Inspired by…a color challenge

It’s another winterland morning here in Whistler. December is here and with it mounds of beautiful, white fluffy snow.It brings me a bit of joy knowing that I am meant to be here – I still get excited when the snow starts flying.

I am already playing a bit of catch up here as we head into December. I had a very productive and fun month participating in Creative Everyday. I met some new creatives in the community and also had a chance to explore and create with different mediums. I had been meaning to spend some time in my studio exploring new ideas, but I think I just needed a little extra shove in the right direction. It has resulted in a small arsenal of new ideas for my surface pattern design.A small pat on the back if I may.

Next up ~ Louise Gales monthly color challenge. I managed to create this in the final hours of November,but I am just a day or two late posting. I have spoken often about Louise’s color challenge and encourage you to participate. It has helped stretch my color imagination and encouraged me to play with new motifs.

Here is my work for this month ~ inspired by autumn and a scattering of leaves.
julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflicted

A special thank you also goes out to Louise for including my work in her “Color Stories” feature in the brand new issue of Moyo.I am always thrilled to be included. Thank you!
surface pattern design, Issuu, Moyo

Issue #2 of Moyo is out and it is jammed packed with color,inspiring interviews, and,of course, lots of pattern. For those who missed it the first time around, Moyo is Japanese for “pattern” and is the first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design. You can find it here on Issuu. A must see!

Inspired by…the making of a rose.

The sun is shining,the temperature is rising and I don’t have to make school lunches this fine Monday morning. Ah..sweet summer.

It takes its sweet time getting here every year, but when it finally does arrive it is ,oh, so good. I am excited to get out on the water, do a bit of camping, spend time on the trails and sit on my patio and sketch.

louise gale color challenge, surface pattern design,roses, red, sketching, sewing

It’s the end of June and time for Louise Gales color challenge. I found this months challenge to be a wee bit… challenging. Colors suggested were not my favorites…nor was the theme. Red and roses. Exactly why it is called a challenge…

I still loved the process! It is always important to stretch ourselves creatively and work to put our own spin on something we may not necessarily be drawn to. I sketch a lot of flowers, but have to be honest when I say ~ a rose has never made an appearance in my sketchbook.

I quite like them now!

A bit of sketching and some sewing…

louise gale color challenge, surface pattern design,roses, red, sketching, sewing

Add a little digital goodness and ta-da…a collection (of sorts) is in the making.

louise gale color challenge, surface pattern design, rose, red, sketch
louise gale color challenge, surface pattern design, rose, red, sketch
louise gale color challenge, surface pattern design, rose, red, sketch

Module 2 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design has started. I am still loving it!

We just completed a two week break which was definitely needed. A chance to soak in all that I have experienced so far.A chance to brush up on my digital skills and most importantly, get all of my sketching organized, labelled and scanned. I am very impressed, and overwhelmed.. with all the information and creative exercises provided. We are back at it strong, working on our signature style and developing collections. This weeks brief was a stationary collection for a sophisticated 40 something woman. Roses are sophisticated..right? So I thought I would try to incorporate them here too… slightly different color scheme though.

louise gale color challenge, surface pattern design,roses, red, sketching, sewing
I am quite pleased with it. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t do it justice. There is a lot of close up detail (handwriting and sewing) that is a bit difficult to see.

I am looking forward to seeing how everyone else approached red and roses.I just know I am going to be amazed at the creativity of some people!

If you are interested in joining in, please pop over to Louises site and join in!

I hope to be back here again this week, but it’s summer and if the sun is shining I will be out and about enjoying every minute of it!

Put your feet up and enjoy…