New Wall Decor

I’m pleased to announce I’ve partnered with Gango Editions to produce wall art. The artwork is available as high-quality prints on paper as well as stretched canvases. Here’s a sample of the images available at GangoEditions.com. Soon these prints will also be available at Amazon.com and several bricks-and-mortar stores. I’ll keep you posted!

MidCentury Patterns by Kris Ruff Pen & Ink floral by Kris Ruff

Watercolor Squares-Wall Art framed Counting Sheep framed-collectionMeadow Wall art teal-framed Pair copy

Summer Inspiration

Summers in Minnesota are short so I spend as much time outdoors as possible. I draw inspiration from wildflowers and plants growing along a nearby trail that winds along a creek through meadows and woods. My new Orange Grove art was inspired by one of those walks. Of course we don’t actually grow oranges in Minnesota but my branches needed a pop of color so they evolved into an orange tree! I guess that’s the great thing about inspiration, you can never be sure where it will lead you!

Travel always inspires me and a trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia this summer was a visual feast of monumental architecture, amazing museums and superb people-watching. I love discovering patterns in unexpected places when I travel, like a beautifully sculpted medieval coat of armor I spied in the National Gallery of Art that inspired some new geometric prints.

Clockwise from top left: Wildflowers along my favorite walking trail; new Orange Grove art; new geometric prints: Benday Stripes and Surf; Sculpture in the National Gallery of Arts; Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

Clockwise from top left: Wildflowers along my favorite walking trail; new Orange Grove art; new geometric prints: Benday Stripes and Surf; Sculpture in the National Gallery of Arts; Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

Surtex 2015

I’m pleased to announce I’m exhibiting at Surtex this year, the largest art licensing trade show in the country. It will take place May 17-19 at the Javits Center in New York.

I am really looking forward to this event. I walked the show the last two years and it’s a mind-blowing collection of amazing talent. I can’t wait for the opportunity to meet some of the artists whose work I’ve come to admire in the last couple years and excited to show off my own wares to the art directors and manufacturers who’ll be attending the show. Right now I’m busy designing banners, postcards, press kits, etc for the show and will be producing a number of product samples (like hand bags and pillows) to serve as inspiration for manufacturers. These samples will be given away at the end of the show, so if you’re going to Surtex, make sure to stop by booth #550 to drop your business card into the box for a chance to win one of them!

If you're going to Surtex, stop by and say hello and get a chance to win a fabulous handbag or pillow!

If you’re going to Surtex, stop by and say hello and enter to win a fabulous Kris Ruff handbag or pillow!

Rug Samples Arrived!

I got my samples of the area rugs last week and they’re wonderful. The quality is really nice, very thick, 100% wool. It’s great to have a new rug for our dining room. I was a little worried about such a big print in a small room but I think it actually makes the room feel bigger, more expansive. I’m digging’ it.

Nova Rug for Loloi

Nova Rug for Loloi

Toning it Down

It has been a busy few weeks since my last post. I’ve been working with a couple great companies developing new products that will be on store shelves this spring. Among them will be a line of coffee mugs (40 different mugs in all!) as well as my first quilting fabric collection. I look forward to showing them off as soon as I get samples.

In the mean time, I wanted to share a different look. The last couple posts featured lots of bright colors, which I love, but sometimes a more subtle color palette is just what you need. Warm greys and muted tones add a level of sophistication to products like accessories. And table settings in subtle hues are so versatile and allow your meal to take center stage.

While this monotone look may not have the same punch as more colorful options,  I don’t think you’ll find it boring either.

(All products shown are mock-ups and the artwork is available for licensing.)

Beach Bags ©2013 Kris Ruff Grey Placesettings 2 ©2013 Kris Ruff Grey Messenger bags ©2013 Kris Ruff Grey placesettings 1 ©2013 Kris Ruff

Vines

I’m tentatively calling this new artwork VINES. But are they vines, or do they look more like fronds or ivy? Or garlands? Or seaweed for that matter? Whatever the name,  I’m really excited about this new design. It pairs nicely with my PETALS and FLOURISH patterns and will look great on paper or melamine plates, mugs and paper goods.

(All products shown are mock-ups. This art is available for licensing.)

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