Just wanted to mention that I updated my shop with a few new pillows, some of which will be joining the Winter/Spring Collection, and some of which will not be produced again. I loved making the neon pink pillows, but decided that ultimately, I didn’t want to add them to my next collection. The three pink pillows that are available are the last I’ll make, but I’ve got lots of other fun additions in the works.
I still can’t get enough of that Tumblr I mentioned before, Vintage Stamp Designs. It’s too good! Thought I’d include four more vintage stamps that caught my eye this week, all found by Karen Horton. I love the bold neon colors, and the shapes and patterns in the Cuban stamp are really beautiful as well.
This print astounds me. Tara Donovan’s softly patterned etching was created using a ferric chloride solution (an etching corrosive), combined with liquid bubble soap. According to Greg Kucera gallery, which represents Donovan:
“[she] used a straw to blow air into this mixture, making different size bubbles that she carefully picked up with a plastic spoon and laid on the aquatinted plates. The bubbles were left on the plates until they popped or dissolved, allowing the ferric chloride to etch the surface of the plate.When Tara completed the process of applying bubbles to each plate, the acid residue and rosin were cleaned off the plate and then printed. The variety of dark to light bubble images was achieved by controlling the saturation of liquid in each bubble.”
I’ve been keeping a secret… I’m excited to share that I’ll be one of the featured makers at the Feliz Holiday Sale in Austin, TX on November 4th!
I was thrilled when Feliz co-creators Abby Powell and Natalie Davis invited me to be part of their amazing event. Feliz is a weekend-long event which begins with an artist meet and greet, then proceeds to a day of workshops, where you can make anything from beautiful jewelry, to richly dyed fabrics, to hand printed papers. Feliz will culminate in a small sale with a select group of makers from all over the country. Feliz Holiday Sale will be Sunday, November 4th, at the Palm Door, which makes it a perfect opportunity to start your holiday shopping.
On a personal note, I have so much respect for Abby and Natalie’s vision for this event. They are approaching the whole weekend with a level of enthusiasm and professionalism that I find invigorating. Abby was a co-host for Little Winter Market, another delightful handmade holiday market that happened in Portland in 2010. With that success under her belt, she’s determined to bring a curated selection of handmade goods to the people of Austin. She and Natalie have a passion for the handmade community that is not matched by many, and I could not be more excited to be a small part of this big undertaking.
You can read more about Feliz here, and check out my Maker feature on the Feliz blog.
I don’t collect many things, but I happen to collect patterned security envelopes. You know the ones: they come with your junk mail, your bank statements, pretty much any official document that might have an account number on it comes in a patterned security envelope. I find the patterns totally inspirational, and often turn to my collection for ideas when I am designing for Cotton & Flax.
I am totally fascinated by them. Who designs these intricate patterns? Why are there so many different designs? Is there a reason so many of them are blue? Why are there no pink security envelopes? So many mysteries behind these patterned beauties. Of course, approaching them from an artist’s perspective, some envelopes are better than others. I’ll take a beautifully executed wave pattern over your standard crosshatch pattern any day. But each envelope has it’s own appeal, and taken as a group, it’s hard to deny their charm.
As a thank you to everyone who has been keeping up with this relatively new blog of mine, I wanted to offer another thank you gift for your support. Thus, I will continue to share a free, downloadable iPhone wallpaper every month, featuring a new pattern that I designed for Cotton & Flax.
This month, the wallpaper background is a stamped repeat V pattern, which I created using a hand carved linoleum stamp and an ink pad! Just a simple, handmade pattern to make your phone a little more fun.
This wallpaper should work for most cellphones, not just the iPhone (although it may get cropped depending on the screen size!) In the future, I may even create wallpapers for your computer desktop or iPad, too!
To Download: Click the link and it will take you directly to the image. If you are on your phone, you can simply save the image to your phone, and set it as your wallpaper in the settings area of your phone. If you’re on a computer, save the image to your computer, then email the photo to yourself. Open the email on your phone, save the photo to your phone, and set the photo as the wallpaper!
Wait, there’s more! Check out our full range of iPhone and desktop wallpapers available to download!