i’m so happy that sasha from paper plane blog nominated me to join in this creative blog hop a few weeks ago. i’ve had so much fun diving into everyone’s posts and learning more about their creativity. now, it’s my turn!
1. what am i working on?
oh, so many things!
a feast in the forest: this weekend, i’m hosting a friendsgiving which i’m affectionately calling a ‘feast in the forest’. we have friends coming together to celebrate all the things we’re thankful for. complete with a bonfire social and diy hour! join us over on instagram to see the evening unfold. :)
a new website: probably most exciting, going home to roost is getting a new look! the amazing jo klima (who also did this design over 6 years ago) is doing a complete redesign for us. i saw the first glimpse of it just this week, and let me tell you it’s amazing!! you’re going to love it. i just want to curl up and live in it forever. we’re aiming to release the new site right around the new year, so stay tuned!
skillshare: i’ve been hinting at it, but want to officially let you know that i’ve started recording for a two-part skillshare series on surface pattern design! i’ll unfold details as we go along, but the course is set to launch mid-january. be sure to ask for adobe illustrator and wacom tablet for christmas! ;)
fabric: though my next two lines of fabric haven’t even started shipping yet (hello, bear will ship in january and cultivate will ship in april), it’s already time for me to dive in to designing my next collection. i’m in the early stages so i’ve been gathering inspiration, creating a moodboard, picking colors and doing a few preliminary sketches. it’s going to be simply luscious!
2. how does my work differ from others of its genre?
i think my work is unique by the way it tells a story. each pattern collection i create is based on something in my personal life and each piece has a very special meaning to me. i like to let the entire collection tell a story, but not a very obvious one. i want the viewer to dive in to each piece, read the story behind them and each pattern’s name to really allow the story unfold.
i also love to work with color and detail. my color palettes are sometimes bold, but retain a sweetness about them. i also like to mix the simplicity of geometrics and hand drawn lines with more delicate, intricate work. i love big florals and organic repeats!
3. why do i write/create what i do?
i’ll answer this question from a blogging + roost tribe perspective. i started going home to roost as a way to share the creative things i was doing in my life with the world. though i still do that, my mission has changed over the years. many of you know my journey to becoming a surface pattern designer. it was a long one, and when i started trying to learn the industry and adobe illustrator, no one was sharing or teaching about it (that was about 4 years ago). since then, i’ve set out to teach what i know. learn >> teach >> learn >> teach >> learn >> teach. you know?! so, i created the roost tribe as a place to share all my secrets. i share them there because i believe in valuing what you know and what you do. though being a member is incredibly affordable ($5/a month!), i believe in investing in your future and discussing the finer details of creativity with those who know it’s value. i don’t want to keep what i learn to myself. instead, i want to share it and in doing so, support and encourage other creatives to follow their dream. it’s a beautiful thing!
4. how does my writing/illustration/creative process work?
(and i’ll answer this one from a design perspective!) i am absolutely in love with each step in the design process. i usually begin by choosing a theme to work around and gathering bits of inspiration. i like to make a moodboard and collect things that will inspire the collection. my favorite way to do this is to take my own photos. if i want to draw a horse, i visit a farm. if i want to illustrate bits of the forest, i go for a hike. then, i can design off of my own photographs and pull colors from the for the collection as well. after i have lots of inspiration pieces, i like to roughly plan out on paper the ideas i have for about 12 pattern pieces – knowing all along that a few won’t make it and a few will be created by accident along the way. then, i start to draw. this step can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, but i draw and draw until all my ideas are on paper. next, i import all of my sketches into the computer (either by scanner or iphone snapshot) and begin illustrating them. once i have all of the motifs finished, i begin building patterns (FUN!). finalizing patterns and their colors can take a while, but it’s the most fun part! then, i send them off to art gallery fabrics and we wait for strikes offs from the mill to arrive so that we can do color corrections. once the colors are perfect, they go to production and my heart sings.
though it’s not mandatory, i would love to hear these questions answered by elizabeth olwen, leah duncan and sharon holland. if you’d like to join in, please do so! just answer these questions and tag a few other creatives to join the fun. be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments section here so we can join along!
photo by the laura b.