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2012 September

Recycled Book, Ribbons and Repeat Patterns


It’s a wonderful autumn day here with flashes of rain, wind and sunshine.  Rather than head outdoors it gave me a chance to clear out a drawer or two and I ended up spending an hour or two in the studio today gathering ribbon and inspiration.  I love the way the ribbons danced across my window and as the rain came down I thought I would try may hand at some water colour painting and my favourite pastime – patterns.

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Fab Five New Loves and Likes

On 23, Sep 2012 | 2 Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

Whoa, this week has been busy and I have connected to so many new fantastic people that the Fab Five could easily run into the the Fab Fifty! Instead it’s going to become a weekly event to share my new loves!

But for today I want to go back to the start and share Pattern & Co’s first likes!

When you open up facebook and create a new page it can be a bit like a blank canvas, full of ideas but a bit daunting to paint or write that first word, are people going to care? Will they like what I have to say?  Do I have anything worth saying? My answer is, go for it, have fun, write posts for yourself, that you like, share other posts from people you admire and soon the connections start to happen! An example of this is Sristhi, an adorable paper craft studio that was one of Pattern and Co’s first likes. (Thank you!)  We connected over the internet a while a go and have been in touch ever since.  I love her enthusiasm, her commitment throughout and mostly I love her designs, playful and cute and I am sure this is just the start of many more ideas and morning chats!  You can reach Sristhi over at her Facebook Page.

Bethan Janine is an amazing and talented surface pattern designer, I adore her work there is nothing not to love  // Facebook // Shop // Blog

Ickle Prints has the cutest personalized patterns and prints for the little people in your life but there is more to the  busy mum and designer behind the company so be sure to drop by all the links // Facebook //  Blog

Another fabulous artist and pattern designer Claire Caudwell Art with a flair for expressive and beautiful hand painted flowers // Facebook //  Etsy // Web

Destination Here and Now is a great blog I will definitely be dropping by.  Be sure to read Margaret’s About page and blog for a glimpse into interesting stories and fascinating photos (I adore the wattle photography and the amazing images that Margaret snapped at the workshop of Simon Ramsey)   // Facebook // Blog

That’s my fantastic Fab Five for the week but I will be back with more from Patternandco Facebook Page!

NOTE: All photos are credited to the talented designers and bloggers love and like them!

If you would like to be featured on Pattern and Co drop me an email with links to your work!



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Orange the colour of creativity

On 19, Sep 2012 | No Comments | In Colour Crush | By patternandco

Out and about, looking for a quiet space, a bit of inspiration.  The colour orange really stood out, maybe it is the time of the year, but when I came home I looked up the meaning of orange,

A dynamic color to be sure, orange offers a more thoughtful control than explosive red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.

Credit Emily Gems

Sums up things perfectly I think! Lets all add a bit of orange to our designs to turn up the creativity and spice things up. Do you love orange? Is it just a passing trend? I’d love to know what you think.

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An Etsy Treasury story…..please read

On 13, Sep 2012 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco


















Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Telling a story with images! Weaved together with the fantastic art and designs of some creative people over at Etsy, if you like my story please click on the photos and love the folk that wrote the words!

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Repeat after me….

The last couple of days I’ve been stuck in organization and background tasks, those things that need to be done but that are not in the least bit interesting and somewhat stressful! To stop my mind exploding I thought I’d take a break and find some repeating patterns outside, an incentive and inspiration to look through as soon as I’ve finished working on all the necessities!

The beautiful roses above were taken from the Castle gardens that tower above us, they would make a fantastic repeat floral composition, I may even try watercolours!

Moving onto raindrops, love them! So many options from the simplest raindrop shape to a metallic and silver watery effect pattern.

Cobbled streets oh how I love you (except when it’s raining or when I want to where high heels) but they are great for inspriation – I am thinking doodle squares, grid lines, perhaps with curves.

The tickets all lined up looked fantastic, going to take this one out of the box though and play around with stripes of rectangle paper shapes, different colours and textures!

The final photo below I have cheated (I actually took this photo earlier in the year). I have already made a pattern based on the shapes and colours of the photo – read about From inspiration to design : workflow process here!

What inspires you?  Are you drawn to any one subject? Or is it something more abstract?  Be great to hear your comments!






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Creating Sunshine and Showers – A starting point

Where do you ideas begin? From a doodle, an image, a colour?

I thought I would try something a bit different and start with some simple shapes from tissue papers, I love the textural properties of tissue paper and the way you can blend colours and so easy to rearrange into different shapes and patterns.

Here’s a few of the patterns that I created from my Tissue paper designs, the Summers End Collection.

I ran with the idea a bit more and the next part is really exciting, seeing and selling your designs!

Working on some fabric and cushion designs from the collection which will be available soon along with the iPhone covers, cards and prints available from our shop.

I love the tactile nature of hands on pattern making and getting away from the computer for a few hours and just letting imagination take over!  Any other creative inspirational ways in which you have fun and begin the design process I would love to hear!


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Fab Five New Loves and Likes

On 06, Sep 2012 | No Comments | In Likes and loves | By patternandco

Lots of new likes on Patternandco’s Facebook page and I love following and returning the likes, discovering new art and creative people, so much so that I thought it would be nice to give a shout out and show some of the amazing independent businesses and artists that have dropped by…

Todd Evans Art – Colourful and positive art, loving the vogue 1920’s flapper inspired woman // Facebook // Shop

Alice’s Apparel – Fantastic small store full of cute garments, accessories and vintage clothes – I adore the Chic floral print jacket, perfect!  // Facebook // Shop

Claire Henley Art – A talented illustrator and designer and after reading her about page she likes to write children’s books too – Talented lady indeed and picking just one of her painting to show was extremely hard, best to check out her work over at Claire Henley Art Facebook page and website.

This cute snowman is part of Claire Henleys Christmas card collection available over at Whistle fish.  Adorable!

Sarah Summers Illustration – Another talented illustrator whose shop is a dream to browse through, love the colours and the fabulous dare I say cheeky blue tits! Facebook // Shop

Yes at pattern and co we love paper and patterns but step back and take a look at the fantasic colours and flowing shapes at American Art and Glass. Positive inspiration and a must to check out the Tiny Hand Sculpted Glass Pumpkins! Shop // Facebook.

All photos are credited to the talented designers and as there are many more wonderful pages I am browsing through over at Patternandco I will be back next week to shout out some more.

Lets spread the love and the likes and join me over at Patternandco Facebook Page!



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Inspiration Board Dynamics

On 03, Sep 2012 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

Dynamics is the study of the causes of motion and changes in motion, just like the seasons changing, that cross over time between summer and autumn, when the light becomes longer, the inner workings of the plants begin to show as the petals fade, the transaction between indistinct and blurred edges.

I will be working on a few new ideas this week with this mood board in mind if you spark any great designd and would like to share, even if it’s just a doodle then drop me a line or comment!

Inspiration Boards is a new series of posts to share themed mood boards to generate ideas, colour combinations, even doodles!



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