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. ;)