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Inspired by creative momentum

The month of May has turned out to be a bit of a whirlwind taking me from Surtex 2013 in the heart of NYC to the wilderness of Vancouver Island B.C. for a week of camping.Its been busy and it's been fun. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog I am really enjoying the app PicCal.( A big thank you to Sam Osborne and her Month in the life of a designer series for introducing it to me) I often get a bit to caught up in my creative life and have that crazy feeling that I am one step behind and  not accomplishing all that I have set out to do. By arranging a visual diary of my month, I realize that I actually have been super productive and on track!   Below are some of the bits and pieces I would like to share with you. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog The making of my handmade business cards is slowly coming together. How much fun is it to create your very own, one of a kind, business cards?People love them. It's like giving a tiny piece of your art to someone. I will post more pics when they are finished. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Coming soon online and to a store near you! Keka Case  are developing a beautiful line of Ipad and Kindle cases for all your fashion needs. I am very pleased that my designs will be gracing the cover of these.I will keep you posted ! julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I had a super opportunity to spend the day with David Olson, storyteller extraordinaire and Community Director at Hoot Suite. I sat and listened to him tell stories all day long! He is animated and fun~ a joy to learn from. I thought I would share some of my notes with you.Speaking of social media... julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog A little reminder that social media is free. Please use it to your best advantage. I did! Stay tuned for more.. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog My #365patterns  project continues.I thought this pattern was kind of fun and perfect for a summer BBQ!  I have to admit that due to the circumstances I didn't create a pattern every day for the month of May, however, I did make an effort to at least sketch a motif daily. Lots more over on Instagram. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Finally, a little something I had fun with while camping in the rain in the wilderness of B.C. A reminder to just get inspired by whatever the circumstances. Create daily! Keep the creative juices flowing. Its been a busy and very productive month! I feel a sense of accomplishment~ a good motivator to just keep at it. Thanks for dropping by!
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Inspired by Surtex 2013

Well NYC has officially beat me! I have escaped to Central Park for the afternoon. Sitting here on a rock under the trees,I can still hear the dull roar of the city behind me. It's mayhem out there! I love the energy and inspiration NYC provides but,after 3 days, my thoughts drift back to a more peaceful way of living. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog My trip here to visit Surtex 2013 has been a great one. I have  been on a roller coaster ride of emotions-super excited,starstruck,overwhelmed,relieved,anxious - just a few emotions that have swept over me the past few days of Surtex. All of this accompanied by some very sore feet from all the walking! I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to walk the show for my first time this year. I followed all the rules of etiquette but discovered quickly that they are just guidelines. Everyone is super friendly and very helpful. I took pictures with permission, spoke to many of the artists, handed out a few business cards and generally made connections with others within my community. I had the opportunity to meet up with many of my virtual-world designer friends.  I loved spending time with them, they are always full of enthusiasm and good advice! Many exhibitors I spoke with during the show commented on the importance of working within a community. Many of us sit at home daily designing and need to have designer friends to reach out to in times of need. These are your people! [caption id="attachment_4445" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Some of the girls from our love of print & pattern group
Kim Andersson,Suzie Tremel,Julie Hamilton,Deborah Velasquez,Mary Tanana, Maeve Parker[/caption] I still don't have enough trade show knowledge  to answer the question that everyone keeps asking " Are you going to show next year?"  Many thoughts are running through my head and they may be off kilter. All I do know is that Surtex isn't something one takes lightly! You need to have your style and your brand down and it needs to be different and uniquely you.You need to stand out - even before you get to the show. I believe a lot of your connections have to be made beforehand. They need to know you are out there. I also believe you have to commit to the show for a few years and slowly develop your connections. You need to have a 3-5 year plan of  surtex attack. As with any brand you need to be consistent and present. Lastly- Know your market. [caption id="attachment_4449" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Sarah Watts of Wattsalot - my favorite booth! www.wattsalot.com[/caption] I do believe that it is a great community and place to make connections.The show is super organized and well presented.Everyone is happy, helpful and supportive.If you need a little break from pattern then you have The National Stationary Show and International Contemporary Furniture Fair right next door. I spent hours walking the aisles in awe.Home furnishings, paper, pattern,typography - it was my little piece of heaven. [caption id="attachment_4450" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Caleb Gray - www.calebgray.com[/caption] Some delightful designers I had the opportunity to meet and chat with. [caption id="attachment_4447" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Cindy Lindgren - www.cindylindgren.com[/caption] Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of some of my other favorites - Jessica Swift, Elizabeth Olwen, Alex Columbo, Monica Lee, Pink Light Studios, but they were all there. I felt like a bit of a surface pattern design groupie! [caption id="attachment_4448" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Kim Gann- www.kgartstudio.com Karen Reeves- www.karenreevesstudio.com[/caption] I was very fortunate to have some chat time with Lilla Rogers of Lilla Rogers Studio. Lilla is a leader in the art and illustration industry.My first impression was wow-now that's a teacher! [caption id="attachment_4446" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Lilla Rogers, Deborah Velasquez, Julie Hamilton[/caption] Lilla is a teacher and it becomes most apparent when in discussion with her. She loves to talk and her enthusiasm for art and willingness to share is limitless. I was lucky enough to bump into her on three separate occasions (I may have been stalking her just a wee bit...) and each time she was engaging and fully present, asking all the right  thought-provoking questions of me and providing me with thoughtful answers of her own. I still haven't signed up for her course. Make Art that Sells, which she thought was quite funny, but I really want to now. Fingers crossed! If you have any questions about Surtex please don't hesitate to email me at jules@bollah.com. Goodbye NYC! Next week this time I will be camping ,with no power or running water, in the middle of Vancouver Island in B.C.. Talk about extremes! Have a great weekend!
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Seed and Pod Inspiration

