Pattern Inspiration from Crumbs and Doilies

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Lately i’ve been working on some repeat patterns for a notebook cover and have been playing around with layouts and colour combinations. It’s really tough when designing to make decisions and stick to them; it’s very tempting to add too much of everything. The other day I bought a cupcake from Crumbs and Doilies and the packaging it came in gave me a great idea. I took the design I was working on, spaced everything out and make objects a lot smaller. I’m super pleased with the result, it’s amazing how a bit of space can change the feel of a pattern. I can see this working on wrapping paper, a t-shirt or notebook.

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Pattern Cards

I’ve decided to start organising my digital pattern designs and create a design card for everything I do. This is a great way to see exactly what’s been done and to create a portfolio of work. I now just need to come up with a lot more ideas and patterns. Here are some examples.

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Getting Good Product Shots

For the last few months I have been endlessly trying to get some good product shots of these bags and cushions. I’ve bought white paper, moved furniture about and have generally been making a mess with absolute zero success. I started thinking about finding a good outside location to take these shots. I then remembered that the front door to our flat his a lovely shiny black colour so I thought it give it a wipe down and test it out. I’m pretty pleased with the results, it’s a very handy and cheap alternative to hiring a studio. These tote bags are all hand screenprinted onto thick cotton and are available from my etsy shop at a bargain price!

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Ohh Deer it’s my First Pillow Fight

I decided to enter the ohhdeer.com pillow fight competition this year to challenge myself. I chose the strawberry design I printed a few months ago as it’s quite simple and colourful. People vote by liking each design via the facebook/twitter links on the website. Unbelievably I managed to reach the top 6 “most viral” on Saturday and the Black Berry design now has 66 likes and two sales! I’d love to know who bought these to see some pictures! If you would like to vote for my designs follow the links below and click the Facebook “like” button. Thank you!

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Mixed Berry and Black Berry Cushion.

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Blue Berry and Big Berry Cushion.

Print of the Week: Abacus By Paul Rand

This weeks Print of the Week goes to Paul Rand. You may not recognise his name but you would certainly have seen his work as he designed the famous IBM and the UPS logo. I love his early book covers from the 1950’s but this design is my absolute favourite. This was originally a photogram that was used for his book Thoughts on Design and printed onto fabric. I love these colours and might try that combination out myself!

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Punk Posters Get Swissted

Mike Joyce is a designer from New York who has had the clever idea of re-designing old punk/indie band posters using a slick Swiss Modernist style. He uses the same Akzidenz Grotesk font throughout his series and has managed to create a collection of charming, playful and beautifully minimal designs.

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I actually wrote about these posters about 2 years ago but his work seems even more relevant to me now that i’m screen printing and designing patterns. These pieces are very inspiring and remind me of the Ogami notebooks featured here a few weeks ago. Some of these designs below seem to reflect the direction my work is taking at the moment. I’ve always dreamed about owning a swanky loft apartment by the Thames with a few of these posters on the wall. I haven’t quite fulfilled that dream but I have finally ordered the book which includes an impressive 200 posters. You can visit his personal site at swissted.

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Psychedelic Circles

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Last week I ventured back into the studio with a bunch of new fabric that i’ve sourced from a lovely place up north. I decided to try overlaying two colours on a large scale to see if it would look good. The day started of really badly with a few terrible prints and an exposed screen that just disintegrated when I washed it. I kept at it though and after 3 hours of faffing and moaning I managed to get my first colour down.

Once I started on the second colour I lifted up the screen and was so chuffed with the results I actually cried! It was the first time I’d printed something that is 90% perfect (minus a few image glitches here and there.)

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I have to say the new fabric i’m using is just gorgeous to print on and at half the price of my regular fabric. All this hard work is starting to pay off! I’ll probably make some tote bags from this and am designing some printed tags to go with them.

Print of the Week: Lulu and Luca

There are certain designers and printers that never fail to inspire me and Lula and Luca is one of them. It’s just one woman whose textiles are screen-printed and hand sewn into cushions and bags. I popped along to this months Crafty Fox Market in Brixton, saw her stall in the corner and bagged myself one of her large purses. It even inspired me to make some larger purses of my own which means I can use some offcuts of my bigger patterns designs.

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Play Your Cards Right

Moo.com are having a sale which ends tonight. I rushed home from work and tried my best to pull out a half decent business card design. I’m not naturally good at layout even though I was great at this at college. Anyway bish bash bosh, here is my design. I got it just it time for the discount.

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Notebooks by Ogami

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In between screen printing and designing patterns I have a serious obsession with beautiful stationery. That includes everything from notebooks, pencils, rubbers, diaries, pens, paper, did I mention notebooks? I’ve usually got about 3 notebooks on the go at once and I use them for writing down ideas, lists, doodles, reminders, pretty much everything. There are so many beautiful designs out there that I thought i’d start sharing a few. Today I discovered the “quotes collection” by a company called Ogami. These designs remind me of the Swissted posters I featured a few years ago. They have inspired me to create a range of my own. You can buy them from origin68.com for just a few pounds.

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