maandag 10 maart 2014
Have you seen the new fabric already? Little Smilemakers Studio has worked together with Robert Kaufman this winter on some very cool new textile designs. But we have also worked on the new trends for this summer. Check out all new fabrics in the Spoonflower shop. We are excited to let you know we have added over 60 designs these past two months. Check them here: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/littlesmilemakers
Pastels will make a come back during the warmer season, they never really have been away. But the new soft colors will be coming back to stay. Some coral and mint designs are a must this summer. Also the new raw nature trend has set in. You have seen the large leafs and brazil influences in home decor textiles? They will be in your 2014 wardrobe I am sure. Fall will be a green jungle festival.
Little Smilemakers Studio has also made an entire new Veritas collection for fall. This fashionable collection will be in Veritas shops from November. Raw shapes and retro influences will be the key inspiration for this new scandinavian chic boho look. Have fun!
maandag 10 februari 2014
We are back in the Studio from an amazing trip through the south of India. It is hard to say goodbye to the warmth, the food, the colors and all friendly smiles. But we have some work to do at the studio. Some nursery designs. New fabric series. Time to go back to work!
vrijdag 17 januari 2014
After attending a conference about the health of our kids in The Hague I was inspired to make some new food themes. New happy fruit, veggies and cupcakes. License available for fabric.
zaterdag 11 januari 2014
It is that time of the year again. The holidays already seem ages ago and business is finally blooming like it should, it's not all about reindeers and christmas typography any more. New fresh things are happening. I love this time of the year when trading season starts and I can go on my annual trip to Frankfurt to meet up with clients and go on a "Little Smilemakers" design spotting mission.
This year the season starts with Europe's main textile fair in Frankfurt Messe. A huge fair about everyting-textile. These two days I will be out of the office, hopefully talking to lot's of inspring people and happy clients.
woensdag 8 januari 2014
All right. The first week of 2014 has been a crazy one. I already have three new clients and even more new projects to start with. Next month the new Little Smilemakers fabric will be launched at Jo-Ann fabrics. I am very excited to see the my designs on fabric. Also I have been adding more and more patterns to my Spoonflower shop. So if you are a fan, keep checking that shop. New designs will be added once every 2 months.
Hopefully the hours of work I put in the Urban Outfitters design pool will pay off this month. I have been working on a collection of patterns and illustrations of men. It is nice for a change to make things for men after all there baby/kids and nursery projects.
And ofcourse before I forget. I have been working on my Little Smilemakers website. It is just some basic info to prepare clients into doing business. Hopefully in the next few months I will have enough time to expand the website with a webshop. Let me know what you think.
maandag 30 december 2013
This year I have been working for Veritas fall collection. Now Veritas has started their winter sale. Some of the items are reduced in price. I did not show the collection of comfy underwear before. They looked kinda not-very-winter-like. If this image looks a bit chilly, no worries. There is also a lounge wear collection up for sale! Enjoy - Link to Veritas Webshop.
maandag 23 december 2013
Those days before christmas. Shopping presents for friend or family, finishing the last projects of 2013. Busy days. Just two more to go before closing up for christmas. I hope you will all have an amazing holiday filled with love and cheer. Thank you all for your kinds wishes and postcards.
Best of luck to you all,
donderdag 5 december 2013
Good news! With this following link you can enjoy free shipping and another extra $5 off your Society6 Little Smilemakers Studio purchase. So if you still have some serious shopping to do for the holidays, check out all new typography, photography, mixed media art and illustrated patterns in the shop! New pillow, tota bags, iphone cases and ipad cases are now available. Which of these following prints do you like most?
donderdag 28 november 2013
> Typography and photography travel inspired art | christmas presents | Little Smilemakers online shop
It is that time of the year again! Decorating the house for the winter season and it's holidays. A while ago I was working on some travel inspired postcards. Designs containing both photography and typography. All telling their own personal story of a country, a culture or a moment. If you are a travel addict yourself or if you are just looking around the internet for a fun christmas present, check out all travel inspired artwork that is available now at society6. Place your order before cyber monday and enjoy free worldwide shipping.
