Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I had planned to enter this design into the weekly spoonflower comp for a design featuring clocks but it seemed a migraine was to get the better of me and I missed the deadline whilst my head was exploding. Stupid Migraines.
I've also put together a little placement print to go with it.

Monday, October 13, 2014

11 weeks till Christmas!

There are 11 weeks left (just 11!) until Christmas. It's hard to believe isn't it.
I'm working on a new 'something' at the moment. I will reveal all soon but in the meantime, here's a new festive pattern to get you in the mood. Happy Monday folks!

Friday, October 10, 2014

After having a largely dormant holding page for a couple of years, I'm pleased to say that my new website is now live!
I've been tinkering away over the last few weeks getting it to a point I am happy with. It's still a work in progress, and I will be be tinkering and adding more work over the coming weeks too but this is a fairly big milestone for me so I'm feeling quite pleased for actually doing it all myself. It's also Friday, and I'm drawing Christmassy things today too, so all in all, a very good day indeed.

I've also had a bit of a refresh of my old blog too, which like me and my work is ever evolving. I get a bit bored of things after a time so it was time to refresh my header and buttons and bring it more in line with my new website (if you're reading this via a blog reader you don't see all the fluff and buttons and the like, so I'm posting this just for you!).

Friday, September 26, 2014

more feathers

Just popping in quickly today as I'm still working away on getting my website finished. Here's a new pattern to coordinate with the feathers pattern I was working on as part of the MIID summer school - I'd planned to do a little collection, and as I get time I will add a couple more designs.
I don't know about you but I'm so glad it's Friday today. This week has been challenging and both me and the little lady have a horrible head cold/sore throat too. Bring on the weekend and less germs please!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I'm squireling away in the background at the moment building my website. It's coming along nicely but I still have a way to go. The good thing about this is that I'm discovering work that I did and forgot about, or started then stopped and didn't continue with, for some reason. So here is one of those patterns, which was half a pattern that I gave up on, but have now revamped

Thursday, September 11, 2014

September Girl

I've set myself a little challenge to draw a person each month, for the next year. This is September Girl - sporting a dress with the feather pattern from my last post. It will likely be seasonal, a visual record of what the months are doing over the course of a year. This one is pretty autumnal in theme.

Thursday, September 04, 2014


The last assignment for the make it in design Summer School was for a pattern featuring feathers.
I loved designing this one and I think I probably worked smarter/harder because I only had a few hours to complete it
I think some coordinates are needed for this so will work on some of those next...

Monday, September 01, 2014

Cute Characters

This months Tigerprint comp is for greetings card designs featuring cute characters. I'm really quite unpractised at character illustration, although love all things cute so this was a good one for me to enter. 
The competitions are a bit like a free brief to me. Regardless of the outcome, it's another couple of pieces for the portfolio, and I'm pretty sure there will be a whole lot of cute to look at in the competition gallery too. Bonus!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

the A word

I'm quite a fan of Autumn really. I don't do well in hot hot heat and the autumnal temperatures are much more up my street. That, and as a kid I always loved the time of year when we went back to school after the summer holidays. I suspect this was in no small part down to the fact that I could have a new school bag, pencil tin and stationery. I'm still a stationery nerd now.
We took our little lady (who has just had her second birthday! I mean, how?) to the library this morning and on the way we collected a huge orange leaf and a fallen conker still in it's shell. There's no denying it, it's definitely coming.

These autumnal influences are seeping into my work too, albeit quite unconsciously.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014

The semi finalists have been announced for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search.
I'm a teensy bit disappointed not to have made it through. Only 5% of those who entered did, and there is some fantastic work and crazy talent amongst those who didn't so I really need to try and not be too hard on myself about this. I am pleased with my entry, and have another piece for my portfolio.

The process of doing this has not only helped helped me grow my style and technical skill but also my ability to assess my own work and push myself to look at all the small things and to see how I can improve them. This is a journey. Onwards and upwards.
You can view the entire gallery of entrants here and see the top 50 semi finalists here

Thursday, August 21, 2014

animal print

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't loving the MIID summer school brief this time around, which was for a design featuring animal prints. Animal prints are not really my thing so I've given it my own twist and added a floral into the mix to make it more me, and maybe something that someone who's not into animal prints might consider buying. I've used 3 of the 6 suggested colours here, with tints and transparencies to add a bit more depth to the design. A challenge, but a good one!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

little terrarium

It's been a busy few weeks.
I entered Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search so have been working away on the first brief for that. There are 999 entrants, 50 of which will be selected to go onto the second round. The talent is phenomenal and competition is stiff. I'm keeping everything crossed that I get into round 2. 

I'll share my final design next week, but in the meantime here is a pattern I created alongside the final design, which is for a wall art piece based on the theme of a little terrarium

Wednesday, August 06, 2014


I'm taking part in the MIID summer school. One of the briefs was to produce a pattern suitable for swimwear, which has a tropical/vintage/retro/geometic vibe.
I've been seeing a lot of watermelon imagery and icons around of late and they seem quite fun and summery so I've used watermelons as a basis for my patterns.
It looks like fruit is creeping into a lot of my design work at the moment!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


My smoothie girl selfie from my last post had a fruity little t-shirt on. It was a placement print I created for the assignment but I'd quite like to see it as a real life fabric, so I've made it into a repeat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

bye bye bootcamp

This is my final assignment entry for Lilla Rogers MATS bootcamp:
I don't mind admitting that I really struggled with this assignment for a piece of 'art based around your favourite beverage'.
I'm one of those weirdo people who doesn't drink a hot drink every day - tea or coffee, or whatever. I drink a lot of water, and occasionally some very weak fruit squash. I think this is yet more proof that I am a child in an adults body.
If you're a long standing reader of my blog you will know I love my vintage china tea cups, and have crates of them stored away in my loft (which I WILL get out and use when I have a bigger house to live in) and it would have felt very natural and probably even somewhat easy for me to produce a design based on tea cups and saucers and biscuits and all that - just typing these words is sending images whizzing through my head. But I wanted to be a bit more true to myself, and also push myself to do something a bit different (for me) and a therefore a bit more tricky (for me).
I have recently taken to drinking smoothies for breakfast and sometimes lunch too, in an effort to improve my health and get as much of the good stuff in me as I can, so I knew this would be my drink subject. I also wanted to have a character in my design because this is still not something that comes easy to me. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted this to look like. But I struggled to make this happen. Everything I was drawing looked wrong.
But I persevered. Partly because I am stubborn and didn't want to be defeated by this, and partly because I knew I could do something good.
I'm glad I persisted. This whole thing is a huge learning process but I've found I just have to keep on doing, keep on drawing, and eventually it will come.

I'm pleased with what I produced. And I am a little bit sad that this was the final bootcamp assignment. Bootcamp has really pushed me to be more creative, and think differently, and draw more. I needed this. I've also connected with many other like minded designers and artists. The community has been so supportive and encouraging - everything you need when you are a solo home worker with only your cat and toddler for feedback, and as much as I love both of them, feedback is not their strong suit.
Take a look at the gallery - there is some fantastic work there. 

Onwards and upwards. Next up, Global Talent Search!