Bucket of Squash

 

I’ve been working on a lot more patterns and prints that start with paint and then make their way onto the computer. There’s an organic element that I can achieve with paints and paper that I have a really hard time achieving by just using the computer. Some people can get the same effects with Photoshop and are great at it, but I end up getting more frustrated when I take that route.

Enjoy this new wallpaper created using paint, a scanner, fabric and finally—Photoshop to bring everything together. I couldn’t decide if I liked the light or the dark version better, so I’ll just share both!

 

Light:
1280 x 800  •  1440 x 900  •  1680 x 1050  •  1920 x 1200  •  2560 x 1440  •  iPhone5  •  iPad

Dark:
1280 x 800  •  1440 x 900  •  1680 x 1050  •  1920 x 1200  •  2560 x 1440  •  iPhone5  •  iPad

 

I love Quora. The weekly digest email they send out is probably my favorite email I get all week. That baby is chock-full of all sorts of random information and knowledge. In it are fascinating questions being answered about travel, love, work, health— you name it. This recent-ish answer by David Cole to the question ‘What are techniques for overcoming designer’s block’ is something I found especially relevant.

 

My first moodboard of 2014! This one is all about sophistication and glamour. The client wants to position her fashion and decor brand so it has the potential to grow into a formidable voice in the style community. She has a great point of view and a strong sense of style, so now the challenge is to get the visual aspects of the brand to match that. This is going to be a fun one.

 

 

 

 

I’m hoping to incorporate more nature inspired details and motifs in my work this year so I tried to use my recent 2.5 week break from the computer and limited internet to get creatively inspired by my surroundings, and not the things that were trending on the internet, blogs, or Pinterest. This is normally harder to do when the internet is so accessible, so I welcomed the opportunity of being truly offline for a long period of time. I’d love to say that I’m constantly inspired by my environment but the reality is that 8 hours a day, my environment is my glowing computer screen and there are times I rely on it far more than I’d like to admit. I’m willing to bet that I’m not alone here (hopefully??). I’m still trying to incorporate taking walks outside into my day, but so far that’s not going so well…

It’s amazing how heightened my awareness became to the natural beauty around me and how much inspiration I started finding in the most macro details of my environment. This set of photographs I took are close-ups of different natural settings in Chile. But it really doesn’t matter that these were taken in Chile—I want these photographs to be about the texture and details found in nature and stripped from their context.

 

 

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 has started off with a bang for you. My eyes already started hurting from being on the computer at around 2pm so I’ve got a ways to go…

 

Photo: Taken by me 

 

I hope 2013 treated you well. I’m grateful and thankful for a wonderful year where I learnt, worked, traveled, danced, slept, sweat, froze, blogged, designed, instragrammed, explored, ate, drank, worried, thought, smiled, laughed and loved a lot. No complaints over here. Onward to 2014! Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

 

 

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt while working for myself in 2013, is that enthusiasm is pretty powerful. Enthusiasm makes it easier to get up in the morning, gets you through the day, and makes it easier to get through rough times.

Throughout this year when I look back at the people I met who I found myself most drawn to, all these people share the characteristic of being infectiously enthusiastic. The people who I found myself respecting, were not only talented, but really enthusiastic about their work, their inspirations, and sharing knowledge. Talking and hanging out with them would start making me feel like I could do anything—the sky is the limit! I became aware of my own levels of enthusiasm and how good it feels to share it with other like minded people. I’m not talking about trying to be sickeningly sweet Miss Suzy Sunshine all the time, but being someone who finds their work and life energizing and who wants to share that energy. Being surrounded by and giving off positive energy is pretty transformative.

 

 

 

Unlike previous years, I didn’t get a chance to make and send out holiday cards this year. Consider this my holiday greeting to all of you. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Cheers!

 

 

I’ve seen some links and info about Hackwith Design House around the internet lately, but only recently have I gotten a chance to explore the collection and I love it! The clothes have simple and modern silhouettes, but the fabric has a wonderful organic element to it and looks rich and luxurious. The black Cocoon Dress is to die for. They only create 25 or less of each piece, so a lot of the pieces I love are sold out. I definitely have my eye on this brand for future shopping splurges.

 

I’m off to a South American adventure for the rest of 2013! The plan is to spend a couple of days in Bogota while on the way in and out, and then Chile to see the desert, mountains, beaches, and cities. Chile has some of the most diverse geography in the world because it’s so darn long, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. In anticipation of this trip, I tried to brush up on my Spanish, but the Duolingo lessons only lasted about 2 weeks. Whoops. If communication is limited to colors, animals, family members, and all present tense conjugations of the verb ‘ser’, I should have no language problems at all.

I have a few posts scheduled for the rest of 2013, but if you want to follow along with my trip, you can follow me on Instagram. I promise I won’t overpost :)

 

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