This year, Christmas is going to be a little bit more exciting than normal as I have joined up with 2 fellow designers to form a little side project called “Oh, Lovely!”
Vicky, Sarah and I are pooling our creativity for our very first Christmas Craft Fair at Knutsford Christmas Market on 2nd -3rd December 2017.
We now have a Facebook page called Oh Lovely Gifts and we are beavering away creating lots of crafty goodies to sell at the craft market and soon to be seen online. It’s so exciting. Here is a sneak peek of what we are up to:
We are all so excited and hope you can come along and support local makers and even buy some handcrafted Christmas gifts.
See you there
What a lovely surprise to find one of my pattern design mockups featured on today’s blog post by Rachael Taylor Designs. There’s also lots of other designers on there with gorgeous work. Here’s the link
(c)2014 The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design
I created this design as part of the “Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design” Module 2 course I took (which was amazing and so much fun). I used one of the many free images they provide to mockup the design as a wallpaper. The brief was to design a set of stationery (Oh how I love stationery) This was my take on it:
I also used this pattern for a set of 3 tea towel designs I had printed up for Mother’s Day, as a gift for my Mum. It was so satisfying seeing an actual product with my design. I had them printed at Bags of Love. There was a 3 for 2 offer on and I also had a matching greeting card made. The quality was really great, although the colours I chose were a little too pale when printed onto the off white tea towel fabric. Next time I will use slightly brighter colours.
Thanks for stopping by
This is the most exciting news ever!! My ‘Biscuit Crazy’ pattern and my face (aargh), appear in this month’s Love Sewing Magazine . I am beyond excited.
Lovely editor, Amy Thomas, asked me if I would like to design a fabric pattern for a magazine feature she was writing, about the print-on-demand website Contrado.
Hello? Dream come true!!
The brief was to design a multi-directional print that was fun and colourful and fairly small in scale that would suit a dress. Amy makes the most gorgeous dresses in fabulous prints so I had an idea of her style. I had some sketches I had been working on and thought they would make a really fun print in a ‘Pop art” inspired colour scheme.
My design presentation to Amy
I must admit I was a little nervous when I presented my design. As a designer, this can be quite daunting and you always wonder if it’s up to scratch and will meet someone else’s vision. I had nothing to worry about though, as Amy loved it.
Ordering from Contrado was very easy. I read all their info about file size, resolution and colour space and had a swatch pack of their fabrics which made choosing what we wanted so easy. We chose a cotton satin and a soft velvet. I absolutely LOVE the dress and squishy cushion she made from them. I have some of the fabric myself and may make some cosmetic bags or a little coin purse.
My neighbour’s kitty wanted to help!
Page 80 of Love Sewing
The magazine is out today (7th September). If you haven’t come across Love Sewing I wholly recommend it. It really is jam-packed with amazing free patterns and loads of style ideas. OK, I am a little biased but it really is a good buy. You can buy it online at Craftstash or at most supermarkets in the UK.
Check out Amy’s instagram to see some of the gorgeous frocks she makes. What a talent she is!
See you soon
The pattern galleries are live!
I signed up again this year for the Make It In Design Summer school. It’s a fabulous place for creatives, aspiring or professional surface pattern designers to meet, create and support each other, all in the privacy of a private Facebook group. Basically you choose which track you want (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced – or all 3) then you receive 2 industry standard, trend led creative briefs to create surface patterns to set themes, then they are published online by Make It In Design. It’s a chance to stretch your brain and create whatever makes you happy!
Here are my entries for the Beginner briefs with mockups: Drawn Botanicals & Abstract Thread
and my one entry for the Intermediate: Stripe form
If you want to see the rest of the galleries then click here: Brief 1 Brief 2
I am so excited to finally get my site up and running after years of procrastinating. My aim is to share part of my creative world, which is quite a scary thing for me as I’m naturally shy and the whole “Hey look at me!” thing is terrifying! So I began sharing on Instagram little snippets of my day job and a few personal projects and gained the confidence to show my creative side.
So, here it is in all its glory. Hoping to share more soon.