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Cotton Book

Textile Designer - Illustrator - Traveler.  lucykagan.com
Jul 27 '14

The backyard is full of cats and morning glories! 

Last weekend, I went to a wonderful workshop put on by The New Old Fashioned, and led by the knowledgeable Alexis Siemons all about tea. She made us a variety of iced teas and let us taste a lovely hot oolong, let us smell and touch the leaves, and get to know it up close. She taught us great tips for steeping the perfect cup - hot or iced - and a multitude of ways to use tea to enhance simple recipes!

If you love tea as much as I do, you’ll adore her website which is bursting with more tips, ideas, and recipes. Check out the pictures from the event here, so beautifully styled by Sharon and Anna!

This week, I’ve begun research on how I’m going to print the t-shirt designs I’ve got planned for this summer, and my lavender print I posted about earlier was featured on the front page of Spoonflower! I hope things keep going so smoothly - I’m really enjoying life right now, but I do feel weighed down by instability. It’s time for a settled-in place. It’s time to fill a house with plants.

Jul 20 '14
I can’t wait to tell you guys about the amazing workshop I went to this weekend! I’d like to get some photos to share first, so until then, this is a sneak preview of a new print I’ll have available - this is it minus the lineart, but I actually really like it this way.

I can’t wait to tell you guys about the amazing workshop I went to this weekend! I’d like to get some photos to share first, so until then, this is a sneak preview of a new print I’ll have available - this is it minus the lineart, but I actually really like it this way.

Jul 17 '14
Progress!
I mentioned on facebook my plans to do a bunch of pretty printed Ts this summer, and I’ve picked out the designs I want to do! I haven’t decided if they will be block-printed, screen-printed, or digitally printed yet, but the art comes first!

Progress!

I mentioned on facebook my plans to do a bunch of pretty printed Ts this summer, and I’ve picked out the designs I want to do! I haven’t decided if they will be block-printed, screen-printed, or digitally printed yet, but the art comes first!

Jul 16 '14
Snail-mail! Thanks, Allison, and you can expect some, too! All my cute stationery is back in Raleigh, though. One day soon!
I found this sweet blog, and she features snail-mail all the time - so exciting! 

Snail-mail! Thanks, Allison, and you can expect some, too! All my cute stationery is back in Raleigh, though. One day soon!

I found this sweet blog, and she features snail-mail all the time - so exciting! 

Jul 14 '14
Jul 9 '14

The perfect little chicken coop among the rhododendron bushes!

Jul 6 '14
I found this old lavender artwork I had started back during school when I found a lovely photo of lupines and decided to use similar colors for my own print. I finished it up the other day, and I think it would look so charming on a fitted tee. Maybe I’ll see what I can do about that… Should I make it available on Spoonflower?
This reminds me about last summer, when I was making lavender garlic salt and lavender chocolate cake with my roommate and fellow intern in Connecticut for a few weeks (the lavender is not directly in the cake recipe, but it is one of their suggestions, and we took it!). Delicious experiments! I plan to make many more experiments this summer.

I found this old lavender artwork I had started back during school when I found a lovely photo of lupines and decided to use similar colors for my own print. I finished it up the other day, and I think it would look so charming on a fitted tee. Maybe I’ll see what I can do about that… Should I make it available on Spoonflower?

This reminds me about last summer, when I was making lavender garlic salt and lavender chocolate cake with my roommate and fellow intern in Connecticut for a few weeks (the lavender is not directly in the cake recipe, but it is one of their suggestions, and we took it!). Delicious experiments! I plan to make many more experiments this summer.

Jul 5 '14

A steaming hot blueberry pie fresh out of the oven (fogging up the camera lens, too!), the little path leading off the porch and into the garden at my aunt’s house, and the mist rolling off the pond as the sun came out for the first time this morning. 

It has rained and rained, but it’s the beginning of a lovely vacation in Massachusetts for me. The pie was delicious.

Jun 22 '14
Got some foxes and owls going on today! This was from when I was starting at Anthro, and these guys never got used, but I still think I could make them into a fun pajama pattern! 
Last week, I started working for Anthro again to help out with a busy time, and I’ll be continuing this week, too, but all good things must come to an end. Once I finish helping over there, hopefully I’ll have a moment to work on my own projects, and give you all exciting new updates about those sock designs I was working on!
I’m having trouble not spending these new unexpected funds on everything, including a fabulous handmade Galapago backpack from Olend.
I had no idea that an amazing fellow SCAD student, Patricia Thomasson, has started doing print and pattern and other great illustration work! Check her out!
As I start summer again, I cannot stop talking about Julia Child, since I’ve once again picked up her book, My Life in France. Makes me want to run away to Europe, or at least finally get situated in my own exciting apartment!

Got some foxes and owls going on today! This was from when I was starting at Anthro, and these guys never got used, but I still think I could make them into a fun pajama pattern! 

Last week, I started working for Anthro again to help out with a busy time, and I’ll be continuing this week, too, but all good things must come to an end. Once I finish helping over there, hopefully I’ll have a moment to work on my own projects, and give you all exciting new updates about those sock designs I was working on!

I’m having trouble not spending these new unexpected funds on everything, including a fabulous handmade Galapago backpack from Olend.

I had no idea that an amazing fellow SCAD student, Patricia Thomasson, has started doing print and pattern and other great illustration work! Check her out!

As I start summer again, I cannot stop talking about Julia Child, since I’ve once again picked up her book, My Life in France. Makes me want to run away to Europe, or at least finally get situated in my own exciting apartment!

Jun 17 '14

strandedonthemainland asked:

The artwork you wanted a source for is by Rachel Castle!

Thank you so much!

Jun 15 '14
I love getting to work on my own projects again! Lots of sketching has been going on in the process of deciding what kinds of patterns I want to make. However, I got picked up for another week at Anthro to help out with a tight spot in sending out new prints, so my time has become limited again - not that I mind too much! It’s always good to be busy.
Don’t know what I’ll do with the sweet little houses quite yet, but I’ve got lots of ideas!
Made honeysuckle syrup last week, and looking forward to using it!
Been inspired by this lovely collection of artwork by Rachel Castle.
Excited for a trip home after my week at Anthro!

I love getting to work on my own projects again! Lots of sketching has been going on in the process of deciding what kinds of patterns I want to make. However, I got picked up for another week at Anthro to help out with a tight spot in sending out new prints, so my time has become limited again - not that I mind too much! It’s always good to be busy.

Don’t know what I’ll do with the sweet little houses quite yet, but I’ve got lots of ideas!

Made honeysuckle syrup last week, and looking forward to using it!

Been inspired by this lovely collection of artwork by Rachel Castle.

Excited for a trip home after my week at Anthro!

Jun 4 '14

Just a look at what I was doing last summer - too many Granny Smith apples from making my grandma’s favorite apple crumble, so Granny Smith salsa it is! I’d love to do that again. 

I’ve finished my Anthropologie internship, and it was sad to let go. I really liked everyone I worked with, and the concept team was always so inspiring. I’m spending some time working on personal projects and catching up on reading, and of course seeking out my next design adventure! Hopefully making some great salsa, too.