Now that I had completed my HERO design the progression of my SECONDARY designs sped up exponentially. Sian (my Tutor) was right, you cannot expect to create a cohesive collection of designs without first pinning down the HERO.

Strangely enough, I actually thought these designs would take as long, if not more as the HERO. The workshops with Matt now allowed me to create the designs in the manner I wanted without any technical hindrance.


For my first SECONDARY design, I utilised these 2 elements:

To remove the background on the coloured Rosebud I chose to use the MAGIC WAND and increased the tolerance to 55, making sure I clicked as close to the outline of the rose as humanly possible. When the marching ants appeared I hit the backspace to remove the background. I then selected the LAYER Tab > New Fill Layer > Solid Colour, and chose black as the solid colour. I dragged the rose layer beneath the solid fill colour and used the ERASER TOOL, in varying sizes, and ZOOM TOOL to remove any ‘static’ that would cause problems at a later stage. Once all the ‘static’ had been removed I then deleted the solid colour fill layer to showcase the rosebud on a ‘zero’ background.

The B&W Rose was really easy to clean:

Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map > Making sure that the white is white and the black is black (only these 2 contrasts should be visible) > Magic Wand (Tolerance 30-40) > Making sure the Contiguous is unticked

I created 3-4 New Duplicate Layers to bulk out the line and create a far more poignant black line and merged the layers together. I then used the ERASER TOOL to remove any ‘static’ and messy lines. I then created a new canvas and dragged the linear layer into/onto the canvas. Again, I used the ERASER TOOL to remove the surrounding background and merged the remaining white background contained within the rose and linear layer together.


I specifically have chosen not to colour the larger rose motif as it acknowledges the trend to juxtapose coloured and B&W images together, especially influenced by the French design house THEVENON. The background colour was chosen as #c5e6e1 but may change when the whole collection is finished. Again, I absolutely love the design and colour combo.


For my next SECONDARY design I used these elements:

I created a Print quality A3 Canvas in Photoshop and opened up my file library, choosing the abstract foliage print I had previously manipulated in Photoshop (colour). I used the FREE TRANSFORM TOOL (CMD+T) to shrink the image down (holding SHIFT all the while), and when the image was sat perfectly @ 25% of the A3 canvas (pink lines should inform of the correct proportions) I selected the LAYER Tab, scrolling to DUPLICATE LAYER. Using the MOVE TOOL I carefully dragged this new layer over to sit perfectly beside its neighbour. To create the reflection of the image I selected the EDIT Tab, scrolling down to TRANSFORM and then down to FLIP HORIZONTAL. I then selected both images and chose to DUPLICATE LAYERS, pulling the new layer down and repeating the TRANSFORM step, only this time choosing the FLIP HORIZONTAL. If any blemishes or lines are visible I would choose to use the SPOT HEALING BRUSH TOOL, which remedies any problems arisen from the duplication.


The linear studies of Buddleia and Cotoneaster were manipulated in exactly the same process as the B&W Rose in my first SECONDARY. I placed each motif strategically to create the most aesthetic and visual impact. I love it!!!!!!!! I made sure, by way of adhering the pink lines, to keep all the motifs as symmetrical as the background.

Next step? Finishing the BLENDERS………..


If I were to choose my current favourite design company it would have to be TIMOROUS BEASTIES. How did I find out about this company? It was actually my Damask bedspread that led me to TB. I have always been fascinated by the symmetrical and repeat patterns of Damask wallpaper/fabric, so a quick search on the internet for Damask and Textile Design came up with the goldmine that is this innovative and forward-thinking design company.

Why do I love this company so much? Here are a few reasons why……

(Clockwise) Beasties, T. (2017) Damsel Damask, Omni Splat, Butterfly Blurr & Grand Blotch Damask. Available at: (Accessed: 14 May 2018)

The contemporary use of design and colour is spectacular!!! Whilst undertaking this current project at Uni, I have begun to comprehend the subtle complexities of creating a repeat pattern for the Interiors market; something I am 100% sure I would want my own designs to be available for.

