Kid’s Towels

Here is a new project I just started working on. I made a few sample towels with my animal drawings appliqued in vintage fabrics I have collected over the years:

Above is the scale of all the towels and below are the different images:

This towel idea actually came from my oldest daughter, of course. She was given a towel with her name on it as a gift from our family friend Weezie (Thanks Weezie!). Now that she is getting taller, she wanted a bigger towel. So off we went to Target in search of a large green (our current favorite color-well, we like purple too) towel which would cover her down to her toes when wrapped like a burrito. We find the perfect green towel and “try” it on in the store to much satisfaction. However, when we get home, she decides she has to have her name on this towel too. So I dug through my collection of fabric and found some great vintage patterns. I had to hand draw (for lack of a stencil) and cut out the letters of her name and then applique them to the towel. This then gave me the idea to also applique one of my animal drawings from my Nursery Art and she chose an elephant. She loves the towel and all her friends who have seen it want one too. I might be busy for awhile…

Now that I have put together a small collection of samples, I’m going to apply to be in Unique LA this December and so I’ll submit the towels along with my Nursery Art. If I am accepted then I’ll also have some kid sized animal t-shirts screen printed and maybe some grocery totes.

Nursery Art 2009

I have been working for 17 years as an artist and in that time I have made a lot of work, not all of it successful. So, I decided one day to transform some of my older, less resolved work into something else rather than throw it away. This idea resulted in a series of work specifically geared for a nursery or kid’s room. I first drew some basic animal silhouettes and cut them out of beautiful colored paper. Then I collaged the negative and the positive shapes on to the existing older paintings. Both my children responded really well to work so I knew I was on to something. The idea also stemmed from my belief that we should all be surrounded by art in our homes and especially in our children’s bedrooms.

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Baby Bear Duck

Baby Bear Duck, 2009, 6″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas

Blue Rhino

Blue Rhino, 2009, 12″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas (SOLD)

Elephant Sunburst

Elephant Sunburst, 2009, 12″ x 16″, acrylic on paper with paper collage on board (SOLD)

Face To Face Rhino Elephant

Face To Face Rhino Elephant, 2009, 12″ x 24″,  acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas (SOLD)

Piggyback Bear Lion Bunny Chick

Piggyback Bear Lion Bunny Chick, 2009, 24″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas (SOLD)

Piggyback Blue Rhino Duck

Piggyback Blue Rhino Duck, 2009, 12″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas(SOLD)

Piggyback Bunny Chick

Piggyback Bunny Chick, 2009, 12″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas

Piggyback Green Rhino Tan Piggy

Piggyback Green Rhino Tan Piggy, 2009, 12″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas (SOLD)

Piggy Chick

Piggy Chick, 2009, 7″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas (SOLD)

Three Blue Chicks

Three Blue Chicks, 2009, 8″ x 12″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas

Three Yellow Chicks

Three Yellow Chicks, 2009, 6″ x 11 3/4″, acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas

Yellow Bunny

Yellow Bunny, 2009, 7 3/4″ x 12″,  acrylic and ink with paper collage on canvas

Parade Arabian Oryx Lion Pig, 2009, 12″ x 24″, acrylic and ink on canvas with paper collage (SOLD)

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