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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Indelible strike off's


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Indelible - Strike offs

Swatches, or professionally called-strike offs (fabric proofs from the initial printing phase) of my first fabric line: Indelible are here!!!
There were some changes made with a few colors that were problematic from the round one to the round two, but now, they are all in the real printing phase!!!My advanced yardage should arrive at the end of the month, and I am into planning the projects for my first Quilt Market booth!!!

subtle watermarks

darkened ink

strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Indelible - Strike offs

Have a wonderful weekend,
Katarina

Sunday, 6 April 2014

I ♥ Aurifil


friendship bracelet

Have you ever used Aurifil threads? If you haven't, you have to try. Because they are a MUST. Not only because they have a wast selection of gorgeous colors, but also because they have different thread weights , appropriate for each project. And the quality is really something else.
And they are made in Italy :)

aurifil floss


aurifil floss friendship bracelet



I have already used it before for my sewing projects, but for the first time I had the pleasure to try the cotton floss. And felt in love with it!! Can't wait to show you some more stuff, that I am doing for Quilt Market.
xo, Katarina

Friday, 4 April 2014

Party


Bianka's birthday party

My youngest turned 7 yesterday!!! Can't believe how time flies! So proud of her!!!
We prepared her a birthday party with her friends and they had blast!!!

Bianka's birthday party


Bianka's birthday party


Bianka's birthday party

Of course, for her the best part was opening all the presents at the end!!! With a help of her siblings;)

Bianka's birthday party

With love,
mama ♥♥♥

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Freebies: watercolor social media icons - buttons


social media watercolor buttons
Instead of writing another post in a row about my very , first licensed fabric collection I thought to do some blog updates and changes and therefore I had a need for some cute social media buttons....so I created some and thought to share them with you :)
So, you are free to use them for your personal blogs, websites and social networks, but you can not sell them! So please play fair and spread the word!!!


tweet icon message icon instagram iconAGF love icon


pinterest iconflickr iconfacebook iconetsy icon

And to make my fabric family on just one click away from me, I created this special "AGF love" button and linked it to theirs site, so that I don't miss any updates and news, how neat is that?

You can upload them separately from my flickr account in a very good resolution, in different sizes by clicking on them.
There are many free tutorials on how to insert them on your blog, depending on the blogging platform that you are using and the social media/button that you need.
Or you can maybe use this video that will show you how to do it. Let me know in the comments if you are having any problem with downloading them and I will be happy to send you the embed code or url link.
xo, Katarina

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Indelible


indelible prints collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery fabrics

Finally the post all about my very first and actual licensed collection for Art Gallery fabrics : Indelible.
You can even read the official about me page on Art Gallery fabrics website. I will post here all the prints, name by name-there are 10 prints per each colorway, so total of 20 prints.
Incredible AGF girls, especially Lauv, were responsible for all those great names behind the prints, that I wouldn't never be able to come out with! Thanks Lauv!! ;)

indelible logo

About Indelible :
"Somewhere between magic and reality is an Indelible world. Find exciting graphic weavings and stylized nature motifs that ripple through colored depths of pewter, turquoise and auburn." inspiration indelible
Here are the prints from the first colorway-Darkened Ink:

indelible Darkened Ink colorway

darkened ink colorway, Indelible

1. IDL-1220 Time is Deer Coal, 2. IDL-1221 Stylus Text Lagoon, 3. IDL-1222 Spirodraft Ocre, 4. IDL-1223 Doiland Gloss Plum, 5. IDL-1224 Floret Stains Tealberry, 6. IDL-1225 Threaded Shreds Dim, 7. IDL-1226 Papered Phrases Cloudy, 8. IDL-1227 Flutter Folds Ash, 9. IDL-1228 Birdstencil PM, 10. IDL-1229 Stamped Grove Nightfall

And the second colorway-Subtle Watermarks:

indelible Subtle Watermarks

Subtle watermarks, Indelible collection

1. IDL-2220 Time is Deer Ember, 2. IDL-2221 Stylus Text Sky, 3. IDL-2222 Spirodraft Carbon, 4. IDL-2223 Doiland Gloss Silver, 5. IDL-2224 Floret Stains Mulberry, 6. IDL-2225 Threaded Shreds Mamey, 7. IDL-2226 Papered Phrases Sunny, 8. IDL-2227 Flutter Folds Spark, 9. IDL-2228 Birdstencil AM, 10. IDL-2229 Stamped Grove Daylight

These 4 prints will be available on the most gorgeous knit fabrics:



And these 2 prints will be available on the most luscious voile fabric:



