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Notes from the Sketch Book

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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Introducing You, me and three

Say hello to You, me and Three, the little elephant family. Perfect nursery collection from bedding and co ordinating fabrics to printed keepsake cards and farmed art. Read more…

From inspiration to design : workflow process

Photography and going out and about inspires me, from ideas, colours and patterns, to the first outlines of a workable design, all from one photo.

I often pick out colours around me, sometimes it’s on purpose, for example working on a mood board or new designs, I also do it without realising, whilst working on our latest designs the colours I selected as a base were the same colours as the two buildings outside my window where I sit and work.  I only noticed when I had both images open in photoshop next to each other and glanced up to see the exact same combination outside!

The rusted railing was a photo I took whilst out walking last year, I loved the hues and the decay with the ferns fading underneath.

Colours of  rust:

Patterns within:

Putting it all together:

It’s quite simple at this stage but it’s a start of a pattern.  Do you have a workflow?  What inspires your designs?


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