Category: craft love

New Riso Prints

Cloud Whale by Kate Austin

It has been ages since I have done a proper blog update!

Cannot believe how quickly time goes by when you’re working away, not to mention travelling like crazy. This year has been incredible as far as travelling goes- to many wonderful faraway places- I swam in the Atlantic and the Pacific, and a few spots in between as well. I even got to leave this continent and spend some time in England when the roses were blooming everywhere- that was a very special treat. I’ve been keeping up with instagram and many of my travels are well documented here. Now I’m grounded in my studio in the balmiest Canadian December I can recall getting ready for my first time exhibiting at PrintSource, a pattern trade show in NYC in January. Exciting!

I’ve been busy making new patterns and also working on my illustration portfolio. This week I was thrilled to launch two new risograph prints in my Etsy shop (click here to get there fast!) : “Cloud Whale” (pictured above)and “Seedling to Blossom” (pictured here)

seedling to blossom by kate austin

Seedling to blossom by Kate Austin

I also have sorted out that pesky missing V from my alphabet and that print is now available as well. We are finding that print very handy around our house, as the little one is learning his letters and loves to show us when he’s got another one down pat. The pictures are little clues to help figure out what’s what.

 

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Alphabet by Kate Austin

 

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Advice from a Snail… the zine!

advice from a snail

advice from a snail

today i took my first ever skillshare class, AND made my first ever zine!!!

actually, i made a few zines today, and this one is my favourite so I thought i would share!

inspired by my spirit animal, the slow and steady snail, i made an illustrated life-guide, snail-style. I cant wait to xerox and distribute it! it was super fun to work in black and white (although you know i love colour) and i especially loved working with india ink again- it has been a while! here is the zine in its entirety- i stand by every page, these are shelly, slimy words to live by…

take it slow. eat those greens. Advice from a snail by kate austin

take it slow. eat those greens. Advice from a snail by kate austin

there's no place like home. flowers rule. Advice from a Snail by Kate austin

there’s no place like home. flowers rule. Advice from a Snail by Kate austin

rainy days are for parties. small is beautiful. don't forget to leave a sparkly trail. Advice from a Snail by kate austin

rainy days are for parties. small is beautiful. don’t forget to leave a sparkly trail. Advice from a Snail by kate austin

back cover, Advice from a Snail, by Kate Austin

back cover, Advice from a Snail, by Kate Austin

Little Shop of Goodies!

Allover Alphabet risograph poster by Kate Austin

Allover Alphabet risograph poster by Kate Austin

Happy Friday!!

Yesterday I picked up some beautiful fluroescent pink and cornflower blue risograph Alphabet posters I designed- printed by the awesome Colour Code Print studio here in Toronto. Today I set up virtual shop! Check them out– the colours are so vibrant. See if you can figure out what I chose for each letter! There’s only a couple of goodies available right now, but there will be more soon– stay tuned!

Daily Postcard Project

jan 27, 2015

jan 27, 2015

I wanted to write about a project I started recently- something I have been thinking about and doing here and there for a while. I am deeply inspired by the work of Katsuji Wakisaka, a textile designer with Sou Sou. His textiles are beautiful and open and joyful- and colorful of course! He has spent years creating a postcard every day, many of which (all of which?) end up being textile patterns. I love the discipline and routine of this project, and the looseness within the confines of the format. So, once I was all settled in my new studio (!!) (a sunny sublet until May) I decided to go for it, and get down to business with the daily postcard project. I went out and got me some giant pieces of delicious Stonehenge paper, set to work with my trusty bone folder and ripped them up into perfect postcard sized paper canvasses- good to go! I’ve been documenting the work over at instagram- check out my feed!– and although I did miss a week there being out of commission with a flu type deal, I am feeling so energized and excited about this work. I really love the opportunity to explore some random subject everyday- and to draw and paint a bit too!!

Happy New Year!

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It’s 15 days into 2015, what better day for wishing everyone all the best in this shiny new year! We had a lovely break over the holidays and now I’m busy working away on new designs– even a couple of little products here and there- more on that soon!

I’ve been thinking about colours a lot lately, trying to inject some brightness into the grey on these very monochromatic winter days. I’m super thrilled to be working in a gorgeous studio for a few months. I set up my loom after years away from it and I’m nearly ready to put the first warp on… yippee! You can follow my progress on that on instagram here.

I’ve also decided to make a postcard every day- inspired by the incredible work of Katsuji Wakisaka of Sou Sou in Japan. Posting those on instagram of course! I’m also getting ready for the art licensing show Surtex in NYC in May. Just booked my booth- #359 in the licensing section… woohoo!! Looking forward to all the new adventures to come in 2015!

Word book!

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A while ago I made a cloth word book for my pre-schooler, and we’ve been looking through it lots lately so I thought I’d blog about it! It was a super satisfying project although I did have some technical issues with the final binding- didn’t really think it all the way through and it was very fat when assembled- way too fat to fit in my regular old sewing machine. So I did some hand sewing and used my bookbinding training to piece it all together and so far it has withstood some rough handling. I drew the pictures, designed it all up and then had the fabric printed digitally. I lined the pages with quilt batten to make them more substantial which did contribute to the tricky sewing challenge but I think was worth it. I loved making the illustrations – I’m definitely inspired to do it again. IMG_0962.JPG

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