Pattern Exploration Through GTS

This week, I’m in heavy-production mode to showcase my organic apothecary wares at the 47th Annual Riverside Crafts Fair in Garrison at the Garrison Arts Center and couldn’t be happier nor any busier. With my team behind me, we are making great progress with our new ayurveda products, luxury bath salt scrubs, new tea blends and the like.

So as I start this week, I wish to take a moment sharing a summation of the pattern work I have created for the first assignment of the Global Talent Search hosted by Lilla Rogers.

For those unfamiliar with this amazing competition, we are given mini exercises to warm up to the first assignment of three. With over 1000 people from all over the world entering, only 50 are selected to move forward for round two’s creative ‘assignment’.  It’s a thrilling ride, and to see the amazing work on the Instagram feed is a telling story to just how much talent is out there!

I had started initially on an entirely different concept with hand illustrating everyday. But the piece just wasn’t sitting well for me after two weeks of work. I felt that the scale was off in that it would be best read at 11×17 and that wouldn’t do for the requirements of the assignment. And while I do wish to and will add more hand illustration pieces to my portfolio, I concentrated on what I love best about the surface design industry in home decor: the patterns! So I started again, and well, below is my submission for the first round.

What follows are the various patterns that are part of this 30+ pattern collection that I created during this assignment that you didn’t get to see. I start them out in gouache before working & cleaning them up in PS and AI.


So like many other artists that are taking part of this exciting opportunity, with my art brushes crossed, I look forward to seeing the results of the 50 who are selected to continue on in the competition.

Hugs, Leah


Something funny happened on my way through the 100 day project…

Lately I completed The 100 Day Project by challenging myself to creating a pattern a day for 100 days straight. I had thought to myself when I first started to wonder if I could actually accomplish such a task. Would I see it all the way through, could I create something tangible everyday for placement onto the world of surface design?

I knew I was the only one who might notice, but wanted to add new work to my portfolio – so off I went to design a pattern a day, then all of the sudden, something funny happened on my through my challenge of #100daysofpatterns…

In the beginning, I noticed that I was able to upload a pattern to my Instagram by two in the afternoon while working on all my other art & shop work. Then by week three, I noticed not only a much shorter amount of time needed in creating the new patterns, it became sort of an added challenge for myself to see how many I could do on any one day. It become super fun and I even surprised myself with what I designed everyday.

Yes there would be days that I might not have shared my progress, as there were many other art designs I was doing simultaneously for MATS Bootcamp and MATS Home Decor, but when I did share, it would be four or more unique designs an ‘IG post’.

This is just a screen shot of one of my Pattern Libraries in PS…

I’m a little shy to share this, but I ended up creating roughly 1000 design patterns (not counting any created for ABSPD or MATS). Whew is right! I would never expect that, nor learning so much about pattern design and creating realistic mockups. I even very recently, submitted my designs to several competitions including one being held currently by Uppercase and Windham Fabrics and another by Spoonflower.

While deciding in keeping fresh design work a ‘coming to my portfolio, I joined in for Rachael Taylor’s Summer School over at ABSPD, which has been a delight to design for with using the incredible and insightful trend-related briefs provided with each assignment. I’ll share those designs soon including the one’s I have created for the GTS 2016, I promise.

So today I share a fun few one’s I created this last week while I am still finishing up my designs for the GTS2016 competition with Lilla Rogers. So back to mocking it up.  And next week I will start uploading more of my designs to Spoonflower. 🙂

Refriggenlax – It’s Only A Coloring Page

Today while working on several projects including taking part in the GTS, I took a moment to finish up a fun coloring page that reads, “Refriggenlax”. Last week, I had several instances where this term was used to describe what a person would tell their younger selves…Who were these people?  Lilla Rogers (during her Live Periscopes on Tuesdays) and Oprah (during a guided meditation with Deepak Chopra). Then I had two different horoscopes that also read and suggested I relax.

All this refriggenlaxing got me thinking. For the record, I can’t be anymore relax than I am, unless I am asleep.

I am either creating art in some form or working with organic essential oils and botanical hydrosols all day for my shop Heart & Soul Apothecary. Both can be demanding, but neither get me overly-stressed, which is a good thing, as it’s my job and career.

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With four different mentions of being relaxed and more specifically being ‘refriggenlax’ I took it as a sign to design this piece. So, for a limited time, I will offer up this piece as a free download should you like to print out a copy for yourself. That or if you need to tell someone to go refriggenlax – I got you! This free download is for you (or well, for them… lol)

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