Yesterday morning I was kinda bored and looking for a project to do for the day, when I came upon the information about the “Your Town Toile” design contest at Spoonflower. The challenge: to design a custom pattern for fabric, in the style of 18th century French Toile de Jouy featuring imagery reflecting your home town. That’s when inspiration hit me… I bet nobody’s ever done a toile design with rednecks and trailer trash on it! A little research (thank heaven for Google image search!) confirmed it, and so I set out to work.
24 hours later of drawing nearly nonstop, I have my own contribution… Trailer Trash Toile. For one week starting this Tuesday, you can vote for my design, and others at Spoonflower.com (you can vote for as many as you like). And soon, you’ll be able to purchase this fabric from Spoonflower in several different sizes and colors, and on different types of fabric. [ Edit 3/3/2012: The entire Trailer Trash Toile collection is now available for sale at Spoonflower!] I think the cotton sateen and cotton/silk blends would be particularly well-suited for it. I imagine re-covering a French-style chair with it, or making curtains or table linens for the kitchen with it. Maybe even an apron.
The design features two large scenes celebrating my PWT heritage (that’s Poor White Trash, for those of you that grew up in a house without wheels), with all the usual yard decorations… an old couch (or “divan” as my grandma Helen called ’em), half of an old car and an old pickup truck rusting into the ground, and of course lots of plastic flamingos. I made separate drawings, scanned them, and then composed the scenes digitally using Photoshop.
Some of these designs are also available on a limited number of products (t-shirts, pillows, bags, etc.) on Zazzle too.