Archive for the ‘Awards & Praise’ Category


Library love

September 11, 2014

Old Friends library card fabric by Jenimp on Spoonflower

I agree heartily with Jorge Luis Borges when he said, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” I volunteer with the Friends of the Library group for my local branch, and am probably driving the staff crazy with the number of books I request and check out weekly. So I was happy to see that the theme for last week’s Spoonflower contest was Libraries.

I played around with a few ideas (look for more library designs from me in the future!), but the one that I ended up using was scans of library checkout cards, altered to feature some of my favorite books, from “Where the Wild Things Are” to “The Bell Jar.” I love those cards – they’re a link to pre-computer times, a tiny record of the past, and such cool-looking pieces of ephemera.

I also changed some of the identifying details on the cards, like the library locations – often to match the setting of the book or something from the author’s life. Being a type geek, I had a lot of fun matching up the old fonts and the look of vintage typewriters.

Apparently there are a lot of other fans of checkout cards out there, too, because my “Old Friends” fabric came in 5th in this week’s voting. Thanks everyone! I’m off to order the design on Spoonflower’s Eco Canvas and make a book bag, myself.

Happy reading, happy sewing!

Photo by Spoonflower via Flickr.


Here there be monsters!

May 22, 2014

Doodle Monsters fabric by Jeni Paltiel. Photo by Spoonflower via Flickr.

This week’s Spoonflower contest was crayon-drawn monsters – so I made some monsters drawing with (or occasionally eating – they are monsters, after all) crayons. It was a lot of fun, once I got over my fear of crayons (there’s no erasing!) and got into it. I think my favorite is the green guy with horns, or maybe the hapless orange one eating the blue crayon.

And my entry came in third this week – yay! Check out my Doodle Monsters fabric at Spoonflower or buy all of the top 10 designs in a fat quarter bundle from the link on the Contests page.



January 10, 2014

Manifesto fabric by Jeni Paltiel. Photograph by Spoonflower.

Usually when I think about resolutions, it’s in terms of dots per inch, the almighty dpi that can make or break a print project or keep things running smoothly on the web.

But for last week’s Spoonflower contest, I had to think about New Year’s resolutions – specifically, hand-lettered ones. I’d been itching to try more hand-lettering, so I came up with my list of aspirations, from the practical (do the dishes more often) to the creative (make art) to the esoteric (let it be) to the probably impossible (get more sleep), and wrote them out in my nicest, funkiest writing. It was fun to explore lots of different styles, and to think about what I wanted to improve this year. So far I’ve been flossing regularly, and making art. The rest of them I’ll have to keep working on.

As a nice bonus, my Manifesto fabric came in 3rd in the New Year’s Resolutions fabric contest. Thanks, Spoonflower voters!



April 23, 2013

Chocolate Therapy design by Jeni Paltiel

My design featuring Chocolate Therapy ice cream is one of 20 finalists in the Ben & Jerry’s “Shirt Happens” design contest. I designed a Rorschach ink blot that looks like a Holstein cow made from melted chocolate ice cream — now that’s my kind of therapy.

If you’re on Facebook, click on over and vote on the finalists. As usual, I’d be a terrible judge — I think they’re all pretty cool.


Maybe it’s destiny

January 17, 2013

Written in the Stars fabric at Spoonflower

My “Written in the Stars” zodiac-themed fabric made the Top 10 in last week’s Spoonflower contest. Yay! The fabric shows the constellations of the zodiac overlaid on their astrological symbols, on a dark blue starry background. The hardest part of designing this fabric was figuring out how to arrange the stars – it seemed like every constellation I looked up had 2 or 3 different versions depending on who was connecting the dots. It was a fun project to work on, though – I love star-gazing and the ancient stories behind the constellations. I’ve had a couple other constellation-related projects kicking around in my head for a while, so maybe this design will be the impetus to finish some other ideas, too.



August 11, 2012

KFOG Live from the Archives finalists 2012
I’m a finalist again this year in KFOG’s “Live from the Archives” cover art contest – along with 9 other excellent designs. Click on over and vote for your favorite – it doesn’t have to be mine. :)

My entry features a song bird (he started out as a mockingbird, but I decided he needed some color so now he’s a mutant mockingbird-meadowlark hybrid) perched on some anise stalks, with Sutro Tower in the background. Since I love the interface of urban and natural environments, I was taken with the juxtaposition of the bird transmitting his song and Sutro Tower transmitting radio and TV signals. And I’ve been meaning to draw that anise since photographing a patch of it that grows wild near my house – those seed-heads are so striking.


Stars and stripes

July 5, 2012

Starry Lanterns fabric
My Starry Lanterns fabric, featuring strings of cheerily retro red, white and blue paper lanterns, came in ninth in Spoonflower’s Stars & Stripes contest this week. All those bright, fun fabrics make me feel like sewing up some cloth napkins for summer parties!