A few weeks ago I attended a book launch of IMPACT X: How to Transform Your Wisdom, Work, and Wealth into Meaningful Community Impact written by Paksy Plackis-Cheng. I really enjoyed the presentation, especially how Paksy organized the event by focusing on the stories of the great entrepreneur impact makers who she invited to speak on a panel. I was very inspired by their stories at the book launch.
I am reading the book now, which is filled with amazing experiences and wisdom of incredible business men and women making the impact on society with their work.
Little did I know that Paksy was originally from the Netherlands. After briefly meeting her husband Brian at the event, he introduced me to Paksy and I shared a bit of my story about my 7 years in the Netherlands and my art business. My Dutch is very rusty after not having been used for more than 3 years ;) But it was still really nice to speak with Paksy about our common Dutch-American experiences. We ended up meeting for coffee a few days later and Paksy was so nice to interview me about my seamless pattern design business for her blog.
Huge thank you to Paksy for taking interest in my work!
There have been some new developments over the last few months with which you can find out in this interview. Me and my husband Alex gathered a group of talented artists and designers to form a surface design studio called Seamless Zebra. It’s still at a beginning stage of development, but the experience so far has been wondeful. I’m very excited to see what the future holds! :)
Ow wow! So honored to have my kangaroo fabric design from my Spoonflower shop to be featured on this adorable coming home from the hospital outfit for a new baby, nicknamed “Roo”. I love this whole outfit! So cute!
I am myself jumping like a kangaroo from joy looking at this fun and cosy clothing set! ;) It was handmade by Hurley from TurtleLoveShop on Etsy. She makes the most adorable childrens clothing with a lot of fun and colorful fabrics. You can see more of her lovely creations on her Facebook page.
My kangaroo fabric pattern design used in this baby set.
Last Sunday Alex, little Olivia, and I all walked into Best Buy to recycle some old batteries and the first thing I saw when walking into the front door was my pattern on a phone case! It was the first time I encountered my artwork by chance at a store while shopping :)
The brand of these phone cases is Dynex and I couldn’t find my particular design online, but they were available in a couple of locations at our Goleta, California Best Buy electronics store. I am very excited to bump into my work in real life and just 3 minutes away from my home.
This is the floral pattern design that is featured on this Dynex case: Vector blue and yellow flower silhouettes seamless pattern background
Hope to see more of my artwork out there on the store shelves. I should probably go shopping more ;)
I just love these pictures from Origany cataloque! Cute little girls are sporting outfits with designs on them. I created the bird fabric print you can see on a kimono dress and a corresponding bird and flowers t-shirt print. I talk more about it here.
Can’t wait till my baby Olivia is wearing clothes from this collection :) Pretty soon! I have one in 6 to 9 months and she is almost 6 months already. Time flies!
Greetings, friends! Life has been happy, busy and interesting with a new baby around here :) I haven’t been posting in a while, but today I finally have a minute to share something very exciting with you. A while back I was contacted by Origany – organic children’s clothing company based in San Francisco – to design a fabric for one of their spring lines. It was very exciting to work with them on a birds and flowers inspired design with an Oriental vibe. Here is the final artwork they chose:
This is a fabric design I did in vector with Origany’s custom colors and here is a t-shirt print with the bird and blossoms:
The line consists of a onesie, long sleeved shirts, a couple of cute dresses, pants and hats.
I like them all but my favorite one is this kimono dress design with purple and coral panels and bows. Adorable! I got one for Olivia, of course ;)
It is such a great feeling to see my designs on kids’ clothes! I hope there are more opportunities like this in the future.
Can’t wait till baby Olivia is old enough to wear her Origany kimono dress and t-shirt :)
Our little baby Olivia Lana is finally here! :) She was born on October 18th and I can’t believe that she is already 5 weeks old. She is a wonderful, strong little girl and Alex and I are so lucky to have her. I am slowly getting into a new routine and trying to sneak a bit of time to share baby Olivia wrapped in her blanket quilt I designed and made for her.
A couple of months ago I made a vector illustration with olive tree, monarch butterflies and bunnies in anticipation of Olivia’s arrival. I also designed a colorful dolphin pattern for the other side of the quilt. All motives were inspired by nature in gorgeous Santa Barbara and our walks to the ocean on Elwood Beach.
Then I had my vector artwork printed on Spoonflower organic cotton knit fabric, which is very soft and perfect for a baby blanket.
As I am still learning to work on a sewing machine, after a bit of trial and error I managed to sew this blanket and I am very happy how it turned out :) It is rather small, but newborn baby Olivia loves to be bundled up in it…
Olivia inspires me for more baby projects so, hopefully, I will have more exciting things to share soon :)
Lots of love from our home to yours! :)