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Posts tagged “2012

On Cloud Nine…


Just a little design, that I must have created back in August/September which I don’t think I’ve ever shared with you!


I love this neon colour way which I think would look great on stationary whilst the one below would look awesome as nursery decor for a little one.



just a quicky!

Just re-creating my website (Don’t worry…I’ll let you know when the changes are live!) and I have discovered p.len.ty of designs that I don’t think I’ve ever showed you before. How did that happen?!!

Heres a quick one…which i reckon was created at the end of September…. pretty simplistic (infact saying that I do have a little urge to work into this one maybe a little more…) but I love the flow of the flowers and how the colors.





Today, I had so much to say I thought I’d treat you to a little video post instead of typing it all. Just press play to get started!


The Plan 2013 from CLAIRE SMILLIE on Vimeo.

Sketching the night away…

The last couple of days have been spent sketching away some motifs for my newest collection to be.


Choosing a sketchbook is one of THE hardest things for a designer to do! Personally I love large chunky square sketchbooks and am always on the lookout for one which inspires me and makes me want to draw and design inside it! When we were in London, I fell in love with the one below …so luxurious but at @ £12.50 for a sketchbook, (when I go through them so quickly) really isn’t economical. The sketchbook played on my mind and we ended up going in Paperchase (different ones I may add!) three times before Leon decided enough was enough and marched over to the till with it!

00501280_largeYou gotta agree though, it is pretty damn beautiful even though it breaks my square rule!

See the light

Urban Line was inspired by London and from that it evolved into a project with many focuses including collage, cutout and lighting. This was a lampshade I created as a proto-type using a selection of fabrics which i created for this collection. (The spotty vase is merely for the photo and not as part of the design).


I really love the texture of the crumpled fabrics used here and I think the fabrics with a white background really standout in this collection.

the boy did good

After all the preparation, Christmas has been and gone, but the boy did good with lots of surprises including this b.eau.ti.ful ring…


As always, it was over far too fast and now it’s back to work for us tomorrow.


So back to the designing…


Here is another recent final design I have created, using a motif developed with sketching, stitching, sequins, lace, collage & paint, before been digitally manipulated into a repeat design.


I’m thinking this design would look great on upholstery!



Mission tree was completed and with just 20mins until Christmas Eve, we move into mission Christmas! Exciting times! This post is illustrated by two variations of another recent design. Enjoy 🙂