Thursday, 8 January 2015

Back to work

Just gone back to work at the wonderful Ivo's. As always blown away by the colour and pattern all around me in the factory - feel very lucky to be a part of it.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dazzle and Shadow

Here are my latest indigo print print designs - contrasting Shadow and Dazzle patterns. They are inspired by the wonderful natural shadows thrown by sunlight falling through leaves and the more geometric dazzle patterns from my trip to Portsmouth (see November 2013 post).

Monday, 6 October 2014

New Studio

Here are some prints from Honami and me. Inspired by our time together, the colour of the pool (too much algae says the pool man) and an envelope arrived in the post....
It is a bit crowded in our new studio - we are sharing our space with lots of boxes and a boat

New patterns from old

These samples are from my last printing and dyeing session at my old home in Crystal Palace. I was experimenting with simple marks that could transform an existing pattern.

Friday, 26 September 2014

In:Site Graduate Festival of Creativity Commission

Inspired by the pattern of the cathedral glass and the young muslim women I found praying there - I designed a series of patterns that could be overlaid as a way of describing peoples' overlapping experiences and journeys.

I printed these as resists with people passing across the Cathedral Square during the course of the 2nd of September, before letting the print dry and dyeing the whole piece with indigo. We then removed the resist - revealing a new and complex pattern. 

Many people came back to see our final piece and find out how their print had been combined with many others - discovering, I hope a strange and new harmony.

Watch a short film of the work  being created at

Many thanks to Craftspace for giving me this opportunity to continue my community pattern-making experiments, to Honami for making our matching aprons, to Karin for making the journey and to everyone who helped make the print

Chelsea Celebration

Here are some pics from my final show at Chelsea College of Art - thanks to everyone for coming along and to all my friends for all your love and support. These patterns are for you!

Pre show chaos...

Soulful Pattern

Here is final collection for my BA Textile Design Course at Chelsea College of Art based on five pattern-making experiments that tried to get under the skin of pattern and see if it could be anything more than skin deep. 

Together with gardening friends on my local allotments, at Spa Hill in Upper Norwood, I have created different pattern stories that reflect a time, a person and a place. You can read more about their stories at

Through collaboration, I wanted to create a recipe for pattern-making with soul: a way of using pattern to re-enchant and beguile the eye, encouraging people to look more closely and care more deeply about the world around them.

A HUGE thank you to the pattern-makers - Stinky aka Sarah Newton and Isabelle, Eileeen Ward, Beverley and Thabo Witter and Tim Gundry-White. Thanks also to Martin Cleave for the beautiful photographs.

You can meet the pattern makers by watching a short film I made about them at