‘Our Product is highly crafted and designed. It’s always quality first’ Timorous Beasties

The sheer attention to detail resonates so strongly with my own core values as a designer. I think that having OCD has actually been both a help and hindrance within my creative practice; a help in being meticulous about what I include as part of my creative output, and hindrance due to my procrastinating and always trying to make sure everything is perfect.

The designs of Timorous Beasties have allowed me to accept that I am not perfect and that these imperfections can be utilised as a strength within my designs.

Having struggled with the repeat element and to incorporate all of my ideas I decided to undertake a back-to-to basics approach in creating ideas within my sketchbook, which will ultimately be transferred to Photoshop and manipulated digitally.

I am really proud of my ideas and will spend the next couple of days really honing the concept.


A natural progression from a more traditional style of a hand-drawn collage bouquet to that of a reflected contemporary design, influenced by Timorous Beasties.


Utilising my strengths, specifically observational studies fused with collage, painting and drawing, I began to expand my idea of using specific elements to amalgamate into a cohesive and fully rounded design. Yes, there are still areas I need to work into and complete, but I now have a strong concept of what my final collection will look like.



Like I have said in previous posts, I believe that subscribing to numerous different sources i.e magazines, journals and online forums allows me to be always on the current pulse of design trends and future forecasts.

Today, I have come across 3 articles/adverts within ELLE DECORATION:


Mengham, Z, and Caselio (2018) Surfaces & The Pink Jungle (Article) In Spriggs, B. (2018) ‘Decorating’, ELLE DECORATION, 310 (June 18′), p. 49.

As soon as saw this article I knew that it would allow me to take inspiration into my own Creative Practice. Take for example the beautiful ‘Spring Green’ leaf foliage; the way that each groove and indentation is captured creates a truly beautiful fluidity, only created by the ability to practice and constantly observe.

What have I learned from the digital element of this project? Individual studies/drawings/prints/stitch samples can all be manipulated to create one cohesive design……MAGIC. The possibilities of design are simply endless, which makes me incredibly excited at what the future holds for me as a designer.

Jesmonite is apparently the material of the moment, and I can see why!! The subtleties of the patterns and shapes within the production could be transferred fantastically to motifs when looking for inspiration for a new collection. The individual marks remind me of a smorgasbord of delicate and intricately placed tiny flowers.


“We believe that the objects we surround ourselves with every day should be more than just functional, they should be made of stories, love, art, and poetry in order to meaningfully exist…” 


Battaglia, V, and Young, B. (2018) Delft Baroque Wallpaper and Persian Wallpaper  (Article) In Spriggs, B. (2018) ‘Mineheart’, ELLE DECORATION, 310 (May 18′), p. 57

I was instantly drawn to the simplicity and colour palette of this company, and feel the toned down soft monochromes create a really strong and brand assured aesthetic. I was even more impressed to find one of their core beliefs to be ‘ignore whether something is commercial or not and just go with your gut’, which resonated with me on both a personal and professional basis; if I followed each and every single trend that was and will be, it would constrain me to a life of not being able to discover who I am as a designer and individual. Don’t get me wrong it is imperative to keep up to date with current trends, but it’s equally as important to create a vision/concept of your own.

I absolutely adore how these designs adopt a REFLECTED layout, which is something I have discovered could well be a core part of my brand and aesthetic. This is something I am currently trying to learn within Photoshop……wish me luck.


Morris, W. (1915) ‘Nympheus’ by GP & J Baker (Article) In Spriggs, E. (2018) ‘Fine Print’, ELLE DECORATION, 310 (May 18′), p. 194.

GP & J BAKER!! What’s not to love about this company, their designs are incredible. Although not that overkeen on the colour palette, I adore the simplicity and juxtaposition of so many cohesive motifs and larger designs. This is storytelling at it’s finest, something I have to be aware to keep throughout my collection.

Reading this issue of ELLE DECORATION has reignited the passion for some of the ideas that I had placed on a backburner. Take to get cooking.