As part of our new Meet the Designer series, today we’re introducing you to a designer who captures the vibrant flora and bright palette of her home city of Miami. Judy Quintero (Shopcabin) is a designer and talented painter who balances energetic colors with a laid back watercolor medium. Keep reading to see what inspires this Spoonflower designer!
Today we'd like you to meet designer Kristi Heck as part of our new Meet the Designer series. Hailing from Panama then California, and most recently the great, green rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, Kristi is inspired by her natural environment and uses acrylic paints to create scenes involving friendly creatures, soil, vegetables, and lots of vivid color. She's down to earth in more ways than one–keep reading and get to know what gets Kristi's creative juices flowing.
Where do you currently live? I live in Hood River, Oregon.
My day starts with the little dog whining to be invited on the bed. Once she’s up (sitting on my chest, attempting to lick), the big dog arrives. His warm fuzzy head smells like corn chips. After a quiet moment, I’m up: feed dogs, make coffee, drink coffee with husband, pack lunches, wake kids, get dressed, breakfast kids, walk dogs and kids to school, return with just dogs. Then it’s down to my studio to work…
I fell in love with fabric design when… I turned around. This love (sort of, not really) snuck up on me. Our house is chockfull of textiles: Pendleton wool, reverse appliqué molas by the Guna Yala of Panama, Indian kantha quilts, chunky knits, plush flokati, African Dutch wax block prints, and a crazy variety of patterned throw pillows. I’ve always loved designing with fabrics; I’m brand new to designing actual fabrics. Our family moved to Hood River mid-December 2013, our first winter in about ten years. Time lived in Southern California combined with six years in the Republic of Panama had left us cold. Literally. So I over-dressed and began painting creatures hibernating. Soon, the animals migrated into human beds. Painting their bedding was my favorite part. I thought I’d try designing fabric versus just painting it, but the ability to create a repeat pattern eluded me… I have dozens of horrible designs stashed in file folders titled “Trials” and “Tribulations.” Then I found the class “How to design fabric” at creativebug.com featuring Spoonflower. Click! Apparently, my visual brain required a visual demo, as I later uncovered near-verbatim written instruction in multiple fabric design books I already own!
Belt sander? Check. Power drill? Check. Saw blades? Check. Watercolor paints and brushes? Check. Sometimes sharp objects look better with softer edges. We threw a wrench in our contests this week and were blown away by the designs you submitted. Check out the top ten watercolor power tool designs (and the limited edition fat quarter bundle!), and a big congratulations goes to first-time Design Challenge winner Cecilia Mokfor her winning design! Check out photographs of all the winners printed on lustrous Silky Faille by going to our Facebook page!
1. 404 votes for As Far as I Saw the Sea by cecilia_mok
2. 403 votes for AquaPower by juliesfabrics
3. 347 votes for Holes & Drill Bits by Friztin by friztin
4. 346 votes for Painterly Power Tools by heatherdutton
5. 336 votes for Crafty Power Up! by cynthiafrenette
6. 322 votes for Cutting disk circles by ruth_robson
7. 317 votes for build me a painting by betsysiber
8. 310 votes for Power Spin by mariaspeyer
9. 304 votes for Power Tools by emmaallardsmith
10. 279 votes for power tools by karinka
Water colors bring out the softer, more artistic side of power tools. Vote on your favorite watercolor power tool designs by next Wednesday, and be sure to check for the winner in our newsletter next Thursday! Who knows, these magnificent designs may just inspire you to remodel your work bench and reorganize your toolbox!
Christine Witte’s penguin fabric design marched its way into voters’ hearts this week. Head over to Spoonflower to check out the rest of the designs—these frosty little birds are surprisingly heartwarming.
1. 809 votes for SOS Antarctica by christinewitte
2. 532 votes for strike a pose! by zapi
3. 532 votes for Penguins by rubydoor
4. 525 votes for Watercolor penguin by zandloopster
5. 521 votes for Penguins by melhales
6. 497 votes for Magical Snowy Penguin March by siya
7. 492 votes for Penguin Colony by mayacoa
8. 466 votes for PenguinPlay_large-01 by laura_mayes
9. 407 votes for penguins and friends by chicca_besso
10. 396 votes for penguin with fish by kimmurton