Spring Showers bring New Scarves & Fabric!

Happy Spring!  Who doesn’t love Spring and flowers and birds?!  I’m very excited to share these new scarves and fabrics that are finally available for you to enjoy! I had so much fun making them over the past year and look forward to sharing a more cohesive collection next year!

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Femi Ford: *NEW* Scarves on Etsy

Femi Ford:  Fabric by the Yard on Spoonflower

Femi Ford is a Printmaker and Surface Pattern Designer living in the Hudson Valley.  She incorporates her drawings and linocuts into designs for textiles, stationary and wall art.Her prints are vibrant and organic taking inspiration from nature.  When not making art, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, gardening, volunteering or just relaxing with her family.

 

Find New Designers: Pin-hop on Saturday June 15!

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Hello! I would like to invite you to an exciting PIN-HOP! A what? Let me explain it to you!

Recently a group of designers got together and discussed how to keep the idea of a blog hop, but make it easier and quicker to find your favorite designers. The answer was, of course, a pin-hop on Pinterest! A big shout out to Tina Olsson of FYLLAYTA for herding cats organizing the artists!

On Saturday, June 15, close to 50 designers will ‘pin’ their best interpretations of 4 different themes (from an A/W 13-14 brief by Patternbank.com) to a unique board on Pinterest.
Once on the board, you will see one pattern per designer. If you like a particular pattern and want to see more designs by that artist, just click on their pattern and then link to their website/blog/portfolio. On Pinterest you can also leave comments, share, like, and save to your own favorites. Perfect for all visual artists! One of the many designers participating in this pin-hop is the super talented Sally Garner of Sarah Paris Style! Be sure to find her on the pin-hop.

The link to the Find New Designers Pin-Hop board which goes live on June 15, is (drumroll please): http://pinterest.com/fndnewdesigners/pin-hop-june-2013

I hope you can make it! For now, I present the Midnight Garden theme by Patternbank which inspired my collection of five patterns which follows.

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And here are my designs below and possible uses for them. All patterns are available for sale or license. There are also limited products available in my Society6 shop.

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STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK FOR A FEATURE ABOUT HOW I CREATED THIS PATTERN DESIGN ON http://artisticallyafflicted.com !

The Pin-hop Pinterest board is hosted by Find New Designers, a fast growing directory of independent professional print and pattern designers, found on the website http://findnewdesigners.com/ (another great opportunity to find talented pattern designers). This pin hop is organized by Tina Olsson, who sells her designs under the name FYLLAYTA, at http://fyllayta.wordpress.com/

 

Cultural Conversions Exhibit

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I’m happy to share that my, Some Days are Diamonds, fabric was selected to be included in this exhibit at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Cultural Conversions: traditional design in a digital age
March 15 – May 4
Textiles have a vibrant history as cultural expressions of ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, region, or way of life. Artistic traditions passed down over generations now inspire contemporary textiles created by new hi tech processes like 3-D and digital printing, laser cutting, and computer-aided weaving. This exhibition juxtaposes ultramodern fiber techniques with a diverse international sampling of cultural textile designs that relate to them – and illustrates the possibilities of adapting traditional forms via technological means.

 

Pattern & Inspiration

so excited to share some pics of the actual fabric i received from Spoonflower yesterday! i also am showing how the fabric started. sketches of ink on paper, scanned, arranged, and colored in adobe illustrator. i created these while taking an awesome Surface Pattern Ecourse online with Rachael Taylor & Beth Nicholls.

You may be seeing a few handmade products using these fabrics in the coming weeks! if you want to buy some please visit my Spoonflower shop. You can choose from 8 different fabrics on Spoonflower!

This one is printed on a heavy cotton twill…such a nice weight & softness to it.


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This one is printed on a linen-cotton canvas so a little stiffer.

I love how the diamonds change direction when it folds.