Inspired by…a little daydreaming

It’s voting time!

When I first stumbled into this whole new world of surface pattern design no one had ever made mention of competitions. With all my activity in the world of social media, that one just seemed to slip by me. Well, now they have become a part of my weekly life. It seems that competitions are the way to go to get your work out there and seen.

I am not the competitive type.

I have been a bit slow on the uptake here, deciding instead to concentrate on developing my style, working on my website and generally learning. I still have one module left of Rachael Taylors  The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and its all about getting yourself seen.

Then this came along…

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Design a scarf to be sold through Anthropologie and Front Row Society?How could I possibly resist the chance of a little bit of me in Anthropologie?

I just couldn’t pass this one up with a clear conscience. You have to start somewhere!

The theme – Elements – fire, wind, water, earth. We were given the mood board pictured above plus a brief description-

‘Your Element’. Earth, fire, wind, water – what’s your true nature? Are you grounded, fiery, impulsive, or rational? We can all be earthly and celestial but there is always something that stands out. Finding your passion changes everything and we want to see you in your element. Show us what’s in your heart.

A little unsure of where to start I took to my photos. They are generally a good indication of what’s closest to my heart. I have no shortage of nature shots, but I felt the ones that rang true to me were those of my time spent at the ocean or on walks in the woods here in Whistler, B.C.

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Winter Woods ~ inspired by winter walks on sunlit days. Bursts of color amongst the white.

surface pattern design, julie hamilton, competition, dogwood branches,

Red Woods ~ inspired by the flowering dogwood dormant in winter, but still  providing beauty in a tangled web of branches.

surface pattern design, Whistler, julie hamilton, winter trees

Winters dusk ~ inspired by winter walks at dusk and the many shades of gray.

In true fashion, I may have got a little carried away. It’s highly addictive though – similar to putting the pieces of a puzzle together.

And my final piece ~ Beachglass.

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Beachglass – small, colorful, treasures found along the shore.Water and sun glistening off them. Individual in shape, color and texture. Irresistible.

Oh goodness. There was a lot of work involved in the production of those.
I wish I could say I wear scarves, but I am more of a hat girl.

When all is said and done, it was a fantastic learning experience. I am still very new to this process. This competition gave me an opportunity to spend some quality time with my photos, cutting and pasting them around in the digital world. It was quite a bit of fun and no mess:)

If you have a moment I would love you to vote! I will try to make this as easy as possible.You can click directly on the pictures above which will take you to my voting page.Or here is a link to my face book page, which has all the links to my work. Just click  on the links there and it should take you directly to my scarves to vote. (Unfortunately they will make you create a log in – just your email address and a password – it’s never that easy:)

After that just press 5 -dont think too much-(said with a smile).I still think that some of those trees may look better on my walls then around my neck! My version of stripes:)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Will keep you posted. Not expecting miracles as there are some beautiful designs, but a girls gotta dream!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Inspired by….my love for Anthropologie

My love for Anthropologie runs deep.

I love everything about the experience.. The sights, the smells , the style. I have been known to sit myself down, usually beside a patient husband, and just absorb it all in. Sensory stimulation at its finest.

Anthropologie, art,teacup,inspiration Artful displays, beautifully embroidered tablecloths and pillows, ornate candlebras, textured fabric,leather bound journals, weathered, mismatched…all of it beckoning me, inspiring me, transporting me into another world. If I cant be in these exotic far off lands at least I can have a little piece of them for right here at home.
Anthropologie, inspiration, embroidered teatowels Unfortunately my visits to Anthropologie are few and far between ,the closest one being 2 hours away. But I have my trusty stack of catalogues, one for reading, one for cutting up. Possibilities for my inspiration board or a collage in my journal.

To keep the love alive between visits I have tidbits of Anthropologie scattered around my home.

I have my morning mug…I have more than just a few articles of clothing. Hmm…some of which I am lounging in right now.
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I have my favorite books and magazines stacked high on my coffee table.
Sibella Court, Uppercase, magazine, Anthropologie
Check out Sibella Court…celebrated designer who travels the world in search of eclectic inspiration. Dream job!
Sibella Court, Uppercase, magazine, Anthropologie
Sibella Court, Uppercase, magazine, Anthropologie

Sibella Court, Uppercase, magazine, Anthropologie
Uppercase~ a beautifully handcrafted magazine about creative adventures. Paper, paper everywhere…love!
Sibella Court, Uppercase, magazine, AnthropologieOh look here…Angela Ritchie of ACE camps. Our very own Whistler girl! If you havent had a chance to check out her creative retreats, you must do so. She has a fantastic line up of artisans all over the big, beautiful world.
Sibella Court, Uppercase, magazine, Anthropologie, ACE camps, Angela Ritchie

All of it just makes me feel warm and fuzzy.. This makes me very happy.
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How special do I feel receiving this little gem in the mail? They are doing everything right to fuel the fire.
I also have a little secret to tell you…. Often on my visits to Seattle I would notice, crafty, very homemade, unique art hanging on the wall.

I would often think…Why not mine?

So feeling brave one January (my bravest month of the year) I arranged a meet up with the creative director at the downtown Seattle store.I had sent him photos of my collage artwork and it was arranged that I would bring down some pieces to show. Everything went well. He saw…he liked…he critiqued. He wanted them big, on canvas, a little bit grittier, more layers…I walked away excited, inspired to fulfill.

Then 2 weeks later I left for Europe on a 5 month sabbatical with my family….

I never did follow through with him come Fall. Upon our return I was just too busy re-establishing our lives, unsure of what I wanted to create, unsure of my creative desires…..I dont believe I started painting again until the new year and in my artistically afflicted way I was onto something totally different. That was 2 years ago!!

I often think about it and feel a twinge of regret. However, lately I have been thinking more about it and I am just puttin’ this out there….
One day ~ I will be featured in one of their stores! I am not sure when, but it is first and foremost in my mind.I am just sayin’…..

Maybe you too, should think about hanging some of your art there?

And on that note, I am signing off….

Happy Monday to you!