And the winning window view goes to…

Spring Dot 12 x 12

Spring Dot 12 x 12

Kim Andersson

Kim Andersson

Kim Andersson! The judges loved her pixel dot pattern.  The fresh colors and layering technique lent itself to a fun, fresh pattern.

Here’s what they had to say:

Timna Tarr:
I really like that this piece has a retro 30s feel, but feels fresh and clean with the updated pixilation. This is a fabric that I would definitely buy and keep in my stash to use as “texture.” Because it can be cut up into small pieces and each piece will be slightly different one’s eye will keep moving around the quilt. You obviously have an understanding of how quilters use fabric! Coordinated solids were a perfect complement to the design.

Jessica Pollak:
I think your one of the more polished designers of the whole group. Your scale, repeats and space between motifs always feel nicely balanced. You also seem very keyed into what’s on trend in terms of colors and motifs. I think your work is very marketable and I liked your idea of playing with the hand cut dots as a way to change your technique. The colors succeed in making me think of spring.

Constructive criticism:
I think you were very successful in getting across the ideas you wanted, the CMYK colors, pointillism, etc. However, I feel like I’ve seen this idea before. I find the dots to be kind of jarring to my eye…like I keep wanting to focus on them but I can’t. (maybe this is my personal hang up) For your future prints I’d love to see you express your point of view as a designer more clearly and experiment with color. Best of luck in the contest and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Michele Rosenboom:
I have been wanting to do a half-tone inspired print for a long time…and you beat me to it! I really like this print – particularly because there’s more to discover than what you see initially. Just like an impressionist painting, your appreciation for the design only grows as you step closer. You had to be very skillful in your overlapping and blending of color to get variation in value within your print! This is very original and a modern interpretation of one of the oldest types of prints (florals) around! Wonder-ful work.


Not only did the judges love Kim’s pattern, but the Reader’s Choice Award goes to Kim…again!  Her loyal fans are looking for a clean sweep…

Sadly as the competition continues, we have to say goodbye to Nicky Ovitt and Jessica Majers. Both Nicky and Jessica have been fierce competitors and while their time participating in REPEAT(ed) is over, we are sure to see their work printed on all sorts of yummy textiles someday.

Here’s the ranking of designers as we roll into the next design challenge:

1. Kim Andersson
2. Rebecca Ng
3. Taylour Beadling
4. Alice Murphy
5. Jessica Majers
6. Nicky Ovitt

Big thanks to Timna Tarr and Jessica Pollak for being guest judges for this round…Stay tuned for the next Design Challenge!

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Vote Now!

Whose window do you want to want to look out of? Pick your favorite “Window View.”

Voting closes at midnight EST on Saturday May 11th.

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Design Challenge Three: Rebecca Ng

rebeccang-thumbFirstly, I want to pass on my congratulations to Taylour for last round’s winning design and Kim for the reader’s choice award.
The designs from Challenge 2 and the feedback from the judges really encouraged me to approach this challenge differently.

Flock Together
10” x 10” pattern

Coordinating colours (left to right): Sandalwood, Robin Egg & Lemon

Flock Together 10” x 10” close-up version (click to enlarge).

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Here are some photos from outside the apartment window. 

So this is the view of central Jakarta from my window. In fact it’s the view from all the windows in our apartment. We live on the 30th floor and it definitely beats the view from our old apartment – think dirt field littered with rubbish and an apartment building under construction.

So I spent many snippets of time looking out the window wondering where I could find my inspiration. Usually I tend to be literal in my designs and draw what I see, or at least my interpretation of it. There are many high-rise apartments. I can see the rooftops of houses as far as the eye can see. The road, swimming pools and the mosque singing the call to prayer 5 times a day. But these things didn’t feel like they really reflected life here in Jakarta. After much thought, I decided to focus on the strip of road outside my window and attempt to create a beautiful pattern. Daily life in Jakarta revolves around the traffic or ‘macet’ (ma-chet) as it is known here.