Available on: iphone case, ipad case, laptop skin, tote bag, baby onsie, t-shirts and pillows for your home. Enjoy shopping for the holidays!
zaterdag 23 november 2013
A while ago I was approached by Dutch newspaper art director Karin Goedhart. If I would be interested in making some gift wrapping paper for their anniversary issue. I made a design that can be used during winter. Not so much a special Sinterklaas or Christmas piece. The giftwrap is double sided. One side has strong contrasting shapes and colors, the other one is a more modest composition and color scheme.
I did not realize yet I also had something to celebrate in this same week. Two years of creating Little Smilemakers. So for me this issue is also a bit about my own Little Smilemakers celebration. AD Magazine is available today in Dutch bookstores and news stands.
vrijdag 22 november 2013
It's lovely to see what people create from my designs. Lately I have been receiving lot's of projects made with my Veritas collection of Sew-be-do fabric. Skirts, dresses, little girls onsies and pillow cases. So much fun to see all these creative peoples finished projects.
If you are looking for some inspiration. This is one of my favorite projects. Made by a Belgian blogger Eline: Pluto Meisje. Look at that cute little illustration! If you want some more of where this came from, visit her blog and enjoy!
Some new typography designs are coming. I have been working on a new project for which I was able to make more typography related designs. Also I was able to include some of my travel images. One of my passions: photography. I would love to see my travel series in shops. I can not say much about the entire thing yet but it will be an amazing road ahead with the company for.
After working for a new fashion retail company this week I was inspired to make some new postcard designs for girls. Hand drawn portrait sketches with geometric detailing and little cute messages for your BFF. The new fashion girl series will be available in the online shop from January. I will keep your posted!
donderdag 7 november 2013
Have you noticed the boys fabric collection by Little Smilemakers Studio on Spoonflower? Lot's of cute boys adventure themes and retro animal series are now available on Cotton, Jersey and silk. But you can also get these prints on wallpaper to cheer up your new born baby nursery. Don't forget to post your creative skills on the Little Smilemakers Facebook Page.
dinsdag 5 november 2013
New designs are up in the La Millou webshop. Have you seen the new Paris hipster design already? I love the combination of crisp black illustrations and silhouettes with pastel detailing and little pieces of typography. Who doesn't love this pearl of love? Which of these three designs do you prefer?
zaterdag 2 november 2013
As a fan of music I must adore this man. I love Jimi Hendrix. I have been stroling around shops and the internet to find a nice print to make a t-shirt of this guitar playing icon. But no luck. So a while ago I started making a large portrait drawing. Not thinking this would end up on fabric. But as you might already know. I can make a cute pattern out of almost every shape or form so, yes... I decided it was about time to add this pattern to my new fabric collection. The large portrait and print are also available for your couch on a cute throw pillow. But, for real Jimi Hendrix fans, the patterned print will also be available on wallpaper. What? Yes, wallpaper! I love this job!
donderdag 24 oktober 2013
Designing an entire collection always takes some time from start to production and to finish. But after months of eagerly waiting on the result, the collection will be available in the Veritas shops from tomorrow on. Fashion accessories, bags, scarfs and en entire Veritas Sewbedo collection, it's all there. If you haven't got time to visit a store location, check their online shop and let them deliver your favorite items on your doorstep.
This project for me has been very fun to work at. My 'creative career' started with a brief study in Belgium. Wen I was fifteen I started my Visual Design studies in Antwerp and there i discovered the Veritas shop. I fell in love with there very 'different from Dutch market' collection. Now almost 15 years later I hope someone will feel the same way looking at my collection. I still visit the shop every fall for new warm winter items.
The Veritas collection contains very wearable cozy fall items. But also some more crafty items like fabric by the yard and stitched patches and sewing boxes. So hopefully you can find something suitable for yourself.
Fan of the Little Smilemakers prints? Check our facebook page about upcoming projects, new fabric and paper goods.
zondag 20 oktober 2013
Christmas time is just around the corner, just two more months, so it is about time to get started with some online holiday shopping! As you can see we have made another fun Little Smilemakers selection of items you can order online.
