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1. NEW SEASON - donna wilson aw16

We have a real treat on P&P today with tons of new product from Donna Wilson. There are lots of fab new designs for Autumn/Winter 2016 including these fun bamboo plates featuring a fox, cat, and bear. Donna Wilson is known for her sense of humour, knitting and love of craft. Her quirky woolly creations are stocked in top stores such as Heals and John Lewis. Fond childhood memories in the

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2. DESIGNERS WANTED - uppercase

UPPERCASE magazine are currently running two great opportunities for designers. The first is to appear in their UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide Second Edition (Jan/Feb/March 2017) that will feature the best in established and up-and-coming surface pattern designers. The second is to win a licensing contract with Windham Fabrics!. The deadline is September 12th so please visit this page

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3. FALSE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT ALERT

A very kind reader brought something urgent to my attention today. Someone has created an instagram account for Print & Pattern that is not by me. They are posting pictures from this blog but not crediting any of the artists. Something I would never do. I would urge anyone following this account just because they believe it to be officially by the Print & Pattern Blog to unfollow it now, and if

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4. PAPERCHASE - gift wrap

We have finally reached the end of our marathon Paperchase review. The only thing we haven't covered is Christmas - but I will save that for later as we are still enjoying the hot sun. For this final day we start with a look at some of the current designs and new arrivals in gift wrap at Paperchase.

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5. PAPERCHASE - store snaps pt.2

And we end our Paperchase coverage with some snapshots from their Tottenham Court Roads shop. The first and second floors of this flagship store are full of gifts, paper goods and crafting materials. Here are some of the things I spotted on the day of the press show. Thanks to everyone who followed along with these posts for the last two weeks - Paperchase is a store who rely on surface pattern

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6. PAPERCHASE - new season

We are nearly at the end of our Paperchase showcase and today we have a selection of new arrivals that have just gone on sale in stores and online. This beautiful Night Garden diary caught my eye and I wonder if we will see more items in this print. Scroll down for more notebooks, diaries, and the odd pencil case with motifs and themes that include wolves, unicorns, and washy watercolour

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7. PAPERCHASE - store snaps part 1.

Paperchase is such a fantastic store to find surface design that I have yet more pics to bring you today. Here you can see a variety of notebooks, diaries, organisers and gifts. These hand painted animals with little geometric elements on notebooks (above & below) are a favourite of mine. Also standing out was another version the ever popular owl design and a mid century style design on a 

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8. CARDS - paperchase part 2

Today I am posting my final selection of greetings cards from Paperchase. Highlights include some fun box sets of mixed children's birthday cards and a new owl design that uses collage and kraft paper. Below are a mixture of snaps from Paperchase's Tottenham Court Road and online web pics.

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9. CARDS - paperchase part 1

I still have some interesting Paperchase bits to share with you this week. Attending their AW Press Show last month at Tottenham Court Road also gave me a great excuse to photograph the store. I started in the greetings card department and here are some of the fab designs I saw for sale. 

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10. PAPERCHASE AW16 - bird garden

It is the last day of Paperchase Autumn/Winter 2016 previews and we conclude with two design collections that were shown at the Press Show on snack boxes. The first is Bird Garden a loosely drawn eye catching design that has the look of black felt tip illustrations which have then been digitally coloured. The hip flask is already online with more bits to follow soon.

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11. PAPERCHASE AW16 - mermazing

Also new at Paperchase for A/W16 is 'Mermazing'. This design features a single placement print of a  mermaid and lots of fun hand drawn typography. Paperchase regularly create fantasy style designs (like the current Purrmaids) and this is in a similar vein.

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12. PAPERCHASE AW16 - headgangers

Today's sneak previews feature children's designs from Paperchase's Autumn Winter 2016 offering. The first is 'Headgangers' a fun new graphic kids design from Paperchase. It features black and white photographs of cats, dogs, lions, leopards, bears etc all wearing coloured masks. This is typical of the bold ranges based around pets and animals that Paperchase create each season and this one has

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13. PAPERCHASE AW16 - kids safari

The second collection today from Paperchase's A/W2016 offering is 'Kids Safari' an understated collection in sophisticated black and white combined with mint green. It features various animals on lunch items such as snack boxes, mugs, egg cups and a flask. Expect to see it in stores and online very soon.

