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1. DESIGNER - lizzy dee studio

Elizabeth Doyle aka Lizzy Dee is a designer, illustrator, and author from New Jersey who now calls New York City her home. Elizabeth is currently a children's book & kit designer and her first children's book "The A B See" will be published on July 21st. She finds inspiration through her collecting of antiques and oddities and with her work aims to "Bring smiles and laughter to people

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2. STATIONERY - wh smith

I thought I would share some of 2015/16 diaries spotted in WH Smith last week. The highlights from the range include sausage dogs wearing various patterned clothes, sweet birds on a ruled notepaper background, and black & white flowers interspersed with the odd flouro yellow one.

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3. DESIGNER - bley hack

Bley Hack is a surface pattern designer who works under the studio name, Esther Bley Designs (named after her grandmother). Bley's style is a mix of hand-drawn and digitally rendered prints with a vintage and retro flavor.  Bley is currently an ABSPD student, and will be showing at Surtex in 2016. She is interested in commissions and licensing in all markets. Bley also maintains a daily pattern

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4. 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

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5. 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

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6. 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.

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7. 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

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8. TEXTILES - soda + stitch

Jemma Bell is a textile designer who has recently launched her own venture called Soda + Stitch specialising in selling hand block printed fabrics by the metre. Each fabric has been designed exclusively for Soda + Stitch and then carefully printed by the hands of block printing masters in Jaipur, India - a city Jemma now calls home. It is an incredible process that savours hand made textiles

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9. KIDS DESIGN - goosebumps

I came across the Goosebumps brand at online store Howkapow and wanted to find out a bit more. Founded in Australia in 2014 Goosebumps was created by Inga Rodd, a Melbourne based designer. Inga's prints are inspired by her own twin boys, childhood memories and quirky design. The Roar design with leopards, tigers and zebras caught my eye for its modern yet timeless feel. You can see more of

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10. PAPERCHASE - latest snapshots

Today on Print & Pattern is all about Paperchase. I have picked out some new arrivals such as these fun lunch bags featuring wild animals, robots and rows of cute characters. Also look out for new dinosaur designs, cat burglars, a kitchen stationery print, plus a striking mid century style geometric on a pencil case and plenty of new notebooks.

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11. CARDS - paperchase

And also catching my eye at Paperchase were these small but very beautiful letterpress greetings cards. Covering Birthdays, Thank you, and some left blank for any purpose it's a really striking collection.

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12. PAPERCHASE - back to school

And we end to today with a preview of some of things we can expect from Paperchase's forthcoming 'Back to School' ranges. The children may not have even started their summer holiday's yet but retailers like to get ahead. For older students these digital type designs caught my eye. Other new arrivals include several collections Wild Aztec, Speech Bubble, and Pony Party. These designs will be on

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13. STATIONERY - papier tigre

Both of today's discoveries were made as a result of a flying visit into The Conran Shop to look for a present.  Whilst there I came across some notebooks by French studio Papier Tigre. Founded by a trio of three designers Julien Crespal, Agathe Demoulin and Maxime Brenon in 2011 Papier Tigre produce notebooks, cards, stationery and gift wrap in striking contemporary geometrics. Their

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14. CARDS & WRAP - katie leamon

My second Conran Shop discovery was Katie Leamon after seeing her neon and kraft cards lined up on the card department shelf. Based in London this luxury card & stationery brand uses Katie's love of typography and illustration to produce timeless designs. The products are predominantly hand printed using individual polymer rubber stamps and besides the Conran Shop can also be found in stockists

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15. STORE SNAPS - the conran shop

And finally today here are a few store snaps from my flying visit to the Conran Shop. I loved the children's transport bedlinen and novelty cushions. A few children's books also caught my eye for their fab illustration, along with sweet patterns on bags by Petit Pan.

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16. Make it in Design Summer School 2015

Back by popular demand the Make it in Design Summer School is running again this July to fill their students summer with creativity, inspiration and fun. We are lucky enough today to view a selection of works by students from the 2014 course and if you fancy a go this year here are some more details.. Delivered on-line over four weeks from July 6 – 31, there are three tracks available (Beginner

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17. FASHION PRINTS - summer 2015

I thought I would post some store snaps today for our Friday eye candy. The summer fashion and accessories prints will soon be disappearing from stores as the sales begin and Autumn arrivals start to trickle in. So whilst we still can I thought we could enjoy some of the summer prints spotted on the Uk high street recently. We start with Monsoon/Accessorize.... Read the rest of this post

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18. WALLPAPER - mini moderns

Mini Moderns have released the latest wallpaper in their Hinterland collection. The collection takes inspiration from the Kent coastline and its surrounding countryside and the newest pattern 'Equinox' is the result of an exploration of the agricultural heritage of the county often described as the Garden of England. The design pays tribute to the corn dolly - plaited straw ornaments,

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19. CATH KIDSTON - aw 2015

One of the key prints for children in Cath Kidston's forthcoming Autumn Winter collection is 'Sausage Dogs' which features on china, textiles, bags, pencil cases etc. and should appeal to both young ones and dog lovers alike. On fashion Cath Kidston have more revived library prints such as racing cars and dinosaurs. The Autumnal

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20. CATH KIDSTON - store snaps

To conclude my Cath Kidston postings this week I thought I would take a look in their Marylebone store just down the street from the Press Show to see what is actually available in stores now. For those that like to get ahead of the seasons there is an early Autumn preview in the form of a capsule collection. Featuring a mid century style print called Painted Rose in yellow ochre and grey, and

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21. HABITAT - autumn winter preview

Keeping with the theme of press shows Habitat held their Autumn Winter preview show last week with a press show at their Tottenham Court Road store. I have studied their AW15 lookbook and picked out all the prints and patterns for posting here today, look out for optical illusions, primary geometrics and fragmented pattern and the idea that the 1980's are back. Their are some particularly

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22. PICNIC - john lewis

I wanted to point out this excellent new picnicware by MissPrint at John Lewis. The MissPrint family team of Rebecca, Lee, and Yvonne Drury have adapted their designs onto melamine plates, storage containers, cups, bowls, bags etc. Look out for Figs, Dandelion, and Little Trees. In John Lewis stores now and online. Besides the MissPrint collection John Lewis also have their own range

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23. STATIONERY - john lewis

And finally today a quick look at some of the latest stationery arrivals at John Lewis. There are new designs from Caroline Gardner, lovely graphic geometrics in the 'House' range, bold neons from House of Holland and pineapple wrapping paper.

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24. KITCHENWARE - mini moderns

Something else really exciting is also taking place at Mini Moderns - they have teamed up with Wild & wolf to produce a range of homewares. Launching soon will be a collection of enamelware including a kettle, butterdish, saucepan, jug and storage pots. Not only do the products themselves look beautiful but the packaging boxes are equally as fabulous with their peg board backgrounds and one

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25. VINTAGE - classic designers

Mini Moderns, the subject of our last two posts, are very much inspired by classic mid century modern design. So it seemed appropriate to post some vintage designs to end today's posts. We start with a few select piece by Maud Fredin Fredholm  and a few web find images from Viola Gråstens

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