A new website for a new era

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2014 is gone already! what? Did you notice my previous entry? So... it won't take you long to read through all my posts and see that I am not the most prolific of writers. Thank god I picked the right profession. (haha) Anyhow, last year was momentous for two reasons.

1. I celebrated my 40th birthday

2. The business celebrated it's 10th birthday

It was the sting of turning 30 that made my quit my job oh-so-long-ago and head south for a better, more simple life. Well, that turned out to be a good decision because I met a wonderful man, collected a handful of life-long friends and made some awesome connections in the design community. Cincinnati was my home for many years, but I've been in Kentucky for five years now and it's starting to feel like home. I've got two amazing little boys who continue to suck every last bit of energy I have but keep me smiling all the while. And I've recently committed myself to working at LPK as a Creative Director in the Print & Pattern Group. 

The print studio remains an important part of my life so I continue to put blood, sweat and tears into it every day. The new site is streamlined and sophisticated. I can't wait to populate with more beautiful imagery. Where's my camera?

Jenny

Custom duvet & pillows

Happy New Year! I have a lot I want to accomplish this year. First off, I want to get the studio finished (it's been a year and counting) and second, I'd like to create new work. This is a daunting task considering I have two small children now and a part-time consulting job that takes a good deal of energy and commitment. I realized after pulling the paint covered plastic off my large printing table (the studio was painted back in December) that it's been a long time since I've been able to sit down and draw. I've been yearning to do this for some time now so we'll see.

Anyhow, I was recently asked to print a custom duvet for a family that was building a year round vacation home in Jackson Hole. Their daughter saw a pillow of mine and wanted the same pattern printed on a duvet. I love to make new things so I said "yes" and printed this custom duvet and four rectangular throw pillows. The pattern is fugi floral in glacier & chartreuse. The space is totally amazing! I love the look of rough-hewn wood.

Abstract pattern in duvets & pillows

Due to such a busy year, i.e. having baby #2, I decided to keep it simple and introduced one new pattern in several colorways back in the winter.  The name of the pattern is Abstract. (below right) I wanted an all-over pattern that worked well with the original placed graphic screen prints as well as a new pattern to print on duvets. I've printed this pattern on silk before, but I only started printing it on linen and cotton last year.

This photo shows how I like to mix and match small scale geo patterns with my work. These two pillow cases are from West Elm. They look great with the Abstract printed duvet as well. I usually use a light weight quilt in the summer so I rotate a few printed pillow cases and a few linen pillows on the bed.

This photo shows the Abstract pattern printed in umber & slate gray on a cotton duvet.

New colors & sizes

Earlier this year I made a few updates to the existing textile print collection. I added the color canary yellow and slate gray as an option to several print styles. I also changed three 18"x18" floral wall prints to a new size, 14"x18". You can see several examples of this in the photo below. There's also a new vertical print, 10"x20", called Gerbera.

You can view all these textile prints on the website. Please note that the colorway canary yellow & slate is currently only available at threesheets2.com in the wall print and pillow section.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about special order colors and sizes at jenny@threesheets2.com

Jenny

What's not to love?

A customer of mine offered to take a picture of her new three sheets 2 the wind pillows a few months back and of course I said "yes! that would be wonderful." As soon as I opened the image, I had to laugh. Clearly, my pillows were not the main subject of the photo, (haha) but I was happy to see how they looked in this beautiful space! Thanks for the pic... I think I wanna move in.

Where has the time gone?

Wow! It's been some time since I last posted but, there has been a lot happening in my life since then! My son was born in August of 2011 and every day since then has been a whirl wind. He's 20 months now and is funny and chatty (not 100% clear what's he's saying) and just discovered the word "no" to my dismay. I'm also expecting another little boy in August of this year so I find myself writing this post at 20+ weeks pregnant again! I can proudly tell you that I successfully printed fabric at 39 weeks (read previous post) pregnant last time so I won't have to enlist my husband's help. The trick is to get the belly under the table edge. It's look ridiculous, but it's technically possible.

So, even though my life is about to change once again, my studio business is my passion and creative joy. In the last few years I've also started working as a consultant and Creative Director at LPK in Cincinnati in the print & pattern group. I really appreciate the "balance" working outside my studio has given me. I love being able to make the product myself for my own business, but I also enjoy working on global brands with an extremely talented group of designers. My goal is to start posting more often so others can see how I balance it all. Oh, and I'm excited to say that my studio is finally getting finished to look a bit more presentable.

More news on that and product pics to come!

True Up post and other fun news

Back on February 22nd, Kim Knight from True Up posted a few images of the new prints available in fabric form. There are three artwork styles available in six different color ways each. Thanks to my husband and his excellent structural skills, I have a 16ft. print table that allows me to print up to 4.5 yds continuously. I love love this table and the gratification of printing the entire fabric width myself, but I've run into a bit of a problem lately... I'm almost 20 weeks pregnant and my belly is starting to affect the length of my reach across the table! (aka "other fun news) Guess I'll have to teach my husband how to screen print. Ha ha.

Here is an entry from June 5th, 2010 which explains the process.

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It took a bit of work and research to figure out how to print full coverage prints by myself. You might wonder why this is difficult. Well… it all has to do with the size of the screens (more or less a stencil) used for printing. Most full coverage prints are hand screened using two people. The length of the screen covers the width of the fabric (58″-60″) and a person stands on each side of the table, passing the squeegee and ink back and forth in one pass and the repeat only has match up on two sides. What I wanted to do was to be able to print full coverage prints by myself so I designed the patterns to fit in screens that only spanned half the table width. By doing this I could print a full repeat by alternating down each side of the table myself. The difficult part was designing patterns, for the screens, that had to match up on four sides, instead of two.

