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1. ANNUAL SUMMER BREAK - back Sept 1st

Print & Pattern is off on its annual summer break for the next couple of weeks and will return for the new season on September 1st. Thanks so much for reading and I hope to see you back again soon. Just a reminder also on the submission for the Print & Pattern Nature book. There is still time to submit your entries - lots of lovely designs have been coming in already - many of which have been

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2. CARDS - hooray today

One of my favourite card companies I have discovered in recent times has been Hooray Today. This fab stationery company was founded in 2014 by illustrators and product designers Allison Black and Alyssa Nassner. The fun duo love confetti, designing colourful fruit, and creating vibrant happy typography that really brings fun and humour back to everyday celebrations. In their online shop and

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3. DESIGNER - herbert green

Rachael Cocker is an illustrator who has graduated this year from Edinburgh University's College of Art. Like me Rachael 'likes to hide behind her secret identity' and creates her work under the pseudonym Herbert Green. Her style is bold and colourful with a sense of playfulness. Rachael finds inspiration in natural forms such as fruit, vegetables and plants. She loves to create drawings,

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4. CARDS - our heiday

Our Heiday is the stationery brand of designer Patricia Shen. Launched in Los Angeles in 2014 Patricia has go on to expand into stationery, cards, art prints and gift wrap. The company name 'Our Heiday (a play on 'heyday') is named after her mum and aunts whose Korean names begin with 'Hei'. It was this family that fostered her love of art and encouraged Patricia to live a life full of colour.

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5. WILD & WOLF - v&a

Wild & Wolf have teamed up with the V&A Museum to create a range of patterned gift and garden products. The are tools, pots, mugs, vases, gloves and watering cans featuring mid century prints taken from the museum's archive. The first (above & below) is Palamos designed by Sylvia Chalmers in 1953. This is followed by Kite Strings by David Parsons designed in 1956 for Heals. The final design is

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6. DESIGNER - artibonita

'Joke' is the illustrator behind the Artibonita studio label and shops. Joke is based in Belgium and she creates colorful home decor items and trendy accessories for kids and adults. She describes her style as fun, happy, whimsical & colorful. Here are some examples of her work and you can find more Artibonita online here and on Etsy.

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7. PAPERCHASE - store snaps

You may remember recently I was able to photograph the Paperchase store in Tottenham Court Road whilst attending their Christmas AW15 press show. So I thought before P&P goes on Summer Holidays this month I would try and get some more of the snapshots up online. I was able to browse a selection of notebooks, photo albums and papergoods which you can see by scrolling down here... Read the rest of this post

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8. PAPERCHASE - partyware

My very last Paperchase pictures of the summer feature party goods from brands such as Talking Tables and Rice. In their flagship London store Paperchase had given over part of the first floor to create a party shop with plates, cups, decorations, favour bags, napkins, etc.

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9. DESIGNER - leanne oughton

Leanne Oughton is an illustrator from Pembrokeshire, Wales. Leanne is a huge fan of children's design and loves bright colours and creating animal characters (especially bears).  She is a graduate of both MATS and ABSPD and posts new patterns daily on her Instagram. Leanne's dream project would be to illustrate a series of children's books and if you like here work she is available for

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10. ETSY SHOP - maggiemagoo

These beautiful patterns are from MaggieMagoo Designs, aka Leeds based surface pattern designer Carole Fenwick. Carole named her business after her mischievous terrier Maggie and creates contemporary homewares and original screen prints. The MaggieMagoo Etsy Shop has only just opened with a lovely selection of tea towels, notebooks, and art prints. The prints were inspired by nature, mid

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11. PRINT & PATTERN BOOK - call for entries

Just a reminder I am looking for designers to feature in the new book 'Print & Pattern Nature' in case you missed it. I would love to hear from P&P readers who would like their flora and fauna designs to be included. You may wish to create new work or perhaps you will have something suitable in your portfolio already. Remember all copyright stays with you so if you do decide to create any

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12. GRADUATES - abspd showcase

We are seeing out the week in the same way we came in with some more graduates from the Art and Business of surface design course. The beautiful and stylish flowers above are by Sarah Braithwaite and the colourful collage below is by Julie Anson. Above : Jocelyn Proust Below : Rebecca Sollom. Above : Michela Du Pasquier Below : Catherine Charnock. Above : Caroline Abarca  Below :

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13. DESIGNER - antonela del vecchio

