Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Spring forest

I have always loved using pencils in my art work. Here is a piece I created one night in front of the TV for a Hiccups bed linen photoshoot.

Add a simple Ikea frame and voila! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Amazing Amazon available online

I used one of my favourite print making techniques (monoprint) when designing the artwork for 'Amazing Amazon' - one of my final designs for the Hiccups Linen House for Kids bed linen collections. 'Amazing Amazon' is now available from Myer.
You can visit their website here:

Jimmy Jaguar cushion with Amazing Amazon pillowcase

Tommy Toucan cushion

Iggy Iguna and Tommy Toucan

Hello Hello Yarn dye stripe bed linen pictured with Amazing Amazon printed bed linen

Friday, September 23, 2011

A few hours in Vienna

I finally made it to the National Gallery of Victoria's Vienna Art & Design exhibition, which is showing until the 9th of October 2011.
Gustav Klimt's art work held an immediate appeal to me after coming across it in my early high school years - his sumptuous use of decorative pattern and stylised ornamentation was such an inspiration for a young girl with a love of pattern and textiles.

Italian garden landscape 1913 by Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862-1918
oil on canvas
Kunsthaus Zug, Stiftung Sammlung Kamm

Fritza Riedler 1906 by Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862-1918
oil on canvas
Belvedere, Vienna

The star of the show (in my humble opinion) 
Emilie Flöge 1902 by Gustav KLIMT
Austria 1862-1918
oil on canvas
Wien Museum, Vienna

Also on display is a fantastic collection of Successionist poster designs, book designs, Wiener Werkstatte product designs, bentwood cafe furniture, architectural designs, (and most importantly!) textile designs by the likes of Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffman and Dagobert Peche.

Plate from Flachen Schmuck series, 1901
Koloman MOSER Austria 1868-1918
National Gallery of Australia Research Library

Plate from Flachen Schmuck series, 1901
Koloman MOSER Austria 1868-1918
National Gallery of Australia Research Library

I'm now heading to my couch with my catalogue in hand. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tips for licensing your art from Creative Concepts design studio

If you, like me are new to the world of freelance design and licensing, be sure to spend some time browsing around Alex's inspiring blog The Moon from my Attic. Alex regularly interviews successful licensed designers who give insights into their working processes and the ins and outs of getting your designs and illustrations into the market place. Today there is a little post on my design work and techniques I like to use.

A big thank you to Alex!
Check out Alex's inspiring licensing blog here:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hello Kitty, Hello Liberty

An exciting collaboration between Liberty of London and Hello Kitty!
Five glorious new fabric prints available in eight colour ways, available from 26th September 2011. I love the blue apple print....
Pre-order Hello Kitty fabrics online here: http://bit.ly/qZYlbA

Monday, September 12, 2011

Green and gold

Springtime has brought about a bumper crop of canola on my Dad's farm after many years of drought.

And a bumper crop of wildflowers are on show in the ironbark forest on the outskirts of the farm.

Happy Days!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Carisbrooke is a bed linen design I completed earlier this year for the newly released Linen House Spring Summer 2011/12 collection. 

The design features pen and ink drawings of springtime herbs, grasses and wildflowers, in a subtle 1950's inspired colour palette.