairesmillie.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/lets-fly/

If you would like to return to the first stop on today’s bloghop:

http://www.patternaddict.blogspot.fr/2013/01/lets-fly-bloghop-new-year-celebratory-3.html

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If you would like to return to Jennifer Rogers studio, the last blog you visited:

http://www.jenniferrogersdesign.co/2013/01/09/come-fly-with-me/

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Drumroll please!

It’s official, the business has a name!

Scherzo Design

Where did it come from:   Etymology:  From Italian scherzo “joke, play”, from scherzare “to joke, jest” from Old Italian scherzare, of Germanic origin, from Lombardic *skerzan “to jump merrily, enjoy oneself, jest”

Noun:  (music) A piece of music or a movement from a larger piece such as a symphony; especially, a piece of music played in a playful manner, played in triple time

Scherzo.   Not only is it a word that evokes liveliness from it pronounciation, it’s meaning also reflects our design esthetic.  While design can be classic and formal, it doesn’t have to be serious.  What makes a design interesting and compelling is when a little something is included that is unexpected.  It may be as subtle as a color highlight or as overt as combining contrasting elements.   It allows the design to engage the beholder with a little wink.