Friday, 24 May 2013

Weekly Fabric Contest - Mods!

That's right it has been a week now since my last one of these, I know I can't believe it either! I didn't win last weeks, but it has generated interest in my design and I've been asked to sell it a few times (which I will do when I get enough designs on spoonflower to order a swatch bundle), so even without winning it still had a good outcome, which I'm very pleased with.

Anyway... I might not have won last week's one but that isn't going to stop me and I have an entry in this week's competition, and now I'm more determined to win! So if you could take the time to support me again by voting for my design I would really appreciate it.



I was never entirely happy with last weeks design, I felt it was missing something, but some how me just submitting it and hoping for the best (which I don't think designer should ever do) still worked, perhaps I just got lucky. I do think last weeks had potential with a bit more work, which is why I entered it. However this weeks one I love and I hope you do to. It is based on the mod subculture and is named "Mod Culture" and looks like this:


To vote just go here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=190 you have to click through the pages until you find mine, select it then click through to the end, go to the bottom of the page, type the characters into the box, click "I'm ready to review my votes, then you need to type the characters again and click I'm ready to vote. It'll only take you a minute, so please do it!

Thanks in advance!  Oh and don't forget to check out my handmade jewellery giveaway! You can find it here
SJ
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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Roberto Cavalli Fashion Illustrations

While I was a Fashion and Textiles Design student I was forever looking for the top designer's fashion illustrations, as I always found them so inspirational. I've recently stumbled across some I really love by Roberto Cavalli, so I thought I share them with you.

This first two are designs made for Cindy Crawford and Georgia May Jagger, and they are amazing.

Copyright of Roberto Cavalli

This one below is for the lovely Sharon Stone. The snake back detail will look incredible, and adds a perfect little twist to the classic strapped back/backless dress.



The next one was designed for Liu Wen, and it's my favourite. The colour and the indication of the pattern are beautiful. I love the expressive lines of the design and how subtle shading shows how the dress will fall. You could only expect the best from an amazing designer like Roberto Cavalli and he definitely delivers.

Copyright of Roberto Cavalli

There is no need to try and imagine how the finished dress would look as you can see it below. The outcome is just as stunning as the illustration. Like in the illustration, my favourite part of the dress is the colour and the pattern, it is gorgeous! I also adore the way the edges of the dress are finished, it is unusual to see dresses on the red carpet finished in such away and it works beautifully, I have to say I think it's one of my favourite finishes.


Which is your favourite design? Why not comment below and let me know.

Oh and don't forget to check out my handmade jewellery giveaway! You can find it here

SJ
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Celebrating 200 Followers: Handmade Jewellery Giveaway!

It appears I've reached two hundred followers across Bloglovin and Google Friend Connect, so in order to celebrate this I'm giving away two beautifully handcrafted necklaces made and designed by myself, to two different readers. Would you like to get your hands on these beautiful pieces of jewellery? Well continue reading to find out how!

Triple Button Necklace - Can also be worn as bracelet

Firstly up for grabs is this triple stretched clay button necklace. It is made from buttons I crafted in ceramics whilst working on my Retorta Conscientia collection you can see the whole making process here: Process 1Process 2 and Process 3




Glass Droplets Necklace - Can also be worn as bracelet

Secondly up for grabs is this single drop glass necklace. It is made from one of the glass droplet buttons I also made in ceramics whilst working on my Retorta Conscientia collection you can see the whole making process here: Process 1 and Process 2




How To Win

All you have to do is comment below with your full name, email address and which design you prefer and why. Once you have done this I will enter you into my competition database with everyone else and two of you will be selected at random. 

If you are worried about privacy, you can email me your details to sarahjane05@gmail.com

EXTRA ENTRIES
If you would like to improve your chances of winning then follow me on GFC, Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest (each one is linked except GFC which you can find in the right side bar). The more platforms you follow me on the more times I will enter you into the competition database, just add to your comment what platforms you are following me on to make sure I don't miss you! Don't worry if you are already a follower it still counts, just comment/email letting me know. Don't worry I will be checking so no one can cheat :)

Additional InformationI will post internationally. Although items will be well packaged if they do happen to be broken or lost in the post unfortunately they will not be covered. You can only win one item per person and address. If both winners have put the same necklace as their preferred choice, the person who was randomly selected first will receive their preferred choice. Winners will be contacted via email, if you do not claim your prize within 1 week a winner will be chosen again. Entries can still be made until all necklaces are claimed (this post will be updated then) winners will be announced on here and twitter after being claimed by email.

