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As you might know by now I’m part of this wonderful group called Circle of Designers. Circle of Designers is a label that has been conceived so that independent artists can easily transform their ideas into marketable environmentally friendly textile products.

Our motto ‘art based textiles with eco intent’ best describes the intentions of the group. We use earth friendly inks which are waterbased and soil certified whilst respecting how things are made in the supply chain.

Each designer brings their own unique look and signature to the group. The original items are carefully made from natural fabrics including hemp that has to be specially sourced – nothing is mass produced. The fabric is made up into different styles from the range – from A-line skirts, kaftan dresses to scarves, bags & shrugs.

This is my first range of eco friendly silk scarves that I produced with the group and I look forward to putting together my next collection!

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Jewel Silk Scarf by Claudia Owen

If you would like to take a look at the whole range of work that the Circle has produced please take a look at the Circle of Designers website.

I recently delivered more goodies at the Handmade Shop so while I was there I took some photos of my designs in the shop.

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Here you can see a variety of throw pillows including my own designs.

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This is the beautiful jewellery work of Janet from In My Element Glass Design.

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These are some of my journals, pencil cases and ring binders.

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You could spend hours and hours in that shop. There are so many beautiful things to look at and the best part about it is that everything is so unique!

So this time I delivered some wrapping paper, cards, full length leggings and some more scarves.

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These are some of my full length leggings.

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My beautiful shelf space :)

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Some of my wrapping paper designs.

The shop is located in City Walk, 20 Allara Street, Canberra. So if you are in Canberra or you are visiting Canberra make sure you go and take a look. The shop has an amazing collection of work bursting with the finest Australian design.

I should have shared this news weeks ago but you can now find a number of my designs at Handmade Canberra!

This is what my first delivery of goods to the shop looked like:

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I delivered all kinds of goodies including: leggings, scarves, throw pillows, clipboards, ring binders, pencil cases, and journals.

The shop is located in City Walk, 20 Allara Street, Canberra. So if you are in Canberra or you are visiting Canberra make sure you go and take a look. The shop has an amazing collection of work bursting with the finest Australian design.

The new season bring the most amazing colors… but also cold days! Brrrr

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I took this photo at the beginning of autumn and now this tree is completely bare. I’m looking forward to spring already!

Once in a while I’m contacted by students who have school assignments and want to ask me questions about me and my work. I must admit, it’s an honour to be asked to do these types of things. It’s great to know that these students have found me and that they would like to use my work for their assignments. It’s so sweet J Today, I wanted to share a section of a short interview I did for a student in the UK a few months ago.

1. What are your inspirations
My inspiration comes from many places but I’m particularly drawn to geometric and strong bold patterns. There are a many things that spark my creativity, such as architecture, photography, nature or simply taking a trip to a new place.

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2. What are your working philosophies
I believe in finding meaning in the work that you do and that hard work, determination and focus will get you closer to your dreams.

3. What are the main materials that you use?
For my hand drawn work I like to use pen and paper. I use different types of pens, graphite pencils of different weights and I even use ball pen as it can provide a different textures and effects. For my digital work I use Illustrator and Photoshop.

4. Which techniques/processes do you use?
When I work using illustrator I like to hand draw my illustrations and then I scan them in and adjust and color them digitally. Once all my motifs are created I put them in repeat or create design mock-ups depending on what is needed.

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5. Which movement do you see yourself in and why?
A lot of the artwork that I’ve created to date tends to be mostly abstract and I also have created a lot of work that is geometric. I’m not sure if these belong to a ‘movement’ as such but they seem to be the kind of style that comes naturally to me.

6. Do you belong to any groups?
I’m part of a number of groups including Cultivate Art Collective which is a group that supports artists and helps exhibit at international trade shows such as Surtex and Printsource.

I’m also a member of Circle of Designers where we aim to bring eco-friendly textile products into the marketplace.

I’m also part of a number of online Facebook groups with people who share similar interest and where the main objective of the group is to provide moral support and share knowledge.

7. Have you received any awards etc.?
I haven’t received any awards to date.

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8. If you have any of the following could you send me links to a blog, website, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest.
This is where you can find me:
Claudia Owen Blog, WebsiteTwitterFlickr and Pinterest.

I also have a Facebook page and I’m also on Instagram.
Facebook and Instagram.

9. Have you written any books?
I haven’t written any books yet but this is definitely on my to do list!

Are you coming to the Etsy craft party? I hope you are!

Etsy Craft Party Canberra

The Makers’ Hub is hosting 5 craft party sessions and you can bring along anything paper related to fit the “Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape” theme. There’s space for 15 people in each session and they go on for 2 hours.

