cat-owls: drawings for a new line
Big things are happening at doonyaya – most notably, a new line of Cat-Owls.Here's what makes them new: they will be made from my own screen-printed designs instead of vintage fabrics that made up the last line. And that's not to say I'm abandoning vintage fabrics altogether (I'm a serial ebay-bidder after all, and my heart jumps when I see a good '30s feed-sack cotton – my husband worries about me), I'm just evolving and expanding the line, or growing with the times.
And these times call for screen-printing, because my screen-printing studio has been imprisoned in a storage unit for two years(!) and has, at last, been set free.
The first step in screen-printing fabric is making the designs. In my case I am drawing them with good old-fashioned pen & paper.
But I'm actually not even designing the fabric quite yet. First I'm drawing Cat-Owls with different patterns that may or may not make the final cut to becoming fabric for said Cat-Owls.
My reasoning is this: I want my new line of doonyaya designs to have a pattern-pallette that is incorporated throughout the entire line, like a selection of patterns that work for different items. For example, a bright and fabulous polkadot pattern could be great on a Cat-Owl and on a toddler blanket, or the dapper stripes could work as a bolster-pillow and on a storage tote. Makes sense, right?
So this week has been devoted to drawing Cat-Owls with lots of varying patterns and color combinations. And in that process I have been finding common ideas and themes – some that stick and others that inevitably go back to the junk pile of gross ideas. I know you have that pile, too.
But even the "failures" teach me something about my own aesthetic and my creative preferences. I hone in on my intuition and start to see what "works" and what doesn't. I get really sharp with my discerning eye and knowing what next steps to take. And that brings me closer to who I want to be as an artist and maker – all pretty great things to learn from drawing Cat-Owls.