jet stream - scandinavia + marimekko...

marimekko spring 2010 fashion and apparel

There is a short list of things that make me gasp for air and leave a dull ache in my soul (in the best way).

marimekko spring 2010 inspiration
marimekko spring 2010 kitchen and lifestyle
This list includes:  Paris, olives with cheese and red wine, my hubby's laugh and...marimekko.  Spring 2010 does not disappoint.

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jet stream - scandinavia + surface...

Continuing on our journey, Scandinavian Surface is an amazing group suppling wallpaper, wall hangings, bags, and home accessories in a fantastic range of prints.

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jet stream - scandinavia + inreda blog

Just found this great blog Inreda for all things Swedish in art and design and much more!
inreda swedish design blog


artist interview - inkling prints...

SWOON!!  We have all fallen in love with etsy great Inkling Prints.  Designer Kiran was kind enough to give us the scoop on what inspires her, where she's been, and where she going...etsy inkling prints

Hi, I'm Kiran and I started Inkling Prints in July last year. I used to spend time doodling in my sketch books, not knowing what to do with my doodles. Then one day, I was browsing through Amazon and I came across a book by Lotta Jansdotter. I ordered it immediately! It arrived one beautiful spring morning. I was sat on the sofa, by the window, with the sun streaming in and I was totally inspired to create my own hand printed items. After months of researching and experimenting with different paints and fabrics, I finally opened my Etsy shop in November 2009.

what three to five words would you use to describe your work?
bold, colourful, simple

what inspires you?
I was born and lived in Singapore til 5 years ago when I moved to England. The colours, the vibrancy, the intricacy and detail that you find in almost everything there has inspired me. After moving to England, I realised I was also very much drawn to nature. I love looking at all the different flowers, plants and trees. And then waiting eagerly in winter for spring when everything is fresh, green and colourful again.
screen printed bags and pillowswhat was your first job? when/how did you know you wanted a career in art?
My first job was as a graphic/product designer at a shop designing stationary for children. We had a little office at the back of the shop and I designed all sorts of things from posters to t-shirts to trimmers to hang on walls. It was good fun as I also got to meet my young customers sometimes.
My late dad used to draw with me. He very much encouraged and supported me throughout art school, staying up late with me to finish off projects, encouraging me and believing that I could do it.

finish this sentence. I could eat___ all day.
waffles with ice-cream

design books/blogs you can't live without
Books: Lotta Jansdotter -  How to Print with Anything and Lena Corwin - Printing by Hand
Blogs: http://jezzeblog.blogspot.com/ and http://camillaengman.blogspot.com/

what do you do when you are not doing art?
I'm running around the house chasing my 2 year old daughter Jill, with my one hand pulling my hair out, the other hand trying to grab her and screaming 'Nooooo!!', all at the the same time and finally tripping over the dog and falling.

name one thing about you that would shock the outside world.
When I was young, I found a can in my dad's tools cupboard. It had a cute elephant on it. I went into the cupboard, shut the door, opened the can and found this yellow gooo in it. I sniffed it. Wow! I was caught by my parents and warned, never to sniff glue again. I was only 7. So, I wasn't punished. Maybe that's why my brain is slightly messed up now - I'm so totally disorganised! :P
etsy screen printed bags and pillows
finish this sentence. If I could time travel, I would arrive...
In the 1940's to meet my husband's grandmother Tirzah Ravilious, who was a brilliant artist. Her husband was a war artist and she had to cope with being a mum to 3 kids. But she also produced such beautiful art in her short lifetime. I'd like to know what inspired her.

what's next?
New designs. Prints on paper. New studio space. Hopefully, somewhere which will give me enough space to print and lots of space to store my products. In the meanwhile, I am trying to
concentrate on photographing all my work and also launching my own website.


giveaway - let's have a race!...

hey guys! let's have a race! the next my next 50 twitter followers & 50 facebook fans, will be entered to win a free valentine's day gift from me!
queen of hearts

double duty will get you TWO entries! contest will end feb. 5th so I can get it to you before the big day!  winner can choose from two sizes 8.5x11 or 11x14 (larger one shown here)

one of each please...

new at anthropologie

new at anthropologiemeet my three new muses...


bloom where you are planted - issue #04...

bloom where you are planted

keeping commitments to myself (new home, new communities)...

found:  cute coffee shop...

cute little coffee shop

found:  yoga home...

yoga home

found:  hair salon...

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and my brother's awesome socks for good measure...

awesome socks

a little inspiration...

think this is where next collection is headed...

new collection inspriation


jet stream - back to paris...

southern france buildings

Ok so look.  If you don't already know that I have an absolute and total obsession with Paris and France as a whole, then you probably don't know that the sky is blue.  I am well aware that yes, it has definitely crossed over into stalker status - but I'm okay with it and I hope you are too!  ;-)  So I am a girl who knows what she wants, that's a good thing, yes?!

shooting French architecture

paris buildings and architecture

I was really starting to give it a rest until Nichole over at little brown pen started posting pics from her trip.  They are literally making my soul ache!  So I thought we would revisit a bit.  Besides, who can really get enough of Paris!parisian police

jardin de tulilleries

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feature - cafe cartolina...

Big thanks to Fiona over at cafe cartolina for a wonderful feature today.  Her blog is always full of amazing inspiration, so check back often!

cafe cartolina feature


prints, prints and more prints!...

wow! LOVING that this style guide on style.com is all about print and pattern! YES! Score one for all the surface designers yay!style-guide-patternstyle-guide-pattern2



pieces of me - the work in progress...

pieces of me

I've been finding myself saying things like I'm a work in progress... it's a work in progress... it's progressing etc. Always changing, but this time feels like a time for exponential change in my life and work. So with that of course comes a new series! Pieces of me will let you in on my process, and perhaps other little pieces as we go along. Allons-y!

[caption id="attachment_840" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="hand sketch scanned in"]khristian a howell process[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_841" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="scanned in and ready to color"]artists process[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_842" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="final all colored up!"]fresh air print[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_843" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="hand sketch before scan"]khristian a howell process[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_844" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="scanned in and all tossed up"]artist process[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_845" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="colored up and ready to go!"]greenwich gardens print[/caption]

both print are available or licensing/limited use. email me for info or the view entire collection!


haiti relief fundraiser: bid now!

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my photo is up for auction NOW!!  All proceeds go to the red cross to help those in need in Haiti!  BID NOW!!


Bloom where you're planted - issue #03...

bloom where you're planted

This weekend I realized that in my transition to the south I have neglected a really important part of my life.  During my time living in Seattle, yoga became a huge part of my life.  I've missed my studio and instructors so much that I allowed this feeling of loss to paralyze me from finding a new yoga community.

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Well, that's it!  I am going to stop feeling sorrow for the loss of my old routine and fulfill this essential part of my life!  This week I will be visiting three studios one of which I will make my new yoga home.