I have created the Indelible fabrics flickr group so if you will be making anything with Indelible
please join. :)
Now, I am dying to know, what colorway and print do you like best?
Katarina,xo


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Indelible - the story behind


Yesterday was such a wonderful and special day for me, the day when I revealed a really huge and important secret. I want to THANK you so much to all of you that made my day even more joyful and successful!!! I am smitten by all your kindest comments, words of encouragement and support - on Instagram, Facebook, blog and twitter- it really means a world to me!!!
I can hardly wait to get to know some of you even in real life, as I will be attending the Spring Quilt Market (see the letter K*) at Pittsburgh, PA, as the new exhibitor with Art Gallery fabrics.
And I am so excited about that!!!!
Not only that I am going to have the booth featuring Indelible, but I will be introducing even my second collection with AGF. Double squeal!!!

indelible selvedge

Oh, and how incredible is to have the name on the fabric selvedge? So unreal!!!!
And not on any kind of fabrics- Art Gallery fabrics are well known for their exceptional quality and drape, and I will have 20 prints printed on the 100% PIMA Cotton, 4 prints on the most extraordinary 58" wide knit fabric (newly introduced) and 2 prints on the 52" wide voile.
Can hardly wait to get them and start creating!!! Can you say that I am excited? :D



Now back to the Indelible.....The WIP name for the collection from the start was actually "Doily".
"Doily" was my first trial to design the fabric collection, back in 2008. I mentioned it as well, here , in this interview x Belle Armoire in 2010.
I was working very hard on the designs, and at that time I didn't know how to develop some patterns as repeat, in computer, so I remember, for example drawing the thousands of dots by hand in way to obtain the dotted pattern, lol.
The collection was somehow completed in the 2010 and I have uploaded the designs to my website and submitted them on-line to Art Gallery fabrics and to some other US fabric companies.
I got different replies and comments on the designs, like "Your work is beautiful. Unfortunately at this time we feel it is not something we are looking for here at ...... Please know that we see great talent and would hope you would continue to design. Feel free to submit anytime you would like as you never know when we will need the look and feel that your designs provide." or...."We have carefully reviewed your art submissions and have decided to pass. We feel that we currently do not have an opening for this category at this time."...or .." It is not confirmed yet but most likely we will focus more on to our house lines designed by our house designers. I would not like you to wait for our final answer any longer. Your beautiful designs and ideas can not sit on the shelf any longer either. I hope you will understand our situation for now.".....and from one company I even got this :"I have reviewed the portfolio again today and unfortunately, feel it is too similar in style to several of our current artists, and we would not be able to proceed with a licensing agreement with you in order to protect their license. We do, however, have another opportunities for purchasing artwork if you are interested in pursuing this option. There are a couple of prints in your portfolio that we would purchase; however, in doing so all copyrights would become the property of ...."


So, as you see, it's a long story behind my trial as a textile designer.
Than I discovered Spoonflower and I couldn't be happier about this new opportunity to learn even more within the field of the fabric design. They have an amazing community of the designers and fantastic themed contests that helped me a lot developing my designs and design ability, and certainly the amount of designs.

Doily collection

So, I printed @Spoonflower my "Doily" collection, pictured here around.

Doily portfolioThan I created the real, nice portfolio with printed designs and also posted as a sneak- here at the end of this post.
I sent this portfolio to Art Gallery fabrics 2 years ago, encouraged by the fact that they started licensing designers, so I thought to give it a try for the last time...
I don't know if the moment was right, or I was just so lucky, but after a few back and forth e-mails with Pat Bravo, she actually said YES.
I received the official yes last year and I remember it was the first day of spring (almost precisely one year ago) and I was all over the moon!!
Doily portfolio







Doily portfolio

So, a bit later, we started developing my "Doily" line and as the line was quite changed from the initial point and doilies all over, I thought that the name "Indelible" would be more appropriate.
I just love the meaning of that word:
INDELIBLE - definition: 
1. Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent: indelible ink.
2. Making a mark not easily erased or washed away: an indelible pen for labeling clothing.
3. Unable to be forgotten; memorable: an indelible memory.



So, as you can see it wasn't an easy ride and all I can say is that it was well worth the wait and effort, because, now, I can feel that I am at home. I am so blessed that I can call those wonderful people behind AGF a family, and looking forward to see where our collaboration will bring us!!!

Also, what I wanted to say to other designers is to not give up, to keep learning and trying and to believe in yourself. And above all to be original and unique!!
Don't try to follow the trends, but rather make trends!!!

Talk to you soon,
Katarina