Branches Fabric - The Story Behind the Print

Most comments that I get on my clothing is how much people love the print I’m using. I designed the branches fabric a few years ago, before I was even doing any sewing. I took a lot of black and white photography of trees when I was in art school, and really bumped up the contrast to create bold, striking pieces of art. I got intrigued to turn it into fabric, but was slow to actualize that reality until I finally bit the bullet and ordered it from Spoonflower. I’ve made a few prints using different branches, and have even used the side of a mountain to create many of the looks in my TAKA collection.

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Here’s how I make these prints.

First I start with a photograph of branches. I find that dusk and dawn are the best times for this, as you get a great silhouette of the branches against a relatively flat background. a high-res photo is essential to use, otherwise you won’t get crisp lines in your print.

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Then, using a photo editor, I will crop the photo to capture the part of the branches I like best. After I have cropped, I’ll make the photo black and white. I will then up the contrast so there is only true black and true white. I’ll edit any unwanted pieces out (like the wires in this example.)

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Then I’ll upload it to Spoonflower, choose the mirrored tiling option, choose my fabric, and then order!

I love this process because I get absolutely unique fabrics using my own photography and experiences.

You can view/purchase pieces using my branches and mountain prints in my TAKA collection!