Northern Design Festival 2015

As a nothern designer the Northern Design Festival is definitely a highlight in my calendar.  This year the design festival celebrates its 10th year in promoting and supporting great design.  Held in the Grade II*  listed  Assembly House in the heart of Newcastle this year’s show did not disappoint. 

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YSL - Style Is Eternal

Last week I visited the exhibition of one of fashions greatest designers Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition which is currently running at The Bowes Museum is the first ever exhibition in the UK to display such a large collection of his garments telling the story not only of the French designers work but of his life too.

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Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns seem to be on trend at the moment. They can be seen everywhere in all areas of design.

I am currently being drawn towards this theme and have started to create designs based upon repeated shapes, blocks and lines. But what exactly is a geometric pattern?

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Where to find Patternation this Christmas.

Well here we are, that time of year again and this year’s build up to Christmas looks set to be a busy one for us. There will be many opportunities over the next few months to purchase Patternation gifts, cards and artworks not to mention our Signature Collection wallpapers just what you need if you’re planning to spruce up your home before Christmas.

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Inspirations - Part 2

I have yet to share with you the inspiration behind Beads and Diamante from my Signature Collection. As with Gold Mosaic, Black Mosaic and Mosaic Plate these designs have evolved from past projects which I have loved and enjoyed doing.

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Decorative Yorkshire!

It has been an exciting first stage of Le Tour De France in Yorkshire today. What a dramatic end to the day though, we hope Mark Cavendish makes a speedy recovery so that he can continue the tour. On a jollier note I am loving how Yorkshire has got into the spirit or the race by decorating their towns, villages, buildings and animals. Take a look at the amazingly colourful decorative Yorkshire.

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World Cup fever has well and truly hit Saltburn. If you have not been down to the pier in the last few weeks then you are missing a treat. Saltburn's mystery yarn stormers or yarn bombers as they are also known, have worked their magic once again to create some amazing World Cup themed knitting. Let's hope it brings us some good luck. COME ON ENGLAND!

Here are some of my favourite parts of the knitted World Cup creation . . . Enjoy!

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Canvas Artworks - A new little venture!

My parents have just recently decorated their front room, to add a splash of colour to one of the walls my Mam asked to have my Colour Explosion Collection printed onto canvas panels. This one commission for my parents has since lead to more requests and orders after my sister posted an image of the artworks on Facebook. 

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Inspirations - Part 1

I am inspired by what's around me. I see shapes and patterns everywhere. When shopping the first thing that draws me to an object is the colour and the surface pattern. Leave me with a pencil and some paper and I will doodle shapes and patterns I just can't help myself. I love it!

So what is the inspiration behind Signature Collection?

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Signature Collection Update

The launch of Signature Collection is very nearly upon us. Whilst the finishing touches are being made to Patternations online shop, here is a little something to wet the appetite.

Behind the scenes pictures taken on the set of the Signature Collection photo shoot.

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Where to buy Patternation products.

A variety of Patternation framed artworks, Christmas cards and greetings cards are currently available to buy in a few different outlets. If you are still looking for that unique present then you may just find it in one of the following galleries.

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What's Surface Design?

Whenever I am asked what exactly it is I do and I reply Surface Design, I tend to be looked at with a confused expression and asked, "Surface Design. What's that?". For those of you who do not know then hopefully by the end if this blog you will.

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Northern Design Festival

On Monday I visited the design Event Mart and Design Event Illustrate exhibition at the Globe Gallery in Newcastle, it was well worth the trip.

There are some amazing pieced of design for sale in the Mart which showcases innovative work from practitioners from across the North East of England.

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The story of Gold Mosaic

In celebration of Gold Mosaic finally being put into print I thought it would be appropriate to share the story behind the design and the roll it has played in Patternations existence.

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