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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!


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.


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


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


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





Yesterday was all about color (and even more snow!) whilst today was mostly about screenprinting! Exciting times 🙂


It’s all about the story….

Happy weekend everyone!

AutumnWinter 2013/14 is all about the story so my story this weekend will mostly be about….

– creating my inspiration board for my new AW13/14 project

– experimenting with fabric manipulation

– mixing lots of beautiful colours to create my colour palette


Certainly, a good weekend lined up 🙂

And to top off all the fun of SNOW DAY Yesterday,  I was absolutely thrilled to be featured on the lovely blog of Hannah Byatt. Go take a look… I had so much fun answering all her questions…

Read it here (http://hannahbyatt.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/claire-smillie.html)




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.

11:25 and still smiling…

SO, its 11:25 on a Saturday night and here I am working away at my desk…now that’s what I call commitment!

We’ve had some fantastic weekends of late and we have really been trying to make the most of this precious time together as a family, but with deadline looming this friday and the kids in bed, I am furiously  working away throwing every last ounce of energy into this brief. I desperately wanted a weekend away at the Clothes Show Live (Birmingham NEC) this weekend (surely armed with a student ticket could have been grounds to call it ‘educational?!’ or a ‘research’ trip?!) but with commitments it just really wasn’t possible. On the upside though, I’m pretty sure I have just about convinced Leon that a trip to the ‘Victoria & Albert’ Museum (hark at me, the one who usually HATES museums) would be fun!

So, back to the project in-hand…Now, this colours this project lends itself too, are not necessarily colours I am naturally drawn too or even actually appear in my designs very often, however it’s no secret I love to play and this design, with the colours changed really made me smile 🙂


It actually changes the design into something else completely! Love this! So me 🙂

Happy Weekend everyone!