Ooooh, I really love today’s design. My theme sprint is Animals in Prints. I did the same style as yesterday because I liked it so much. Today I did hares.
I must have done 10 different colorways – each one so interesting and bringing something different to the pattern. I’m only putting one up today, but I will be adding many more color schemes to the various print on demand sites.
Today I went with a gentle gold and black color story, see it on Redbubble products.
Today’s design just makes me happy, and informs my next Theme Sprint: Animals in Print, not to be confused with animal print (such as zebra stripes).
I wanted to capture a handmade, stamped feel with this, as if it was created by someone stamping the pattern out for real – things don’t quite line up giving it a fun, organic feel. Plus it just makes me smile. Get it on Redbubble!
I’m back to doing patterns. I haven’t landed on what I want my next Theme Sprint to be. Kids patterns, hand drawn patterns, minimalist patterns, botanical, stencil style, interlocking elements (this idea intrigues me), watercolor style, patterns with animals.
Today’s is a placeholder, but I do love it it’s simplicity and bold color story. Redbubble time. Until tomorrow!
Herstory Portrait: Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) was a Kenyan environmental activist. She founded the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s seeking to promote environmental conservation in Kenya and Africa. She became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”
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I will keep making these, my husband had a great idea to make them into a deck of cards. That means 52! I shall do one a week. But, it’s back to surface design for me – I miss it and it’s what I want to focus on for this challenge. 🙂
Today I give you LaDonna Harris, an outspoken advocate on issues of concern to Native Americans, women, children, and t he mentally ill. In 1970 she founded Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) Source: http://biography.yourdictionary.com/ladonna-harris
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I’ve been enjoying doing these portraits, but I’m missing the patterns. Starting Saturday I’ll be back to patterns.
Day 24 / 365 Days of Design
Mary Edwards Walker
Mary Edwards Walker was a true badass. Just researching for this portrait made me want to learn so much more about her.
She was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, she continually crossed the Confederate lines to treat civilians. After being taken prisoner in 1864 and imprisoned in Richmond, she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first woman to receive this award. In 1917, her medal, along with 910 others, was taken away when Congress revised the standards to include only “actual combat with the enemy.” She refused to return the medal, wore it until her death, and she was finally awarded it posthumously.
That’s it for me today. Get it on Redbubble!
And to top it off, WordPress ate my post. Now you get an even shorter one.
Today I give you Ida B. Wells. Ida B. Wells was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
It’s late. I’m exhausted. See ya tomorrow.
Current theme sprint: Herstory Portraits.
Today I give you Emmy Noether! Emmy Noether was a German mathematician who made important contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics by proving a revolutionary mathematical theorem that changed the way physicists study the universe. NBD.
I just love how she came out. In almost all the pictures of her, especially later in life, she has a big happy smile on her face. She looks like she loved life and had a big laugh.
Per special request, my next theme sprint will be Herstory Portraits. I believe her words were, “I need a set of herstory portrait pillows.” A while back I was commissioned a poster of badass ladies for a nursery for a brand new little girl. I really enjoyed doing it, but wanted to do another set of them that felt more consistent in my creation process. Several of the portraits I’m going to do will be the same badass ladies in this new style.
I started today with the wonderful Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.
The style I’m going for is a screenprint style, extremely minimal color palettes, with halftone shadowing, and a strong block color for the background.
Ideally, I’d love to do these with no label, but I do think a few of them will not be immediately recognized, especially since I want to include some forgotten superheroes of science in my portraits. Since I want them to operate as a set, I will put labels on them all.
Here she is on Redbubble!
Today is the last day of my Geometric design sprint. Today I wanted to do a herringbone or chevron pattern. Next I think I may do designs for kid’s patterns. We’ll see! Who knows what I’ll set out to do and what will come out the other end – it surprises me nearly every day. Here’s the Redbubble link.