Friday, February 22, 2008

Quilt Designs and Geometric Patterns

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Well, I'm finally back after a break of several weeks. I had the flu and was just too tired to think about blogs.

Lately there's been a renewed interest from other people in the quilt designs I used to do. I used to make part of my living making quilts that were framed to hang on the wall made from cut pieces of wallpaper, giftwrap and other colorful paper products. I gave up the business when the repetition of doing the popular designs over and over started to feel like factory work. This was before Imagekind and Cafepress. If these services were available then who knows what would have happened.

By the end of my "paper quilt" career I started to design my art pieces on the computer but those designs never saw the light of day. Finally, years later, I put them on Cafepress and I have new fans of my work! Quilt-makers and quilt-lovers enjoy them, of course, but it seems that math and technology-oriented people appreciate them as well. Nice, huh?

Buy a matted and framed print from Imagekind by clicking one of the links below:

These images are also available on greeting cards, mugs, T-shirts and a variety of other fine gifts at the Quilts and Geometric Patterns section of my Cafepress shop. Here are samples of what's available:

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Dreams Coming True

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Even though I've gotten into drawing, painting and photography in recent years I'm still more of a graphic designer at heart. Here's a design I came up with that I actually became obsessed with until I got it done and put it online. Why? I guess I wanted it on a coffee mug for myself so I could drink out of something with a hopeful joyous message on it any time I wanted to.

Oddly enough, I haven't gotten around to buying one for myself and it just sat on Cafepress for months without anyone finding it. Until today. Someone likes my stuff! They bought several of my graphic designs and this was one of them.

This isn't the first time I've sold work on Cafepress. No, that's been a good investment for me and my partner Paul. But this particular set of purchases touched my heart because several of my favorites were included in the bunch.

You can find this design in Paul and Sheryl's Giftshop.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

African Violet Dreams of Life in the Serengetti

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This is an example of a piece done in my favorite medium—dyes painted on silk. Then it was photographed, uploaded into my computer and had text added in Photoshop. It was done at a time in my life when I felt a bit like a potted plant myself. The only real outlets I had for my longing to be somewhere else were African dance class and the African marimba ensemble I played with for awhile. It was energizing and so much fun!

You can buy a matted and framed print of this piece by clicking the link below:

You can also find T-shirts, greeting cards, and a variety of nice gifts with this design at my shop at Cafepress.