Thursday, January 31, 2013

Print Design at its Finest! Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Women's Wear

Following on from yesterday's post on Oilily Spring Summer 2013 World of Wonders Children's Collection, here are some equally beautiful images of the Oilily Spring Summer 2013 women's wear collection:

Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Women's Wear

Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Women's Wear

Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Women's Wear

Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Women's Wear

Oilily 2013 Spring Summer Women's Wear

I find these prints stylish and sophisticated, and the colours energetic and exciting. I would wear these in a heartbeat; just beautiful! 
Preview more of the Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Collection at the Oilily European site where you can view the lookbook

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Print Magic from Oilily! Spring Summer 2013 World of Wonders Children's Collection

Exquisite Oilily creates magic with every season. The theme for Spring Summer 2013 is World of Wonders. Looks can be deceiving in the World of Wonders; what at first glance appears to be a brightly coloured island is in fact a giant fish or turtle. Palm trees radiate leaves of peacock feathers, and you'll find a host of surprising animal combinations - a giraffe's head on an elephant's body, or a hippo that can fly. The elaborate prints in this collection are designed to fire the imagination of the lucky little people that wear it.

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

The collection is fresh and imaginative, made up of bright, happy colours interspersed with more subtle pastel shades.

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

What child wouldn't love to wear this candy print jacket! (See below.)

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

Prints are intricate and fun with all kinds of details to discover; the closer you look the more you will see.

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection 

Oilily is bang-on-trend while all the time being entirely original. Take this gorgeous boys t-shirt (below) for example. I believe scientific experiment and chemistry is a trending theme for SS13; Oilily's take on it is delightful, injecting humour and fun as well as personalising it in a tasteful way. The artwork is appealing and the hand-drawn style is a good fit.

Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection


Oilily Spring Summer 13 World of Wonders Children's Collection

What I love about Oilily (and I am not being paid to say this!) is that it is about more than just clothing; it is an experience. Children don't merely wear Oilily, they can explore Oilily! Every inch of every garment seems carefully considered from print design to garment design and materials. Every collection celebrates childhood and is packed with playful detail, hidden elements and quirky surprises. To me, Oilily gets it right in every detail even marketing. I'm a big fan.

Order the Oilily World of Wonders collection at Oilily Shop (Europe) or Oilily shopUSA.
Pop back in a day or two for a glimpse at the Oilily Spring Summer 2013 women's wear collection.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight; Should You Buy This Book?

A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight

I am currently taking part in The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Ecourse, and some of my fellow students have been talking about the book A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight. A question put to me, as I have read the book and recommend it, was 'Is there much in the book that isn't covered in the course? Should I buy it?' So, if this book interests you, here is a little more information to help you decide whether or not to purchase.

Kimberly Kight is passionate about fabric - that is clear. She authors an extremely good blog True Up, which  is entirely devoted to fabric. True Up, alone, is an extremely valuable resource for aspiring surface pattern designers. From there came the book A Field Guide to Fabric Design - Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric ~ Traditional & Digital Techniques. I read this book while taking part in Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls' Ecourse and I think it is the perfect complement.

A Field Guide to Fabric Design is comprehensive and well laid out. It is broken into three sections:

Section One - Design and Colour: This section covers fabric design fundamentals, design principles and  parameters including print types and repeat types, developing your style, trends, copyright, repeats by hand and computer (tutorials), software and tools, proofing, all about colour, collections and more.

Section Two - Printing: This section offers excellent information on fabric basics, fabric construction, block printing and screen printing tutorials, all about inks, creating a work surface, digital printing, and more.

Section Three - The World of Fabric Design: The last section talks about designing for fun or designing for profit, choosing a printing method, retail versus wholesale, building your brand and more.

Each section includes 'Designer Roundtable' where important questions are put to established fabric designers; it is a fantastic way of getting varied perspectives from real people in the industry, and at the same time creates a warmth and friendliness that sets the book apart from others I have read.
Kimberly has chosen beautiful and inspiring visuals, modern fonts, and a unique layout to create an all-round easy-to-use manual and resource. It is extremely informative and a perfect first step into the industry. It is especially valuable to those designers who don't sew and lack intimate knowledge of fabric and the related terminology.

And so, to answer the question 'Is there much in the book that isn't covered in the course?', I believe that there is enough information in the book that is not covered in the course to warrant buying it, and the crossover topics are explained or presented in a different way giving them value. The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Ecourse goes into depth on some of the topics that A Field Guide of Fabric Design can merely touch on. It is important to note too that A Field Guide to Fabric Design is specifically about fabrics and printing, not surface design as a whole, so equally goes into depth about things to do with fabric that the Ecourse need not cover. This is why I see it as the perfect complement to the course if you wish to pursue fabric design in some form.

And 'Should I buy it?'. Let me put a question to you: 'Are you interested in fabrics, and do you want to design for fabric?'. If so, the answer is simple: Yes. You won't find a better book.

A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight  is available at the Kitty as a Picture US Amazon Bookstore and the Kitty as a Picture UK Amazon Bookstore.

