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I got the biggest surprise for Christmas when I opened a big box and found this, my own design, printed up on gorgeous heavy weight linen. My HB had made up a pretty believable story in order to get hold of the files to this design and I didn’t suspect for a moment that he was in cahoots with my S-I-L whose idea it was to get it printed.
It has got my thinking hard about future possibilities…
After along hiatus in painting activity around here, I have unpacked some lovely new paints and re-discovered my happy place. Inspired by our French holiday I have added some colour and warmth to my otherwise cold studio.
One way to cope is to wear lots of layers – these dungarees are 27 years old! They started life with me at art college, have decorated every house we’ve ever lived in, have helped create most of my paintings and are still going strong today
I took delivery of a new sewing machine which is able to do free-motion machine embroidery – lots of fun ahead adding that to hand-prints and the like.
And yesterday I allowed myself a moment of celebration when I saw the book I’m in on the shelf in my very own local Waterstones bookshop!
Have a happy week everyone.
I have a v. large pin-board in my studio which is great except I have a tendency to fill it with things I’m inspired by but then not ever get round to following that inspiration. It’s become a bit like a huge pin-board of my brain or a way of filing things and putting them off – you know, a little drawing here, an inspiring card there = a big pile after a while.
So one of my 2016 intentions has been to actually set to and get making.
This is making for a bit of a random but fun way of working as I pick my way through the pinning, taking each as it comes without much planning.
Here’s a new pattern design which started as a post-dog walk sketch of some finds in the wood which I then put into a pattern repeat and coloured with a palette chosen from a lovely painting in the V& A which I’d seen on a recent visit.
Wonder what’s next in the pick and mix?!
Please visit my Etsy shop if you live abroad or if you are in the UK please email me for bank transfer details.
Ends 3.00pm GMT Sunday 8th November 2015. If you want more than one calendar we’ll come to some arrangement on postage costs 🙂
I have just finished up filling my current sketchbook and wondered if you’d like a peep?
There is a trend for sketch booking at the moment, particularly doing something in it everyday.
I think sketchbooks can be a place to experiment, log thoughts and images and experiment without a necessary end. I don’t work in it consistently but have phases.
I feel like mine are an extension of my brain; a place to gather and record thoughts that I know will disappear in the busyness and constant flood of visual inspiration.
I will often look back through one and pick up again on the way something was painted or a collage technique that I liked.
I’m a great magazine snipper too and can end up overwhelmed by bits of this and that lying around waiting to inspire me. Sometimes I’ll have a few hours really looking at them and asking myself what it is about the image that captures my interest and then trying to work that out in the sketchbook.
Often enough this kind of playing will result in a motif for a pattern too.
Hurrah! my new 2016 calendar is printed and ready.
I think I like it more than last years!
I was short of a title idea then my daughter came up with “Eat, Sleep, Pattern Repeat – a year of painted patterns” – she is a genius!
Each month has a themed floral watercolour painted pattern design…
and a date grid bordered by the same design – another credit to Lucy for that idea (it really is a family business here sometimes!)
It is professionally printed on 250gsm card stock – a nice weight of paper to keep its shape all year and matte so you can write on it without icky, sticky, skiddy pen marks.
They are the same price as last year – £12.00
If you fancy one I have put some in my Etsy shop.
If you live in the UK you could pay by bank transfer maybe – that way I get to recoup as much of the costs as possible without having to pay fee’s – please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send the details.
If you live abroad – then using Paypal and Etsy is the way to go!
Celebrating again, this time well behind the event which happened in June 2013!
If I had seen at the time that I’d been featured on the Print and Pattern blog here, then I would have hung the bunting and popped a champagne cork. I’m not sure how it escaped my attention for two years but never-the-less wanted to have a small ‘whoop, whoop’ moment here anyways as it is/was a milestone event in a pattern designers life! 🙌
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!
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.
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.
Illustrative, abstract, geometric, floral, digital and constructed textile patterns are all represented here and all the work is by up and coming designers.
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 🙆
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.
These went onto be selected to represent in the Illustrative category – brilliant!
It’s not everyday you get into print so I’m having a solo studio party today! 😉🎉🍸
I had so much fun painting images to use to represent each month, using colours that remind me of those months.
I’m a real stickler for buying a calendar with a week that begins with a Monday (unlike European calendars which begin with Sunday). I like to be able to see the week grouped together and the weekend days adjacent rather than split from the front of the week to the back.
So I had begun to look at 2015 calendars in the shop when the idea hit me that I could design exactly what I wanted.
The painting part is always fun. The WHOLE week I spent on the computer piecing it all together was only fun for a few days though!
But it was worth it – it always amazes me when something that you design on a computer gets printed and becomes a real 3D object.
It’s £12.00 and you can find it and all the details here in my Etsy shop which is ClaireLeggettArt.
Or come along to tomorrows Moseley market and save on the postage 😉