''Life is crafty'' is all about surface pattern designs--- in fashion industry, in painting ( from fabric to glass, from oil to water colour... etc ), embroidery patterns ( which can be used in dresses as well as on any surface, such as bed covers to aprons... from border designs to necklines and overall repeat patterns...) giving a universal appeal to all the viewers...thankyou.
Please welcome my new designer--- Nika Martinez--- in the 'artist/designer showcase' series. Nika is from Spain.
I am in love with her ''Ethnic-Tribal'' style that is often found in her works! She uses beautiful colours to go with that style to give each of the patterns a unique touch...
Why don't you meet her yourself and know something more about her...
Enjoy your read!
How would you describe yourself ?
I´m extremely curious since I was a child, my family says i´m like a cat!!!
What do you like to do when you are not designing ?
Reading books, take photographs, go to beach, and studying.
Describe your style ?
Haha, good question I'm still finding my style, maybe I will find it someday.
What's your favorite color ?
I think I'm one of those pinky girls.
Tell us about your first collection and what was the idea behind that theme... and your first show!
Well, I'm still looking to finish my dream collection.
My first show was a collective exhibition of urban arts, one of my artprints was printed big on wood during an international skate contest (3 days full of concerts and artistic events). It was my very first illustration, I thought I was floating.
When did you get the idea that 'designing' was the thing you love ?
When they accepted me with my very own personal design in the Ibiza exhibition.
Anything you want to share to your readers about setting up his/her own business ?
Well, I truly believe there is a “place” that will fit everyone, the hard part is to find which one.
My best advice is trust in your thoughts and follow your dreams, even if all the other people around you are disagreed.
Who is your dream client ?
My dream client would be a design agency, I will love to design all day instead looking for freelance works, you know….. such a dream.. !!!
Tell us a bit about your biggest challenge in your career, and the way you handled it ?
My biggest challenge was when I was contacted early this year by Fab.eu, they wanted 30 of my artprints for a flash sale. I couldn´t believe it, but they are very professional and helped me thru the way, it was a great experience.
Your greatest inspiration is ?
How would you describe your work place ..?
My work place is an very minimalist in white and orange, and my walls are yellow, I have some photographs and illustrations around me to get inspired, my paper notebook, my Epson printer, my phone, my ipad and my Wacom tablet.
Today is a great day for me. I'm one of the 45 designers to participate in this great event--- Bloghop 2014.
The theme of this Bloghop 2014 --- ''Tropical Fusion'' ---was chosen by Mary Tanana of GROOVITY DESIGNS ----
''Tropical Fusion''--- the exotic Brazilian jungle, the lush greens, the orchids, the Rio carnival..... in short, all things bright and beautiful!
The colour is, of course, ''RADIANT ORCHID'' --- 'colour of the year', by Pantone!
You are probably visiting me from Bethania Lima Designs by Bethania Lima
Here is my collection showing the bright and lush greens of Brazilian forest! I've named my collection ''MAGICAL FOREST''...
Some co-ordinate patterns to go with this 'forest ' print!
Some geo patterns in wild colours!!!
Thanks so much for visiting ... make sure you visit Jacqueline van Roosmalen of Colour Book Studioblog next !
Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that our Surface Design Group is having a BlogHop to celebrate the Pantone Color of 2014, Radiant Orchid. There will 40+ designers participating from all over the world, and the theme this year will be "Tropical Fusion". Our BlogHop will run from January 18th, 8 AM EST through January 21, end of the day PST. We will be presenting brand new collections based on this theme! See you all tomorrow!
What do people think when they see beautiful papers with pretty patterns? They simply get confused and ask themselves--- ''What to do with these papers???'' Ah!
There was a time when I used to ask the same question to myself, but not anymore... Here are a few things you can do with these patterned papers (size 12x12 inches) ---
1) You can make pretty bookmarks for your favorite book! Not only for yourself but for your sis, bro(if he really reads books!), and for your best-est friends too!
2) You can also make customized gift tags (small ones in various shapes-- hearts, floral, leaves/twigs, circle, rectangle or star...). Write on them your messages and there you go!
3) Scrapbooks are a rage... always! And if you create a handmade, personalized scrapbook for your friends/siblings as a gift, then there is not a single thing compared to this love!
4) Greeting cards! The more said about this the less...
5) You always want small gift bags and pretty envelopes to keep your tiny treasures... don't you? OR, you sometimes find it difficult to wrap a tiny delicate ring, ear lobes, candies, hair clips,etc, for gifting... don't you???
YUP, these pretty papers will solve your problem in a second. Just wrap them up in these papers... making a lovely gift pouches/gift bags/cute envelopes in any shape you like!
6) You can also use these papers to write letters, make a TO-DO-LIST, weekly/daily planner........
7) Hide your worn out journals, sketch-books with these patterned papers... Give your old books a new look!
8) If you run a blog (like me) then you can use these patterns as your blog background too! Hmm, sounds good!
9) You can simply choose two or three papers that go together, and get it framed as your wall decor! Oh WOW, you can do that all by yourself at home, as a craft project--- ''Room Makeover Project''!
10) OK, now enough of these brilliant ideas... You can simply roll these in cone shapes to fill chips/wafers/pop corns or any dry snack in your next get-together event!!!
I couldn't wait for this final idea. I am a great foodie! And this is what I do when I give dry snacks to my daughters... saves your energy and time of doing the dishes later on! And this way even your 'simple' dry fruits and candies will look tempting... isn't it? Try it yourself!