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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’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!

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Image via 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:

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A few weeks ago I delivered a bunch of new wrapping paper designs at the Handmade Shop in Canberra. These designs are a little more cute than my usual abstract prints but they were lots of fun to put together!

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The shop is located in City Walk, 20 Allara Street, Canberra. So if you are in Canberra or you are visiting Canberra make sure you go and take a look. The shop has an amazing collection of work bursting with the finest Australian design.

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Being featured on Her Canberra it’s always a good reason to celebrate and this time two of my designs are featured and I’m also quoted :)

DESIGN Canberra A Unique Shopping Experience Claudia Owen Feature

DESIGN Canberra A Unique Shopping Experience Claudia Owen Cushions and quote Feature

You can read the whole article here.

I’ve been meaning to share these photos for a long time now. Late last year a few members of Circle of Designers got together for a photo shoot in Sydney where we all got to wear some of the scarves that we designed during the year.

These are some of the photos from the day:

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Philippa Wilkinson is the designer behind the established textile design company, Pip Willy. Her sustainable fabrics are represented by the Emily Ziz Style Studio and has been immersed in commercial textile design for over 14 years. Philippa is a COFA graduate and it is her Fine Arts background, her keen eye for detail, her sensitivity in line work and her printing expertise that has been the driving force in her textile work.

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Oya Demirbilek is an Industrial Designer and Associate Professor at the school of the Built Environment UNSW. Her Turkish heritage and European upbringing influence her work including her 2D/3D jewellery beading work. Oya’s jewellery shapes reflect the natural – as well as sacred geometric patterns and structures, cultural and spiritual symbols. Her design philosophy is to create simple, useful, beautiful and easily reproducible objects.

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Danielle Kojic is a Graphic Designer/Brand Consultant who is also compelled to paint. After completing her first painting classes post graphic arts college she was immediately accepted to be hung at the Mosman Art Award. The experienced way she uses paint comes naturally and straight from her centre.

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Anjum Olmo’s recognisable henna-inspired motifs lend themselves to patternmaking. Anjum has a passion for all things handmade from designing screen printed textiles, wallpaper and handmade cards. “Bold and stripped back” is a phrase that best describes Anjum’s designs. She has lived in Fiji and now lives in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and she draws her creative inspiration from her environment.

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Melissa Von Berge, amongst many things, is a talented Photographer who has always worked successfully in the area of Graphic Design. Melissa has an insatiable appetite for observing the beauty and the world around her. Relentless in her pursuit of seeking out the non mundane she constantly surprises the viewer.

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That’s me!

You can read more about all of the Circle of Designers members here.

Circle of Designers is a group of Australian artists creating beautiful environmentally friendly textile products where each designer brings their own unique look to the range. By grouping together it is possible to create unique designs into textile products whilst respecting how things are made in the supply chain.

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The photos were taken by Matthew Syres Photography and I think he did a great job. It’s hard working with five giggling women!

I’m always amazed by the quality and beauty of the work that Longina Phillips Designs produces. Just look at these gorgeous floral designs!

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Today I wanted to thank the talented Jiawa Liu from Closet Voyage who took these beautiful images of my scarves.

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She did a wonderful job styling the scarves and what I like about it the most is that given that we are in the middle of a hot summer here in Australia the scarves have been beautifully styled for this hot weather. It really shows you how versatile a scarf can be – they are not only good for winter to help you keep warm but in summer they can be a gorgeous accessory.

I now have all these scarves in my Etsy shop.

I’ve finally taken the plunge and open an Etsy shop. I’ve been thinking and dreaming about it for a long time and I’ve finally done it! Yay! So the first item that I’m listing is one of my favourite designs of all time – the beautiful Gemstone Silk Scarf.

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I designed this scarf using hand drawn sketches to create the patterns and textures and I later coloured and edited it digitally. This design is bright and it reflects my love of patterns, colours and textures. It was a real joy to design this scarf and I hope you experience the same joy when you wear it.

The silk is beautifully soft and gentle to the touch. It’s also nice and thick without being too heavy or too thin – just the perfect thickness. The colours are vibrant and full of life.

