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New Online Homewares Store - Contrado

announcements, fashion, home interiors, nature, new collections, patterns, shoppingCharlotte Brown

Cue the fanfares! I'm very excited to announce the launch of my designs on a new online store where you can buy gorgeous, printed homewares and accessories ...

Pretty blue tits bird china plate - ideal for perfect picnics and stylish suppers

Vibrant colours and sharp detail in this glossy finish 10" china plate in my Blue Tits design from my Beautiful Birds collection

I've printed items for myself, family and friends from Contrado in the past few years, and loved the colours, detail and service, so I was very happy indeed when they invited me to open a store for my designs and make these wonderful goodies more widely available.

Colourful occasional chair printed with my Morning Walk meadow floral design from my Back to Nature collection

Welcome to my new Contrado store where you can find:

  • Fabric chairs
  • Floor cushions
  • Cushions
  • Tea towels
  • China plates
  • Decorative plates
  • Chopping boards
  • Serving platters
  • Cup and saucer
  • Fabric placemats

Stylish, contemporary decorative plate in my Jazzy Jasper design from my Beachcomber collection

Accessories for someone special

Along with these scrumptious homewares, I'm delighted to also include luxury handbags and real silk scarves to treat yourself or someone special.

I wish I could have one of everything!

Stunning luxury handbag featuring my Dancing Dragonflies design, from my Japanese Garden collection

Take a look at a few of my personal favourites below, or pop across to my Contrado store to see the full range.

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Wren and Physalis china plate from my Beautiful Birds collection

Delivery

Products are printed to order, usually within 1-3 days, and can be quickly delivered to your home or other address, or can be collected from the printing facility in London.

International delivery from the UK is available and can take from as little as 3 days to reach you, depending on item ordered and your location. 

Visit the Lotti Brown Designs Contrado Store here

Blue Tits china plate - use or display - collect different bird designs from my Beautiful Birds range

Lotti Brown Fashions at Redbubble

color, fashion, new collections, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

I have some beautiful and colourful fashion products available at my Redbubble store - unique clothing that's sure to turn heads...

Made from quality, soft-touch fabric, that drapes beautifully, whether it's a fashion top or a silky scarf...

Here are just a few examples from my extensive range, all in my personal collection - I always get lovely comments when I wear any of these!

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Reasonably priced, and printed and sewn to order.

Fast delivery, and no worry about customs duty.

International delivery.

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.

Book Review - 1980s Fashion Print by Marnie Fogg

book reviews, fashion, historyCharlotte BrownComment

Reviewing fashion pattern and print from the 1980s, with Marnie Fogg’s design book…

Marnie Fogg's book: 1980s Fashion Print

The eighties were my decade as a child and young teen. Naturally, my youthful fashion experimentations have evolved over the years into many cringe-worthy moments, as my adult self now looks back over old photos.

Thank goodness there were no digital cameras or social media, or the embarrassment could have been a whole lot worse! My only consolation being that everyone else’s eighties photos look just the same...!

So you can imagine how much enthusiasm I would be likely to muster for the eighties-inspired design and fashion prints in this Marnie Fogg design book.

I was curious enough to buy it though – as I love all kinds of colour and pattern – and realising how much recent trends in fabric and surface pattern design have been influenced by a colourful look back at the eighties.

On looking through the book, my fears of eighties fashion faux-pas were, of course, eased - a combination of my own (clearly poor) fashion choices as a teen, and Marnie Fogg showcasing the crème-de-la-crème of eighties fashion prints.

In the introduction, Fogg describes how eighties fashions were loud – bright, bold and ostentatious – looking to new ideas and creativity to create the patterns that the public lapped up.

In Britain, London started to be seen as the centre of the ‘designer decade’ with eccentric and avant-garde ideas, combined with smaller-scale ‘craft’ print studios.

Italy produced the ‘Memphis’ design movement, which had a huge influence on the decade. Surface pattern design broke rules on colour and ‘good taste’ with bold, vibrant colours, and energetic, dissonant pattern and layout.

Fogg describes how the eighties was the decade for ‘celebration of excess’ and ‘unparalleled creativity’.

Browse a preview of the book below (supplied by Google Books):

Neon Blitz

This section showcases a collection of bold, colourful and abstract prints, with texture given equal importance to colour and form.

Designers experimented with mark-making, and creative printing, and interdisciplinary design techniques.

Innovative design labels:
•    ‘Bodymap
•    Stephen Sprouse – influenced by graffiti
•    Vivienne Westwood – inspired by other cultures, “searching for the primitive”
•    ‘The Cloth’ design group – focusing on the drawn or painted line
•    ‘Tio Gruppen’ (Ten Swedish Designers) – innovative colour and energy

Other designers followed suit - with deliberately naïve, colourful, textural, and hectic designs overtaking this style.

My favourites in this style are the simple, textural, and hand-painted Liberty geometrics, with a more muted colour palette.

Glamazon

The eighties woman was powerful and glamorous. Her clothes were bold, colourful and ostentatious, with trompe l’oeil printed cords, tassels, and trims being very popular. Animal prints also helped to display a feminine power.

Aspirational occasion-wear was created with lavish, large-size pattern and embellishment, by design houses such as Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Adolfo, James Galanos, Karl Lagerfield, Gucci, Coco Chanel.