It’s hard to describe the traffic here to people who have yet to experience it. I try to compare Jakarta traffic to the worst peak hour traffic you’ve experienced; that is Jakarta – not just in peak time, but ALL the time (well, probably in the early hours of the morning it isn’t so bad – but most of us are still in bed). The traffic is the first thing you notice when you first arrive and something locals always talk about, especially when they are on the road. It’s not uncommon to spend 2 or 3 hours sitting in traffic to only go a short distance. In Jakarta, there is no such thing as popping over to a friend’s place or to the shops; that takes at least half your day. We took our daughter to one of the theme parks just outside of central Jakarta. After an hour and ½ we were ready to head back home. It took almost 3 hours to get home and required a pit stop for food and a much-needed break on the way!

A close-up of the traffic.

I had to grab a picture from the internet that might better show the traffic!

In a city of well over 10 million people, you can imagine how busy life is here. The sheer volume of cars, motorbikes, trucks, buses and other motorized vehicles (think rickshaws) and the lack of decent public transportation contribute to the very busy roads. I have actually read that unless the government builds additional roads, the traffic could come to a standstill in 2014! Yes, hard to believe!!

Unless you work close to home, everyone is part of this slow mass exodus from home to the workplace (or school, university or wherever they happen to be going that day) and back everyday. And despite the obvious frustrations that come along with being stuck in traffic for long periods of time, I have never seen a person show any anger or road rage – perhaps it’s because there’s not much use complaining about the traffic, but I also think it reflects my experience of Indonesians since living here, as well-mannered, polite and an accepting bunch of people.

Instead of focusing so much on drawing detailed individual motifs, I thought the best way to encapsulate the traffic of Jakarta was through movement and direction. My motif was a shape that could look like a simple bird on some angles or an arrow… I thought that was fitting as it could reflect a flock travelling together as well as showing direction. The varying sizes add interest and also represent the different modes of transport being used; big and small. Creating movement and flow was a bit of trial and error, but I hope I have encapsulated this constant flow of people just trying to get from A to B in this very populated city. It was certainly an interesting process working on this design that made me step out of my comfort zone – I’m also glad I have pattern design as a reflection of my time in Jakarta too!

Here’s another version experimenting with a different colourway. I found sticking to only 2 colours allowed the focus to be solely on the movement/flow.

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Design Challenge Three: Nicky Ovitt




It’s great to be back for round three. Thank you to everyone who has sent their kind words and encouragement along the way.

This challenge was an interesting one for me because I ended up viewing something I live with every day in a new way. I chose one of our living room windows as the focus of this assignment. The subject is ironic because at least a few times a year I rail on this hugely overgrown orange tree in our neighbor’s yard that sucks up all the light I think we should be getting. (I know… come on now, get some real problems.) But really, in the winter it makes our house even darker and I crave the eastern sunlight that could be gracing that side of the house— and the tree also crowds the dining room windows.

The day I received The Printed Bolt challenge email the oranges were in their usual hanging around state but upon further inspection I found them to be all dressed up by our bountiful wisteria vine! The wisteria has decided to migrate to the neighbor’s yard and now mixes with the orange tree and that purple flower that looks like a hibiscus bush. We had only about a week of luscious, full blooms but the timing was perfect for this design. Here you can see the window, my close-up through the window screen, and a photo of the sun-seeking vine on the corner of our house as seen from the sidewalk in front of the neighbor’s house.


I planted this white wisteria about 10 years ago. I have very fond memories of walking to grade school with my mom in Denton, Texas and all along the route the deliciously overpowering fragrance of wisteria would linger in sweet salutation. I also love mimosa trees and lilac bushes for this same reason.


For this pattern I set out to take Greta Songe’s advise from her last reflections post; to try something new, look for the happy accidents. Another suggestion I’ve had from the judges is to think about multi-directional designs for quilting. I began by drawing the little grouping of blocky oranges which reminded me of orderly emblem-heavy Japanese fabric. The wisteria flowers were done with watercolor and the leaves with my usual pen and ink. The hatch marks were inspired by the screen texture that showed up in my reference photo— another nod to the Japanese fabric influence, and maybe a happy accident? Although I was tempted to create the entire design in a style other than my own, I’m glad I used techniques I feel comfortable with as well. I’ve had a lot of feedback to stay true to my style.

