Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Summer's Offerings for Swimwear :: Fabric Design

Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
Winter decided to pay us a visit this afternoon! Snow is falling and winds are blustering, but I had summer on my mind all day in the studio. My latest design collection entitled, Summer's Offerings, is ideal for swimwear and was produced from natural found objects using a technique called scanography. Nature's palette is so incredible that all I nearly had to do was set the elements to repeat. And, great news, we are now offering customers the option of Poly Lycra Spandex — which is perfect for summer swimwear! Contact me if you're interested in ordering fabric or purchasing my designs for other uses (e.g. wallpaper, exhibition, paper goods).

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Birds on the Wires

A friend shared with me this morning Jarbas Agnelli's beautiful music and video entitled, "Birds on the Wires" — and I thought I'd pass it along. There is something sublime and mysterious about this rather common site... and Jarbas has captured that and more in his lovely work. I was similarly inspired by the bird-on-a-wire phenomena awhile back when visiting an industrial area in Phoenix — looking up from the rather dim cityscape, a rhythmic dappling of pigeons on a wire caught my eye. I created a collection of repeat patterns in response to this experience and I've reposted it below so it could sit side-by-side with Agnelli's little masterpiece.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Blue Whales :: Surface Pattern Design


Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
I just received my Blue Whale pattern printed on Silky Faille (see pic) and simply love its stretchiness! In gratitude to the fabric gods, I'm making this design available for purchase (on your fabric of choice — or as wallpaper) through my Spoonflower shop for a limited time only. Designers, this would make for great bedding in a child's room — or, as wallpaper on an accent wall. (Photo shows sample swatch and my original hand-carved linocut stamp. Colors are all editable upon request with minimum yardage order. Story includes coordinating designs.)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Minnows :: Surface Pattern Design

Minnows Fish Repeat Pattern
Surface Pattern Design Minnow Fish
Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
Sometimes the simplest drawing is the best. I was reminded of this yet again while working on the above minnow pattern. At first I sketched out all the details on this tiny fish — the fins, gills, lateral line, scales, etc. — but in the end I took a stylized, reductionist approach for the linocut. The minnow motif can be printed up to 6 inches wide at 300 ppi (which could make for dramatic upholstery fabric and/or pillows); but it can also be scaled down to a tiny print (think kids' clothing!). Colorways are limitless; pattern is multidirectional (works "upside down" too); line color can be changed; and each fish in the tile could be a different color. A grunge background (like the lower sample) adds another layer of interest and great texture. I've found that interior designers (and many clients) are immensely creative, so flexible designs like this allow everyone to get involved in developing the final look-and-feel!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Marching Roosters :: Surface Pattern Design

Rooster Surface Design
Rooster Grunge Surface Design
Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
Cock-a-doodle-doo! The sun is coming up earlier these days, giving us more time to do the things we love. Morning walks in the woods, sipping coffee with our besties, doodling in sketchpads. :) This design is a celebration of our favorite feathered alarm clock. Shown here in two grunge-textured colorways that might get you thinking about a fun twist on holiday wrap... no, it's never too early!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mermaids :: Surface Pattern Design

Mermaid Repeat Pattern by Kim Buchheit
Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
Mermaids swim and dance with their seahorse friends in this delightful circular toss pattern. Colorways are editable and coordinating designs can be created upon request. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Polka Op :: Surface Pattern Design

Polka Dot Op Art by Kim Buchheit
Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
Polka dots morph into 3-d spheres for extra pop in these op-art-inspired designs. (The topmost one is for the Wonder-bread generation. Ha ha!) One could spend a lifetime developing these abstract optical illusions, playing with endless colorways, and imagining a variety of creative applications for these energizing surface designs. Fun fun!

Twist on Op Art :: Surface Pattern Design

Plaid Op Art Surface Design by Kim Buchheit
Op Art and Plaid by Kim Buchheit
Twist on Op Art by Kim Buchheit
Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available. 
While conducting a children's workshop on Op Art last week, I thought of combining some plaids with traditional Vasarely-esque designs. These eye-popping patterns would play nicely with basic plaids and soothing solids to embolden a bedroom (think linens) or open up a neglected nook (think wallpaper). The topmost sample depicts a story of coordinating designs mixing plaids and checkerboard illusions; the bottom sample shows three colorways for the same half-drop repeat.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pug Mugs :: Surface Pattern Design


Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Bitten by the dog bug and smitten by so many wonderful four-leggeds of late, cuddly canines have been a source of inspiration in the studio this year —much to the chagrin of my faithful feline companion (sorry Sprouty Bear). Thought this textured parade of pugs would make delightful all-occasion wrapping paper for dog lovers of all stripes. Do you have a favorite breed? Leave a comment and it could turn up in my next suface pattern design.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Monarch Caterpillar :: Home/Interior

Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Visualizing caterpillars boldly waltzing up a wall or playing up a pillow? Would you like to see your vision mocked up, experiment with colorways, or consider a mix of different patterns? I'm happy to do all that for you — just let me know your dream and we can work together to make it a reality. Choose designs from my existing collection of surface designs — or — I can create custom art and patterns just for you!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Monarch Caterpillar :: Surface Pattern Design

Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Late last August into September we witnessed the monarch butterfly migration through Arizona as they stopped to visit the Grand Canyon. A conservation-minded research group tagged some of the butterflies and pointed out some 5th instar larvae (the last and largest stage)! These chunky caterpillars are so lovely and their markings appeal to my designer sensibilities. The above linocut-based pattern looks great printed large (tile ~11" in height) — and would make for dramatic wallpaper. (Note: Spoonflower now prints custom wallpaper; contact me in you're interested :)).

Want to help? You can get involved in the butterfly research project (and learn to tag butterflies) by contacting the Southwest Monarch Study organization.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Autumn Leaves :: Surface Pattern Design

Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Chilly little secrets are wafting through the studio today, whispering of winter's imminent arrival. One last nod to the changing of the seasons with this double-layered print. It was hard to choose which colorways to post as this print looks great in a muted or saturated palette. Note that the linework can print positive or in reverse (white). Mock up shows print in cozy bedding and coordinating wallpaper.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Halloween

Surface pattern design © Kim Buchheit
Wishing everyone a spooky fun week full of more treats than tricks!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Teacups :: Surface Design

Surface designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
This design takes a traditional kitchen motif and turns it upside down with fresh color combinations, my signature linocut illustration, and coordinating prints in an eye-popping plaid and an op-art-inspired graphic. Two colorways shown, but as with all my designs the palette is endlessly editable.