Sunday, March 12, 2017

Food Illustration!

Illustrated Smoothie Recipe

Hi all!

Here's a quickie to say I've just created my first ever illustration!! It's a recipe for my FolioFocus portfolio building workshop, cause week #5 was...... FOOD WEEK! It was also a live brief for the awesome They Draw & Cook website and you can find my submission HERE. A special shout out to Ohn Mar Win, whose Skillshare class really helped point me in the right direction.

Here's to another week of overcoming fears and busting down barriers!


Monday, February 20, 2017

ToutAimée For Home Decor!

Hi all!

A little while ago I put together a presentation to submit to a contest held by a company that made some pretty nifty bespoke home decor items; retro foot stools, lamp shades, pillows, fabric and wallpaper. It was an open call to license designs by new designers and pretty much my dream gig! Unfortunately, after all the submissions were in, but before announcing a winner, the disappointing news came that the company decided to call it quits. No matter, there will always more opportunities in the future, and in the meantime, here's some of my stuff for that project...

Have a happy day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Starts With A Bang!

Winning Pattern - Dottie Blooms
Hi all!

Just a quick note to say I'm thrilled that I was selected as the 2nd winner of the Surface Pattern Print fabric design challenge with #FolioFocus (fall 2016 edition), an awesome portfolio building workshop presented by Rise, Design and Shine! My pattern, Dottie Blooms, will be printed on SPP's cotton calico fabric, and since I've already uploaded my design, it's just a matter of time before I have it in my hands! Yahoo! And here's a little look at some of the rest of the collection...

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Personal Revelations

Harold Brender - Dad, Hero

Hi Everyone.

So sorry for my long absence. Despite being busy and connected in other areas of my life, and maybe because I've yet to get the hang of any kind of rhythm or content balance here, I've had a difficult time approaching my blog since my last post.

As it happens, 2016 was a year of tremendous loss and transition for me and my family. My dad spent February to May in the hospital where he passed, just a few weeks shy of his 80th birthday. Admittedly, I have the desire to share details of the story but I'm also at odds with what is appropriate to the occasion. Maybe I should just say that my dad fought illness and complications due to illness for the better part of 30 years. With my mom at the helm, it brought us all closer together, and my dad not only survived but thrived between each crisis. He was heroic. He never complained. And he was our rock and safe haven always. It's a tough pill to swallow that he's no longer here and the world surely seems a little less bright.

No doubt, as many of you may recognize the feeling after losing someone you love, the months after his passing felt surreal. How can the sun still rise and set every day like nothing happened? But the world does march on and we're left trying to figure out how the pieces fit back together, knowing some of the original ones will remain missing. 

In retrospect, I do still have some positives to take away from last year. I tried so many times to post before now, never managing anything that sounded normal to my ear. They'll be for future posts. In January I wanted to send you all greetings for the New Year, but I just wasn't ready yet to let go of the last one. It felt like letting go of my dad all over again. 

But the time has come. If you've read this through, thank you so much for listening. I wish you a beautiful 2017, a year that's happy, healthy and full of all the things success looks like to you.

Dad, if you can hear me somehow, I'm dedicating this year to you. You deserved so much better than you got. Thank you for teaching me to cherish the little things, and thank you for making me the luckiest girl on the planet. Honestly. Best dad ever.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Another Design Feature!


Hi again!

This must be a record number of posts in a short period of time! I guess you can tell life feels exciting. Late yesterday afternoon, quite by chance, I happened upon another feature on the Make It In Design Blog, my Twinkle pattern! It was the first of 4 showcases of patterns created by alumni of the module 1 taken September 2015, and there's plenty to see other than just mine. In fact, it's a great idea to keep popping back there for the galleries to come, so much talent and so many fun designs to check out!

Thanks for sharing in my experiences!


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Make It In Design 100 Days Of Pattern Blog Feature!

Butterfly Festival

Happy Tuesday and Happy 2016!

First blog post of the new year and such a happy and exciting day for me! I'm feeling so lucky to have my Butterfly Festival design featured today on the Make It In Design Blog! What a great way to start off my January. It's also the perfect opportunity to share a few coordinates I created to go with it in this gift bag mock up. Designing for product is a whole new thing for me and wow, what fun! 

Hope you're all having a fabulous start to your 2016 too!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

From Summer School to Design School!

a new floral wallpaper pattern

Hey everyone!

Seems I'm ever apologizing for the long delays between posts! As usual, it's been busy, but the new year is almost upon us and I just needed to reach out 1 more time. For me, 2015 was both challenging and wonderful. Most importantly, it felt like a breakthrough year. I discovered Rachael Taylor and Beth kempton's
 Surface Pattern Design courses online and a whole new world opened up. After participating in their Make It In Design summer school, I decided to invest in the first 3 modules and I haven't looked back! In October I completed module 1 and I can honestly say it was the best decision I've ever made. My work has improved dramatically, my confidence has grown, and I'm appreciating the whole design process in a way I never have before. I'm feeling the joy!  

So, a day away from ringing in 2016, I'm feeling super positive and hopeful about what's to come. Here's sending those good vibrations out into the universe and wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

All my best, Aimée