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New Designs at Lemon Head Prints

announcements, fabric, home interiors, patterns, new collectionsCharlotte Brown

I have a new mini-collection of designs added to my portfolio of surface pattern designs at Lemon Head Prints...

Prairie floral pattern, ideal for interiors (low res)

The collection features pretty prairie style and ditsy floral patterns with yellows, whites and greens against a background of dark blues, greens and greys. They would make a very striking fabric or wallpaper design and are ideal for interiors.

Dark floral surface pattern design

The patterns are now licensed exclusively to Lemon Head Prints who are able to print the designs onto a variety of products, so please get in touch with them if you see a design here that you would like to use.

Blue ditsy floral pattern

Love this footstool!

craft projects, fabric, home interiors, inspiration, natureCharlotte Brown

I love to see what you've been inspired to create with my fabrics - and I've been very excited this week to see what the very talented Karen made with a custom fabric print of my Lapwing artwork - a gorgeous footstool...

Take a look - it's awesome, isn't it?

Stunning - lovely lapwing footstool created with a custom fabric print

Thank you so much to Karen for sharing her creation with me, and also for allowing me to share it with you, too. :)

Wallpapers and Matching Fabrics now available at Lemon Head Prints

announcements, color, fabric, home interiors, new collections, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

A selection of my designs exclusive to Lemon Head Prints are now available as wallpapers, with matching fabrics...

Wallpapers and fabrics available exclusively at Lemon Head Prints

  • Affordable prices
  • Digitally printed wallpaper
  • Matching fabrics
  • Exclusive designs

Made in Britain. Fast delivery or collection available from North London

Exclusive wallpapers and fabrics by Lotti Brown Designs at Lemon Head Prints

Ideal for interior designers and interiors trade professionals.

The designs are also available to be used for other projects and business ideas, exclusively through Lemon Head Prints, so if you like a design, and you've got an idea, get in touch with them for a chat.

Fabrics and wallpapers available exclusively from Lemon Head Prints

Leafy Camo Textile Design Collection

color, fabric, fashion, nature, new collections, patterns, sneak peekCharlotte BrownComment

I had loads of fun with this colourful 'Leafy Camo' surface pattern design collection...

Leafy Camo textile design collection by Lotti Brown

The motifs for this collection were created from real leaves and seedheads, which I made ink prints from...

Inky experiments!

I created layers of leaf prints, with all different colours, to create the camo patterns in the final designs...

Please click on one of the images below to see them larger...

These textile designs are now available exclusively through Lemon Head Prints. Please get in touch with Lemon Head Prints if you'd like these patterns printed onto fabric or wallpaper, or have ideas about how you'd like to use the designs.

Lotti Brown now at Lemon Head Prints

announcements, color, fabric, home interiors, nature, new collections, patternsCharlotte BrownComment

I'm very excited to have joined the design community at Lemon Head Prints...

Making a carefully-curated selection of my designs exclusively available through Lemon Head Prints, as printed fabric, or as a range of design products and available, though them, for your design projects.

Explore behind-the-scenes of this fabric collection in my earlier blog post, here...

Take a look at available designs on my profile in the Lemon Head Print design community - and please do get in touch with them to discuss how you'd like to use my designs on fabric, or other design products.

Collections with Print & Press London

announcements, fabric, home interiors, new collections, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

I'm delighted to be working with Print & Press London, and I'm happy to now be able to share that my new fabric collection with them has just launched!

My fabric collection, now available with Print & Press London - click image to view it full size

You can buy these fabrics directly from Print & Press London, in the UK - many of the designs are available exclusively with them...

Currently the fabrics are available in a medium-weight, plain weave cotton, and a heavier, soft, furnishing cotton (both 100% cotton), with more fabric types due to be added soon.

Minimum order is just 1m, so they're ideal for your home-sewing projects. And with discounts for orders over 10m, perfect for larger projects, too.

Printed in the UK, with eco-friendly inks.

If you would like to buy any of these fabrics, please get in touch with Print & Press London.

No hidden costs, and express shipping available if you'd like your fabric in a hurry.

If you missed my earlier interview with them, you can read it here...

New Fabric Collections Launching Soon

announcements, fabric, home interiors, nature, new collections, patterns, shopping, sneak peekCharlotte BrownComment

I'm feeling excited, as I've just received the fabric samples to approve for my new collection, which will be launching very soon with Print and Press London.

