Playing Around

Isn’t it fun to just play around with a design? I love starting out with no plan in mind and just letting it build bit by bit, day by day. Here’s the latest version of a design I’ve been playing with for the past few days. It is a work in progress, and I have no idea how it will end up.

Another work in progress!

Another work in progress!

I might use it for one of my escherly products, and I might not. You see, the outcome isn’t important. The joy lies in the moment by moment unfolding!


Spreading Joy

One of my hand-designed iPhone cases is on its way across the ocean to its new owner. So exciting!

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I Spy ~ iPhone 6 case design by escherly

Creating the designs brings me joy. Sharing them with others and anticipating their pleasure magnifies my joy.

In the next few weeks, I hope to have even more designs and products ready to share 🙂 So check back here, follow me on Instagram (@escherlydesign) or visit one of my sites:

Just wait til you see what I have in store!



A New Year Begins!

I love beginnings – the start of a new year, the dawn of a new day. Endings can be good too, because they offer time to reflect on what has been accomplished, and then anticipate what is to come.

This design is a work in progress, just like my life!

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The Dawn of a New Year ~ escherly 2016

As you face the blank page for 2016, how do you want to design your year?

Joy and Gratitude

I’m filled with joy and gratitude today. Someone wonderful wants my pencil case 🙂 As a designer, there’s nothing more exciting than finishing a creation and finding out that someone else loves it as much as you do!

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Colorable pencil case

Thank you!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Here’s another card design. I’m having a lot of fun creating them! Can you tell?

black and white card design of Christmas tree

Tree of Love ~ escherly 2015

By the way, I design under the name “escherly“. It’s a tribute to M.C. Escher, the Dutch graphic artist who has been an inspiration to me for years. If you’re not familiar with his work, do check out the link. It’s amazing.


Intuitive Design

Recently, a friend asked me to create a design intuitively, with her in mind.

This is the result.

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Land of the Rising Sun ~ jw designs

I thought of her, and let my intuition guide me. The design came together quickly, and has a different feel from my other designs. When I look at it, I feel joy, possibility and lightness.

What do you feel when you see it?

The One That Got Away

There’s a degree of uncertainty involved with creativity. You don’t really know how your design will turn out; it’s hard to know when it’s “finished”; and there are no rules to guide you.

This is a design that I liked at different points in its creation. Now that it’s finished, there are aspects that I really like and some that don’t appeal too much.

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The One That Got Away ~ jw designs

That’s part of the fun. Exploring the unknown, and being comfortable with wherever you end up!

How do you know when a design is “finished”? I’m curious to know.