Thursday, April 24, 2014

Getting Closer: Surtex 2014, booth 345

Oh man, we're another week closer. Check out last week's post to get a recap on what exactly I'm talking about, or just enjoy the images below. Also, if you're a company interested in viewing my artwork for license, please feel free to contact me: sarah@sarahwatsonillustration.com, or check out my website: sarahwatsonillustration.com.





Monday, April 21, 2014

Mushroom March for Arcadia


Another sweet sneak peek of Arcadia, my upcoming collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Available in stores in June 2014, or if you're looking to order wholesale (for your shop, that is), find out more at Cloud 9's wholesale site.

Today we've got Mushroom March! When I look at this I imagine the mushrooms dancing to the Nutcracker in Fantasia. Don't you love Fantasia? I sure do. Anyway, these guys are so fun. When I got the first strikeoff (that's the little test pieces of fabric we get to check the color), I immediately fell for the khaki version. Maybe it's because I wore uniforms through all my schooling, but I'm very partial to khaki. I think it's such a great base. I hope you like it as much as I do! I'm ready to get bolts and bolts of this line!!!


More about Cloud 9's soft, sweet, organic fabric: Cloud9 Fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of our base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. We work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct.  This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Surtex 2014 Booth 345

Are you ready!!! I'm ready. Okay, I mean, I'm not ready, but I'm on schedule to be ready. This week I'm printing portfolios, next week (while the hubby's busy working) I'll be tearing my house apart (ie crafting and sewing), designing my booth, and the next week... I'll be flying to the states! And then, of course, there'll be about two weeks of visiting family and friends, more traveling, etc. But then, it's show time! 

If  you have no idea what I'm talking about (which, after I typed the first paragraph, I realized most people wouldn't), I'm talking about Surtex. It's a big licensing convention. What's that, you say? Well a licensing convention is where artists, designers and studios go to show their portfolios to companies who are interested in licensing new artwork for their products. It's a big investment, and a lot of work, but I'm really looking forward to it. I'll be sharing some of the images I'm using for promotion, here, on my blog, with you guys.

If you happen to be a company, interested in talking about licensing my artwork, please feel free to contact me: sarah@sarahwatsonillustration.com, or check out my website: sarahwatsonillustration.com.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Arcadia by Sarah Watson: Dewy Meadow

Another sweet sneak peek of Arcadia, my upcoming collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Available in stores in June 2014, or if you're looking to order wholesale (for your shop, that is), find out more at Cloud 9's wholesale site.


For today's sneak peek, we've got Dewy Meadow, I think my favorite print out of the whole bunch (okay, I'm bound to say that about any of them at any given time). It's super illustrative with all sorts of things going on. I imagine a kid just sitting there picking out little bugs and making stories for them. It's got a nice light denimy ground which I think is perfect for boys and girls, as long as the boys can get over the flower aspect (I think lots of boys like flowers, though). Yay! Super excited! I can't wait to see what people make out of this fabric!

More about Cloud 9's soft, sweet, organic fabric: Cloud9 Fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of our base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. We work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct.  This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ooooh Arcadia!

 Ooooh, Arcadia! No real fabric yet, but I got the strikeoffs (little cuts of fabric before they produce it all, to make sure the color and print look okay!), and those are always so much fun to play with. It's usually a pretty small cut of fabric, so you get it, and you're itching to do something with it, but you don't want to cut up your beautiful new fabric...but then you do.

I've been really enamored lately with Carolyn Freidlander and her ideas (such great ideas!). I can't wait to get into more slow sewing, but for now, I decided I'd just check and make sure I could just do a straight line. I can. Check that one off the list.

I looked up some tiny quilt blocks, and got a little intimidated (and lazy) with the cutting. I didn't want to get up and find a ruler... So I just stuck with something that I could sit on the couch (or on the beach) and cut, without worrying. Just a square. I cut out a bunch of 2" squares and started sewing, and got these cute little blocks. They look so springy to me. I hope you have spring weather already, but if you don't, I hope these warm you up a bit.





These last few pictures are my favorite. You can't see the fabric that well, but I love the ocean in the background. The picture looks so warm and fresh, but don't be fooled, it's just plain old hot here. And look at those stitches! Pretty straight, right?

For more info on where to find the fabric, check out Cloud 9's website.