The samples look wonderful, with rich colours, and are printed on lovely, tactile, furnishing fabric (100% cotton). Other fabric types will also be available.

Launching soon - new fabric collections for Print and Press London.

Many of the designs are available exclusively to Print and Press London, and you will be able buy from as little as 1m of fabric, with discounts available for larger order sizes.

Look out for the new collections, launching very soon... I'll be back to share it here...

EDIT: Now available at Print and Press London

New Pattern Collection - Shapes of Winter

behind the scenes, drawings, fabric, inspiration, nature, new collections, patterns, sneak peekCharlotte BrownComment

I'm delighted to unveil a new pattern collection - Shapes of Winter - inspired by the shapes and patterns of nature in winter...

Several years ago we had a couple of particularly harsh winters in the UK - one that I hadn't seen the likes of since I was a small child - temperatures way below freezing for days on end, deep snowfalls and the most beautiful hoar-frosts which covered nature in sparkling patterns like a magical winter wonderland.

This was the inspiration for my pattern collection...

Shapes of Winter, moodboard for the collection

More inspiration for the collection

I made several drawings inspired from these photos from those very cold winters... 

And worked with these to create my designs for the collection...

I'm delighted that a selection of these designs are now available as fabrics, exclusively with Print & Press London.

New Greyhound Fabrics - Greyhound Camo

fabric, new collections, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

For you fans of one of my earliest fabrics, my 'Double Greyhounds' fabric, I've been creating a new version of the design, 'Greyhound Camo'.

Take a look below... click on the images to see them larger

Spoonflower fabrics

These fabrics are now available on Spoonflower - click here to see them

EDIT: 20 April 2016 - now also available on Wovenmonkey

Selected colours are also now available on Wovenmonkey in the UK - see fabric samples below - please click on the images to see them full sized.

Wovenmonkey fabrics

Click here to see them on Wovenmonkey

EDIT: 31st August 2016

These patterns and designs are now also available on clothing, accessories, and homewares in my Redbubble store - take a look here, and once in the store, click on an image to see all the products available in that design.

Book Review - '1960s Fashion Print' by Marnie Fogg

fabric, patterns, history, book reviewsCharlotte BrownComment

I thought I would start the year with something a bit light hearted, colourful and fun… so I’ve taken myself back in time with a little look at the sixties and seventies…


As a child born in the early seventies, the patterns and prints of the sixties and seventies were the ever-present backdrop of my first years - and in all my earliest memories.


I find myself sub-consciously drawing on these ingrained patterns as I draw and design. And it’s fair to say these decades have had a heavier influence on my artistic vision than most.


I didn’t actually realise this until I got this book, and started looking through at all the patterns, when I could see how I’d been influenced by the colours and swirls.

marnie-fogg-1960s


This is a wonderful book, and whether you’re already a big fan of sixties and seventies prints, or if you’ve not yet been introduced to the joys of this era, you’re in for a treat.


The book is packed with big, colourful images, with everything from original artwork, fabrics, fashion photos, and design sketches – so you can get a really thorough feel for the whole design process.


The book actually only includes prints from the sixties, but looking through the book, as it moves towards the later years of the decade, I can certainly see what I, personally, would recognise as a distinctly seventies vibe,


In the book, several separate styles are identified, moving from the start of the decade, to the end.

  • Art into Print
  • Revivals and Reflections
  • Flower Power
  • Lost in Multicoloured Hues
  • Magical Mystery Tour

Take a look at this sample content below.... (from Google Books)

My review continues beneath...

 

Art into Print

Marnie Fogg writes that large scale motifs were in trend, influenced by Op Art and Pop Art, the work of Op Artist Bridget Riley and Richard Anuskiewicz

‘Swinging London’ was hip – with Union Jacks and depictions of the famous trendy London street ‘Carnaby Street’

  • Monochromatic designs were common
  • Optical illusions seen in designs
  • Everyday objects become design motifs
  • Intense colours and unusual colour combinations

Revivals and Reflections

Designers started to look to history for inspiration, writes Fogg. They turned towards the soft swirls of Art nouveau, as a reaction against the harder lines of the previous modernist style.

The values of the Arts and Crafts movement were also looked back to with nostalgia and revived.

This is one of my favourite sixties styles, and if you’re familiar with the 1960s revival of William Morris, this is the design movement it was a part of. Colours were definitely given a saturated sixties twist compared to the 19th century originals.