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14. PAPERCHASE AW16 - gothic garden

Today's new Paperchase designs for Autumn Winter 2016 are both collections aimed at the female market. The first called "Gothic Garden" is something Paperchase typically do a variant of each season a dark and moody floral. The new design combines tinted photographic flowers and a geometric crystal style pattern. It includes stationery and items for gifting in a 'luxe' style such as bags, phone

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15. PAPERCHASE AW16 - arcatia

Our second range seen in a sneak preview today is Arcatia. This is another feminine collection being released by Paperchase for Autumn/Winter 2016 and is is based around pretty sketches of a Siamese cat. Mixed with florals Arcatia's colours are soft lilacs and purples mixed with grey. A leafy floral in gold is also used as a complimentary print. Ideal for gifting it features on all manor of

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16. PAPERCHASE AW16 - woodland tails

This week we are enjoying sneaky peaks at the new ranges that will arrive at Paperchase this Autumn. Today we have a lovely new collection called Woodland Tails' which features hand drawn illustrations of woodland deer, foxes, bears, etc. The designs were snapped at the Paperchase Autumn Winter Press Show but will arrive in stores later this year. Woodland Tails features on everything from

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17. PAPERCHASE - purr maids

And also today from Paperchase we have another of their 'Back to School' collections. This children's design mixes two things little girls love : kittens and mermaids to create 'Purr Maids' and features 1980's style pastels and airbrushing. The design features on everything a girl could need for school with a full range stationery and lunchware, and is available in stores and online now.

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18. PAPERCHASE - autumn winter 16 preview

Print & Pattern is back from it's summer break and all this week I'll be featuring sneak previews of the ranges we can expect to see in Paperchase this Autumn Winter. Our first collection is called Yolo Owls - which stands for 'You Obviously Love Owls'. Paperchase have a new owl design each season and it is always interesting to see how they are doing it this time. Yolo owls will be in

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19. NEW WORK - jennifer orkin lewis

Today we are lucky enough to see some brand new artwork from artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis. They form part of a collection of fresh work that uses dark backgrounds, and can be seen on Jennifer's Instagram page August Wren where she shares all of her sketchbook paintings. She is represented by Jennifer Nelson Artists and these works and more will be available for licensing. In September Jennifer

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20. TABLEWARE - engel

Engel is a small company based in Amsterdam founded by Sabien Engelenburg. It began when Sabien created colourful bunting for her daughter's birthday and now features all kinds of party products including this fabulous bamboo tableware. Sabien teams up with a variety of enthusiastic designers to create the ranges which can be bought online in the Engel store or purchased wholesale by retailers

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21. BOOK - collage by lizzie lees

Designer Lizzie Lees has created a fun new interactive book packed with ideas and material for making collages. Called 'Collage Carnival' Lizzie invites the reader to create their own artworks and projects ranging from cityscapes and travel journals using holiday snaps, to glitter-filled cards for friends. Mixed in with hints and tips for getting started are pages that can be coloured, cut out,

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22. HOME DECOR - bluebellgray

As it is the last day for Print & pattern before a little summer break I wanted to go out with something really bold and colourful. And what better than these stunning prints on cushions, fabrics, lampshades, rugs and more from bluebellgray. The company was founded in Scotland in 2009 by Fi Douglas a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art. Fi wanted to make designs with a painterly

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23. TEXTILES - marimekko

And for our Friday eye candy, where we post fab patterns 'just because', we have these designs from the legendary Marimekko. We start with Aino Maija Metsola's 'Pieni Hattarakukka' print featuring 'cotton candy flowers'. This is followed by Pieni Karuselli (Merry Go Round) which was designed for Marimekko in 1973 by Katsuji Wakisaka.

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25. PAPERCHASE - california dreaming

Also from Paperchase I wanted to highlight this retro floral collection called California Dreaming. This is part of their 'Back to School' offering and is already available in stores now. It features 60's style mod florals that evoke San Francisco flower power style.

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