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1. STORE SNAPS - vintage mischief

For today's Friday eye candy we have some snapshots from a vintage store in Suffolk. Last month I went to a David Bowie show in Norwich and one the way home popped quickly into a shop called 'Vintage Mischief' in Beccles. The store is spread over several barns and outbuildings and features everything from retro and vintage furniture, fashion and wallpaper, to kitchenware, fabrics, and tea

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2. DESIGNER - gina mayes

Gina Mayes is a children's illustrator and surface designer who is originally from Mexico but currently resides in Mansfield, Texas. Gina's latest fabric collection is called 'Fairy Meadow' and has been designed for sale at her Spoonflower shop Baby Bubble Co.. Featuring whimsical botanical designs with lush greens and beautiful pastels. Gina is a mom of three and loves to sew, knit and do

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3. WALL ART - bobbie print

Bobbie Print have created a new collection of hand printed screen prints based on the season. The first two designs Spring and Autumn have just been launched and Summer and Winter will follow shortly. The designs look at the plants and flowers that we all associate with those particular times of year.Stylized Hyacinths, Bluebells, Hellebores and Snowdrops have all been given a mid-century

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4. STATIONERY - scribbler

UK card store Scribbler have recently launched their first extensive collection of Notebooks designed by their in house team.  From tropical pineapples to smart black & white designs they are available in Scribbler's 33 stores nationwide.

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5. KIDS DESIGN - h&m

Regular readers will know I love to mooch around in the childrenswear departments and see what prints I can find. Here are some that I spotted in H&M last week from their Summer 2016 collections for babies and young children. Scroll down for a good overview or see more online here at H&M.

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6. FABRICS - susan driscoll for dashwood

Today we have the latest fabric designs from one of my favourite artists : Susan Driscoll (aka The Print Tree). Susan has once again created a wonderful collection for Dashwood Studio called 'Cotton Candy'. There are seven different prints in the range including sharp geometrics and stylised flowers which are all in a stunning palette that is typical of Susan's bold style. The fabrics are in

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7. WALL ART - carolyn gavin

Another artist I hugely admire is Carolyn Gavin who has recently created beautiful new floral prints for her Etsy shop. Carolyn is a designer with Lilla Rogers Studio and has her own stationery business Ecojot. I was thrilled to bits to receive two prints from Carolyn which will take pride of place in my home once they are framed up. To see more of Carolyn's art prints check out Etsy and to

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8. ETSY - fran wood design

Fran Wood has produced a new range of designs, which she has turned into screen prints, greeting cards and a tea towel. These designs all include simple animal illustrations and patterns influenced by 1970s textile and graphic motifs. The range is called 'Nouveau Animals', as Fran had noticed a strong influence of Art Nouveau during the period - some of which can be seen in her work. All Fran's

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9. KIDS DESIGN - boots mini club

I have some more children's designs to post today with a look at the latest summer prints at Boots. These patterns and placement prints are all from their Mini Club childrenswear collection and feature sunny holiday style designs such as bright fish, nautical boats, and colourful flowers. I especially loved the geometric fish (above & below) and for unique ideas I could not recall having seen a

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10. STORE SNAPS - george at asda

For today's Friday eye candy we turn to another UK supermarket and look at the latest arrivals in childrenswear by George at Asda. Highlights include tropical prints with pink flamingos, exotic elephants and doodled bows. Available in stores and online here. Also spotted in my local store were a few greetings cards from

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11. KIDS DESIGN - john lewis

I always find childrenswear one of the most colourful areas to find fun patterns and placement prints. So a recent visit to John Lewis proved very fruitful. Here are some of their latest spring summer 2015 designs on clothing featuring regular themes such as dinosaurs, birds, flowers, and animals presented in up to date prints.

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12. KIDS DESIGN - sainsbury's

With all the designers, studios and buyers all busy winding down from Surtex I thought I would post some fun designs for those of us left at home. So here are a selection of the latest childrenswear designs spotted in Sainsbury's under their TU label. Scroll down for fun patterns and placements prints from their Spring Summer 2016 range and see more or shop online here.

