Kimberly Jewell

surface design, art

Fabric Line

gamma-quilt

june jewell

fabric designer?

Hello all!

In my many years of creating art, I have done things that I occasionally forget about. I sometimes even forget to mention that I'm an artist at all these days now that MOM is so much a part of my identity. As much as I absolutely adore being a mother, I am feeling more & more of a pull to my art as Cal grows older. 

When I was very heavily into vector artwork, I started to submit my designs to Spoonflower & Zazzle as a (very) passive bit of income. I get notifications that I've sold a yard or two or a postcard once every couple of months. It's such a nice surprise. Aww, yay! They like it. 

I wish sometimes that I had more of a drive to create something with the fabric, to start really sewing bags, shirts, dresses, whatever. Goodness knows my wardrobe could use a little color! So much black & gray...ugh. But I can never seem to find something that I like that isn't an arm & a leg for this SAHM wardrobe budget.

Anyway!  I am not especially talented behind a sewing machine. I've made a few bags & pillow cases, but nothing that I was just so proud of that it drove me to work harder & get better. My mama, however, is a crafty sewist. She makes quilts, stuffed animals, & her dolls (which I posted about a little while back). She made Calvin this quilt for my baby shower with pieces of my fabric designs. I see it all of the time & think, I wonder how many of my friends & family even know about this aspect of my practice... 

My Cali Boo cuddling under his Gamma's quilt. 

My Cali Boo cuddling under his Gamma's quilt. 

robin-quilt2
Robin
skunk-quilt-patch
deer-quilt-patch
bunny-quilt-patch

In order to post a fabric design for sale on Spoonflower, you have to buy at least a swatch of the fabric to test the colors. So I have over a hundred swatches sitting in a box. Wth am I supposed to do with them? I had planned on shopping them around to different upholstery & interior design shops. I contacted a few with no response I don't know maybe 6 years ago & kind of put it in the back of my mind. This quilt is now such a reminder that I need to not only try to market this avenue, but also get back into designing for it, because even if it's not especially profitable, it is such a good feeling when someone buys a yard to make a dress or a pillowcase because they just love squirrels & had to have it.   

The possibilities are endless with fabric. I want to do DIY dolls, pet portraits, custom prints, turn some of my more recent abstract works into fabric. 

So much fun stuff to think about creating, so little time to actually do it. 

Much love,

jj 

Be Love With Me Dolls & Guest House Kitchen

In about a month & a half, I will be visiting my mama in New Mexico! I'm excited, but slightly anxious about flying alone with Calvin. It'll all work out, I know. I am bummed about leaving Nick behind, but I think he's  got the shorter stick staying home in an empty house. :( 

I have not seen my mama since last October, which is hard for us as we are close. What I'm most excited about is the bonding between Cali & his Gamma, meeting his grandpa Bill & great-grandma LaVonne, hot springs, my mom's freshly baked breads & pastries, our business brainstorming sessions. I've been having so many possibility-dream like thoughts lately. Last time I was there we were thinking up Not So Typical Baby. I had screen prints & my mom made I think 20 bibs in 2 days. It was a crazy whirlwind of creativity. There's no one here I've really found to be creative with. 

One of my mama's beautiful, handmade dolls. 

One of my mama's beautiful, handmade dolls. 

Anyway, I'm also quite excited to help my mama out with her social media presence. She makes these gorgeous handmade dolls. Here's a link to her Etsy shop if you're interested. She also last year opened up a cottage kitchen in her guest house & has been selling baked yummy goodies at her local farmer's market. She knows most people that frequent the market & sells out most weekends, but I think a facebook group would only help boost sales. I think helping her to market herself will push me to do better marketing my own work.  

I thought I would try to take tonight's entry off of the fact that I have not yet completed this site. I feel so close, but should give myself credit as I only have so much time to work on it each day.