'the life of a textile and surface pattern designer'

Inspiration

Rockin’ my world…

So many things rocking my world right now and this final design in one of them…
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Other things rocking my world right now?

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–  The landscaped knit dress (above) from Missoni’s Summer 2013 collection.

– Eyeshadow palettes… urban decay, lancome & benefit are doing it for me BIGTIME!

– Sophia Webster & Nicholas Kirkwood Shoes..amazing!

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A good day…

IMG_6656Tuesdays…my new favourite day…well for this week anyway!


London Fashion Week

Jeez isn’t today going far too quickly already…it’s gone 2pm and I’ve just realised so far today, I’ve only had a cup of tea! It’s totally my own fault as after the school run and Roxie’s dance lesson, I have been immersed in the trends emerging from London Fashion Week. Atleast I can say, this is all in the name of work as this research is all part and parcel of the new brief I am creating for…I am so lucky that the whole design process is so fun!!!

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So far, I absolutely love the show from Orla Kiely…what a show she put on, she really thought of covering every element  to create a unique stage show. If you haven’t seen the numerous videos and pictures flying around the internet, check out this link here from the website of London Fashion Week. It’s only 1min 28secs long and I gotta admit it was probably the best minute of my day so far! (Even better than my overly sugary tea!)  I must get a shifty on, so I will leave you with a new pattern I have been playing around with…

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Inspired!

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Whoever thought that a family outing to Lyme Regis, a small coastal town in West Dorset, little more than twenty miles from our home would be so inspiring!

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I am really loving the pastel colours that were so evident within the town and thats from ME…. a girl rarely inspired by muted colours.

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But don’t they look oh so gorgeous?! Thinking this may well be the inspiration behind the new brief that I start today.

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Not only were the colours more inspiring than I could ever remember but there were lots of interesting shapes around too…

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Aren’t these just so much better than ‘normal’ street lights!

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Inspiration Board

Busy, busy, busy here but thought I’d just show you a peek of the inspiration board behind my current Fashion Textiles project…

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A little ‘darker’ than my usual design projects, but so much fun!


Spotted: Gorgeous Everyday Design…

People are sometimes confused at what I do, but surface design really is just everywhere! Yesterday, we were wandering around the supermarket doing our BIG shop and I spotted the most am.a.zing drinks bottle ever. (If anyone knows the designer, let me know as I’d love to see more of their work!)

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How gorgeous is that beautiful design…the illustration is so soft and in such yummy colours! I really couldn’t resist buying this fabulous bottle and I am so glad I did because the drink inside is really delicious. Even better, I notice that some of the proceeds from each sale goes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Win…win (and a perfect example of surface design!)


Company in Focus : Marimekko

During research for my first project, I started reading the wonderful book, ‘Textile Designers at the Cutting Edge’ as a source of inspiration.

I loved reading the ‘stories’ and profiles of each designer within this book and it was here that I originally stumbled upon the Finnish designer Maija Louekari.

An interior design graduate with a talent for drawing, I adore her organic abstract style which is often complemented by vibrant colour schemes and expressive motifs. Much of Maija’s inspiration comes from observations of her surroundings. For instance, she finds Cities and their multi-layered dimensions, from people to architecture, absolutely fascinating.

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It was through Maija, that I then found the Finnish company ‘Marimekko’. Oh my, I have absolutely fallen in love with this vibrant design store. So many delicious products AND a fascinating history which has impacted the design market dramatically.

Siirtolapuutarha mug by Maija Louekari for Marimekko.

Siirtolapuutarha mug by Maija Louekari for Marimekko.

Marimekko cleverly continue to allow their business to grow by letting their designers create ideas that they are passionate about, rather than what they are told. They are encouraged to keep their work loose and free, pushing boundaries without restriction. Designs are rarely planned and are often spontaneous, growing organically, telling a story. This approach continually keeps the designs fresh and ahead of their time, rather than merely following others.

Klapi Cotton Fabric by Jenni Rope for Marimekko

Klapi Cotton Fabric by Jenni Rope for Marimekko

It is the passion of the designers that really keep this company alive. Marimekko wants to set them free and to be emotionally inspired, expressing their individuality just like there target customers, who they were to give an “…authentic taste of life…” (Marimekko Yearbook 2011) It is this supportive ethos and energetic way of working that would really make Marimekko one of my top companies to work for, they really have thought of every aspect from a designers point of view.

Mini-Unikko Coin Purse by Maija Isola for Marimekko

Mini-Unikko Coin Purse by Maija Isola for Marimekko

For instance, even though their core business is through great design, Marimekko believe that manufacturing of the products go hand in hand. Therefore in 2011, they expanded their large manufacturing facilities even further. The manufacturing center is nearby to their design hub, so that the designer is able to oversee each of their projects through from start to finish ensuring it stays true to the design.

Kalku Mug by Sami Ruotsalainen for Marimekko

Kalku Mug by Sami Ruotsalainen for Marimekko

With such a strong spirit and original approach, working together as one team to facilitate a unique and creative atmosphere, I am feeling so inspired by Marimekko and can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.  Their designs are always so bold, experimental and dare I say it maybe even a little ahead of their time.  Each design has been created from the soul and (from my background reading) I get a great sense that each design has been created from the heart even if sometimes this can be an emotional experience.