Monday, 5 August 2019

'Fields of Gold'

When I posted my latest design 'Fields of Gold' I did not really go into any detail about the inspiration for this design. It originally started off being inspired by the summer harvest and the types of wild plants you find growing around the crops.
What I really like about the creative community is that there is always somebody willing to show appreciation or recommend other ways to improve the final outcome. I really admire a lot of other designers out there and Davinder Madaher is one of those designers who I have found so inspiring over the years and very helpful to others. I especially love watching his Instagram posts and I would thoroughly recommend anybody to follow him on any social platform. So I was really happy to receive his reaction to my latest design which he recommended that I flipped some colours around...I knew before I had made this small change that it was going to work so well as there is a lot of bright pops of a black background would just set things off perfectly! As you will see from my previous post the background was Grey and now it is Black. The previous Black motifs have been swapped with the Grey background. So here is the result as promised. Thanks again Davinder Madaher

I also inverted this design to give it a very light background...I think it also works...
what do you think?

Monday, 20 August 2018

Lampshade Example

This is the first 40cm lampshade I made not long ago...not bad for a first attempt...I spent a little more time on this one as I wanted to grasp the more difficult bits. Compared to the smaller lampshades I have made they do seem more difficult the larger you go. But I was happy with this one. I learnt that I will be better to use a thicker inner side material (white) as when the light is switched on you can start to see the design coming through. So that is one thing I learnt...and it is good because I can experiment with different coloured inner materials too!


I am finally getting these fabric designs cut up ready for various sized lampshades.

I have created these a while ago, using natural objects directly in my work as well as drawing with hot wax - to give a looser feel to my handwriting style. I like using my natural objects directly as I get 100% original marks / motifs....I think that is my unique selling point! I also like combining the hand drawing with the natural object motifs to really gain the eyes interest.

Monday, 6 August 2018

New Blog - Dedicated to Contemporary Art for your home or office

As my background is primarily surface pattern design I wanted to explore other inspirations to feed this love I have had for so long.

One thing I have noticed over the years is that my work can appeal to many different commercial contexts - from lampshades to womenswear fashion.

I have decided to really focus on doing some very contemporary canvas artwork ideal for your home, surgery...etc...etc...

I have been really inspired by a certain method of painting lately and I plan to use this method to create some spin off work for my surface pattern design work too...

All through my creative career I have been focused on the journey of my work from concept to finished piece...often overlapping methods and techniques along the way.

I pride myself on being unique and as original as possible in all the creative areas that I am involved in...I want my work to be different from anything else out there.

I am excited to see how this new venture develops...and I would like you to follow me too...

So, I have set up my new blog where you can keep an eye on my progress:

And my artwork will also appear on my Surface Pattern website as usual too:

I just want to say a BIG thank you for following my social media channels and website over the years...I have had a lot of good things happening over recent times which has taken up some of my time...time that I now intend to spend promoting my creativeness to the max!

I am now going to succeed at giving this my 100% commitment so I can make some kind of impression on the creative world out there!

Please get behind me by following & sharing...and it would be really nice to start receiving your messages in response to my creative posts too.

Here are all my current social media channels (I will do some Youtube videos too...details to follow):


Monday, 9 July 2018

Collective - Art Prints Textile

I started working as part of a collective group called Art Prints Textile in June 2018 and I am thrilled to be part of this fantastic group of creatives.

Please visit the website and explore the gallery.

Art Prints Textile an online Print Design Studio with designers from the capitals of the world. We design colorful, sophisticated and femenine prints for Womenswear High Street brands, Activewear or Stationery. 
Our inspiration comes from nature, meeting people, visiting places, and from universal feelings. As designers we love to experiment and find different and stunning visual results.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Fields of Gold

I love seeing the oilseed rape fields at this time of year so I thought the plants would make excellent inspiration for my first design since having several months off doing other projects. I'm really pleased with this effort as I feel it captures the essence of seeing the bright yellow plants up close. This design is available for licensing - just contact me!

I am also making it my mission to work as hard as ever for the next 12 months so that I can show my work at Blueprint, New York next May. If you are interested in forming a collective get in touch. It will be my first trade show in 17 years, so I want to make sure I give it my all!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Design Update

So, where have I been for the last 6 months...

Well, I moved house and have been working hard around the new home -  both inside and out (weather permitting). I also had to move my design studio once more which to me is important to gain that great working environment.

I often feel that the working environment has to be totally right in order to achieve the best design results...right down to the colour of the walls.

I am definitely now an expert at decorating as I have completed 3 properties now and I have my favourite brands of paint that I prefer to use for different usages. In the beginning I made mistakes...using certain paints that I later regretted. Paints that over time changed colour to my disappointment! When I paint a door white I want it to stay pure white for many, many years...not go a slight yellow over time.

These days I have learnt over the years what paints are best and I do not hesitate to get involved in the next DIY project! I love seeing improvements made.

I never used to consider using wallpaper in my property...but now I can see how a feature wall can really enhance the look and feel of a room. I can design my own wallpaper, but I actually like to use other designers creations for my own living space.

As well as currently working on my most recent property in which I live, I often have to return to my rental property to maintain that too...when it becomes vacant. I know all the colour and brands of paint used on all of the walls, so it is very easy for me to go in and touch up paintwork that might need some TLC!

I love both my properties and they are real assets to me. I have enjoyed all of the DIY projects I have carried out over the years and I am now thinking of building a pond where I live! I love the sound of running water and find watching fish swim about very therapeutic and relaxing.

Those of you that follow my blog and visit my website - will be glad to know that I am going to be returning to my designing very shortly - I have already seen the inspiration for my next few pieces of work and cannot wait to share the future work with you.

Thanks again for following me and don't hesitate to get in touch!   

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wraptious Cushion Competition

Wraptious are running their cushion competition again and I would love to have your votes as usual! I am always hoping to win.

Please Like them on Facebook and vote for them on the Wraptious website too.

Here are my entries: