Chicago Trip! March 27-30

Here are some photos from my trip to Chicago. Joe had arrived there a bit ahead of me for a business conference, which gave me the opportunity to travel alone in the early hours via train. There is something very romantic about enjoying a cup of coffee looking out of the window as the train passes through the darkness. The sounds of trains have always been comforting to me, and it is an enjoyable way to travel to Chicago from Toledo.

One of my favorite aspects of this trip was the fact that Joe’s conference was held in the beautiful and historical Hilton Palmer House. What an opulent place it is. We attended several lovely musical performances in the Empire Ballroom, sponsored by his conference.

While he was in lectures, I took to exploring the city. I walked along Lakeshore Drive, I checked out the famous Esther Williams swimming pool inside the InterContinental Hotel, and found a beautiful Marc Chagall mural. Joe and I ate lunch at an adorable French cafe called Toni Patisserie . One of the highlights was the Macy’s Floral Show, which I have covered in a separate blog post. All in all, it was a wonderful getaway in the Windy City.




Patternbank Trend: New Age


Here is a new design done for an upcoming trend for Spring Summer 2020 – Vibrant Tie Dye, highly saturated, psychedelic prints are going to be popular. See all my trend driven, commercial womenswear fashion print designs on Patternbank.

Exciting News! I am now a Textile Designer for Patternbank!

I am very excited to share that I have been accepted to license my designs through, Patternbank the the world’s leading textile design studio for print, pattern, and trend forecasting! From now on I will be primarily focusing all my creative energy towards commercial womenswear prints and patterns. This is my favorite market to design for, so I am looking forward to tracking trends and seasonal directions for this area, and creating patterns that clients are looking for.  I will keep you updated as I add exclusive Patternbank designs for sale through their website!






Peacocks, and snails, and flowers! Oh my!

The making of a hand drawn “Indienne Floral” pattern….

After drawing my inspiration from old and new resources, trend research, and my personal flair, I begin drawing pencil motifs that I think I would like to use. Birds, flowers, leaves, bugs… these are all good icons for an Indienne Floral.


I wanted to have a painterly look, so I used a brush pen. I buy these at my local Art Supply Depot store, here in Bowling Green, Ohio! They are nice to give a clean dark line, with a flare of painting style. IMG_20190129_170237_3451


Once my motifs are lined, I scan them into my computer. layout

I also made a rough layout to get the flow of the branches going for a seamless repeat.thumbnail_Resized_20190202_111759_5195

For this pattern I chose to use Adobe Illustrator, and here I used my Wacom Intuous Pro tablet to “paint” my drawings digitally.



I decided an array of purples and blues would look quite appealing and this is now the final pattern put into seamless repeat.





Product Mock Ups – Ninkybink Patterns

One of the more delightful moments for any pattern designer is getting to see your patterns in their end use on products. I like to create mock ups of my designs and imagine how they might be used in the fashion marketplace. Here are some of my imagined ideas. You know you are keeping true to yourself (your own personal aesthetic and style) when you see the mock ups and think, I would LOVE to own that!


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