I just finished uploading my final pattern for the Make it in Design Summer School creative brief. This week's theme was intricate chaos and I had a lot of fun with it adding in all the little details. I love the little bird with his paisley wing! This will be the main pattern design for my next collection, so look for it in September's look book. I have mocked it up on the rug in the nursery above, along with some of the other prints and patterns that will be in the collection.
 
 
In addition to entering Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search Contest, I also signed up to take the Make it in Design Summer School program. I have to say that it has done what I hoped it would do, and that is stretch me outside my comfort zone! I had never previously explored anything nautical or tribal, but it was really fun to play around with these and see what I could come up with.

For the first design brief I did a cute little crab holding a bouquet of kelp on a fish scale pattern background. I love how this one turned out and I feel like I did a good job of staying true with my design aesthetic.

The second brief was a tribal collage of geometrics, animal prints, etc. Unfortunately this one coincided with the GTS Contest, so I couldn't spend a lot of time on it. I had a bunch of leftover brush strokes from my terrarium sketches for the contest, so I re-purposed those into a tribal collage pattern. I don't feel like this pattern fits into my Vetmari brand, however I like the playfulness and organic nature of it.

I've really enjoyed stretching myself this summer and participating in a community of talented artists! To view all the Summer School galleries click here.
 
 
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Bits and pieces of my creative process.
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Round 1 Entry to Lilla Roger's Global Talent Search
Some projects just come together quickly and beautifully as if they design themselves. This one was not one of them! I struggled for several days to solidify what I wanted to do, did lots of sketches and ditched several designs before it finally started coming together. I think part of the struggle with this project was a mental one and trying not to think about the stiff competition out there. However I just kept reminding myself to not worry about it, be true to my artistic voice and have fun with it. As I've been watching the sneak peeks and final reveals on social media the past few days I have been in awe of the wonderful talent that surrounds me in this contest. I want to congratulate all my fellow artists on making the decision to put themselves out there and for inspiring me along the way.

We were all given a creative brief to design to, and I was very excited when I received it because it was such a fun theme! We were asked to design a piece of wall art with a terrarium theme and containing at least one word. I chose the saying "Beauty is Within" for my piece because I loved the double meaning of the beauty within the glass and looking beyond the surface for the beauty in others. I traditionally do my designs mostly digitally, but I wanted to bring in some painted textures and a few small painted elements to appeal more to the wall art market and give it some added depth. I'm very happy with how it turned out in the end because it truly reflects me and my aesthetic. The top 50 entries moving on to round 2 will be posted August 26th. Best of luck to everyone!
 
 
Theme Quilt for Quilt St. George 2015
I designed the theme quilt (left) for the Quilt St. George 2015 Annual Retreat titled "Creating Tomorrow's Heirlooms." I will also be teaching two quilts I designed! You can sign up to take "Block Parade" or "Bonkers for Blocks" from me. Both have a modern design and are great beginner quilts with easy piecing that go together fast. The details are below and I hope to see you there!

Quilt St. George Retreat
Jan. 6th-10th, 2015
Courtyard by Marriott St. George
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Block Parade
Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Bonkers About Blocks

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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