Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

Wow, wallpaper has come a long way in the last ten years! Just arrived at Lark are some fabulous wallpapers from the Dutch company Studio Ditte.

Robots Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

Robots Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

Cars Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

Cars Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

Colourful Porcelain Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

And this one is not for sale at Lark, but I spotted it on the Studio Ditte website:

Vintage Scraps Wallpaper by Studio Ditte

There are some other great designs including buttons, bird houses, and ribbons, so pop over to Lark to check them out!

Many thanks to Lark for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to feature items from their store.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Catimini Reds

There are two children's labels that I believe consistently produce stunning pieces, both in surface design and garment design. They are Oilily and Catimini. I stumbled across some Catimini greats while browsing Mon Petit. Loving the reds and oranges...

Catimini Pink/Black Striped Dress, Catimini Red Sandals,
Catimini Doll, Catimini Orange Polka Dotted Dress

And just love that first dress, OMG I want an adult version!

Catimini Red Floral Dress, Catimini Flowered Rain Boots,
Catimini Orange w/ Dot Swim Suit, Catimini Cat Ensemble

Check out more inspiring Catimini at Mon Petit.

'Hurt Knee' by Mike Howie

My daughter is one very cheeky two year old! A true story captured in sketch by my partner Mike:





Copyright Mike Howie 2012

And believe it or not he indulged her with a foot massage!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Colour Inspiration - Helen Dardik

Have  you visited Orange You Lucky lately? WOW, I can't get enough of it. This recent set of prints, posted on the 26 February, is so unusual and eye-catching. I love the way Helen uses surprising colour combinations to keep her work fresh and interesting. Boy, what I would do to spend a day being tutored by her!






Art and Patterns by Helen Dardik

Many thanks to Helen Dardik for allowing Kitty as a Picture Surface Design Blog to publish images of her work.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Vintage Paper Dolls

I was cleaning out my computer and I found these images in a folder. I have no idea where I found them - it was years ago. I loved paper dolls when I was a child, and I just bought some vintage ones for my daughter at a school fair. These ones are adorable; I would be delighted to stumble across some as special as these...



If anyone knows the source please let me know in the comments section.

Carnival Patterns by Go Benny Go

I would like to include some of my own patterns from time to time, and will start with two of my earliest experiments:

Windmills by me (Go Benny Go)

Carousel by me (Go Benny Go)
Copyright Brenda Sutton, Go Benny Go 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Colour and Charm - Designer Maia Ferrell

I fell in love with the work of Maia Ferrell this week when visiting Print and Pattern. I'm particularly drawn to art with interesting and clever use of colour at the moment, so it is no surprise that Maia's work leapt out at me. Then I became fascinated with the exquisite detail within her work. WOW, what can I say except that I am in awe...

Living Room, by Maia Ferrell

Bedroom, by Maia Ferrell

Kitchen, by Maia Ferrell

Laundry Room, by Maia Ferrell

Artist: Maia Ferrell

Artist: Maia Ferrell

Artist: Maia Ferrell

You can learn more about Maia and view her portfolio at her website, or visit her Etsy store to purchase some of these striking pieces.

Many thanks to Maia for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog to publish these images.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Elemental - Together Gallery

I discovered these unique mixed-media pieces on the fabulous blog Love Print Studio. They are collaborative works by artists Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss and Yellena James. What is there not to love about them? The colours seem to glow, and the pieces capture movement and intrigue.

'Owl Spaceship'
by Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss, Yellena James

'Embers' 
by Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss, Yellena James

'Gumdrop Town'
by Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss, Yellena James

'Warm Wind'
by Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss, Yellena James

'Trading Post'
by Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss, Yellena James

'Flying Fish'
by Aaron Piland, Ayumi Piland, Betsy Walton, Jill Bliss, Yellena James

View other pieces from the exhibition 'Elemental' at the Together Gallery web page.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Genuine Vintage Fabrics and More

Brisbane-based Funky Fabrix offer a wide range of fabrics including some genuine vintage. Here are a couple of my picks from the New Items and the Original Vintage fabric categories:

Vintage 70s Green Geometric
Genuine vintage fabric, circa 1970s, drapery fabric.

Vintage 70s Green Flower Power
1970s vintage fabric, in amazing condition, straight off original bolt.

Vintage Fabric 60s Blue Floral
Genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s.

Vintage Fabric - 70s Nautical Flowers

Vintage Fabric - 70s Zebra Flowers

Vintage Fabric - 60s Floral Vase

 Vintage Fabric - 60s Purple Posies
Genuine vintage fabric, circa 1960s.

Elephant Showers in Navy

Thanks to Funky Fabrix for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Santa Parade by Mike Howie

Did I mention that Mike is super-tall? Last year he took lucky little Cleo to her first ever santa parade...


Copyright Mike Howie 2011

About Mike

My name is Mike Howie, and the inspiration for these drawings comes from my recent introduction to being a father. I am an illustrator/animator by trade and over recent years, with pen or pencil never too far from grasp, have found myself doodling or thumb-nailing visual notes as a way of capturing the precious moments spent with my wonderful 3yr old daughter Cleo. Also with the recent arrival of a baby boy, Dallas, I imagine I’m going to have my work cut out for me. These drawings were intended to be shown as fresh as possible without too much fuss, so you will find some more refined than others. Hopefully along the way these sketches compiled together will form a visual diary, of Cleo and Dallas’s early years, that they can enjoy later in life. In the meantime I hope readers may get some enjoyment from them.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

What's New - Picks from Fabric Rehab

I was browsing the Coming Soon and What's New categories at Fabric Rehab. Ohhhhhhh....gimee gimee gimee! These are few of my favs:

Washi – Stripes Natural
Coming Soon to Fabric Rehab

Washi – Prism Natural
Coming Soon to Fabric Rehab

Stockholm Leaf Grey Pink, by Robert Kaufman
Available at Fabric Rehab 

Happy Home – Cups – Meadow, by Print & Pattern
Available at Fabric Rehab
  
 Soul Garden – Circle Flowers – White, by Carolyn Gavin
Available at Fabric Rehab

Soul Garden – Circle Flowers – Midnight, by Carolyn Gavin
Available at Fabric Rehab

Soul Garden – Wild Flowers – White, by Carolyn Gavin
Available at Fabric Rehab 
  
Toomuchery – Petals – Natural, by Helen Dardik
Available at Fabric Rehab 

 Toomuchery – Petals – Orange, by Helen Dardik
Available at Fabric Rehab

 Toomuchery – Atomic Garden – Mocca, by Helen Dardik
Available at Fabric Rehab
(Top) Put A Lid On It – Midnight, by Michael Miller
(Bottom) Put A Lid On It – Green, by Michael Miller
 Both available at Fabric Rehab

Thanks to Fabric Rehab for allowing Kitty as a Picture Illustration and Surface Design Blog permission to publish these images.