Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2015-02-28T05:17:22+00:00 Zend_Feed_Writer Jen Moules <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - I Drew This]]> 2015-02-27T08:30:00+00:00 2015-02-27T08:30:00+00:00 Jen Moules This month&#39;s maker of choice is Ilona Drew the creative talent behind I Drew This. I met Ilona last year at the Fairy Tale Fair and fell in love with her work. Ilona has had lots of success in the commercial greeting card market and now works freelance producing her unique illustrations which were recently spotted in the Paperchase no less! &nbsp; Here&#39;s a little about Ilona... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? I am a crazy whirling freelance illustrator/designer and publisher of I Drew This greeting cards and prints. What inspires your work? Children, nature, animals, fashion, Brighton, architecture, characters. Where do you work? Describe your work space. I have a desk space in a co-operative studio in the heart of Brighton, above the Laines, its great in the summer when all the sounds come flooding through the windows. What do you love about your job? That I can choose what I want to explore and what I create people love. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? I love dancing and music...and eating...and rummaging at car boot sales. What are you currently working on? I am working on some new designs for I Drew This and I have had a fab reaction to my latest print, a colourful take on Brighton Pavilion so tomorrow am going to start my version of the recently renovated bandstand. Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I will be at The Fairy Tale Fair in Patcham on the 14th March and the Open Market in Brighton on the 29th March. Who are your designer favourites? Marc Boutavant, I love instagram too and recently fell in love with the work of little birdy and Koralie. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Have a plan. &nbsp; To find out more about I Drew This here are some handy links - &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-02-23T17:45:00+00:00 2015-02-23T17:45:00+00:00 Jen Moules 1) Anthropologie 2) Unknown 3) Ocalf-53 4) Little Birdy 5) Mihai Dulu <![CDATA[Printed & Co]]> 2015-02-19T15:30:00+00:00 2015-02-19T15:30:00+00:00 Jen Moules Very excited to announce I am part of the newly launched Printed &amp; Co team! Printed &amp; Co is the sister company of BeFab Be Creative and is a curated collection of textiles designed by a small hand picked collection of designers. Launched last week at the Kalopsia Gallery the exhibition is running until the 9th of March so if you&#39;re near Edinburgh it&#39;s well worth a look! Sadly being in Southampton it&#39;s a little out of reach for me *sigh*. Printed &amp; Co really is one of the best places to buy unique and GORGEOUS fabrics so take a look at what&#39;s on offer. <![CDATA[Mother's Day Gift Guide]]> 2015-02-18T15:45:00+00:00 2015-02-18T15:45:00+00:00 Jen Moules 1) Cool Natural Jewelry 2) Kate Broughton 3) Baskakova 4) OH NO Rachio 5) Choc on Choc 6) Barruntando <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-02-16T12:00:00+00:00 2015-02-16T12:00:00+00:00 Jen Moules Here&#39;s a little something to brighten your Monday... 1) Elizabeth Pawle 2) Mount Royal Mint 3) Otago and Confessions of a Design Geek 4) Fabric of My Life 5) The Whitepepper 6) Mica Peet <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Katie Smith Ceramics]]> 2015-02-12T10:15:00+00:00 2015-02-12T10:15:00+00:00 Jen Moules OK, so as some of you may have noticed I&#39;ve given my website a little revamp including my blog. I know, I know my blog has been rather lack lustre of late so here goes! My new blog will include lots of designer loveliness from mood boards, trend forecasts, design/gift top picks, event reviews and the feature I&#39;m most excited about - Maker of the Month! Starting us off&nbsp; is Katie Smith who I met last year at the Festival of Crafts at Farnham Maltings and who has since been kind enough to produce my mugs, which I adore! &nbsp; Here&#39;s a little something about Katie.... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? I&rsquo;m Katie a ceramicist and illustrator and I run Katie Smith Ceramics. I have two avenues of work &ndash; the first is creating my one off ceramic pieces. Pots and vessels and wall hangings etc. The second avenue is my illustrations &ndash; I often take on illustration commissions but I produce my own designs as prints too. I combine my two loves ceramics and illustration by creating my ranges of illustrated fine bone china mugs. &nbsp; What inspires your work? For my sculptural work - landscapes are definitely my biggest inspiration. I love to travel and take my camera and sketch book everywhere. I am also fascinated by history and how landscapes change or even stay the same throughout time. My illustrations tend to be quite light hearted. Cities and buildings are my absolute favourite things to draw as long as there are lots of lines and details I&rsquo;m happy. &nbsp; Where do you work? I&rsquo;m very lucky to have a studio called &lsquo;The Red Hut Studio&rsquo; it is literally that- a corrugated iron hut painted bright red just outside Proteus Creation Space in Basingstoke. It&rsquo;s freezing in winter and boiling in summer and I absolutely love it. It&rsquo;s big enough to house my kiln and I run small classes from there too. I share part of the space with illustrator Kev Munday and if you come and visit me in the summer you will often find my little dog Rocky sunbathing outside. &nbsp; What do you love about your job? I love that every day is different and that I&rsquo;m always learning. