Digital Patterns at the V&A

Last Saturday I was super excited to be running a 1 day visual course with 13-15 year olds at the V&A. We started off by thinking about concepts that they would like to bring to their work and then got down to drawing! The Students came up with some great ideas to visualise including Chemistry, Woodland Animals, Indian Paisley and more! 

Katherine's Chemistry print!

Katherine's Chemistry print!

Stella's Woodland World

Stella's Woodland World

Next the drawings were scanned in over lunch so that we could jump straight on the computers and start creating our repeats. The elements were simplified into black and white pixels so that they could be easily cut away from the background and coloured in. Then we set about aligning the elements to guides and putting them into repeat.

Maddy's precious gems

Maddy's precious gems

Isabella's Botanical

Isabella's Botanical

The final stage was tiling out the design to see the repeat in action before visualising on a garment! I'm so impressed with their work, all completed in one very busy day!

I have one more teaching date coming up at the V&A at the end of November creating a digital pattern over two days, see more details here

Celeste's Jungle

Celeste's Jungle

Beatriz's Bees!

Beatriz's Bees!

Rowan Norman's Amphibian Print

Rowan Norman's Amphibian Print

Shop Notice

I'm off on a couple of trips over the next two weeks so postage will be a little sporadic! The shop is open but orders placed will be posted out on the 2nd and then the 6th of October! Thanks for your patience with this one girl band!

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Teaching

I occasionally do a bit of teaching in 6th form colleges, universities and museums, it's not often that they are open to everyone but I have a couple of courses coming up at the V&A which are; Create is a programme for young people the course is one day long for 13-15 year olds. We will be working with photoshop and making repeat patterns, you can book your place here 

I'll also be running a two day course for adults which you can read about and book your place here Looking forward to teaching the wonders of repeat pattern and meeting some lovely like minded, pattern obsessive people!

Market time!

Holiday season is almost upon us and that means applying to lots of Craft Markets and Illustration Fairs! This year I'm excited to be taking part in a couple of Crafty Fox Markets which I always love! (You can see all my event listing at the top right hand side of my blog) I'm also applying to take part in Renegade Craft Fair which I've loved doing as an annual event for the last two years! Another fair which I've enjoyed visiting in the past but I'm a newbie to applying is The London Illustration Fair which has an awesome location! So fingers crossed for getting accepted to lots of markets and having a busy season! Here are a couple of snaps from events this summer so you can see what my market set up might look like!

RHS Urban Garden Show

RHS Urban Garden Show

House of Illustration Summer Fair

House of Illustration Summer Fair

Renegade 2016

Renegade 2016

Oasis x ZSL Windows

Last weekend I took myself down to Argyll St where you can find the Oasis flagship store as I'd heard rumours of Tigers, Zebras and a very large giraffe! The rumours were correct, complete with sound effects as you walk past! I took the opportunity to get a few snaps for my portfolio as I love the way they have used my illustrations across all elements of the store! 

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Nathalie Du Pasquier

I have been a fan of Nathalie du Pasquier's work since I came across her designs for the Memphis group in the 80's which still feel so modern and relevant today. After seeing some of her paintings at Frieze last year I was excited to see her solo show at Pace gallery which did not disappoint. Her eye for colour and composition is unique and the way she played with colour and architectural elements in the space and in her new sculptures was really unexpected. Read and see more here