AW 18/19 Edit
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This Autumn it is has been all about the colour blue for me.  We had such amazing summer this year … Read More

Freebie Friday
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  As it’s Friday and the sun is shining I thought I would produce a little freebie for you to … Read More

Home Decor and Pinterest
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I was thrilled last week to receive a mention in a blog post about Pinterest and Home Decor from AKAMATRA … Read More

Surely it can’t be Autumn already!
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What a crazy year 2017 has turned out to be.  I’ve been fortunate to be busy with lots of freelance … Read More

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 … Read More

March Madness
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What a month March turned out to be.   I launched an online shop with the lovely peeps over at … Read More

Thoughts Turn to Summer
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  It’s amazing how evocative a colour can be.  Designing this swimsuit in a geometric pattern in turquoise for my … Read More

Shop Announcement
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After many, many hours of work. Several pots of coffee and tonnes of support from my friends, family and customers … Read More

Opportunity Knocks!
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It’s been a while since I last posted on a regular basis.  So what have I been doing with my free … Read More

My Little Shop in the Big Shop
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Earlier this month I took the plunge and opened a little shop unit in The Emporium in Wellington.  Housed in … 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 … 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 … Read More

New Designers 2016
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  Already the experience of New Designers, the ultimate graduate show, seems a long time ago. But it was only a … Read More

Showtime!
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Last night was the Preview Evening for our end of year show.  After days of being covered in sawdust, wearing … Read More

June is here, at last!
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Well, my three years at college are nearly over. The last module has been submitted, production of copious cushions, lampshades … 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 … Read More

Always an 80’s girl at heart!
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And so it is that I find myself recalling the awesome anthem from Europe as I venture into the last … Read More

New Designers 2016
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I seem to be spending more and more time in London at the moment and the Business Design Centre in … Read More

Final Year – Work in Progress
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We are approaching the last few weeks of our current module and I’m at the stage where I need to … Read More

Work in Progress
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My third year at Uni is racing along at an alarming pace.  We are now in to our first nine … Read More

London Textile Fair
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Last week I spent a morning at the London Textile Fair. I was especially interested to browse the Print Design … Read More

I’m so excited
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and I just can’t hide it! I am unable to reveal the details of my excitement at the moment but … Read More

Beacon Centre Commission
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Back in May this year two students from Somerset College, Taunton were commissioned to design a scheme to improve way-finding in … Read More

Emerging Designer – it’s official!!
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I’m very excited today to be featured on the Make It In Design blog as an Emerging Designer.  The lovely … Read More

New Website coming soon….
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Hi, thanks for visiting my site. Having this blog has been a great learning experience for me but now I feel … 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, … 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 … Read More

Commission for the Beacon Centre
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Hi everyone,   As you may remember I was part of a team of students from Somerset College who were … Read More

New Designs
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In response to the first creative challenge of this year’s Make It In Design Summer School I have produced these … Read More

Past Modern Inspiration
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Hi   With the house to myself today I have managed to get cracking on my inspirations for this project.  … Read More

Make It In Design Summer School is HERE!
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Today is the first day of the wonderfully exciting, motivating and inspiring Make It In Design Summer School.   This … Read More

Have you got a very particular set of skills?
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No this isn’t the latest in the movie franchise Taken!   The recent post from Creative Boom caught my eye … Read More

Free Palette
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Hi   I love using my own photographs to inspire my colour palette.   Today I’m sharing the love from … Read More

Fun and Flannel at Fox Bros & Co.
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I hope you have enjoyed exploring Fox Brothers & Co as much as I enjoyed spending time with them. Jan

Fox Brothers – Day One
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Hi everyone, Today was the first day of my “mill experience” with Fox Brothers in Wellington, Somerset.  Famous for their … Read More

I Love This!
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I have long been a fan of the website Colossal and always find amazing images and stories of creativity from … Read More

Read All About It!
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Hello,   We have a photographer guy at college – we’ll call him Mark.  Now Mark is a nice chap … 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, … Read More

Happy Somerset Day
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Here in the lovely county, where I have lived all my life, we are celebrating our first Somerset Day.  May … Read More

Trade Shows
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Hello!   This week on the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course we have been looking at Trade … 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 … 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 … Read More

New Website
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Hi I have been absent for a couple of weeks while I updated my website.  It’s a work in progress … Read More

Plaidiction!
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Following on from my post this morning, I have finally found a few minutes to watch and follow the Robin … 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 … Read More

Design Competition
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Just browsing through the hundreds of blogs that I follow ( how are you supposed to keep up? ) and … Read More

Here we go again….
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Module 3 of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design started today and I rushed home from Uni to … Read More

Roll on Module Three
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The second module from the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design ended several weeks ago and I’m still working … Read More

Working on a live brief
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Our current Uni module is a live brief from Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton to present proposals for their cancer … Read More