I left out this little praying mantis in my entry pattern but have included him here to show this William Morris-ish colorway.

I think “Citsteria” or “Wistrus” could be a lovely eau de cologne, but maybe a name improvement is in order. They sound a little like eradicated maladies from the turn of the century.

I hope you get out and enjoy the sights and smells of Spring!



Research/Process links:
1. Close-up of my white wisteria.
2. Through the window, oranges and wisteria.
3. Hand embroidery tutorial.
4. Traditional Japanese fabric, Kasuri.
5. Woodblock Japanese fabric by Naomi Ito.
6. Sketches in progress.

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Design Challenge Three: Taylour Beadling

Design Challenge Three Entry

Taylour Beadling

I can’t believe it’s already the third design challenge. I feel incredibly lucky to have made it this far, and in such talented company! This was an interesting project, especially considering I just moved. I guess you could say that it gave me a good opportunity to admire the view from my new place.


The Window I chose actually leads onto a small balcony (my new drink-a-cup-of-coffee-and-relax-spot). I decided to take the photo viewing through the railings of the balcony, because they’re rather old and very interesting (I think my building dates to the mid 1800′s).


I was very inspired by the work put into the details of the railing, using them for the bulk of my design. I opted to continue my method from the last challenge and abstracted forms that I saw in the photograph, the main focal point being the small fleur-de-lis ornaments. The background of my design is drawn from the verticality of the railing’s bars and the shapes created by the bark and leaves of the tree beyond the balcony.


I found that my design looked very digital. This may have something to do with working digitally or listening to the Tron: Legacy soundtrack while I work (mostly the Tron music, probably). I actually really like the contrast between the source material, being classic and organic, and the end product being almost cold and sterile. The fleur-de-lis in my design even looks a little like a Space Invaders style spaceship.


I hope you enjoyed my pattern as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thanks for reading!


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Design Challenge Three: Kim Andersson

Spring Dot 12 x 12

Spring Dot 12 x 12

Spring Dot 7 x 7

Spring Dot 7 x 7

Spring Dot 17 x 15 (showing the repeat)

Spring Dot 17 x 15 (showing the repeat)

Spring Dot 3 x 3 Detail

Spring Dot 3 x 3 Detail

Spring Dot coordinating solids

Spring Dot coordinating solids


Kim Andersson

Here in Northern California the Sun has been shining and Spring is definitely blooming. I apologize to all of you that are still up to your armpits in Snow, but hopefully my pattern will lift your spirits and remind you that Spring is on it’s way.

For this challenge we were asked to “Find a window in your house, look out it, take a picture, and design one print around what you see.  Interpret your surroundings as you see fit.  What surrounds your daily life?”

I must say I spent a bit of time looking out of every single window in my house, many photo’s were taken and I think I have the starters for some great patterns… even if the neighbors think i’m up to something funny. One view in particular that struck me was of our apple tree that was in full bloom. The sun was shining, the bee’s were buzzing… you get the idea : )

Outside my window. The apple tree full of apple blossom.

Outside my window. The apple tree full of apple blossom.

Apple blossom.

Apple blossom.

I really wanted to make something that said SPRING! So I was taking many pictures of these cute little blossoms. Than it hit me, as I would change focus I would sometimes get the fly screen brought into focus in my photos… which made the picture look all pixelated.

Photo focused on the fly screen. Giving the Apple tree a pixelated effect.

Photo focused on the fly screen. Giving the Apple tree a pixelated effect.

Flowers and pixels! That’s what I wanted to do, as I really wanted to incorporate some sort of graphic element. I didn’t want to use square pixel shapes though, so I started with dots. I love dots on fabric!

Starting with circles I cut and punched some circles in paper and this started me thinking about halftone prints. Halftone prints use a printing technique that produces images through the use of dots, varying in size, shape and spacing. Usually used in paper printed products like magazines. If you look at the page of a magazine with a strong magnifying glass you can see these dots. Read more about it here.

