A little while ago I designed a new collection for Kersenpitje. It’s called Farm Life and chickens and foxes are the main theme. It has three different variations. One is called the Dancing Fox, my favorite. There isyellow and brown the Fox and the Hens. And the third one is called Hens, a simple corresponding pattern with little orange chickens.
This time the fabrics are all in jersey. The colors are really vibrant and turned out great. Go check it out!
Fabric collection Farm Life. Els Vlieger for Kersenpitje
Last saturday the new fabrics I designed for Kersenpitje Belgium arrived. As I wrote earlier it’s a collection especially for boys and men. The colors turned out great, really nice for summer. I can totally picture my boys in tees with this print , and my hubby likes to have a shirt in blue cotton. I guess I’l have to find time in the evening to sew again. I love doing that, but it’s basically a matter of making time to actually do it!
In a few weeks some new fabrics I designed for Kersenpitje will arrive. This new collection is part of the like father, like son series (or in French tel père, tel fils). Anyone that fancies nice old timers and loves to travel hopefully will like this Vintage Travel collection. It will be available in jersey, bio sweat and cotton as of the second half of May 2015. Check out Kersenpitje on Facebook for any further announcements.
Vintage Travel Jersey. Els Vlieger for Kersenpitje
Blue Vintage Travel Cotton. Els Vlieger for Kersenpitje
Vintage Travel Jersey, Detail Els Vlieger for Kersenpitje
Vintage Travel Cotton, Detail Els Vlieger for Kersenpitje
Drawings in ink of old timers. Els Vlieger for Kersenpitje
The new fabric collection for mothers and daughters I exclusively designed for Kersenpitje is called Dear Betsie. It arrived a few weeks ago, but I didn’t find the time to make proper photos. Today was just perfect to take the pictures.
To be honest I’m very thrilled with these fabrics. They have rich and bold colors with cute little details and I would love to make myself a new dress with the jersey one and a cute skirt with the cotton one.
Here’s a little story of how I came up with the original design.
Last year when I did the Make Art that Sells course with Lila Rogers I made this particular Dear Betsie design for an assignment for the gift market. We had to make an illustration for a zipper pouch and use items from our own collections, so I chose my collection of vintage cards. I am especially fond of this card, since it was directed and sent to my grandmother, Betsie in 1930. We’re a very small and close family and she has always been very special and dear to me. When I had to give my collection a proper name it was an easy one: “Beste Betsie”, or in English of course “Dear Betsie”.
In the original design I used the back of the card with the letter, but I left it out in the fabric.
the Dear Betsie zipper pouch mock up.
And some more detail photos of the fabric:
The fabrics are available with Kersenpitje and some other webshops in Europe.
The fabrics I designed for Kersenpitje have arrived. One in jersey, so perfect for T-shirts and dresses, and one in 100% cotton. That one has a sweet girl surrounded by birds at the bottom. It will be lovely as a skirt or dress. The quality and colors are so great!
I’ve been working on a new fabric collection the past few months and I’m so happy to finally reveal the results of the first small collection for Kersenpitje! The collection is called “Sweet Annie” and shows a little happy girl surrounded by funny birds in a cherry blossom garden. It’s got a bit of a nostalgic, retro touch with a campy twist.
It’s very suitable for skirts and dresses for both mums and their daughters.
Last year I designed the first Sweet Annie with a zipper pouch in mind. I redid an assignment for my MATS class for the gift market, so not exactly bolt fabric. And also I had her printed on postcards. When I met Isabelle from Kersenpitje she fell in love with the image of Annie and licensed her for her first fabric collection.
One is 100 % cotton and measures 155 cm. The second is in jersey and measures 165 cm. They’re digitally printed in Europe and available early March 2015.
The second collection will be announced in a few more weeks.
Last year I participated in Lilla Rogers’ e-course Make Art that Sells, which turned out to be a brilliant investment in my very early professional art career that I only started that same month. Lilla Rogers -a well known American agent- also offers a less intense e-course: Bootcamp. She gets you “professional level assignments to stretch you to create fresh signature pieces that are ready to sell in multiple markets. Each assignment will be in two stages – firstly a ‘mini’ (on the first Monday of the month) to ease you in, and then a main assignment (on the second Monday of the month) to help you turn your sketches and initial ideas into a full blown piece that is ready to sell. Each month you will have three weeks to complete the assignment.” The January assignment was Edwardian brooches for a journal cover. Firstly I collected some examples at Pinterest and sketched them in Japanese ink. For this I use a small brush and try to be as spontaneous as possible, so no drawing in pencil first. I like the thickness of this type of ink, it dries quite slowly though. I wasn’t sure which direction to go and made a pattern in Illustrator in basic black and white. When you think of a journal cover a pattern is always a good idea, but I didn’t like this particular one very much, I thought it was somewhat uninspired and I wanted to make an illustration instead. The icons, or little drawings in black and white, will go in an archive: I’ll use them some other time (that’s something I’ve learned and used since my first Lilla Rogers’ course). A few years back I did a few paintings using gouache and one of them is a painting of a crow wearing a top hat. I thought it would be nice to make a piece that would go together with that one. When I walked the dog in the park and encountered some corvids I made up a little story about a magpie collecting her Edwardian brooches and other shiny jewelry. Back home I collected some Downton Abbey references (a few years post-Edwardian era, but Hey-who-cares?). The hats these women wear are great and I wanted to include one for my magpie. These are some sketches. I like simple and bold compositions with nice details. For inspiration as well as reference I used some photo clippings of animals wearing jewelry. This fabulous bird book, that has come in handy several times already, had a perfect magpie to sketch.
This book about the still life paintings of 17th century Dutch painter Jan Davidsz. De Heem (something from my past as an art historian) gave me good examples of abundant flowers, shiny objects and shells, but no jewelry. So I also got myself some life reference by using this necklace that I hate to wear -since it’s so heavy with stones- but lovely to paint. Work in progress: This is the end result (I got a spontaneous kiss of my youngest son when he saw it, haha):