I really enjoy looking at trends and I find that is particularly useful when I’m designing greeting cards. It really helps me get started. If you need some inspiration today, I hope these will help you!

Here are two publications that I enjoyed on Issuu:

Wall Covering Trends 2015/16

 

Trends to Watch in 2014. This one might seem old but I find these trends are still quite popular now (at least here in Australia).

I have three publications with Issuu and even though the work is fairly new it’s already starting to look old to me since a lot of things have happened and I have lots of new work to show.

This is one of my publications and it shows some pattern collections I did some time ago:

Here are two other publications with more of my work:

I think that not many people know about Issuu and all the amazing publications you can find there for free! There’s sooooo much to discover! So go ahead and do a search, you’ll be amazed by the publications.

These were my most liked images of 2015 on Instagram

Best Nine for 2015 Claudia Owen Blog

 

2016 for me has been great so far and I’m super motivated to accomplish the goals that I’ve set for myself. Hope the year has been kind to you so far!

I’ve been using lots of gold in my designs for the last couple of months and I don’t think this trend is going to go away any time soon.

 Gold Trend by Pattern Curator featured in Claudia Owen Blog

Image via Pattern Curator.

Instagram is one of favourite ways to waste time, what’s yours?

Here are some of the photos I recently took at the Australian Museum of Democracy in Canberra.

Beautiful Patterns at the Australian Museum of Democracy in Canberra Photo by Claudia Owen 1 Beautiful Patterns at the Australian Museum of Democracy in Canberra Photo by Claudia Owen 2 Beautiful Patterns at the Australian Museum of Democracy in Canberra Photo by Claudia Owen 3 Beautiful Patterns at the Australian Museum of Democracy in Canberra Photo by Claudia Owen 4

I’ve been on Instagram for a long time but I’ve been mostly posting baby pictures. So I decided to open a public account where I can share my work and only a few baby pictures.

This is where you can find me @claudiaowenblog

Mooloolaba is one of those places that I always want to visit. And here’s the thing – I hate to repeat myself and go to the same holiday spot, I mean, why would you go to the same place twice when you can be exploring a completely new place somewhere else?

However, there’s something I really love about Mooloolaba and maybe you can see why in these photos below:

Mooloolaba Australia Ball Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Breakfast at Lot104 Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Beach from under the Trees Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Dinner at Via Italia Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Beach in the Afternoon Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Beach on a Cloudy Day Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Beach on a Sunny Day Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Beach Sand Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Coffee Time Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Flower Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Frangipani Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Just Coffee Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Sand Castles Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Coffee Break Photography by Claudia Owen

Mooloolaba Vegetation Photography by Claudia Owen

Maybe deep down I think it’s the place where I want to live…

Here’s something I should have shared a long time ago. This is my video interview that I did as part of my RAW show in January 2015.

This is my RAW profile. Take a look!

 

I’ve previously done some designs with this type of trend before and I think it’s time to do some designs based on this look again. Let’s see what I can do!

Tree of life trend board by Pattern Curator Featured in Claudia Owen Blog

Image via Pattern Curator.

My work was featured in the Make it in Design blog as part of the Surtex 2015 preview features they did of previous students of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course.

Make it in Design Feature Claudia Owen Surtex 2015 1 Make it in Design Feature Claudia Owen Surtex 2015 2 Make it in Design Feature Claudia Owen Surtex 2015 3

The votes are in and we will be reading Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life in January 2016.

If you would really like to join in but don’t have much time to read, I would highly recommend you get the audio book. You can get through the book quite quickly and ‘read’ while you are working. This is what I’ve been doing in the last couple of months and I’ve been able to read more books than I’ve ever read in my entire life! I have a membership with Audible and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Keen? Grab your copy today and join us!

 Twyla Tharps The Creative Habit Learn It and Use It for Life featured in Claudia Owen Blog

So this is how it works:

STEP ONE: Each month we choose one book to read as a community. Once the votes are tallied the winning book is announced and you are given a week to get the book from your local library, bookstore or Amazon, etc.

STEP TWO: You start reading and your world opens up. You become inspired, get new design ideas, think of a new business to start, etc.

STEP THREE: You then share your thoughts, comments, questions, notes or doodles through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PObookclub.

It’s that simple!

This is my Design Juices work feature and interview. I know… I know… I’m late sharing this too but here it is! You can read the whole interview here.

Design Juices Work Feature Surface Designer Claudia Owen 1 Design Juices Work Feature Surface Designer Claudia Owen 2

I love this trend. It’s so colourful and so much fun! I have to do some designs based on this trend!

Fruit Loops Trend Board by Pattern Curator Featured in Claudia Owen Blog

sources: wanderworldwonderlust.tumblr.comflickr.com (LexnGer)tumblr.com (The Celine Phantom)hitrecord.orgshop.kesehatanhidup.commagdorable.blogspot.com,davidnelsonart.compinterest.com (via Lourdes Melgoza)lenscratch.com

Trend via Pattern Curator.