Scanned cutout dots.

Scanned cutout dots.

These hand cut dots were scanned in giving the dots an irregular more hand feel and blown up large for a graphic effect. Yes, I positioned each dot in those flowers! Yes, I need new glasses now : )

In making quilts I find that so much is seen when they are viewed both up close and far away, so I love having a pattern that looks like dots close up and that the flowers reveal themselves at a distance. With my color selection I knew that I wanted to keep to bright Spring colors. I also liked the idea of staying with a Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (without the Black) that you find in halftone prints and I love the way these colors overlap and produce new colors.

Spring Dots in Hexys

Spring Dots in Hexys

Again I couldn’t resist seeing what would happen when my pattern is are cut-up into hexys and rearranged with the solids. Can you imagine how cute it would be in a bias binding?!

Are you ready for Spring? Get your brights out, Spring is here!


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Design Challenge Three: Jessica Majers

Hey Everyone!  I’m so thankful to be presenting my third design here today! So here it is:


Nasturtiums! 10x10

Nasturtiums! 10×10



This challenge was particularly difficult because I spend a lot of time trying not to look out my windows.  It’s not that it’s a bad view, but I live on the first floor of a classic seventies style apartment building.  My main windows face out onto the side yard and walkway and are set at the perfect location for everyone walking by to see my entire apartment.  I’ve spent a lot of time finding ways to let light in and keep eyeballs out.  So I had to part the curtains for a rare moment…

Out my windows...

Out my windows…

I appreciate how the garden appears to be trying to take over.  All these crazy plants growing on around the straight lines of fences, houses and window bars.  I even like the diagonals of the metal mesh- even though needing bars on ones window is always a bit of a bummer. I decided to focus on the nasturtiums not only because they are all over the garden outside my building, but because they are EVERWHERE in the bay area.  Chain link fences are woven with them.  Cracks in sidewalk house them.  Even abandoned lots full of trash magically sprout masses nasturtiums here.  After ten years this is still a novelty to me.

Nasturtium! Detail

Nasturtium! Detail

I wanted to make fabric that reflected the idea of wild nature versus man-made rigidity.  I drew the flowers and nasturtium leaves by hand with Tria markers to try to keep them loose against the vector black on white diagonals.  I love the vivid reds, oranges, pinks and yellows of nasturtiums and used bolds hues of each.

Thanks so much for checking out my design!  It was a challenge but I’m so excited to try more hand drawn, multi medium prints!

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Design ChallengeThree: Alice Murphy


Sweet Sunset / 10″ x 10″


Sweet Sunset / Detail


Sweet Sunset / colour coordinates

This was a strange challenge for me. I don’t really have a house/home to look out of at the moment. The room I am sleeping in was my childhood bedroom and although it doesn’t feel like my house anymore, in a way it will always be home. It also has an amazing view over Brisbane city and the surrounding mountains (which I couldn’t fit into my viewfinder but referenced in my print). I can think of far worse places to end up.


view from my bedroom window

The photo I picked for this challenge is very powerful to me. Not because it is a great photo (lets face it, it it pretty terrible and obviously taken through a mosquito net using a phone camera) but because this is a view that was a constant in my life for the first 22 years. When I look at it, I see much more than buildings, sky and trees. It reminds me of summers spent in the garden picking flowers with friends, sleeping outside when it was too hot to sleep inside and watching the fireworks over the city on new years eve. When I was a teenager if I was upset I’d sit in my room and look out over the mountains and city and everything would somehow seem better.


older panoramic image of the view including mountains

Since this is my childhood home I went back to my childhood for this challenge. A few weeks ago I stumbled on a book about the art of Eric Carle in the library and was smitten. I adored the Very Hungry Caterpillar as a child and it is still my favourite children’s book. I also love incorporating hand painted textures into my patterns so I got to work experimenting with tissue paper.


painted tissue paper

The days are getting shorter here and the sunsets becoming more and more intense as it gets cooler. I love the colours over the city at sunset, especially those last few moments were the colours pop against the darkening sky and used this as my colour inspiration. I also wanted to make a print for the adult me as well as the child so went with a more muted palette in the end.

