Experiments in Black + White

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Papercut in black and white.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with different media, starting without color. Now I design all of my fabric collections in black and white before adding color, which allows me to focus on line and form, before clouding everything with color. And sometimes it doesn’t need color at all. If you have followed my fabric designs for a while, you may have noticed that I like to keep things simple.

I went years only wanting to make and sew functional objects, but now I just want to explore techniques. At this point, I don’t want to write instructions or draft patterns, but I’m not sure where I’m going with this.

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Doodles in black and white.

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Line exploration in black and white. Acrylic on paper, paper weaving, digital lines, and acrylic on fabric.

Rough Cut Projects

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Bolts of Rough Cut, shipping from Kokka soon! Photos below and more here. To order wholesale in the U.S., contact Seven Islands Fabric.

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Quilt Market photos.

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Rough Cut original artwork (hand-cut paper.)

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Digital sketch for Parallels quilt. Pattern by Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, sewn by Leslie Piper from Intown Quilters (see finished quilt in photos above.)

 

Rough Cut Fabric Collection

Happy New Year! Coming to stores soon: Rough Cut fabric collection from Kokka features six designs that were cut into paper, then digitally colored to create fabric designs. More photos here.

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Purses from Octopurse.

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2015 in Pictures

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Points in metallic double gauze from my Monochrome collection. You can find it here.

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Paper cutting and fabric strike-offs from my upcoming collection, Rough Cut.

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Paper mandala with the artwork of 400 children for the school auction.

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Blooms from my Monochrome collection. Available here.

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Mugs with my Botanica print, available on Society6.

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Text, paper, and fabric experiments.

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Brand versus Identity in Social Media

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It’s hard to balance your online persona with your real life, particularly when you are an independent maker building a brand around yourself. I often struggle with the idea of self-promotion. Read my post about it over at the Craft Industry Alliance.

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