Balancing Act

While working on a painting last night, I started to notice the neat little blotches and colors on my test swatch. There’s something so cool about the way the different pigments settle in their little puddles at different rates.

Inspired by the work of fellow alum and friend Mia Christopher (who had some of her test sheets made into textiles by Anthropologie), I decided to scan the little ink pebbles and play with them. I also highly recommend you check out Mia’s stuff; she updates her Flickr pretty routinely.

Some of Mia’s test sheets, and the resulting clothes. So cool, right?

After a few minutes of futzing, I came up with something I liked. It reminds me of balancing stones on top of each other.

And the repeat (in a different color):

Pretty decent, considering I’m just distracting myself from the real work I need to get done.

They’re Here! Swatches!

Okay, I swear that this is the last time I’ll talk about my cats in hats. But do they not look beautiful printed out on fabric? I definitely need to order a bigger cut so I can see all 20 of them!

From left to right: cotton poplin, cotton voile, organic cotton sateen, Kona cotton, and linen-cotton canvas. The only one that doesn’t look as good as it could is the canvas, but I think that’s because detailed images don’t show up very well on such a rough weave.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the fabric and my original ink drawings. Pretty spot-on if you ask me!

Anyway, I should be posting a more substantial update fairly soon, as I’m about to start another piece. A few weeks ago I mentioned that my new actor-crush is John Hodiak (sorry Orson); as it turns out, fate has conspired to have me paint a piece based on one of Mr. Hodiak’s films. I literally squealed, “John Hodiak is in this?? Yes!” as soon as his name came up in the opening credits.

Let me tell you, I was very excited to collect reference material.

Fly Away, Little Bats

I just received my first-ever order from Spoonflower, and it looks great! For those who don’t know, Spoonflower lets you upload images and print them on to many different types of fabric, so you can, say, make the perfect pineapple fabric to reupholster some chairs, or order some Stegosaurus fabric to make an awesome dress with. As you may have noticed recently, I’ve been playing around with making some repeat patterns. So the next logical step was to see how they looked on fabric!

Looks pretty nice to me! To give you an idea of how small they are, this swatch is about 4.5×4″.

I wasn’t expecting the bats to be so teeny-tiny, but it’s growing on me! I think they would look better on a smoother fabric, like a quilting fabric, than canvas.

Here’s the size of the repeat, for reference:

I’m thinking it would be a good idea to try printing out the design on a piece of paper first; an inch or two seems so big on a computer screen, when it is actually quite small.