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.

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! 

Fun New Bedding Designs

Over the last couple of weeks I have been working really hard on some new designs and artwork for my portfolio. An area which I have wanted to develop and do surface pattern designs for is the children's market. I have been spending alot of time drawing and sketching different motifs and objects in preparation for creating a whole collection of pattern designs that will be fun and versatile and geared towards casual fashion and a range of designs suitable for children's bedding with some matching soft furnishing and cute stuffed toys. 

As part of my design process I always develop all my individual drawings and sketches into layout that provides a sense of movement and flow, this was my final set of boats illustrations which I laid out so that it could be used as a fun poster or go on a beach towel.

Boat Illustration - Kirsten Katz

Boat Illustration - Kirsten Katz

I then worked on the repeat pattern design and added some modern colours. And you can now see the final result.  My first completed design for a boys bedding collection which I have called Regatta. I hope you like it! I think it would look fabulous in a boys room with my hand drawn nautical inspired design. Let me know what you think :)

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Farm Fresh Ceramic Designs

Week 4 of the Home Decor course was all about designs suitable for ceramics, but still in keeping with the country farm yard theme. I really enjoyed working on my designs for ceramics and I returned once again to floral inspired surface pattern designs which I used to adorn a ceramic Welcome wall plaque, a tall glazed vase and a some table ware - matching plates and bowl.  

Farm Fresh Ceramic Designs by Kirsten Katz

Farm Fresh Ceramic Designs by Kirsten Katz

I also played around developing some of my own product template mockups in photoshop as you can see here in this coffee mug and tea cup set. 

Coffee Mug and Tea Cup Set product design concepts

Coffee Mug and Tea Cup Set product design concepts

And then because I was on a roll with creating my own product templates I decided to make up some templates for ceramic planters. I think would look stunning with some lush plant with loads of green foliage, or just even as statement display bowls to brighten up a living room.

Week 3 was all about home decor product made from glass. I just want to share with you this glass pedestal bowl which I applied another of my surface patterns designs, so you can see some of the wonderful effects and decoration ideas that can be achieved with art and illustration when it is applied to products for your home. 

Farm Fresh Fabric

Week Two - Designing Home Decor Products 

Fabric was the product material used to design home decor items in week two. Continuing with the Farm fresh country garden party theme I designed products with an emphasis on flowers that had a folk style to them this week.  I designed teat towels, waterprrof outdoor cushions, napkins with a watercolour print, a garden deck chair with matching hat and a quirky waitress apron. 

Large throw outdoor picnic cushion  with screen printed floral pattern

Large throw outdoor picnic cushion  with screen printed floral pattern

This is one of the textile designs I created in week two, it is really bold and looks fabulous as upholstery as shown below on this arm chair. 

Illustration for tulip design

Illustration for tulip design

Designing for Home Decor

I have just completed a 5 week intense course designing for Home Decor products with artists and other designers from all around the world.  My chosen theme to base my designs on was country inspired 'Farm Fresh'.  Each  week we had to design products made out of a different substrate, which included metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood. As well as the country farm theme I decided to limit my designs so that they would be suitable for a garden party and outdoor entertaining. 

Week One - Metal Products

 Week one was metal and I started with a couple of days drawing farm birds, herbs and insects. My final metal product designs consisted of a plate, mugs and a pitcher where I incorporated my favourite drawings for a country farm yard feeling.

Farm Fresh Metal Home Decor Products

Farm Fresh Metal Home Decor Products

Playing with colour, texture and effects

Playing with colour, texture and effects

Blue Bird Surface Pattern Design

Blue Bird Surface Pattern Design

Preliminary sketches and drawings

Preliminary sketches and drawings

Metal Farm Yard Products I designed

Metal Farm Yard Products I designed

Fleur de Lizard

This is a fun little design that I entered into the Spoonflower 'Ditsy Lizards' textile challenge. Because lizards are definitely not my thing I thought this would be a good challenge to be able to design a pattern that would not look like lizards and be pretty.  Fleur de Lizard is the design I came up with, a cute fun pattern that is a quirky take on a traditional country style french fabric. I think it looks rather good on tea towels!

Pretty in Pink

As you all know my Field of Flowers textile design was selected in the Top 100 designs from over 800 entries for the Spoonflower Fabric 8 competition. This is an annual textile design competition that is open to designers all around the world and this year it was partnered with Moda Fabrics. 

I chose to enter the dark colourway of my Field of Flowers textile design even though I loved the light pink colourway as well. Here is an image showing product mockups for some Home Decor soft furnishings with the light pink colour scheme of my Top 100 design. This colourway even though it is the same pattern has a much softer appearance and delicate feel to it and would be ever so lovely in a girls bedroom and it is in stark contrast to the bolder dark colour version. 

Home Decor Collection

I am finally finding some time to write this overdue blog post to show you my final Home Decor Collection. These are my favourite pieces that I designed for a home decor collection called Le Reve.

This collection consists of home decor concept designs and mockups in different mediums. I have selected the pieces which I personally think would make a fabulous collection to decorate your home. My Le Reve Collection has beautiful products made from glass, ceramics, fabric and wood substrates that are adorned with my surface pattern designs with a consistent colour palette. 

You would be able to decorate a whole room with these gorgeous pieces that are elegant and stylish. From cushions to quilts, vases to bowls and platters not to mention the ultimate tea pot and wonderful lacquered tea chest to store your favourite teas. I hope you enjoy seeing my Home Decor Designs.

This is my first fully designed and curated home decor collection that incorporates my work across many products and substrates. I am currently working on a new Home Decor Collection which is for the kitchen. If you like my style please contact me to discus custom design work, collaborations and licensing opportunities for Home Decor Products.

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Designing for Glass

First of all let me tell you that I love glass and it is one of my biggest addictions when it comes to collecting and purchasing. This passion of mine has led me to accumulate a wonderful array of art glass by Australian Glass Artists, so I was super excited when I was going to learn about designing for glass home decor products in the course I am currently studying.

The possibilities are endless; from vases, plates, dishes and bottles, to windows, lights, candle holders and clocks, and then wonderful statement pieces and sculptural works. Then there are the techniques and applications; Hand blown, cast and molded, fused and slump, etched, sandblasted, decal and painted. Such variation in style and choices where was I to start?

The only thing I did not have to decide upon was the mood and the colour scheme as these were set by the trend board I had chose to base my designs and product concepts on. Le Reve was my theme and following on from the previous two weeks I had certain motifs and constraints in what I could utilise in order to decorate and design my dream glass home decor products. 

I had so many ideas and products that I wanted to design and apply my art to it was overwhelming, so I had to restrain and refine my final product selections. Here is the final result of my weeks work in learning and designing glass for the home decor market. 

As always I design surface pattern designs to form the basis of my work and portfolio. This week I chose to focus on two flowers for the main pattern designs. Daffodil and Lentern Rose were my choice floral subjects this week. I also produced a collection of product mock-ups for fabric with my daffodil illustrations, here is the result for some soft furnishings and a homeware collection which I have called Daffodil Danse. I really think it says springtime and would bring a touch of happiness and colour to your home.

Well that is a short roundup of my last weeks work as a designer. I am glad to be able to share with you some insights into my world as a surface pattern and product designer. For further information about any of these products or comission design work  please Contact Me