Linda has created a third mosaic vase from the "Sweet Shoppe collection"..... I love it!! What is amazing is that she was able to keep the actual plate design in tact!! She must have the patience of a saint. You can see more of Linda's fabulous work at flickr. Linda shared something very interesting: "I decided to take a picture of the 3 vases against a different backdrop, and put some fabric out and set up the vases on it, and then I couldn't keep my 2 cats off of it! It was a riot. They were like "hey - thanks - this is for us?" WAY too much help from Sidney and Sophie!!!"
Last week I received some vibrant colorful samples of my new Tex-Mex design for Certified International.I was very inspired to buy some fresh flowers for the pitcher. I started thinking about the citrus colors of summer.
Here is a close-up of those gorgeous colors ! This is a picture I took last summer on trail of some beautiful berries at Mohonk Mountain House.
Last night we dyed Easter eggs, while we were creating the egg art a one eyed bunny was born. Max my son created him.
The one eyed bunny was waiting patiently all night in his box, he couldn't wait till we hid him and Max could find him in the morning. The morning came and the one eyed bunny decided to go outside and find some spring he rolled over to a newborn Iris. There he is patiently waiting. Here is a sneak peek of part of a new design I am creating to market for next Easter. Oh no he decided he belongs in the picture there he is again. Here are a few other spring photographs luckily I have managed to keep him out of the picture. Got to run time to go hide that one eyed bunny before he "cracks" himself up!!
Follow-up: I have learned that the "one eyed bunny" was really a "one eyed mouse". According to my sources the night he was born he was definitely a one eyed bunny . I was recently informed by his creator he was really a "one eyed mouse". Whether you believe he was a one eyed bunny or a one eyed mouse the sad news is no longer with us he did "crack himself up" .
What can be more exciting than receiving a gift from a friend who
made the gift by hand? What can be more inspiring to get a hand made
gift from a friend who’s a fellow artist and created the gift with your
own fabric design.
Diane Knott created this beautiful bag using some of my Pompeii
fabric By Clothworks. This stitch work has so many intricate gorgeous details.
Featured here are some close-ups. I really love the the fun label she
created. Here is what Diane has to say from her own words:"Making the tote for Sue was so much fun! When she sent me the fabrics, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and make something special for her as a surprise gift for our friendship over the past few years. It was so hard to decide which of the fabrics to use because they all worked together so beautifully! I think these were my favorites though! ;-) Notice the fancy decorative stitching I used on the pocket.....my machine does great embroidery designs so I chose one that I thought suited the pattern on the fabric and did some free-motion stitching with it all around. I know Sue didn't expect this when she sent the fabric to me so I was really happy that it turned out to be a complete surprise! " Thank you so much Diane this was a wonderful surprise. I never would have guessed that she used a sewing machine for the decorative stitching.
amazes me with all the things she creates. One of her latest ventures
blew me away. Actually it was her and her darling daughter Holly Knott (
I mean it Holly really is darling) . They had their first book
published. Talk about true art for quilters to work with. Although I
am not a quilter I am very inspired by the collaboration of this book.
You can learn more about the book and the up-and-coming signings here
on Holly’s website.
What is it about these wondrous creatures that when I see them I
feel like I've entered into another dimension. Could it be that they
look like aliens? At the end of last summer I had an encounter. I was
able to grab my camera and take some pictures. At that time I did not
have a blog so I decided to feature him today. A recall as a little
girl I wasn't exactly thrilled by the sight of certain little insects
yet when I saw one of these guys I could just watch them and be swept
away. If anyone would like to share about their Praying mantis
stories I'd love to hear them. That same day I also met up with a
beautiful Monarch butterfly who was posing for me on my very favorite
butterfly bush. One day perhaps I might choose one of these insects to
use as inspiration for my artwork.... ( depending on my mood that
You can buy some of my dinnerware online. "Kts Added Values" is carrying Valenciaand Tex Mex. Please note that there are other online vendors and stores that will carry the designs. For more information on where to buy please visit the Certified International" website .
Pick-A-Lily's Custom Design Studios has done it again. Cherise has created this gorgeous fun fabulous Euro - Style twirl skirt . She is using the warm tones from my French brights fabric collection by Clothworks. To purchase you can go to.......
I have been tagged by my dear friend and colleague Diane Knott . For those of you who are familiar with Diane Knott's wonderful artwork. I need not say more. For those of you who do not know about Diane's fabulous artwork, please visit her website and blog. Diane I enjoyed reading your fun facts!!
I normally do not like chain letters, however, I think being tagged is a little bit different and fun, you get to share a bit about yourself that you normally would not share and connect with other people and learn about them. I hope what I'm about to share in my Tag post is not too weird...LOL
1. Link to the tagger!
2. Share 7 random or wierd facts about yourself.
3. Tag 7 people, post their names and links to their blogs on your blog.
4. Tell the 7 people you tagged by posting "Tag you're it" on their blogs in their comments box and explain the "rules" to them. Nobody's obligated! Just have fun!
1. I was never able to learn how to ride a two wheeler bicycle, I gave up trying. I was unable to balance. I suspect it was my dyslexia.
2. I do not drive a car. I have trouble with space and right and left and other things of that nature. I do not want to be a risk on the road to others. Side note: There are many people with dyslexia who drive and have no problems. There are many people who drive who do not have dyslexia and have problems!!
3. I am fascinated by the possibility of ghosts , though I am a skeptic.
4. When I was younger I was known for my very long fingernails. I used to let them grow and grow and grow. When they fell off I would then save them. Somewhere hiding in my home is a pile of old fingernails....(believe it or not...LOL)
5. My favorite artist years ago WAS Hieronymus Bosch. I wanted to be a fantasy illustrator when I was in art school at " School of Visual Arts " and draw things with creepy fingernails . If you're familiar with SVA. Many of us wanted to draw creepy things.
6. I had a crush on a rock star back in the early 80s. My dream was to meet him. I created an illustration and managed to get backstage to give it to him. When he realized I actually created it for him, and it wasn't just something I clipped out of a magazine. He looked at me and said "you did this for me". He then blushed and gave me a kiss on the cheek. Drum roll please: Steven Tyler of Areosmith.
7. I love to cook, however the idea of pulling out the gizzards from a turkey really creeps me out.
The blogs I've tagged so far ( I am very new at blogging so it might take me some more time to tag 4 others)
Linda is cooking with glass, well glass and ceramic tiles. Don't you just love the shape of this new mosaic creation? I love how Linda mixes the yummy purple toned stained-glass , gems with my Sweet Shoppe. I get a little tired of looking at my old dinnerware sometimes. No offense to all of those of you who still collect the Sweet Shoppe. As you can imagine I think it happens to artists they can't see their own work clearly anymore when they've been looking at it too long. When I see what Linda creates with this ,it takes on a whole new life. I am so honored that Linda has developed this wonderful series using the Sweet Shoppe. Thanks again Linda .
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