Again, a little late with this news but… My work was featured in the Print and Pattern blog featuring my Surtex flyer and some of the designs that were shown at Surtex.

Print and Pattern Claudia Owen Surtex Flyer 1 Print and Pattern Claudia Owen Surtex Flyer 2

This is actually my second feature on the Print and Pattern blog :)

In the last two years we have been to Wollongong quite a few times and it’s been wonderful! I really enjoy the drive to Wollongong, the beautiful green hills, stopping in little country towns and nature.

I love stopping at the Sutton Forest Inn, the Moss Vale Hotel, the Cheese Factory in Robertson and this cute coffee shop on Tongarra Road (which is just a house but it reminds me of my grandparents house in the country).

Here are some of the photos I took in our last trip, these are from City Beach in Wollongong. I’ve walked hundreds of times along this beach and even in the middle of the winter it’s a wonderful place to walk along and enjoy.

Wollongong NSW Australia Photo by Claudia Owen 1 Wollongong NSW Australia Photo by Claudia Owen 2 Wollongong NSW Australia Photo by Claudia Owen 3 Wollongong NSW Australia Photo by Claudia Owen 4

Brindie is Canberra’s premiere online platform for sharing the work of makers, designers and artisans. If you ever wanted to shop locally Brindie is the place to go as everything on the website is designed or made by someone here in the ACT.

Brindie Logo Featured in Claudia Owen BlogThe name Brindie comes from the combination of the word Brindabellas (our beautiful Mountain range to the west of Canberra) and the word indie, meaning independent, representing all the independent makers, artisans and designers.

Brindie was launched in August 2015 and it’s been a wonderful success and something that local makers really wanted and needed. In the past, if you ever wanted to shop locally you would have had to search through probably hundreds of local Etsy shops hoping to find what you were looking for. But now Brindie has compiled all that information together in one place just for you saving you lots of time. Isn’t that great?

This is Lisa, Brindie’s founder and Canberra girl. She’s the wonderful lady who works really hard behind the scenes to bring you Brindie.

Lisa Grench from Brindie Featured in Claudia Owen Blog Canberra

I have a few of my designs on Brindie and hopefully in the new year I will add a few more designs to my collection.

This is my profile page:

Claudia Owen Designs at Brindie Canberra 1

Claudia Owen Designs at Brindie Canberra 2

If you are ready to do some shopping, please visit the Brindie website.

Spots are so versatile and there are so many creative ways that they can be used. I must remember to use them in future designs!

Trend forecasts womens spring 2017 - Seeing spots - We Connect Fashion by Pattern Curator - Featured in Claudia Owen Blog

sources: wearesodroee.wordpress.com, design-milk.com, flickr.com, visualoptimism.blogspot.com, flickr.com, sophiemunns.blogspot.com.au, lookatthesegems.com

Image via We Connect Fashion by Pattern Curator.

Once again, I’m a little late with this news but now Kreo Home stocks four of my cushions on their website. If you love quirky and somewhat unusual home wares then you’ll love Kreo Home. They stock home wares with an edge showcasing talented Australian and international designers.

Here you can see the 4 cushion covers I have with Kreo Home:

Kreo-Home-Claudia-Owen-Profile-Page Kreo-Home-Design-by-Claudia-Owen-Cushion-Design-Alchemy Kreo-Home-Design-by-Claudia-Owen-Cushion-Design-Crystalline Kreo-Home-Design-by-Claudia-Owen-Cushion-Design-Gemstone Kreo-Home-Design-by-Claudia-Owen-Cushion-Design-Jewel

Look at these gorgeous s’mores! The colours are truly amazing. I must use these colours in my work!

Studio DIY smore recipe featured in Claudia Owen Blog 1 Studio DIY smore recipe featured in Claudia Owen Blog 2 Studio DIY smore recipe featured in Claudia Owen Blog 3 Studio DIY smore recipe featured in Claudia Owen Blog 4

If you would like to make these colourful s’mores you can take get the recipe at Studio DIY.

Here’s another bit of good news I should have shared earlier, my feature in Tractor Girl. There’s an interview about some of the things I’ve been up to in the last year. The interview it’s a little long but I hope you like it, take a look!

Tractor Girl feature and interview Claudia Owen 2

Tractor Girl feature and interview Claudia Owen 1

Thank you Julie for featuring me and my work!

These colours are simply gorgeous. Something to keep in mind for my next designs.

Ultimate-Guide-to-Confetti-Studio DIY Featured in Claudia Owen Blog

Image via Studio DIY.

Countdown to Surtex 2015

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