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13. SURTEX 2016 - bright art licensing

It is the final day for posting Surtex artists as the New York show enters it's final day. Here we showcase some of the designers and illustrators exhibiting with the Bright in booth 433. In the run up to Surtex Bright placed 15 ad’s in the Licensing Source Book showing the work of 15 Bright artists. They have also opened the Bright Emporium in Clapham, London which is a showroom, shop and

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14. NEW WORK - victoria johnson

These lovely images are just some of the new work by designer Victoria Johnson who will be exhibiting today in New York at Field Trip. As mentioned earlier this month Field Trip is a new pattern and illustration event taking place in a beautiful loft in New York's Garment District, on Monday, May 16th 2016 (the same time as Surtex, NSS and ICFF) and features the work of a small, curated group

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15. SURTEX 2015 - beth schneider

Beth Schneider will be making her debut at Surtex 2016 showcasing her sophisticated yet playful patterns. Beth is a surface pattern designer based in Chicago and is best known for designing stationery and home decor with major companies such as Minted, Guildery and Crane and Co. She is interested in collaborating with manufacturers in the housewares, fabric, home decor, gift, and stationery

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16. SURTEX 2016 - allison cole

Well today is the big day and Surtex will be up and running. So many flyers came in this week that I am taking the chance to post on the weekend. Today we have some fab new examples of work from designer Allison Cole. Allison will be exhibiting at Surtex for her sixth year, but this will be her first year exhibiting solo and self-represented. Find Allison and her colorful designs at booth 250,

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17. SURTEX 2016 - jennifer wambach

Jennifer L. Wambach is an illustrator from the Chicago area in the U.S. She has spent this year exploring hand-drawn and hand painted patterns and illustrations, focusing on watercolor sketchbook style artwork. She’s proud to be represented by Painted Planet Licensing and will be debuting many new collections at Surtex this year in booth 322.

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18. SURTEX 2016 - heather rosas

Heather Rosas is a designer based in California who mainly focuses on children's markets. She has licesened her art on fabric, home decor, greetings cards, stationery, party paper, and holiday decor. Heather can be found at Surtex in booth 417.

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19. SURTEX 2016 - flyers

Here are some individual flyers which showcase the wonderful variety of design that will be on offer at Surtex this year. We start with Lemon Ribbon above in booth 719 and below Anne was here in booth 451. Below : Barb Chotiner, who recently had a pop up shop in West Elm, will be represented by Astound US in booth 232. Below : Jane Mosse Designs will be showing her latest designs in booth

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20. SURTEX 2016 - linda solovic

Designer Linda Solovic has been been busy working on new art for Surtex. Her agent, Sheila Meehan, of Meehan Design Group will be showing Linda's work in booth 422. Linda is super excited about the show and about her new work.

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21. SURTEX 2016 - esther bley

Bley Hack of Esther Bley will be showing her lovely new watercolours at Surtex in booth 450.

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22. SURTEX 2016 - rebecca stoner

Rebecca Stoner is now represented by the lovely team at MHS Licensing and Consulting and her work will be making it's debut at Surtex in booth 424. You can see a teaser of Rebecca's work on their website here  but they will be showing her full portfolio at Surtex which is brimming with lots of beautiful new work, including pretty patterns and fun illustrations.

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23. SURTEX 2016 - tracey english

With Surtex opening tomorrow we have a few extra flyers to post before the doors open in New York tomorrow. The first artist to showcase today is Tracey English who will be represented by Creatif in booth 207. Tracey creates all her designs out of hand coloured  tissue paper collage and is excited to see what new avenues this years Surtex will open up. She has also just embarked on the 100 day

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24. SURTEX 2016 - trosko design

Solvejg Makaretz will be making a Surtex Debut tomorrow with her studio label Tröskö. In 2012 Solvejg started her own line of home decor and accessories and called it Tröskö after a tiny island in a lake in Sweden where she grew up. She is now ready to license designs and can be found in in booth 466 .

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25. SURTEX 2016 - natalie alex

Yorkshire designer and illustrator Natalie Alexander will be a Surtex in booth 570. Natalie had 12 years design industry experience before going freelance and her work is inspired by nature and travel.

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