A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the previous competition, the Colour of Love, we received over 600 entries. We have started judging the entries and the winner and runners up will be announced next week.
After 20 years as a graphic designer, Amy recently turned her focus to pattern and surface design. Working under the name Penny Candy, she currently has licensed fabric collections with Riley Blake Designs, and her work has been featured in books and magazines published both in the US and internationally. A kid-at-heart and avid collector, Amy is inspired by anything vintage or nostalgic, particularly from her 1970s and '80s childhood. She lives with her husband and son in Seattle.
Sophie Honeybelle is a UK-based surface pattern designer. She graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2002 with a BA (Hons) Fine Art where she specialised in painting.
Sophie recently retrained as a surface pattern designer with the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course, having worked as a jewellery designer/maker since 2009.
Her current, main, influences are: Damask wallpapers, 1950s colour palette, 1960s motifs, particularly curvy ones, Tessellation, Traditional Middle Eastern mosaics, Plants, especially flowers.
I’m interested in producing a graphic, clean quality to my work, using beautiful, harmonising colours and creating designs that are bold, interesting and unusual. My designs are created on a foundation of experimentation as I feel this keeps the work fresh, exciting and challenging. While I have influences and external sources of inspiration, I like to play while I’m working so that the unexpected can come through.
We all have to start somehwere and interviews can be quite a daunting exeprience, but as they say practice makes perfect.
Our Studio Manager, Ella, and Senior Design Manager, Sarah, worked with Bradford University's School on Management back in December 2013 to host a series of mock interviews with the students. The sessions are a great way to coach the students and get them prepared for work, no matter what industry they want to pursue a career in.
To find out more about the scheme click here to read the full article.
Faye is a freelance designer who creates surface pattern designs and greetings cards. She has a passion for colour and loves doing what she does, combining hand drawn imagery, pattern and gorgeous colour to create happy design.
Faye studied Surface Pattern at Staffordshire University and was then very fortunate to start her career as an in house designer at Watermark Publishing. After gaining 7 years invaluable commercial experience, she is now following her freelance dream! Faye's designs have been published across a variety of high street stores, including stationery guru's Paperchase.
To find out more about Faye visit her portfolio page here.
Our latest competition is The Colour of Love and it's open for entries now, check out the new brief here. We've teamed up with the Society of Dyers and Colourists to set you a slightly different brief. The end result is still surface pattern but there's a big focus on colour.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the previous competition,Everyday Surface Pattern. We have received over 750 entries. The judging process will commence shortly.