Shannon Christensen

Artist, Designer, Maker @ shannonsstudio

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Choose Happy Collection

PROJECT INSPIRATION

"I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY" That was her motto. My daughter had just turned 28 & was pregnant with her first child. She was a lawyer at 22, licensed in 3 states and had her own practice. She was on top of the world. Then suddenly she was gone. HELLP Syndrome was to blame. Dispite her accomplishments her life was not without hardship but she held to that mantra - "I Choose to be Happy." We all picked it up after she left. It, along with this fabric collection, will be part of the I Cthoose to be Happy Camp for women. It's a reflection of the words she chose to live by.

PROJECT EXPORT & UPLOAD

I'm sorry the colors* are going to burn your eyes. It's not the color scheme that shows up on my computer screen but at this point I can't change it and be timely with the entry. You can skip over that colorway and go to my second colorway which are greys. Hoping that won't blind you. 

I've also seen several mistakes that I'll go back and correct. This gives me a new appreciation for fabric designers!

Seriously Bonnie, thanks so much for this class!!! I've wanted to learn pattern design for awhile now and your class made it possible for me to venture artistically. 

*UPDATE: I was able to figure out why/how the export didn't show the true colors I used. I'm new to Illustrator and didn't know there'd be a color problem with exporting in jpeg. I kept the bad color version up so that you could see the problem.

This is the correct color version. Followed by the bad color export. Then my grey colorway.

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Since the first colorway was bold and bright I decided to do the second one in greys, blacks, and whites. Also, these are the colors I'm going to use on my bedroom remodel. 

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I have a ton of drawings. Mostly because I don’t know which direction I want to go, other than florals and color palette. I’d like to do watercolor flowers but being a beginner I’m not sure that I should attempt it. We’ll see where this heads.

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Today's work

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Here's my original pattern. I liked it but it didn't really give the "Choose Happy" feel I was going for. So I reworked it to be not feel so heavy for the mood. 

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