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Actually, Mine Were First

Actually, Mine Were First

If I had time, a much greater percentage of my wardrobe would be made or designed by me. Though not having, I still do manage to have a hand in minor alterations in a lot of what I end up wearing. Besides the requisite hem […]

The Crocheting of My Ancestors

The Crocheting of My Ancestors

My grandmother’s house is full of wonderful treasure and I was really taken by these crocheted doilies on one of my last visits. We are not sure at this point who crocheted what, but some examples could be nearing a hundred years old. They are […]

My First Blatant Knock-Off

My First Blatant Knock-Off

Something caught my eye at the store the other day. It was a pattern exactly as I had designed for another company. Upon closer inspection, the only differences were that it was changed from a 2 color print to 3, and one small motif was […]

Pen Analysis

Pen Analysis

Lately I have been really taking advantage of my subway time by drawing and have amassed a pretty shameless collection of pens. Here are some of my new favorites. What I am looking for in a pen is an ink that is very permanent because […]

Floral Print Reference Photos

Floral Print Reference Photos

Lack of reference material for floral prints has always especially frustrated me. You can find some great images of flowers online, but I sometimes feel uncomfortable borrowing so heavily from the photographer, who is of course originally responsible for many of the choices that make […]

If the Textures are Nice…

If the Textures are Nice…

I have also been eyeing the textures in the nearby cemetery. It’s full of many different kinds of stone, and with all manner of wear and decay. What could be better for realistic grunge textures? There’s even some very excellent tree bark.

Patterns at the Cooper Hewitt

Patterns at the Cooper Hewitt

I finally visited the Cooper Hewitt museum for the very first time! It’s beautifully ornate and full of patterns. The current exhibits were also of particular interest to me. There was a great exhibit on textile industry innovations. I saw a lot of things up […]

Building a Reference Library

Building a Reference Library

It can sometimes be hard to find just the right source images for a project. Nowadays, it seems designers seem to be stuck searching online for these materials. It can be time consuming and often less than ideal in the end, leading to copyright issues, […]

Valentine’s Cards

Valentine’s Cards

Drew some quick Valentine’s Day cards to send out and I thought they came out very cute.

A Skinny Sketchbook

A Skinny Sketchbook

I think it’s really true that it’s important to draw everyday and I usually have a small sketchbook in my purse to draw on the subway. One of my current ones is the Moleskin¬†Pocket Watercolor Album, which gives me different dimensions than I am used […]