Monday, October 31, 2011

2011 Quilt Market Recap: Part Two

The focus of part two was going to be all the designers and booths I loved, but one stood out to me above the rest so this post will be all about my new (design) love affair with Kellie Wulfsohn of Don't Look Now! from Melbourne, Australia. (Part three will be highlights of all the other amazing designers and booths I loved.) Kellie's quilts and pillows had such intricate detail, beautifully balanced layouts and delightful color schemes. Each one was so sweet and whimsical. She also has a new line coming out for Riley Blake in March 2012 called Peak Hour. I didn't find this out until after we visited her booth and then I recognized her name in their catalog. She's a relative newcomer to the quilting industry and I expect we'll be seeing a lot more from her!

So without further ado, here's some eye candy for you:

Adored the chandeliers hanging in her booth! The quilt Love Birds is in the background.

Pretty 'n Pink pillow patterns by Kellie Wulfsohn

Meg's Garden Quilt Pattern by Kellie Wulfsohn

Animal Alphabet Quilt Pattern by Kellie Wulfsohn

Little Monsters Pillow and Quilt Patterns by Kellie Wulfsohn

2011 Quilt Market Recap: Part One

You may be wondering what quilts have to do with graphic design, but there is actually quite a large overlap! I had the wonderful opportunity to go with my talented mom to Quilt Market in Houston, Texas, to see her quilt designs displayed at the Riley Blake booth and be inspired by the wonderful talent found there. I was personally inspired for my own designs by the gorgeous color palettes, beautiful patterns found in the fabrics, whimsical logo designs and the vast array of layouts in the quilts. The booths themselves are also great examples of design, branding, marketing and merchandising in and of themselves. There was so much to see and take in, it was a visual feast!

In part one I'm going to feature the Riley Blake booth and the quilt patterns designed by my mother, Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts:

Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts showing her published quilt in front of the Riley Blake booth. 

Marian in front of the Decadence line by Samantha Walker. Her quilt "Fall Frenzy" is just to her right.

 "L'Amour est TrouvĂ©" quilt pattern by Pink Hippo Quilts is in the lower right corner. This quilt was made with Lost & Found fabric designed by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.

Marian next to her "American HIstory" quilt design (lower quilt). The fabric line, Grandma's House, was designed by The Paper Loft for Riley Blake Designs.

 "Garden Squares" quilt pattern made with Fiona's Fancy fabric designed by Lila Tueller for Riley Blake Designs.

One of the highlights of the booth was the "Sophie's Pinwheel" quilt designed and made by Marian Gallian of Pink Hippo Quilts. The fabric is called So Sophie and was designed by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake.

Friday, October 21, 2011

What I do...and what I really do.

It's the age old question that goes something like this, "So, what do you do?" My response used to be graphic designer...then graphic and web designer...then graphic/web/user interface/user experience designer and coder. Or perhaps I design everything from logos, lettersets and brochures to websites, annual reports and billboards. While true, I feel these titles only encompass the technical side of what I do.

What I really do is communicate and solve problems. I am the liaison between my client and the world. I take the piles of information given to me by my clients and distill it down to a clear message. I blend form with function to ensure each piece is as effective as it is visually striking. Much like a musical conductor, I bring all the different pieces into a harmonious final product which directly connects with an individual's emotions.

So what do you think my title should be and what do you do...and what do you really do? Leave me a comment, I would love to know!