2021 goals and attitude!

After completing my 2020 business review I can see that while I achieved a few things, I was also not completely focussed and easily distracted, and often felt overwhelmed by what I thought I had to do.  So this year I knew I needed a different approach. Mostly it was

2020 Business Review

So early last year I wrote a mega blog post about my first year as a surface pattern designer. I thought it would be a good idea to do this as a yearly activity, as it’s great to reflect on what I have achieved and also what I have learnt

A Tropical Puzzle

I would like to introduce you to ‘Tropico’, a puzzle design that I have created using my own photographs. I was inspired after reading Sir David Attenborough’s recent book, A Life on Our Planet, and his message about the importance of biodiversity. To create this puzzle, I searched through my

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Surface Pattern Designers

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want…. yes it is that crazy time of year when most of us are frantically trying to think of what to get for the special people in our lives. In this Ultimate Gift Guide for Surface Pattern Designers I have

Beach Mornings

The Sunshine Coast which is where I first started to get passionate about beach photography. It is about 1.5 hours drive north of Brisbane, and all my family live there so I visit quite often. My absolute favourite thing to do is to be at the beach very early in

New Society6 shop with tropical gifts

Hi everyone – I have just launched a new shop on Society6 full of tropical gifts! There a number of fun and eco-friendly products now available including: art prints furniture mugs and travel cups cutting boards coasters serving trays greeting cards notebooks wrapping paper I ordered some small art prints

Rescue-A-Barrel Project

Recently I was very lucky to be part of Reverse Garbage’s Rescue-A-Barrel Project. Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit worker run co-operative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. They sell high quality industrial discards from their Brisbane store. It is a mecca for anyone who likes to create – there

Summer Nights design process & inspiration

As part of my collaboration with Digital Fabrics, I was invited to write a blog post about my design process and the inspiration behind the designs featured in the ‘Summer Nights’ collection. Make yourself a cup of tea and head on over to the Digital Fabrics blog to read all

Bird of Paradiso Design Story

Bird of Paradiso is one of my designs in the ‘Summer Nights’ collection now available on a variety of fabrics through Digital Fabrics. This is the story behind the Bird of Paradiso design process. This design was created at the start of COVID lockdown here in Brisbane, when my daughter

Blue Lagoon Pattern Design Story

One of my pattern designs that is now available through Digital Fabrics is Blue Lagoon. This is a detailed and bold pattern in tones of Pantone’s Classic Blue, featuring tropical photographic motifs of hibiscus, shells, and foliage. I am really proud of this design as it has a fantastic three