To be honest, this isn’t my favourite look, but I’m quite fond of the colourful, large-scale, patterned florals of Furphy Simpson, shown in the book.

Catch the Wave

Active wear became a business in itself in the 80s, as the public concentrated on creating the ‘body-beautiful’ and ‘feeling the burn’. The new popularity of the fabric Elastene or Spandex (such as Lycra) gave new opportunities to fashion print designers.

Surf, skateboard, and rave cultures influenced the popularity of bright and neon colours, tie-dye, and the ubiquitous ‘smiley face’ icon.

Tropical motifs were popular, often combined with the new trend for hand-drawn and hand-painted textures.

I love the richly patterned designs of the ‘Cote d’Azure’ furnishing fabric by Collier Campbell (shown in the book) which I feel has rather a beautiful, retro-inspired, 50s feel – and definitely a cool Riviera style.

Urban Jungle

Fogg writes that the fashionable eighties alternative to power-dressing was an elegant, avant-garde Italian label, ‘Etro’. Paisley patterns were their recognised look.

Other cultures and folklore began to be the inspiration for a growing alternative style, with eclectic tropical florals, animals and birds, in bold, simplified, and stylised juxtaposition.

I really love some of these designs, particularly those by designer Natalie Gibson, with fun and colourful, tropical motifs against dramatic backgrounds.

As the decade went on, the wild colours of the earlier years developed into simpler, two-colour prints, such as in the work of design partnership, Furphy Simpson.

Radical Classical

Fogg writes that classical Greek and Roman art were given a new look by eighties designers, such as Sue Timney, Grahame Fowler, and English Eccentrics. Neo-classical statues, maps, and architectures featured in the designs.

Colours tended to be more subdued than the wilder Urban Jungle, Glamazon and Neon Blitz styles.

Designers such as English Eccentrics also began looking back for historical inspiration, at medieval heraldic designs, architecture, and stained glass.

The very popular appearance of Halley’s Comet in 1986 inspired a new interest in the night sky, which was reflected in fashion prints at the time.

Georgina Von Etzdorf created artistic designs with rich colours, textures, and a baroque style in abstract form, concentrating, as many designers do these days, on the craft process of the design.

The designs illustrating the book, by Georgina Von Etzdorf, are some of my very favourite designs of the decade, for the beautiful movement and energy in the swirling, colourful shapes, with surprising detail and texture in the complex designs.

My Conclusion

As the eighties isn’t my favourite decade, I wasn’t expecting to be very impressed by the designs in this book – but I was wrong – and I very much enjoyed it, in spite of myself!

It’s true, there were designs I wasn’t so keen on, (but aren’t there in any decade?) but there were also plenty, too, that I really loved.

Reading more about the influences of the decade gave me a better appreciation of the design developments and inspirations of that period.

I really enjoyed seeing how innovations from eighties design have a bearing, still, on our design techniques of today: the growing interest in the craft of design, the experimentation in the design process itself, and a new focus away from pure digital design - into including hand-drawn or hand-painted elements, and textures created from ‘real world’ multi-media techniques.

Of course, many eighties-style motifs and design styles are also popular at the moment, with abstract, textural prints, bold colours, and tropical prints all being very popular now, as well as a renewed interest in the patterns and influences of different cultures which, these days, are seen in juxtaposition with each other, rather than purely as separate trends.

Get the Book

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New Bird Prints & Products Launch

announcements, artworks, color, drawings, fashion, home interiors, nature, new collections, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

I'm very excited to finally launch the nature and bird prints & products that I've been working on this year...

Details from some of my new artworks

I wanted to concentrate on birds and nature seen in my garden, or in the fields and woodlands around my home... so that the pieces I make now feel like they have a very personal connection and resonance for me...

I have spent many enjoyable hours working on my intricate drawings, then putting it all together on the computer, to create colourful, digital artworks that have the real feel of connecting with nature...

Please click the images below to see them larger - the artworks, plus a couple of the work in progress shots...

Which is your favourite?

The new artworks are available as:

  • giclee art prints (international delivery)
  • fashion (silky scarves, tops, skirts, dresses, - internationally)
  • homewares (throw pillows, mugs, shower curtains and more... internationally)
  • phone and tech cases (internationally)
  • stationery and accessories (internationally)

You can see a few samples below - please click on the images to see them larger...

Stockists

Please click on the store name below to go straight to that store...

My online store - for giclee art prints (international delivery available)

Redbubble - for throw pillows, fashions, silky scarves, notebooks and journals, mugs, phone/tech cases and more... (international delivery from various locations)

Zippi - for throw pillows, bags, notecards, mugs, placemats, coasters, phone/tech cases, keyrings and more... (international delivery from UK)

Society6 - for throw pillows, duvets, shower curtains, phone/tech cases, rugs, throws, towels and more... (international delivery from various locations)

More info about stockists here...

I'll be sharing more detail about the individual works, and how they were created in the coming weeks and months... You can see all of my bird and wildlife art collection here...

New Fashion Items

announcements, color, patterns, shopping, fashionCharlotte BrownComment

I'm excited to announce that a selection of fashions and accessories are now available at my Redbubble store...

Items include fashion tops and tees, skirts, dresses, leggings, scarves and bags...

Fast and economic worldwide delivery from various locations worldwide. More at my page here...

Take a look at these colourful fashion tops....

Silky scarf by Lotti Brown