Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ears of Corn :: Pattern Collection

Surface designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
With Thanksgiving coming up I've had ears of corn and corn relish on the brain. Last week whenever my pencil was near, I drew corn on the cob... interesting symbol these days with food being so political and corn being at the center of many of those debates. But, here corn is just corn — carved, printed, and set to repeat; two different repeats, colorways, and story options.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Custom Fabric Samples

Sakura © Kim Buchheit :: Printed on Linen-Cotton Canvas (upholstery weight)
This fabric is available for purchase by the yard.
Seahorses © Kim Buchheit :: Printed on Organic Cotton Sateen
Mute Swans © Kim Buchheit :: Printed on Cotton Silk
Monarch Butterflies © Kim Buchheit :: Printed on Silk Crepe de Chine
Fabric designs © Kim Buchheit
Was excited to get some of my fabric designs printed out on a variety of fabrics this season! Am hoping to get my sewing machine fixed so I can create some pillows to show prospective clients before year's end. So much to do... but, tonight it's all about candy. Happy Halloween :D

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Butterfly Koi :: Pattern Collection

Surface design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Butterfly koi are a hybrid species — one that is hardier and has longer fins than traditional koi. Fill a pond with these beautiful creatures and you have an instant meditation garden. The color palette for this collection is vibrant, hot, and summer-swimsuit inspired. I'm thinking the mix-and-match collection would be cute for children's clothing or bedrooms, too! Original illustration is hand-carved.

Surface design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
An understated and possibly more meditative colorway in golds and greys. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Potted Plants :: Pattern Collection

potted plant surface design patternSurface designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Potted plants and polka dots! That little work-horse, gingham, also wended its way into this design — the pots got wrapped up in its checkered splendor. Gingham has a long history of usage and remains a textile staple. It continues popping up in summer dresses, barbecue aprons, kitchen towels, handkerchiefs, pajamas and bedspreads.

Surface designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Alternative two-directional colorway and layout — with the addition of the flower motif from my Snail Mail design. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Outer Space :: Pattern Collection

Outer Space Surface Design PatternSurface design © Kim Buchheit; purchasing and/or licensing option available
This week's Illustration Friday challenge ("Launch") gave me just the incentive I needed to convert one of my older designs into a linocut repeat. Rockets, shooting stars, planets, and spaceships zip around on intergalactic polka-dots!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Seahorse :: Pattern Collection


Seahorse and Shells Design
Surface design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Ancient Roman fisherman thought seahorses were actually baby horses which would one day grow up to pull Neptune's chariot. This sweet pattern captures the charm of these lovely fishes rhythmically gliding through the sea — sans the god of the ocean. (Top collection shows seahorse linework in bark brown; lower collection shows it in dark teal. Colorways and linework are editable. Original hand-carved illustrations, scanned, colorized, and set to repeat.)

Eco-Tip: 10 easy things you can do to protect the seahorse's home and save the oceans!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Snail Mail :: Pattern Collection

Snail Mail PatternSurface design © Kim Buchheit; purchasing and/or licensing options available.
In this crazy digital age, who doesn't love getting snail mail now and then! Charming little snails send sweet notes to each other; their plaid playground has a faux-woven texture for added interest (hard to see here). I'm thinking summer camp, pen pals... the perfect stationery design.

Eco-Note: The Kanab Ambersnail (Oxyloma haydeni kanabensis) is one of Grand Canyon National Park's endangered species. There are only two natural populations of this snail in the world, one of which is at a spring along the Colorado River called Vasey's Paradise. You can help the park protect this rare species by becoming a member of the park's official fundraising organization.

Leaves :: Repeat Patterns

leaf repeat patternleaves patternSurface designs © Kim Buchheit; purchasing and/or licensing options available.
Today's cool breezes have me thinking in fall colors while exploring different colorways for this geometric leaf pattern. ;)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Blue Whales :: Pattern Collection

Surface designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) are the largest animals on the planet. This surface design showcases a whimsical interpretation of these incredible creatures swimming in an undulating sea of blues and greens. Original hand-carved illustrations. Ask about alternative colorways and coordinating designs. (Note: Coordinating designs not necessarily to scale. Contact me if you'd like to see larger, to scale collections.)

