Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Art Deco

The latest Spoonflower competition was ART DECO, which, influenced all areas of design and was a purely decorative style. So it was a bit tough to choose just one motif or area of design to create my pattern. I love Art Deco jewellery and was very tempted to incorporate it in my design. However, at the last minute I saw a wonderful balcony in Turin with the face of a Lion, typically Art Deco I decided on my theme!

I am pleased at how the repeat worked out. The face of the Lion is very dominant and I used elements which bring to mind wrought iron grids, railings or balconies to complete the design. I am NOT pleased with my colour palette... I'm not sure if I'm supposed to admit that, but its the truth. Although I used a typical Art Deco palette I find the finished effect a bit flat. Maybe if I had had a little more time to experiment I might have been more content with the final result. The deadline for the competition has now expired so I can't change anything at the moment. In fact I am moving on to the next competition which is "Ditsy Sea Creatures". As my last ditsy design was a bit of a disaster I had better make sure I have time to work things out better this time. I will keep you all informed about both ART DECO and DITSY designs.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I thought you all might like to know that in the "Outdated Technology Spoonflower competition, my design Crazy Coffee Pots was placed 12th out of 203 entries with a total of 373 votes! Yipeee... just doing a little dance here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crazy Coffee pots

I have been designing some fabric using vintage coffee pots to enter in the Spoonflower Competition "Outdated Technology". These electric and stove espresso coffee makers have pretty crazy designs, one looks like a Dalek and another looks like a rocket! Although I'm sure the technology used in more modern coffee makers hasn't changed much, luckily the product design has come on leaps and bounds.

Design details can be seen on FLICKR and the design repeat can be seen directly on the SPOONFLOWER site.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tigerprint Competition - What is Love...

Continuing my New Year's promise of "getting on and doing something", here is my latest design entered in the Tigerprint Competition - What is love...

Also continuing in my old year's way of doing things I have entered it at THE VERY LAST MINUTE!
Hope you like it?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Holly and Ivy

When I have a Birthday or receive my yearly Christmas Cards I hold a little personal "competition" between all the cards
. The one I like best, because it makes me smile, or because I like the illustration I keep whilst the others get recycled.
The Christmas card I chose this year is a Phoenix International Charity Card and the illustration is by Rebecca Harry.
It was sent to me by my cousin Melanie who is a regular winner of my little competitions!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tigerprint New Year's Resolution

Instead of trying to write something witty about New Year's promises and resolutions, I decided to enter some designs in the Tigerprint "Christmas Surface Pattern" Competition which closed on New Years Eve. So I ended the old year as I intend to continue the new one, by... "just getting on and doing something instead of thinking about it to much
". You can see all five designs here.