Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spoonflower Challenges: Rain & Project Selvage

This time I've kept my entry for the Spoonflower contest really simple. I've always loved going for a walk after an Autumn rainstorm, so I've created fallen leaf motifs and ripples to create a simple design. Hope you like it! Please be sure to vote for my (and other) designs in the Rain Spoonflower Contest next week.

Autumn Showers - textile design by Bee & Lotus

If you visit the Spoonflower website, be sure to vote for your favourite designs in the Project Selvage contest. The winner of the contest will be employed by Michael Miller as a textiles designer! I myself did enter the contest but failed to make it through to the semi-finals :( Oh well! Here is my design titled A Boy Named Peter, titled after Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.

A Boy Named Peter - textile design by Bee & Lotus
A Boy Named Peter - printed on canvas

There are some absolutely wonderful designs entered and I can't wait to see the final results. The folks at Michael Miller fabrics have provided such a fantastic opportunity for one lucky designer, so show them some support and vote today! Good Luck to everyone entered in the contest, I'm sure the winner will be very deserving of the prize. xo

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Autumn dreaming

Whenever Autumn approaches I start to get strangely excited.

I long for the changing of the leaves when my mind can turn to rugging up in woolens and wellies, walking the forests and hunting for mushrooms. I start to become more sentimental as the days shorten and find myself dreaming of a home in the British countryside with a small wood burning stove to warm my feet by, wet clothes pinned up with wooden clothes pegs on the make do line inside.

No www, no
tv, no texts, no distractions. Just for a little while anyway :).

No deadly snakes and poisonous spiders finding their way into Miss Potter's house I'm sure.
How lovely it would be have all of those sweet little creatures roaming my garden!
And if they were lucky I might invite the wee critters in for a nice cup of tea....

hope you have all enjoyed your weekends.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Annie Franklin - artist and printmaker

In May 2001 I came across an ad in the local paper for an exhibition by an Australian artist named Annie Franklin. The small image of one of her paintings was enough to entice me and my sister along to her wonderful exhibition "Feast". The beauty of Annie's work actually made my sister and I cry!
I wanted so badly to take a piece of this work home with me but alas, all of the work had been sold.
I had to wait a few more years before I could purchase my very own Annie Franklin painting.
I now am very lucky to own 4 of her prints and 1 painting.

Annie has kindly agreed to let me share her work with you on my site, but if you would like to see more please visit Annie's lovely site here.

Here are some of the paintings from Annie Franklin's "Feast" exhibition in 2001.

Tain's Okra - acrylic & oil on canvas on board, 2001 Annie Franklin

Daily Harvest - acrylic & oil on canvas on board, 2001 Annie Franklin

View from the studio, Gualchos in May -
acrylic & oil on canvas & board, 2001 Annie Franklin

And some more of Annie's gorgeous work...

One Tuesday Morning - Oil & acrylic, 2005 Annie Franklin

Feathered Angels - Oil & acrylic on fabric, 2005 Annie Franklin

Friarbird and Banksia - handcoloured solar print, 2008 Annie Franklin

Moju- handcoloured solar print, 2005 Annie Franklin

Homage to Fukuoka, Spring - Oil & acrylic on board, 2009 Annie Franklin

Homage to Fukuoka, Summer - Oil & acrylic on board, 2009 Annie Franklin

Homage to Fukuoka, Autumn - Oil & acrylic on board, 2009 Annie Franklin

Homage to Fukuoka, Winter - Oil & acrylic on board, 2009 Annie Franklin

Sacred Mountains, Gulaga - oil & acrylic on canvas, 2009 Annie Franklin

Backyard Portrait, Aragunna - oil & acrylic on canvas, 2009 Annie Franklin

I hope you love Annie's work as much as I do, now I'm off to do some more work on my Project Selvage design.
Wishing you the very best weekend possible.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spoonflower Design Challenge: Paisley

This week the lovely people at Spoonflower have chosen Paisley as the subject of the weekly design competition. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the paisley pattern is made using a teardrop shaped motif. The pattern is named after a small weaving town in Scotland, and so I set my sights to my heartland to begin this design.

Dreaming of Scotland Paisley - Textile design by Bee & Lotus

In 2006 I was lucky enough to return to Scotland for the first time since emigrating to Australia with my family at age 2. I had spent the previous two decades dreaming of what I considered to be my true homeland, but I was soon to discover that Scotland is not my homeland, Australia is. Scotland will always be my heartland and will always be the land that I return to in my dreams (and occasionally in life too!).

I have included in my design “Dreaming of Scotland Paisley” places that I visited and loved and peculiar constructions that captured my imagination.

Detail of Dreaming of Scotland Paisley in white cloud colourway

See if you can spot all of these:

Museum of Scotland
Caerlaverock castle
The Dumfries Rhino (a true symbol of democracy!)
Murray Monument
Wigtown garden
Wanlockhead Miners’ library
Edinburgh Castle
Rosslyn Chapel
Forth rail bridge
Bathgate Academy
Arthur's Seat & Salisbury Crags
St. Anthony’s chapel ruins
Falkirk Wheel (an engineering marvel!)
Pictish stones
Scott monument
Calton Hill
Highland Coo
Seal statue on Arran
Benmore Botanical gardens
Portrack gardens

Dreaming of Scotland Paisley border textile design
in evening & night colourways

I am hoping to go back in a few years and take the children, but for now I will continue to dream of what I consider to be my heartland, but no longer my home.

This is my country,
The land that begat me.
These windy spaces
are surely my own.
And those who toil here
In the sweat of their faces
Are flesh of my flesh,
And bone of my bone.

- Sir Alexander Gray