Vodka Watermelon!
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Hi  What started out as a sensible conversation with friends about the best foods to aid hydration, soon became a whole lot more interesting.   Introducing the vodka-filled watermelon!!  Or any alcoholic beverage seems to work, or so I’m told.  The method appears to be straightforward enough.  Cut a hole in the … Read More

What’s Next?
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So the 100 Day Challenge got rudely interrupted by real, actual work.   This in turn has made me refocus and consider the the direction I want my design work to go in. Amidst all this activity I managed to complete the first brief from Rachael Taylor’s Make It In … Read More

Summer School
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Hi Today I am very excited about the start of the Make It In Design Summer School tomorrow,  As I have completed the MIID Modules 1 – 3 and the Ultimate Portfolio Builder I have a pretty good idea of what is in store over the next few weeks. But I … Read More

New eBook for Pattern Designers
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Recently, I was lucky enough to be selected by Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer to preview her new book on Designing Textiles for the Fashion Industry.  It was great to be involved in pre-launch chats about the layout and design of the cover as well as getting an advanced copy of … Read More

Today’s Drawing Challenge
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Morning all, It’s been a while since I was this excited on a wet, Monday morning.  Up early, dog walked, washed and dried and a couple of coffees on board (me not the hound) and I’m ready for action.   Ultimate Portfolio Builder is underway and we have been set … Read More

Exciting Week Ahead
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  This week is going to be busy, busy, busy……. Fresh back from an amazing break walking in the Austrian Alps, I’m returning to Uni for my third and final year!  New brief to work on and lots of planning for the year ahead.  I’ll post progress when I have … Read More

School’s Out x Two!
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Hi everyone, Suggested listening material whilst reading this post….     Life is about to get a lot more relaxing, or that’s the plan.  I have finished my second year at Somerset College; work has been submitted, essays written and the studio doors are locked. This year has been a … Read More

Colour Palettes
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Hi. On a wet Bank Holiday Monday I’ve been in need of some colour-love.  One of my favorite sites is Design Seeds.  I could spend hours browsing the array of beautiful palettes…..and I often do! I also discovered today that Design Seeds will accept photo submissions via their  Instagram page … Read More

Illustrator Tutorial
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Hello, I came across a useful tutorial from Jason McConnell about Artboards this week and thought I would share it and hope you find it helpful.   The step-by-step tutorial demonstrates how to export individual sketches from a board without having to save each sketch to its own file or … Read More

Creating a Plaid Fabric Design
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This month I have been working on a design competition for a local company to create a new tweed or flannel design inspired by our lovely county of Somerset. I have been out and about photographing the land, sea, rivers, rock and any creatures that I can spot and don’t … Read More

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