I’m over here…

I’ve had a few new followers over here recently, which is lovely, so I wanted to let you know that I’m now doing my regular blogging over on my website: www.annadentstudio.com/blog/

You can sign up over there to follow new posts – I wouldn’t want you to miss out on my ramblings! Most recently I took a trip to the wonderful Artist Textiles exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. If you missed the show there are some slightly wobbly pics that I took with my phone. My fave piece was some amazing culottes with fabric by Picasso. Who knew you could get such a thing?

I’m moving – please come with me!

After a few months of work, lots of confusion and a few lucky guesses, I have completed my own proper website!

You can take a look now: www.annadentstudio.com – really keen to know what you think.

As you may notice I have moved all my blogposts over there as well and I will be writing my new posts over there from now on so that I don’t have to deal with too many different sites, I won’t take this site down though, it’s been good to me for the last 6 months or so.

It’s surprisingly tricky to move people who are following this blog over to the new one (any web geniuses got any tips?). If you’d like to keep following what I’m up to, and I’d love to have you, please submit your email on the new website.

It’s on the homepage so it’s easy to find – you can follow my blog, and also sign up for an occasional newsletter which will include new products and offers, and when you sign up for the newsletter you’ll automatically get a free card to save and print at home, as many times as you like.

If you follow through wordpress you should be able to do that on the new website too.

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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside (almost)

Nice day out today, we took advantage of the decent weather (sunshine!) to head down to Rye on the south coast. Well, it used to be on the coast in medieval times, it’s now just inland from the sea.

It’s very pretty, with ancient battlements and cobbled streets and even on a chilly day like today was quite full of tourists – it must be heaving in the summer!

Here are some pics of the town and also some vintage goodies we spotted – there’s a good selection of junk / vintage / fancy antique shops for a good mooch around.

The gate at Landgate

Cobbled street leading up the hill

Lovely wooden-clad house

The Ypres Tower

Vintage goodies #1

#2

Dutch coffee, sugar and biscuits

Moo

I could fill several kitchens with vintage crocks

Meakin cactus design

Final vintage treat

Making, and making it real

Too long since my last post, I hope you managed to see at least some of the lovely work in the bloghop last weekend.

I’ve been working on a plan for this year, starting with finding manufacturers and finishing off my new website.

I’m expanding my portfolio before I launch the website properly, here’s some bits & pieces I’ve been working on today. The colours are bang on trend (as they say) for Spring / Summer 2013, which believe it or not is just around the corner. Can’t tell from the snow!

I’m sticking with the simplicity theme at the moment. I’m thinking a lot about where my patterns might actually be used and who might wear, or drink from, or dry up with them, and whether the pattern will work in the ‘real world’ and not just on a computer screen – there’s quite a difference.

When I have some manufacturing sorted I can try out my theories!

Pebbles

Teal, acid yellow and dark greeny-grey are colours for next season

Sweet-rows

I’m sticking with simple motifs, in this collection they are graphic and geometric (with a hand-drawn wobble!)

Jagged

A bold, graphic coordinate for the more delicate patterns above

Fly my pretties!

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Hiya, hopefully you have reached me as part of the Let’s Fly bloghop, from the absolutely super-duper work of Esther Cox – if you’re not on the hop why not start from the beginning?

We’re showcasing the work of over 50 designers, and we’re all using the Pantone 2013 colour of the year Emerald in our designs.

I’m experimenting with keeping my work really simple at the moment, it’s easy to over-complicate patterns I find, and some of the patterns I love best are very simple and clean. Sometimes a bit of bravery is needed to strip something right back to the basics though!

For these patterns, inspired by the theme of flight, I have used very simple bird and cloud shapes and played with different layouts to create patterns which work as a collection but also have distinct personalities. You can see some of my initial doodles below, some visual brainstorming.

In 2013 I’m working on growing my portfolio and will launch my website shortly – to keep up to date you can follow me on twitter @annad_design.

I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section, before you head off to your next destination… the lovely and talented Kathryn Pledger!

Initial sketches

Initial sketches

Flying High

Flying High

A Warm Front

A Warm Front

Dusk Flight

Dusk Flight

Stocktaking

A star made of koru - a Maori symbol of creation, growth and strength.

A star made of koru – a Maori symbol of creation, growth and strength.

As one year slips seamlessly into the next (apart from a little bit of haziness around 3am), it’s a good time to look back at 2012 and forward to all the possibilities in 2013.

A year ago I knew that I wanted to start a business, but wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted it to be. I had started painting shapes and patterns on fabric, and was grappling with graphics software to try to get the ideas in my head onto paper. Then I found the 2nd Print & Pattern book in a local shop and it piqued my interest, opening my eyes to the possibility of surface pattern design – obviously patterns must be designed by someone but I had never thought it was an actual job!

On the P&P website I found the online course The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design, which seemed to offer what I was looking for, so I took a risk and signed up. The course got me creating, made me think and look at things differently, gave me a huge amount of industry information and, without being too melodramatic, has changed the direction of my career and life.

I’m still grappling with software, and still have a long way to go to get to the kind of business I’d like to have, but I have made massive progress in the last 12 months. I’ve starting building a portfolio of work, set up this blog, and a website (which I will officially launch in the next few weeks), and made products which real people have paid me real money for – this feels quite bizarre and very exciting!

Over the next few weeks I will make the finishing touches to my new site, and my major focus for the first part of this year is to produce lots more designs and collections to build up a really strong portfolio. And find a UK manufacturer for fabrics.  Oh and find an agent. So a quiet start to 2013…

What are your goals for the year?