Posts Tagged ‘awards’


Here comes Halloween

September 25, 2014

Black Cat Damask fabric by Jenimp on Spoonflower
My Halloween-inspired Black Cat Damask is third this week in Spoonflower’s Cat Damask contest (I love it when they get weird and specific!).

It was fun (I say that a lot, don’t I? But I really do think most of my job is pretty fun) to think about the shapes of the cats and leaves and fit them together into a pattern. And I love how those pairs of cats came out looking like they know something we don’t…I didn’t think about it until I saw this photo, but the cats remind me a bit of the yellow-eyed black cats in one of my favorite books when I was a kid, The Witch of Hissing Hill by Mary Calhoun.

With its playful-but-still-sophisticated black and yellow-orange design on an off-white background, this fabric would be perfect for a Halloween tablecloth or throw pillow.

Photo: Spoonflower via Flickr


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!


Persephone’s Garden

May 29, 2013

Persephone's Garden fabric by Jeni Paltiel at Spoonflower

My “Persephone’s Garden” fabric came in second in this week’s Greek myths-themed Spoonflower contest. This was a fun fabric to research – I imagined what plants and insects might live in Persephone’s garden in Hades, and came up with a dark mix of thorny, carnivorous and poisonous plants, along with death’s head moths and black widow spiders and of course the fateful pomegranates. It turns out that dangerous plants like Castor bean pods, venus fly trap, mala mujer, poison hemlock and nightshade are all surprisingly beautiful.

Inspiration props go to Annie’s Annuals, where I won’t even walk near the table with the Solanum pyracanthum (‚ÄúPorcupine Tomato”) seedlings; the dark and creepy Wicked Plants exhibit a couple years ago at the Conservatory of Flowers, which was in turn inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants; and Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief, which had a description of Persephone’s garden that, although different from what I envisioned, stuck in my mind. I love thinking about all the disparate threads from different parts of my life that get pulled together when I’m working on a design!


Life in a Jane Austen novel

April 4, 2013

Pemberley Print fabric by Jenimp

As an English major and big Jane Austen fan, I’m pleased that my “Pemberley Print” fabric design placed 6th in this week’s Jane Austen-themed Spoonflower contest. The theme was “Living in a Jane Austen Novel,” so I drew sketches of Regency-style furniture and upholstered them with exaggerated floral prints in period colors like pea green, primrose yellow, puce and cerulean blue. I love drawing furniture, and Regency pieces have such ornate lines and details that make them extra fun to draw.

Just add Mr. Darcy and you’re set!


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.