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 :)    

Make It In Design Interview!

In August I was interviewed by Make It In Design! I was thrilled to have been selected for this designer feature on their website and blog. For those who missed seeing my designer interview and would like to know more about me and read my interview which was published on 31st August, here is the link  - Kirsten Katz Featured Designer

Designer Feature with Make It In Design Blog

Designer Feature with Make It In Design Blog

  

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! 

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 :)  

 

Geisha Garden

Since my last post I have been busy with alot of new design work and projects. One of these was to design fabric inspired by a Japanese Garden for a Kimono for Spoonflower's new website Sprout Patterns. I designed a few different patterns in the process. This was my first design with these Cranes in flight. 

Japanese Garden Textile Design

Japanese Garden Textile Design

I then went on to illustrate and draw some more Japanese theme motifs such as shrines, cherry blossoms  and origami inspired patterns. I added these to a new design and also played around with several different colour variations before I settled with the final design - Geisha Garden.  

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And this is an example of what my Geisha Garden Textile Design would look like when used for a Kimono.

Gesiha Garden Textile Design as shown here on this Kimono

Gesiha Garden Textile Design as shown here on this Kimono

Spoonflower Design Competition

I have not entered any design competitions or challenges recently because I have been busy concentrating on various courses, learning new skills and working on new artwork in different mediums. One of the mediums I have started to play around with is painting with water colours and when Spoonflower announced that the theme for this surface pattern design competition was watercolours I thought yes! perfect timing. What a great way to be inspired to create a design, all in one day, and also incorporate some birds with my flowers. This is my entry 'Folk Garden' .  

To create this surface pattern design I started by painting up different folk style birds and floral motifs in watercolours which I then scanned and opened in Photoshop, where I created and assembled my repeat pattern. Here are some design process images of the original watercolour paintings which I used for this design.

Watercolour Painted Birds 

Watercolour Painted Birds 

Watercolour Painted Floral Motifs

Watercolour Painted Floral Motifs

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit more of the process and the original paintings behind the design. If you would like to see more watercolour designs and vote for your favourite designs in this competition you can do so by going to the Spoonflower website via clicking Watercolour Design Competition

The designs are randomly displayed each time someone views the website and you can vote for as many designs as you like, however you can only vote once. If you like my design I would really appreciate your support with a vote, just scroll until you see it and select it by clicking on the tick.....Thank you so much :)