The fabric samples have arrived, which means I can now offer the repeating pattern of wildflowers by the yard on fabric (and wallpapers) from Spoonflower: Wandering Wildflowers. It’s always a good idea to order a test swatch, first — what comes up a lovely slate-blue on cotton goes into a deep saturated golden-green on velvet (although I do like them both!).
If you don’t sew, Spoonflower does offer some pre-made home furnishings and masks.
The pattern is also up on Redbubble, on a variety of books, garments, etc.
It’s always worth getting sample swatches first, because fabrics hold colours so differently. Here there’s a lovely twilight woodcut-blue on the Petal Signature Cotton, and a fascinating green-blue, the marine of evening, on the shimmery Celosia Velvet.
Now I have also received my test prints from Spoonflower (print on demand fabrics), and the designs are up there too in three options: Green background; white background; and no lines (rather impressionistic, would work well for backgrounds/lining).
Here they are, with my feet for scale.
And I ordered a doona/duvet cover from Redbubble. The printed layer has a beautiful silky cottony feeling – it was meant to be for the spare bedroom but I might keep it for myself. Shown here with books and sofa cushion for scale – it’s quite a large print.
I spent the weekend (at fairly short notice) in Sydney for a family function, but also caught up with several good friends to talk about podcasts, art, Dorothy Dunnett, comics, freelancing, illustration and stories. It was extremely pleasant, and also I got to hold a real live pet rabbit (it looks just like a rabbit!).
As you may be able to see above, the pineapple and raven fabrics arrived from Spoonflower and turned out beautifully – the watercolours on the pineapples printed particularly well. One of my cousins also ordered the pineapple skirt from Redbubble and it is very cute! (Since it’s white knit, you’ll probably wantto wear tights or something under it, as is true for all white skirts).
Congratulations to all the Ditmar nominees! I’m particularly thrilled to have a story nominated this year – “A Hedge of Yellow Roses” from Ticonderoga Publications’ anthology Hear Me Roar, but since I have interests in so many publications (whether as illustrator, fan or friend) mostly it’s just fun to see some of the many great works of 2015 celebrated.
Want to buy (relatively) affordable original art by established and rising stars of illustration? Check out Every Day Original!
The opera(!) of Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s remarkable picture book The Rabbits is coming to Brisbane next month!
I have finally (thanks to Kate Eltham) started listening to the podcast You Must Remember This, which is indeed epic and fascinating.
I want to learn to animate just so I can make book trailers like this gorgeous Isabella Mazzanti Carmilla:
I have worked the ravens from January’s calendar into a repeating design of birds, stars and feathers. Pattern-making is something I’ve wanted to do more of, and it’s a lot easier to arrange existing images than to draw new things when laid out with a bad back!
They are now up on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper – I’ve ordered a sample and will show more detail when that arrives.
They are also on Redbubble on shirts, notebooks, phone covers and other such items. I’m eyeing off a duvet cover.