I haven’t been updating this blog for a whole year now. The main reason is that I moved house and the familiar stresses that came with it meant I put updating my print progress right at the bottom of the list. I’m a bit settled now and have found an amazing new studio (Leicester Print Workshop) for all my experiments. I learnt last year that it’s sometimes a lot easier to print onto smallers sections of fabric, rather than try to cover large areas. I printed this design below onto pre-cut fabric, about A3 size. This made the whole process a lot cleaner and i was able to align my colours quite easily. I was so pleased with this design and it remains one of my favourites.
Later on last year I decided to use my new method of printing smaller areas but including overlayed prints. i’m totally obsessed with overlaying colours but find it really difficult to prep. i’m never sure how it’s going to come out. Below is a test in overlying colours. i have to be honest, i wasn’t so happy with this one. I think I should’ve simplified the design and I love small areas of it. The whole pattern together though is a bit too busy for what i’m aiming for. I was also REALLY hard to align properly.
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.