The patterns are actually tiny pieces of printed linen, which I design myself, using a few tools and some much practiced techniques. First of all, I do not consider myself great artiste. Growing up, I loved to make things, but wasn't much of a drawer. In my 20s I took some art classes, and was fortunate enough to discover that drawing is a skill that can be learned. With this perspective, some practice and confidence, I began to incorporate my own designs into my jewellery collection in 2010.
I decided it was time to add a little mouse to my collection. I asked myself: Would anybody wear a mouse? and then I thought...hey, I'd wear a mouse! After all, I've called Amelia "mouse" since she was a baby! So here's the cutest mouse I could muster...without being cartoonish, that's usually my goal.
I like to start with a sketch, pretty simple right!?
I then scan my sketch into the computer, so that i can start the process of designing the fabric.
This process really works for me, since each of my characters has to fit into a tiny circle, so I often have to alter proportions to make this possible.
Here's the horse that I was working on last week...(As you can see, I let Amelia add her own personal touches to the sketch!) This one took a good deal of manipulation to make sure that the image will be visible in the 3/8" circles that it will fit into. That's the beauty of this technique: You can draw big, then shrink to small, and see what you've got, then go from there...
This isn't actually the final horse...sometimes I just keep tweaking and tweaking. Make it bigger, shorten the nose; shrink it down, see how it looks...repeat!
Here are a couple more new patterns I worked on today: My favorite animal is the bear, so it's about time that this guy joined the collection.
These little friends are now ready to be printed onto fabric! I always get really excited to see them come to life, first as linen, and then as jewellery.
I'm still going to be drawing a few more designs before sending this batch to print...
So, because I often get requests for favorite animals or images, I'm going to do a little contest: If you read this and have any ideas for patterns you'd like to see added to my collection, tell me in a comment on my blog or facebook page, and if you have time, tell me why you'd like this design added (I'm genuinely interested!) If I end up using your idea, you'll be entered into a draw for a necklace (in the pattern that you suggested!) Fun right?! Check out my website to see the patterns that are already a part of the Marmalade collection: marmaladedesigns.ca