Thursday, 31 January 2013

Vintage Floral Print

I have been experimenting with floral prints recently.  Here is a glimpse of one of them.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Girls - Folklore Print Trend - Autumn/Winter 2014/15

There has been a massive folklore trend evolving with a huge emphasis on owl prints.  I have shared lots of these trends already and though I would have a go at creating some of my own graphics inspired by the trend.  Here's a sneak peak at one of them!

All the prints I post this week are available for purchase.  Please contact me at for more details.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Boys - Unconventional Stripe Trend - Spring/Summer 2013

While researching recently I have discovered a trend for unconventional stripe patterns and layouts! Here are a few of my favourite finds...

From top to bottom:


Monday, 28 January 2013

Fashion Illustration .4 - Self Portrait!

Ok so week four is a little bit of a cheat - I have been cooped up in doors all last week, all weekend (and today!) with my third major cold of 2013.  Januarys not been my month so I am very much looking forward to the start of February at the end of the week! So I didn't get the time to do a 'real' fashion Illustration last week but as some of you may of noticed I have spruced my blog up a bit!  I though it needed to be brough more up to date and look a little more grown up!  I've kept it simple and done a little illustration of me at work.  Although it's not a 'fashion illustration' it's still an illustration - so this week I bring you me.  

Hopefully this week I'll fight of the last of this cold and will post something a little more exciting next week!.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Kids Alphabet Prints

Here are a couple of alphabet themed prints I designed last year.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Boys - Camouflage Trend - Autumn/Winter 2014

I know it's been a bit of time since my last Autumn/Winter shop report posts at the beginning of the month but I still have a few more to share.  Today I'm posting a camo trend where new and interesting camos are used in new and innovative ways. 

 Key Trends:

Camo Applique Fills
Pop colours
Camo Skull Fills

Image Credits:

1. Next 2. Old Navy 3. Next 4,5,6. Next 7. Matalan 8. Jumping Beans 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Boys Outdoor Prints

Here are some outdoor themed print I have created recently.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Fashion Illustration .3 - Pinterest Find

So I have managed to keep my new years resolution up to week three - I am quite impressed with myself!  This week I chose an image I found when browsing through Pinterest.  I love the mix of neons and greys.

Here is the original image I sourced from Pinterest.

Hopefully there will be another one next week!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Boys - Summer Camp Trend - Spring/Summer 2014

Summer camp has been a trend thats has been developing the past few seasons but one that I think will get bigger over the next two seasons too.  Here are some styles for spring/summer 2012 that fit under the trend too.
Key Trends:

Cowboys & Indians
Summer Camp Locations
1 Colour Prints

Image Credits:

1. Finger in the Nose 2. Adams 3. M & co 4. Jack Jones 5. Mayoral 6. Adams 7. Carters 8. Tommy Hilfiger 9. Emma Levine 10 & 11. Carters 12. Adams 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Boys - Monkey Trend - Spring/Summer 2014

Monkeys/Apes are again an ever popular theme among kids wear - here are a few of my current favourite styles in stores now.

Key trends:

Monkeys wearing sun glasses
Photo layering
Music themes
Skating Apes

Image Credits:

1. Quicksilver 2. C & A 3. Jumping Beans 4. John Lewis 5 & 6. next

Monday, 14 January 2013

Fashion Illustration .2 - Atlantic Pacific

I recently discovered a fantastic blog called Atlantic Pacific.  I spent ages browsing through the blog and chose one of the lovely pictures to make into my fashion illustration for the week.

Here is the original image from the Atlantic pacific blog.  Click here to go to the blog.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Cartoon Time!

Just before Christmas I attended a wedding of some friends of ours.  They were compiling an assortment of funny stories about the groom to go in a wedding day newsletter.  We found an old video on u tube of the groom choreographing a dance with some friends and I decided to make it into a cartoon strip with an American Dancing with the Stars spin off.
You can click on the image to make it larger!

It's not my best piece of work (haha) but hopefully it puts a smile on your face!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Boys - Scary Skull Trend - Spring/Summer 2014

Skulls always seem to be popular within boys wear and nows no exception.  Doing my recent shop report I noticed sculls and scary themed T - shirts everywhere.  Here are some of my top picks...

Key Themes:

Camo Fills
Folkore pattern fills
Pop Colours Spray PAint
Hand Drawn

Image Credits:

1. Next 2 & 3. Old Navy 4. Converse 5. Next 6. GAP 7. Quicksilver 8. Matalan 9. Next 10. Next 11. Jumping Beans 12. Old Navy

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Boys Licensed T-Shirts - Spring/Summer 2013

Following on with my recent shop report today I am sharing my top finds in character/licensed T-shirts.  I used to work in licensing designing licensed boys and girls wear for various high street names.  It's always challenging to take character art and make look new and on trend but it's an area that becomes more and more exciting with lots of new names offering licensed wear.

