I feel the same joy about a new year as I do a new blank pretty sketchbook. Excited to fill it, hopefully with my best efforts, but realistic that it can’t be perfect on every page. Actually, I started this Ninkybink website as a new year’s resolution in 2002 (boy was is a raw website in 2002!). I quite love new year’s and new goals!
1.) This year I would like to continue to build and refine my surface pattern portfolio. I would like to find an agent, or to get into a licensing platform like Patternbank. Also I would like to create more products for my shop, and not just create them, but sell them. I have a certain amount of $ I need to make in order to cut back my day job. If I can get closer to that (be it from goal 1 or goal 2) , I consider it big progress! (Hopefully Wayfair vs. South Dakota issue will get resolved before it ruins microbusiness)
2.) Additionally, outside of my Ninkybink business, I run an Amazon FBA business selling home goods. It is a very small business, but I like how it is going and I hope to add another profitable product this year to my inventory (especially inventory with my own prints on them!).
3.) I have gone from a marathon runner, and gym enthusiast throughout my 20’s – and first 3 years of 30’s, to hardly working out. I am so sleep-deprived-exhausted from waking up at 4:10 am (and going to bed too late, if I’m honest), and then trying to work on my art (and everything else), that I have skipped out on health. I would like to be more mindful this year. Even if it is taking a walk 3 days a week. A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest.
4.) I want to keep up and refine my minimalism journey. Celebrate the “joy of one”. One favorite sweatshirt, no more than that one. Just take care of it. Apply that idea of purposefulness with most belongings that I enjoy owning. Does it spark joy or add value? If not, it’s out. Also, I want to keep doing the project 333 wardrobe challenge. I have found great value in minimalism this year.
Also I just want to keep up the things that are going well. :)
Happy New Year!
Let’s count down the days til Christmas with prints and patterns!
Update # 25 – Christmas Day! Challenge Compete! Merry Christmas from Ninkybink.com!
The FINAL DAY!!! DAY 24!! Theme: SANTA
December 23- 2 days til Christmas! Theme: CHRISTMAS BELLS
December 22- 3 days til Christmas! Theme: SLEIGH
December 21- 4 days til Christmas! Theme: Farm Christmas
December 20- 5 days til Christmas! Theme: Merry & Bright
December 19- 6 days til Christmas! Theme: UGLY SWEATER
December 18- 7 days til Christmas! Theme: NUTCRACKER
December 17- 8 days til Christmas! Theme: HOT CHOCOLATE
December 16- 9 days til Christmas! Theme: SCANDINAVIAN
December 15- 10 days til Christmas! Theme: CHRISTMAS CANDY
December 14 – Challenge Theme: ELVES
December 13 – 12 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: COASTAL CHRISTMAS
December 12 – 13 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: PINE TREES
December 11 – 14 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: CACTUS CHRISTMAS
December 10 – 15 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: MAD ABOUT PLAID
December 9 – 16 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: SNOWMAN
December 8 – 17 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: PEPPERMINT
December 7- 18 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: RETRO ORNAMENTS
December 6- 19 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: STOCKINGS
December 5 – 20 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: GINGERBREAD
Come back tomorrow when I post “stockings” theme!
December 4- 21 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: SILVER & GOLD
Tomorrow will be a new post on “gingerbread”
December 3- 22 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: POINSETTIAS
Stay tuned, tomorrow I will post silver and gold!
December 2 – 23 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: REINDEER
Tomorrow I will be posting the next challenge, poinsettias… stay tuned!
December 1 – 24 Days til Christmas! Challenge Theme: SUGAR COOKIES (pastel)
Tomorrow I will be posting the next challenge, Reindeer.. stay tuned!
Introduction to the challenge:
I have decided to fully commit myself to a daily art challenge (#24dayscreativeink on instagram). Starting December 1st through Christmas Eve, everyday I will post a brand new Christmas surface pattern design for the theme of the day. Below is the list of themes all participants will be designing for. This is going to be such fun! This same blog post will be added to each day til the challenge is compete (starting on December 1st).
