31 May 2018

KIDS DESIGN - boots mini club

I've been into Boots this week to see what was happening at Mini Club. All these bright and fun patterns and placement prints are from Mini Club's childrenswear range. There were lots of lions, delicate florals, and jungle themes on show. Available in Boots stores now and online here.

CARDS - rebecca brookes

Rebecca Brookes of Sunshine & Freckles has created a new range of greetings cards called 'Patterned Pretties'. They are a cute range of colourful patterned cards, all hand embellished with a small silver rhinestone. Each design is colourful, fun and vibrant, in Sunshine & Freckles signature painterly style. As seen online here.

30 May 2018

DESIGNER FOR HIRE - klara hawkins

I am catching up on designers who joined the Designers for Hire during the period when we were covering trade shows. So today we have another fabulous artists joining the P&P Directory. Klara Hawkins is a British designer and illustrator based in Surrey. Klara studied Illustration at Kingston University and upon graduating landed her dream job as designer for Tigerprint, designing greetings cards, wrapping paper, toys and stationery for Marks and Spencer. She loved it so much she stayed for 16 years. For the last 3 years however Klara has been freelance and loves it. She has found it very refreshing working for new clients and finding her own true style, and says it is exciting not knowing what's around the corner. Her work is inspired by animals, plants, people, different cultures, different countries, and colour. Klara's work is all done digitally, doing 'scribbles' first and then jumping straight in. She works mainly on  greetings cards, surface pattern and children's books, and would love to hear from any new freelance clients. She says "I do what I love and love what I do". See more from Klara on instagram and get in touch via her portfolio website here.

WALLPAPER - brewers

I visited a branch of Brewers to look for new wallpaper a couple of weeks ago, and whilst flicking through a couple of sample books managed to get a few snapshots. Brewers is part of Wallpaper Direct so of course all these designs are also available to buy online. These beautifully stylised birds called 'Pajaro' (above & below) are from Scion's Nuevo book and caught my eye as being exceptional, although I ended up choosing the simple geometric circles design from Harlequin called Shri. Most of the designs below are from Scion or Harlequin....