At the end of last year I was contacted by Lithuanian clothing brand Happeak. They had spotted my Coastal Cottages print on Pinterest, and wanted to use it on some garments for their SS14 collection. It’s always lovely to hear from new companies wishing to collaborate, and this was no exception. I’ve produced work for both mens and women’s clothing previously, so it’s great to be able to expand my portfolio in this area and see my patterns applied to kidswear too.
Happeak generally produce functional and comfy items of clothing that use pattern free fabrics so we stuck to using the design in one colour in a dark grey printed on to a lighter grey fabric. A recently bumped in to a lady that I know in my village and she had purchased one, after the images I shared on Facebook receiving a great response. It’s great to be seeing buildings from the tiny place win which I live on products that are now being sold world wide.
There is a selection of images below, but check out the HAPPEAK website to see more.
After PG Live I had a mad 1.5 days in the studio to organise myself and finish a project before heading back down to London and fly out to Lisbon with a friend. It was a much needed break and Portugal’s capital didn’t disappoint.
We booked in to the Destination Hostel which was in the Rossio train station. It was a really really nice hostel, and I’d recommend it to anyone visiting the city.
Whilst wandering up the steep windy streets to the castle we came across lots of black and white photos on the wall, which have been put up as a way of celebrating the elderly community that live in the gorgeous little houses.
This was the view from the top.
The tiles that covered many walls in the city were a treat for the eyes. I took a lot of photos of tiles, as well as visited the tile museum, but here a few favourites below.
We did do a bit of shopping whilst on our little trip. A Vida Portugesa is a must visit. It sells food, stationery, interiors, some clothing and also some beautifully illustrated books.
We also spent an afternoon at LX Factory which is a design and arts district, set a bit off the beaten track, in an old manufacturing district of the city. We had a lovely lunch, got a manicure and wandered a variety of shops that were nestled between model agencies, print companies and restaurants. Ler Devagar bookstore is a must visit. This area is just a short single bus ride from the centre of the city but really has a different vibe to the other shopping areas.
We had a fab time, and the sunny weather made it even better. I look forward to my next European adventure!
The past two months have absolutely flown by. It has been a blur of freelance design work, admin, promotion and designing as many new greetings cards as possible to launch at PG Live earlier this month. PG Live is held at the business design centre in Islington, and is a show that is dedicated to greetings cards. I decided at the start of this year, that cards would be the focal point of my own wholesale range of products and was keen to get a show booked in to showcase my new ranges.
It was such a fun show to do, and I met some really great people including Pennie and Frank of Tache Crafts, Danny from Cardinky, and Cheryl of the TypeCast Gallery. My lovely friend Louise Tiler also launched her latest ranges, which were all brand new for the show! I was thrilled to get some new stockists as well as make some great contacts, which I will hopefully be able to share the exciting details of very soon.
There are a couple of images of my stand below, where you can also see my licensed Christmas range which I have produced in collaboration with Deva Designs. This will be on sale across the UK from later this year.
I’ve included some images from the latest card collections below, which will be available to buy direct from my online shop soon. If you’re a shop and are interested in stocking my range please get in touch!
In addition to this, I have launched some prints, which can be personalised by my stockists location. This mini range is focused around my popular coastal designs, but I hope to develop some more options for the future.
I will be exhibiting at Harrogate Home & Gift from the 13th – 16th July, so I hope to see some of you there!
I was really excited to launch my Yorkshire tea towel online this week! You may have read about my wallpaper of the same design that I launched through Graham & Brown last month here. There is a lot of attention on Yorkshire at the moment and a product that visitors from near and far could take away to remember their visit by.
The tea towel has been printed in a limited edition run, so once they are gone that’s it! Graham & Brown did a fantastic photo shoot for the wallpaper, but I had a mini shoot myself with my fab photographer Yeshen Venema to get these shots for my own site. You can purchase the tea towel via Etsy and Not on the High Street or at selected stockists throughout Yorkshire.