Antonela Del Vecchio is a freelance pattern designer who studied textile design at the University of Buenos Aires and graduated in 2008. Antonela spent three years working in Germany and is currently based in Santiago de Chile. She describes her style as happy, colourful and with the beauty of simple things. Her inspiration comes from daily little things and she loves taking photographs whilst

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14. DESIGNER - anne bomio

Anne Bomio is a French surface pattern designer currently based in Switzerland, although she has also worked as a designer in Paris, New York and Zurich. Anne describes her style as simple and graphic, partly influenced by her Scandinavian origins. She likes to create sketches on paper and then develop them using Adobe Illustrator. You can see more of Anne's portfolio online here and she is

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15. WALL ART - lisa james

These gorgeous graphic designs are by Lisa James and were spotted at The Gas Gallery where the reflected design above is in the sale. Lisa has been designing fabrics for fashion and interiors but in 2013 turned her attention towards art prints. Each print is drawn digitally by Lisa, using her years of experience as a Textile Designer to translate her wonderful balance of colour, line and form

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16. ILLUSTRATION - jane ormes book

Fans of artist Jane Ormes will be pleased to know she has illustrated a new children's book. The Little Honey Bee is a new counting book published by Big Picture Press and features Jane's beautiful designs for birds, flowers, foxes and or course bees. Each page has lift the flap pieces to give children plenty of interest and adults can enjoy the gorgeous illustrations. The Little Honey Bee is

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17. DESIGNER - hilli kushnir

Hilli Kushnir is a designer turned illustrator currently based in New York City. After taking a degree in Graphic Design Hilli began her career in web design but when given the chance also created some brand character work and slowly found herself getting more and more into illustration. Hilli is drawn more and more towards children's art which allows her to express her silly sense of humour

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18. NEW WORK - paapii design

PaaPii Design's fun creations were featured in the Print & Pattern Kids book so I was intrigued to see Anniina Isokangas latest designs. Anniina is based in Kokkola, Finland and since I last looked has added lots of new fabrics, purses, and paper prints to her collection. I picked out these beautifully stylised cat with kittens along with circus art prints, trays, and a cute bear print purse.

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19. CALL FOR ENTRIES - new P&P book

Today I can officially announce that the next Print & Pattern book will be on the subject of..... Nature!  Now is your chance to be part of the book with an official 'Call For Entries'. I would love to hear from P&P readers who would like their flora and fauna designs to be included. You may wish to create new work or perhaps you will have something suitable in your portfolio already. Remember

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20. PAPERCHASE - ruka ruka

I discovered these gorgeous Ruka Ruka age cards in Paperchase and thought they looked fabulously fun and bright. The designs have a retro look and a hint of the vintage circus style about them. With ages 1 to 10 the collection was designed by Ruka Ruka's founder Sinead Gray and was spotted in Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road in Lonon. You can also buy them online at Ruka Ruka or NOTHS.

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21. GRADUATES - abspd latest

The Make it in Design blog has recently been showcasing some more of their students design work. Featuring a selection from graduates who took the January 2015 module 1 of The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and I thought I would pick out some of my faves here on P&P to help promote these new designers. The first design to catch my eye (above) was by Leah Brandwood whose interesting

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22. NEW SEASON - caroline gardner

We have been looking at new season designs recently so it was great to see what we can expect from Caroline Gardner for AW2015. They have a fab new collection called Pina Collada has recently been seen at the trade shows. The design features the on-trend motif of a pineapple which is mixed with sketchy flowers and grey painterly roses. Grey spot designs make for complimentary prints and the

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23. PAPERCHASE - card snaps part 1

Whilst we are on the subject of greetings cards I thought I would share some snapshots from my visit to Paperchase in London. I was there for the press show so it gave me the perfect excuse to snap some shots of the store as well. I particularly loved the new card showcase on the first floor which had bold cactus wallpaper teamed with vivid blue paneling and white wooden shelves. This new white

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24. PAPERCHASE - greetings cards

And we end today with a few more Paperchase cards - with some fresh new arrivals just landed online... And snapped in Paperchase London a bright selection of cards by the Archivist Gallery.

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25. TEXTILES - annabel perrin

Designer Annabel Perrin has a new home textiles collection launching this autumn. Titled Roaming thw collection marks the start of a series of sub-ranges, inspired by locations around the world. Part one titled Roaming: Uno is influenced by Annabel's exploration of Barcelona and will be available from September 2015. The range includes vibrantly patterned furnishing fabrics and coordinating

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