Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques & Truly Original Projects
I received this wonderful book on hand-printing techniques for my birthday and have been dieing to try it out. Christine Schmidt has put together a comprehensive book, covering the how tos of a variety of printing techniques. Her complete supply lists, tips and tricks, as well as her many project ideas make this a go to book for all beginning hand printers.
If you are looking to step away from the computer and try something a little more hands on I recommend this book. Each project is broken down into very easy to follow steps. And once you master the technique there is no telling where you may go next.
Members in the News: Jennifer Holbrook, Odessa Begay & Sarah York; Solvejg Makaretz & Beth Schneider at Surtex
In July 2015 we mentioned that Jennifer Holbrook has designs licensed to Magic Murals. In the film "Miracles From Heaven" the mural appears in an exam room scene, on a cabinet. Pretty cool, Jennifer! You can keep up with Jennifer's latest design projects on her website, JGHolbrookDesign.com
Sarah York has hatched a project with Elmwood Brand, creating packaging for a trio of Tesco Finest Easter eggs. The UK grocer has built a reputation for their annual limited edition eggs, having previously won Good Housekeeping's "Best Easter Egg" two years in a row! But who cares about the chocolate; look at Sarah's beautiful abstract paintings on those packages! Keep up with Sarah's career and latest work at SarahYorkDesigns.com
Solvejg Makaretz has announced plans to introduce her Tröskö brand to Surtex, coming up May 15-17, 2016 at Jacob Javitz center in New York. We're sure Solvejg's crisp fresh designs will make a splash with buyers. Solvejg looks forward to meeting other guild members at the show! You can see her work at TroskoDesign.com. Be sure to visit Solvejg at booth 466.
On a stroll through the internet, while looking for color inspiration I came across a feast for the eyes called Color Collective. Site creator and all around color genius Lauren Wager compiles images of her own and of other artists based solely on color.
In this interview she tells us about her history with color and her career path up until now.
At what age did you decide you were a color lover?
I'm pretty sure that I've been a color lover since the day I was born! During my childhood, color coding played a big role in my organization and planning rituals. Pretty much everything was organized by color! Every Sunday I would set out my outfits for each day of the week and use colored paper to label the clothes "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...etc". I would have different colored Flintstones vitamins each morning. My rock collection was organized by color (still is!). You could be sure that all of my M&M's would be sorted out by color before I would eat them! Color is such a fun part of childhood, and I've definitely carried that love with me to my adult life as well!
What does a color designer and social media designer do? Did these jobs inspire you to start Color Collective?
I actually started Color Collective before my design years at Bath & Body Works. At the time (in 2009-2010), I was working on freelance pattern designs and found it difficult to come up with fresh, new color palettes for the patterns. I discovered so many inspirational images online from blogs, and began pulling colors from those images to create palettes. I started Color Collective as a design, color & inspirational resource for myself - with the hopes that other creatives would find it helpful as well.
My role as a Color Designer at BBW came a few years later. I worked in the Seasonal Design department researching and presenting trend and color forecasts to develop a design aesthetic for each season. I built color palettes and chose specific Pantone colors for products (i.e. home fragrance accessories, gift bags, sponges), and also consulted the design team on color. After about two years in the Seasonal Design department I moved to the Marketing department on the Social Media team. In this department I worked on design and styling for BBW social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter). I worked with the team to conceptualize, prop shop, style, design and retouch images.
Has Color Collective become your full time job now or do you work other jobs on the side?
I left BBW in February 2015 to work on a color/design book based off of Color Collective. The book is scheduled to release this summer! I'm currently wrapping the book up, working on some freelance design on the side, and searching for what is next in my color journey!
We wish Lauren well and can't wait to see what pallets she brings to us next!
Danny Berish of Black Rhino Creative alerted us about his video of tapestry artist Jane Kidd. Ms. Kidd is up for Canada Council for the Arts Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The awards ceremony is next week. Watch the video to learn more about the Jane Kidd's process, and her gorgeous tapestries.
