Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From my desk this week- Schools out for Summer




The school holidays are starting today. I am off on holiday for a while so I will pop in now and again. It's time for those slow lazy days now. Working the night shift and  using this time for planning what lies ahead the next year.Enjoy hanging out with Rocket during the day he is growing up so fast. Happy summer Holidays and see you soon. X X X

Monday, July 20, 2015

Add fun to your year



It's not quite August yet but summer holidays are around the corner so you don't miss out. Here is fun loving Leo pattern for August to enjoy. Happy birthday Leo.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer time at Susse Collection- PAOM shop.






My new collection Pool side at PAOM shop is now available. Fun collection to celebrate those lazy days of summer hanging out by the pool. The current edition is perfect for those summer days with a weekend bag shorts long t-shirt to cover up post swim and a bikini. 
Every piece on PAOM is custom made. all the pieces are printed on fabric first and then cut and sew. They believe in slow fashion offering high quality items producing clothing and home decor in an environmentally sustainable way. Their studio employees receive a living wage and health benefits.
There are lots of great co labs with artists from around the world. 



































Friday, July 10, 2015

From my desk this week - Fresh prints



Hello from my desk this week. It's been such a busy week with lots of end of school things going on for my son Rocket and working on more fresh prints this week. I updated my surface pattern gallery on my site if you haven't noticed yet. Here are a few summery prints below. I have also been working on some cute prints for children's wear,stationery and home decor for winter.
Patternbank will be exhibiting next week so you can check out some of my prints and other artist collection on their stand at the London textile design fair.
Enjoy the weekend X X





 

Friday, July 3, 2015

From my desk this week - Bye Bye Boot Camp.






Hello from my desk this week. It's full swing of summer here in London and the school holidays are rapidly approaching. Boot camp has finished now. It seems like a good time to reflect over the last 6 months. 
It has been a very busy 6 months so much growth for my business. I think part of that is due to what I call the Boot Camp magic. I am really glad I took part and the investment of time to take boot camp a second time.
Last year was tougher as I was recovering from surgery and limited in physically doing the things I wanted to do with the set assignments. This year I really felt so much at ease with the assignments which has helped with real life client assignments.  
I had one really strong out come for me this time around. This was learning to use my creative energy and be mindful of when I was in the right frame of mind to create and not get so stressed out and enjoy the process.  I am more focused and positive about creating my work. I am starting to receive some positive out comes.
I have had work published in one book and another soon to be published,magazines,inquires from agencies,short-listed in competitions and now working real client assignments.  Great support from the industry Make it in design,Print and Pattern ,Hallmark Creative,Tiger printers ,Uppercase Magazine and Pattern Observer. 
I think it has really taught me the importance of  learning and growing your art practise. I am not sure if I will take Boot Camp again (  I might do still thinking about it) as I would really like to try one of  Make art that sells more intense course next year. There are other areas of growth I think I need to focus on.
I have also made some nice friends from Boot camp on-line and off line. The supportive community has been amazing experience especially when your  a work from home alone person.  I soon realised those everyday challenges experiences in a creative life are a global issues for all creative people and your not alone.
Here are all my pieces I made for boot camp the over the last six months below. I really am loving painting again. My work has really made a shift and a bit of a surprised how decorative and light and airy my artwork has become. I definitely drawing and painting more and loving it. My favourite assignment was painting on wood a new experience for me. It really reminded me of my childhood when I was really happy just spending making things in my room. 
I think that one of the magical things about boot camp is there is always a new way of thinking to try out new ways of working and not get stuck in a creative rut. I hope I will keep maintaining this in the future.
For the the next 6 months I will try maintaining the growth I have been enjoying over the past six months.

If your interested in Make art that sells courses check out the link here.

 Have a great weekend X X

Journal Assignment

Wall Art Assignment

Advert Assignment

Manifesto Assignment

Home Decor Assignment

Editorial Assignment

Friday, June 26, 2015

Add fun to your year











July is just around the corner so it's time to add fun to your year. Here is a nice summery pattern for you to enjoy. Happy birthday all you loving Cancerians. Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

From my desk this week- Boot Camp Editorial Illustration







Here is my final assignment for Lilla Rogers Boot camp. The brief to illustrate and article tips for  becoming a successful digital nomad for on line magazine Forbes. You can read the article here.
My piece illustrates the freedom you can have now with the help of digital technology. I wanted to create a spirit of travel and adventure while working away from the conventional office space. I came up with different places you can work in.  Working on this image it did reminded me of myself moving to Australia and not really having a physical studio space to work in. I used my laptop as a virtual studio. Sometimes in the park at the beach or in a library and many coffee shops. I could identify with this article in a way. I came up with different place to work but then put it all in the one illustration. You can see my different ideas below.
The June gallery is now open over at Lilla Roger Boot Camp so enjoy everyone's work. Here









Friday, June 19, 2015

Happy Fathers Day - New Work





I have been working on some new portfolio pieces for my portfolio books. Trying to get things completed before the long summer school holiday which are coming up soon.  I have been focusing on cards and wrapping designs. Here is one of my ideas from sketch on my desk to final colour design for Father's day. I worked on several themes, this one is Gardening Dad. Happy Father's for Sunday guys I hope all have a good day.
I will be loading more designs at the Art Licensing Show website over the next couple of weeks so if your an Art director interested in seeing my latest creations you can visit the site and registered here.
Have a lovely weekend X X.