Friday, 15 August 2014

2014 Global Talent Search

I love the Global Talent Search. I entered last year and even though I was a bit indecisive this year (pesky self doubt), with encouragement from my fellow bootcampers I have taken the plunge.
Who could say no to the chance of Lilla Rogers being your Agent.
All I will say is that the theme is based on Little Terrarium.
Out came the canvas and acrylic, I started two but abandoned one to let the other flow. I had no idea what I was really aiming for to begin with but when I had the base image I found myself adding a bit more everyday until I was happy with the outcome.
sneak peak;
I have submitted my entry and look forward to seeing what others have created. Good Luck to everyone.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer School

I am always on the look out for new projects to bump my portfolio and broaden my design skills so I signed up for Make it in Design Summer school. We have the option of three great briefs, beginner, intermediate and advanced to follow and the chance to submit to the online gallery.
This month has been a little busy as it is school holiday season and I struggle to get decent internet connection (if any) when we head off camping.
I managed to complete the beginner brief which is based on the theme: Tropical Paradise

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Bye, Bye Bootcamp

July was the end of MATS Bootcamp so I submitted my last piece with a heavy heart. I am not too sad though as I am signed up for the Global Talent Search which takes off soon.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Fabric 8 Top 100

I created a new pattern to enter in to the new Fabric 8 contest, a design contest from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman fabrics.
The design needed to be based on the theme Cosmic Voyage and this is what I came up with;

I am so excited as my design made it in to the semi-final round, top 100.
There are some lovely entries which you can see here along with mine as voting by the public has started.
The top 8 designers will get a chance to create a collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Good Luck to everyone in the top 100.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May BOOTCAMP - Editorial

   So this month kicked off with a mini assignment to draw faces and people. I draw a lot of characters in my work which tend to be either children, animals or monsters so I thought great! but how can I push myself?  The answer - draw Adults.
   Starting point - Life Drawing, I loved this class earlier on in my degree course, it didn't matter that the model was a guy, naked and had tons of sag (poor chap), the teacher encouraged us to draw fast, use charcoal and inks and more importantly just like Lilla, don't over think it. Except yes, I over think it and I forget to look at the shapes.

   The main assignment was to use our faces and people for Editorial. More specifically an Illustration for a manuscript on Meditation for a magazine. This is a snippet of my final piece above. I ditched the mental block and went with the flow.
The full version can be found in the May Gallery at

Monday, 28 April 2014

Lily Pattern

Here is a new pattern I have created for Spoonflower which will be available soon.
The flower icon was created with pen and ink.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Boot camp takes a little break in April so I thought I would do the same for a couple of weeks.
More work coming soon

Monday, 24 March 2014

March BOOTCAMP - Jelly

   This month, boot camp has gone Jelly mad. The assignment is create a piece for the bolt fabric market using our own jelly icons.

   I wanted to create a fun Jelly Circus where I could practice my character design and also create the icons without the use of a black outline. I usually repeat my pattern but this time I wanted a placement pattern feel.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Yay, top 50 shortlisted. Making it in Design

Some exciting news today comes from the Make it in Design blog.
   Back in January I came across an announcement that Make it in Design were teaming up with Print and Pattern to provide a scholarship for emerging designers to win a place on all four modules of The Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton.
   The judges were looking for originality, sense of colour, awareness of trend and overall quality of design.
   To enter I had to explain why I was interested in surface pattern design as a career path, why the course would be valuable to me and include two images of patterns I had designed.

   This is one of my designs and this is the one that has helped me reach THE TOP 50! in part 2
How exciting to be seen as having potential to further my designs.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Bootcamp Gallery Goes Live

Wow, fantastic work everyone. So much talent in one place.
Go check out all of the hard work created at
My phone case design can be found on the bottom half of page 3.