Cute recyclable Milovia diapers for you baby or toddler, each diaper is adjustable in size 0-3. This brand is has started selling baby diapers, diaper bags and baby bibs since 2011. Cute products with retro Little Smilemakers patterns and illustrations. Two mothers of small kids run the company from their own home in Poland. Enjoy!
Would you like to give your bedroom or livingroom with a nice Little Smilemakers touch? Look around the Home Deco section of the designalicious Zazzle shop at Zazzle or check all pillows at society6! Here you can find cute patterned pillow cases and also some nice decorated high quality prints and tote bag designs. Zazzle also offers a cute collection of tableware. So if you are a tea lovers or like to eat from some fun plates this christmas, be sure to check them out.
Would you like to surprise your friend or one of your kids with a nice iphone case? There are lots of new designs in our Little Smilemakers store.
Have fun surfing around the internet for your christmas presents and gifts!
woensdag 9 oktober 2013
It was something I had never done before. Making a 'moving' image about... well, me. I am not the kind of person that feels naturally comfortable in front of a camera. If I know someone is trying to capture me through a lens I suddenly feel the urge to do all sorts of things but not be in it, sit still, or try to go with it. So yes. After a week of filming, me and my craziness, I decided to do what I love most. Make a video of my story illustration style. I finished just in time and sent in my Shutterstock Stories video.
Now a month later all winners are announced and I have this very cool 'badge in my right corner' thing going on. I am honored to be one of the winners. All Shutterstock Stories have been very inspiring. Proud to bee one of them! So thank you all for voting and supporting me these past few weeks. And I will have to thank two peeps i couldn't finish this without: Jaap Vork for his amazing eye and Rob Kanters for his soundscape and greatness of his ears.
Enjoy watching if you haven't seen the video yet and follow all new exciting things happening on facebook.
maandag 30 september 2013
This past month we have been working on a new collection fabric and wallpaper. Over a hundered Little Smilemaker Studio designs are now for sale on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrapping paper. A large series of abstract retro designs, christmas and holiday themes, hipster illustrations and of course new stuff for little peeps, so crafty mommy, be aware! What do you think of the new kids and baby nursery collection?
CHECK OUT ALL FABRIC & WALLPAPER HERE!
After being listed for two weeks in the Shutterstock Stories contest. We have arrived at the final day. The last day to watch and vote in this contest. Watch the Little Smilemakers Studio video on vimeo. If you would like to show your support please place your vote. September is coming to an end. Temperature is dropping. Yes time to finalize and start new projects, new designs, new video's, new collections and adventures. See you in October!
woensdag 25 september 2013
donderdag 19 september 2013
I have been working on a video last month about my creative story for the Shutterstock Stories program. I am so excited I am selected as one of the finalists. There are so many interesting, funny and also moving stories behind the artist, the Shutterstock contributers. It is lovely to see how people from all over the world join a creative community like Shutterstock. So many possibilities come with being an artist for them. Check all video's. They are very inspirational. If you would like to support me in the race please watch my Little Smilemakers video and vote!
WATCH THE VIDEO'S AND VOTE HERE
Last but not least a big thanks to Jaap Vork for capturing these moments. And Rob Kanters for his effort to record my voice-over. Thanks guys!
dinsdag 17 september 2013
If I am a typical Dutch designer is for you to decide. Maybe the clean shapes and white background is typically Dutch. I am not sure. I let myself get inspired by the world and even though I am located in The Hague, Holland, most of my artwork is about my trips and travels around the world. After getting many requests ('please, make more Dutch designs') I decided it was about time to dedicate some time to creating something typically Dutch. Hopefully you will enjoy these Bicycle and Amsterdam designs.
zaterdag 14 september 2013
One of my biggest passions is travel. I love to see things I have never seen before and I adore different cultures and countries. My work is highly inspired by my travels. This summer I have traveled through Asia. Visiting National Parks in India, Indonesia and Nepal inspired me to do a series of wild life illustrations.
