Further to my final post from last year: I made a blouse. I am pleased to say that I used 1970s madras cotton fabric that was originally in my mum's stash, purple buttons and thread from the estate of Mrs Betty Collins.
I feel a bit proud of my scarves as they dry in the summer breeze. I am almost ready for my next knitting project, although knitting in the heat is not always an appealing prospect.
I feel a bit more ambivalent about this lot, photographed as it receives some fresh air after having been folded away in a little wicker suitcase which wasn't as dust proof as I had hoped. Samples from my first ever design job at Davenport in the mid 1990s. I feel a bit brave showing these on my blog, but they are what they are and from a design point of view I am actually still proud of a few of them. I was hired initially to draw the licensed characters, had no design training and had barely ever touched a computer. I received an excellent grounding in design, manufacturing methods, meeting tight deadlines, and making products to entice a particular market. I try not to think about the trials and tribulations of terrible bosses and a bunch of hormonally wired and badly paid twenty-somethings: that's another story not fit for this polite blog.
This blog is both a record of my work and an attempt to contribute to the vast inspiration that thousands of other creative people have given me via the internet.
I worked for many years in the fashion industry, designing prints, textiles and developing products for children. I now work as a freelance illustrator and make a variety of work under my own name. Some of the things that I make can be found in my etsy shop and in galleries and stores around Australia.