Here’s another bit of news that I should have shared weeks ago. Back in March I did the Canberra CommUnity Twilight Markets located in Fyshwick.

This is what my stall looked like:

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Here I am, happy and excited to be at the markets! And as you would expect, I’m wearing my own leggings :)

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Ivette was my assistant for the day (She’s also wearing one of my scarves :) ). Thank you for all your help!

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This is Janet from In My Element Glass Design my wonderful neighbour for the day.

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I was also displaying some the cards from Venerate, which is my other Etsy shop where I sell handmade cards.

I can’t wait for the day when I can have my own shop and have a permanent place where I can display my work.

It was a really fun day and I look forward to doing a market again (once it gets a little warmer).

I should have shared this news weeks ago but you can now find a number of my designs at Handmade Canberra!

This is what my first delivery of goods to the shop looked like:

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I delivered all kinds of goodies including: leggings, scarves, throw pillows, clipboards, ring binders, pencil cases, and journals.

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The shop is located in City Walk, 20 Allara Street, Canberra. So if you are in Canberra or you are visiting Canberra make sure you go and take a look. The shop has an amazing collection of work bursting with the finest Australian design.

Once in a while I’m contacted by students who have school assignments and want to ask me questions about me and my work. I must admit, it’s an honour to be asked to do these types of things. It’s great to know that these students have found me and that they would like to use my work for their assignments. It’s so sweet :) Today, I wanted to share a section of a short interview I did for a student in the UK a few months ago.

1. What are your inspirations
My inspiration comes from many places but I’m particularly drawn to geometric and strong bold patterns. There are a many things that spark my creativity, such as architecture, photography, nature or simply taking a trip to a new place.

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2. What are your working philosophies
I believe in finding meaning in the work that you do and that hard work, determination and focus will get you closer to your dreams.

3. What are the main materials that you use?
For my hand drawn work I like to use pen and paper. I use different types of pens, graphite pencils of different weights and I even use ball pen as it can provide a different textures and effects. For my digital work I use Illustrator and Photoshop.

4. Which techniques/processes do you use?
When I work using illustrator I like to hand draw my illustrations and then I scan them in and adjust and color them digitally. Once all my motifs are created I put them in repeat or create design mock-ups depending on what is needed.

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5. Which movement do you see yourself in and why?
A lot of the artwork that I’ve created to date tends to be mostly abstract and I also have created a lot of work that is geometric. I’m not sure if these belong to a ‘movement’ as such but they seem to be the kind of style that comes naturally to me.

6. Do you belong to any groups?
I’m part of a number of groups including Cultivate Art Collective which is a group that supports artists and helps exhibit at international trade shows such as Surtex and Printsource.

I’m also a member of Circle of Designers where we aim to bring eco-friendly textile products into the marketplace.

I’m also part of a number of online Facebook groups with people who share similar interest and where the main objective of the group is to provide moral support and share knowledge.

7. Have you received any awards etc.?
I haven’t received any awards to date.

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8: If you have any of the following could you send me links to a blog, website, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest.
This is where you can find me:
Claudia Owen Blog, WebsiteTwitterFlicker and Pinterest.

I also have a Facebook page and I’m also on Instagram.
Facebook and Instagram.

9: Have you written any books?
I haven’t written any books yet but this is definitely on my to do list!

This is something I should have shared weeks ago but I haven’t had a chance to share the good news until now.

I now have some of my card designs at Finestationery.com! and I’m super excited about this!

These are all the designs I have right now:

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At Fine Stationery you will find an amazing range of stationery and cards for just about any occasion that you can think of. Currently, I have Valentine’s Day Cards only but I’m hoping to add new designs soon!

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I must admit, I’m honoured for my name to be next to such amazing talented people including: Alisse Courter, Angie Sandy, Khristian Howell, Lilian Cohen, Nicole Tamarin and Renee Pulve. They are incredibly talented ladies and I’m happy for my name to be next to theirs!

Now that Surtex is out of the way I’ve had some time to update my About page and My Work page. I’ve added more information about all the work that I’ve been doing so that it reflects all the things I’ve done over the years and to show the kind of experience that I have.

I also added photo galleries of my work, like the one below, to include some of my recent collections.

I think I could still organise sections better but I guess this is a good start!

Please take a look and let me know what you think :)

Surtex 2015 has ended! There’s so much work that goes into preparing for a show like Surtex and it’s all done in just a few days! It’s almost like a wedding, you prepare for the big day for a whole year and then in a matter of hours your wedding day is all over :(

This was my first year exhibiting at Surtex with Cultivate Art Agency and I hope I can do it all over again next year! I already have lots and lots of ideas about the type of work that I want to produce. Now all I have to do is schedule enough time during the year to create lots of beautiful new art!

