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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!!

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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!

 

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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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!!!

The Blog with a Heartbeat

Bird dress pattern by Kate Austin, from the movie Heartbeat by Andrea Dorfman (2014)

Bird dress pattern by Kate Austin, from the movie Heartbeat by Andrea Dorfman (2014)

Hello long lost blog! I had a lovely summer holiday and now I’m back in the studio with some fun news to share! It’s Film Festival season and one great movie which premiered at TIFF and was the gala at the AFF – and which I hope everyone gets a chance to see!-  is Heartbeat by Andrea Dorfman– it’s seriously wonderful! And it features a pretty great dress made by Sarah Haydon Roy, the wardrobe designer, in fabric designed by me!!! The dress stars in a really key scene which I totally won’t give away except to say– it looks amazing and Tanya Davis, the star of the film, rocks in it!!! It was a lot of fun working on the pattern and with the amazingly talented Heartbeat team. Here’s the original pattern design in a couple of colorways…

bird dress fabric light by kate austin

bird dress fabric light by kate austin

bird dress fabric dark by kate austin

bird dress fabric dark by kate austin

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.