I also went back and did a floral again this round. What can I say? I love florals. I also really love being in a home with a garden and flowers again after years of apartment dwelling.


exploring the garden

I’m still getting my head around quilting and decided to see what this pattern might look like chopped up into strips. I think these were about 2″ strips but it was getting late into the night when I was playing with it so who knows!


striped quilting block

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Guest Judge – Timna Tarr

Timna Portrait(1)We are so happy that Timna Tarr is back to help judge REPEAT(ed). Timna is a professional quilting super star, and she is becoming quite the cover girl for quilting magazines. Over the last year her quilts have graced the covers of some of the biggest quilting magazines in the industry. Her attention to detail and her fantastic use of color/fabric result in spectacular quilts.

Last year Timna provided REPEAT contestants with great feedback on exactly how fabrics work in quilts and we are sure she will have a lot to share with our REPEAT(ed) contestants.

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Guest Judge: Jessica Pollak

Jessica Pollak Jessica was a super fun contender in the last round, REPEAT.  Jessica’s unique, fresh designs and colors were some of our favorites.  You can check out more of Jessica’s work at First Pancake Studios.

We even got to meet Jessica at Quilt Market…Fingers crossed that Jessica’s designs find their way to quilt fabric someday!

We’re excited to hear Jessica’s feedback for the REPEAT(ed) designers…

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Where am I going? – Taylour Beadling

avatar_thumbHopes and dreams and plan for the future? Oh, jeez. This is a big question. I’m still in college and the idea of my future is plenty exciting, but also pretty terrifying. I’ve gone through several different majors while in school (animation, menswear design, game design, sequential art, and illustration to be exact). They’ve all changed my perspective on what my future may hold.

I guess I’ll start on repeat pattern and textile design for the most part. It wasn’t until recently that I even considered looking at the idea of fabric and print as a method of expression, much less a possible future career. It’s very interesting thus far. It manages to combine my interest in illustration, fashion, fabric, and general product design in a really new and fun way.

My first real crack at repeat pattern making.

My first real crack at repeat pattern making.

I think if I stick with repeat patterning I’d like to go in to fabric for the home or apparel. Children’s illustration has always been a big interest of mine, so the ability to design a pattern that I could one day see on a little boy’s backpack or little girl’s dress is really cool. Alternatively, designing prints for the adult apparel markets could also be great. It seems like prints have come into modern style in a big way, and they’re only getting more interesting with time.

To backtrack a bit, I do have hopes to one day work as some kind of illustrator. I love drawing and image making, plain and simple. It’s one of those things that, even if I wasn’t being paid to do it, I’d always have to do. It is important to have your own personal “voice” in illustration. That’s what I’m working on right now.

A comic about a girl that lives in a tree. I've always loved children's illustration and comics.

There is a girl who lives in a tree. Some people think she must get bored, but she doesn’t. When cats get stuck, she calms them down.

An Illustration made to accompany an Edward Lear limerick.

An Illustration made to accompany an Edward Lear limerick.The was a Young Lady of Bute,
Who played on a silver-gilt flute;
She played several jigs,
To her uncle’s white pigs,
That amusing Young Lady of Bute. 

If you want to see more of my work, you can check out my behance or my tumblr.



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My pattern design aspirations – Rebecca Ng

rebeccang-thumbA while ago, when I was a poor university student, I tried my hand at making my own bags. I found myself scouring fabric stores for fabric that would make the perfect lining or outer fabric. It wasn’t always an easy task and fabric shopping online didn’t really exist (even so, there’s something more satisfying about touching and feeling a fabric before purchasing it).

