Friday, July 8, 2011

{Fabric Friday} Mr Rabbit Rawlinson ...

I have a stack of special fabrics in my studio- the stack is reserved for just the right project. A lot of the stack consists of the hand printed textiles that Helen Rawlinson makes. I've posted about her gorgeous designs before I know, but you can never get too much of a good thing. When I was thinking about making my Rabbit Plushies, I knew right away what fabrics I wanted to use on their backs... three of my saved Helen fabrics (lime spot, fuchsia ABC, & charcoal pebble). 

I'm really drawn to the modern, vibrant, & clean aesthetic of Helen's work. As to not reinvent the wheel, I'm going to give you links to the other posts I've written about her designs too. I've been a fan for quite awhile now.

I love to work with handprinted fabrics particularly when I have a face to the name . So, these little Rabbits were extra fun to make- it's like they really did magically pop out of Cardboard Man's hat. Happy Fabric Friday! Have a great weekend! Do you have anything fun planned?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

{shop update} summer blues...

The blue of the sky, clear blue water, & the color of the eyes of my two guys- that was the inspiration for summertime & klt:works. The whole family can sing the blues in soft eco & organic tees & tanks that are all new in the shop

Blue, bleu, azul, celeste, sini, blau, blu, plava...there's a blue for everyone! What is your favorite color of blue?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} Mr. Fox...

I'm a big fan of Ronald Dahl's books & have been watching the process of Jayme McGowan's "Paper Dahls" project via her blog for a few months now. She has been making paper cut illustrations inspired by some favorite Dahl stories- including Fantastic Mr. Fox (one of my favorites). LMNOP Magazine is featuring her complete series of "Paper Dahls" in the new issue that you can view here & I just had to pass this on... 

It's funny timing really, because I just bought Fantastic Mr. Fox for Sayer (or me) on Sunday. I love all of Wes Anderson's movies & Fantastic Mr. Fox is no exception. His attention to detail is exquisite. I thought a lot about this story when I was trying to draw my fox character in thread. The palette of the movie is something that I have been paying close attention to as inspiration for a mobile I'm making with my fox drawing too. Here is a great little video about the making of the movie. 

Sayer is really taken by this movie as well. He has been chatting about the characters non-stop. He has watched it 2 times since Sunday & wants me to play the music from it over & over again. Which no disrespect to Fireman Sam, but Fantastic Mr. Fox holds my attention quite a bit longer & I enjoy the movie chats with Sayer afterwards about the set design. So, cheers Wes Anderson, Jayme McGowan, & Ronald Dahl - I think you are all rather fantastic. Thanks for the inspiration! What has been inspiring you lately?

{Images all property of Jayme McGowan}

Sunday, July 3, 2011

{shop update} photoshoots & play...

It's been really busy around here lately & I've been attached to my camera. I work with a local screen printer & have had about 5 orders sitting at his studio for over a month now - to say he has been overwhelmed is a bit of an understatement (I've had to count to 10 -sometimes 20 many times this last month). However, new products have been slowly trickling in this week & I've been going full speed ahead. With new products comes many photoshoots & the need to be extra creative as to how I'm going to photograph my independent little kiddo- who has his own ideas about what the day will bring. I've been getting him excited about the new additions to his closet & taking the camera with us everywhere we go, in hopes of getting some interesting shots. One of Sayer's favorite things to say to me on days like this is, "Mommy, look at me with your eyes- put the camera away!".  

Yesterday we started our adventure at the local farmer's market on the water front & cruised around that area for a bit- including looking for trolls under bridges & hanging out in the wind tunnels (alleys). Sayer was wearing the new klt:works Rabbit tee & it wasn't until I saw this last photo that I realized that the small klt:logo was missing on the back of the tee (where the tag is) -use your imagination as to what choice words came to mind. Ok, I won't dwell on that- moving on. So later after a snack & a rest, Sayer was a champ & allowed me to take some photos of him in studio reading the Velveteen Rabbit.    

These next photos were taken on the evening Sayer got his first pair of glasses. I wanted document that momentous event anyway ... so I had him wear one of the new Squirrel Cardigans.

We live a hop skip & a jump from my old high school (yes, it does feel a little weird at times) & now that school is out for the summer, we use the campus as our own little play area. Sayer loves to ride his bike over there & play "school". There are random desks & chairs hanging around outside & Chris & I take turns being the "teacher".  He basically drove himself to & from the photoshoot which makes me smile- he's such a pro. 

Just a day in the life of the klt:works family... Stay tuned for more shop updates. There is so much more to share. 
Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday weekend! How do you celebrate the 4th of July or Canada Day?


Related Posts with Thumbnails