Tulip Time Tea Towels

This evening I will be back at my sewing machine hemming my Tulip Time Tea Towels, so I am hoping for a cooler night unlike last week where here in Sydney we had temperatures in the mid 30 degrees Celsius up until 3am! Here is a little preview look at one of the yellow and pink tea towels. I have 4 different colour choices in this collection. 

New Floral Textile Designs

During May and June I worked on several new collections and floral designs with different looks, styles and colour palettes. The first floral design I did features hand drawn flowers with bright water colour and painted washes in various shades of pink, yellow and orange with black ink line work for the detailing. I wanted to create a fun design that would be suitable for little girls dresses and children's apparel. The inspiration for the floral motifs was derived from my childhood memories of my grand mothers doilies and crocheted flower rugs. 

The next design I want to share with you is 'Lotus Blossom' which shows the splendor of water lilies when it is springtime and they are blooming and soaring upwards to open up their wonderful display of petals. I decided to use a dark navy background which has created a very bold and striking contrast to the  pastel colours and retro yellow. This girls two tiered dress show one of the coordinating pattern designs on the bodice.

The last little girls dress has a design that I just finished on the weekend and it is part of a collection I did for the baby market. It has a softer colour palette with a dusty pink, light apricot, chartreuse and velvet grey. For this design I went back through some folk style drawings of tulips that I had done earlier this year in January which I had never used. I think this design looks really good on this girls sundress mock up and it looks really fresh and clean. 

World Ocean Day Design Finalist

In May my Blue Fish design was selected as one of the finalists in the Spoonflower design competition for Bucketfeet. The design brief was to create a design for World Ocean Day that could be printed on a limited edition pair of Bucketfeet shoes. 

I had alot of fun designing this surface pattern design and  I have since added more designs to create a collection of patterns in several different colourways which would be really great for childrens fashion, home decor and bedding and they are available for licensing in various markets. 

Wouldn't this design look great on children's bedding! 

Geisha Garden

Since my last post I have been busy with alot of new design work and projects. One of these was to design fabric inspired by a Japanese Garden for a Kimono for Spoonflower's new website Sprout Patterns. I designed a few different patterns in the process. This was my first design with these Cranes in flight. 

Japanese Garden Textile Design

Japanese Garden Textile Design

I then went on to illustrate and draw some more Japanese theme motifs such as shrines, cherry blossoms  and origami inspired patterns. I added these to a new design and also played around with several different colour variations before I settled with the final design - Geisha Garden.  


And this is an example of what my Geisha Garden Textile Design would look like when used for a Kimono.

Gesiha Garden Textile Design as shown here on this Kimono

Gesiha Garden Textile Design as shown here on this Kimono

Spoonflower Design Competition

I have not entered any design competitions or challenges recently because I have been busy concentrating on various courses, learning new skills and working on new artwork in different mediums. One of the mediums I have started to play around with is painting with water colours and when Spoonflower announced that the theme for this surface pattern design competition was watercolours I thought yes! perfect timing. What a great way to be inspired to create a design, all in one day, and also incorporate some birds with my flowers. This is my entry 'Folk Garden' .  

To create this surface pattern design I started by painting up different folk style birds and floral motifs in watercolours which I then scanned and opened in Photoshop, where I created and assembled my repeat pattern. Here are some design process images of the original watercolour paintings which I used for this design.

Watercolour Painted Birds 

Watercolour Painted Birds 

Watercolour Painted Floral Motifs

Watercolour Painted Floral Motifs

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit more of the process and the original paintings behind the design. If you would like to see more watercolour designs and vote for your favourite designs in this competition you can do so by going to the Spoonflower website via clicking Watercolour Design Competition

The designs are randomly displayed each time someone views the website and you can vote for as many designs as you like, however you can only vote once. If you like my design I would really appreciate your support with a vote, just scroll until you see it and select it by clicking on the tick.....Thank you so much :)



Fleur de Lizard

This is a fun little design that I entered into the Spoonflower 'Ditsy Lizards' textile challenge. Because lizards are definitely not my thing I thought this would be a good challenge to be able to design a pattern that would not look like lizards and be pretty.  Fleur de Lizard is the design I came up with, a cute fun pattern that is a quirky take on a traditional country style french fabric. I think it looks rather good on tea towels!

GTS - Global Talent Search

In August I entered the Global Talent Search, and international art and illustration competition orangised by The Lilla Rogers Studio.  The design brief for this competition was to create art and a design for a pair of sneekers for a fictitious girl named Antoinette.

 As soon as I read the design brief and Antoinette's story all I could think of was Alice in Wonderland! I developed 4 mood boards from the images in the assignment and made some further deductions about her interests, lifestyle and what she may like. I thought Antoinette would most likely be a cat lover which further fueled my Wonderland theme. So I made my art, designs and illustrations based on Antoinette in Wonderland.

My final artwork and pattern design was so rich with illustrations and beautiful images I was able to show off my work on more than one sneeker. 


A closer look at my artwork and design which I designed in two different colourways.

I am looking forward to adding some more surface patterns designs to Wonderland and being able to offer this design to art directors to be used on products.

Overview ~ Textile Designs From Above

These vibrant and gem like designs are  couple of surface pattern designs that I created for the Patternmash  'Overview' Design Challenge in August. Patternmash holds monthly design challenges for international textile and surface pattern designers. Every month there is a new on trend challenge with a set brief and colour palette.  

I really enjoy taking part and creating surface pattern designs for these monthly challenges as quite often they are totally out of my comfort zone and style. This enables me as a designer  really extend myself bot artistically and style wise and at the same time developing a large body of work for my portfolio. 

I created a series of designs for the Overview challenge which I have formed into a new collection based on gemstones. Below you can see my 'Amethyst' design and another detailed preview of the 'Mosaic' design. Both these designs have vibrant colour palettes with a wonderful layered technique and they will look totally exquisite printed on silk!

If you would like to see more designs from this collection and other surface pattern designs   please request a login to my Portfolio