A few years later, I eventually enrolled in a couple of screen-printing short courses in order to design and print the fabric I’d been trying to find. I really enjoyed the process of making something from scratch and creating designs that didn’t require touching the computer. So, I think my love for fabric and pattern design started from there, but I only thought about seriously pursuing it as a career when I started studying textile design at RMIT University. Studies are on hold for now, but I hope to return to my much-loved course soon. It’s been motivating and inspiring, as many people in the course are mature aged, some have children or wanting a career change later in life and are finding enjoyment and success.

I come from a graphic design background, so I’ve always loved being creative and designing. Somehow it just feels like a natural progression to move into surface pattern designing.

So where to next? At the moment, when I’m not running after my toddler, I want focus on working on a collection of pattern designs in the hope of licensing them (or getting commissions) for use on fabrics, stationery or home wares and eventually bringing out my own range of products (when I have the finances!). I have read about Surtex and other art licencing fairs and I think it would be amazing to be able to have a booth there – something to think about in the future. And there are an endless number of design markets in Melbourne, so I would really love to sell my own wares. I’ve had a couple of stalls before (although the amount of stock I had was a bit sparse) and found talking with customers and getting feedback from people passing by so gratifying!

I also have some screen-printing supplies at home, so I’d love to get back into that, but as we’re expats at the moment, I’ll have to wait patiently until we are settled back home to get back into that. Something I can’t wait to do!

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Where to next for Alice?

alice2-300x300I have dedicated the past four years of my life to starting an interior design career but unfortunately my graduation coincided with a downturn in the industry. Right now I am unemployed [gasp!] and still living out of boxes in my parents’ spare room. I know some brilliant designers who have far more experience than I do who are also unable to find full time work, so I keep having to remind myself that it isn’t necessarily something terribly wrong with me.

I apologise for starting this post out on such a low note. Hopefully this picture of kitten in a boot will help lift the mood!


photo by Eran Finkle

Ignoring the whole unemployment thing, my life right now is actually pretty great. Where did I get this silly idea that I needed to have everything in my life sorted before I turn 30 anyway? I have plans to live to 100 so that would leave 70 years of boredom.

really enjoy textile design and it is something that I have been giving a lot of thought to, especially over this year. I didn’t expect to be accepted into this competition, let alone to make it this far. It has been an incredible boost to my confidence and an invaluable learning experience. I need to do a lot more research, but right now textiles appears to me to be an industry where I could potentially start my own business. I’m not there yet, and frankly the idea completely terrifies me, but I am continuing to work at developing my skills, my understanding of the industry, and my own style.

Right now I am itching to explore hand printed fabrics as well as different digital printing techniques and fabrics. The materiality of an object is really important to me too and I am finding it frustrating only seeing my repeats on a computer screen. I want to experience how the colours might look on the fabric a variety of lighting, what the fabric might sound like when rubbed or scrunched, and how it might feel to touch.

Where will I be this time next year? I don’t know. Employed would be a brilliant start and even better if it is an interior or textile design role. All my belongings are packed away ready for an adventure, all I need to do now is find one or perhaps make my own.

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Jessica Majers- My Design Dreams

Jessica_Majers_photoMy dream is to eventually be a working designer. I hope to have my own small design operation. I would love to design printed linens and quilting fabrics. I would also love to be licensed and have my designs appear on home and office products. Designing for children’s clothing is also in the plan. I know it will take a lot of time, probably years, but being able to continually create and run my own business is my ultimate goal.

Here’s some of my favorite designer/product combos:

gwen_frostic_stamps ls_air_sukie_sp13_blast-all Orla Kiely and Method

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Hope. Nicky Ovitt

NickyOvittI’m tackling this post in the last possible moments of the deadline, as it’s been difficult to look forward lately. Sometimes things happen in life which take the wind out of you. A harsh reminder: “what’s really important, anyway?” This has been the case since late March and has tarnished my bright shiny views while putting a damper on my obsessive forward momentum. An absolutely irreplaceable person in my life has been diagnosed with cancer… again. Another cherished friend has also begun her battle. Anyone who has had someone close to them go through this despicable illness will instantly understand. Anyone who has not— consider yourself fortunate and I hope that the blessing will continue for you and yours.