  • Intricate and psychedelic paisleys, art nouveau ogees, and art deco geometric motifs are also part of this style, looking back to design history and reinterpreting it for the new era.
  • Natalie Gibson and Bernard Nevill both worked in these beautiful styles, and the fashion boutique ‘Biba’ brought the look to popular culture.

Flower Power

Marnie Fogg writes that the modern world brought a plethora of commercialism and plastic, and the sixties ‘Flower Power’ hippies were a reaction against this, looking instead to nature for inspiration.

At its peak in the 1967 ‘Summer of Love’ and during the following years of political upheaval, ‘Flower Power’ became symbolic of a desire for peace and love.

  • The daisy motif was popular, because of its innocence and simplicity.
  • Flowers were bright, brilliant, and stylised.
  • Painter and ‘fashion gardener’ Ken Scott created intricate, painterly and colourful floral designs that are most beautiful – I love them.

Lost in Multi-coloured Hues

As someone who’s grown up in the seventies, psychedelia is part of my mental picture of childhood – particularly remembered from childrens’ books and TV programs. But in the sixties, writes Fogg, psychedelia was heavily inspired by drugs – specifically LSD or ‘acid’.

Patterns swirl and undulate, and colours are ‘acid bright’ – truly multi-coloured and lavish! This was a period of excess and fantasy, and the patterns and colours celebrated in this style reached popular culture and design too.

  • Natalie Gibson and Alexander Henry Fabrics created my favourite designs in this exuberant style.

Magical Mystery Tour

Towards the end of the decade, moving into the seventies, Fogg writes that patterns took inspiration from the wanderlust of the hippies – ‘exotic’ prints were treasured, and previously unfamiliar techniques, such as batik and tie-dye, captured the imagination.

India and the Far East provided much inspiration for designers, with paisleys and mandalas becoming popular motifs, and spicy hues providing the colour palettes.

Home-spun arts and crafts, and interest in sustainable lifestyles and recycling still continued, writes Fogg.

The patterns and designs of this period are some of the most interesting, for me – a real mixing pot of influences, cultures and styles to create a very colourful end to the sixties, ready to move into the seventies.

The book devotes a large part of this section looking at the designs of Celia Birtwell and Zandra Rhodes, which I found quite interesting, but I think my favourite pattern in this section has got to be the flamboyant design by Bernard Nevill for Cantini on page 186.

I highly recommend this book if you have even the slightest interest in colour, pattern and design. I loved it.

I have several other Marnie Fogg books (which I intend to review in due course) but this is definitely my favourite.

If this has whetted your appetite for the book, you can get it below through my affiliate links...



from Amazon.co.uk


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NEW: Lotti Brown fabrics now available at SurfacePatternPrint

announcements, fabric, new collections, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

I'm thrilled to announce that I'm amongst the first new designers at the SurfacePatternPrint online designer community & marketplace - with a curated range of my patterns available for sale on a selection of quality fabrics:

  • silk, cottons & polyesters
  • suitable for fashion, interiors furnishings and homewares
  • complete UK manufacture & print from an established fabric printing business
  • digital print
  • worldwide delivery available
  • express service from 3 days
  • easy online ordering
  • helpful team available for questions and special requests

A few of the designs available at my SurfacePatternPrint online store

Fabric Samples Have Arrived

announcements, behind the scenes, fabric, new collections, patterns, shopping, sneak peekCharlotte BrownComment

The first instalment of my fabric samples arrived yesterday, so I've been looking them over today, and taking a few piccies to add to the website - I hope they will be available for sale soon, here's a sneak peek of just a few of the new designs, straight out of the package...

New fabrics will be available soon from Lotti Brown Designs

More samples still to arrive, so I'll update you soon with what's available...

New Surface Pattern Design Collection - Japanese Garden

behind the scenes, announcements, fabric, nature, new collections, patternsCharlotte BrownComment

A while back I shared a behind the scenes look of the development of a fabric collection and now I'm pleased to be able to share the finished designs in the final collection...

I worked with the theme of 'Japanese Garden', a sophisticated style, and a limited colour palette to create a series of six designs in different scales and tones...

I've shared some of the detail in the designs in the sneak peeks below... click on the images to enlarge them for a closer look...

You can now find many of these Japanese-inspired designs on products, fabrics and wallpapers at many of my Additional Stockists - take a look now!