Friday, 2 September 2016


This is the second design I created through Make it in Designs Summer school. The theme was based on a summer botanical theme and I am a big poppy fan.

I found out today that I have won a lovely little prize from Fashion formula for this design and I am over the moon. Well done to all the other winners.
Check out all the other amazing work from the second briefs - beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks here.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

New Portfolio coming soon

My poor blog has been quite neglected for some time. I decided to step back from designing for a little while to dedicate my time entirely to family life. One of my children was born severely premature with only a 50/50 chance of survival. We have been very blessed that all has gone great and seeing over her development has been the most important decision.

Now I am slowly easing myself back in to the design world. I have been learning little bits in the background and work on a new portfolio site will be up and running soon with fresh new branding.

I decided to take part in The Make it in Design Summer School 2016

The first brief was a modern take on Pop Art (below) and the second has a botanical theme which is released tomorrow.

Check out all the amazing work here to see galleries for beginner, intermediate and advanced briefs
& here my work is part of the advanced brief gallery, page 4.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Global Talent Search news

A huge congratulations to the top 50 through to round 2. There are some absolutely stunning entries and I am pleased to see a few of my fellow bootcampers have gotten through.
Sadly I missed the mark again this year but my work is still available to see in the GTS gallery.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Back from a break away camping and this time the internet connection was a complete shut down. I missed the second brief to Make it in Designs Summer school which was a shame but the work in the gallery looks great.
Feeling nervous about the GTS top picks as I have seen quite a few entries already and the competition is super tough. I steered away from childrens design this time so it will be interesting to see what gets picked out.
I have decided to take the plunge and create a personal web page to showcase my illustrations for childrens book and fabrics so watch this space.

Friday, 15 August 2014

2014 Global Talent Search

I love the Global Talent Search. I entered last year and even though I was a bit indecisive this year (pesky self doubt), with encouragement from my fellow bootcampers I have taken the plunge.
Who could say no to the chance of Lilla Rogers being your Agent.
All I will say is that the theme is based on Little Terrarium.
Out came the canvas and acrylic, I started two but abandoned one to let the other flow. I had no idea what I was really aiming for to begin with but when I had the base image I found myself adding a bit more everyday until I was happy with the outcome.
sneak peak;
I have submitted my entry and look forward to seeing what others have created. Good Luck to everyone.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer School

I am always on the look out for new projects to bump my portfolio and broaden my design skills so I signed up for Make it in Design Summer school. We have the option of three great briefs, beginner, intermediate and advanced to follow and the chance to submit to the online gallery.
This month has been a little busy as it is school holiday season and I struggle to get decent internet connection (if any) when we head off camping.
I managed to complete the beginner brief which is based on the theme: Tropical Paradise

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Bye, Bye Bootcamp

July was the end of MATS Bootcamp so I submitted my last piece with a heavy heart. I am not too sad though as I am signed up for the Global Talent Search which takes off soon.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Fabric 8 Top 100

I created a new pattern to enter in to the new Fabric 8 contest, a design contest from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman fabrics.
The design needed to be based on the theme Cosmic Voyage and this is what I came up with;

I am so excited as my design made it in to the semi-final round, top 100.
There are some lovely entries which you can see here along with mine as voting by the public has started.
The top 8 designers will get a chance to create a collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Good Luck to everyone in the top 100.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May BOOTCAMP - Editorial

   So this month kicked off with a mini assignment to draw faces and people. I draw a lot of characters in my work which tend to be either children, animals or monsters so I thought great! but how can I push myself?  The answer - draw Adults.
   Starting point - Life Drawing, I loved this class earlier on in my degree course, it didn't matter that the model was a guy, naked and had tons of sag (poor chap), the teacher encouraged us to draw fast, use charcoal and inks and more importantly just like Lilla, don't over think it. Except yes, I over think it and I forget to look at the shapes.

   The main assignment was to use our faces and people for Editorial. More specifically an Illustration for a manuscript on Meditation for a magazine. This is a snippet of my final piece above. I ditched the mental block and went with the flow.
The full version can be found in the May Gallery at

Monday, 28 April 2014

Lily Pattern

Here is a new pattern I have created for Spoonflower which will be available soon.
The flower icon was created with pen and ink.