I love the Tom and Jerry Tees above by Monnalisa and it's great to see top designers getting in on the game too and making licensing really exciting.

Key Trends:

Oversized Pannel Printing
Distressing/Vintage Prints
Hand Drawn

Image Credits:

1 & 2. Dolce & Gabanna 3. M&S 4. Next 5. GAP 6. Next 7. GAP 8. Monnalisa 9 & 10. GAP 11. Dolce & Gabanna 12. Next 13. Monnalisa 14. Fabric Flavours 15. M&S 16.Next

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Girls - Folklore Owl Trend - Spring/Summer 2014

This week I am sharing some more of my January shop report.  There is a huge folklore trend emerging that I have predicted in my Reflective trend for Autumn/Winter 2013.  Here are a few pieces that I am already spotting out and about which are starting to show a similar theme.

1 & 2. Old Navy 3. Osh Kosh 4. Old Navy 5. Mand Co 6. Old Navy 7. Matalan 8. Old Navy 

Monday, 7 January 2013

Fashion Illustration .1 - Orla Kiely

I made a news years resolution to do a fashion illustration each week of something I like.  I can't guarantee it will last throughout the whole year - in fact I can't guarantee it will last beyond next week even.  You know life/work gets busy - all work and no play?  For this week at least I have kept the promise to myself and below is a sketch I have done of a piece from Orla Kiely's Autumn/Winter 2012 campaign.

Close up of face.

The original picture from the Orla Keily autumn/winter 2012 campaign.  Click here to view image and campaign on website.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Holkham, Norfolk - New Year Photography

I know I am a bit late on the 'Happy New Year' band wagon - but better late than never!  Jamie and I went up to the Norfolk coast on new years day with our three dogs.  It was the most beautiful sunny day and I managed to grab some lovely snaps with my i phone.  I haven't done a photography post for a while now - mainly due to weeks of grey and rain limiting the opportunity to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!

The flooded marsh at Holkham, Norfolk

The flooded marsh at Holkham, Norfolk with huge flocks of canadian geese bathing.

Walking through the marshes to reach the beach at Holkham, Norfolk.

The grass covered sand dunes on the Norfolk coast at Holkham.

Jamie and our two ridgeback dogs Nut and Meg.

Looking out to the North sea on the Norfolk coast.

Jamie and Meg making a nice picture frame x

Me and Jamie

Me and Tilly my Jack Russell

Friday, 4 January 2013

Boys - Biker Trend - Spring/Summer 2014

As you will see from recent posts, I have been doing a January shop report to see whats in store for Autumn/Winter 2012.  I have also been on the lookout to see all the new Spring/Summer 2014 collections that are as starting to be introduced.  I have been researching into emerging as well as some existing trends and will be sharing them over the next few days.  

Today is a motorbike theme I have come across everywhere.  I know cars and bikes are always popular but its good to see new techniques and takes on ever popular themes.

Key Techniques:

Poster Print
Panel Prints
1 Colour Prints
Photographic Print
Animals on Bikes

Image Credits:

1. Finger in the Nose 2. Osh Kosh 3. Next 4. Carters 5. Finger in the Nose 6/7. GAP 8. John Lewis 9. Firetrap 10. Osh Kosh 11. Ben Sherman 12. Carters 13. Osh Kosh 14. Adams 15. Adams

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Girls - Cats and Dogs Theme - Spring/Summer 2014

Raining cats and dogs is a saying I think everyone in the UK can relate to lately and it doesn't stop outdoors!  Girls wear collections everywhere have some really cute cat and dog character prints.  Here are some of my top picks from this trend seen in stores this January 2013.

Keep posted form more of my Autumn/Winter 2012 shop report.

Key Trends:

Glitter Print
Print Fills
Hand Drawn
Dress Up

Image Credits:

1. Old Navy 2. Matalan 3. Old Navy 4. Monnalisa 5. GAP 6. Next 7. Little Paul and Jo 8. Old Navy 9. Matalan 10. Osh Kosh 11. Rykiel Infant 12. Chloe

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Boys - Dinosaur Trend - Autumn/Winter 2014

I have recently been doing an Autumn/Winter 2012 Shop Report to see what's in store this winter.  I have also been on the watch out to spot new and emerging trends in all the new Spring/Summer 2013 collections that are just starting to make an appearance in stores.

Over the past few months I have been snowed under with lots of new orders and Dinosaurs have been a really popular theme.  I can't even begin to count the amount of them I have drawn up recently!

While having a nose about i've noticed they are popular pretty much everywhere!  Here are some of my favourite finds for the younger boys market:

Key Themes:

Check Appliques
Camo fills
Text fills
Puff print
Spray paint

Image credits:

1. C&A 2.Jumping Beans 3. C&A 4. Osh Kosh 5. Carters 6.C&A 7. Osh Kosh 8. Jumping Beans 9/10. Osh Kosh 11. Next 12. Next 13. GAP 14. Old Navy 15. Old NAvy 16. Osh Kosh  

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