Shelley Made: June 2012

Friday, 22 June 2012

Extinct Dragonfly Fabric!

Hello there!

I've delved into something different...using my lovely new drawing tablet...!  What better way to test it out that to spend hours and hours and hours drawing tiny fine lines, and giving myself sore shoulders and a sore wrist! :)

This is what I came up with...it is my entry into the Extinct Animals Fabric contest over on Spoonflower.com...  I based the overall shape on a fossil image I found, and went from there...

Introducing the Griffinfly...otherwise known as Meganeura Monyi, an ancient ancestor of the modern dragonfly - but with a wingspan of up to 2.1 feet...one of the largest known insect species ever to exist from around 300 million years ago.

The Giant Griffinfly - Meganeura Monyi

I came up 5 coordinates to go with it (of course!).  The backgrounds are made up of the detail from the Griffinfly wings.  You can see the detail on each design close up by clicking on this link here to go to the collection on Spoonflower.




There are 226 entries this week in the contest...everything from Dinosaurs and Dodos to Golden Toads and Bush Wrens...  You can see them all (and cast your vote until next Thursday), here.

I can't wait to get my swatches of this collection...hopefully I will have them on Tuesday, then I can make them available for sale!
As always - love to hear your feedback!





Sunday, 3 June 2012

A Very Special Reupholstery Project

A month ago, I was contacted by a lovely lady from Michigan called Janet.  She had seen my personalised fabrics on Spoonflower and asked if I could create a design with the name "Anna" for her daughter-in-law Leslie.

As it turns out, Anna was the name of Leslie's mother, who had very sadly passed away a few years ago.  Leslie had a chair that belonged to her mother, and Janet's plan was to reupholster it for her, as a surprise, using the fabric with her mother's name on it.  I was only too happy to help with such a thoughtful and personal project.

With the help of her son, they did manage to keep the secret throughout the process, and I am delighted to report that the project was a success - Leslie loves the chair!

I cannot think of a more touching use of my fabric, and I am so extremely proud and honoured to have been part of this very special project.  What a wonderful thing for a mother-in-law to do...

I'd like to say a big thank you to Spoonflower as well - a few years ago this type of project just would not have been possible.  Being able to create a unique one of a kind design, and have it printed on upholstery weight fabric, is something I would have never thought we would be able to do.  But it is a reality now!

Here is the finished chair...the fabric is Spoonflower's Upholstery Weight Twill...



A local Michigan upholsterer, Edwin Adams, is pictured below with the chair.  The care he has taken is apparent - from the piping to the fabric covered buttons.  Lovely work Edwin!




Thank you so much Janet - for allowing me to share these photos of the finished chair.  I have to admit to being very touched myself when I saw the photos, and when you told me of your daughter-in-law's comment..."now I can sit with my Mom every day".  I really hope you do smile every time you look at it Leslie... :)

Everyone out there - if you can, go give your mother a hug!