Surface Pattern Inspiration: Urban Photography in NYC

Urban pattern inspiration from a trip to NYC last spring. 

 Juxtaposed shapes to play with.

Tonal greys highlighted with with a shot of bright yellow.

 Repeating patterns with subtle changes in scale and form.

Free flowing branches soften bold hard edges.

Perspective guided by thick and fine lines.

 Glass reflecting light and shadow highlighting contrasts.



Is Drawing a design detective?

Inspiration can be hard to find when you actively set out to go and find it. Have you ever experienced seeing an everyday object in a completely new way? Well that happened to me this morning and instead of thinking “well that’s nice” I picked up a pen and sketchbook and began to draw…

As I started to wash up in the kitchen this morning, the stopper on the soap bottle caught my eye.  I noticed a beautiful textural pattern. I began to draw the linear texture. The drawing process unveiled  why it caught my eye. Whilst drawing I noticed how the texture was sometimes linear, sometimes pointed at the end or curved. The lines varied in thickness and length, the rhythms were craftily interrupted by delicate shafts of light. This stopper holds a wealth of inspiration for a whole series of new geometric patterns. My designs are created using photography, but aided by drawing. Drawing unveils the inspiration on how to create exciting patterns.




Field to Plate!


In Praise of Green!

Cooking with Wild Ingredients……

As Pantone have named green the colour of the year for 2017 I am posting a gloriously green blog about our quest for wild garlic pesto! Every Spring we venture to the blue bell woods to collect the leaves of young wild garlic flowers to make this delicious pasta pesto treat…

Here is glimpse into our morning, followed by a delicious lunch!

The art of seeing

Snippets of inspiration this week…

I am looking forward to beginning a new range…


Dog walk:  Pattern, texture, neutral colours, random spacing 


Back Yard: Composition, texture, weathered, neutral


Music workshop in a chapel : Geometric shapes, light, transparency, layering, contemporary

A Dose of Colour Therapy

Happy Yellow

Colour as tonic!

 The sky was so dark and grey this morning I decided to pick out our vibrant yellow sky blossom scarf to make a cheery post on Instagram. Whilst it was draped on a chair  I mistook it for a ray of sunshine. A simple solution for bringing a dose of spring colour indoors!


Surface Pattern Inspiration


Neutral tones, rich texture and organic shapes.

I almost set off without a camera in the pouring rain but look at what a wet woodland walk can offer by way of inspiration for designers, artists and photographers!





Spring to the Edge of the Meadow

Spring to the Edge of the Meadow

Our double sided cotton  scarves lined with chiffon, allow you to accessorise well into spring, wrapping up for cooler days, or adding a bright accent to an outfit.Each print is carefully designed with a lot of attention given to the overall composition so that it shows off the print to the max when it is worn.

The exclusive one off print makes it a unique,  luxurious gift, or a special treat for yourself. Below is a collage of pictures revealing a glimpse into where my inspiration came from…mainly the glorious Hampshire countryside.