Saturday, December 20, 2014

From my desk this week- Happy Holidays and Thank you

This week I am tidying up my desk and getting ready for Christmas. I want to say a special thank you to the people who supported Susse Collection this year. Upper case Magazine, Print and Pattern Blog, Pattern Observer, Lilla Rogers School, Make it in design,Tiger print competition and Hallmark Creative Blog. Thank you for supporting and sharing my work.

I am wishing everyone a very Happy Holidays and saying thank you for stopping by and following my creative journey through out the year.  I hope you visit me next year  for more creative adventures on my blog.

I wish you all the best in 2015. X X

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.?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hire a designer a new design directory by Print and Pattern.

I am excited to let you know that I just joined the new directory Designers for hire. It's a new directory dedicated to Surface pattern designers.  Created by the famous blog Print and Pattern.
There so many of my favourite designers listed there so I feel honoured to be included.

Check out the directory here

Friday, November 7, 2014

From my desk this week- Fresh Patterns

Spring Day.

 Hello from my desk this week. A short post today. I am busy developing new designs right now working on some new product ideas all with be revealed soon.
I have been taking some  time this week to look over the huge body of work I have made this year with all the courses I have been working on. I decided it's time to get some of my work in order before the start of New Year. Here are some patterns  I have been redoing and working on and I updated my Moyo directory listing this week.

It's the perfect time of year to do and more updating going on behind the scenes with Susse web stores and my website . I have been procrastinating all year about redoing my site but it's time for a fresh look for 2015.

Check more patterns here on my listing page at the Moyo Directory which is a unique source for surface pattern designers around the world.

Have a good weekend XX

It's chilly outside.

Back to school.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Add fun to your year

Add fun to your year. It's getting chilly time to wrap up warm.
Here is November calendar to enjoy.

Friday, October 24, 2014

From my desk this week- Love Peace Joy

I have been working on a little bit of Love,Peace and Joy this week. Feeling some Christmassy vibes this week.I decided to enter the latest Tiger print competition to design some Christmas Pattern for wrapping paper for Marks and Spencer.

You can see all the other entires here
Still some time to enter if you want to have a go?

I decided to apply a some Lilla's Boot Camp techniques to create these designs. I worked on a wee mini and I really enjoyed putting these designs together. It's a bit different for me so not sure yet but it was good to have a go and try some new ways of working. I think I am still developing with my painting techniques here.

Wishing Love Peace and Joy for your weekend. X

Three reasons to feel YEAH.

Free with Flow Magazine The Little Gratefulness Diary.

I have been having a few cosy nights in this week catching up on some magazine reading. I have started to subscribe to the lovely Dutch Magazine Flow with great articles about creative people and lifestyle. Free with the latest issue is The Little Gratefulness Diary. I hope to fill it every week. I have been on a mindfulness journey this year after my surgery and really into meditation and been reading up on it quite a bit this year. This diary is perfect for  being in the present moment and thinking about those little things in life you feel grateful for . I have been thinking about this a lot this week and decided to share three reasons to feel YEAH!

It has taken months to get my little knee back into shape. I am so grateful I can now practise yoga in the morning again YEAH! I can go swimming again YEAH! super happy about that and I have started sewing again YEAH! Dusted down my sewing machine and whipping up a few clothes that I started months ago. A couple of months ago I was just grateful to be able to walk again and go up and down stairs.  It is so great to do things that I enjoy again.

Do you have three reasons to feel YEAH! this week?

Friday, October 17, 2014

From my desk this week - Fresh Space- Fresh Work

Hello from my desk this week. Finally our house is no longer an upside down house. I am now working from a freshly painted desk space. I have been thinking about how I am going to re-decorate the space while I have been painting and painting and painting and painting. I am so into painting right now taking on a fresh approach with my work in my fresh space. Once it's decorated and um tidied up I will show the end result.
Have a good weekend. X X

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wish list for Fall Fashion

I thought it would be fun to paint and share my favourite things I wish for Fall. So here are some things on my fashion mind just now all from some of my favourite London high street stores.

A posh coat COS
Big fluffy jumper & Other Stories

Blue nails and mega rings  rings H & M  Blue Nail varnish & Other Stories

 A big twirly skirt & Other Stories

New clumpy shiny shoes COS

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paris inspiration

A little inspiration today from my trip to Paris which was ages ago now. I have been meaning to write this post this week. I am in a clearing up, tidy up lose end kind of week for me so here are few exhibitions I enjoyed. We saw a lot and I mean a lot of things in Paris these exhibitions I found interesting to share with you.

Visit to the Quai Barnly Museum you won't be disappointed if you love all types of ethnic art from around the globe. It was so well put together . My photo's are bit shaky as everything is shown off on dark backgrounds and low lighting. It really highlights the amazing craftsman ship for all the pieces.

Tiki Pop Exhibition which  was also on at the museum but sadly no longer on but you can purchase the book here about this colourful Pop culture from the 50's.

I managed to get lost in the world of fashion designer  Dries van Nortan exhibition  
Les arts Decoratifs Museum in Paris. A catalogue of all is style and inspirations from his collections that span over his career as a fashion designer. It's still on until the 2nd of November a riot of textiles embroidery and print suitable for any textile lover. Maybe you will find some inspiration here too.