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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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So thrilled to be featured on the Pattern Observer blog today as a guest expert this month. If you are a surface pattern designer, this website is filled with so much beauty and inspiration. My guest post today on PatterObserver is all about artists and social media.
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Indigo wash stripes. A new summer print by Chris Olson. Details on the blog post. #activewear #stationery #kidswear #bohopattern #indigoprint
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Sharing a detail of a new print in a floral collection with a feminine tech vibe for Spring ’19 season. Collection features digital inspired florals that are sleek with a soft and feminine twist. Fresh designs added to my portfolio weekly. You can find more samples of my designs on Instagram. Click on link for the color palette. http://bit.ly/2tvDHWf #surfacedesign #textiledesign #activewear #floral
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Does it feel like summer in your neighborhood? I live in the chilly mountains of Colorado and an afternoon painting is the perfect way to escape to an imaginary enchanted garden. It's something I like to do to feel warm when the temps are in the 40's in June! Hope you enjoy this floral fantasy. The floral featured here is a detail of a new design--more details on the pattern collection to come. Details on the Pattern Bliss blog: http://bit.ly/2sjc9pX #tropicalprint #enchantedgarden
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It's always fun to grab the paints and go wild with mark making tools. Some interesting textures and colors happen while stamping away. This project is just beginning. Getting messy in the studio today.

As always, you can find more of my designs over on Instagram here: @chris_coco_olson. (My Instagram link: http://bit.ly/2rBnKQ0) And more details about my designs in this blog post about mark making: http://bit.ly/2r149ZA #markmaking #abstractart
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I just added four new color ways for my Dulce pattern in the Balance Collection. Dulce means sweetness and that inspired the tropical sorbet vibe of the four new color options. Details on this pattern collection here: http://bit.ly/2oxRlcI #textiledesign #textiledesigner #activewear #athleisure
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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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