Somerset College at the Surface Design Show 2015
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Today I am focusing on the amazing students at Somerset College and their stand at last week’s Surface Design Show.  … Read More

More From Surface Design Show 2015
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Following on from the excitement of meeting Ptolemy Mann at the Surface Design Show  on Thursday I launched myself into … Read More

Highlights of the Surface Design Show.
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I spent an enjoyable, if tiring day, in London yesterday at the Surface Design Show in Islington.   As I am … Read More

Bugs, bugs and more bugs
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Repeat screen printed they said, it’ll be fun they said…. and they were right! Drawing on inspiration from my favorite … Read More

It’s January already…
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Christmas seems a long time ago now, although the next will be here before we know it, I’m sure! Uni … Read More

Where did the year go?
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It is nearly the end of another year and I’m struggling to see where it has gone.  Uni has kept … Read More

Pick a Colour
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A great little site came my way today from the lovely team at Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. … Read More

Drawing, drawing, looking and more drawing
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The fabulous Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design module series is well under way and I’m trotting along trying … Read More

There is life after 50!
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Last weekend saw me turn 50 and a big thank you to all my family and friends who joined me … Read More

What a day!
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After what seems a very short time back at Uni, it was submission hand-in day today.  I created 3 collections … Read More

Coming up for air….
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Well, life has been very busy with the start of a new term at Uni.  Starting Year Two has definitely … Read More

Global Talent Search Competition Finalists Announced
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Although my participation in the Global Talent Search competition with Lilla Rogers ended after the first round I have followed … Read More

Back to Uni, London Design Festival and Indigo
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Back to Somerset College for a new term which started earlier this week  bringing with it some new faces, lots … Read More

I survived an evening of glassblowing, shouting and heat
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I have never paid to be shouted at but last night that is just what I got! But what fun. … Read More

Glass Blowing workshop with Will Shakspeare
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          Last Christmas I received a voucher to attend a taster workshop with the very talented … Read More

Best Free Photos in One Place – Pexels
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Thanks to Paul at Word Gets Around I have discovered a great site full of royalty free photos to use.   … Read More

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search Continues
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The 50 semi – finalists have now submitted their second piece of work for selection and I’m sure will be … Read More

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me
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After sending my last post off into cyderspace (I’m from Somerset!) I realised that it was the 25th post to … Read More

Matisse, The Cutouts – Last Weekend
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I had the opportunity to see the Matisse exhibition at Tate Modern over the summer and found it to be … Read More

Winner!
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After submitting my final design to the Make It In Design Summer School this week I have to admit to … Read More

Society 6 – what’s it all about?
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Thanks to the amazing community of designers that I have “met” through the Make It In Design Summer School and … Read More

Illustrator vs Me – I WON!
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Today has been a battle with Illustrator but I finally cracked it and claim victory!  I will not be beaten … Read More

Global Talent Search Results Are In
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The results are in for the 999 entrants to the first round of Lilla Roger’s Global Talent Search. As expected … Read More

Peacock Colour Palette
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The Beginner brief for the last MIID Summer School is based on a theme of gems so I thought I … Read More

Nervous wait
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Last week I, along with 998 other hopefuls, submitted our designs to the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search competition. I … Read More

My Global Talent Search Journey
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Before this month I had never heard of Lilla Rogers and her Global Talent Search but there was such a … Read More

Colour Palette
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I have spent some time today creating colour groups for projects that I am currently working on as part of … Read More

The Car Lives
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After the fun and games yesterday I am pleased to report that the car has survived and lives to drive … Read More

Highs and Lows
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Yesterday was a very creative day with the painting for Global Talent Search going well.  All the struggles with Illustrator … Read More

Watching Paint Dry
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I am incredibly impatient whilst painting and hate waiting for paint layers to dry.  To avoid the inevitable “fiddling” that … Read More

So excited….
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…. as the second round of Summer School briefs has just pinged into my Inbox. The theme is tribal / … Read More

Summer School Galleries are Live
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This has been the most exhausting and rewarding couple of weeks. I, and thousands of other designers around the world … Read More

Follow me, I know where the cookies are kept!
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Retro Geometrics
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I started tackling the Intermediate brief for Make It In Design Summer School on Friday but didn’t feel that I … Read More

First brief…….done!
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I have been working on the Make It In Design Beginners brief today.  I know that there are thousands of … Read More

Make It In Design Summer School is here…
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…. the briefs have pinged into my Inbox and they look fab. I now have three design briefs to work … Read More

Keeping the Creative Juices Flowing
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As I have a very long break from Uni over the summer I thought it might be good to partake … Read More

New Collection
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  I aim to add some of my first year degree work to this blog during the summer break.  First … Read More

Patterned Print Rollers
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Inspired by a patterned roller workshop that I attended recently with Helen from Moorish Idol, I went off to see … Read More

First Post Ever
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Just a quick post while I play with the layout.