I was asked by the super talented Tara Lilly, from Portland, Oregon to join the „Artists Around the World Blog Hop“.

Tara Lilly
I met Tara Lilly in MATS Bootcamp a few month ago and have admired her work ever since. Her illustrations and patterns are always gorgeous, with hand drawn elements and great texture. What I really love about her work is that she manages to create something truly sweet without being „too cute“. There is always a touch of magic and a lovely vintage feel that makes her work so special. I am not surprised that she is amongst the GTS semi-finalists and I keep my fingers crossed for her.


Tara Lilly also passed me some questions about my work and creative process:

What are you working on?
I always have my fingers in many pies. Apart from my day job as a designer, I am currently working on some new illustrations for greeting cards. I also started experimenting with gouache, watercolor (which I haven’t been using for years) and my new brush pens. It’s fun, especially since I’ve discovered Instagram, where you can find my doodles and sketchbook experiments.


How does your work differ from others in your genre?
That’s really a tough question. Since I started focusing on illustration only a year ago, I am still in the process of figuring out what my style really is – and I am not sure I ever will. Others describe my work often as happy, colorful and fun – and I can defiantly relate to that. I also noticed that I enjoy creating art most, when there is a little story going on. Maybe that’s because my background is in advertising, where everything revolves about storytelling. But I also like to do „decorative stuff“ just because it’s pretty – and I like pretty things.


Why do you create?
I never thought about why. It just happens. Weather it’s drawing, crafting, knitting, crochet, baking, decorating or DIY projects – I just love to make things.

How does your creative process work?
That’s the million dollar question! I wish I had a real process. Anyway, it all starts with different ideas and tons of very rough sketches. Usually I tend to have too many ideas and it’s hard for me to decide with which one to go. Once I’ve made that decision (which is always a pain) I usually do some research before I actually start sketching. The next step is to scan the best sketches and this is where my process ends. Sometimes I vectorize the scans, sometimes I start editing them in photoshop. Sometimes I jump right into a color palette, sometimes I work in black and white first. More often than not I redraw some elements by hand and scan them again. It’s a constant back and forth between drawing and digitizing. I also like to incorporate traditional media and texture which makes my process even more chaotic. I suppose I am still in the process of finding my process. :-)

Ok., that’s enough about me. Let me now introduce two very talented and inspiring artists I met in MATS Bootcamp too and who will keep the blog hop going.

Nelleke Verhoeff
The first artist is Nelleke from the Red Cheeks Factory, based in Rotterdam, Holland. I really admire her quirky style and characters – they always put a smile on my face. I’ve spent quite some time thinking about how to describe her unique work. In my opinion the most accurate description is that it is very „Nelleke“. But not only her illustrations are fun, she also creates great patterns which you can also find on spoonflower.


Malu Lenzi
The second artist I want to introduce is Malu Lenzi, originally from brazil but currently living in Berlin. What I love most about Malu’s work is that it’s always fun and happy. I adore the sweet, funny characters she creates and I am also a big fan of her Doodles she is sharing on Instagram. With her gorgeous terrarium Malu even made it to the GTS semi-final and of course I keep my fingers crossed for her too!


PS: If you fancy reading more Blog Hop Posts: Tasha Goddard collected all the links here.


BügeltäschchenNachdem ich mich endlich getraut habe, meinen „Candy Stoff“ anzuschneiden, möchte ich Euch das Ergebnis natürlich nicht vorenthalten. Wie Ihr vielleicht schon richtig vermutet habt, habe ich natürlich ein paar kleine Bügeltäschchen daraus genäht – was auch sonst. ;-) Das geht recht schnell, sieht immer schnucklig aus (wenn man es nicht vermurkst) und eignet sich hervorragend als nettes Mitbringsel.

Finally I overcame the fear of cutting into my „Candy Fabric“ and today, as promised, I want to share the finished product with you. Some of you probably already have guessed that I made some framed coin purses – again. ;-) It’s quickly done, always looks cute (provided you don’t mess it up) and makes a nice gift.

candy-purse-2Zusätzlich zu den 8 cm-Bügeln habe ich diesmal noch einen 6 cm-Bügel und einen 9,5-cm Bügel ausprobiert – für jedes Stoffmuster eine Größe. Die mittlere Größe ist aber nach wie vor meine Lieblingsgröße.
Weitere Bügeltäschchen-Nähprojekte mit Bezugsquelle für die Taschenbügel und Links zu entsprechenden Tutorials findet Ihr übrigens hier und hier.

In addition to the 8 cm purse frame I also tried a 6 cm frame and a 9,5 cm frame. But the medium size is still my favorite.
You’ll find some more coin purse sewing projects with links to tutorials and supplies (both german) here and here.