GOOD LUCK!

SJ
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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Weekly Fabric Contest

This post is to ask you all to do me a big favour... I entered this week's spoonflower fabric competition with one of my designs, it looks like this below. It had to be inspired by Greek myths so I picked the story of Medusa, I didn't want it to be the typical obvious design as I knew lot of people would pick that, so I chose to draw a bundle of interlocking snakes and turned it into a mirrored repeat, so that it would be slightly distorted but still fit the theme. Here it is... 




To vote just go here: http://www.spoonflower.com/contest_voters/new?contest_id=190 you have to click through the pages until you find mine, select it then click through to the end, go to the bottom of the page, type the characters into the box, click "I'm ready to review my votes, then you need to type the characters again and click I'm ready to vote. It'll only take you a minute, so please do it!

SJ
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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Spoonflower Favourites

I recently found my love of Spoonflower again. Spoonflower is one of many sites where you can upload your textiles designs and illustrations to either showcase them, sell them or both. It has been ages since I last visited this site but I still love it just as much, and I'm glad I stumbled upon it again. 

I thought you might like to see my favourite designs that I've found this week. I'm hoping I might make this a regular thing and either every week or every other week showcase my top five designs of the week/fortnight.

Anyway, here is my top five designs I've found this week:

Birdhouse - troismiettes/Isabelle
I love this; it's by a girl named Isabelle from Troismiettes. I love the subtle hints of colour from the birds and the way it is very cleverly repeated in a classic way. Its beautiful and I think it would make stunning wallpaper.

Mustache Mania - Bianca Green
Bianca Green makes this series of crazy moustaches. I love all the colours, and the way that although some of them should clash they don't, they just work. It is a really quirky fun print and I think it's awesome.

Foxen - Holli Zollinger
I love everything to do with animals, so I adore this fox print, its beautifully illustrated. I love the simplicity of it, it has the perfect amount of detail and works brilliantly. Finally the way the foxes look like they are dancing is so cute, I love it.
Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/holli_zollinger
Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/hollizollinger
Website: http://www.hollizollinger.com/

Woodland - Lydia Meiying
This cluster of beautifully illustrated woodland creatures is just stunning. The level of detail is brilliant. I love the way all the animals slot in and interlock with each other. Leaving the colours simple was a great idea as it allows you to take in the detail more, enabling you to see just how much hard work has gone into the drawing. Very inspiring.
Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lydia_meiying
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hellomeiying
Website: http://www.hellomeiying.com/

Toby - Lydia Meiying
Ok, now I honestly did not notice until now that the same illustrator designed both of these. Lydia gets extra brownie points from me for drawing totally awesome animals. This one is my ultimate favourite this week. I love the repeat, I love the design, I love the detail, I love the cute little face of the bear, and I LOVE that it's named Toby, the bear definitely looks like a Toby. His cute little face makes my day. I love this one for the same reasons I love the last one and so much more. The level of cuteness in this is amazing, I love it so much I need it in a cushion, on my wall, and all over my chairs. It is just awesome and adorable. All links for this one are found above aswell.

Let me know which ones are you favourites, or if you happen to find any you really love on the spoonflower website. 

SJ
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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Redbubble :)

So my designs have been on Redbubble for just under a year, apparently is supposed to take just over a year before they sell but I appear to have started :) Here are two of the things I've sold so far...



You can find them here if you would like to buy them or have a look at other things I have on there: http://www.redbubble.com/people/sarahjsjackson/works/8967184-geekasaurus-colour?p=t-shirt

But I would say if you have spare textile designs knocking around that you're not doing anything with, put them on there! It is worth it, you don't get much income but it's something and it helps towards your online presence, the more places you have examples of your work the more likely you are to be spotted, so it is definitely worth doing! 


SJ
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P.S I've had another bit of luck as well, someone found a photograph of mine on flickr from the Student Protest in London 2010,  and they liked it and its now being published in a book. Using as much online resources as possible is so worth it!