Sunday, April 21, 2024
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Garden Flags Are Here!

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Garden flags are here!

Here is the first set of garden flags featuring my artwork!I was so excited at the first set of them that I put all of them in my front yard, at least for the photos. Even after I’d set up just the first flag it was gratifying to see it out there waving in the sun.

I chose designs that were popular and which people had requested, and I’ve found I’ve only just begun. Since these designs I’ve chosen a few more, and even enhanced several of these. All are two-sided, most have two different designs so you can turn them around and show something different, or you can put them along a walk and see both sides as you move in each direction.

These are digitally printed on a product called digital satin, a woven product intended for outdoor as well as indoor use. It’s heavier than the nylon most other flags are made of, but if I’m judging by the one I’ve had hanging out in my back yard since winter this is tough and durable material, no fading, scratches in the finish, fraying or wrinkling of the flag in any way. I’m sure, like any other product, if the flag is in direct sun for more than four hours per day it will eventually fade, but the testing worked better than I’d thought. You can read about the development of these flags as well as backyard testing and a photo shoot with Mimi and me in Backyard Product Development and Testing With My Assistant, Mimi.

As we had discussed, my friend Bonita at Distinctively Different Decor and More sewed the pockets into them, I photographed them and they debuted at our town’s “business crawl” on Friday, May 10 (after the storm that knocked my neighbor’s 70-foot maple into my yard and flipped Bonita’s tent where the jazz group was playing outdoors). Many people complimented them and a few were purchased. Aside from sharing her life with five cats Bonita is a professional interior designer and upholsterer and sewing is second nature to her. She expressed an interest in selling these and can easily sew the rod pockets and finish them for me. A partnership! I have other art and merchandise at Bonita’s boutique, these will be on display and available through her at 103 Chestnut St. Carnegie, PA 15106.

garden flag designs
Two Cats After van Gogh flags

Following is a list of current designs linked to the daily sketch or painting:

In Afternoon Sun/In Afternoon Sun

Kitty in Pink/Kitty in Pink

Two Cats After van Gogh/In Window Light

Mimi Among the Geraniums 1/Mimi Among the Geraniums 2

Peaches and Peonies/After Dinner Nap

Stanley With Apple/White Cat Reflecting

The Roundest Eyes (white background)/The Roundest Eyes (yellow background), not pictured, still in production

The Goddess (white background)/The Goddess (yellow background), not pictured, still in production

First Light/First Light (this design looks very wintery to me so I won’t print quantities until late summer)

Below, Mimi is pretty pleased with how well-represented she is in our new product—five designs feature Mimi, so you fans of Mimi and of little black cats, you’ll have a lot to choose from!

black cat with garden flags.
Mimi is pretty pleased with her representation.
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