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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!!!

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april showers

april showers by kate austin

april showers by kate austin

Hooray!

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!!

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!!

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!

Orange and Grape Pop Explosion

starburst by kate austin

starburst by kate austin

I’m having a moment with a riff on one of my all time favourite colour combinations: orange and pink. This time it’s orange and grape. A pink so fuschia it’s almost purple. I came up with this pattern thinking about those crazy pop rock candies – this is what I imagine happens inside the mouth of the pop rocks eater. There’s lots of little explosions and then occasional whoppers. I would love to have a chair fully upholstered in velvet with this pattern, and I would definitely enjoy lounging in that chair in my corduroy skirt and jacket in the same pattern. Eating a creamsicle, drinking grape juice, and reading a book covered in this pattern of course!!!

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.