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.

DESIGNER - rachael jane harrison

Rachael Jane Harrison is a designer and fashion blogger (koko luxe) based in Devon in the UK. Rachael currently works as a freelance surface designer and is focusing on her passion for pattern. She has sold prints though several studios and one of her favourite commissions was designing for fashion retailer Warehouse. She is available for sales and licensing and can be found online here.

01 July 2015

DESIGNER - jessie ford : sugar snap studio

The Sugar Snap Studio was launched in the Spring of 2012, to house the growing collection of children's illustration work by Jessie Ford. Liking nothing better than creating these fun, colourful characters; to date her work has included everything from advertising campaigns for Fairy Liquid, packaging commissions for Tesco and Mothercare, children's books for Abrams Books, as well as numerous merchandise and branding projects. Her mural designs can also be found adorning the walls of various nurseries and bedroom's around London and the South East, and throughout various high street shops. Jessie has exhibited widely in New York, Milan, London and Japan. Her first children's books were published in 2011.

And we conclude the post with some of Jessie's more grown up pieces from her illustration portfolio.