With the holidays approaching (too fast!) I wanted to share some neat new product that I've just added to my online shop (both because some of you might be interested in the products, but also because the method that I used to make them is something others might like the try themselves).
I had a solo show this past summer, for which I developed a small collection of textile patterns - the show pieces were all large scale wall-hanging banners, but it occurred to me that I should also experiment with sewing up some retail-worthy accessories, and now is the perfect time to release them.
The summer show was titled "Birds, Bees, & Tulip Trees" and all the work was inspired by flowering plants and pollinators - some relationships were very specific (like Monarch butterflies and Milkweed) others more general (like Tulip Trees and the host of insect species that visit them). I started with original watercolor paintings and then assembled them into repeating collages in Photoshop. The designs were then uploaded to a fabric (and wallpaper, and wrapping paper) print-on-demand company called Spoonflower - and in a matter of weeks I had beautiful original fabric to work with!
You can see the pattern designs, and photos from their exhibition this summer (which was held in a large modern conservatory building of a botanical garden!) on my website:
And if anyone is interested in a pollinator themed gift - the canvas pouches I had made are really fun - I've been using one to carry my travel drawing accessories and it's the perfect vessel:
For those who'd like to give Spoonflower a tour - here's a link to my profile on the site (all patterns live in a marketplace - if you want them to - that anyone can purchase yardage from - individual artist's get a percentage of sales):
I know my work leans toward the less precise and more decorative compared to many of the more serious science illustrators in the group, but we're all driven by the same passion for the natural world, and I hope you enjoy the images all the same!
Best to everyone during what can be a stressful but also joyful last month of the year!
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