Playing with Fun Geometrics
The always fun geometric presence is strong this season, suitable for home decoration and fashion, these types of prints are not only versatile, but super fun and clean. With our Customization Tool, you can change up the colors, scale and repeat of a design, a fun, bold design can easily be turned into a more sophisticated and grown up print: Here at the WeaveUp Headquarters, we've noticed a trend with fun geometrics, inside and outside of our community: Simple, clean decor with a punch of fun geometric provides the perfect balance between minimalistic and fun: Modern nature-inspired home decor with white walls, posters, cork accessories, wooden floor, bed, rack and green details Modern creative room decorated with wooden accessories Bright modern room with creative paper lamp and pastel decoration Ikea Designers and buyers have also been busy creating fun shapes with geometric feel: Ella and Fox Sarah Corynen Nancy Wolff
Featured Artist: Ms. Rachna
Rachna has been designing surface prints since 2004, and woven products for almost two decades before that. This woven influence is evident in her designs on WeaveUp - kaleidoscope, layered effects make her prints wholly unique. Learn about Rachna's inspirations and influences in today's Featured Artist interview. You can find Rachna's designs under the WeaveUp name RachnaDesigns. Where do you live? New Delhi, India Does where you live influence your art? Indian culture is full of color - we have many states, many languages, and many different foods. I infuse all of this richness into my art. Weaving is a traditional Indian craft, with families passing the craft down to new generations. Women in villages weave dhurries, saris, and stoles in addition to housework. There are many other cottage industry products made by women - women's empowerment has influenced my collections and designs. Tell us about your studio/workspace. My laptop with internet is my studio - I can design anywhere. When did you begin designing surface prints? What inspired you to get started? 2004 - a project to reduce the colors and put into repeat 40 designs from Italy was the start of this journey. I did almost 20 designs a month for companies in the USA, Dubai, China, Italy, Australia until 2012. My prints were also sold via agents. Before that, I was designing woven fabrics, rugs, home furnishings, and other exports from India since 1986. What advice do you have for creatives just getting started? SLOG HARD What would you love to see your print sewn into? Table cloths, shower curtains, and pillows. What is your go-to color combination? Black and white has a lot of potential, as well as beige and earthy tones. Do you have a signature design style? How would you describe it? I love to create ikat patterns, and can convert almost any design into a seamless pattern repeat. Mandala style is very interesting, as well as kaleidoscopes. Weaves, plaids, stripes, and waves in weaves. Woven patterns, which are difficult to produce, can now be created as surface prints. Tell us about your weaving experience. Dobby and jacquard looks are my forte, as well as 8 pedal weaves. I have run a handloom on my own for 2 years and can weave my own designs. As of now I also export my own handwoven dhurries. The cutshuttle dhurry, also known as the Santa Fe rug, sells in the USA, Japan, Dubai, and Indonesia. My dhurries are also being sold as yoga mats, since they are made of cotton. Thanks to Rachna for speaking with us! You can shop Rachna's designs here.
What We’re Loving: Summertime Snacks
Remember a few weeks back when we asked you to share your favorite summertime snacks? You answered our call, and today we're excited to showcase some of your delectable designs!
How To Create Your Own #GOT Cosplay
The recently wrapped seventh season of Game of Thrones proved every bit worth the hype. We were especially impressed with the costume design, which got us thinking - if we were creating a #GOT cosplay, what character would we want to be? Read on to see some of our favorite looks from the series and which custom fabric we would use to create the perfect cosplay!
Share your summertime snack designs
We're reaching peak summer here in Durham, NC. That means popsicles, tomato sandwiches, watermelon, juicy peaches, and endless lemonade. Whether it's a workday lunch or a weekend picnic, we're seriously digging summertime snacks. What are your favorite summer munchies? Show us in a surface design! Read on to learn more.
What We’re Loving: Marble
There’s no doubt that geological patterns have been trending strongly in 2017. To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up our favorite #marble looks on Instagram!
Share your Moon designs!
On July 20, 1969, man took his first step on the Moon. At 10:56pm EDT, Neil Armstrong placed his foot on the orbital body and uttered those famous words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Sadly, we can't all walk on the Moon. But we can all celebrate National Moon Day this July 20th! Join us in honoring our favorite celestial body by sharing your best lunar designs through the end of the month. Read on to learn more!
Janie at Penland, part 2
We're back with an update from our in-house Design Lead, Janie Woodbridge, from Penland School of Crafts. Janie has been hard at work teaching her Penland students how to weave beautiful, durable rugs on floor looms. Read on to learn more about her class!
What We’re Loving: Fruits & Veggies
Remember a few weeks back when we asked you to share your fruit & veggie designs? June is National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month, and the American Heart Association has been encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies all month long! We asked you to show your support and upload your best fruit & vegetable designs to our library! You answered our call, and today we're excited to showcase some of your fresh designs!
Featured Artist: Samalah Sandbrook
From her studio space in New Zealand, overlooking fields and farmland, Samalah Sandbrook (aka MMMedia) creates colorful surface prints. Experimenting with everything from dragon scales to construction equipment, Samalah's designs cover quite a range. Meet Samalah, our latest Featured Artist, today on the blog.