Joellen Kemper

Fabric Addict

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3 Focal Prints

Hello! My name is Joellen. I started quilting over 3 years ago, and realized it was the first thing that really opened my heart to design. I love playing with color and pattern. This past March, I was honest with myself, and my deepest desire (if I allowed myself to admit without any fear or inhibitions) is to design fabric. I didn't have much of an "artsy" background before that (I did learn to sew garments when I was younger, but that was more technical than design for me), so I have slowly been teaching myself how to draw. And now I want to push myself to apply it to design, thanks to this class/workshop!

This first collection is Swan Lake. I think swans are so beautiful and I always loved watching ballet performances. My descriptive words are: luminous, graceful, glow, elegant, swan, tutu flowers, star flowers.

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The second collection is Gracie Girl. This is inspired by one of my closest friend’s daughter, Gracie. Her nursery is “Dancin’ in the Rain” themed, so if Gracie Girl was a fabric collection this particular piece would probably be called “April Showers”. I was first most excited to put this one together because I had so many illustrations relating to Gracie but then I just didn’t feel they were coherent enough to be included on just one piece. So then I decided to focus on just the rain and to add some flowers. I may go back and add more details to these flowers, or create more illustrations of flowers for this piece. I can kind of see in my head how I want to lay it out, so it will depend once I get it all put together in illustrator.

My descriptive words are : happy, cloud/rain mobile, bright, pure, innocent, poppies, sweet, soft.

Note: The middle picture is Gracie picking out the flowers for her house ( her mom said she appropriately picked out the impatiens LOL). Also included are pics of her nursery, which I absolutely adore!!!

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I changed my illustrations quite a bit from my original sketches. But I'm so glad I did! 

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My final collection is Meadow. I think this piece really challenged me and helped solidify my style even more. I love drawing nature. I haven’t had much experience drawing animals because they are more complex than flowers. So I spent a lot of time trying to figure out (aka erasing, redrawing, repeat) what type of animals I like in my work.

My descriptive words are: dreamy, gentle, warmth, sleepy, refreshing, wispy, framework

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I also changed up the illustrations from my original sketches on this pattern:

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This workshop is EXACTLY what I needed. I have confidence in Adobe Illustrator now and I'm going to keep making patterns. It is all thanks to you, Bonnie! This class was excellent and has renewed/kickstarted my dreams <3.  

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