I haven’t done a Pink Moment for a while, so now it’s time again, because it was just too good:
This is a pink pigment I experimented with for painting. And it is special pigment for me, because it is a gift from my art buddy Doris Reske from her recent trip to Venice to see the Biennale – Doris also took some cool photos on Instagram during her stay. Molto grazie!
November is definitely a special month. Not only because my younger daughter’s birthday is at the end of it and a lot of November is spent talking about how many nights there are still left to sleep before her big day arrives.
November itself is a mysterious month to me, a time for retreat, contemplation, letting go and meditation, which I find a strange. Blame it on my zodiac sign of Gemini, that likes to stay in shallow and preferably tropical waters (or building castles in the air). But now that secretive sting of Scorpio clearly effects my state of mind and my emotions along with all these days getting shorter and the dusk that falls earlier every single day.
No, I am not depressed. I am not even melancholic, clearly I just have no time for that ;-). You might remember my recent dabbling in photography while vacationing on Mallorca and taking iPhone pictures to the prompts of photographer Catherine Just (part 1, part 2 and part 3). When she announced that she would be offering a 10-day-course in Conceptual Photography in November with the title Begin Deepening, I thought that this could work together well with November energy.
I was not nearly as productive photo-wise during this course like I was on Mallorca during the Instagram photo challenge, but I learned a couple new things about how to approach Conceptual Photography and what it actually is. Catherine Just gave us guidance how to express inner secrets with photography in the outside world using also different tools like journaling and mind-mapping. How you can work with surrogates, alternative spaces, self portraits and series. You can approach it quite methodically or intuitively (or both).
And one night after I came home from a yoga class, I made some photos before midnight. Intuitively. Can you guess what my secret is?
This thing with secrets. I just found it difficult, because I consider myself quite an open book and have no secrets really – or maybe I haven’t digged deep enough. But that air of mysteriousness does linger in these photographs and whatever YOU see in it, is right for you. You don’t have to really know that these things in my hands are toys and crafted gifts from my girls or about my prior stream of consciousness involving a certain change in my body, medical checks, little worries and a general feeling of unknowingness. And all is GOOD now.
What you can see is, that students are always influenced by their teacher’s style – so am I. Yes, Catherine Just uses black and white photography, the square format, certain filters and subjects in her art – that is what drew me to her soulful work in the first place. This photography process is about exploration and learning for me – and my perspective has shifted during this course. One word of advice for me – stay away from the Hipstamatic TinType app – it’s addictive!
I photographed this series last night on my way to yoga class and back – these stars were just to captivating and do seem to tell a story. A secret they want to tell me maybe?
I designed my pattern for this week for the Spoonflower contest Moon Phases. It is another pattern from my Mallorca holiday and was created under the influence of the full moon there, right in front of our balcony:
I like circles and circle-based designs and this geometric pattern came together in Illustrator:
Head over to Spoonflower to see all the other fantastic designs, I especially like the patterns with a hand-made and textural touch, unlike mine ;-). Great inspiration!
This weekend my art buddy Doris Reske and me packed a lot of our smaller work and some paintings into a suitcase and put up at a stand at a local arts & crafts fair called Koffermarket here in Oldenburg. It was Doris idea to give it a try, besides doing our classical exhibitions and art shows. Usually this bi-annual market is more of a sew-knit-craft-jewellery-thing, but once we were accepted for the last available stand we thought it would be a good idea to do it. Doris has created a huge number of postcard-sized work this year and I also had a considerable amount of smaller framed paintings (you can see tidbits from our Colab 6 here). I got an older suitcase from my mother-and-law and exhibition-pro Doris had all the other props ready so we could go!
The Koffermarkt takes place at changing locations around Oldenburg. After having been a visitor at the markets in hip cafés and the theatre, our own premiere was at the lobby of Oldenburg University.
The day really flew by with lots of people coming to the market on this grey (but not rainy) November day. And it must be the target group of this market, young creative DIY mamas – I met so many of my yoga students from prenatal and mama & baby yoga classes.
And we sold quite a bit! Doris sold her “postcards” and I also sold a couple of my postcard-sized works and six framed paintings. Three paintings/collages from 2014 and three from this year. A success!
