Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Evolution of a Lemon

I have been having a lot of fun entering Spoonflower's weekly contests.  This week the theme is "Citrus Fruits".  I love to see how a few hundred designers will take the same theme and everyone will approach it in a different, unique way.  Here is how my idea for citrus fruits evolved...

I started with a very simple sketch.  I envisioned half circles in a row, slightly tilted.  I was not sure if they would be lemons, limes, oranges, or a combination of all three.

 I took a few dozen photos of a lemon, lime and orange.  Here is just one of the many.

Then, while I was on Pinterest, someone was pinning hundreds of images of Morocco and quite a few were from the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh.  There were so many photos of the AMAZING cobalt blue that apparently is everywhere (I have never been).  One photo , taken by Neal J. Wilson, screamed out to me as if the design gods were trying to tell me something...

"JILL, PAINT LEMONS ON A COBALT BACKGROUND!"  I could not block out the screaming so I listened, and painted...

Then...  I decided that I should make the citrus more simplified, not so realistic.  I scanned in my painting and simplified it in Illustrator.  After getting the layout and repeat the way I liked, I did what I love...  I tried it out in different colorways.

This is the final design named "Summer Citrus" and the colorway that I picked to enter the contest...

As you can see, I abandoned the lemon and cobalt in favor of oranges and pink grapefruit!  Sometimes you need to follow your heart and take a different path.  I think it's funny that it turned out to be a very simple design that started with a very simple sketch but somewhere in the middle I made it a bit more complicated.  That is typically how my brain works.  I'm very aware of the principle that the shortest distance between point A and B is a straight line but sometimes I take the scenic route.

This design and 3 other colorways (including a lemon and cobalt) are available at my Spoonflower shop.

I liked the design so much that I've uploaded it onto my Society6 shop too.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I  made my first 2 sales!!  Thank you to the buyers!

I originally started to upload designs onto Society6 because I wanted an iphone case with my own design on it.  Now, it's addictive.  It's fun to see my designs on various product and of course it's very exciting to make sales.  Here are a few of my favorite pillows and phone cases.

This shibori iphone case on the bottom, left was the winner that I picked for myself.  It's a shibori design that I created a long, long, long time ago, when I was in college.  Still as beautiful today as the day I made it!  I have a small collection of shibori designs.  I think they make great designs for phones.

Well, there you have it.  Two posts in 3 days!  I'm not making any promises that you will hear from me soon but you never know...

Sunday, June 16, 2013

So it's been a while...

I still haven't made anything out of those original fabrics.  I had good intentions but it just didn't happen.  Here is what I have been up to...
I have uploaded a lot more designs onto Spoonflower.
Here are some photos of my Citrus Flower Collection.  I'm really happy with the colorways. They are fun and bright and summery.

I've also made an apron with my Garden Tools Fabric.

I will keep you posted if I sew up anything fun with my new designs.  I think I'll try to stay in touch more often! Jill