Friday, December 12, 2014

From my desk today - Sketch booking

Hello from my desk today. Just a quick hello today I have been to the art store this week and
stocked up on some new sketchbooks to work on for 2015 ideas. I think everyone has that 
certain thing they just keep buying and for me it's sketchbooks and notebooks. Here are some 
random sketchbook peaks going on working on new project ideas. 

Today is the day to drink hot chocolate and eat cookies and just paint and paint not leave your desk. 
A great way to spend a very dark cold December day.
Keep warm and cosy and have a great weekend. X X

Friday, December 5, 2014

From my desk this week- Happy Happy Happy

Hello from my desk this week. I haven't written a from my desk post for awhile as I have been busy getting projects finished before the school holidays start. I am having one final push of work  for the next two weeks and then it's time to relax and enjoy the holidays with my little family in London.
I have been looking ahead to 2015 and I had decided to take a break from courses and really get more focused and get down to promoting my designs. I did decided to take part in Bootcamp again at Lilla Rogers School. I think it's a course that really enhances your work, stretches you and compliments the current work you are working on. You just meet the most wonderful creative and supportive people from all over the world. I think I have really grown from taking part in Boot Camp this year.

Have you listened to Lilla's videos When making art your business yet? They will certainly getting you inspired to get going in 2015.

Happy Happy Happy is an experiment I tried just writing the  one word 20 different ways. You will have to listen to Lilla's videos to find out why I tired out this little exercise.

So you will be seeing more posts about my journey on Boot Camp 2 I hope you will follow me along
this journey too.

Have a good weekend.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Susse Collection Gift Guide 2014

Hello looking for some last minute gifts for the holidays?

Susse Collection gift guide is here

Add fun to your year

The last calendar page for the year wow 2014 you went quickly.  Are you getting in the holiday mood? I am really excited this weekend as my lovely American friend is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at our place this weekend. I have never celebrated Thanksgiving before so I ma really looking forward to it.

Have a good weekend I hope your having some Happy Holidays fun. XX

Friday, November 21, 2014

From my desk this week- Spoonflower

Hello from my desk this week. I have been making lots and lots of pattern this week. Things are getting really busy here getting designs ready for all the textile and surface patterns shows start next year. I working to get everything done before the Christmas Holidays. It has been nice working with Spring Summer 2016  colours while looking outside at that  classic cold grey London sky that happens this time of year.
Apart for springy patterns I finally posted my first design on Spoonflower. I have been wanting to have a Spoonflower shop for a long time. (Talked about it a few times here on my blog .) At last I have started and I decided to have a go at one of there competitions Kitten in Mittens.
he competitions are a great way to build up your portfolio as they come up with some really good themes.

This design is not for sale yet as I want to get a quality sample first and will be posting more designs soon onceI have seen my samples let you when I am ready to sell my patterns.

Keep warm put your mittens on and have a good weekend XX

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Short list Tigerprint Christmas Patterns competition

Hello I found out over the weekend that all three of my patterns made the short list for the Christmas Patterns competition. ( Thank you Sara for telling me) It was a really nice surprise. I was feeling  a little unsure  when I posted them in the gallery. As I still feel in a transitional phase with my work at the moment as I get more involved with painting. Painting has become a bit of a new addiction for me. Working at a slower pace feels good instead of the quick cut and paste paper collages I have been doing for a while now. I am enjoying experimenting using more textures and adding more detail to my work now.
I didn't make it any further in the competition but  feel pretty good getting shortlisted make you feel your on the right track somehow.

Happy to see some Boot campers making the runners up list. 
Yeah for Antoana Oreski and Lucy Banaji lovely designs.

Fancy having a go at one of the Tigerprint competitions check out the website here

Friday, November 14, 2014

From my desk this week- Share

Hello from my desk this week. This week has been about sharing for me. I was contacted by a graphic student this week asking help breaking into the Surface Pattern industry and was introduced through a fellow Pattern Observer course  student. It was a surprise to be asked and I felt huge responsibility dispensing the right advice I hope what I gave was useful I wish this student good luck. I remembered when I left collage any advice other designers where willing to give was so greatly appreciated. Any way this week it sparked the idea to share some useful resources I found this year on my blog.

Books: Business and Life

Courses: Business and improved Pattern design and illustration.

Do you like my illustration above? It will soon be a pattern to buy. I am working behind the scene to finally launch a Spoonflower shop soon another procrastination in my life being check off my list Yay!!

Have a lovely weekend see you next week. XX.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter Sleepy.

I had to share this quick painting I did the other day of this sleepy cat. Do you get that winter sleepiness around this time of year.?