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All Etsy craft party participants will take home a goodie bag from The Makers’ Collective and Etsy. I will actually be adding a little something in the goodie bag :)

There’s only a few free spots left so make sure you book now!

Craft party sessions times:
– Friday 5th June: 2pm and 5pm
– Saturday 6th June: 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

The Makers’ Hub is located in Wiseman Street, Macquarie ACT 2614. Hope to see you there!

Now that Surtex is out of the way I’ve had some time to update my About page and My Work page. I’ve added more information about all the work that I’ve been doing so that it reflects all the things I’ve done over the years and to show the kind of experience that I have.

I also added photo galleries of my work, like the one below, to include some of my recent collections.

I think I could still organise sections better but I guess this is a good start!

Please take a look and let me know what you think :)

Surtex 2015 has ended! There’s so much work that goes into preparing for a show like Surtex and it’s all done in just a few days! It’s almost like a wedding, you prepare for the big day for a whole year and then in a matter of hours your wedding day is all over :(

This was my first year exhibiting at Surtex with Cultivate Art Agency and I hope I can do it all over again next year! I already have lots and lots of ideas about the type of work that I want to produce. Now all I have to do is schedule enough time during the year to create lots of beautiful new art!

Here are a few product mock ups I did for Surtex:

Wallpaper Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Quilt Cover Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Placemat Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Journal Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Hand Bag Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Case Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen

Let’s hope next year I get to go to the show in person!

 

I love dinnerware and I dream of having my own collection of dinnerware one day. For Surtex I prepared a few dinnerware mock ups in the hope that I can get a manufacturer interested in one of these designs. Fingers crossed!

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There’s only one hour to go until Surtex starts! Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency will be in booth 222 so make sure you stop by and say hello!

Here’s another sneak peak of what you’ll see at the show:

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Artists featured at Surtex are:

Susanne Kasielke, Angela KilpatrickAshley LoteckiGabriella Buckingham, Cyndi PfeifferBetsey Hodson, Claudia Owen, Natalie Williamson, Irene Chan, Susan K. Weckesser, Sophie Brabbins, May Leong, Sherry LondonRhiannon Connelly, Adrienne Vita, Este Macleod and Amy Reber.

As part of my Surtex portfolio I’ve created a number of product mock ups to help people visualise what the designs would like on products. Here are some of the mock ups I made:

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In preparation for my debut at Surtex I have been updating my online design gallery. I have at least 80 design collections in my design library at the moment and I have lots more designs to add in the coming weeks. If you are a manufacturer or art director and would like to take a look at my design gallery please fill out the form here and I will give you access to it. The designs on my online gallery are available for licensing and outright purchase.

Here’s a small sample of what you can find in my design gallery:

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Now that Surtex is just around the corner I decided to update my Print and Pattern ad with a mini version of my Surtex flyer and here it is!

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It’s tiny! I’m really hoping that people see it :)

Here’s a little sneak peak of what I’ll be exhibiting at Surtex.

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It’s almost show time!

Yes, I’m finally going to Surtex! This is the first time that I will have my work at Surtex and I’m very happy about that! Unfortunately, I don’t get to go in person this year but sending my work it’s a dream come true!

Surtex is the premier tradeshow devoted to selling and licensing original art and design for all types of products including stationery, giftware, toys, publishing, home wares and lots more. It is anticipated that there will be around 6,000 people in attendance from 49 countries. So it is huge!

The show will be held in May 17-19, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York City.

This is my Surtex flyer:

Claudia Owen Surtex 2015 flyer

Surtex is the type of show that every designer dreams of exhibiting at and having the chance to speak to businesses and manufacturers from all around the world.

If you are going to Surtex make sure to visit booth 222. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have my best prints and patterns at the show.

So my first RAW show was Friday 30th January 2015. I’ve finally had a few spare minutes to share about my experience on the blog and show you some photos.

First of all, I have to say that I loved the experience! I loved that I was able to show my work to a large group of people and talk to them about what I do and get feedback.

To prepare for the show I had a small set up in a corner of the house with everything that I was going to be showing on the night. It was very useful and it was great practice to help me work out how I would display all my work.

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Here’s my wonderful assistant for the day. She helped me with the set up and with all kinds of things on the lead up to the show. If you are doing the show, make sure you have someone help you with the set up on the day. It took us around 2 hours to set it up for the night!

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Busy setting up for the show. You know what I love the most about this photo is that I’m surrounded by bright colours and patterns. This is exactly how I have imagined my life and this is exactly how I want to spend the rest of my life!

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Here I am, happy and a little nervous, as the doors of the venue were about to be open to the public!