Looking for a little seed and pod inspiration? I have some for you! These are courtesy of the Big Island of Hawaii. artistically afflicted/julie hamilton designs Interesting shapes and shapes within shapes. Great texture. Lovely ,earthy colors. I wish I knew the names of some of these as I am very intrigued by them and curious to know more. artistically afflicted/julie hamilton designs For more seed and pod inspiration you can visit Pinterest. I have started a board Inspired by Nature where I pin my images of objects found, in real life and in my virtual one too.Lots to see there! artistically afflicted/julie hamilton designs Sketching ~ my take on seeds and pods. I have my most fun drawing objects found in nature. I love playing with organic shapes and adding in my own textures. I have no patterns made with these to date, but they have found their way into alot of my paintings and collage work. artistically afflicted/julie hamilton designs I look forward to seeing what you come up with! If you would like to share, post to #shareyoursketch on Instagram. I am heading off to NYC to walk Surtex this weekend. I still can't believe I am going. I have been hearing about this show for the past year and am super curious as to what it is all about. I get the added bonus of a trip to NYC and the chance to meet up with lots of art and design friends that I have met over the years.Will keep you posted on my adventures there! Have a great weekend!
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Inspired by mark making

Some weeks are just harder than others to create. Last week was one of those weeks. Some weeks I just get brain overload ~ I want to draw and create too many things. This usually happens when I am pressed for time and have other priorities looming. A definite form of procrastination. I call it productive procrastination no time is left wasted. I started seashells,sailboats and surfboards..but nothing was catching.Not even flowers which are always my go to. So,in search of simplicity, I finally decided to do just that ~ keep it simple. I lay my journal and black pen out on the kitchen counter and dedicated the week to mark making. Whenever inspiration hit I doodled some marks...Drive by doodling. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I often find myself needing texture and backgrounds in my work. This applies to both drawing and painting. I find it quite handy having a reference list of marks that I can refer to in times when my mind goes blank.I also need more coordinates for my patterns. Interesting marks and textures make great coordinates. They also make great geometric patterns. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I love black and white. There are no restrictions, no complementary colors to think about and absolutely no worries if they go well together. If your design doesn't look good in black and white then there is a very good chance color is not going to be able to save it! julie hamilton design This is not the first time I have done this! I like to doodle and love my black pens.I am still waiting for my Sharpie pen sponsorship... Remember to come and #shareyoursketch with me over on Instagram. julie hamilton design We have been hit hard with long, glorious summer-like days. We always like to say that we have our own little piece of heaven here in Whistler, B.C. and right now it's definitely feeling that way.The mountains are full of snow, the sky bluebird and the flip-flops are out!Very unusual weather for this time of year and not to be missed. Next week I am heading off to NYC to Surtex. Eek! I will be walking the show and just trying to get a feel for this industry that I have thrown myself into it. I am expecting to be overwhelmed.I am ready for it! Will keep you posted! Have a great week everyone!
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There is something about the poppy

I have a bit of a strange attraction to poppies. I love their whimsical ways, all their different colors and their podlike sidekicks.There is nothing quite like a field of poppies swaying in the wind,especially when it's a field  somewhere in the french countryside. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I must have 1oo's of pictures of poppies in all their glory . A 4 month sabbatical in the south of France and it was hard not to come home with a picture, or two, and a sketch. That is a whole other blog  ago which I have never even mentioned here! (If you feel like an afternoon escape you can follow my family of 4 through a 4 month adventure, full of mishap, in Europe at www.lifeinaoncetime.blogspot.com. It seems like a lifetime ago. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have started to incorporate my poppy drawings into the pattern world, but I have yet to do them justice. They are not BIG enough or whimsical enough yet. I find I am much looser with them in paint. In the digital world I am finding the pattern part a bit restricting. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I am starting Michelle Fifis The Ultimate Guide to Repeats today and I am definitely hoping for some insight into this. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog For now I will continue playing with positioning and different ways of representation for my #365 pattern project.It is easy to whip up a pattern, but it takes lots of tweaking to get it just right. #365patterns is a good starting point, but I have to remember to go back and continue to work on my daily patterns. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog And a coordinate just for fun! There is a small part of me thinking that I may start to create some digital download scrapbook pages and clipart so my mind is all about coordinates these days. I will keep you   posted. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Have you had a chance to check out Skillshare yet? Skillshare is an online global community centered around creativity, collaboration and learning by doing. I have two colleagues teaching there next month and I think you may be interested. The first is Faye Brown of Faye Brown Designs. She will be teaching Typography  how to communicate effectively through the power of typography - starting June 14th, 2013 The second course is Reign Repeats learn how to create perfect repeats in Illustrator taught by Majo Bautista. Starting June 7th, 2013 she will teach you everything you need to know to create a design to submit for a Spoonflower competition. These women are  both  knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Never stop learning!
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