I have been exploring the world of print on demand (POD) and now have an online shop at The Art of Where website.
This has been so much fun. I will come home from my day job and sit down at the computer while I'm listening to the news. Creating a new design or collection is therapy and offers a deep sense of creative empowerment. I take luminous flower photos that lend themselves to design possibilities. For instance, the fabric design Pear Blossom Baroque 1901 at the top of this blog is based on a photo taken in spring 2016, when a golden setting sun lit up a pear tree in full bloom. Placing the original photo in the magic mirror application for fabric design brought forth a stunning new image that can become fabric to sew into a new dress, a set of placemats, or other fabric delight.
I started my POD journey by creating fabric. As I learned more sophisticated software techniques, I began to build a store with many collections, and they include dresses, kimonos, leggings, tops, tote bags, journals, cards, and so much more.
I created the Mystery Pink Peony 5298 dress on a Saturday morning, posted it on Facebook, and my gorgeous and talented singer/songwriter friend, Austin Tyler Meade, bought it that afternoon. It took a couple of weeks to get from Montreal (where the Art of Where delights are made) to her. And here is Austin modeling the dress she bought.
I can't tell you how exciting it is to see someone wearing one of my designs. A digital dream becomes physical reality!
Here is the link to my newest collection: Magic Mirror Pear Blossom 7538
And here is one of the peignoir designs in this collection. You can also find leggings, dresses, notebooks, tote bags, and much more.
One last cool fun thing: when you follow the Art of Where links to the dress or the peignoir, you'll discover a 3D digital version that can be looked at from every angle. I call it digital Barb(ie) dolls.
I'll be posting more soon. It's nice to be back to blogging after a long hiatus. New things for a new year.