Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Feature on Print Pattern

Yay!! I was super-excited today to see that my work had made it onto Print Pattern's awesome surface pattern design blog.  I'm even having a cheeky glass of wine later to celebrate.  You can see the post here

Thursday, 23 April 2015


I know Christmas is a way off but Im taking part in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Module 3 and these are couple of assignment pieces I've finished.  The Christmas card is more my normal style but the mark-making is a new experiment for me.  I'm pretty happy with the fonts Ive been making, feel like I found a style that feels very 'me'. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Fiesta Fiesta!!

Well, the last assignment of Make Art That Sells Module B is finished (I missed 2 of them due to illness) but was pretty happy with how this one turned out.  Based on Folk style we were asked to come up with some party paper ware.  Not sure how much a cockerel says 'party' but it was good fun to do.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day to an intrepid traveller

For my Mum, a fearless adventurer, who is somewhere on the other side of the world right now, probably traipsing through jungle.  This isn't my finest work but it's the thought that counts:)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Make Art That Sells Part B

Last year I took Make Art That Sells Part A, and now I'm on Part B so I thought I'd show you the 2 assignments I've completed so far.  First assignment was a Christmas Card with a toy train theme and second was a kidswear design based on seahorses and seaweed.

This little mog playing needs a playmate

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Land of Make Believe

I love maps and wanted to try and make a fun one for my daughter, although her bonkers imagination could probably come up with some more imaginative places than I have. Maybe I'll do one with dragons and ice bears next! Went a bit overboard with the photoshop textures!  Probably need to work on it a bit more but I think Im hooked on making maps!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Birds of a feather...

...stick together, especially when they are both stuck in a party belljar! I think this print needs some text but not sure what yet. (Cant really use 'free as a bird' as they are are captive in the jar!)

I've got a pair of nasty bird ornaments that I sprayed gold for a DIY project that I keep in a belljar with some fircones and when I'm at my computer they stare at me from across the room. The other day I thought it might make a good picture. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lilla Rogers MATS A course

Here are a few of the assignments I did for the Lilla Rogers course in the Autumn.  It was a fantastic course and really helped me find my style.  There were some incredible artists on the course which was a bit daunting but I think it helped in a way, you don't want to be the most accomplished designer on the course or you havent got so much to aim for.  With all the awesome working flying about, it was so inspiring and made me try that bit harder!

Suzani-inspired tableware

Bird Life

Hare and Tortoise bookcover

I know, I know, Christmas is over...

But, I never got round to posting these bad boys that I created for my advent series.  I never got further than 10, so maybe by next Christmas I'll have it finished!  Here are a few of them.

I'm back!

Phew!  I've been so busy the last few months, the poor old blog is neglected again!  I did Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Part A course in the Autumn, after doing the first module of The Art and Business of Surface pattern Design last Summer.   I've learnt so much and those two courses really helped me find my style so now I'm working on honing that more and hoping to start selling work this year.  Last year I had my first forays into selling my designs but I really want to make a leap this year into making design for a living.

Things are about to get super-busy again as I'm doing The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Modules 2 and 3 this Spring aswell as Make Art That Sells Part B all on top of my two part time jobs (Am I an idiot?). 

I've been trying to create more placement prints, as I have previously only really made repeat patterns.  I'm having a whale of a time, just like these little forest folk!


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