Pattern Designs for Bath Salt Line

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I just finished creating the labels for a high-end line of bath salts; they are off to the factory where they will be mocked up in an apothecary-style jar. My goal was to make the art elements abstract, while at the same time referencing ingredients in the bottle. For instance, the repeat in “Cassis” is my original rendering of a fig. Once I drew a base design for each flavor, I used it to build the pattern repeats. I also created several small, supporting artwork elements to give the core drawings more movement and life (like the spirals around the chamomile flower). By using the same elements repeated in alternate scale, color, and stroke weight, the designs have cohesion. (I hope! that was the goal, anyway.)

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A Bath Line For Teens

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The goal was to create a line of Bath Salts that would appeal to teens at a lower price-point for distribution in big chains. The bottle is plastic and kind of mayonnaise-jar looking. I can’t tell you how much I loved the freedom to draw illustrations of grapefruits, flowers, pomegranates, figs, and develop an eye-poppingly bright color story. The deeper I get into this kind of product development that requires very graphic, illustrative work, the more satisfied I become. I’m knitting less and less and working on Illustrator more and more…

chamomilegeranium4.75' Maggie Pace grapefruit and pomegranete illustrations

Too Referential? Um, Yes.

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Like most designers, I am constantly taking photos of designs I like and drawing inspiration from the world around me. After creating the original patterns, below, I realized maybe I absorbed a little too much of the world around me. Imagine my shock when I found the gift card in my wallet of the design I had just drawn in Illustrator. I like to think I have such original ideas, but in these cases, clearly, it was osmosis.

Abstracted floral pattern from a gift card.

Abstracted floral pattern from a gift card.

Japanese stencil design

A repeat from “Traditional Japanese Stencil Designs.”

My original rose pattern. I didn't trace it. Honestly. I just had the gift card in my wallet.

My original rose pattern. I didn’t trace it. Honestly. I just had the gift card in my wallet.

My original repeat patterns. I think I might have accidentally plagiarized?

My original repeat pattern. Pretty sure I plagiarized. Maybe not the leaves, but the flower for sure.

Hey Beginners: You CAN Knit These Booties. Really.

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Another one of my classes just launched on creativebug.com. I’m so, so excited about this one. Beginners always want to knit baby booties, but often won’t try because of the intimidating shaping. I developed these booties with beginners in mind. The shaping is so minimal, and the result is adorable. Honestly, one of my favorite projects.  Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Great Harvest Bread Label Job

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Fortunately for all of us who live in Vermont, Sara and Ethan at Great Harvest are gearing up to sell their bread wholesale. Sara designs her own labels for the in-house breads, but she wanted a little help with the labels that will go on the breads in stores. She asked me to stay true to their current brand, while at the same time create a label that would make their breads “pop” on the shelves. The labeling needed to work from both the top and the heel-side of the bread, since different grocery stores will stack the bread differently. They will be selling 10 flavors — which means I had to come up with 10 colors, cuing off their branded purple. Here’s my work so far. the label will wrap around the bread at the great harvest logo, so the purple-backed portion will sit on the heel.

Sara and Ethan canned the cobalt blue, which I think was a nice call. Didn’t really fit in the group, I think.

 

 

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SoYo Food Truck Alley Chalkboard Sign

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Ready for Friday Night Food Truck Alley

The finished sign, ready for someone to chalk in the flavors.

Every Friday night during the summer in Burlington, ArtsRiot hosts a Food Truck Alley on Pine Street. My client, Hans at SoYo Frozen Yogurt, decided to pop up a booth this year. He has quite a slick brand and he was looking for a sign that mapped closer to the urban/outdoorsy feel of the event. We settled on a bistro style chalkboard sign.

Great idea, right? It was — and still is — but I had some challenges. I love the handdrawn look of the sign, but  it was tough to get Hans’ branded colors just right using the bistro chalk markers. I had to do lots of blending, particularly for the magenta-ish red of the SO. Also, turns out bistro chalk markers don’t really work when writing on top of a layer of chalk, and that was the method I used. If I had to do it again, I would have PAINTED the upper portion of the background with white chalkboard paint. Would have made the project 100 times easier. Instead, I chalked in the background using a combo of bistro chalk marker and white pastel chalk.

 

The BIGGEST problem revealed itself at the event: turns out chalk runs when it rains, especially when it’s only sealed with hair spray. I had to re-do the sign and this time I sealed it with polyurethane.