This week’s assignment was to write about our hopes and dreams beyond REPEAT(ed.) In my March 25 blog post I talked a lot about about my goals. Today I’ll add that I’ve been thankful to receive the valuable written suggestions and comments from the judges and mentors. Ellen had very nice things to say about my unique style while also pointing out that sometimes it may seem more appropriate for paper than fabric. I agree. And I’ve done enough research to know that multiple streams of income are essential in supporting myself, so plans to license my designs beyond fabric are definitely underway.

Jill Bliss and Geninne are both artists I admire with very recognizable styles who successfully license their art to be sold on a wide variety of products, some of my favorites being their beautiful art prints and stationery lines for Chronicle Books and Galison, respectively.

NickyOvitt_Oh-PetalumaFramed prints came to mind when I created this design last week to enter in an exhibition at one of my favorite local downtown stores called Heebe Jeebe. The theme was “The Farm Show.” You can download a free May desktop calendar of this expanded design on my blog.

I will end this post with a photo of a precious baby quilt my mom made. She was only 20 years old and already such a talented artist.

Take care, spread love.


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Where to post REPEAT(ed)? by Kim Andersson

KimAnderssonCongrats to Taylour for a great design win!
Also a big thank you for awarding me the Readers Choice Award! Yay!

So where do we go with our designs after the REPEAT(ed) competition?

I’ve been a Graphic Designer for many, many years, with all the design experience that comes with that. What I love in design is that every design challenge is new and you are always growing and learning as a designer.

This is a new design challenge for me, even with all that experience behind me. I’m new to designing for fabric and designing for quilting fabric is a world of it’s own! I have some great community support around me here and online. In my Quilt Guild, Surface Pattern Design Guild, friends and family have been so supportive. It truly is a wonderful feeling. I couldn’t do it without you guys and girls : )

This competition has expanded my horizons with helpful feedback and wonderfully encouraging comments through the REPEAT(ed) community. I have found my connections grow through the competition and have recently signed my first licensing agreement for some of my pattern designs! I’ll let you know more about this very soon!

So where am I headed? I hope towards some great licensing deals. I’ll dip my toes in and see how it feels. Surface pattern design is applied to so many things and places around us, just look around.. cups, mugs, plates, napkins, wallpaper, tissue boxes, notebooks, cards, cushions, phone covers… you get the idea. There are also many ways to work in the surface design industry (whether it’s full or part time, freelance or as a licensed designer) – as long as I’m challenging myself I know I’m on a good path.

Throughout the competition I’ve had some wonderful support by a fabulous designer and friend Carol Van Zandt. In May I am following her to Surtex in NY to help out and watch her in action. Surtex is one of the main shows for selling and licensing original art and design, this is going to be an invaluable learning experience. If you’re going to Surtex this year come by and say hi, we’ll be in the Carol Van Zandt booth #327 !

Some Fabric tests through Spoonflower. Colour tweaking to be done.

Some Fabric tests through Spoonflower. Colour tweaking to be done.

Whether I make it to the final round or not (and I do hope that I do!), I’ve made a commitment to myself that I will gather my collections and go see the fabric manufacturers at the Fall Quilt Market in Houston in October. I truly have a love of quilt fabrics and quilting and this is definitely a road I want to travel!

I look forward to forging a career in textile and surface design and I can’t wait to see the designs that I have produced made into fabulous quilts and clothes…. plates… cups… wallpaper… cushions…..

I must go – I have many patterns to make!


Follow along with me on this journey:
Website (still a work in progress…)

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Design Challenge Three

photo(39)Find a window in your house, look out it, take a picture, and design one print around what you see.  Interpret your surroundings as you see fit.  What surrounds your daily life? Pick three solid coordinates to go with your print.  You must present your image in your blog post about your print.

A warm welcome to the three judges for this month’s challenge.  As always, Michele Rosenboom will join us along with Timna Tarr and Jessica Pollak!

Stay tuned for blog posts over the next week or so on where the designers see themselves going…We told the designers, “some say setting intentions is the best way to achieve your dreams, so write down your dreams and go for it!”  Easier said than done!

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