In answer to requests for a more eco-friendly alternative to their other quality textiles, Spoonflower has introduced a new line of fabric called Eco-Canvas, 100% polyester with 45% recycled content. "Eco Canvas has a 54” printable width and is perfect for home dec and upholstery, backpacks, storage bins, plushies, play mats, kids shoes, jackets and loads of other projects."
Enid Marx: Design
By Ruth Artmonsky and Brian Webb
Antique Collectors’ Club, 2013
Marx was a leader in engraving and drawing. She produced designs for textiles, pattern papers, end paper, book jackets, stamps, posters, labels, cups and saucers, and more. She wrote and illustrated books for adults and children, and authored articles, and was an avid collector of folk art. Her work was featured in exhibitions, and she took part in the design of textiles for the London subways and buses in the 1930’s-40’s, which were in use for decades, and created designs for the 1940’s
wartime Utility Furniture scheme to produce affordable furniture. Her designs were popular and had a singular, unique style. Her aesthetic is beautiful and fascinating—I love her abstract designs—and I found myself going through the color plates several times. The book is a wonderful read, outlining Marx’s journey from her student days to being an industry leader. She is inspiring as a designer and as a woman navigating business in a world of men at the time. If you love history and want to discover her work (or rediscover if you’ve seen her work before) this is a great addition to your library.
As most of you know, we had an amazing experience at the Surtex show this year. At our July 10th guild meeting our Surtex steerers, Pamela Farmer and Jill Turney, will be presenting their experiences in planning, attending and following up after this fabulous event.
After the presentation, we will be offering a peer-to-peer critique session. In keeping with the Surtex theme, we invite you to bring in one of your designs and as a group we'll discuss the sell-ability of the design and offer ways to further its potential. Or, if you are looking for a greater challenge, bring a couple of designs or a mini collection. Be creative
on your groupings and presentation. A couple of our last
speakers spoke about ways to make your work sell able.
Think about incorporating their ideas of color arrangement,
product design and embroidery/embellishments.
We look forward to seeing your work, but if you don't have
time to gather something together we welcome you to come
anyway to see what others have to show.
Jill Turney & Jennifer Thayer
Meet Kim Cooper, our newest featured member. Kim began her career as a surface pattern designer while still in college designing packaging for companies in LA. Throughout her career, she's created exclusive pattern, fabric, and rug designs for high-end hotels like Ritz-Carlton, and has provided color forecasting and product development for bedding firms such as Waverly. She intricately hand paints all of her designs and also teaches her painting techniques to students at her alma mater, Syracuse University. Check out our profile of Kim, our featured member for July.
Would you like to be the Guild's next Featured Member? Be on the look out for the open call for participants at the end of this month in our blog.
What is your background as an artist? What led you to hand-printed design?
My mom is an art teacher. She taught my sisters and me to work with all sorts of media. She showed us that the process is the joy and not to worry about the final result. I took my first printmaking class at the Kansas City Art Institute when I was in high school. I later went to the Corcoran School of Art and Design to study fine art.
What was your mission in creating Yellow Owl Workshop?
Both with my books and my goods, my mission is to put creative options in the hands of others. I get a kick when people that don't normally make prints or have the confidence to just play with techniques write me to tell me how much they enjoyed my products to create pieces of their own.
The call for our next FEATURED MEMBER is on!
Is it YOUR turn for some exposure?
The SPDG Featured Member program is a promotion in which we display examples of a member's surface pattern design work throughout our web site in the header along with a credit and link to his/her online portfolio or personal web site. We also dedicate a page on the site to further spotlight him or her, including additional samples of work and an interview.
If you would like us to include your name in our drawing, please reply in the comments section of this blog post by Friday, June 27, 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will select at random from the list of entries and announce the lucky winner later that day on the blog.
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must be a member of SPDG. If selected, you will be contacted with further information and instructions for providing images and your interview responses for our blog. Please do not apply if you have been the Featured Member in the past twelve months; your turn will come around again!
And if you put your name in the hat last month, but weren't chosen, please enter again by commenting on THIS post!
Being the SPDG Featured Member is a wonderful way to gain exposure for you and your work.
Let us help promote you!
Covering walls and upholstered furniture with bold geometrics, beautiful birds, and flamboyant florals, her work has stood the test of time. Florence Broadhurst’s designs are again in the public eye, this time licensed by Kate Spade, who has applied them to everything from shoes, tableware, playing cards and Vespa scooters. It goes to show that classic designs can make anything more beautiful.