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This week while rummaging through my cabinet of sewing patterns I discovered an old Simplicity pattern for neckties. I hadn’t seen or thought of the pattern for decades and it instantly brought back memories of the ties I sewed my dad each year for Father’s Day.

Fabric via Etsy

Somewhat surprisingly, the Vermont town I grew up in had a shop that sold hand-screened Lilly Pulitzer fabric by the yard. As a girl I was crazy about the wild animals, bright colors and bold flowers of Lilly’s designs. Making ties with neon pink tigers for my father seemed as reasonable to me as surprising him with a breakfast-in-bed of cornflakes topped with chocolate ice cream. He adored both!

Happy Father’s Day!

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I’m digging the unlikely and brilliant cross pollination of themes in the print on this Fall 2013 Quicksilver jacket with a vintage feel seen at the SIA show last month. Gondolas, pheasant and elk – who woulda thunk?

Click to see  Vintage Camper Fabric

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Shades of browns and greys dominate the landscape around my part of the world this time of year. In the spirit of embracing these tones (as I have no upcoming plans to escape from them) I’ve  composed some color palettes and then worked the colors back into my print designs. This is actually one way I color up prints for clients. I like mixing warm and cool shades together. As you can see the bleak hues of November can be quite sophisticated!

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Greek born and London based designer Mary Katrantzou’s original and inspired Fall collection imagines the woman as a connoisseur enveloped in Fabergé eggs, Meissen porcelain, cloisonné enamel, and Ming vases.

To match the luxurious collectibles that inspired her colorful and explosive prints, Katrantzou borrowed silhouettes from the haute couture wardrobes of their imagined owners; legendary style icons like Diana Vreeland, Babe Paley, and the Duchess of Windsor. Her pieces are a treat for the eye!

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Liberty of London fans, myself included, have been waiting for the arrival of the new Liberty of London collection – especially the bicycles – to be unveiled at Target this week. I wish owning a 30 lb. cruiser was practical for me, but living on a muddy dirt road in Vermont, miles from the nearest grocery and coffee shop, it really isn’t. But for $199 perhaps I could just prop one in my studio so I could admire it…

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One of the services my design studio provides is print design for textiles and other surface applications. I have the pleasure to work with some very talented and inspiring graphic designers. I’ve added a category on my blog called “Prints & Patterns” to showcase my print work and the work of the designers in my group. Today floral designs are the focus. For more information about my studio please visit my website or email me. I’ll be posting more selections of prints as the weeks go on so check back frequently. Please look or be inspired, but don’t use these prints without my permission as they are all copyrighted. Thanks!
Nasturtium
Jungle
Ikat
Seaweed
Kyoto
Mums

One of the services my design studio provides is print design for textiles and other surface applications. I have the pleasure to work with some very talented and inspiring graphic designers. I’ve added a category on my blog called “Prints & Patterns” to showcase my print work and the work of the designers in my group. Today floral designs are the focus. For more information about my studio please visit my website or email me. I’ll be posting more selections of prints as the weeks go on so check back frequently. Please look and be inspired, but don’t use these prints without my permission as they are all copyrighted. Thanks!

MultiNast

Nasturtium

Vines

Jungle

Isis_IKAT_6

Ikat

Seaweed

Seaweed

PeonyBW_mock2

Kyoto

Mums

Mums

Grass&Flowers

Grassland

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I’ve got polka dots on my mind this week – maybe because I posted those fun photos of the polka dotted bicycle frame and cycling jersey on my blog Monday, or because a friend showed me her favorite silver polka dot earrings at a party the other night?  Or perhaps because I’m seeing polka dots in the stores on everything from rubber boots to stockings, bed linens to coat linings, teapots to dog collars? I love the way they are always fresh and happy, and depending on how the design is colored they can be anything from super playful to sophisticated.
One of the services my design studio provides are textile prints for clients. Here are some of my original print variations on the polka dot theme to chase away the winter blahs. Looking at the final art, I wonder if I’ve been looking at the dish drain too much lately? Time to get out and ski! What would you like to see these print designs used for?

I’ve got polka dots on my mind this week – maybe because I posted those fun photos of the polka dotted bicycle frame and cycling jersey on my blog Monday, or because a friend showed me her favorite silver polka dot earrings at a party the other night?  Or perhaps because I’m seeing polka dots in the stores on everything from rubber boots to stockings, bed linens to coat linings, teapots to dog collars? I love the way they are always fresh and happy, and depending on how the design is colored they can be anything from super playful to sophisticated.

One of the services my design studio provides are textile prints for clients. Here are some of my original print variations on the polka dot theme to chase away the winter blahs. Looking at the final art, I wonder if I’ve been looking at the dish drain too much lately? Time to get out and ski! What would you like to see these print designs used for?


dots copyright Poppy Gall

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dots w/ ice copyright Poppy Gall

dots4 copyright Poppy Gall

Dots4 copyright Poppy Gall

Dots5 copyright Poppy Gall

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Rose Hips

I always carry my digital camera with me wherever I go. I never know what will catch my eye; an amazing couture outfit in the window of a closed shop, the colors evening shadows cast upon a landscape, the shape and details of a pocket or the pattern in a mosaic floor. I don’t have a photographic memory so I store my photos in iphoto and scroll through them often for inspiration.

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I took this snapshot of a Rugosa rose bush growing near the ocean. I was drawn to the glossy warm hues of the rosehips with their contrasting textured leaves and pale prickly stems.

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It in turn inspired this watercolor and captures the glowing light and shadow and contrasting shades while taking the artistic liberty of playing with the background colors and shading. For more information about my print and color work visit http://www.PoppyGall.com.

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I’ve spent the last few weeks putting my gardens to bed before ski season begins.  It’s a slow process. I can’t bear to cut anything down if there is the slightest trace of color left in the plant or if it still has interesting form. It’s now November and not much is colorful or remains standing. I lament the passing of the bountiful growing season, rich with fragrant and edible delights, color, texture and structure. I’ll miss having fresh flowers on my dining table every day.

I work in waves with each successive frost, removing the less hardy perennials that have shriveled up and turned brown or turned mushy and lay flattened on the soil and add them to the compost bins.

Last night we had a hard frost. This morning blades of grass and fallen leaves and apples were edged with silver. I had to scrape my windshield. The last remaining purple in the once brilliant asters disappeared overnight and the Physostegia fell to the ground.

Into my garden I went, armed with my favorite Japanese saw, ready to do my final clean up. As I bent down to cut back the Physostegia I found that yesterdays slender green stalks and leaves topped with graceful pale pink flowers had been transformed to the most succulent and vibrant shades of purplish red – like the juice that gets on your fingers when peeling beets. Its leaves were streaked with slivers of olive-y green and ochre. What a delightful surprise!

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I couldn’t resist bringing the brilliant stems indoors to enjoy. I placed them in a turquoise blue pottery vase from the 1920’s and placed them on my table. I have captured their brilliance in a photograph and translated what I see into a color palette and then dropped the colors into one of my print designs.

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Although the color has drained from my garden, Mother Nature will continue to inspire me with color even through the bleak days before snow carpets the landscape. For more information on my print and color palette work visit http://www.PoppyGall.com.

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