ACC Baltimore show

My husband and I will be headed to Baltimore next week for the American Craft Council show in Baltimore. It's a four day retail show. This is my first time exhibiting at an ACC show so I'm excited to see how it goes.  I am taking the full coverage printed linen pillows, various wall prints, and a few new printed silk tops. Our booth number is 725.

Happy Holidays

I love traveling back to Chicago (lived there 3 years) and the Renegade Craft Fair is one of my favorite reasons to head north. The holiday sale was amazing this year. There was a huge turnout. I mean people were everywhere! It was hard just to leave the booth at times. And... the vendors were super talented this year. Wow! I feel so humbled every time I walk around one of these shows. I bought a few holiday gifts with my cash stash. (couldn't help myself)

I also wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by the booth and made a few gift purchases for either themselves or for someone else. I've been doing this for six years now (juggling teaching and freelance work) and I hope to continue doing this for many years to come. I love having a creative outlet where I get to make beautiful things that I like to look at and that can make other people smile too.

Thank you so very much,

Jenny

Also...

Fabric is NOW available on the website. (mini rah!) You can buy new full coverage prints in repeating patterns up to ~4 1/2 yards in length. The print below is Ani windflower in chartreuse and teal on pebble colored linen. I love the idea of making curtains or large scale wall prints out of this fabric.

My seafoam green Eames chair just happened to match this print perfectly... and I threw my beloved sock monkey (from the 70's) into this shot for fun!

The joy of Etsy

One of my goals is to use my Etsy shop more often. I will admit... I haven't given it much love lately. It's the perfect place to put work up quickly and easily and I can always test new ideas on the site for very little effort. So... I recently added a few of my favorite pillow styles to the Etsy site so that I could offer them without pillow inserts. I get requests to buy covers only from time to time, so I figured Etsy is the perfect place to sell them individually. If anyone is interested in a particular style, just email me and I'll put it up on the Etsy site!

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What's next

Now that the weather is finally turning cooler and the leaves are starting to fall, I feel like "cleaning house" to get ready for the fast approaching holiday season. But before I start organizing the studio, I need to tell you about a few things...

First, a new fabric page will be launching on the website soon... Just in time for all you DIY fans to get busy with gifts for yourself or someone else this year. Second, I'll be gearing up for two shows this winter; the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, December 4th+5th, and the American Craft Council retail show in Baltimore, February 24th-27th.

I also wanted to update the blog with a few new images from this summer. Cincinnati Magazine ran a section this summer called "locals only". The Daisy flower pillow in natural linen was featured in the Necessities section.

Also, a year or so ago I printed three custom prints for a playroom in Florida for interior designer, Lauren Stern. Her website was updated earlier this summer and the images are just amazing!

Lastly, I had to include a photo from my vacation this summer. My husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary by traveling to Italy and France for two weeks this September. Here we we are in Chamonix, France, standing on a platform reachable only by cable car at 12,000+ feet near Mont Blanc. That was quite some ride... straight up!

Happy Fall Everyone!

Jenny

Full coverage textile prints.

The past few months have been very exciting for me in the studio. My goal, beginning this past winter, was to create patterns that covered more of the fabric ground and went edge to edge (the width) of my linen yardage. It took a bit of work and research to figure out how to print full coverage prints by myself. You might wonder why this is difficult. Well... it all has to do with the size of the screens (more or less a stencil) used for printing. Most full coverage prints are hand screened using two people. The length of the screen covers the width of the fabric (58"-60") and a person stands on each side of the table, passing the squeegee and ink back and forth in one pass and the repeat only has match up on two sides. What I wanted to do was to be able to print full coverage prints by myself so I designed the patterns to fit in screens that only spanned half the table width. By doing this I could print a full repeat by alternating down each side of the table myself. The difficult part was designing patterns, for the screens, that had to match up on four sides, instead of two.

The pillows in the image above show the three new full coverage prints on white linen. The patterns are from left to right: ani windflower, fugi floral and prairie grass. All three patterns are available in six different color combinations. The pillows in the image below show another color option on pebble colored linen.

Here's an image of the new 16 ft printing table that my business partner/ husband built for me in the studio. What you can't see in this photo is the metal rails that run down the length of the table and hold my new large screens in place so that I can print full coverage prints by myself. I had just printed a duvet on this day so the rails were unscrewed and place underneath the table. As you can see, the studio space is still not finished yet. Cross your fingers... this will happen soon!

2nd Annual OTR/Gateway Summer Celebration.

It's been some time since I posted... I suppose I become a bit of a hermit when it gets cold outside. More importantly, the winter months are when I create new artwork and this year was no exception. In about two weeks, the website will be updated with new all-over patterns in 18" square wall prints, 18" square pillows and 12"x20" rectangular pillows.

I'll be selling new pattern wall prints this weekend at the OTR/Gateway Summer Celebration located in downtown Cincinnati. This is only the second year for the outdoor event and my first time participating, but I am super excited to be involved in a show so close to home!

Booths will be set up on Vine Street between 12th & 13th Street near MiCA 12/v.

Special request

I've had a few requests lately to print white ink on the graphite linen instead of the black ink. I think it looks really nice so I wanted to put it out there for other people to see. I am always open to special requests... all you have to do is ask!

I just recently posted this image, along with a a few others on flickr. Check them out!