Category Archives: surface design

what’s the name of this flower?

Recently we had lunch at Cafe Gratitude. The food was super yummy, and something else struck me: this beautiful flower they had on their tables.  We’d never seen anything like it.  Does anyone know the name of this flower?

Anyway, I was inspired to create this repeat pattern.

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madpattern p1 template 2.0

Recently, Matt Handler sent me a preview copy of his MadPattern p1 template 2.0. Already a big fan of his original set of templates, which are made to be used with Adobe Illustrator, I was eager to give his latest version a try.  Here’s one of the patterns that resulted.

If you haven’t downloaded the MadPattern templates yet, I really recommend you give them a try soon. Then you can join the Flickr group and upload your creations, which then appear on the MadPattern website gallery as a seamless pattern.

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mustard yellow and cornflower blue

Mock ups are so much fun!  I did another one starting with my roses custom fabric design below.

Here’s the result with the roses fabric in cornflower blue on the lamp shade.

Many thanks to Favaro Jr for letting me use his beautiful photograph as a starting point.

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roses are violet

Here’s one of my latest concepts that involves roses of different shapes and sizes. This might make a neat duvet cover or look nice as pillow shams.  I’d even venture to stretch it over a canvas frame for a pop of color on the wall.  Check Spoonflower in about two weeks if you’re interested in picking up a yard or two.

This is what it could look like as a throw pillow.

Thanks to Mirage Floors for the photo on Flickr.

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surface design sans digital software

A very beautiful video about block printing in India.  Incredible!

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Capay Valley CSA uses my design

Capay Valley Farm Shop is now using one of my designs as their website background. The final version is a slightly lighter shade and doesn’t have the veggie outlines of what I proposed to them originally, which is below. The green plaid evokes the freshness of the produce, which comes from the farms that participate in the Capay Valley CSA (community supported agriculture) program. It also symbolizes their mission of ” working together to bring fresh local goodness from [the] valley to your table.”

by Schauleh Sahba

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