A little while ago I introduced you all to Printmepretty. The new bespoke fabric printing company who will make up fabric based on your very own designs. Not only can you order enough fabric to make bespoke cushions, curtain, tea towels, bed linens (the list is endless) but also sell your designs through their website to other fabric lovers.

They are a fledgling business and are happy to announce their first competition:To design a fabric based on the theme Winter.

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I’ve had a go and come up with this …

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but then I also like it with pink snow …

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or black snow. I can’t decide.

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Upload your designs here between the 9th and 12th of March for a chance to win 3 meters of fabric.

Good luck!

 

PARIS

from Marie Claire Runway out Feb 6

Donald Robertson is a man who is an actual marvel. Once Creative Director at Conde Nast America (launching  Marie Claire and redesigning Glamour). He is now the head of Creative Development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; a truly creative man. What I love the most about him is his instagram feed. It is a constant joy to me all day every day (he is a very prolific poster) full of his fashion illustrations, ideas from projects he is working on and his life in general.

If I write too much I will just get really gushy and soppy so I’ll let some of his pictures do the talking. (All images taken from Donalds instagram feed @donalddrawbertson (seriously, you must follow him))

He can make beautiful things from a few simple lines of marker pen and Gaffa tape.

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Or paint …ladiesHe has his own little creative projects, currently it’s drawing on nuts…prada nutsnuts2Don’t put anything down when you are round his house as he is likely to draw on it …donald sinksOr turn it in to something else …donald drawbertson bagHe’s funny …anna and graceand to top it off, he’s got really cute dogs …dog2 dog1and kids. babies

I had the fortune to collaborate with him on the new issue of Marie Claire Runway (out 6th of Feb) We spent a fun couple of days emailing back and forth to create four illustrations to depict all that is great and good about New York, London, Milan and Paris. Here’s a little sneak peak.

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We also worked together on the cover and in what is quite possibly the Most Exciting Thing I’ve Done In My Career So Far … STICKERS! Yup, we have a sheet of free fashion stickers inside the magazine … I’ll show you them on Thursday.

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I’ve mentioned before my love of seemingly pointless little bits of printed paper and ephemera. It’s a love that isn’t going anywhere any time soon, in fact if anything I think it might be growing.

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At college I was quite organised with my scraps of serviettes, ticket stubs and foreign sweet packets and I kept them all filed in a series of photo albums. Over time these albums have been neglected and now my precious pieces of paper are stored in drawers; knicker drawers, sock drawers, knife, fork and spoon drawers. Essentially anywhere in the house that I can tidy them away quickly always promising that I Will Deal With Them One Day. Well, that day has come. Having found two lovely large box frames at a boot sale the other day I realised they would be the perfect showcase for my papery bits ‘n’ bobs.

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I have made one for my bedroom and one for the lounge. I painted the backing card the colour of the walls and mounted the pieces using a mixture of spray mount, foam pads (the kind used in Decoupage to give height) and small dress making pins. I didn’t want all the pieces to be stuck down flat so using a mixture of these three sticky things I was able to keep a nice variety of heights and shapes.

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Some of the pieces are personal to me; that’s my birth announcement in the bottom right. Some are holiday reminders; Finn Air towelette anyone? But all of them have a nice bit of design going on and inspire me every time I look at them.

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pictures behind glass are hard to photograph

If you want to start (or develop) your own paper addiction then always look in the small dusty boxes at car boot sales and junk shops or head over to Present and Correct for your next fix.