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4 creative questions

November 6, 2014

bonnie christine | going home to roost (2)

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.

who’s next?!

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.

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shop fundamentals

lisa jacobs from marketing creativity has recently debuted her new e-book and workbook, shop fundamentals. inside, she explains how to build a successful creative business as she shares with you her top secrets on how to become a top selling shop. if you’re ready to increase your sales and exposure, learn how to become successful and are ready to be build a shop that attracts and converts visitors into customers, then this is the e-book for you!

inside you’ll learn how to use search engine optimization, employ relevant keywords, improve your listings, get recognized, keep your customers coming back and much much more! head on over to shop fundamentals to learn how to get your shop noticed, build your customer base and get paid to be you.

lisa jacobs: site | etsy | workbook | facebook | twitter

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pattern inspiration

January 19, 2011

lately, it seems that everywhere i look, patterns have begun to catch my eye. i believe that i have become more aware of them, and have also begun to give them much thought. what it took to create them, the color palette used and what the source of inspiration might have been.

pattern inspiration

hills
pattern inspiration

love wreath

pattern inspiraiton

scandi – colour it yourself

pattern inspiration

apple blossom meadow

pattern inspiration

brie harrison

patterns inspire me. from the textured tiles on a sidewalk to how the clouds align above, to the patterned packages along the isles in whole foods. patterns surround me and they nourish my creativity.

dear friends, what nourishes your creativity?

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{maechevrette}

We don’t know where our ideas come from – but we know they don’t come from our laptops.
John Cleese

When my husband quit his job at the end of August, I had a misguided belief that I would be able to concentrate full-time on creating the business I dared to dream about. I would write prolifically, connect with power brokers, advocate for a movement towards creative living & mindful spending, and generally do great things with my time & energy because I could concentrate.

But concentration isn’t very good for creativity.

If you‚ are racing around all day, ticking things off a list, looking at your watch, making phone calls and generally just keeping all the balls in the air, you are not going to have any creative ideas.
— John Cleese

Concentration – even focused, productive work – doesn’t push us, it doesn’t make us more confident, it doesn’t stretch our ideas and play with our minds. It kind of shuts us down.

Last week, I had a bit of a breakthrough: I will not be creative & influential & wealthy & prolific sitting in front of my laptop for 12 hours a day.

Creativity requires a kind of “oasis” as Mr. Cleese puts it.

My creative oasis is an evening walk. Immediately after Lola goes to bed, I download the latest Fresh Air podcast, don a pair of shoes fit for a 20 minute walk, and exit through the front door. My iPhone connects me to a greater world as my feet connect with the uneven sidewalks.

When I come home, I don’t reach for my laptop again. I reach for a stack of Moleskines that hold rough drafts and notes. I might draft 3 posts from ideas that struck me during my walk. I’ll finish them off in the morning when my mind is again fresh. Or they may just sit and wait for when they’re needed.

We spend so much time wishing & hoping for more time, more concentration, a more conscious approach to what we want to create. But I’m with John Cleese, part of my work – in fact, the part that creates the most meaningful results – requires shutting down, creating space, freeing yourself from the demands productivity. It requires sleep. It requires selfcare.

These are the things I absolutely must prioritize to be as creative as possible (read: successful & satisfied).

Bold creativity – the kind that great ideas come from – requires work that doesn’t feel so much like work: the acceptance that beautiful things come from a place that we can’t control.

If I want to truly increase my influence & output, it’s time to honor my creativity oasis. I hope you will too.

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Tara Gentile empowers you to live more creatively and challenges you to change the world with your money on Scoutie Girl. Take her free 8-part mini course of creating more action in your life.

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etsy shop help

inspiration board

today’s post is going to take you on a little trip!  i’m guest posting for tara over at scoutie girl on how to nourish your creativity, and that’s where i’m going to send you for today’s etsy shop help article! it’s all about the things i do to nourish, embrace and support my creativity, and i encourage you to share the ways that you feed your creative side as well.  head over to scoutie girl to read nourish your creativity and share with us all the things you do that keep your creative side inspired!

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