Today’s Track – The Ghost in You, Psychedelic Furs

We’re flashing back today – and stretching the meaning of “Halloween-themed*” – with an oldie but goodie. (*Well, it DOES have “ghost” in the title. That’s something.) The Ghost in You by the Psychedelic Furs from their album Mirror Moves, 1984.

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Fall Winter 2015 Pattern and Color Trends from Pattern People


Founded in 2007 in Portland OR, Pattern People is an industry leading print studio known for producing innovative and forward-driven patterns. The studio specializes in consultancy and trend research offering seasonal forecasting for print and color directions, as well as pattern development for key markets and educational tools for designers. Here’s a sneak peek at their trend forecast for prints and color for Fall/Winter 2015-2016. Need more? You can get their Winter 2015 trend report HERE – reasonably priced at $68 bucks.


Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Today’s Track – A La Modeliste (Bonobo Remix), Mark Ronson ++

I was doing a bit of shopping at Martin Patrick over the weekend and they were playing this tune. Obviously, I was quick to Shazam, but alarmed when I discovered I couldn’t download it on iTunes. Oh, but the alternative is so much better – it’s free! See it’s part of a film called “Re:Generation”, in which the filmmakers follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method “as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future.” As a matter of fact, you can download the whole darn soundtrack! (Get your very own by clicking the image below) A La Modeliste (Bonobo remix) by Mark Ronson – with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, Dap Kings & more, 2014.

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To The Max

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Maxine Sutton Studio + Shop is a making and retail space on the East Kent Coast, housing the studios and a small shop/showroom on the ground floor. The maker, Maxine Sutton, produces a lovely collection of interior textiles and home wares. Maintaining a commitment to sustainable and ethical materials and production methods wherever possible, the work combines illustrative and abstract prints, hand and machine embroidery, with appliqued and needle punch details.

My work continues to explore the interplay between screen-printed and embroidered textures, colour, mark, drawn and stitched lines. Often playing with imagery and ideas springing from our relationship with familiar domestic objects, everyday pastimes, the meaning of ‘home’ and home-making activities. Abstract and semi-figurative forms combined with pattern and texture present an ambiguous narrative.

Using Irish machine, and hand embroidery I employ a combination of traditional techniques, such as applique, patchwork, needle-punch and screen print. Forms, are hand drawn, paper cut, found or photographic; layered and collaged with abstract and semi figurative appliquéd, needle-punched and printed imagery. Embroidered lines and desnsely embroidered areas create further layers of texture and interest.


Flowertree small zip purse, £8
Set of 3 lavender sachets, £12
Festoon Medium Drum Shade, £32
Small Zip Purse Designs, £8
Small Zip Purse Designs, £8

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A Maker in Milan

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MI+ED creates handmade, eco-friendly illustrated and hand printed goods; all using high quality materials like recycled paper, organic cotton, linen and non toxic inks.
All the patterns and drawings are created by the artist in her studio in Milan, Italy. (As always, click to shop!)

I’m a maker.

I love sketching anything that is smaller than my hand.
I love getting ink all over. I like to experiment with different materials and tools.
I get inspired by many things, especially by small things that people don’t usually notice.
I walk a lot and I pick up and put little treasures in my pockets: a nice stone, a bud, a piece of paper or string.
I have boxes full of these treasures.
I love nature and one day I would love to live by the sea or nearby a forest.

I put a lot of love in what I make.

Set of 3 hexagon prints, $68.50
Inspirational Journal, $14
Personalized Mini Journal, $14
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Eco-friendly pocket jotter, $12
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5″ x 7″ Linocut Art Print, $18
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Hand-printed tropical notebook, $10
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Set of 10 Holiday Gift Tags, $15

Today’s Track – Eyes Be Closed, Washed Out

This dose of layered, hypnotic chill serves to sooth out the bumps of the day and get me in the zone. Eyes Be Closed by Washed Out from the album Within And Without, 2011.



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