Here is my surface pattern design for the Sloth theme, in the upcoming Spoonflower challenge. This would be a lovely juvenile print for babies (apparel, bedding, car seat, etc) up to teen.
Despite the slick roads, I was really happy with the turn out for the Handmade Toledo, Mini Maker’s Mart show! Thank you for coming out!
It’s a new month and I am delighted to tell you I have been invited to participate at The mini Maker’s Mart show November 15. Please see their website here!
Things available at the show include:
100% original chiffon scarves printed with my textile designs!
There will be the most cheerful tea towels possible! Manufactured just for Ninkybink with my watercolor images.
Also I will have an assortment of necklaces, including my laser cut Ohio charms (one of the best Christmas gifts in town).
As well as textile necklaces. These have been screen printed by hand in my kitchen, and hand cut & painted wood. Very special statement necklaces!
I will be very happy to talk to you about my love for surface pattern design & how I go about it! I hope to see you there!
I will leave you here with a few snapshots of current elements I am creating, later to be used in collections. As you see, I like to paint things on scraps of torn up watercolor paper, so that nothing is too “precious” and that way I don’t feel pressure to not ruin a “good” piece of paper. This works best for my process.
What better a costume for a print and pattern lover, than a leopard? Not only that, but Halloween falls on the same night as PBS’s wonderful nature program “Super Cats”.
Naturally, making this costume vintage-inspired was my next requirement, in order to set it apart a bit from the usual cat costumes of 2018.
Here are some photos that inspired me:
I needed to make a.. what would you call this.. hood? hat? with a “widow’s peak” shape, to make it in true vintage fashion. I found that McCall’s Pattern M6106 fit the bill nicely, however required MUCH alteration to make the hood tight enough. The under chin area is plenty of Velcro. I then added this fantastic gold lame (circa 1960’s) ric-rac that I’d been saving quite a while for the perfect use. (note: an alternative pattern would be Simplicity 2855 if you were doing just the hood).
Here is how the hood/hat turned out! I love it! I actually found this leopard leotard, but layered another leopard shirt under it to make it work appropriate, plus leopard boots that I already owned, and a leopard waist sash as a tail to complete the leopard look.
For the makeup, I used my black eyeliner that I already have, to create a nose and black lip, as well as exaggerated eyes. I bought some under-a-dollar Halloween cream make up in white and brown to create a white muzzle and make some matching dots (outline in eyeliner).
Look at that accuracy!!
Above you will see my latest surface design pattern collection, “Bloomsbury Chic”. I think this would lend itself well to home goods (Anthropologie, if you read this I am talking to you!), but actually some of the patterns work well for apparel also.
What is the inspiration of this pattern collection?
The Bloomsbury Group was a salon of English creatives ( authors, intellectuals, philosophers, artists) in the first half of the 20th century. It was not a formal group, and the members in it denied it was a club of any kind, yet it was a close knit group of friends and relatives including Virgina Woolf, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, (read more here).
My collection draws inspiration for motif and color story from some of these artist’s paintings, as well as The Charleston House in Sussex England which was the retreat and meeting place for these folks. It has a bohemian dusty antique painterly look. It is happy and whimsical, and the color scheme is muted with pops of mauve, mustard, and cornflower blue.
A painting by Duncan Grant
A door Duncan Grant painted
A painting by Vanessa Bell
My Patterns on Products
The following are some product mock ups I created to show some ways my prints could be applied.
This collection is available for license, if interested, contact me and I would be delighted to talk about it!
I wanted to share this “Cheater Quilt” I designed and sewed with the help of Spoonflower.com’s digital fabric printing service. I love seeing how the patterns I worked on for weeks come together on this decorative quilt! I sewed a few silver sequin stars to the ornaments, and gave it a white faux fur backing. I think it turned out very happy looking! This is meant for decorative purposes more than anything.
It is available for ordering on my website http://www.thecriticsdarling.com