Thursday, December 20, 2012

Regular Inspiration for Surface Pattern Designers - A New Feature

Life has been chaotic and it frustrates me that I have been unable to share all the inspiring news and finds that I have stumbled across recently. It prompted me to rethink the way I am blogging. I enjoy writing features and focusing on one designer/illustrator, but I only have snatches of time available to blog. I want to be able to share more of the inspiring things I find, so I have decided to include digests of news and links relevant to surface pattern design and illustration. That gives me a place to record all my finds, and you can quickly browse through for anything of interest to you. I hope you will find it useful. So here goes for my first... (no doubt it will evolve and become more organised with time)

Artist Lisa Congdon has just signed with Chronicle Books to publish 100 of her handwritten quotes from her 365 Days of Hand Lettering project. The book will be released in Spring 2014. Read more...

Artist Lisa Congdon has also recently announced the release of her fabric collection for Cloud 9. You really must head over to her blog for a look at this - it's superb!

 Take a sneak peek at Amy Butler's new ribbon collection from Renaissance Ribbons.
Her Neo-Victorian designs are inspired by antique sari prints, and ethnic geometric borders.

View the new AIR series Loulou & Tummie have produced for LeSportsac. Or visit the Loulou & Tummie website for loads of colourful graphics and characters from this Dutch illustration duo.

 View a bunch of fab cushion designs by Ed Miller Designs. He recently published these as part of a project on his Behance folio.

You may also like Ed Miller Designs' Flags and Calendars project on Behance.

I enjoyed this interesting article about how rejection can boost your creativity. It worked for Lady Gaga! How Rejection Breeds Creativity by David Burkus.

Be inspired by Karen Barbour's unique gouche and ink paintings. via Alex Mathers

Take some colour inspiration from Pavel Fuksa's vintage inspired matchbooks; there are 178 designs, created some time ago for a music video by Navigators. View all of the designs, and the video over at Colourlovers.

 And lastly, I enjoyed this article about surface pattern designer Jiah Harrison over at

I hope you have found something of interest here. I'll be posting more frequently now, and I would really appreciate any feedback about this new approach. Is it helpful/interesting to you?

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