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October 26, 2017

I am thrilled to be able to announce that this week I've sealed a deal to supply print design to Nomads Clothing, a fantastic fair trade clothing company based in Cornwall, for their Spring/Summer '19 range. As I live in Cornwall it's great to work with a local company.

Nomads produce quality clothing on a fair trade and ethical business model; working with their fabric and garment manufacturers in India, having built up close ties over many years with the companies and workers they use.

Check out their website using the link on the picture for this post. Vicky and Duncan's story from their days as awe-inspired travellers in India to the successful design brand that is Nomads today is one filled with warmth and passion. This open-hearted approach was really apparent when I met them and their wonderful design team at their beautiful studio earlier this month.

Many of you will know, if you've followed my blog so far, that this is my first commercial work sold, having spent th...

August 14, 2017

It was this time last year that I took my first online design course, the Make It In Design Summer School 2016, and began my committed focus on building a life for myself as a surface pattern designer. The past twelve months have been incredibly intense and the learning curve so steep at times that I have felt like I was clinging on by my fingertips. This has been the most challenging and inspiring time since I was at university, having sat in my comfort zone for many years I took a leap of faith (and hard work!) out of that space and into my future. 

I often get strong visual imagery in my mind's eye about where I am in life and what I am doing. I have seen myself building what has become an intricate, Heath Robinson-style machine, unique, majestic, ramshackle. This wondrous contraption is of my own creation, crafted from components sometimes found, some given, some engineered from raw materials, all slowly linked together into the vehicle that is to take me forward. The build has been...

July 6, 2017

Two whistlestop days in London were a shot in the arm of inspiration and all things pattern. Being down in the wilds of Cornwall is fantastic but sometimes 'if adventures do not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad' as Jane Austen would say.

So, an early train took me to Waterloo and I headed straight to the Design Museum to see a wonderful new show there, Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius, which looks at how colour behaves by exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections. Somehow quiet and intense at the same time this whole installation presents a visual feast of colour, form and pattern. I'd recommend a visit...it runs until September 24th. 

 That evening I headed over to the Pill Box in Bethnal Green, where Adam Crick of HER Studio London was hosting the London Pattern Social meet up. Adam was a warm, enthusiastic and amazingly friendly host and made the 30+ of us who came along feel incredibly welcome. Surface pattern designers at ever...

May 26, 2017

There is help out there!

Planning and looking for funding.

May 26th 2017

Here's my studio!!....well here's where it will be. A great space at the bottom of my garden which my husband, Ian, (who is a builder, conveniently) assures me is where my gorgeous, made-for-purpose studio will appear imminently. Quite what the timeframe is I'm not sure! 

At the moment I work from a very cosy corner of my bedroom, where I have a desk in an alcove and my computer set up. Artwork gets done on the kitchen table and sometimes in the garden. 

As I said previously, I gave up my teaching job last year and am focused on building a business as a surface pattern designer. I want to produce gorgeous limited edition fabrics and clothing to my own design, license artwork and run workshops and community programmes...I want to do so much. But...I have absolutely no money at the moment and Ian is working all the hours he can to keep our family afloat and support me in this endeavour. 

I've never run a business before....

May 26, 2017

Less polish

"Less polish, more authenticity"

My first blog post.                        

Wednesday 17th May 2017

I've been meaning to start this for quite a while now, but have been waiting....for what?

Today I sat and read some of the great words from Karen Young (amongst others) in Grace Bonney's wonderful book 'In the Company of Women'. Karen Young is a Product Designer and Entrepreneur from New York and these words of her's really leapt out at me.

"Less polish, more authenticity"

I guess I've been waiting to start this blog until I felt I was at a point where I was ready to present myself, and my work, as some sort of finished product, as a polished offering. And when would that be? I asked myself. As a (reluctant to admit it) perfectionist and control freak I want everything I do to arrive fully formed and fantastic, a sort of 'Ta-dah!' moment in the unveiling. But the fact of the matter is that I have begun an adventure and am lea...

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