Friday, 20 January 2012

Outdated Technology

This is my design for the latest competition called 'Outdated Technology' on Spoonflower. Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012


Spoonflower is a great website I have recently joined.  You can upload your own designs on there and sell them on fabric if you wish too.  If you don't want them to be sold, it's still great to have a gallery of your own designs.  Also you can buy your designs on fabric and then create hand made items.

They also do weekly competitions.  I entered this design below into a competition last week called cityscapes.  I based mine on London, UK.  I hope you like it :)

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Here are some scarf designs I did yesterday afternoon.  I hope you like them :)

Monday, 9 January 2012

Textured Designs

Here are a couple of textured scarf design ideas I have created this afternoon, both inspired by the nature of the ocean.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

The most amazing Textile Design Book in the World!

I received this amazing book for Xmas.  I borrowed this book from my Uni library so many times over the last few years and thought it would be a great idea to have my very own copy.  The name of the book is 'Textile Designs: 200 years of Patterns for Printed Fabrics arranged by Motif, Colour, Period and Design.' There are so many different styles of designs within every page of this book.  A very inspiring book :)

Top Tips for SUCCESS

Before cracking on with some work this afternoon, I read through the latest 'Fabulous' magazine that comes with 'The Sun' on Saturdays.  In the problem pages towards the back I found some very useful careers and money tips from self-made millionaire Michelle Mone that I have found very inspiring and would like to share with you all.

1. Believer in yourself. If you're looking to get ahead, you need ambition, commitment, guts and self-belief.
2. Be decisive. Make a decision and stick to it, whether it's going for a promotion, starting up your own business or changing career directions.
3. Identify your skills. If you're after a promotion, make a list of your recent achievements, relevant qualities, and areas in which you want to develop, then go through your plan with your boss.
4. Do your research. If you want to start up your own, thoroughly research your market and competitors and ensure you can improve on what is already out there.
5. Monitor your internet profiles. Potential employers may find you on Facebook, so think about what they'll see.
6. Get out of the rut. Consider what other skills you can offer. Set up a meeting with a recruiter, who may be able to give new options.
7. Never give up. If at first you don't succeed try, try again. And when you're able to, give something back by sharing your experiences with others.
8. Do the knowledge. Stay on top of your industry, even it you're currently out of work. Read trade magazines, check out industry blogs and keep yourself in the loop. It may lead to new job options.
9. Find a mentor. Speak to someone you respect in your industry - it will give an objective point of view.
10. Don't become complacent. I set out to make my business, Ultimo, a success, and 14 years later I'm still striving to make it bigger and better.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

Well I hope you all had a cracking Christmas and a great start to the New Year!  I certainly started my New Year with a bang celebrating my best friends birthday in Wolverhampton, which happens to be on New Year's Day.  Christmas was alright, it's not the same when you get older, there are no surprises and I also worked a lot too apart from Christmas Day, but all still good fun.

2011 for me has had many ups and downs, so I'm hoping that 2012 will be my year.  The best thing for me during 2011 was graduating and receiving a degree in BA(Hons) Textile Design (Printed Textiles) at De Montfort University in July.  I have also done my fair share of traveling including to London, York and my summer holiday to Bulgaria.  Although I'd like to go to more places this year involving museums and art galleries for inspiration.

I start 'The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design' featuring Rachael Taylor at the end of this month, which I'm really looking forward to.  I'm hoping after the course I'll know a lot more about freelance, and will be an official freelance designer and will be launching a small business.  I'm hoping to get some more work placement opportunities, after the two week placement in February with Rachael Taylor, which I'm very excited about.  In June I will attending a gig in Birmingham to see Blink 182 and a comedy act from Michael McIntyre in September.

I am still working my contract hours at weekends and overtime during weekdays at a retail store in my local town.  But in the meantime I will be organising myself to get ready to be a freelance designer  building up on my portfolio, looking for freelance opportunities, entering competitions and designing my own range to launch my small business after the e-course.  As well as still looking for work placements, internships and job opportunities.
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