All of my yummy fruit patterns are now available as fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper in my Spoonflower shop. Link. Spoonflower is a great website where you can upload your designs and get them printed in the exact amount you need for a project, which makes it a wonderful resource for crafters and sewers. You should check it out.
I recently entered the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search (GTS). It is a yearly contest put on by Lilla and her team to find up-and-coming artists in the surface design world. I know it is going to be a great challenge and wonderful chance to showcase my work and be put in the running to win two years representation from Lilla Rogers and a slew of other amazing opportunities. The idea of a contest if very daunting to me. I entered the 2013 Fabric 8 Contest from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The theme was "Geek Chic" and my design made it to the top 100, which was really exciting and encouraging. GTS feels like the ultimate in career/life changing opportunities. Wish me luck as I leap into it with nerves and excitement leading the way.
Back in February, I signed up for the Lilla Rogers MATS (Make Art That Sells) Bootcamp. Lilla Rogers is a well respected and well known art and illustration agent. She offers great classes for those of us interested in making art a career. I had never taken one of her classes before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I signed up with the goal of adding to my portfolio and honing my illustrative style. Every month since February we received a project theme from Lilla. I have to admit that sometimes finding the time and energy between my full-time design job and surface pattern design work, can be a challenge, so I decided to give myself a break and go at my own pace with the class. I didn’t meet all of the monthly deadlines, but I do feel like having the structure of the monthly assignments and the wealth of knowledge that the Facebook group provided were a great way to stay inspired to continue pushing towards my goals. I feel like I still have a lot to learn, people to meet and most importantly, art to make, but I am confident that I will continue to forge ahead and make my surface pattern design dreams a reality.
The last Bootcamp assignment for July was to illustrate a drink as a personal project for yourself or a loved one. This is my “Ultimate Bloody Mary” that I created for a dear friend who loves all things savory. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Cheers!
I just started a society 6 account for my designs. I like the society 6 platform because you can easily upload your designs onto a variety of products. Putting the art onto a surface really brings them to life. I'm really enjoying the process. You can check out my society 6
This year I embarked on a brand new adventure! I decided to tackle the amazing world of surface pattern design. If you're not familiar with what a surface pattern designer does, we create patterns and illustrations to go on different products i.e. fabric, paper products and home goods to name a few. The real possibilities for application as a surface pattern designer are basically endless. The thought of which is so overwhelming and exciting :)
I think the first step for all new ventures has to be a great business card. I was so happy with how mine turned out. The yellow edge painting is even more epic in person! (Cards designed by me. Printed by Iron Curtain Press Los Angeles)
Hello! We are super excited to be starting the Air & Mer blog. Meredith (Mer) is a actress living in NYC and Me (Ariel/Air) I'm a graphic designer based in LA. Because of our bicoastal situation, we don't get to spend as much quality sister time together as we
would like, so having the blog is our way of staying connected and sharing all of our
fun ideas with each other. We are really hoping that you will enjoy it as well. We are approaching this blog like it's our scrapbook,so let's get scrappy with it!
~Air & Mer