All I want for Christmas is…

I know it’s over 2 months away, but my thoughts have turned to Christmas as I’m going to be making a range of products, featuring my designs, to sell at a Christmas market.

I’ve had some greetings cards printed already, and will be making cushions, aprons and other bits & pieces with my own fabric – the patterns below, and more, will feature.

Watch this space for the time and date!

Greetings cards – these will be available for Christmas, and online.

Kitchen textiles in my Retro Jugs and Mugs design will be made by my own fair hands

And don’t forget you have 1 week left to get my cushion

You can find my cushion on the ohhdeer website. If I am lucky enough to be a competition winner it will go on sale in shops including the Tate Shop. If I don’t win I plan to get some fabric printed up and make my own.


Busy busy busy

A whole week since my last post and it’s been a busy one – starting your own business takes up rather a lot of time!

Here’s just a few things I’ve been doing this week…

My first delivery of greetings cards arrived from moo – printed with my own designs. I am very pleased with them, and will be putting them on sale soon.

A sneak preview of my greetings cards – on sale soon.

Where will I sell them? Through my folksy store! I set it up this week and the cards will be on there very soon – as soon as I’ve had time to take some fantastic pictures of them.

My course is also really busy at the moment (check it out here if you want to know more) – this week I’m working on a live brief from to design a mural or wallpaper design inspired by maps. Here is a sneak peek of what I’m planning – can you guess what it is yet?

Some drawings that will appear on my finished piece – come back to see what kind of map features meat and cheese!

And finally I ordered my first yards of fabric from Spoonflower – after a few rounds of samples I am happy with the colors so have taken the plunge and will be hitting the sewing machine as soon as it arrives. The end results will appear on Folksy, plus I’m planning to sell at a Christmas market or two.

I’ve ordered fabric in this design to make some comfy cushions

Patterns 4: all wrapped up

This week was the start of Module 3 of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course that I’m taking.

It’s been amazing so far, so much to learn and it’s helped me move my plans forwards far quicker than if I’d been doing it all by myself.

The design brief this week was to create a range of wrapping paper for a target audience of late 30s affluent female customers – I don’t quite fit either of those traits just yet! No florals, branches, leaves etc allowed – a good restriction to make us think a bit more creatively.

The collection is for Spring / Summer 2013, so I’ve gone for fresh greens, yellow and a soft pink.

Here are some of my designs:

Cat or fox or bird?

Bang the drum

Under the microscope

On the horizon


Patterns 3 – give it some personality

I designed this collection in response to a brief to use only geometric shapes, and only design on the computer with no hand-drawn lines at all. It was a really interesting exercise – I immediately wanted to draw all the shapes by hand! Whilst I like the concepts and shapes in this collection, and the colour palette in particular, I think it loses energy and personality without the hand-drawn lines.

My geometric collection, produced entirely in Illustrator. Click for bigger image

So I decided to see what would happen when I re-made some of the patterns by hand. Some of them worked much better, and interestingly some of them didn’t – straight lines are the answer sometimes it seems!

Overlapping squares

Meshed rectangles

Sketchy squares

Layered wiggles

Patterns 2 – a family affair

Some more of my work from the ABSPD course.
The starting point for this collection was a quick sketch of a jug, made by my Granny, Marianne de Trey. She has spent her life making beautiful ceramics, and is a talented pattern-maker! She actually started by designing fabric at the Royal College of Art, and moved onto ceramics when she met my grandfather Sam. You can see some of her work here. There are some of both their pots in the V&A museum in London in the lovely ceramics gallery on the top floor.

So, I have a bit to live up to!

The original sketch turned into a repeat pattern, with a strong 50s influence and muted tones.

Some cups to go with the jugs – you need something to drink out of after all! I like the dark background on this one.

Bringing the original hand-drawn motifs together with some abstract shapes with a retro, bright colour scheme.

And here’s all the designs together in a collection, with a couple of simple coordinating elements to go with them. A nice range of kitchenware one day I hope…

Patterns 1

This is a selection of my work, mainly in response to briefs from the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course.

By the way, if you want to know more about the course you can read all about it here

These first three are self-initiated work with a 50s feel and a strong colour scheme with summery shades and acid brights.

50s inspired organic shapes

Some more alien life-forms with an acid-bright colour scheme

A third pattern from the collection