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Let’s fly!


I am so pleased to be joining over 50 international Surface Pattern Designers for today’s bloghop! You have probably just hopped here from the lovely Sharon Minkhuk. Weren’t her designs just gorgeous?! As you probably may have worked out by now, Emerald is the Pantone Color of the Year 2013, curated by Believe Creative Studio and starting at www.patternaddict.blogspot.fr we have been challenged to be inspired by this to create our own mini collections!

For those of you that may not have ‘met’ me before, I am Claire….Claire Smillie and I am absolutely addicted to the wonderful (and sometimes crazy!) world of design. There is absolutely nothing I enjoy more than researching, creating and designing. You can see a selection of my work on my website http://www.clairesmillie.com

Our designs started with the idea of flight….firstly I brainstormed ideas surrounding flight…wings, hot air balloons, butterflies, bees, wasps, birds, aeroplanes….the list was endless but if you know me then you would know that I just had to go with the idea of birds. They are just so me. I then looked through my sketchbooks for any images/motifs that called out to me and found this wonderful collaged flower that I had previously created

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 along with some nature inspired sketches/markings.


I then set to work to create my mini collection of three designs, remembering the importance of Emerald Green. I have to admit here that Emerald Green is not a colour I am naturally drawn to (even though it is my birthstone!) so it took me a little time playing with the colours to get this just right but I’m loving it now and think it has come together beautifully!


My favourite is the one on the top right absolutely gorgeous and I love all the layers…think this would look great as wallpaper or maybe even the front cover of a diary?!

2013 is going to be a GOOD year. I can feel it. So much to do, so much to accomplish. If you follow my blog (or even my Facebook or twitter) you’ll  probably know from my video post, my word for the year is TOGETHER…..together as a family and together as a community…that is where we are strongest. Which leads me on to my challenge for the year…one eighty in one eighty…. I want to contribute to and strengthen our community of designers. And I think this idea could do just that.

I am going to challenge myself to interview one hundred and eighty designers this year……. each for one hundred and eighty seconds (give or take a milli-second or two!)

Thats just THREE minutes of time…because I KNOW how important time is to us all..both for the viewers (as yes my plan is to record the interview…which will probably be video chats…so we can see each other!) and the designers who wish to participate. With well chosen questions, I can see these mini interviews are going to get very interesting!

So, how can you help ‘one eighty in one eighty?’ well I’d love for some of you to be interviewed 🙂 If you’re up for it, then drop me an email at clairelouisesmillie@hotmail.co.uk and we can getting planning your segment. If you’d rather not be interviewed, you can still join in the fun here on my blog as I will be posting each and every interview for you to see!

This is a BIG challenge (and I’m hoping to raise the bar by getting some amazing designers on board) but I am determined to make it!

Wish me Luck and make sure you join me on the way!

****To keep up-to-date don’t forget you can follow me on twitter (claire_smillie) or ‘like’ me on Facebook (designedbyclairesmillie)****

Now, don’t forget to hop on over to the next blog, which I am so pleased is my good friend Nicky Ovitt from California, USA. She is a wonderful designer and I for one, can not wait to see what she has created!


31 responses

  1. Fab work claire. X

    January 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  2. Hello Claire! You’re so right, the one top right is a hit! It would be PERFECT as a wallpaper. (It even reminds me of wallpapers by the Swedish designer Hanna Werning, but with colors that I like much better!)

    January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  3. Hi Claire! Love your layers! Something I need to get better at.

    January 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  4. Claire – these look great! I love reading your posts, I can hear them in my head with your voice and enthusiasm! (thanks to your video posts!)

    January 10, 2013 at 5:55 pm

  5. infemity

    hi claire, great variations on the theme! great success in 2013.

    January 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  6. Claire love how you gathered your inspiration, thats for sharing! Wishing you great things for 2013.

    January 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  7. I can really see these designs working well on fabrics. Great idea with 180! Big challenge 🙂 I’ll be in touch xx

    January 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

  8. As always- lovely work! I want to do an interview with you- maybe I will even die my hair red for the occassion! I really enjoyed your video:) Best of luck to you in 2013 Claire! Julie

    January 10, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  9. Great birds and layers, Claire. Lots of luck with all those 2013 projects, dear.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:27 am

  10. Claire
    it’s always so lovely to read your blogposts and look at your work!

    January 11, 2013 at 2:10 am

  11. These are lovely Claire! I’m not sure how you manage to squeeze everything in!!

    January 11, 2013 at 3:53 am

  12. Such fun seeing all the different impact this Emerald has. My fav. was the bottom pattern, showing it’s power, but still how when combined with some colors it (Emerald), can some how agree to calm it’s absolute dorminacy down a little bit and bring so much beauty out like on this particular pattern. Loved so much to see your patterns show all the impact difference. Gorgeous motifs!

    January 11, 2013 at 9:21 am

  13. I loved the bottom design, great work!

    January 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

  14. Great designs and great ideas for 2013… good luck. Dawn x

    January 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm

  15. I am back to leave a comment – I just couldn’t see the button yesterday. Love the designs and colours you have used – these would love fab as jacquards or VAT printed onto cotton satin : D – hope all works out well for you this year.

    January 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

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  17. Great Claire, beautiful work! Thanks for being the inspiration for this Bloghop… I had some much fun with the one you organized… thanks for that! Definetly together we can achieve much more!
    I am definetly up for the interview, will drop you a note!
    Thanks for participating in the bloghop and thanks for the credit. I really appreciate it!
    Let’s Believe Together!

    January 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  18. Love seeing everyone’s color combinations, yours are lovely! Have a happy and creative 2013!

    January 12, 2013 at 4:53 am

  19. Lovely designs Claire and I enjoy reading about the process! You collage flower has inspired me to experiment! Good luck and have a great 2013! 🙂

    January 12, 2013 at 11:10 am

  20. Zoe Attwell

    Very pretty Claire! My fave is the bottom one, good luck with your great plans for 2013!

    January 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  21. Lovely birds and interesting colour combo. A great new project, too, I think one eighty will be very inspiring! All the best for 2013!

    January 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

  22. Great post Claire! Love your designs and your energy! Here’s to a wonderful 2013!

    January 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

  23. Great designs Claire and I love to see your process behind the designs. Wishing you a fantastic 2013!

    January 13, 2013 at 11:30 am

  24. Lovely designs Claire and great use of colour! My favourite is the bottom one… 🙂

    January 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

  25. Oh and I forgot to say, good luck with your interview project, it sounds very interesting. I’ll definitely be checking it out!

    January 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

  26. lovely to see your sketches Claire, they are great! All the best in 2013!

    January 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  27. Beautiful designs Claire! I just love your enthusiasm-both in your work and your actions. Your 180 in180 idea sounds like a lot of fun! Will definitely be watching! Best wishes!

    January 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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  29. Lovely designs Claire, all the best in 2013!

    January 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  30. As always…lovely work Claire! The colors are amazing! I could see any of them as wall paper and/or on journals, wrap, etc. Really lovely work. All the best to you in 2013! You have some ambitious projects ahead!

    January 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

  31. Sorry I am so late in getting here, but wow Claire, those are amazing sketches, how did you do that, it looks woven. Nice birds and I love those pink leaves.

    January 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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