ISBN 978-1-60705-355-2

Friday, January 25, 2013

Want to be Part of a New Online Surface Pattern Designer Directory?


If you haven't already discovered it, there is a new online directory called The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers.

On the 'About' page, The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers is described as "a new online directory offering a colourful but more importantly, useful tool for agents, journalists, design focused bloggers and manufacturers that are looking for new, creative talent in this particular field. The directory lists a broad spectrum of international designers and artists who retain their autonomy. Each designer's listing shows a visual taster of their design style along with their relevant contact information, enabling them to be contacted directly."

The first edition has been put together very nicely; I would love to see more thumbnail images from each designer, as it is hard to get a clear idea of what a designer is about from one image. I also wonder if it should be arranged alphabetically. The project is just in its infancy and will no doubt evolve, and on the whole I think it is an excellent resource. There is a small fee to be included, which is more than reasonable given the amount of time it must take to compile and market. The second edition is due around March/April of this year. If you would like more information, please click through to the Find New Designers site to register your interest.


Sample page (screenshot) from 
The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sketchbook Envy - Stunning Work From the Sketchbook of Steve Simpson

A sharp intake of breath when I saw these sketchbook pages by illustrator Steve Simpson. Oooohhhh....how I wish they were pages from my own sketchbook! Please enjoy this inspiration and be motivated to get sketching in your own. What a joy and an important part of the process the sketchbook can be.

From the sketchbook of Steve Simpson

From the sketchbook of Steve Simpson

From the sketchbook of Steve Simpson

From the sketchbook of Steve Simpson

From the sketchbook of Steve Simpson

From the sketchbook of Steve Simpson

Steve is originally from Manchester, England, but is now based in Dublin, Ireland.  He is a freelance illustrator/designer working in the areas of packaging design, illustration and art for children’s books. Steve is heavily influenced by vintage illustration and packaging, and artists that he particularly admires are Jim Flora, Mary Blair, and William Morris. To see more of Steve Simpson's work, visit his website or his online portfolio.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Makerie Sewing Goodie Bag Competition - ABSPD Module Two Students' Entries

As part of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, Module Two students had the option to take part in a live brief for The Makerie Sewing retreat. The brief was to create a design to go on the front of their 'goodie bags' which are a simple drawstring bag of 11" x 17". Suggestions were to create the design in black and white, incorporate the Makerie icon in a creative way, include The Makerie logo and space for a sponsor logo, and include 'designed by...'
The Makerie was looking for a design that fitted their aesthetic and words used to describe their brand ~ handmade, natural, organic, and modern. The first design you see, by Briana Tomlin, is the competition winner and was well chosen. Congratulations Briana on a lovely job! I would like to show a selection of the other entries as I wasWOWed by the different interpretations and thought them all fascinating and appealing.

The Makerie Sewing Goodie Bag Winning Entry
Designed by Brianna Tomlin ~ Creative Octopus

Designed by Chloe Wood ~ Chloe Wood Design

Designed by Jessica Woodfield ~ Lady Woodfield Designs

Designed by Trina Esquivelzeta ~ Lily & Sage

Designed by Laura Escalante Mora

Designed by Jan Shepherd ~ The Pattern Lab

Designed by Brenda Sutton ~ gobennygo Design

 Designed by Andrea Rincón ~ Anchobee

Designed by Nicola Catherall Jones ~ Gooseberrymoon

Three Designs by Ruth Thorp ~ Ruth Thorp Studio

Designed by Maira Chiodi

Hop over to The Makerie blog to read their post about the winning entry and to learn more about designer Brianna Tomlin. Thanks to all the girls above for allowing me to share their work. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

THE Must-Read Book for Surface Pattern Designers: Florence Broadhurst - Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives, by Helen O'Neill

Florence Broadhurst was a fascinating woman. Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives is a fascinating and extraordinary book. This book utterly captivates as early as the preface. This book made me laugh and made me cry. It also gave me real shivers of horror as it described Florence Broadhurst's brutal murder in 1977 and the subsequent investigation. This is a book I will not forget.

Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives

There is much to be inspired by in the life of Florence Broadhurst. She was a bold, flamboyant woman who travelled extensively and reinvented herself repeatedly throughout her life. The collection of  530 designs that is her legacy was not a lifetime's work as you might think, but an extensive collection that began when Florence Broadhurst was sixty! At this age she founded a wallpaper design studio in Sydney, and until her death at the age of seventy-eight she was extremely prolific and successful as a pattern designer. Her sought-after designs made their way around the world to such places as London, New York, and Saudi Arabia. Florence Broadhurst's eclectic collection of hand-drawn designs came very close to being destroyed, but this precious archive is now being brought back to life by the efforts of David and Helen Lennie of Signature Prints. You can learn more about Florence Broadhurst and the role Signature Prints has played in her revival by downloading Helen Lennie's very interesting guest blog for 'The Design Files'. In New Zealand some of Florence Broadhurst's designs are available as hand-printed wallpaper at Paper Room.

