Edwardian jewelry was on the brain this month as it was the assigned inspiration behind January's "Make Art That Sells" Bootcamp course. I so enjoyed drawing sparkling gems and researching the monarchy, jewelry, and styles of the era. Bug jewelry was also on the brief, so I combined a favorite bug with crowns and gemstones to create this sweet little queen bee concept. Don't you think this winged ruler could bring lots of joy and smiles to her wee royal subjects! (Hint hint: Art is available for licensing/purchase.)
We're winding down our last week of MATS with one of the most fun projects — lush zipper pouches! Inspired by my old collection of alebrijes — wood carved animal figures from Oaxaca, Mexico — I spent a few days sketching scores of foxes, owls, raccoons, armadillos, gazelles and other ungulates, while studying their lively patterns. I also made some background textures and geometric patterns, and repurposed a beautiful old public-domain map of Mexico, to create a rich background. For my final piece, I yielded to my own vision of animals and my personal color sensibilities rather than utilize the artform's traditional pure, bright pigments. However, I do hope I captured some of the spirit that Pedro Linares had in mind when he first dreamt of his phantasmagoric characters which began the alebrijes folk art movement.
Creating square wall art was our challenge for this week's MATS. I started off with a maltese in the basket and nobody on the bike seat, then a polar bear driving his salmon sidekick, and eventually this big brown fella and a happy fish along for the ride. (The idea for the wood texture came while I was admiring the grain in a beautiful serving platter that my sister gave me — I just photographed it at high-res and voila: bear fur! Inspiration is everywhere!) As winter is knocking on our door, bikes are being packed up and stored for the season… so here's one last hurrah for sunny weather. :)
Fish blast-off in rockets, crabs and seahorses ride spaceships, and sweet whales spout stars while octopuses catch 'em. Original whimsical illustrations to delight and engage small children. This toss repeat pattern would make adorable wallpaper in a child's bedroom — or, sew up as fun jammies for little aspiring astronauts.
Repeats So Sweet showcases Kim Buchheit's sweet & lively surface pattern designs and illustrations for use in apparel, home textiles, gift and paper goods markets. Contact Kim(use form below) regarding licensing inquiries for original designs or commissioned work. Select fabrics can be purchased retail here.
About the Designer
With over 25 years of experience in design, Kim's creative services include surface design, illustration, graphic design, exhibit and website design. Clients include retail clothing companies, non-profit organizations, children- and youth-focused businesses, and national parks.