Monday, September 25, 2006

A Practical Purpose for Pattern-making

Hello, hope everyone had a good weekend! As usual Melbourne had some mad weather in store for us - warm & sunny one day, sideways-winds & buckets of rain the next.

Our weekend was good. Pete and I had some great success with one of his freelance clients - a natropath who is developing a range of herbal/organic body & health products. I've been helping him out by designing patterns for the labels, and all the while we've been keeping our fingers crossed that she'll actually LIKE them. Last time she came over the reaction was not so good: too 'cottagey', too 'old fashioned', 'looks like a doily'. So, we moved away from the classic/vintage feel and went for something a little more modern, which went down well:


It feels good to take my experiments with pattern design and put them to practical, commercial use.

Some progress was also made on the Etsy shop front. I stocked up on some more supplies at the bead shop and made some earrings, experimenting with some different designs and working with polypropylene. If only the stuff wasn't so damn hard to cut. And if only laser cutting wasn't so expensive - that would be so much fun to work with
. Oh well maybe one day!


The shop banner will look something like this :)

Thanks for reading/listening and for all the support and 'company'. Sometimes I think i'd go insane without this blog and wonder how I survived without it.

12 comments:

shannon said...

Nice packaging!

If you want to offload some patterns for $100 each, try http://www.custard.com.au/, Ive done abit of work for them in them in the past year or so, I emailed them last week with some new patterns Ive been playing about with and sold three. Not bad for minimal work....

Lara said...

Oh wow thanks for the link Shannon - i'll look into it for sure - looks like a great opportunity to get some patterns out there!

leslie said...

great banner!! can't wait to see what you put up on etsy.

annalaura said...

The banner looks great, I love seeing well designed banners, and this one is one of the best I have seen!

Jennifer said...

I LOVE the shop banner. Really, really, really love it. It is really reflective of what I think your style is, from my expanisive (er, blog-based) knowledge of your work.

Very exciting!

Lara said...

Yay, glad you all like the banner! Thanks! We're getting there slowly... :)

Heather said...

Like the labels Lara, got a 'fresh' look about them. Particularly liked the silohette of the lavender on the stripes.

See you Sunday!

gracia said...

Wonderful packaging... it's a hive of activity over there.
And I often wonder how come it took me so long to cotton on to a blog.
see you, g

cruststation said...

What a beautiful banner, love the colours and birds.

Jhoanna said...

Love the labels, Lara. Great colours and simple but effective design - not sure why but they actually make me hungry for some lollies :-)

And the banner is great!

Andrea said...

Love the banner design.

Stephanie said...

i just HAD to say..Beautiful patterns!!! i love your ideas!
great job!