Pattern of the Week #38 is in memory of a beautiful young lady, whose story came to the saddest possible ending over the weekend. Anna, may you rest in peace, and may your loved ones find comfort in the happy memories they shared with you.

Collection: Safe + Sound

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In case you aren’t convinced that my obsession with patterns is legit, allow me to direct your attention to my security envelope collection123 unique designs and counting! Who knew there were so many? More importantly, how many others can I get my hands on?!?

These are a few of my favorites; you can view the whole collection here.

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This week’s design is a fanciful tribute to one of my favorite things about my neighborhood - the abundance of Little Free Libraries!

There’s so much to love about Little Free Libraries - the variety of shapes, sizes and colors, the thoughtfulness and goodwill that brings them into existence, and the fact that they encourage both reading and reusing. I can’t help but smile every time I see one!

To learn about how you can set up your very own, visit http://littlefreelibrary.org/

Global Talent Search 2014

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After waffling for weeks about whether or not I should even enter, I had such a great time creating my entry for Global Talent Search 2014! Hundreds of aspiring surface pattern designers just like me are vying for the chance to be represented by Lilla Rogers Studio for two yearsnothing short of a life-changing opportunity. Assignment 1 was to create a piece of 7x9 wall art with a terrarium theme, incorporating at least one word into the design. Based on our entries for the first round, Lilla Rogers herself will choose 50 participants to advance to the second round (to be announced next Tuesday, August 26th)!

Word choice: After playing with a long list of options, I settled on “grow your own way.” If you’ve been following this blog for any time at all, you know I have a weakness for wordplay, and that phrase was especially relevant for me for this project. Even if I don’t make it to the next round, I want to feel as if I can hold my own among all these talented surface designers. The temptation to design for maximum mass appeal is undeniable, for me and probably a lot of other participants. But in the end, if I want to be truly proud of my work, I know it must be authentically mine. I just have to “grow my own way.”

Typography: I used Ed Roman from the Ed Benguiat font collection by House Industries. It adds an understated element of whimsy and mid-century charm, without distracting from the artwork.

Textures and colors: I made an effort to include a variety of textures into my work, giving it more depth and dimension; my usual flat style is well-suited for fabric design, but wall art should be interesting enough to justify the nail hole needed to hang it. Color-wise, I stuck to my signature palette; no need to shake everything up at once ;)

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Inspiration: This is the first formal mood board I have ever created. Thank you, Global Talent Search/Lilla Rogers Studio, for inspiring me to up my game a little! And thank you, Rex Ray, for being the lighthouse that guided me to shore, preventing me from drowning in an endless sea of ideas and inspiration.

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An aside: After stumbling upon some Rex Ray artwork in a local gift shop, I was smitten - how had I never heard of this guy before??? Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock (inside of a terrarium).

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Make it in Design: Designer Interview

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I’m very excited to share my interview with Make it in Design, which is up on their blog today! 

In the Spotlight: Herb Garden

Theresa Rizzuto, the very talented designer and sewist behind Black Licorice Goods, recently shared a tutorial for a DIY garden kneeling pad on the Spoonflower blog. I was both surprised and delighted to discover that she had chosen my Herb Garden fabric for the demo! I love knowing that my creations are being put to good use :)

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Want more? Follow Theresa on Instagram: @theresarizz

And hey, while you’re at it, follow me on Instagram: @modmagpie

Alternate title: “Not Watermelons”

For the next few weeks, I’ll be participating in Summer School, a series of surface design assignments created and hosted by Make It In Design. I’ll be in good company, with about 5,000 other pattern-loving participants working along three different tracks: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. “Aqua Bliss” emerged from a happy accident during my design exploratory for the first assignment. Stay tuned for more Summer School updates!