Well, hello! Long time no see! After blogging for more than five years it's funny how easily a month (or longer) can slip by.
Let's go back to August 2010 for a minute shall we? It was then that I was feeling at a creative crossroads more than ever. I love what I do, but it isn't all that I want to do. There are other creative avenues I want to exlplore. So, since design and affordability are HUGE passions of mine, I began Ashley's List.
In the back of my mind I thought of this as an unofficial year long project. If it led to other things, great! And if not it was something I wanted to put out there. I read many many design blogs and every shelter magazine I can get my hands on. Many are great, most are aspirational. That is not to say they aren't inspirational as well, because they are. But I wanted to create something that I felt was largely missing: something that was aspirational and affordable.
It was a lot of work, a lot of fun work, but a lot of work. So, unless it led to designing people's spaces, or blogging for a publication or another blog it unfortunately wasn't something I could maintain just for fun, at least with that volume of posting.
If nothing else, it did make me examine more closely what it is I love to do more than anything. What could I do every day for the next several years and not get sick of? I know creating tops that list. Period. The end.
After that comes something fairly simple: making people happy, BUT affordability is closely tied to that.
And lastly, a common thread through all of my work, no matter what medium, is the exploration of color.
With that knowledge, none of it really new knowledge, but now very conscious knowledge, I decided to make a year long plan of creating.
The first step is patterns! I love, love, love making these. I could do this all day every day. Hours slip by when I work on these, and if that isn't a telltale sign I don't know what is.
It incorporates 1) creating 2) interior design 3) color exploration and hopefully 4) making people happy.
I envision these as wallpaper, upholstery fabrics, throw pillows, all types of surface design. In my dream world I get to license these to awesome companies.
Here is my ever-growing flickr set of patterns and below are a some samples. And I hope it goes without saying if there is any interest in licensing any patterns you see please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org