Just Two Words Project: Houses & Folk

Just Two Words Project: Houses & Folk {an Art School Dropout's life} Jessee MaloneyThis past weeks Just Two Words theme was Houses & Folk and the finished piece should be a set of bed linens. I chose the word Houses and Heidi chose Folk!

I was super excited when I heard the word combo this week! I love drawing houses and was expecting to do something intricate when I thought of the word, but then when I heard Folk my mind switched gears and I couldn’t stop thinking about simple block houses and lots of swirly vines and flowers.

Just Two Words Project: Houses & Folk {an Art School Dropout's life} Jessee Maloney

The word Folk is very broad. One of the definitions is “of or relating to the traditional art or culture of a community or nation” which is what first came to my mind and is the idea I ran with. I have always associated the word with Amish and/or Scandinavian art. So I decided to blend the two a bit, which is where I came up with the above design. Every single part came from hours of doodling in my sketchbook. I drew so many swirls, vines, tulips and houses. If I illustrated all of them I’d have a few dozen fabric lines. I loved this theme!

Just Two Words Project: Houses & Folk {an Art School Dropout's life} Jessee Maloney

I may have loved setting up the examples even more! I had never used Photoshop mock-up files before, but I think i’m hooked now. I want to see how all of my designs will look as bedspreads, sheets, couches, dresses and more. This may be a new addiction, just saying.

Just Two Words Project: Houses & Folk {an Art School Dropout's life} Jessee Maloney

The saddest part of this project is I don’t have a way of making the actual set. Technically I could piece some stuff together, but pieced fitted sheets aren’t very comfortable. The closest I could get was Society6 and their Duvet Cover option. It’s not exactly the same though because the back isn’t that cute little bird fabric, but it’s still neat. Oh and I made a matching rug too, because, “why not?”!

I’ve also ordered swatches from Spoonflower of those two fabrics shown as sheets, along with a baby cheater quilt version of that comforter. I’ll post photos once they come in!

Phew, I think that’s it! Heidi is on vacation, so were taking a week off since she won’t have time and I need to catch up on a few other projects. I’m excited to hear what the next set of words will be though, These challenges really were just the thing I needed.

If you’d like to read more about this project, check out the first blog post I wrote about it.

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4 thoughts on “Just Two Words Project: Houses & Folk

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  2. So adorable! I love the colors and design. What a bummer that you don’t have a way of making it an actual set. It would be so sweet in a bedroom!

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