Category: photo love

New Inks!

new inks by kate austin

new inks by kate austin

Just got back from an inspiring and refreshing holiday- camping in Ontario and visiting my 96 year old grandmother in England. England was green green green with honeysuckle and roses around every corner. And I found a lovely little art supply shop in Oxford with these inks that I have never seen or used before and HOLY smokes are they ever gorgeous. I managed to squeeze a few into my suitcase and now that I am back home and settled into my studio I have been taking them out for a run. I took a TON of photos for inspiration and I’m loving making some new little paintings of all the beautiful flowers and critters I encountered on my travels. On our walks around Oxford we saw loads of Elderflower in bloom- this is what they look like before they pop into gorgeous tiny white flowers. There were also twisting vines along the paths- I love this one little green flower in particular with curly stem and balloon like buds. Today I’m going to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden- my first time there- cant wait. Bringing my paints and pencils and camera of course! Yay for summer!!!

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Countdown to Surtex!

my studio wall

my studio wall

Ooh la la! It’s Wednesday and Surtex starts on Sunday… that’s 4 days from now!!!!!!! WOWEEE!

I am so excited! I am totally looking forward to getting my booth all set up and colorful, and to seeing all the other booths all set up and colorful too! I’m excited to re-connect with the other peeps in this wacky meta world of behind the scenes surface pattern design and art, and also to meet new fabulous artists from all over the world. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to meet new manufacturers and art lovers, and to re-connect with the lovely buyers I met last year as well, some of whom I’m lucky to be working with!  I am SUPER excited to see where my art will end up in the world after this show– it’s always surprising and fabulous!!!

Surtex is a jam-packed non-stop action three days of excitement and I can’t wait!!!

Happy Spring: the lookbook!

I’m so excited to present my first-ever surface pattern lookbook!

This is just a nibble into my new collection of surface patterns, launching in a few short days at Surtex NYC. I wanted to share my love of summery days by the sea– many pics from my travels to Nova Scotia and New England made it into this wee book! I hope you enjoy this little offering… it was so fun to make!!

lookbook spring 2015

Studio Peek

my studio wall of inspiration and work in progress

my studio wall of inspiration and work in progress

Today I thought I’d share a little peek into my work space. I decided it was time to refresh the wall in front of my work table – I wanted to have a look at some of the ink paintings I’ve been working on, and also my new postcards from Sou Sou of artwork by Katsuji Wakisaka. I also put up my new little marimekko gift cards- I love how they’re printed on the front and back with bright and graphic images. The envelopes were really nice too- patterned in bold colours on the inside, white on the outside. The fabulous pencil sketch of a moose is by my 7 yr old, as is the lily pad lake drawing beside it- both inspired by our trip to Algonquin (we saw a moose!) I also took a pic of my messy work table… sigh.

my messy worktable and fabulous apron- thrifted- it's an inuit screen print!

my messy worktable and fabulous apron- thrifted- it’s an inuit screen print!

I’m loving having a set up for painting- I just skiddle up here whenever I have a moment and pick up a paintbrush- it’s working for me. However the whole concept of cleaning up and organazizing is not really happening at the moment.. one day! Check out my amazing work apron… I got it years ago at a thrift shop- it’s a screen printed inuit image by Nanogak! I have held onto it for all these years and kept it so pristine, but now I think– I should give it some life! And you know if it gets a little paint on it, c’est la vie. Also check out my new mug… LOVE this unikko colorway from this summer. Mmm tea. Now back to work!

What Colour Means to Me

Uppercase magazine issue 22

Uppercase magazine issue 22

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Hello! I’m back from a lovely time in the wilds of Algonquin park- more on this later. While I was away I got word that my piece on COLOUR and what it means to me was chosen for the current issue of Uppercase Magazine, #22. And what an issue it looks to be- I cant wait to get my copy in the mail!! There’s some great preview tidbits here including a video with lots of tantalizing and colorful pictures. My piece along with my photo of bright and fuzzy yarns is in the top right corner of the above spread… pretty nifty! This magazine is so great- it’s really hefty and jam-packed with awesome art, craft, and design goodness. I am a subscriber, and I recommend it to all!!!!

Cafe work

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That is, working in a cafe- my local, lovely manic coffee where I can sit for hours and put stamps on postcards, draw in my sketchbook, read, dream, plan and dream some more. Today I thought i would share some of my books I’m bringing along for inspiration and information. I brought Marion Tuu’luq for her incredible appliquéd and stitched blankets with images of Inuit life in Canada. I brought a little condensed Modern Art overview- the Klee paintings alone set the wheels of my design mind into overdrive. I also have my instructional printed textile book- good to peruse for things to keep in mind while I’m working. And last but kind of the opposite of least I have my trusty books of photos I’ve taken- I started collecting them in business card format, sorting them into themes that I find recur and totally inspire and inform my pattern design. I’m all packed up ready to hop on my bike, grab a tea and get working!!

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