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.



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 Culmination of Cultures

Here are a selection of pictures I took on a recent visit to India. When I design print & pattern here in the UK, I like to look at the elements of nature at work, for example light, texture, shadows and reflection. The photos below however, confirm that my bright colour palette is inherited from the motherland!


Marigold Decorations





Edge of the Meadow makes sense of two very different cultures working together in harmony.

Northern Seaside Inspiration

A selection of pics from my summer holiday in Northumberland.

I love….

The randomness of spacing in little barnacles,

Springy matt clusters of moss on slippery rock surfaces,

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Bright fishing gear against the dark North Sea,

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Enticing rock pools in clear crisp light,


Seals whiskers at the Farne Islands!


The strength of a silhouette against  a raging sky,


 Elements making their mark on rock surfaces.

Wave Rocks

Celebrating Digital Print Design

Celebrating Digital Print Design

Digital print design is the perfect media for capturing magical realism.

The images below are Habotai silk swatches inspired by everyday objects photographed at home and whilst on holiday in Northumberland and Cornwall. When you look at something ordinary for long enough you may start to see it in a “different light”

Portfolio Snippets

Love to see geometric patterns and organic forms working together in harmony.

Digital Indigo Treat

Digital Indigo Treat

If you like these you will be in for a treat with our Autumn / Winter collection of scarves launching in September 2015

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“Oudolf Field”

I was at Hauser and Wirth in Somerset and came across this beautiful exhibition of a perennial meadow by landscape architect Piet Oudolf.


Such a joy to see that nature really does have such a range of rich colours which are so dynamic when placed  artistically.

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Oudolf Field

Oudolf Field

A day out in London

London this summer is vibrant with colour, action and pattern.  A break from the countryside drew my attention to manmade patterns and movement in the city. We were too busy dashing between numerous art galleries to pause and sketch so now I can’t wait to start drawing and composing from all these rhythmic shapes and colours.

Sonya Delaunay at the Tate Modern and the Summer Exhibition 2015 at the Royal Academy were a treat for colour fanatics!

A day out in London

A Splash of Colour From the Kitchen Sink!

At home, inspiration is always where I least expect it. This board features a series of pics I took with my i phone whilst washing up. All mundane tasks deserve a splash of colour!

Perhaps this was the catalyst for my bright tea towel prints?

Inspiration from the kitchen sink

Inspiration from the kitchen sink