The Pattern Base book

Some things are worth waiting for and this is definitely one of the them – I am actually now able to hold The Pattern Base book in my excited little hands!

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The Pattern Base book is by Kristi O’Meara and edited by Audrey Victoria Keiffer – cofounders of the Chicago-based design studio and online archive The Patternbase.

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It is a curation of 378 pages, showcasing a collection of 681 designs from 150 contemporary textile, surface, fashion, and print designers from around the world.

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Illustrative, abstract, geometric, floral, digital and constructed textile patterns are all represented here and all the work is by up and coming designers.

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I submitted my surface pattern designs way back in 2012 when this was a kick-starter idea and I had no idea that I would be fortunate enough to get two double page spreads but there I am on pages 228 and 229 🙆

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I had been working on a group of paintings at the time featuring vintage china and cutlery and had developed some elements into these two pattens.

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These went onto be selected to represent in the Illustrative category  – brilliant!

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It’s not everyday you get into print so I’m having a solo studio party today! 😉🎉🍸

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Da-dahhh! A break in my artistic output for another creative past-time – it’s an almost headless me sporting me new hand-knit; Madder by Carrie Bostock Hodge.

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My recent stay in b&b accommodation for Patchings meant blissful evenings with nowt to do but please myself; books, knitting, TV, films… aah it was heaven for a few days and so the cardi got finished.

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I started well – it was my first time knitting a whole garment in the round and the stocking stitch turned out beautifully. Then I hit the patterned yoke – I ripped it out four consecutive times which is no mean feat on a circular needle – eventually I had to try to knit it with no distractions, no TV, no chat, no movement, nothing! so I put out a sign saying Do Not Enter (the room) so I could just absolutely concentrate on getting the pattern right (it’s a long way round if you’ve got the stitch count wrong on a circular row!)

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Once I’d done the first repeat pattern section, I wondered what all my fuss had been about and got on easily with the next two repeats. Great pattern, lovely gifted yarn and something I’ll probably wear instead of knitting it and hanging it in the cupboard.

Have a super weekend x


Hard to believe that I started this painting twenty days ago at the 2015 Patchings Festival as part of my demonstrating.


I never find it easy to paint whilst being watched, but people love to see how you go about your work and it makes the event unique and is a great talking point. So I was slower than in normal studio conditions and I also set myself quite the challenge putting pink flowers on pink floral, throwing in some lace-work and tackling that composition from above.


I didn’t get it finished at the festival so in-between travelling up and down the country looking at University open days with my youngest, I’ve been fiddling with this.

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Gonna call it done now; successes, flaws and all!

This was my stand for the four days of the Patchings Art Festival 2015

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We had terrific weather for the whole four days which is especially welcome when you want to keep the condensation down in a marquee full of art!


Visitors got to enjoy the sun, the band and the ice creams as well as watch us demonstrate our art. 


I met some lovely people; both visitors (my Mum, Dad and Auntie made a surprise(ish) visit too) and other exhibitors and I had a really enjoyable time.


This is the painting I was working on whilst there – it isn’t finished yet as it’s more fun to chat to people so it was slower progress than in studio conditions  – but I will complete it soon.IMG_7448I like this photo as it captures a little of what I feel after four days away! A few good sleeps and a g & t tonight and I’ll be back on fine form again ;)

I’m currently packing up ready to head to Nottinghamshire on Wednesday to set up my stall at Patchings Art Festival again this year.

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 It’s a great day out especially if you appreciate art or like to make art and crafts – lots of demonstrations and materials to buy. If you fancy coming and want a free ticket then I have a couple – email me today (Monday) and I’ll get them out by first-class post tomorrow (UK only). Maybe see you there!

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Here’s my last Marrakesh mixed-media painting for the time being. I’ve loads more I want to paint from this trip but I need to move onto other things in the short-term but I hope to revisit this project again sometime.


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This shows the building up of layers of collage and paint based on this photo below.


I didn’t notice before but the front right person looks just like my dad! Even more so once I’d painted him!

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Marrakesh Market – all the colour and hustle and bustle of that crazy place.



I knew when I snapped this shot that a) I’d got lucky and b) it was perfect to paint.

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It needed something better in the front left foreground so I ‘imported’ some of these lovely cushions and lanterns.

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I began with some block collage laid down to paint over – a piece of Arabic writing I picked up whilst in Marrakesh and a chocolate wrapper in the style of some of the tiles I’d seen there.

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After washing in some colours I drew in the structure.

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And continued to layer it up with paint – making textures, scratching into paint and printing too.


I love how their body language translates this couples kind of nonchalance and conversation as they strolled along.

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It’s a challenge to paint so differently to normal but I love all the layers of print and texture showing through and it seems the perfect way to capture Marrakesh.

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They say you should throw away any map when you go to Marrakesh because you will never navigate your way through all the souks (it’s true!)

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That does mean that wandering and looking around is high on the agenda.

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It’s also best to look like you know where you are going even if you don’t – the last thing you need to do is attract a ‘helper’.

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So I came home with a camera card full of alleyway pictures – striped plaster, rusty ironwork, carved wood, shadows and rugs.


I started a piece on a blue painted acrylic background and then added the first layer of gouache paint. But by the end of day one something was nagging me. Turned out to be the composition, which meant that a lot of the painting was given over to a not very interesting wall to look at. That’s when Mike Bernard’s influence kicked in.


I decided to wash it all off, dry it overnight and start afresh in the morning.


The following few days were spent layering up collage materials and layers of paint. I used textured papers which spoke better of the wall’s surface and created a depth and an interest to the big expanse.

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I learnt a lot on this little piece; namely that although the composition leads the eye well, it is actually too triangular and throws up other problems.


Here’s a close-up of my favourite part of this piece.

Venetian Doorway  Mike Bernard

Venetian Doorway Mike Bernard

I have been reading a fabulous book by the artist Mike Bernard.

Village Shop  Mike Bernard

Village Shop Mike Bernard

His work appeals to me for a multitude of reasons – the colour, the approach, the texture, the subject matter, the life in them.

Venetian Doorway  Mike Bernard

Venetian Doorway Mike Bernard

I’m still developing my appreciation and use of  acrylic paints and learning through his work has stretched me.

Fruit and Veg Shop, Orvieto  Mike Bernard

Fruit and Veg Shop, Orvieto Mike Bernard

I have poured over the photographs and read every word of his descriptions on his approach and techniques.

Roofscape, Port Isaac   Mike Bernard

Roofscape, Port Isaac Mike Bernard

I’ll come back in a few days to show you how he has influenced my own work, but I highly recommend the book :)

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Some things are worth waiting for and this is definitely one of the them – I am actually now able to hold The Pattern Base book in my excited little hands! It is a curation showcasing 681 surface pattern designs - I got two double page spreads! There I am on pages 228 and 229 🙆 It’s not everyday you get into print so I’m having a solo studio party today! 😉🎉🍸thanks @patternbase #surfacepattern #pattern Stratford for a little Shakespeare yesterday. Happy weekend. I might wear my new hand knit Madder by Carrie Bostock Hodge #maddermade #knit #knitting #knitwear #knitted I've finished faffing over this. #watercolourpainting #watercolours #art #painting


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