These screen print illustrations are available on fabric and wallpaper at the Spoonflower shop, uploaded to the Shutterstock portfolio and added to the list of prints, tank tops, tote bags, laptop covers and iphone cases (for new iPhone5S and iphone5C cases as well) Society6 shop. So hopefully you will enjoy my little pieces of travel as well.
maandag 9 september 2013
La Millou has made a very cool selection of Little Smilemakers patterns for their new autumn collection. They produce everything you can image for your new born baby girl and boy nursery and your little ones home textiles. Baby blankets, soft pillows, sheets and more.
CHECK THE ENTIRE COLLECTION HERE
If you would like to make your own home textiles for your kids you can also purchase both styles as shown here via Spoonflower. There are lot's of other cute boys and girls designs to choose from. You can also find some sewing and crafting tutorials there. If you don't have a clue what to do with a sewing machine: all prints are also available as wallpaper. So no need to miss out on a Little Smilemaker in your home.
CHECK OUT ALL LITTLE SMILEMAKERS FABRIC & WALLPAPER AT SPOONFLOWER
zondag 8 september 2013
For the Shutterstock Stories entry I have made several shots that did not make the final cut. But what to do with all this material. I do not like clutter on my computer so it was either throwing all these pieces of film out or do something with it. I decided to upload them as a little source of inspiration. Hopefully these short clips can inspire you to start drawing as well. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment.
WATCH LITTLE SMILEMAKERS VIDEO AT WORK
zaterdag 7 september 2013
A more personal note this time. It had been over a year ever since I started working full time as a Little Smilemaker. I love the diversity in my work and after all this hard work these past months I now am able to enjoy and look back on a very inspirational year. In these past months I have been working with some amazing clients, and i had the chance to do some very cool projects. Becoming a Shutterstock ambassador, designing for Robert Kaufman, a fall collection for Veritas. Hang in there to see it all!
After a lot of fabric and wallpaper requests, this week I have found some time to add some designs to my Spoonflower fabric and wallpaper collection. I haven't had any time to update for over a year but just before the autumn rush: More that 60 designs will be added to the Little Smilemakers shop next few weeks.
For now I would like to thank you for your support till now and I hope you will keep enjoying my designs. Or maybe some of your kids will ;) If you would like to follow up on what I am doing go check out the Little Smilemakers Facebook page. I think it is about time for a small giveaway when we reach 700 don't you think?
woensdag 4 september 2013
> London black cab wednesday | New fabric and wallpaper available this autumn | Little Smilemakers Studio on spoonflower
There was not a lot of time during my busy scedule to also add new designs to my Spoonflower fabric and wallpaper shop this year. But during the summer I have worked on some new designs that are now finally up for sale. I am also working on some more seasonal designs. Christmas, valentine's day and Easter designs. So i will keep you posted, but there will be a lot more to come! New work is also posted on the Little Smilemakers facebook page
CHECK ALL NEW LITTLE SMILEMAKERS DESIGNS AT SPOONFLOWER
maandag 2 september 2013
When I was little, i only had one hobby: drawing. My mum used to buy me a new package of pencils every week because i run out of ink that crazy quickly. As long as i can remember i was busy creating things. My parents always knew i would be doing something with that creativity.
This spring i was invited to dinner by a Shutterstock representative and i was informed about the Shutterstock Stories program. Shutterstock has been very important to me during the seven year I work for them as a contributer. I think it is partly because of them I was able, and dared, to quit my job and start my own Little Smilemakers Studio. As an ambassador i just had to join in and send my little story into the world.
I love creating things but filming... as it turns out i do not have a a lot of potential as an actress, just being myself and telling my story was too hard for me to do on camera. I kept forgetting my own text. Strange, because it was my text, my story. Well, I needed to come up with a different approach. More me, not in in the spotlight and all about drawing. A dear friend and awesome photographer, Jaap Vork, helped me to make it more 'me.'Hope you can appreciate the video. It is kind of scary to put something out there that is clearly not my media but is very personal. But it's there, all finished!
WATCH THE SHUTTERSTOCK STORIES VIDEO