Hey all! Just wanted to let you know that I'll be teaching ONLINE for "The Sewing Party" on November 8. This event is sponsored by Burda Style, Etsy, Joann, Pfaff, Singer, Huskavarna and Viking, and I think it's going to be a really fun event. There are lots of teachers and lots of great content for you to enjoy! I'll be teaching Easy Patchwork Slipcovers (pictured above)! I'd love for you to attend. Sign up here.
New October Wallpaper, Discount Code and a Giveaway For Subscribers!
The new FREE October Wallpaper link was just sent to all the subscribers along with a discount code and giveaway information for this month! You can get yours by subscribing to my newsletter in the link to the right!
This month's giveaway is a 12" copy of my art print, "Microburst". You'll need to be a subscriber to enter.
Camp Stitch-Alot Re-cap
Hi there. I'm just back from a really fun teaching gig in Michigan, Camp Stitchalot, which is organized by Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics. I taught my Holiday in London bag to a crowd of wonderful women. 13 women braved the large bag, and 13 women finished. It was so much fun to see what they did, and just so satisfying to teach them.
If you would like to purchase the Holiday in London Duffle Bag Pattern, you can get it on my website.
If you would like to have me teach at your event please contact me as well.
All upcoming events are listed here.
News, freebies & Give-Aways, Oh my!
I have a few fun things for you today. First, the lovely folks at Nuvango sent me 4 $25 gift certificates to giveaway to you! Nuvango was previously Gelaskins, but they've now reinvented themselves as a purveyor of art with products ranging from device covers to cards and canvas art. My pieces are available on their site mainly for device covers.
To win one of the four gift certificates, please sign up for the Bari J. mailing list at the bottom of this post. If you already are signed up, you are already entered to win. A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, September 24 at 12PM Pacific time. AS A BONUS for signing up... you will receive a monthly Bari J. designer desktop wallpaper. Each month there will be a different design sent in an array of sizes for your desktop like the one pictured below. Free desktop wallpapers will only be available to subscribers.
Put A Bird On It
I'm going to put a bird and an owl on it from now until the end of time. Just to clarify in case you were wondering.
For the Organization Geek
Being the paper/office product, organization junkie that I am, I'm always looking for new ways to make a list and get stuff done. I created this product to help me, and now they are available in a pad of 50 on both my website and in my etsy store.
These cute pads are 8.5" x 5.5" and are regularly $12.95.
All the art in all the places
Let's see... when was it? 2007 when I opened that Etsy store? Let's just say it's been long neglected. Forgotten about really. I've always had my own website, so I figured why should I list there. But a few artist friends of mine have been encouraging me to open it back up ... I'm told that some people just really really like to shop there. SO... I'm giving you loads of options... there's original work available here... AND I've made prints of my work available on BOTH my website and on Etsy. I also decided to "upcycle" some of my fabric designs into pretty prints in new colors that I hope you will enjoy! (above)
Petal and Plume
I'm so happy to show your my newest fabric line, Petal and Plume, to be in stores this December. This line began with the drawing of the peacock in black and white. When it was colored in Illustrator, I realized that it was much more than the peacock, but part of a childhood memory. The initial colorization looked distincly like a ceramic bird I'd painted for my grandparents when I was a child. I saw that bird on their shelf every time I went to their house, and was so very proud to have it displayed. My mother now keeps it at her house. To me it symbolized the love and warmth I received from my grandparents. The rest of the line developed as an imagined world surrounding the peacock with pops of my favorite colors, blooms of all sorts and a really fun text print that I can't wait to use. I dedicate this line to my grandparents, Millie and Danny, who I miss dearly and who influenced my life profoundly.
Below, the initial sketch for the peacock design which was scanned and colored in Illustrator.
The ceramic bird that I painted at around age 8 for my grandparents with the initial coloration for the peacock. I think what stands out to me is the orangey red color with the green and the way the feathers look scaled. Sorry for the blurry picture... my mom took it late at night. Can you see I gave her eyelashes? That cracks me up.
PS... Is there one print anyone recognizes??? Say possibly from my very first fabric line in 2009???
