Well, it’s been a few months that I have been involved in the SAGE Collective. Surface Artist’s Guild of Excellence. It’s been so much fun!
One reason it’s been fun is that I have a giant new palette to work with. Before, if I wanted to make a mock-up of clothing to showcase my fabrics, I was working with my own fabrics only. That’s fine, but NOW I have the fabrics of 23 other designers to play with. It’s fun getting to know them, which designers are fantastical? which are classic? which are cute? It’s like I just got a big new paint box.
This makes promotions way more fun and interesting. You know, as an artist, promotions can be a major drag when you want to be creating. Which would you rather do, play in the studio and paint and glue things; or sit on the brain draining computer and make sure your 1200 pictures have tags? Do you want to create patterns or read pages and pages of SEO information? No contest, right? Yet it has to be done. The world is not going to find me by discovering me in my basement. Even if I have things posted online, I am still in the company of hundreds of thousands of other designers and artists trying to get their stuff out there too. So that’s the situation. As an artist I have to do the promotion work. UGH. But now, with SAGE, it’s just more interesting and a little more fun AND I don’t feel alone. 23 other designers are also promoting me as I am promoting them. I feel it’s the same amount of work but the web presence is much much bigger now.
Now to the really fun part! The daily surprises! Just as these SAGE designer’s fabrics are a new toy for me, mine are a new toy for them too. Each one of the group has a different esthetic and sensibility. Just as our fabrics are different, so are our ways of putting them together. So, when I open Spoonflower and see a message about a new “sproutling” (that’s what we call them) I know it will be a treat to see what another designer has done with my fabric designs. I’m loving this!
This is why I would like to showcase what some of the other SAGE designers have done with my fabric designs…
Anne starts out her profile saying she is not an artist. Horse hockey! She’s very talented and she has a mathematical, scientific and vibrant flair. Here are two sproutlings she made with our fabrics:
#SAGE Sharon P & Anne’s Festive Blue and Red Dress
– using Anne’s Fractal 46 and my Wicked Web
Deborah Astley uses lovely, subtle, earthy color harmonies. She has a unique way of putting things together. Fabulous! I just LOVE the grey top!
Penney Hughes is a world traveler and it shows in her beautiful fabric designs. You can tell, just by looking at her designs, that she is interested in everything she sees and enjoys it all.
Designed by Debby
Debby’s designs are very cheerful and fun! Her fabrics have beautiful harmonies with lively pops of color accents – just a lovely sense of joie de vivre!
Just a note – this Trellis Envy dress doesn’t contain a bit of Debby’s own fabric. Just to explain how generous this is, Spoonflower pays the designer by the percentage of fabric design used in the sale. If that dress pattern sells, Debby will get diddly-squat. Only Karen and I will benefit. She’s done this before with other sproutlings. Give her a click <3!
Kelly has such a playful imagination. She manages to combine a youthful freedom with a classic design sense, creating fabrics that are fun and fanciful.
#SAGE in the Green
-using Kelly’s Spring Greens, Maryyx’s Early Bird Gets the Worm in Colorful Medley of Birds, Worms and Coffee Cups – orange, yellow, blue, purple, lime green reflection and my Rusty Trellis (I can’t help cracking up that the smallest piece of fabric has the hugest name LOL)
Carol’s designs are bold and a bit on the wild side with a touch of whimsy thrown in. I just love her work. OMG I want that “Great Balls of Fire Red Hot” top! It’s amazing!
Patti’s fabrics have a lovely, flowing, organic quality. Her designs seem to have the freedom of ocean currents running through them, and in fact, several of them feature sea creatures. Love love love them!
-using Patti’s Carnation Fans in Color and my Rusty Trellis
Mary has some vibrant, swirly fabrics that are amazing. She also has some fanciful birds that are derived from her fine art work. Another nice thing about working with Mary’s designs is that she has coordinates that come in different scales and stripes that have sets of horizontal, vertical AND DIAGONAL! This makes it fun to work with them since Sprout is so new you can’t rotate anything yet. They are working on that.
#SAGE Purple Fantasy Tween Wings
-using Mary’s Cosmic Dance, where energy flows and sparks fly – Lavender, Periwinkle, Pink and Dali Dreams, aqua, lavender, purple and a delightful pastel lime green, lengthwise grain, vertical orientation, large scale and my Splat Plaid
#SAGE Jammin’ Jammies
-using Mary’s AW 2 – Geometric Trellis Matrix in maroon, mauve and teal, large scale, vertical and AW 2 – Geometric Trellis Matrix in maroon mauve and teal, large scale, horizontal and my Boho Blues – (She made this to match a pair of PJ pants that I made)
Michael is a very talented and skilled designer with a vast knowledge of art history and the art of many cultures. It’s really a pleasure working with his designs.
Sylvie has a flair for geometry and rich colors. She also has a series of designs called “Tibet Inspiration” and some “Mandalas” that I Love Love Love. They delight the boho-hippie in me.
Rhonda’s designs are classic and full of texture and detail. She also has a number of fascinating designs that were created from photographs from the garden. These are really cool and interesting. The little square Spoonflower displays doesn’t really do them justice. You need to click the text link “view original” to see the lush depth of texture.
This is a set…#SAGE Golden Pewter Dots on Maze Mania (the top) and #SAGE Golden Pewter Dots on Maze Mania (the skirt)
-both using Rhonda’s Pewter Pin Dot Patterns on Antique Gold and my Maze Mania
WANT WANT WANT!!
Sharon’s designs are all fabulous but my favorites are the ones that look like tile. It’s as though she took some renaissance design, some damask and some tribal and whipped them up in a blender and poured out something uniquely hers.
So these are the sweet surprises I have found on my doorstep some mornings (in my messages). Isn’t that a lovely thing? I have to say, joining a collective was a smart move.
After writing up this blog entry, am I seeing a theme here? I am thinking that everyone likes Boho Blues the best. I guess it’s time to make it in other colorways. 🙂
Thanks for visiting ❤