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. 

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. 

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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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 :)

 

 

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