Spring is coming…

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Hi there and thanks for dropping by! It’s been a little while since my last post (the start of January to be precise!), which I’m feeling very guilty about as I promised myself that this year I would become a regular blogger! But time has run away from me and here I find myself writing my first blog of the year at the start of March! I hope that 2015 has been good to you so far and that it continues to be going forward. I thought it was time for a little update to let you know what I’ve been up to since 2015 started!

I really don’t know where the last two months have gone, things have just been all go, go, go but I’m definitely not complaining!

January saw the start of Module 3 of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design which I was really looking forward to getting stuck into. This part of the course is all about monetising your designs and how to make money from what you love to do…design! It was absolutely jam packed with info about freelancing, selling outright, manufacturing, trade shows, creating a design portfolio, stock control, contracts and lots, lots more! The amount of information shared was fantastic and well worth the investment. This module is much more business and information focused so there is a lot to take in and read through, but there are also a few creative exercises thrown in too. I started off really well, logging into the online classroom every day to read and download the valuable content provided but as the weeks continued, things soon began to slip as other work commitments took priority. I’ve managed to download and save all the content so that I can tackle it at my own pace when I have some more time. I did manage to have a go at one of the creative briefs during the module which was to create an abstract design in no more than four colours for a potential tea towel design…here’s what I managed to come up with! I really enjoyed working on this as it was something completely different to try and I’m quite happy with the end result! I’m slowly making my way through the other briefs and hope to share some more work with you soon.

CWD Funky Triangles Tea Towel Design

As well as designing my own products, I also freelance for UK retailer, Dunelm, on a wide variety of projects. I’m often designing prints and patterns a year in advance, so I find it very easy to lose track of the designs I’ve done! The new Spring Summer 15 collections have now launched in store and I was really excited to see some of the designs I created this time last year on range of products. I love the challenge and diversity that this freelance work brings, pushing me to design lots of different things I’ve never tried before. You can find all of the products shown in the image below using the links below the image.

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1. Yellow Skandi Geo Bed Linen Collection

2. Up and Away Nursery Collection

3. Salvage Ticket Bed Linen Collection

4. Funky Birds cushions

I was also thrilled to see my colourful floral design featured in store on a wide variety of Mother’s Day products in store, from packaging and labels to stationery, mugs and gardening gifts. I get such a buzz from seeing my designs on real products and love that someone will be buying my designs, possibly as a gift for their Mum.

Dunelm Mother's Day 2015

On the subject of Mother’s Day, (don’t forget about it – Sunday 15th March!), I’ve recently added some new designs to my Lovely Words art prints which are in appreciation of all the lovely mums out there. They’d make the perfect gift for a special mum and are available from just £8.00 so why not treat her to something a bit different and let her how much she means.

Mother's Day Prints

I’ve also recently entered the latest Tigerprint Competition for Floral Patterns and was thrilled to discover that one of my entries has been selected for the final shortlist of 87 designs from over 1400 entries! Tigerprint are a UK based company that work with and supply lots of beautiful designs to UK retailer, Marks & Spencer, and who regularly run design competitions. They’re open to everyone and are great for pushing you to try new subject matters and techniques. I loved working on this particular as it made me try something a bit different, working with my usual illustrative style and combining it with some watercolour flowers I painted in the studio. Even if my design is not selected as the winner, I am really happy with it and will certainly look to develop it further so watch this space!

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Finally, to celebrate the arrival of Spring (hopefully!), I’m offering a fabulous 25% discount on all orders placed in my online shop for a limited time only! Simply enter “Spring15” at the checkout once you’ve filled your basket!

Happy shopping everyone!

Spring Sale