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Chris Olson
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Spreading sunshine with sprinkles on top
Spreading sunshine with sprinkles on top

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Where do patterns begin. For me, painting and sketching is the first step. I play with color palettes and textures. The fun part is letting the art happen freely. No rules. That's the beauty of surface design today. Once I develop a design I like, no matter the artwork's size, no matter how many paint blobs or ink splatters or tears in the paper, everything can be tweaked in Photoshop or Illustrator. http://bit.ly/2lCXqlS #textiledesign #surfacedesign #floralpatterns

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Mary Tyler Moore inspired me to dream big as a kid. She told us to "Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow."

She was a true girl boss that inspired us when fewer women made that leap of confidence.

And she really could turn the world on with her smile...

Rest In Peace, Mary Tyler Moore.

http://bit.ly/2k5XwC5 (art by Chris Olson) #marytylermoore 
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Diving into the iridescent botanical trend. A detail of my floral pattern in Adobe Photoshop. #iridescent #wip #SS18 http://bit.ly/2jRbgOx
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Honoring the wisdom of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., on the blog today. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" http://bit.ly/2iuziS5
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Sharing some sketches from the red carpet at Golden Globes over on the Pattern Bliss blog. Lilly Collins had a fairytale moment in her rose appliqué dress by Zuhair Murad. http://bit.ly/2j33Ppd
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This floral pattern is inspired by some of the things I like most about vintage fabric. I love the romantic color scheme and the hand-drawn element of layering and building up colors and depth with paint. (Romantic floral design and inspiration board by Chris Olson.) http://bit.ly/2eN9Uln #floral #textiledesign #inspirationboard
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I'm so excited to share with you that I was selected to be part of the UPPERCASE Magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide in January. 774 submissions were received and reviewed by UPPERCASE editor Janine Vangool. She selected 100 to be included in this issue. (Sarah Golden did the artwork for the guide's title page, and Kara Kramer is the cover artist for issue 32.) Details on the Pattern Bliss blog here: http://bit.ly/2hrRoDV #SPDG2017 #uppercaselove #textiledesign 
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Today I get to share with you a brand new product in the shop: my Marble Waves collection.

This is the last day to order to get the products before Christmas--this applies to U.S. orders only.

PLUS today you get 15% off and FREE worldwide shipping. This offer ends tonight, December 16th, 2016 at Midnight PT.

( I donate 100% of my proceeds from my Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.)

#marble #holidaygifts #giftsthatgiveback #society6 http://bit.ly/2hsLIYW
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I've got the perfect gift for dog lovers over at my shop. I just added my illustration of a Chow Chow to my City Dogs Collection. My inspiration for this illustration comes from my three dogs and all the dogs at the animal shelter where I work as an adoption counselor volunteer.

It's December and the products at my shop are the perfect holiday gifts that also give back to charity. In fact, I donate 100% of my proceeds from my Society6 shop to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

At my shop you'll find my artwork on pillows, iPhone and laptop cases, hoodies, t-shirts and more. #giftsthatgiveback #chowchow #doglovers #dogmom http://bit.ly/2gIwBtZ
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I popped my new winter floral with jewel shades into my fashion illo. Maybe a lush velvet top?

I love sophisticated jewel tones… especially those deep scarlet shades, inky blues, and fuchsia. Works well with denim or with a dressier look.

Putting together a lookbook with bold and bright floral designs for A/W 17/18. This fashion illustration features my new textile design. http://bit.ly/2hcxJUP #textiledesign #designer #fashionillustration #floral
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