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My entry is called ‘Retro Record Players’.  I wanted to do a hand-drawn design with a retro feel that is in keeping with the trend of ‘nostalgia’ and ‘retro’.

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Tigerprint has given designers the opportunity to design a banner for their blog that is shown on a rotating basis.  I’ve had fun with this one by doing the background in a watercolour and designing a delicate typography to go with it.  You can see it here but this is what it looks like.

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I’ve been working on a new collection which is very close to my heart.  It is a collection based on the South African wildflowers, Proteas.  These are some of my favourite flowers and I remember growing up in South Africa, my Mum always had a few Protea bushes in the garden and I would always pick a few to keep in a vase in my bedroom.  It is no secret that I favour flowers when I design and I love to use bold, bright and unusual colour palettes.  These make my heart sing and I will be looking to develop them further into my first signature collection.  So, without further ado, from me to you, from Africa with love, a bunch of Proteas and heaps of sunshine 🙂

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I am thrilled to know that one of my designs will be featured in the surface pattern design book, Patternbase which is due for release in January 2013.  The book will be made available through independent bookstores and online as an ebook.

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My design that will be featured is called Dahlia Dream and is one of my floral designs:

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I have recently been working on creating a stationary collection as part of a class exercise and this is the concept board.  I’ve enjoyed the challenge to work to a ‘brief’ to create stationary for a sophisticated woman.  I’m loving teal lately and suspect it’s an up and coming trend so, I went with that as a base colour.  The Lilly started as a sketch in my sketchbook.

Hello blogworld, 

I am excited to start this blog which will be about my journey to follow my dreams and to become a surface pattern designer.  I have just completed Module 1 of the Do What You Love: The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course by Beth Nichols and Rachael Taylor and will be doing module 2 and 3 when that starts later in June.  It is a wonderful course, but more on that later.

I love to travel, shop for vintage finds in markets and we are currently doing up our fixer-upper Victorian House, and this is where I will also share some of that.

Welcome to my blog…