Wednesday, October 30, 2013

18th Century French Fabric - Pheasants, Fences, Flowers and Flourishes

This was a labor of love.

I've got a great (and secret ) source for images of antique fabrics. It has become an obsession, at times, to reproduce these patterns and turn them into repeats.

This one I ADORE! It took me over a period of a week to complete (not working on it full time, of course) and if I had to be doing something else, I couldn't wait to get back to it.

In time, I'll do another colorway, and create coordinates to go with it. For now, it is my smartphone wallpaper.

Paying Dues

Will I ever be an overnight success? How long does it take?

If it takes ten years as a graphic designer to really start making a living wage, then I've still got a couple of years to put in.

When I arrive, though, I'll have a great hardluck story. It will be filled tales with all the days and weeks I sat making beautiful repeats without any money coming in except for that which I made as a seamstress.

I'll tell about all the graphic design jobs I took that were just beyond my abilities, and then watched tutorials online to figure out how.

My bio will include how I paid my rent with the proceeds of the sale of my house, rather than put that money back into a new house. Determined, yet watching my savings diminish, I seldom gave up hope that one day, my designing skills would finally pay the bills.

Today is one of those days that will be included in my story, a day among so many that finds me creating, learning, striving ... dreaming.

And putting together designs that make my heart sing!