Summer is pressing on, and it has been a bit of a whirlwind in the studio. Christmas orders are being shipped out to my lovely retailers, including Paperchase and Oliver Bonas here in the UK. Keep an eye out for my cards cropping up in an outlet near you soon! It seems crazy to be thinking about designing for Christmas when there is actually sunshine outside, but it isn’t long before I will need to begin planning new Christmas ranges for 2017, to launch at Top Drawer in January, where I will be on stand Y46.
I have recently returned home from a week in beautiful Greece for my best friends wedding. Myself and a number of friends spent a week in Skiathos and it was lovely to relax and enjoy the sun, but I still had to do a bit of emailing each morning and ensure all of my shop orders were being packed and dispatched at home! We went on a boat trip one day, to the island of Skopelos (bottom picture). We stopped off at Lalaria beach on Skiathos island on the return journey, and it was just beautiful. I aren’t sure if the white pebbles affected the colour of the water but it was just stunning! We had a very happy time jumping off the boat and in to the warm sea.
A couple of weeks before I jetted off, I exhibited at home and Gift in Harrogate, and launched a new geometric range of cards. They feature the bright and quirky colour palettes that regularly feature in my work. It was lovely to catch up with some existing customers, and get some new ones too!
I have also been working on a number of freelance jobs recently, from adult colouring postcards and a new paper craft collection. I’ll share news of new collaborations once they launch. I am also excited to be going back to New York next May, to exhibit at Surtex for the second time, alongside my friend Jules, under the name The Pattern Social. I was thrilled with the reaction to my work when I debuted there this year, and you can read more about the experience here.
It’s time to go and add some of my latest cards to my Not on the High Street shop now, before finishing the day with some little geometric designs for a freelance brief!
It’s my first afternoon back in the studio following ten days in New York city. The primary reason for the trip was of course to exhibit at Surtex for the first time. I have however been lucky enough to stay for 5 days longer to visit a friend who is living in Brooklyn. I had never real spent any time off Manhattan island so it has been great to explore more of New York on this visit.
Surtex as a show had a great vibe and I think myself and Jules will be exhibiting again, under our collaborative name, The Pattern Social. We had a lot of lovely compliments on the look of our booth and fresh colour use. It also made a nice change for me to do a trade show that wasn’t focused around the wholesale of cards. The National Stationery Show (NSS) was happening at the same time in the same building however, and I was pleased to have my work on display on the Timbergram stand. As always, the stationery brand Rifle Paper Co dazzled, and their booth looked amazing.
There are some photos of our booth below. Follow @ThePatternSocial on Instagram for updates on this collaboration.
I had some lovely meals during the trip, but a highlight was eating at Rosa Mexicano, which is on 18th Street, just off Union Square. The restaurant is famous for its guacamole, which is made fresh by one of their super efficient waiters, at the table. I ended up going there three times both for lunch and later in the evening.
Delicious food at Rosa Mexicano
The View bar and restaurant on floor 48 of the Marriot Marquis hotel was a nice treat after we had taken the show down. The Around the World gin based cocktail was far too easy to drink!
View from The View!
We of course had some time to hit the shops. I was delighted to find one of my favourite illustrators Danielle Kroll had designed a shirt for Anthropologie, whose collection of both apparel and homewares was as colourful and quirky as ever. It was great to go to my first baseball game, where I saw the Mets play against the Washington Nationals. I also tried to keep up with exercising myself, and the pic below was taken on a morning run, looking across to Manhattan from Brooklyn.
I really hope to exhibit at Surtex again and look forward to seeing what comes as a result of the show over the next few months.
May is always a nice month to be a greetings card publisher as it means one thing, PG Live exhibition is happening! PG live is a greetings card specific trade show held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The standard of product is high, the quality of visitors is next to none, and the social scene after show hours is not to be missed! I can’t wait to head down to the capital on Sunday and set up my stand for the show opening on Tues 10th May. I have been working on some new card designs and look forward to launching them at the show. The range is called Eclectic and features imagery inspired by all kinds of themes.
As soon as I am home from PG Live, it’s going to be a quick turnaround before heading to New York for another trade show! This time I am exhibiting at Surtex, an art licensing show held at the Javits Centre, NYC. I am so excited to be heading to New York for a work trip, and plan to get time to eat some good food, take in the sights, and of course shop whilst I am there! I am heading over with a friend, Jules McKeown, and we are exhibiting under the name, The Pattern Social. Take a look at our website to see more and check out the flyer and a couple of portfolio pieces below.
My Fiesta Fever Collection:
Pattern Clash by Jules McKeown:
I am delighted to have teamed up with top salad brand Florette, to create an illustrative yet simple design which depicts various types of salad leaves, that feature in Florette salad bags.
The illustration has been applied to a contemporary white salad bowl, which can be won by Florette customers as part of an on-pack promotion. Thousands of shoppers will have the chance to win a bowl, in the competition which runs from the 2nd to 29th May 2016.
Hi everyone, Spring is nearly upon us (yay!) and I am writing this on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the studio. Sometimes it’s nice to work on a weekend. There’s very little to distract me, and I can tick off lots of little jobs making for a less hectic start to the new week. The business has had a great start to the year, and amongst other things, I am thrilled to now have an Australian distributor for my cards. Waterlyn are the lovely company I am working with, and they also distribute the cards of designer friends Tache Crafts, Megan Claire and Paper Salad.
The next two months promise to be busy as I have two trade shows in May. One is PG Live, the greetings card show that takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on the 10th and 11th of May. On the 13th I will be jetting out to New York to take part in Surtex show for the first time! Surtex is an international show that individual designers and studios attend to both sell and license artwork. Licensing is a big part of my business and I can’t wait to hopefully connect with some new potential clients. I am going to be exhibiting alongside my friend Jules McKeown. Jules was my tutor when I studied at Leeds College of Art and we have remained in contact since! We will be exhibiting under the name The Pattern Social in booth 546. Take a look at our website to find out more about Jules!
We will be decorating our booth with colourful fabric banners amongst other product examples which will take some planning, but our focus at the moment is finishing our artwork! Here is a sneak peek at some of my work. I have really enjoyed pulling collections together and look forward to developing a couple of new ranges before everything goes to print next month!
Watch this space for more news as our trip to the Big Apple gets closer!
Happy New Year everyone! December flew by, and with the Christmas festivities it seems to have very quickly got around to 2016. Things are busy in the studio, with preparations for Top Drawer in their final stages. I will head to London next Thursday ready to set up the show, where I will be exhibiting my colourful card, textile and print range to my wholesale customers. I will be officially launching my coasters to the market too, and am looking forward to a big delivery of those next week!
December was mainly about tying up loose ends in terms of new design, as well as working on my brochures for 2016. I did find time to head to London to have a hotshot with my lovely photographer Yeshen Venema. Yeshen and I have shot my products together for three years now and I’m really happy with the latest set of images.
If you’re heading to London to Top Drawer, then do pop and say hello, I’ll be on stand Y46! I am hoping to spend lots of time working on my portfolio upon my return, so watch this space for new design work coming soon.