I Love Gingerbread

First of all I want to say a big Thank You! to everyone who took the time to scroll through all the wonderful entries for the recent Gingerbread Design Challenge on Spoonflower to vote. I am pleased to announce that my design 'I Love Gingerbread' was placed in the Top 10, coming 7th out of 368 entries! 

This design is now available for sale on my fabric shop 
I am really pleased with the quality of the printed fabric and it looks great!

 I Love Gingerbread Design by Kirsten Katz

I Love Gingerbread Design by Kirsten Katz

Secondly, it has been such a busy year for me between travel, family and work I have a lot of things to write about and catch up with on my blog so I will be posting updates over the next few weeks before this year ends. 

Happy 4th July, Celebrate Freedom

I am sitting here in my studio taking a short break from working on some new illustrations and designs when I remembered that it was the 4th of July - American Independence Day -  the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776 and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

A few days ago I designed and created this floral illustration in red, white and blue for The 4th July and have named it 'Freedom Flowers' and it would also be a great piece of art for Australia Day since we have the same flag colours :)    

Tulip Time Tea Towels

This evening I will be back at my sewing machine hemming my Tulip Time Tea Towels, so I am hoping for a cooler night unlike last week where here in Sydney we had temperatures in the mid 30 degrees Celsius up until 3am! Here is a little preview look at one of the yellow and pink tea towels. I have 4 different colour choices in this collection. 

Betabrand Hipster Shirt

A couple of months ago I entered a design challenge with Betabrand,  an online clothing manufacturer based in San Francisco who design, manufacture new clothing products. They really liked my entry and asked me to submit my Hipster design to their Think Tank section on their website.  Please have a look and if you like my design it would be great if you could show your support with a vote  so that I can get this mens shirt into production :)

View my design here https://www.betabrand.com/mens-printed-shirt-11391.html

Coastal Coral Collection

I have been mixing up the designs I have been working on this month and also the products that I have been designing for. Coastal Coral is a collection of surface pattern and textile designs that I have been creating for the home decor market. I chose a really fresh colour palette that was inspired by the seaside and perfect for that beach house setting. Here are a few products which I have mocked up to showcase some ofthe designs from my Coastal Coral Collection.....I think they would really set the scene to give your home that coastal feeling.

New Floral Textile Designs

During May and June I worked on several new collections and floral designs with different looks, styles and colour palettes. The first floral design I did features hand drawn flowers with bright water colour and painted washes in various shades of pink, yellow and orange with black ink line work for the detailing. I wanted to create a fun design that would be suitable for little girls dresses and children's apparel. The inspiration for the floral motifs was derived from my childhood memories of my grand mothers doilies and crocheted flower rugs. 

The next design I want to share with you is 'Lotus Blossom' which shows the splendor of water lilies when it is springtime and they are blooming and soaring upwards to open up their wonderful display of petals. I decided to use a dark navy background which has created a very bold and striking contrast to the  pastel colours and retro yellow. This girls two tiered dress show one of the coordinating pattern designs on the bodice.

The last little girls dress has a design that I just finished on the weekend and it is part of a collection I did for the baby market. It has a softer colour palette with a dusty pink, light apricot, chartreuse and velvet grey. For this design I went back through some folk style drawings of tulips that I had done earlier this year in January which I had never used. I think this design looks really good on this girls sundress mock up and it looks really fresh and clean. 

World Ocean Day Design Finalist

In May my Blue Fish design was selected as one of the finalists in the Spoonflower design competition for Bucketfeet. The design brief was to create a design for World Ocean Day that could be printed on a limited edition pair of Bucketfeet shoes. 

I had alot of fun designing this surface pattern design and  I have since added more designs to create a collection of patterns in several different colourways which would be really great for childrens fashion, home decor and bedding and they are available for licensing in various markets. 

Wouldn't this design look great on children's bedding! 

Hipster Lumberjacks

As part of the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp design challenge for the month of April I had to illustrate Lumberjacks! I must say that this was definitely out of my comfort zone and it forced me to draw and illustrate faces; something that is far away from my well known subject matter and style. I started with doodle style sketches and drawings in order to start to try and capture the essence and feel of these new age Woodsmen. These are my first quick sketches and attempts at drawing some quirky looking Lumberjacks.

I gradually found my way and a style that was mine and so the drawing continued until I had illustrated 5 Hipster style Lumberjacks that I was happy with.

The next step and part of the MATS Bootcamp challenge was to use these Lumberjacks to decorate ornaments. I decided to go in a slightly different direction and used four of my Lumberjacks to decorate Bowling Pins.

I enterred my Lumberjacks into the 2016 Cushion Design competition on  Wraptious

The cushions are available to purchase for a limited time. They are digitally printed on Vegan Suede and Handmade in the UK, with your choice of coloured backing and zip. Why not check out the Wraptious website and whilst you are there please Like and Share my cushion as this earns me a vote to get to the finals of their 2016 Cushion Design Competition in the search for new up and coming designers :)