Thursday, 5 November 2009

my NEW website!

Check out my new website I've just can't buy off it yet, but hopefully one day soon...!

sneak preview....

here's a little sneak into my christmas designs - so far two are complete! Just 3 to go.

I best get a move on! Christmas is getting closer!!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

todays favourite:

Today my favourite designer is: Julia Rothman

I came across her work whilst flicking through blogs like and

I am always really inspired by these pages, as they are full of gorgeous designs and artists and designers I may never have known about!

Julia Rothmans patterns are really unique and I think they're pretty darn fab!

You should check her out....

Friday, 30 October 2009

I plan to get a very nice studio area set up soon, as I am currently working in the corner of our room - which isn't very practical, but even more unpractical is the very small table and no until that is done and I take pictures of it's a few pics of new(ish) designs from the summer for you to look at!

I promise to keep this updated now!

I will be putting up my christmas designs as soon as they're done....hopefully very soon!!

I came across this wall plaque in Ibiza and had to get a picture of it! Shame the sun wasn't shining on it as it would've been all sparkly...but it reminded me of the squares I use in my work. Maybe I could experiment with silver squares.....I have already experimented with making shapes with the squares!

4 samples of the 'whole image' cards.

4 sampes of the square, detail cards.

8 months on....

I totally hadn't realised it had been this long since I last used my lovely blog page! Sorry!

I stepped up a notch with my work over the summer and actually finally made it to the printers with some designs, so now I nearly feel like a proper designer!

Summer(09) was the beginning of my creative adventures, where I designed some new pretty designs, primarily focusing the themes around Cornwall - but with a few travel and nature inspired designs.
I discussed with the printers which style of card to go for, and after much deliberation I chose one square card with the detail of the image, and one A6 card with a scaled down version of the whole image.

Since printing the cards I have had a lot of interest in the shops that I have taken them to.
This is such a boost to my confidence, knowing that it is all worthwhile!

I have a list of lovely shops to sell my cards, athough I need more printed now as I have sold my original batch, which is very exciting! (I'm hoping I can grow a money tree in my back garden to help with the initial funding of this project - as I seemed to have come to a standstill without new cards printed....but I will not give up!)
I am in the process of creating some Christmas designs, hoping I don't get them completed too late for the season!

With my first set of designs I think I went a bit overboard with the amount of designs, as there is 12 different cards!
I ony have 5 Christmas designs - but they are very lovely, and I don't think I need more than that!

Next step - gift wrap, printing onto fabric, coasters, placemats etc. Watch this space!!

The fantastic shops you must visit that sell my cards...(they have other really great things to buy in them too!)

  • Sarah's Shop, Helford Passage, Cornwall
  • Spice, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Just Delights, Penryn, Cornwall
  • Babahogs, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Phoenix Cards, Truro, Cornwall
  • MORE TO COME......

I also had two paintings selected for the 'Wild and Inspired' Exhibition at Cornwall Wildlife Trust. There is a wonderful selection of local talent in this exhibition, well worth visiting if you like art and wildlife....It's on until Jan and is 'touring' Cornwall at a few venues:

  • Lobbs Farm Shop, Heligan. (until 16th Nov)
  • Geevor Tin Mine, (until 31st Jan)

Go see!

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

I love our new little cottage....
How great is this for a gate and house number?!  This is where my designs are created.....

Monday, 16 February 2009


Kingfisher repeat.  

This is a horizontal drop repeat which is the simplest repeat, just creating line after line of the same row of repeats.  
I used the colours that represent the kingfisher, and I like the contrast of the orange with the green.

This is the first design I have completed as a square rather than the rectangular designs I have previously created.
This has encouraged my confidence in trying new and fresh ideas, as I think that even if they don't work it is great to have a variety of designs in my portfolio.

I have started to create a series of themes to attract different audiences and this has really inspired me to research further a field with subject matters.
I am hugely inspired Cornwall, its colourful nature and coastline. 
My other inspirations are my travels, books and other artists. 

Thursday, 29 January 2009

'Peacocks' (incomplete...)

I'm currently working on this piece, initially inspired by the vibrant Peacock colours.  I like the way the feathers join together in the middle section.  I'm not totally happy with the colours, as I don't feel they are bright enough to represent the peacocks, but I think I will have another attempt at this piece and experiment with a different palette.  
I'm pleased with the pattern layout though.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

My most recent most favourite painting...


I designed this piece last year, inspired by a magazine which had beautiful photographs of delicate butterflies on the front page, it was the colour that caught my attention - I LOVE colour!

I think I would like to try and add something about how I create my paintings, as there is quite a technique to them, which is very time consuming but very satisfying....
When I next sit down to design a new piece I will keep a record of each step (or at least the most interesting parts of the process!)

This is the first time I have ever done anything like this so you will have to bear with me while I get used to adding photos etc.

 I am currently sat in a VERY quiet gallery in the depths of Cornwall in St. Ives, its chucking it outside and there's no one about - I don't really blame them, its truley horrid out there!  A proper British January grey day :(

I graduated from University in 2007, then went travelling to Australia and New Zealand with my boyfriend for 9 months which was a fantastic experience! 
I found myself being inspired by the culture and surroundings on a regular basis, and have plans to include a lot of these inspirations in my newer work.

So I hope that I can use this blog as a sort of diary of my creative work, post travelling and studying....