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The dress I’m wearing is also my own design :)

Another thing you’ll probably need for the show is a big car. I had a relatively large set up and I also had large pieces of furniture. I drive a small car (it’s a little Honda Jazz) and crazy me thought I could fit my entire booth in my car… Well… That was never going to happen! I could barely fit all my things in my husband’s car and he has a twice as much storage space in his car! I should have taken a photo of our fully packed car so you’ll just have to imagine a car fully packed to the roof! I could not see a single thing through the rear view mirror! And my sister’s face, who was sitting on the passenger seat next to me, was right up against the front windscreen!

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And this, the most dreaded part of the show. Getting onstage! It wasn’t that bad, just a few simple questions but for someone who isn’t used to public speaking it’s a little nerve wrecking!

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I also included a number of little tags with a short description about the work I was presenting. I wanted to give my display a more personal feel and I wanted to make sure that people knew that I’m designing each and every single one of these pieces.

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At the show I was exhibiting some of my latest collection of work which included silk eco-friendly scarves, ring binders, folders, pencil cases, coasters, three quarter leggings, journals, mugs, clipboards, wrapping paper and cushions.

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There’s just one problem now. Now all I can think of is which show or market will I do now? There are a few local options that I need explore and I’m certain that in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a show somewhere :)

All of these designs are now on my brand new Etsy shop.

Guess who was on Her Canberra blog yesterday? Believe it or not I was featured!

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I wasn’t the only one mentioned in the article but it’s great that I was part of it! It’s so exciting! There’s also a short interview about me and my work. You can read the whole article here.

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If you are in Canberra and you want to do something fun. Make sure you come to RAW! Tickets for the event are $16.50 when you purchase them online.

Follow this link to find out who is also exhibiting on the night.

Now there’s only 1 day to go until RAW! Ohmygoodness!

Like most people, I find it really hard to write about myself. Sometimes I’m just not too sure how personal I want to get online with a bunch of ‘strangers’. The problem with not sharing anything personal is that nobody gets to know you and I think that most people are looking to make a personal connection with someone rather than just have a ‘business’ type relationship. So I tried really hard and decided to write my story on my Etsy shop and this is what I came up with:

I love patterns, vibrant colours and beautiful textures. A few years ago when I started to think about what I wanted to do I came up with a long list of things that I enjoyed doing. On my list I had stationery, wallpaper, cards, clothes, journals and the list went on and on. All these things had one thing in common – the pattern on them. Soon after that, I started designing patterns in my spare time, I did hundreds of them and I had the best time creating them. It took me a while to realise that there was actually a name for what I was doing and it was called Surface Pattern Design!

I love to create patterns and I’m particularly drawn to geometric and strong bold designs. Patterns are great in that they have a wide range of applications for home wares, fabrics, stationery products and the list goes on and on. I don’t think the word ‘love’ can actually fully express how much I love and enjoy doing what I do!

I dreamt about having an Etsy shop under my name for years and now finally in January 2015 I have finally open this Etsy shop ☺

This year I will have some of my work at the Hong Kong Houseware Fair, Canton Fair in China as well as Surtex in the United States which is one of the largest art licensing shows in the world. There are lots of things happening so if you want to know what I’m up to, please go to my personal blog https://claudiaowen.wordpress.com

At a more personal level, I was born and raised in Chile in a town called Rancagua. I had a beautiful childhood there and in my mid teens my family and I moved all the way from our hometown of Rancagua to the beautiful capital city of Australia in Canberra. The move was a big challenge but I survived and I can say that Canberra now feels like home and what a wonderful feeling that is!

I have 3 beautiful sisters and the most wonderful and kind hearted parents you could ever dream of. I am also married to a wonderful man and now more recently, heaven has blessed me with a beautiful baby girl.

You can take a look at my About page on Etsy here.

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Today I wanted to thank the talented Jiawa Liu from Closet Voyage who took these beautiful images of my scarves.

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She did a wonderful job styling the scarves and what I like about it the most is that given that we are in the middle of a hot summer here in Australia the scarves have been beautifully styled for this hot weather. It really shows you how versatile a scarf can be – they are not only good for winter to help you keep warm but in summer they can be a gorgeous accessory.

I now have all these scarves in my Etsy shop.

There’s only 5 days to go until my first Raw show! I’ve been preparing for a few weeks now but there’s still lots to do… Lots of little details!

I’ll be exhibiting some of my latest design work and here’s a quick sneak peak at what you’ll see on the night:

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Countdown to Surtex 2015

Surtex New York, 17 - 19 May, 2015. Represented by Cultivate Art Agency, Booth 222May 17th, 2015
Represented by Cultivate Art Agency, Booth 222.

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