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Let’s FLY!!

Welcome to the “Let’s Fly” Bloghop 2013!! You’ve probably just visited Jacqueline Auvigne Fine Art & Pattern’s fabulous blog, who is from Calgary, Canada. After you’ve strolled through mine, please check out the blog of good friend and terrific designer Jennie Whitham of JLW Illustration who lives in the UK!! I currently live in Providence, Rhode Island, USA….also nicknamed “The Creative Capitol”!!

The theme for this blog hop is “Flight”, and we all used Pantone’s Color of the Year, Emerald, in our patterns.   I designed ☮Butterflies Are Free to Fly☮ Very symbolic to me, as I’ve really felt like I’ve “flown” in 2012!!! I’ve learned so many new things in the past year, met so many fabulous creative women, and I feel that in 2013 I will soar even higher!  😀  I decided I needed a change in my life last year, and knew that I needed some extra help in order to pursue a surface design career, especially with everything being done digitally. I enrolled in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design courses, I completely fell back in love with pattern design and have immersed myself in it since then.

Butterflies Are Free to Fly

At a very early age, I was doing all kinds of crafts. I did embroidery, needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, quilling, crochet, starting at age 6. My parents were so wonderful, they gave into my every craft whim! Even back then, I knew I’d pursue some kind of job involving art.

And Butterflies Are Free to Fly-Room situ

sketch

After graduating from Syracuse University, (I studied Fashion Illustration which I stunk at!) I was hired to design photo-etched jewelry, then trained to design traditional jewelry in all markets. I was so excited to have a job in the arts…giddy! I was a very successful jewelry designer, but in 2012 I became very restless and bored with the industry and what I was creating….

Hourglass

As far as my style, I tend to do very complicated pattern work and drawings. I usually do rough layouts on paper, and scan that into Adobe Illustrator to do all of the fine line work in layers. I’m fascinated with henna designs from India, folk art from the Ukraine, Russia and Poland, and I love Zentangle art.

Mod Floral

Leafyrific

Swatches on EmeraldSwatches on White

Using Pantone’s Color of the Year, Emerald, was probably the most challenging designing that I’ve had to do! It was really hard to pick out colors that “worked” with it to use on my pattern. See how each color reacts on white vs. emerald? But I grew to really like it at the end. 🙂

And can I say…that I absolutely love this “design posse” that I’ve found through the The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design courses. There is such support, friendship, and mutual admiration of each and everyone’s talents. We are all so different, but everyone brings something different to the virtual table. It’s pretty amazing, and the fact that we are a global group is even more exciting to me. We all spur each other on so that we can reach greater heights than we’ve ever dreamed of…so that we can all FLY…Thank you ladies 🙂

Thanks for visiting my blog, please hop on over to Jennie Whitham’s blog by clicking HERE. If you’ve found my blog and want to start from the very beginning, please click HERE to go to Gill Eggleston’s blog!!! This BlogHop is up and running until Jan. 13th, please take some time out of your busy lives to visit each one of these talented gal’s blogs!

Special thanks to MaJo Bautista V for creating the flyer logo, and Rosie Martinez-Dekker of Believe Creative Studio for putting together the flyer and curating this bloghop.

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  1. Dawn Conery

    Wow, your designs blow me away Mary! They are exceptional and will take you far! Congrats on such beautiful work and a beautiful blog.

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    • Thanks Lesley! I have to admit, I don’t do these all in a day, I tackle them in pieces. Concept and sketch one day, drawing in Illustrator in layers another, picking out colors on yet another day. Then if I wake up the next morning and like it all, it’s a GO!

  3. Have always loved your designs and I know you will go far! Beautiful patterns for the bloghop and such a lovely post too! Couldn’t agree more about the international ‘design posse’ =) Fantastic group of ladies and feel so lucky to be part of it all!

  4. Gorgeous as always Mary…I have a feeling you will take off this year…I’m thinking your work would be a good fit with Athleta, women’s workout wear, do you know this company? They have a lot of that “boho style. I love the second design the most…but they’re all lovely.

    • thank you Sylvia! That second one…was kind of a mathematical nightmare to initially figure out, as far as the repeat. hehe! Thank goodness my Dad made sure I did well in math 😉

  5. Wow, Iove the one on top and, well, all of them! I think you did an expert job on selecting just the right color combinations for your prints.( And boy, did we all struggle with emerald? ) Excellent work, Mary!

  6. Veronica Galbraith

    I’m absolutely and utterly in love with your designs! Those butterflies are gorgeous and the colours are to die for… Your work is so intricate, I could look at it all day!

  7. Wow wow wow Mary!! Looove your patterns!! I love how detailed (and funky) they are! Also, what a beautiful post, i totally agree with you, what a wonderfully, creative, supportive group of women we have met! Have an amazing 2013!

  8. Suzie Tremel

    Mary, your designs are absolutely beautiful! I love the level of detail you use in your patterns too. I always see a bit of playfulness in your design style. I would bet that’s part of your personality as well:) Your color palette and use of Emerald Green is refreshing. Wonderful post and great blog:)

  9. Mary, all I can say is that YOU ROCK! I absolutely love your boho style combined with all that detail- you definitely own it!! Can’t wait to see and hear more successes this year! Best Wishes for this to be “the” year for you!

  10. Emine

    I just love those butterflies Mary! Beautiful collection : ). What a harmonious color palette in the main butterflies print. Thanks for sharing your sketches too.. I envision great things for you in 2013. Wishing you all the best!

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