A success milestone! I'm now represented by Parcai Designs

Wow. I feel like such a grown up lady woman. After two years of hard work, drawing my heart out everyday, researching and networking I finally signed with a wonderful licensing agency based in Dallas, TX called Parcai Designs.



Yay! I'm looking forward to being able to focus on my art and having the support of experts in the industry. I've always been interested in crafts and sewing, so the quilting or bolt fabric markets seem perfect for me. However, lately, I'm obsessed with the home decor market. I never met a throw pillow I didn't like! Or a duvet cover for that matter.

Anyway, today is a beautiful day and I'm so excited to share my news with you. Parcai Designs represents a variety of artists with different styles. I think that's a recipe for success. You should check them out! For any licensing inquiries, please contact my AGENT, Teresa Cain at TCain@ParcaiDesigns.com.

Cajun Crustacean Pattern Mash Up!

Wow this months bootcamp assignment was fun. As a tie in to Lilla Roger’s MATS: Creating Collections for Home Decor Class beginning in June, she gave us the assignment of designing plates with a crustacean theme. Now, I hate shellfish, but adding googly eyes made it doable for me. Juxtapose that with the hot trend of a colorful, modern pattern background, and I'm in! Here is some of the visual references provided to us. I absolutely love these decorative plates at Lula’s Pantry.

Our mini assignment was to draw crustaceans in all their spidery, crusty and pointy glory. Check! Did you know that the potato bug is considered a crustacean too? I added turtles to my sketches because they’re cute. We were told to think about rendering these in dark colors like the inspiration above.



But wait, that’s not all! There was a second part to the mini assignment, and that was to create gorgeous patterns in color. I am  a big fan of color, and I've been experimenting with different palette. Here’s one I liked comprised of these inspiration tears:

So we put the crusties together with the patterns and created some lovely home decor pieces. I went bonkers and created a zillion. Here are some of the out-takes:

I also did some cartooning for my own delight!

In the end, I chose the three best designs that filled our design brief objectives. I call my Cajun inspired dish ware line “laissez le bon temps rouler.” So fun.

Today, Tuesday, the class gallery is open for public viewing! There are over 250 submissions and everyone did a fantastic job. Have a scroll through the many different takes on a theme here.

Until next time, Soignez vous-autres (Y'all take care)!