03 July 2015

DESIGNER - lizzy dee studio

Elizabeth Doyle aka Lizzy Dee is a designer, illustrator, and author from New Jersey who now calls New York City her home. Elizabeth is currently a children's book & kit designer and her first children's book "The A B See" will be published on July 21st. She finds inspiration through her collecting of antiques and oddities and with her work aims to "Bring smiles and laughter to people everywhere". You can see her bright, folky work online here and visit her Etsy shop.










STATIONERY - wh smith

I thought I would share some of 2015/16 diaries spotted in WH Smith last week. The highlights from the range include sausage dogs wearing various patterned clothes, sweet birds on a ruled notepaper background, and black & white flowers interspersed with the odd flouro yellow one.











DESIGNER - bley hack

Bley Hack is a surface pattern designer who works under the studio name, Esther Bley Designs (named after her grandmother). Bley's style is a mix of hand-drawn and digitally rendered prints with a vintage and retro flavor.  Bley is currently an ABSPD student, and will be showing at Surtex in 2016. She is interested in commissions and licensing in all markets. Bley also maintains a daily pattern blog, dailydoseofpattern.com, to keep her creating!






02 July 2015

DESIGNER - studio lilla form

Cathy Westrell Nordström is a designer from Stockholm, Sweden who designs under the label Studio Lilla Form. Cathy had been working as a graphic designer for ten years when she stumbled across Elizabeth Olwen´s surface pattern design class on Skillshare and recently won a competition where Elizabeth had set the task to create a full collection of 6-8 patterns and spot graphics. Cathy then enrolled the Make it in design e-course and is now well on her way with her first contract - one of her patterns is going onto baby bedding and additional products. She is also in the process of manufacturing her designs onto notebooks and making a prototype cushion collection with some of her more abstract patterns. Cathy says "taking the leap in to surface pattern design was the best decision of my life. No turning back now."













TEXTILES - marimekko

Today I wanted to post a colourful summery print as we experience a heatwave hear in the UK. Prints don't come much bolder and more colourful than those at Marimekko where you will currently find Sitruunapuu, which i believe translates from Finnish as Citrus. This watercolour pattern was designed by Aino-Maiha Metsola and features on fabrics, ceramics, bedding, kitchen textiles, paper napkins trays an more. There is also an alternative colourway in more muted tones of blue and grey.













Whilst on the subject of summery Marimekko prints it seemed perfect to also mention Manuela a sketchy floral spotted on a tote bag.