Thanks everybody, who dropped by and said hello and thank you everybody, who bought a piece. I hope, you will enjoy having them in your houses as much as I loved painting them.
My pattern of the week is another variation of the hibiscus theme from last week. I also designed it on holiday on Mallorca and used photos of hibiscus flowers I came across during our stay. I experimented with blur modes, pixelation and also rendered the flowers in some ways digitally.
The pattern in the top-left corner was my original colourway and the other patterns are variations – I really can’t decide which one I like best. The original is vibrant, the red patterns feels asian and, of course, there must be a pink one. But for some reason I also feel very much drawn to the blue variation. The pattern is really large-scale – the repeat tile is 100 x 100 cm. I created the pattern concept as a submission for jovoto’s Textile Orbit.
The pattern is versatile for womenswear – on dresses, blouses, trousers, scarfs and also swimwear:
With this grey and rainy November weather outside it feels so good looking at something so summery!
I like to get my hands and studio messy with glue and papers from time to time and make some collage. It is a relaxing and surprising process and can be spread over a couple of days, with working on the different layers for a couple of minutes and then go back to kids, house, yoga and everyday life and come back to the collage with fresh eyes later again.
To learn some new techniques I signed up for the course 30 Days of Collage with Stephanie Levy and I really fell in love with image transfers with packing tape (you can find a great tutorial for it here). In my paintings and photography I like working with layering and now I can add transparent layers to collages with packing tape image transfers. This was my first experiment and I used mainly cool colours.
With this collage I aimed for a monochromatic look, but me being me, I had to use some pink also:
The German copy reads: expect the unexpected.
I made the first two collages before going on our holiday to Mallorca and when I came back two weeks later, after all those blue shades of the Mediterranean sea and sky, I had to dive into a lot of pink and warm colours:
The copy reads: that is now. the most important thing. a dream.
For my collages I used papers that I have collected over time and a lot of images, especially of the ladies, come from women’s magazines and fashion catalogs. And maybe because of my recent work in jovoto’s Textile Orbit designing patterns for womenswear, my collages look a bit like fashion moodboards.
Being on the island of Mallorca those past two weeks, right in front of our hotel, I saw a lot of pink hibiscus. I am not such a big fan of those flowers and find them a tad overused in all kinds of tropical designs (which I had a lot of time to study on swimwear at the beach), but still they called my name and wanted to be used in a pattern. Looking through trend reports I felt attracted by a trend for spring/summer 2016 called saturated florals with bold colours, simplified floral shapes and a luscious, exotic feel.
And these hibiscuses seem to have been calling me for a while, because I went back to sketches from last autumn’s holiday on Gran Canaria. It was then that I took Module 1 of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-courses and did a lot of floral sketching. It is so true – never throw away anything (art-related I must say), it could be just what you need at a later date.
I had to test it out on swimwear, of course:
And I am very happy to say, that this pattern is now available for licensing through my agency Patternbank. I find, it looks also great on a dress or bedding.
If you know me a bit through my blog, work or personally, you might have noticed how much I am drawn to the colour pink. Our vacation on Mallorca had its pink moments for sure, but one colour was predominant there – blue. I would like to share a couple of these blue moments, that I captured with my iPhone camera:
top: my morning dip – in our cove called “Cala Azul” (blue cove)
bottom: Porto Colom lighthouse, on our flight back
Last month I was invited by the creative online agency jovoto to join their Textile Orbit – you are given monthly briefs from a textile supplier and trend reports by Promostyl and there is the chance of your patterns being licensed. For this week’s pattern I was inspired by an “underwater trend” and used an abstract sketch of a coral I drew while visiting the Palma Aquarium on vacation in Mallorca.
The left colourway is waterbased and the right one has an Indian/Asian palette. Same pattern – totally different feel.
I am continuing the 30-day-instagram-photo-challenge “gathering evidence” with prompts by photographer Catherine Just here on holiday in Mallorca. After capturing these special moments in my everyday life at home (you can see them here), it is quite a different and exciting thing doing this in new and beautiful surroundings.