Here are a few product mock ups I did for Surtex:

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Let’s hope next year I get to go to the show in person!

I love dinnerware and I dream of having my own collection of dinnerware one day. For Surtex I prepared a few dinnerware mock ups in the hope that I can get a manufacturer interested in one of these designs. Fingers crossed!

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Here are some images from Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency booth 222 at Surtex.

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The booth looks great and I’m so excited to see everyone’s work on display. We’ve all been working hard for months to get to this point and it’s great to see everything on display.

Now for the next few days I’ll be very busy stalking everyone at the show on social media trying to soak up all the action from the show!

If you are going to Surtex make sure to visit booth 222. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency.

There’s only 1 day to go until Surtex! Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency will be in booth 222 so make sure you stop by and say hello!

Here’s another sneak peak of what you’ll see at the show:

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Artists featured at Surtex are:

Susanne Kasielke, Angela KilpatrickAshley LoteckiGabriella Buckingham, Cyndi PfeifferBetsey Hodson, Claudia Owen, Natalie Williamson, Irene Chan, Susan K. Weckesser, Sophie Brabbins, May Leong, Sherry LondonRhiannon Connelly, Adrienne Vita, Este Macleod and Amy Reber.

As part of my Surtex portfolio I’ve created a number of product mock ups to help people visualise what the designs would like on products. Here are some of the mock ups I made:

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Now that Surtex is just around the corner I decided to update my Print and Pattern ad with a mini version of my Surtex flyer and here it is!

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It’s tiny! I’m really hoping that people see it :)

In preparation for my debut at Surtex I have been updating my online design gallery. I have at least 80 design collections in my design library at the moment and I have lots more designs to add in the coming weeks. If you are a manufacturer or art director and would like to take a look at my design gallery please fill out the form here and I will give you access to it. The designs on my online gallery are available for licensing and outright purchase.

Here’s a small sample of what you can find in my design gallery:

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Here’s a little sneak peak of what I’ll be exhibiting at Surtex.

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It’s almost show time!

Yes, I’m finally going to Surtex! This is the first time that I will have my work at Surtex and I’m very happy about that! Unfortunately, I don’t get to go in person this year but sending my work it’s a dream come true!

Surtex is the premier tradeshow devoted to selling and licensing original art and design for all types of products including stationery, giftware, toys, publishing, home wares and lots more. It is anticipated that there will be around 6,000 people in attendance from 49 countries. So it is huge!

The show will be held in May 17-19, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York City.

This is my Surtex flyer:

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Surtex is the type of show that every designer dreams of exhibiting at and having the chance to speak to businesses and manufacturers from all around the world.

If you are going to Surtex make sure to visit booth 222. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have my best prints and patterns at the show.

Are you ready for Mother’s Day this Sunday 10th May? I hope you are!

If you aren’t quite ready yet, I’ve got something that might just be what you need. I’ve put together a beautiful Mother’s Day printable that will help you set up a gorgeous breakfast in bed for your mum.

Mums do so much for us and it’s nice to make them feel special by doing something for them. One of the simplest ways to say thank you is by preparing a gorgeous breakfast in bed just for her. This printable will help you get the right look for the masterpiece you will put together in the kitchen.

Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the cooking but I can definitely help you with some ideas. To help you cook something yummy for your mum I’ve put together a board on Pinterest with a number of recipe ideas.

There are savoury and sweet little treats for every mum! Personally, I can’t resist a savoury little something, anything with eggs and spinach is good for me!

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The printable includes:

  • Mother’s Day card
  • Placemat
  • Tea bag paper label
  • World’s Best Mum badge
  • Flags with four different words. Yum! I love you, Delish and Love
  • Gift tag
  • Happy Mother’s Day round flag
  • Mother’s Day gift voucher­­

The printable is available from my Etsy shop and it comes with instructions on how to put it together so you’ll know exactly what to do.

The printable comes in Australian and American English spelling.

So my first RAW show was last Friday and I’ve finally had a few spare minutes to write about the show and share a few pictures. First of all, I have to say that I loved the experience! I loved that I was able to show my work to a large group of people and talk to them about what I do and get feedback.

To prepare for the show I had a small set up in a corner of the house with everything that I was going to be showing on the night. It was very useful and it was great practice to help me work out how I would display all my work.

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Here’s my wonderful assistant for the day. She helped me with the set up and with all kinds of things on the lead up to the show. If you are doing the show, make sure you have someone help you with the set up on the day. It took us around 2 hours to set it up for the night!

