Back in 2004 I decided to spray paint some canvas with this little paddle shape cut out of card. I’ve always wanted to print this shape but I wasn’t quite happy with the composition. After months of fiddling about and head scratching I decided to loosen up the design and move the shapes around at angles. I’ve been playing around with colours and overlaying sections, i’ve also forced myself to stop using pink for a while. I made some purses and pencil cases from this fabric, all of which are available in my etsy shop! They’ve been really popular in the West Norwood Market as well. I had real fun playing with this design and plan on a bigger version this year.
I cut these shapes out with card a few weeks ago and they’ve been sitting on my desktop in a “TO DO” folder ever since. Tonight I decided to quickly turn them into a pattern. These small evening projects are great because you don’t spend too much time thinking about the layout it can give you other ideas for patterns and colours. I’m going to make a few “collections” using these shapes and colours.
I now have around four or five purses that i’m happy with and am working on some more small, delicate designs to be printed onto fabric. So far I’ve had much more success with these small designs as the big ones are very tricky to print.
I’ve been practicing creating seamless repeat patterns using Photoshops “Define Pattern” tool. I just had to make a vinyl related pattern to match my obsession with buying records. I can’t wait to get these onto fabric as they never look great as a flat image. I’ve also been modifying some old patterns and adjusting the layout. I hope you like!
I’m going into the studio today for another printing session and i’m super nervous that it will go wrong again. Here are some more designs i’ve been working on. I’m trying to keep them simple and bold.
This design is inspired by the scene in Spirited Away where the little soot characters come out and start eating the Konpeito’s (Japanese candy). It still needs a bit of work though.
I’ve started sewing and have been practicing making purses. All I need now is a decent print and i’ll be over half way there!
The other day I made a silly doodle of these wheel shapes in my sketchbook. I love the simplicity of them so decided to create a repeat pattern. It took me a while to organise, first I tried arranging them at random over the page but eventually opted for the “less is more” approach and arranged them in a grid. The most difficult part of this process is getting the colours right. I’ve found that small thin shapes don’t work so well on dark backgrounds. After trying to avoid a white background I realised this is probably the best option for now. The plan is to make some more tote bags or cushions from these. I hope you like them. Do take a look at my etsy site, there will be more items added over the next few weeks.
Here are a few more of my designs. I’m taking lots of inspiration from Mini Moderns, Inaluxe, Lotta Jansdotter and a whole host of other designers past and present. I’ve taken these samples from Spoonflower, am working on some high res versions at the moment.