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. 

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

  

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

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. 

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 :)