Is it wrong that I am craving a peppermint mocha and it is very late at night? I should have never learned about the 24 hour Starbucks near me!! Dangerous I tell you....but late nights of drawing are always a pretty good time.
November. November!?! I hope everyone had a very fun Halloween. We were once again pretty low-key. There was passing out candy, thai food, and a Buffy Marathon (our friend Diana who is staying with us has yet to see all of Buffy).
It's been about 7 years since Drew made me sit down and watch it all (Yes, I really did enjoy it) But I am enjoying the epsisodes I've watched with them the second time around a lot more. The first time I noticed mostly the campyness and the addictiveness and this time I really am noticing the writing and Cordelia (who really is much better this time around).
When I am not watching buffy with those two I have been up in my studio. And I have three petite paintings to share today. They are in the shop right now!
They are based off of my flower prints and it's fun to see the same theme in different mediums.
I actually have a larger one too, but haven't listed that quite yet.
I think I am going to head to the park for a nice autumn walk!
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 email@example.com