Wednesday, 31 July 2013

SHIBORI Inspiration

Hello all,

Thank you for stopping by.

My mind is again with Japan and its culture and its way to make art since last week I discovered a new company called Ôtsuki Sama. I love all the things that they do and as they said in their facebook page:

Creative Crafts and use of natural materials for limited editions of fabrics patterns painted in watercolor shades of indigo fabrics and other natural essences, 
decorative accessories and fashion, hand-made."

So inspired in their Indigo fabrics my mind swift again into the Art of Shibori.

Shibori (絞り染め Shiborizome?) is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping. Some of these methods are known in the West as tie-dye.

Inspired by this, yesterday I created a New Inspiration Board: SHIBORI.

You can follow my Inspiration Boards in Facebook and Pinterest.

Enjoy them!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

[blog lovin' tour] CELEBRATION

Hello everyone! and welcome to the seventh week of The Declaration of You! Blog Lovin´ tour. The Declaration of You will be published by North Light Craft Books this summer, which readers getting all the permission they´ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! this post is part of The Declaration of You´s Blog Lovin´ Tour, which I´m thrilled to participate in alongside over 200 other creative bloggers. Learn more and join us, read here

My natural instinct is to celebrate. I like to share with people and come together in a joyous life.
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I like to celebrate any success that comes to me life. I prefer to do it in company, sharing the moment, however, if I am alone, I normally cook myself a delicious food which make me feel re-energetic and full of good vibes again. I also like to share with my family and friends, making them part of this "special occasion", no matter if it is big or small success, or if they are near or far away. My true nature is share moments with people.

Celebrations are very important part of my life. I came from a big family and I always remember with joy all the gathering together with the family. Those "little precious moments" are a real treasure for my soul. Also I lived in different countries, with great people from different cultures and I learn a lot. I had good memories of friends coming together to celebrate a moment in life around a table with awesome food, laughs and happiness.

I had some favorite celebratory experiences. One it was my mum 60´s birthday fete. She was very pretty and charming and the place was full of colours, delicious food and friends and family joining together to celebrate her big day. I remember, me and my partner cooking an "English breakfast" with the help of my cousin Yolanda, in the morning, for all the guests. Was very special! The celebration went all day long, with music, laughs and lots of bliss.

Another real and simple celebration was last Sunday when my partner and I harvest our first bunch of own grown potatoes and cooking them simply. Eating them was just a very merry moment!

Some days if I am in a "grey mood" I try to ask myself what is holding myself in that position and if there is no real reason, I try to let that feeling go, listening nice music, drawing, going for a walk or having a chat with my mum or a friend. 

My work is also a celebration of myself, sometimes hard others smooth, I try to think positively and keep on going, thinking big. I like to share every success and share my knowledge and achievements with people. We always learn something and if is in a celebration, ever better.

One of my recent mentors, told me once:
"Today is another day in Paradise!" and I add: "let´s do the best of it!"

Celebrations don´t need to be big ceremonies, the small ones are real treasures too :-)

My personal declaration around celebration could be:
"no matter what you are, what you have, where you are... get yourself into a group of people and celebrate little or big occasions because these will bring you what you really need at that moment. And if you are alone, do something for yourself that really pleases you!"

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Keep on celebrating and sharing!!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

What is new :-)

I am so excited to announce that I started to license some of my patterns with Keka Cases!! This is a fantastic opportunity to see my patterns in the US market and the feeling that people will buy my design for their iPad or Kindle cases is just extraordinary.

I also recently participated in a new contest for Spoonflower and the theme was so joyful, PIC-NICS!
Voting ends Thursday 11th, so if you like my design and have the chance you can vote here:  THANK YOU!

This pattern was created following my online course Reign Repeats: Create Perfect Repeat Patterns in Illustrator by MaJo Bautista V ... and I am so cheerful with the results :-)

Another couple of opportunities are on the list and I am so excited with these too.

Keep on designing!
and happy week everyone x