Taking Liberties

May 4th, 2011

New season Liberty fabrics are always exciting and Spring/Summer 2011 especially so, because the 50 (50!!!) new designs took inspiration from children’s illustrators. So I picked a few of my favourite prints and put them back into a drawing of some dresses I’d like to be wearing this summer. Sadly my sewing skills never progressed beyond the simplest of home furnishings (damn you year 11 D&T lessons, all I can make are stupid cushions and wallhangings. What use are wallhangings to me?!), so as drawings they are destined to stay.

In the illustration above I used (patterns not drawn by me!):


Sally Haysom’s Princess Emerald


Jane Ray’s David Joe


Quentin Blake inspired Charlie’s Paisley


and Asami Sayo.

Aren’t they lovely?

(Illustration of girls by me, featuring prints from Liberty Art Fabrics Spring/Summer 2011 Collection, used with permission.)

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35 Comments

  1. Felicity says:

    Uh… wow! I especially love Asami Sayo’s scallop style print. Also, Sally Haysom’s would make incredibly subtle wallpaper.

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  2. Tamsin says:

    TOO NICE. GCSE textiles taught me nothing. My teacher genuinely said ‘how can we photograph this so it doesn’t look like it’s falling apart?’ to me when we sent pictures of my project to the external examiner.

    It got left in the textiles cupboard and a squirrel ate it. True story.

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

    haha!
    Our teacher was SO SCARY, every time we didn’t know what to do we were too scared to ask :(
    x

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  3. gracie says:

    Oh inspired! I love it.

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  4. Alice says:

    That Paisley is gorgeous!

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  5. Ylenia says:

    my goodness, you are a star!
    I love your illustrations and your style!

    ♥ Ylenia
    from longuette

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

    Thank you Ylenia! x

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  6. Shini says:

    Why do you not have facebook Like under your posts, I would create multiple aliases to abuse it.

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Because I haaate facebook!

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  7. Gabija says:

    Your illustrations are always sooo beautiful!

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Thank you! x

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  8. thais says:

    i’m curious to how you did it: is it watercolor? did you scan and photoshop – then added the patterns and paper texture?
    sorry to be nosy, i’m a designer (so i use photoshop a lot) and am starting to work with watercolor for personal things.
    but it gets really messy – i have a heavy hand when it comes to wet brushes ;)
    scanning and finnishing it up a bit looks like a great idea.

    i loved it! :)
    and i love liberty too.

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    It’s all digital, drawn with a tablet. thank you! x

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    thais says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    it has the same effect :)

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  9. Phemy says:

    I’m beyond delighted over the fact that you made such a lovely illustration featuring girls of different nationalities. Absolutely refreshing.

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  10. Justine says:

    Your rendition of the fabrics is so stunning! I’d buy those dresses in a second; you should work on those sewing skills and expand your businesses lol.

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Oh, I didn’t draw the fabric prints, they’re from Liberty! x

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    Justine says,

    May 7th, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    Oops, my mistake! Well the illustration is absolutely amazing regardless :)

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  11. olivia says:

    just when i thought i couldn’t love your work any more! i have a secret pipe dream of designing Liberty fabric one day. sigh. this is amazing.

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  12. Melwa says:

    Wow, this is simply too wonderful!

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    kris atomic says,

    May 5th, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    thank you very much! x

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  13. Sofia says:

    I love everything you do! You are the best! So happy I found your blog, my heart skips a beat everytime I fins a new blogpost from you :)

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  14. Mae Lu says:

    Oh my god, Kristina… this is so gorgeous. Can I PLEASE buy everything you post and just wallpaper my room with it?

    PS. I went through your old archives, and you hardly do decor posts anymore. I wonder what your Ice-Princess-y brocade bedroom looks like now.

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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    kris atomic says,

    May 7th, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    You’re right, I haven’t done a decor post in a really long time! I’ll try to add one in to the rotation :)
    The brocade bedroom looks much the same, though I don’t live there anymore. It’s at my parents’ house, so it’s generally kept far tidier than I ever managed! x

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  15. Katie says:

    So lovely – the Asami Sayo fabric is gorgeous! Hear hear on the wall hangings – i think I was weaving for about a month . .and the cushion covers were just insulting
    Lovely blog!
    Katie

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  16. Michelle says:

    This is beautiful! how did you illustrate the dresses? i love them!!

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    kris atomic says,

    May 7th, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    Do you mean the prints? I didn’t draw those, they were supplied by Liberty! x

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  17. {gemmifer} says:

    A beautiful illustration, and great use of the Liberty prints! Liberty can do no wrong!

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  18. hearttypat says:

    these are really lovely! I can see this as a really sweet tag for their fabrics!

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  19. Michal Stern says:

    Your post and illustration has been such an inspiration for me! I love blogger who makes their own content. It’s beautiful.

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  20. Julia says:

    Please please sell a print of this! It’s gorgeous!

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  21. Sooooo….nice!
    You are a great artist! Will you have any exhibtion in Sweden?!

    I love that you use Liberty….I love their fabrics…..Use them for making bags, note books and stuff….I am allways looking for more stuff to use the fabric on!

    Love!

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  22. Kate says:

    love this, – the textures, the patterns, the colours all go really well together.

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  23. nicolette says:

    please make this available in your shop!! xx

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  24. Lucy says:

    FREAKING HELL KRIS I think you are the most amazing illustrator in the WORLD! This is genius! SO PRETTY! Liberty should commission you to do these for billboards all over London! AGHHH! x

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