Thursday, August 27, 2015

Multiflorum in Top 100

Multiflorum by Snowflower, Fabric8 2015 Botanical Sketchbook entry

I just found out I made the top 100 over 800 entries in the Spoonflower fabric8 Botanical Sketchbook contest sponsored by Moda Fabrics. Woohoo! Moda has always been one of my favorite textile company, they have some really great collections and I would LOVE to design for them. I am so excited that my design even got into the Spoonflower contest email blast, right smack in the middle! Lots and lots of beautiful designs this year, so I will need your help to advance to the next round which is the top 8. You can vote here. As always, thank you for your support!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Butterfly Paisley Collection

Butterfly Paisley Coordinates Contest entry

Yes, it's that time again! Spoonflower contest of the week. This week the theme is Butterfly Coordinates and we had to design a collection that would fit on a yard of fabric. I decided to do a butterfly paisley as my main design. I always wanted to try to design a paisley but it felt so hard to draw and so intricate but it's actually not that difficult and it's kind of a zen thing to draw all those small elements. I really enjoyed this one, and it's a warm up for next week's contest which is the fabric8 competition, stay put! To vote in this week's contest, go here. And as always, thank you for your support!

Butterfly Paisley Collection main design

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Internationella Kreatörer

Our wonderful group on the last day of the workshop.

This is very exciting, I made the news in the Åland local paper. On the last day of the workshop, a reporter, Liisa Mendelin, was walking around and asking questions and talked to me for a while, and then next thing I know, I am in the newspaper. It's all in Swedish but I think the article says this about me: "I love Lotta's work and I love Scandinavia. When I saw the beautiful pictures in Afar magazine, I knew immediately that I wanted to go", says Lucie Duclos from Port Townsend, USA.

She wanted to get a new perspective on printing techniques. Right now she is working with stencils. She has cut a nature inspired pattern in a plastic film. Now she dab the color through the plastic on cotton fabric.

In daily life, Duclos is a graphic designer. She has her own company and designs packaging."

So from now on, call me the "Internationella Kreatör"! I'll try to not let it go to my head. I am still fairly unknown in the US…but not for long with this kind of international press, watch out! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Last day on Åland

On our last day of the workshop we worked on stenciling techniques on fabric in the morning and in the afternoon we worked any techniques we learned on paper or textile. After dinner (fresh caught perch) Dave played Lotta's ukulele and sang a song for me for our anniversary, that was a hit! And then he did Chantilly Lace and I just had to chime in with a spoon solo to showcase a little French Canadian culture! It definitely entertained this international crowd! We went back to the barn, this time to dance the Schottis, a Swedish folk dance. Everybody went to the sauna after but we decided to walk to the little lookout at the end of the island and watch the sunset. That last photo was taken at midnight!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A field trip to Mariehamn

On day 3, we went on a field trip to the Åland capital of Mariehamn. We stopped at Judy's, a ceramic artist who has her store and studio in an old dairy farm. She had coffee and pastries for us and she was totally adorable. I bought one of her mug and also a cute apron and tea towel from another Åland artist. Then we had lunch in Marihamn and spent the rest of the day checking out the town and shopping. This town kind of reminded me of Port Townsend with all it's maritime history and wooden boats. We had dinner in a cool little restaurant sitting outside on wood crates on the docks and then danced the charleston (totally unplanned, they just happened to have a band and a dance demo and we couldn't resist but join in). And how many occasion do you get to dance the charleston in Finland anyway?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 2 at Silverskär

Silverskär is the name of the hotel where we are staying. The workshop takes place in the barn and it's an amazing space. We started the day with a demo from Lotta on potato prints and working on repeats exploring direction, color and spacing of different motifs. We started in our sketchbooks and then moved on to fabric. In the afternoon we worked on block printing and carved our own vinyl stamps. At 4 pm we took a "fika" break with coffee and freshly baked cakes and pastries from our chef Viktor then we went back to work until dinner (fresh salmon, one of the best I ever had!). In the meantime, Dave was busy riding a kayak around the island and practicing his ax throwing skills (I am not even kidding!)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lotta Jansdotter Workshop in Åland

Lotta's workshop-day one! So much to tell. We arrived on the ferry from Stockholm-a 6 hour ride through the archipelago- and Lotta and her 2 assistants (Nerissa and Makenna) were waiting for us and distributed those charming handmade ceramic name tags, then we got on the bus to take us to another boat that would take us to our private island. When we got to the boat house on the other side, they greeted us with crepes and schnapps, now that's civilized! When we got to our room, on the beds, was a little goodie bag with a handmade eye mask, postcards, chocolates and metallic tattoos. So sweet! We went swimming and then sauna, hot tub, a little walk around the island and it was time for our 3 course dinner by our fabulous chef Viktor. There is 27 of us here and everybody is super nice and friendly. This feels like summer camp! I LOVE it!