Certified international Corp. is introducing a new collection I designed that features celebrations such as birthday,
wedding and anything else exciting you would like to celebrate...... coming soon to a store near you!!
As most of you know by now I can't sew. I am always so excited to find people who design with my fabric. I found Cassie on Etsy . She created some lovely pillow cases from my Pompeii and Zippy Jungle fabric and I purchased them. Now she has created this exciting beautiful quilt . Thank you Cassie for letting me show this on my blog. Please visit her shop "My Heart and Sew" .
I am now the proud owner of this fun, festive mirror designed by Colleen at CoCoMo Mosaics. She creates one-of-a-kind mosaics. She incorporated my potpourri dinnerware design
into a mosaic. I just love it. Please visit her website to purchase exciting mosaic items and other assorted treats.
A very long time ago perhaps in the mid-60s I designed a dinnerware pattern called Sweet Shoppe .
The company by the name of Sango produced this pattern and it became a huge hit. Like most good things Sweet Shoppe came to an end. It was retired and no longer produced . I am not sure how many years the pattern was produced, it might be 4 years.
The miracle of the Sweet Shoppe design is that many people still discover this pattern and want to collect it. The good news and bad news. The good news first many people sell the Sweet Shoppe design on the web, you can do a search . The bad news is I am often hearing that it can be priced very high.
So for all you Sweet Shoppe lovers who asked me to bring back the design. Please understand that I do not manufacture any of my own products. When a dinnerware pattern is popular like that in the casual everyday market it usually does not last for too many years because the store buyers are always looking for something new . Even when designs sell very well sooner or later they slow down. People who buy a dinnerware design sometimes get very frustrated because they start to collect their pattern and before they know it the design is off the market. In certain dinnerware markets there will be patterns that last for years. Some become classics. This happens more so in the markets that sell at a higher price point. What we call " upstairs" in the dinnerware industry. I guess there was a time that fine china was mostly sold upstairs in department stores. These days depending on the layout of the store we can find upper end dinnerware in all parts of the store. Times have changed. OOPSS I have regressed. Back to the topic at hand.
In the market I have been designing for it is different world, patterns come and they go kind of like fashion design.
One thing I must tell you I lied I did not design the Sweet Shoppe pattern in the mid-60s it was actually 1999. I only said that to get your attention. You might have thought it was my dyslexia!
I often get requests for people who want to track down other designs I created 15 years ago. I feel sad to tell these people that those designs are no longer produced and their only hope is to usually search online.
DESIGNS YOU CAN BUY SOON: For everyone who likes to mix and match my designs. I have some exciting new patterns with Certified International Corp. Soon I will post a sneak peek. Well if you go to the Certified International website and click around you will find them. There are also some other wonderfully beautiful exciting designs on their website. I am a big fan of many of their other artists. One of my all-time favorites who design for Certified International is Susan Winget Designs .
PS: Thank you Joe S, Lance and all the wonderful people who were working with Sango who helped make Sweet Shoppe the hit that it was. Also a special thanks to Valderas for creating this festive photograph.
For everyone who enjoys decorating their home outdoors. Magnet Works, Ltd. ( who I adore) has introduced some exciting new designs in my heart pattern for Valentines Day. You can find Yard DeSigns, MailWraps, and flags . On my website are a sampling of online stores that carry this design and others Outdoors with Zip. Also on their website you can find stores near you that might carry my design. magnetworks
It's almost Valentine's Day and for all of you wonderful quilters who are looking to create something in the mood of love, whether it is a quilt or perhaps a cute outfit for a special girl in your life, I have a wonderful fabric group for you. Please visit my Quilting with Zip page on my website and you can find who is carrying my collection online. There are many other fabric shops that carry the line and you would need to contact the terrific folks over at Clothworks to find out more.
I am a fabric designer and love to design fabric collections for quilters . At this time I have never created a quilt . I am extremely inspired by those how can sew. I am so excited when I see my artwork used in others creations . I would love to feature some of your creations on my blog. Please contact me if you have anything you would like to share.
This is it the moment I have been waiting for all of my life. An opportunity to share with the world what's been going on in my brain. Wait a minute that's not exactly what I meant to say however since I said it I will go with that.
The world of blogging has become so important in my design industry . I have been reading and viewing many exciting blogs. I am often most impressed with seeing such beautiful photography. I have also enjoyed reading about people and what they might be thinking and feeling. Some blogs seem to be very honest, almost too honest, meaning people share and vent everything that's going on in their worlds. The good the bad the ugly. I find that fascinating(not sure it is good)? ? . I guess you can call it reality blogging. Some blogs are very political and motivating. Some blogs are disorganized and confusing. Some blogs have convinced me that almost every one is an artist of some sort how they create and share with the world.
My blog is an experiment so please be patient and understand that you might at times be reading something that might not make any sense. For those of you who know me you have gotten used to my style of confusion when I write.
Now that I've given my commentary on blogging perhaps I should start with a post.
As I mentioned in my about page I have dyslexia. Dyslexia has been a challenge for me all of my life. Basically I type with two fingers and use spell check, then pray a lot that spellcheck gave me the right word. For those of you who have dyslexia you too might be faced with some of the challenges of mixing up words such as which, witch is which. There is also many other issues that people who have dyslexia deal with. Dyslexia is often very misunderstood as to what it really is and how it affects people. Actually it affects people in many different ways and there are different degrees that people deal with. As I am learning there are currently many other disabilities that perhaps people thought were dyslexia and are not. There are also several disabilities that people are coming up with new names for that it appears scientists know little about.
Currently I am working on a Mac. I have searched far and wide for a Mac program that enables me to dictate my words into a document. Through the years I have had little success for I found the mac folks got left behind with some not so accurate working programs. At this time I have been able to set up a program on my Mac that works through a virtual machine with Windows on it. Within that window I am able to use the program Dragon naturally speaking. However the best news yet for Mac users like myself is there will be a new program called MacSpeech Dictate. Soon I will be able to dictate directly into my Mac programs. I wonder if I will be able to dictate directly into the blog. If I am able to do that then I can really bore you all to tears.
So please be patient with me while I figure out what I would like to feature on my new blog. Thanks to my very good friend who is also an artist I have been able to get this blog set up and ready to go.
You have reached a blog that has "Zip", that's me Sue Zipkin. This is the place where I will share my latest design news and other hopefully interesting stuff. I am a mom, wife, friend, artist, designer,illustrator, cook, and sometimes cleaner. I have been designing artwork for products for thousands of years ( more like 2 1/2 decades ). I am blessed to be able to share my art with the world and I thank everyone who has been kind enough to purchase products with my designs on them. I hope to inspire others to pursue their dreams .
The artwork, text and photographs owned by Sue Zipkin contained throughout the pages of this blog may not be copied or reproduced without the express written permission of Sue Zipkin. Some of the photographs on this blog are owned by a third party and cannot be copied without their permission.
Sue Zipkin is not a manufacturer.
I am an artist who licenses reproduction rights of my art to manufacturers who then produce the art on their products. All questions or concerns about the actual product and wholesale inquires need to be directed to those manufacturers.
Creating handmade items
I encourage those creating handmade sewing projects from my fabric to sell on the web, craft shows and the like. I love handmade items. However, if you are a person planning to mass produce products using my designs (whether fabrics or incorporating any of my other artwork or products) that would require a license from me. Please contact me direct.
Thanks, Sue Zipkin