Thanks for all your well-wishes for me over the weekend- I had lots of fun at the Auckland Art and Craft Fair, and it was lovely to meet so many blog readers and friends. So thank you for coming to say hello, if you did. It was a busy place, the Aotea Centre, with a bit of a crushing crowd at times, and so many lovely things to look at. It's good to get out of my small town, on occasion.
I wanted to show you my latest fabric designs- these ones are called 'climbing trees' and 'planting seeds'. I designed them with children in mind: incorporating tepee tents, birds, ladders... things that my own children love to play with and talk about. The 'climbing trees' print especially was inspired by my son Arlo, who is partial to scaling the camellia tree in our garden and dreams of a giant tree in which to build a hut one day.
My friend K helped me again with ordering my designs and artwork into sensible scale and repeat and she also helped me put together another little coordinating pattern called 'sticks and stones' (you can see it in the last photo above) and a couple of other colourways. She is a wonder with that special design software.
Because I designed the 'climbing trees' print with Arlo in mind, I'd like to make a coat or hooded jacket for him with the tree print as a lining. Or, if that ends up being too ambitious, he might get a pillowcase instead. :)