Tagged: Canada

Picture book dreams!

kate austin illustration intro postcard

kate austin illustration intro postcard

Today I’m doing something I have thought about doing pretty much forever: submitting my work to children’s book publishers! I can’t really believe it’s taken me this long, to be honest, but then again everything takes time right? I also think everything has a time, and for me the time is NOW to reach out, put myself out there, and introduce my work to the art directors of the kids publishing world. I started considering this seriously a while ago- probably as I was emerging from the fog of baby land- and it has been percolating ever since. We have a truly massive collection of picture books- both current and vintage- and they are a constant comfort and inspiration to me. I have been LOVING doing my (now deeply neglected!) daily postcards, and finding that I have lots of illustration ideas and drawings and paintings I really want to make. It’s funny how creating patterns feeds this side of my brain/work, and vice versa. I have lots of exciting pattern projects in the works post-Surtex and  I promised myself that before I get too busy I would dedicate some time to this longstanding dream of illustrating a picture book. Today is the day I am making it happen. Here’s hoping!

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

Theory of Change!

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Today I wanted to share some of the results of a fun and cool project I have been working on recently!

5 years ago my dear friend, the incredible Seanna Connell, and I founded a non-profit, ArtBridges, to connect, inspire and encourage people working in Community  Engaged Arts and Arts for Social Change across Canada. Over the past few months, we have been involved in a strategic clarity program, working with a great consultant to hone our message and our vision for the future of ArtBridges. It’s really great timing, because when we started we had a 5 year plan and now, after 5 years, we have accomplished what we set out to achieve and are ready to tackle what comes next! To help guide us over the next 5 years, we worked on a “Theory of Change” — a roadmap of what we do, who we do it for, and what we aim to accomplish! I was given the task of creating a visual representation of this Theory of Change, and, with a ton of help from our awesome group, here it is! I love it- I really think it captures the spirit of ArtBridges- and I’m excited that we have this tool to help explain the great work the ArtBridges team is doing!!! I love making art and injecting more colour into the universe, and I also love supporting other artists and people committed to making the world a better place for everyone. I really believe in the power of art to elevate and enrich our lives, and I’m so proud of this great project!!

 

 

 

 

 

Lakeside

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Lake of Two Rivers, Algonquin Park

This was my view last week and I’m not going to lie to you: I wish I was still there right now!! There’s something about a lake surrounded by woods with gorgeous canadian shield rocks poking out everywhere that soothes this savage breast and blisses me right out. There have been quite a few lakes I have gotten to know well over the years- William’s lake outside of Halifax was a regular haunt of mine in art school. That lake was an hour on a city bus ($1!), through some woods into paradise. Icy cool water down deep, warm calm water up top. A huge sun-baked rock to lie on after a big swim over to it. Total solitude. Another memorable lake was at our friend’s place on the road to Peggy’s Cove, also in NS. That lake- whose name escapes me at the moment- was mirror-like and so fresh- and the scene of many hilarious adventures in inflatable dinghies with cocktails on board, floating through water lilies and duck colonies. That lake was the inspiration for this pattern- lying there gazing up at the blue sky and fluffy clouds, with rocks and trees around and reflected in the water– perfect in endless repetition…If only!!!

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Lake by kate austin

I’d love this in wallpaper, or a duvet cover- or both! And as a skirt so I could have my lakes with me always, wherever I go.