Eco-Note: Learn how you can adopt a blue whale. NRDC is urgently trying to save beluga whales; please help if you can.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Monarch Butterfly :: Repeat Patterns

Surface designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Monarch butterflies are known for their beauty and their astonishing migration feat — traveling some 2800 miles or more in the fall to their destination in central Mexico. (Original illustrations of butterflies and milkweed flower were carved, printed, scanned and set to repeat.)

Eco-Note: These amazing creatures need your help in restoring their wintering habitat in Mexico; visit: World Wildlife Fund to get involved.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mute Swan :: Repeat Patterns

Mute Swan Surface Design PatternMute Swan Tiffany Blue
Surface design © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Swans really do mate for life — and during the mating dance they touch their breasts and beaks together to create a heart shape between themselves. The top design shows the moment just before they touch, and their "reflection" suggests a swan's watery home. Lower pic shows an alternate pattern and 2-color (tone-on-tone) colorway. Original drawing hand-carved.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Green Turtle :: Pattern Collection

Green Turtle Surface Design PatternSurface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is an amazing creature that is vital to the health of marine ecosystems, and currently listed under the Endangered Species Act. Many good people are working hard to protect these graceful amphibians, including the World Wildlife Fund. Our seas are teeming with life and I am grateful for those who continue to protect our wild oceans and these denizens of the deep.

Turtle and spiral designs are from original hand-carved linocuts. Note that the three coordinating patterns are shown larger in scale than the turtle pattern.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Aspen :: Repeat Pattern

Aspen Bark Surface Design PatternSurface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
In northern Arizona, we treasure our Aspen trees. In the fall, people come from neighboring regions to witness the vibrant quaking leaves turn pockets of forest a smashing golden yellow.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sakura :: Pattern Collection

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing and/or purchasing options available.
Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry tree. These trees come into spectacular bloom each spring — their blossoms symbolic of love and good fortune. We send our love and wishes for healing to Japan today.

Original drawing was first hand-carved, then printed, scanned, colorized and set to repeat.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentines for You...

Valentines by Kim Buchheit
Illustrations © Kim Buchheit
Oh, my favorite holiday is nearly upon us... a day to celebrate love and affection. Above are two valentines I created to mark this heartwarming day. Feel free to print these out (for personal use only) and give them to those you love. Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Avocados on Stripes :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
With two beautiful avocados in my kitchen just begging to be transformed into guacamole, I thought I'd draw their portraits first. The result: this big and bold half-drop repeat pattern atop chili-pepper red stripes. Yum, let's eat!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bunny on Plaid :: Repeat Pattern

Bunny Surface Design PatternBunny Fabric
Bunny Linocut Stamps
Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
This new pattern makes its debut in the Year of the Rabbit. Surrounded by his favorite treat, sweet little bunny keeps his eye on some fluttering pink butterflies. When I received the fresh-looking sample fabric (quilting weight; middle pic) I immediately envisioned a cute comforter or sweet curtains for a child's playroom or bedroom. Original illustrations were first hand-drawn, then carved (see lower pic), printed, and scanned. Purchase any weight fabric here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tomato & Mushrooms on Plaid :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
Today I was experimenting with combining two distinct patterns into a single seamless tile. The results are these eye-popping tomato-and-mushrooms-on-plaid designs. Just add some basil and they're almost edible! (The illustration was created from an original drawing that was transferred to linoleum and then hand-carved.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cotton Plant :: Repeat Pattern



Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I love cotton — the amazing plant itself, its history, and its gift of coziness. I also love translating my illustrations into linocuts — it's a true collaboration between my hand and the material, with results that surprise and delight. This design was made with my mom in mind as she is planning to reupholster some chairs and is looking for "just the right fabric". Fabric now available for purchase via Spoonflower! (Lower photo shows actual printed fabric on quilting weight — 3.2 oz. — cotton. Several fabric weights available.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mushrooms :: Repeat Pattern


Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I made this sweet linocut of mushrooms and worked it up in two colorways. You can now purchase yardage of some of my fabric designs, in several weights, at Spoonflower.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stamped Acorns :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I'm enjoying getting extra mileage out of some linocut stamps I carved last season. This pattern is a simple (4-up) half-drop repeat made from a scanned stamped image, which mimics woodblock printing of yesteryear.

Stamped Flowers :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I got out my hand-crafted stamps and some brown kraft paper and went to town today. By scanning in the stamped images and working in Photoshop, I was able to recreate the translucent glazing effects of the inks and the scruffy textures of stamped pigment on toothy uncoated paper.