Creating a Postcard with InDesign

A quick tutorial on creating a graphically rich postcard using InDesign. Postcards are great! They are perfect for announcements, artist samples, direct mailers, invitations, old fashioned correspondence, and convert nicely to an easy-to-share online graphic. In this short tutorial, we’ll import some images and then add text to create a postcard promoting a new fabric collection. Use these photos or use your own photos and text to create your personal postcard. Postcards come in a variety of standard sizes. Some sizes can be mailed at a reduced rate, but larger cards require 1st class postage. There are many ways to get your postcard printed and … Continue reading

2015 Graphic Calendars

My 2015 calendars are now available at Spoonflower. These can be ordered on 18×27″ linen-cotton for tea-towels or as posters either in the wallpaper (heavy stock or sticky-back) or giftwrap (lighter-weight paper). Click any image to go to its shop page. Color Block Calendar – new for 2015 Pop Garden Calendar – updated for 2015 “Once More Around the Sun” Calendar for 2015 (Cosmic Journey Collection) … Continue reading

New WIP: Vessels

The fabric has arrived!  My vessel panels have been printed and the process of beading and embroidery begins. With the changing of the season, it seams a perfect time to participate  in a bit of meditative task. Also, I am hoping to get these into a show at the Nave gallery later this year. Vessels protect and obscure their contents until altered by an outside force, hiding mysteries within embellished exteriors.  It is human nature to be curious about the unknown and protective of possessions. A veil also obscures while it adorns. These layers of inside and outside space, known and unknown have structured our human relationships and … Continue reading

Geode Treasures – new fabric designs

Geode Treasures – a new seamless design created for my Spoonflower pattern collection -just won their Weekly Design Challenge (Feb 26-March 7, 2014). Every week, Spoonflower presents a design theme and hundreds of fabric designers submit original work for consideration then vote for their favorites. This week, the challenge was Geodes and Gemstones. It’s a theme that resonates with me and my art making so I am pleased my design peers liked it, too. This design has a varied scatter repeat, which makes it great for larger projects. Geode Treasures is part of a collection of new fabrics and prints … Continue reading

Fractal Explorations

I have been spending much of the past year working on fabric design. Lately, I have been focusing on the fractal geometry and digital collages that drew me to the Spoonflower website last year. I had a few earlier works printed on delicate cotton voile fabric. I’d been working on these large prints for a few years, but at a bit at a loss on how to finish them, make them something more than light on a screen or flat digital prints. Fabric flows and moves and allows light to pass through it. It is dynamic and alive where paper … Continue reading

cut and sew – mini backpack

This is my first try at a cut and sew pattern. Since my sewing skills are minimal, it needs to be something I could actually make. Spoonflower, where I have been selling and sharing fabric designs, has a weekly theme contest and many designers participate. This week the challenge is to create a cut and sew pencil case. I thought a variation of a drawstring backpack sized for pens, pencils and a small notebook and phone would be a fun thing to have. … Continue reading