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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!!!


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

april showers

april showers by kate austin

april showers by kate austin


I have sent off my booth fabric, my illustration portfolio and my lookbook for printing– all to bring to Surtex in May. Phew!! So today I celebrated and made a new pattern. I’ve been working on this one for a while, in my spare time, and I’m so happy with it I thought I would share a sneak peek! It’s very timely- April has been fully bringing the showers (including hail!) for the past few days. I have to remind myself of the May flowers at the other end of these dreary, cold, no-fun-for-biking days. Drawing this pattern also helped offset the grey outside. Plus there’s totally some green out there FINALLY, and my daffodils even bloomed so things are definitely looking up!!

Surtex 2015!

kate austin designs

Limelight & Pomelo from “Citrus Grove” a new collection for spring/summer 2015 by Kate Austin

Hello blogosphere! Did you miss me? I missed you!

I have been neglecting my blog of late, caught up in the immediacy of instagram and Facebook- and also deep in show prep mode. I’m so excited to be returning to Surtex this year– in a few short weeks! I have been working very hard preparing my new collection- lots of fresh new patterns and even a few little illustrations (many of which have appeared as daily postcard posts over at instagram). My palette this season makes me deliriously happy- I think it got me through this crazy winter! It’s amazing to work with colours that instantly take me to a summery, cheery place. I really do love colour!


La La Land

"bobbletrees" by kate austin

“bobbletrees” by kate austin

"bibbons" by kate austin

“bibbons” by kate austin

I’ve been working on some patterns in series and I thought I would share a bit! This is from a new collection I’ve been working on called La La Land. La La Land is a place where I spend a fair bit of my time to be honest, and I really like it there. As you can see, it’s a colourful, whimsical place. I’ve been hanging out in La La Land doing a lot of drawing and painting and dreaming lately. I think La La Land would be pretty sweet all over a kids room, or a nursery- definitely some velvet and soft corduroy  would be ideal here in La La Land. I see curtains, pillows, bed linens, lampshades, wallpaper and even some cozy jammies– the perfect setting for imagining, playing and dreaming sweet dreams!


anais C by kate austin

anais C by kate austin

poppy in my garden

poppy in my garden

Oh hooray spring has finally fully sprung, and the flowers are coming, the flowers are coming! I am VERY excited. I found the most inspired window box plantings at our little local flower centre– all poppies, all the time. Majestic, icelandic, exquisite poppies. It occurs to me that I have yet to make a poppy pattern. Well seeing as Surtex (booth 1035!) is in SEVEN days, and a girl has to pack and what not, I’m not expecting to have my poppy print ready in time for this show– but next year, it’s going to be full on fabulous poppy profusion all the way. Until then, I have my fairytale anais pattern, in poppy colours, to tide me over. I would like to see miss anais in a wallpaper, or a silk gown- or why not both at the same time… my kind of camouflage.

Press Kits and Business Cards

presskits and bizcards by kate austin

presskits and bizcards by kate austin

Getting ready for Surtex is really fun. I love working on all the accoutrements of the business- postcards, business cards and now, for the first time, press kits. In all my years of running a design business, I never really got the hang of press kits. I think I made some years ago for the DUDE show (downtown urban design event)- a rockin craft and design show I used to organize with my pals Kristin and Kaz) but it has been a long time. The press kit was on my list of Fearless Things to Do Fearlessly, so I set about making them. I decided to make something that I would love to have – something useful and lovely. The result: a flowery folder, with postcard samples of my work, plus some info, with lots of room for other stuff. There’s always lots to collect, mostly business cards and postcards, so hopefully this will come in very handy for the press peeps who wander through.

My business cards arrived yesterday and I am very pleased with them! Moo once again delivers the goods. Luxe cards with a red stripe on the side, these puppies are SOLID, and feel quite gorgeous. I chose five of my new patterns to adorn them, and they all look great. Can’t wait to give all this stuff away!!! Twelve sleeps to kickoff….