(Order Petal and Plume from Art Gallery Fabrics for December delivery)
I've told you just how much I love to paint. I would most seriously paint day and night if I could. It has brought me to such a happy place with my creating. For this reason, I'm SO excited to tell you that I have licensed my paintings as well as designs that were originally created for textiles, to METcolors for canvas wall art. Shops, you will now be able to purchase wholesale from them! And hopefully, we will be seeing my pieces in stores very soon! This includes most of my paintings and so much more. Be sure to contact email@example.com for access to their catalog. Meanwhile... originals of my works are available on my website. This one will be uploaded tomorrow when the scan comes back.
In other news, I went ahead and made a piece for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search... likely just because I liked the brief! The theme was "little terrariums" so I figured that to be just right up my alley! I did this in oil paint on an old board my husband found in the garage, and then I added the writing and other layers in photoshop.
Tomorrow the results are posted for the top 50 pieces in the contest.
I feel very happy when I look at this, and was even happier creating it. As some of you may have seen me post on Instagram and Facebook, I really truly believe that that is the most important thing. There were 999 entrants in this contest. That means 949 great pieces of art will go unrecognized. And there is just so much fantastic talent out there. I hope that each and every one of you feels good no matter what the results are. Remember, there are so many other routes to getting your art seen and licensed! I know this for a fact! Lots of hugs to all of you beautiful wonderful artists.
Emmy Grace Fabric Project Round-up ... From around the world!
So... whooooaaaa! There has been a TON of stuff made in Emmy Grace since it shipped in June. Thank you SO much for using and enjoying this fabric line... sorta' v'klempt thinking about it. THANK YOU!
To be featured, post on instagram and tag #emmygracefabric or post it on my Facebook page.
First, Violette Field Threads patterns has made thier newest patterns using Emmy Grace cottons and knits. Shazam!!! That top is to die for! They really get how to use these prints!
Sara from Sew Sweetness made two dresses from Emmy Grace voiles:
Sew Caroline has a free Kimono pattern made using Emmy Grace voile:
Awesome bags by Gandre:
Jemellia made this McKenzie coat from my pattern for me for Quilt Market
And the instagram round up! Keep scrolling down! If you want your Emmy Grace project featured, tag it #emmygracefabric for me to find it!
New device cases and skins on Nuvango
Nuvango, formerly Gelaskins, now has a great selection of my art available on cases and skins for all of your devices. They have great products for iphones, ipads, Samsung and more. I have uploaded all of the Emmy Grace prints, and I think you are really going to like these. Please let me know of any special requests you have for any of my prints from past and current fabric lines as well as canvas art.
I'm so proud and excited to announce that Wallternatives has launched wallpaper with my designs. This wallpaper is removable and reusable! I cannot wait to get this stuff up on my walls. Wall decals with my designs are also forthcoming. I can't wait. They've got big things up their sleeves over there that you guys are going to just love!
Painting, Painting and More Painting
Hi there. I'm sorry I haven't posted in so very long. Since Surtex I've been very busy following up on leads and creating new art. I've found that my paintings are a good thing for my business, and have gotten a lot of traction in the direction of wall art licenses, so I'm concentrating on that. I also am putting the final touches my Fall 2014 fabric line, am involved in a really cool online sewing adventure that you'll hear about very soon, I'm sewing my daughter's college quilt and playing with the new Emmy Grace Fabric knits which are GORGEOUS if you haven't seen them yet. I also did a free handbag pattern for Sew Mama Sew, that is a lot of fun and I hope you make! On the homefront, we just re-tiled the kitchen and as soon as I get it put back together (it's a mess right now) I'll show you pictures of that. My husband did it himself, which IMHO is pretty impressive.
If you've seen my Instagram feed, you've seen a lot of my paintings, but I thought I'd do a show and tell here as well. I'm having all of these scanned, and then the originals will be available. Some will be licensed and available as prints that way, the others I will be offering as prints soon on my website. I'd love to know which your favorites are. All are acrylic on canvas, most around 24"
View my line of licensed fabric designs at
Art Gallery Fabrics
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