Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter

William Morris. Brother Rabbit. 1882
Seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Friday, March 14, 2014

Put a Ring on It, Yarn Bombing Style

My friends over at Yarn Bombing Los Angeles are at it again.

Last year, they covered the Craft and Folk Art Museum with Granny Squares.

This year, they're asking you to Put a Ring On It!
source: Penny Richards via Yarn Bombing Los Angeles
From their website:
"Do you remember the childhood saying, “if you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?”
Inspired by the Beyonce song, Put a Ring on It asks what do you value so much that you would want to put a ring on it? What do you want to highlight in your life, that usually goes unrecognized?
It can be any person, place, or thing. Is there a great old building you’d like to see preserved? A favorite food only your grandmother made? The sunset over the ocean? Don’t just knit a literal yarn engagement ring – we want to see the unexpected and the under-appreciated!
YBLA wants you to put a knit or crochet ring on what you love and take a photo of it. YBLA wants photos of knit & crochet (yarn art, whatever) rings attached to the objects of your love. YBLA wants YOUR story about why you love what you love.
Make a ring, attach it, take a photo, send it to us. Looking for inspiration, or a place to begin? Check out our pattern library.
The introduction of Put a Ring on It will be in a gallery exhibition at the Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center, June 2014. Please send us a picture of your ring by May 1, 2014 to be included in the exhibition."

By the way, my ring-themed link-up is still live. I'm extending the deadline to May 1st, just like YBLA.
It's not just about patterns. Any sort of visual that is ring-like will do!

An InLinkz Link-up
Bloggers -- want to add this link-up to your own post?  Get the InLinkz code

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Put a Ring On It!

vintage John Launay print on rayon
purchased at Pilgrim Mills, Providence RI, 1980s
Once I get my internet running again, this will become a link up party. Meanwhile, I invite you all to think about the theme RINGS. Go to the end of this post if you'd like to co-host add the link-up to your own blog. (Email me if you can't figure it out).

[fifteen minutes later]

OK! Back in full connectivity!

My DOTS Party was so much fun (previous post).
To nudge myself into more frequent posting here, I'm going to try to do this every month. [April 1st I'll be on the road and in New Orleans, so we'll see how well I do with that intention].
Update, 3/14: this link party runs until May 1st!

Bloggers -- want to add this link-up to your own post?  Get the InLinkz code

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It's a Dot Party!

I'm trying two new things.
Started with my Tropical Preppy color palette,
it got a bit off when filtered through the App.
First, the dot repeat above was processed through the iOS App called Waterlogue.
It's my first pass with it (as far as Surface Design goes) and I'm still figuring out ways to use it.
So much fun!

Second, I run a weekly link-up party over on SpyGirl, my fashion blog.
Since this week's theme is DOTS, I'm experimenting with running the party in two places and with blogging friends!

Got Dots? Please add your link below [starting 2/5, 5:30am PST]

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Patterned Clocks on Society6

Society6 keeps adding more items that they print upon and the latest are clocks.
I think this black ground design came out nicely:
black gibberish available here
Here's my full selection so far. Hoping to get more designs uploaded soon.
see my clock collection here

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tropical Fusion Blog Hop

I'm joining up with 42 other surface designers in a blog hop inspired by the Pantone Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid.
If you are blog hopping you must have arrived here after enjoying the colorful and bold patterns of the talented designer Carrie Tasman. If not, be sure to check them out here!

For my collection Tropical Preppy,
I was inspired by a madras that I found on the internet and adapted for a post over on my fashion blog SpyGirl called Know Your Plaid.
Tropical Fusion Madras © Anne M Bray
I added another plaid
Tropical Fusion Plaid © Anne M Bray
and a conversational of tropical drinks, recolored from a design that I did for my day job.
This was originally used on mens lounge pants for the Michael Morgan line at Fred Meyer -- NOT in this colorway!
Tropical Fusion Libations © Anne M Bray
My muse is Cameron Silver, the owner of Decades in Los Angeles, who I've seen (and sketched) sporting very flamboyant ensembles. I've outfitted him in my collection:
So grab yourself a radiant pink martini and hop on over to see Dawn Clarkson's colorful interpretation of the Tropical Fusion theme on her blog Nice and Fancy.

If you've just joined our blog hop please go to Groovity Designs where you can start from the beginning. The party continues through 1/21 so you have plenty of time to peruse all the designs.
A big thanks to Mary Tanana at Groovity, who did a fantastic job getting us organized and hopping to it!