Horses Stampede by Florence Broadhurst
Available as hand-printed wallpaper
Available in New Zealand at Paper Room

Birds of Paradise Venetian by Florence Broadhurst
Available as hand-printed wallpaper
Available in New Zealand at Paper Room

Japanese Floral Stormy by Florence Broadhurst
Available as hand-printed wallpaper
Available in New Zealand at Paper Room 

Cockatoos Venetian Veil by Florence Broadhurst
Available as hand-printed wallpaper
Available in New Zealand at Paper Room

Peacock Feather Light Aliveri by Florence Broadhurst
Available as hand-printed wallpaper
Available in New Zealand at Paper Room

Florence Broadhurst: her Secret & Extraordinary Lives is now available at the Kitty as a Picture Amazon Bookstore UK or Kitty as a Picture Amazon Bookstore US.


Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & extraordinary Lives, by Helen O'Neill (new edition)
Published by Hardie Grant Books
ISBN 9781742700595
Available in New Zealand at Paper Room

Monday, January 14, 2013

Beautiful Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013

We're back from holiday and all is once again chaos! The trip went well, though taking a one year old and three year old camping is certainly brave and as much work as we anticipated. Was it worth the overwhelming effort of packing and the subsequent chaos on return? Yes. But only just!
Tonight I resume my study on Module Three of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. I can hardly wait to get started, so rather than write a heap, I will let the beauty of these images and products speak for themselves. These are taken from the very stunning Spring Summer 2013 Ferm Living catalogue. View the entire catalogue online or visit the Ferm Living website.

Image from the Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013 Catalogue

Image from the Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013 Catalogue

Image from the Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013 Catalogue

Image from the Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013 Catalogue 

Image from the Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013 Catalogue

Image from the Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013 Catalogue

Friday, January 11, 2013

Summer Holiday; Illustration by Mike Howie

It's took us a whole day to pack. The car is carefully organised like a jigsaw (that surely can never be put together a second time); we've put someone in charge of the chaos at home, and we are off camping! 
Question: Is going away for a very short time worth the overwhelming effort of packing? 
Question: Four stunning beaches on a private farm, and very little to do but eat, drink, swim, and lay about in the sun, OR two little poppets (and their parents) confined to a tent and only a small tin of Lego, a couple of books, and some colouring-in pens. I'll let you know...

 This is us! 
Illustration by my partner, Mike Howie.

Copyright © 2013 Michael Howie

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Seriously Good Reading! Inspiration for Print Designers: Link Digest 3.0


'Let us Enjoy This Fleeting Moment'; Omar Khayyam 
 Design Copyright  © 2013 gobennygo. All rights reserved.

Last year was so crazy-busy, with a new baby and a chatterbox three-year-old; life felt so chaotic I'm not sure I remembered to enjoy it. This year I would like to take time to notice the little things, slow down, enjoy this very precious time with my two little ones. I put together the design above as an experiment in hand lettering, and I used elements from one of my recent pattern designs. If you would like to see the complete mini-collection, please visit my other blog.

Here are a bunch of links to some excellent articles and posts that I've been reading this week:

Interested in product packaging? Check out the Top 100 Posts from 2012 on The Dieline. And be sure to check out The Fox With the Golden Fur from their archive. I am totally blown away by this stunning concept. Chocolate, books, and art all in one astoundingly beautiful and clever package. It just doesn't get better than that!

There's always great content at Patternbank. Here are a few artists, showcased recently, that I really liked :
David Sala
Ysabel LeMay
Elisa Mazzone

If you like 50s illustration you will enjoy a recent post at My Vintage AvenueLe petit Chacal et le Crocodile illustrated by Simone.









Have you discovered the work of Simon Beck yet? He uses the snow as a giant canvas for his giant geometric motifs, each approx 500 feet in diameter! Read about him, and view some of his incredible artworks, over at Co.Design.

Keen to enter a fabric design competition? The Printed Bolt presents REPEAT(ed)

Trend Bible Opinion: 5 Things That Won't Change in 2013 : This is an interesting article, well worth reading.

Just Plain Interesting...

Design Milk: 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW: BEST OF WTF 
Meet Me at Mikes: :: You Say You Want A Resolution?
Poppytalk: Are You Prepared For Luck?
Apartment Therapy: Make 2013 Musical : 10 "Best-of" Music Lists from Around the Web

I hope you found something to inspire! 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

From the Portfolio of Boglárka Nádi: Light Design - MÉHKAS DIA PROJECT

My inspiration today comes from the varied and interesting portfolio of a Hungarian talent - Boglárka NádiThe "Méhkas" Slide Project was created by "Méhkasaula” Cultural and Non-profit Association. The Slide Project constitutes architectural projections in public spaces both indoors and outdoors. Paintings are made on 5x5 cm or 30x30 cm glass slabs, which can be set into overhead-projectors or slide-projectors. These designs are cheerful and uplifting; I have fallen in love with this idea.






MÉHKAS DIA PROJECT - Building Mapping - Light Design
From the portfolio of Boglárka Nádi  View the copyright info for these images

Boglárka Nádi is a graphic artist and illustrator. You can view more images from this project at Boglárka Nádi's online portfolio, and you can learn more about her on her website or blog.