This is probably my favourite blog post to write all year as it is always full of optimism for the year ahead! So if you haven’t already, go back and read my 2021 business review so you can see where we are up to. And yes, I do realise it
I’ve decided to make this a yearly habit, completing a business review of the previous year and then writing a second blog post about what I’m going to do differently this year. So 2021 was a great year for my business, not so much personally but I’ll get to that!
An escape to tropical North Queensland was just what we needed after what felt like a very long and cold winter here in Brisbane. I have been to North Queensland a few times, but this was the first time staying mostly in Cairns and exploring the area without a car.
This is a story of how some sleep-deprived creative work turned into my dream to see my art on eco-friendly swim leggings! A few months ago I was desperate for some creative ‘me time’ but felt so tired from weeks of sleep deprivation (courtesy of my young daughter). The thought
One of my newest pattern designs is a fun little tropical number called Calypso. This tropical pattern design features a few of my botanical illustrations. I drew all of the elements either from life or from one of my photographs. I used a combination of watercolour pencils (Caran D’Ache) and
I have just added a whole lot of new fabric designs to my Spoonflower shop, 42 in fact! Some of the fabric designs available are completely new, and some of them are new colourways of existing designs. When you sell designs through Spoonflower, you need to get a fabric sample
Let me tell you a story of how I attempted to create a pattern collection… Now pattern collections are basically a set of designs with a common theme, and one main (complex) design, with some supporting (more simple) designs. I am very good at understanding the theory of creating a
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to create a colouring page for art agency Jehane, after a request for submissions for a special underwater-themed colouring book. Jehane received over 600 submissions and I can imagine it was hard choosing the final designs. My design did not make it into
Exciting news! I’m very happy to be supporting Coolum & North Shore Coast Care by donating 10% of Girl and the Deep Blue Sea yearly profits! Coolum & North Shore Coast Care are a not-for-profit volunteer group that work along a stretch of coastline on the Sunshine Coast. I have
So in case you haven’t noticed, I LOVE colour – the brighter the better! One of the skills you learn as a pattern designer (or any artist for that matter) is to select colours that work together and express what you are wanting to say through your art. It can