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Busy setting up for the show. You know what I love the most about this photo is that I’m surrounded by bright colours and patterns. This is exactly how I have imagined my life and this is exactly how I want to spend the rest of my life!

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Here I am, happy and a little nervous, as the doors of the venue were about to be open to the public!

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The dress I’m wearing is also my own design :)

Another thing you’ll probably need for the show is a big car. I had a relatively large set up and I also had large pieces of furniture. I drive a small car (it’s a little Honda Jazz) and crazy me thought I could fit my entire booth in my car… Well… That was never going to happen! I could barely fit all my things in my husband’s car and he has a twice as much storage space in his car! I should have taken a photo of our fully packed car so you’ll just have to imagine a car fully packed to the roof! I could not see a single thing through the rear view mirror! And my sister’s face, who was sitting on the passenger seat next to me, was right up against the front windscreen!

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And this, the most dreaded part of the show. Getting onstage! It wasn’t that bad, just a few simple questions but for someone who isn’t used to public speaking it’s a little nerve wrecking!

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I also included a number of little tags with a short description about the work I was presenting. I wanted to give my display a more personal feel and I wanted to make sure that people knew that I’m designing each and every single one of these pieces.

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At the show I was exhibiting some of my latest collection of work which included silk eco-friendly scarves, ring binders, folders, pencil cases, coasters, three quarter leggings, journals, mugs, clipboards, wrapping paper and cushions.

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There’s just one problem now. Now all I can think of is which show or market will I do now? There are a few local options that I need explore and I’m certain that in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a show somewhere :)

All of these designs are now on my brand new Etsy shop.

Guess who was on Her Canberra blog yesterday? Believe it or not I was featured!

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Of course I wasn’t the only one mentioned in the article but it’s great that I was part of it! It’s so exciting! There’s also a short interview about me and my work. You can read the whole article here.

Her-Canberra-LogoIf you are in Canberra and you want to do something fun. Make sure you come to RAW! Tickets for the event are $16.50 when you purchase them online. Follow this link to find out who is also exhibiting on the night.

Now there’s only 1 day to go until RAW! Ohmygoodness!

Today I wanted to thank the talented Jiawa Liu from Closet Voyage who took these beautiful images of my scarves.

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She did a wonderful job styling the scarves and what I like about it the most is that given that we are in the middle of a hot summer here in Australia the scarves have been beautifully styled for this hot weather. It really shows you how versatile a scarf can be – they are not only good for winter to help you keep warm but in summer they can be a gorgeous accessory.

I now have all these scarves in my Etsy shop.

I’ve just added two silk scarves to my Etsy shop – Black Symmetry and Symmetry Scarf.

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I think black makes everything looks so much more elegant and if your style is simple and classic then you’ll probably love this design.

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I love geometric designs and I love to design them. This design is clean and elegant featuring 4 beautiful colours.

The silk is beautifully soft and gentle to the touch. It’s also nice and thick without being too heavy or too thin – just the perfect thickness. The colours are vibrant and full of life.

All dyes used in the making of this scarf are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved and eco friendly.

The scarves are square and they measure 39.4×39.4 Inches or 100×100 Centimetres.

Take a look at my Etsy shop and let me know what you think!

I’ve finally taken the plunge and open an Etsy shop. I’ve been thinking and dreaming about it for a long time and I’ve finally done it! Yay! So the first item that I’m listing is one of my favourite designs of all time – the beautiful Gemstone Silk Scarf.

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I designed this scarf using hand drawn sketches to create the patterns and textures and I later coloured and edited it digitally. This design is bright and it reflects my love of patterns, colours and textures. It was a real joy to design this scarf and I hope you experience the same joy when you wear it.

The silk is beautifully soft and gentle to the touch. It’s also nice and thick without being too heavy or too thin – just the perfect thickness. The colours are vibrant and full of life.

All dyes used in the making of this scarf are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved and eco friendly. The scarf measures 17.7×68.9 Inches or 45×175 Centimetres.

The shop at the moment is looking rather empty but I will slowly add new items as they are ready to be uploaded. Right now I’m busy taking pictures and editing them, writing product descriptions and writing all my shop policies. This whole process takes a long time but I’m happy that I’m finally doing it!

I’m also listing my items in Spanish which is another reason why the listing process is taking me longer. I actually haven’t written in Spanish in years so if your Spanish is better than mine feel free to suggest some text edits! Here you can see my listing in Spanish.

I love the fact that Etsy lets you have your items listed in different languages I just wish it magically translated everything for you! So if you are an English speaker the listing will appear in English but if you speak Spanish the listing will show in Spanish for you.

Take a look at my brand new Etsy shop and let me know what you think!

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