All dyes used in the making of this scarf are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved and eco friendly. The scarf measures 17.7×68.9 Inches or 45×175 Centimetres.

The shop at the moment is looking rather empty but I will slowly add new items as they are ready to be uploaded. Right now I’m busy taking pictures and editing them, writing product descriptions and writing all my shop policies. This whole process takes a long time but I’m happy that I’m finally doing it!

I’m also listing my items in Spanish which is another reason why the listing process is taking me longer. I actually haven’t written in Spanish in years so if your Spanish is better than mine feel free to suggest some text edits! Here you can see my listing in Spanish.

I love the fact that Etsy lets you have your items listed in different languages I just wish it magically translated everything for you! So if you are an English speaker the listing will appear in English but if you speak Spanish the listing will show in Spanish for you.

Take a look at my brand new Etsy shop and let me know what you think!

Here are some images from Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency stand at Printsource.

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I think it looks good! And I’m so happy to see everyone’s work on display. We’ve all been working hard for months to get to this point.

If you are going to Printsource make sure to visit Stand A17. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency.

Tomorrow is the big day and I can’t wait! I wish everyone has a very successful show and I hope it brings lots of new opportunities. Best of luck everyone!

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If you are going to Printsource make sure to visit Stand A17. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency.

It’s strange when you find yourself looking at print trends online and you actually find your work featured! It’s so cool and a great surprise! Here’s the Pattern People blog post:

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My image is the rectangle image behind the model.

There’s only 1 day to go until Printsource New York! Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency will have their Printsource debut on January 13th 2015. I’m super excited!

Here is a quick sneak peak of what you’ll see at the show:

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Artists featured at Printsource are:
Ashley LoteckiTravel Bear BureauSherry LondonAngela KilpatrickCyndi PfeifferMarta Berk, Claudia Owen, Adrienne Vita, Pam Hamilton, Sophie Brabbins, Amy Reber, Melissa Watts, Joanna Chrysoholdis, Este Macleod and Susan K. Weckesser.

I have just updated my Printsource listing and this time I have added some of my latest work and this is what it looks like right now:

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I think it’s a nice improvement from what I previously had and I’m happy with it :)

If you are going to Printsource make sure to visit Stand A17. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have over 100 prints.

I’m hoping all these portfolios are completely empty by the end of the show :)

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Image credit: Cultivate Art Collective

Fingers crossed it’s a successful show for all!

If you are going to Printsource make sure to visit Stand A17. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have over 100 prints.

Yes, you read it correctly. I’m going to Printsource! This is the first time that I will have my work at Printsource and I’m super excited about that!

Printsource is the premier market for surface and textile design in the USA and it is the main resource for surface and textile design for America’s major manufacturers and retailers. The show covers many industries including men’s, children’s and women’s apparel, bed and bath, kitchen and tabletop, paper goods and stationery, wall coverings, window fashions as well as other surface and textile design applications.

The show will be January 13 and 14, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, NYC

This is my Printsource flyer:

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If you are going to Printsource make sure to visit Stand A17. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have over 100 prints at the show.

I’m still hoping I can add a few more prints but … I have lots of other work to do so I need to be realistic about what I can achieve between now and the show.

I’m feeling optimistic and I’m hoping I will have a successful first show. Let’s do this!

I’m a little late sharing this news but you can now find my designs on the Japanese website Hurunia. I have 6 cushion designs and 16 phone cases.

Here you can see all my phone cases and here you can see all my cushions.

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Here are all the cushions and phone covers I have with them:

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When I look at prints sometimes I wonder why would I ever wear plain looking clothes ever again??

These beautiful images below are from the Patternbank Spring Summer 2016 Print trend report.

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I have been very busy putting together an exciting collection of designs. Here’s a quick sneak peak for you.

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As you can see, it’s going to be very bright! Exciting times ahead :)

I have 3 holiday designs at May 28th. The watches are not too Christmassy that way you can continue to wear your brand new watch for the rest of the year :) I hope you like them!

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Countdown to Surtex 2015

Surtex New York, 17 - 19 May, 2015. Represented by Cultivate Art Agency, Booth 222May 17th, 2015
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