This series of quilt prints are inspired by florals in quilts. They could either be a flower turned into a quilt pattern or vice versa. I’ve named each one of them after a county in the Mississippi Delta where my family is from. I have been very unproductive the month of October. But I started playing with these yesterday, stumbled on this palette, and finished these today. Surprisingly these were easy to create. After I made the first one, it just felt right. I know I won’t be a one-note artist. But right now, I’m just still exploring quilts. I can’t seem to leave them yet.
Of course they are up in my etsy for $18 each, or the set of four for $60. The prints are 12 x 12 in. I will be putting up a 6 in. version later this week (i.e Charis “the cutest intern ever” will be in to do that.)
Little Soapbox: You will probably notice that every image has a watermark on it. I’m expecting to hear a lot of questions with “Does the print come with the logo on it?” NO! It’s just on my website and etsy that you’ll see it. Unfortunately several of my pieces started floating around on tumblr & pinterest without any sort of link to me. Thankfully some friends & customers alerted me. I wrote an email to tumblr and they removed the images. Sadly, I’m going to just have to start putting a watermark on every image. This happens to everyone on sites like tumblr, pinterest, etc. That is why I am not a fan of those websites.
I thought I would share with y’all the process of the Lady Gaga print I recently made with Dave Whitley. This is my first official collaboration for Little Thing Studio. The reason I asked for Dave’s help is because I absolutely loved this quote. I think that is just brilliant. And YES, I think Lady Gaga is brilliant. You don’t get to 12,000,000+ followers on twitter by just being trendy.
I’m just trying to change the world one sequin at at time – Lady Gaga
Okay so the process. I found this quote quite a while back. I just knew I wanted to make a print of it. I just had to. But I wanted to do it justice. I felt an obligation to Mother Monster. I started playing with shapes, but I couldn’t figure out what I would want to do with the type. Here are some things I had started making…
As you can see, I was all over the place. I was stuck. I would play with it, then close the folder for a few weeks. Then I’d return and take another stab. This went on about 3 months. (I have a lot of folders like this.) The whole time Dave was looking at all of this, and I’m sure he could tell that I was just lost as a goose. I finally broke down and emailed him all of my files. “I’m stuck. I don’t know what I’m doing with this. Help. Do something.”
Dave emailed me the next day his thumbnails. I was SHOCKED.
YES. I was so excited to see this. This is just what I had in my mind but couldn’t figure out how to get there.
Later that night, he sent me this!!!! Isn’t he so good!? I keep telling him that I knew him when. So we worked from there. Here are the final two prints that we went with. He liked the warmer toned one, and I kept pushing for the teal/blue/pink one.
You can buy the warm or cool toned in my etsy shop. And hire Dave to build your website.
It’s been featured in the French Paper Sample Room & Eight Hour Day.
I was really nervous about putting this series up on etsy today… But I’ve already had one sale (from a very hip friend) so that made me feel better. I think it’s good to question myself and have doubts about it, because that means I’m not playing it safe. And when I start to play it safe, then I need to start over with something completely new. And that something new will be hairdresser school.
I actually made these quilt/geometric/circle things back in January, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. And the colors were very different. But I was making new journal covers and I tried this new color palette on them. I got really excited about it. It’s the excitement of making something new that keeps me going. Each of these prints are named after one of America’s Founding Fathers. Now, I don’t know if this has crossed your mind, but it has crossed mine – pink on a print titled “Franklin?” Absolutely. Because our history is not old and stale. It is relevant today. I love reading about the Revolutionary War and how this country was founded.
So I’m selling all four prints in a set or individually. Visit my etsy to shop around!
Aaaaand I’m back! I’ve neglected my little blog for the past month. I’ve busy living and learning. I went one weekend to visit my talented, kind, and just all-around awesome friend Jessica Swift in Atlanta. Then I traveled to Chicago for the HOW Design Conference, which was absolutely incredible. But life really got crazy on the day I flew to Chicago. Grace Bonney on Design*Sponge blogged about my etsy shop. My shop EXPLODED with orders and my mother has taken over filling them for me. It has become her full-time job. I cannot express how amazing and exciting the past month has been for me. All I can say is that things have really picked up! I’m not making promises on this blog about writing more consistently, because there are things that happen beyond our control. And it is way more important to be out there living than tied to a chair writing about others living. So, my wish for you, in the wise words of Jonathan Swift, “May you live everyday of your life!”
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If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. Quote from the Brilliant General George Patton. Purchase here.