How do you begin to decide an hourly rate for your work, or the royalties for licensing a design? Here is just some of the advice to be found around the web.
Graphic Artist's Guild
Perhaps the best place to begin is with a copy of the Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. This venerable go-to book is now in it's 14th edition, and is packed with information for artists across the range of the graphic arts. All of it will not apply to the surface pattern designer, or licensing artist, but what does is dense with information. Included forms which you can customize to your specific business, pricing information, and more.
You might also consider becoming a Graphic Artist's Guild member which give you access to their webinars for free, portfolio space, and more. But even if you choose not to, their website and blog are also a wealth of current information. This is a website worthy of frequent visits.
Pattern Observer is another site that should be in your bookmarks for a variety of resources. Along with classes and eye candy trend reports, the blog frequently addresses pricing issues.
The workshop will be part of a new space dedicated to research, experimentation, prototyping, and the exchange of information in the field of textiles and beyond. It will be called Lottozero/Textile Laboratories (www.lottozero.org) and will be a shared space open to local and international designers. Inside the center there will be a workshop with machinery for textile design, and an exhibition space for shows and events, and also an open co-working studio for designers, artists and artisans.
The sisters have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for machinery needed in the laboratory, such as the hand loom, silkscreen printing equipment, and the finishing tools. Of all the various rewards to those who pledge funds to Lottozero, the most notable is a silk twill and silk/modal scarf collection, made in Italy which Arianna and Tessa have produced in an exclusive collaboration with various artists and designers. With a week to go, the campaign is well on it's way to meeting it's $10,846 USD goal.
The trademark design used for this campaign is called -Verde di Prato- and was inspired by the green marble of Prato, used from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. which adorns the facades of monuments in Tuscany unique and recognizable worldwide . Examples include the baptistery of Florence, the church of San Miniato al Monte and, of course, Prato Cathedral. The -Verde di Prato- headscarves celebrate the values of the Tuscan heritage and history by giving them a contemporary twist, inspiring the wearer with confidence and positivity
Other scarves in the collection were created in collaboration with friends of Lottozero: artist and illustrator Anna Deflorian, the Parisian textile designer Coralie Prévert, the co-founder Arianna Moroder, graphic and design Studio Mut from South Tyrol, and the Russian artist and designer Nadia Grechina.
If you would like to contribute the Kickstarter campaign will continue through March 17th (the fundraising closing date.)
Lottozero will open its doors in June 2016 with a group exhibition of international artists who will present different forms of expression, characterized by the presence of the textile element. You can keep up with Lottozero on their Facebook page, or Instagram feed.
In the wake of Jen Hewett's visit, we're still all abuzz about creating stamps for use in our surface pattern design, so here are a few tutorials to get you started.
In SJaneCraft's YouTube video she talks about the tools and materials, and demonstrates carving a stamp. Hand Carved Stamp Tutorial
Reg Silva's tutorial on How to Carve Eraser Stamps is full of information, including advice on carving erasers (not all types work) and additional carving tools.
Carolyn Hasenfratz' Rubber Stamp Carving tutorial has detailed advice on carving stamps that will last well.
Martrice Smith has tips on workflow in her tutorial, and introduces the use of a roller to apply paint. She also shares a really clever tip for using a phone book as an "inking plate."
The Blue Berry Ash blog gets a little more hardcore with a tutoiral on carving stamps from linoleum blocks.
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's brief post about her interlocking (two part) stamps will inspire you. For more information on her process, you can order her book, Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps from Amazon.
Should you want to use your stamps on fabric, Jesse Breytenbach shares tips in her three part series on Printing Fabric. In the third post in the series she takes you through the process of preparing your fabric for stamping, applying your design, and then setting the ink.
For some inspiration, guild member Jill Turney blogs about her stamp-making adventures, and maintains a board on Pinterest with tons of inspiring stamping images.
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pattern design related news, information, or tips to share? We want to hear from you!