When Print All Over Me released that they were opening up an opportunity for collaboration, I knew it was a great way for me to expand my work even further into fashion. I’ve been illustrating and designing surface patterns for clothing and other products for several years now. Print All Over Me has been a recent discovery and I have just now started to upload my work and to sell items through the site. Collaborating on a fashion line would be a dream come true to finally see a complete collection come to life.
Back when I was about 16 years old in high school, different artists inspired me to create my work. Inspiration came from a wide range including the 1960s styled silk scarves of Vera Neumann with her bold graphic florals to the modern illustrator Don Nace. Black lines and bold colors always stood out to me, so I started including them in my work. After changing my long-term plan of being a graphic designer to working with fashion, this style made its way into patterns & textile work. After almost 10 years, the style has stuck and is what I base my work on today.
Along with bold lines & colors, my work tends to showcase certain elements in it. I try to focus on nostalgic influences, whether it be fond memories of my life or the people who have been a part of it. Other themes include inspiration from my home state with a little tropical vibe thrown into the mix.
When brainstorming a theme for the Print All Over Me collaboration, I decided to go with something that went back to my roots. These patterns reflect inspiration I gathered from my childhood bedroom, my first car, my family, and the style of clothes & music from my beloved teenage years.
First up, my first car ever: a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle in the original teal blue color. Naturally, she was named "Lucy Doodle Bug" as a combination of The Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (my idea) and "Doodle Bug" was my dad’s name for her. Sadly, the car had some problems and had to be sold and I was left with only fond memories of learning to drive a classic beauty.
Speaking of my dad, he is also a huge influence in this collection. He was a teen of the late 1970s and has kept the decade alive and well in his personality. He tells stories about his mom driving a Winnebago as a school bus to pick up all the neighborhood kids, which is about as ‘70s as it gets. Long before Austin Powers was in production, he was dawning the phrase "That’s groovy, baby" as a catchphrase for anything he thought was "cool". He’s lost the tacky polos and bold wardrobe choices, but he’s just as "groovy" as ever.
Long before I was in high school, I went through a phase and took the wildness into my own hands. It reached the maximum height as bedroom decor and everything was decked out in crazy daisies and lime green & orange everything. From bright shag rugs to rainbow crocheted daisies on the ceiling to tie dye beanbags and bright green butterfly chairs, you would have thought "flower power" was hereditary. I also had multicolored flower beaded curtains, whoa!
As I got older, my flower power obsession turned into just a love of flowers with a mix of tropical & beachy vibes. Still keeping the bright colors, I mixed the two styles together and made it my own.
By living in a state such as Kentucky, nature takes the stage as far as sight-seeing goes. We’re mostly known for the Derby, Bourbon, tobacco, & Bluegrass music, but we also have a large contribution to honey bees & honey products. This results in fields full of natural growing wildflowers in shades of purple, yellow, and orange. Sunflowers, daisies, black eyed susans, and goldenrod brighten up the landscape in the Summer & Autumn months and are filled with inspiration…
…and where there’s flowers, there’s butterflies! Not a summer goes by without seeing the little orange monarchs and viceroys fluttering around the flower gardens.
All of these things have inspired me to create a multitude of patterns with a mixture of styles. This collection features a little bit of grooviness from the 1960s/1970s, some vintage inspired floral prints, tropical motifs & Hawaiian shirt styles paired with bold accessories.
In creating this collection, I wanted to stay away from the stereotypical 1960s/1970s view on fashion that has been circulating around and around for years now. I’ve excluded the Missoni/Pucci prints, brown color palettes, suede fringe, granny squares, bellbottoms, platform boots, and the peace, love, & happiness, Birkenstock, Woodstock, boho vibe from the mix. These hippie/boho staples have been replaced with more up to date pieces that reflect not only my own style, but more modern pieces that are popular today.
Fashion pieces include 1960s/1970s inspired prints in bolder colors, high waist pants/shorts with slimmer fit, vintage style tropical prints, high necklines, vintage jewelry, crop tops, structured handbags, Hawaiian shirts, tie up blouses, suede booties & ankle boots, colored sandals, vests, bold accessories, orange/fuchsia lips & manicures, flowy dresses, ringer graphic tees, and silk scarves.
I’ve also shifted the color scheme as well as the style. Replacing the well known avocado green that once filled my great-grandmother’s entire kitchen from fridge to stove, the harvest gold & rust colors with an updated kick of energy. These colors are replaced with brighter chartreuse, spring greens, bright marigold, tiger lily orange, and a handful of bright pinks, fuchsias, purples, & teals.
For this collection, I chose a few items from the Print All Over Me catalog including but not limited to: tie waist jumpsuit, button down shirt, wrap scarf, short sleeve blouse, t-shirt, summer dress, & clutch.
These items will be paired with an assortment of vintage & new clothing items: daisy jewelry, silk scarves, vests, colored belts, suede boots, sandals, high waist jeans/shorts/skirts, statement blazers/jackets/sweaters, bright handbags, bold earrings, statement necklaces, round sunglasses, vintage tees, and black/gray dresses and tees.