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? Long walks, that preferably include a pub stop. Planning my next trip away, off to India this year. Looking after my family and drinking tea (or wine) with friends. &nbsp; What are you currently working on? This is a good time of year for making as shows have eased off. I&rsquo;m planning some new ranges of work for 2015 so experimenting with new shapes and surfaces. &nbsp; Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? So far I will be exhibiting at Delamore Arts for the first time this year which is quite exciting and I get to return to the Art in Clay shows once more which are always great events. I&rsquo;m also a part of an ongoing pop up gallery in Basingstoke now called &lsquo;Concrete Sketchbook&rsquo; It&rsquo;s a project I love being part of - I&rsquo;m afraid my home town is not renowned for its culture but there is a lot more going on here than you&rsquo;d think and it&rsquo;s wonderful to see it doing so well. &nbsp; Who are your designer favourites? I love Alex McCarthy he makes beautiful pots &ndash; I was lucky enough to get one for Christmas this year and it is my favourite thing &ndash; it&rsquo;s so stunning. But I love so many ceramicists Sarah Dunstan, Robin Welch, Christy Keeny. It&rsquo;s so hard not to spend all your profits on other makers&rsquo; pots when you&rsquo;re at a show! Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Um, I&rsquo;d say keep going and do what you love. Get as much advice as you can from other people who do what you do. Also be confident in what you do and don&rsquo;t be afraid to contact galleries/ shops or businesses &ndash; getting knock backs are hard but if you don&rsquo;t do it you&rsquo;ll never know! &nbsp; Katie Smith Ceramics will be at Art in Clay at Hatfield from 3rd to 5th of July 2015 and at Farnham Maltings 14th - 15th November 2015. <![CDATA[Custom Design Service Available Now!]]> 2015-02-10T15:00:00+00:00 2015-02-10T15:00:00+00:00 Jen Moules I&#39;m excited to announce my new custom design service is available now! Jen Moules Designs offers a truly bespoke branding service, whether you&#39;ve just started your business or want a brand revamp we can help! From logo design to our small business package - it&#39;s the perfect branding solution! I love working with new clients so please get in touch if you have any queries or go to my etsy store. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Affordable Art Sale!]]> 2015-01-23T15:15:00+00:00 2015-01-23T15:15:00+00:00 Jen Moules It&#39;s that time of year to have a clear out and start a new. So with that in mind I have decided to sell some of my original artwork. There&#39;s a range of illustrations available at very affordable prices. Please follow me on Instagram and get your hands on some original pieces over the next few weeks :) <![CDATA[Hello 2015!]]> 2015-01-06T16:45:00+00:00 2015-01-06T16:45:00+00:00 Jen Moules New year, new plans, busy, busy, busy! Hope everyone had a fun festive and most importantly RELAXING holiday. Sadly I did not but never less l am feeling very positive about 2015. I&#39;m currently putting the finishing touches on my new fabric collection for Spring/Summer 2015 - super excited! I&#39;ve also been offered a spot in the Brighton Artists Open House for a second year, look out for lots of creative and crafty activity in May this year. Lots more work and events in the pipe line, as well as a website revamp and my first workshops so stay tuned and remember you can follow me on facebook,&nbsp; twitter and instragram. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Etsy Sale Ends Sunday!]]> 2014-11-27T16:30:00+00:00 2014-11-27T16:30:00+00:00 Jen Moules Hey guys! Just a reminder my Etsy sale ends this Sunday. You can get 20% off everything including earrings, hair accessories, purses, pencil cases, fabric and cards. Bag your Christmas gifts and stocking fillers now. Use the code: MOULES11 to claim your discount, And don&#39;t forget I&#39;ll be at the Fairy Tale Fair on the 6th of December. It&#39;ll be my last show of the year so come say hi! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Etsy Sale]]> 2014-10-29T17:15:00+00:00 2014-10-29T17:15:00+00:00 Jen Moules In honour of pay day and&nbsp; the fast approaching festive season I am offering 20% of EVERYTHING in my Etsy store! Just use the code MOULES11 at the check out and bag yourself a bargain. Available for the entire month of November. Shop handmade this Christmas :) <![CDATA[The Fairy Tale Fair and Etsy]]> 2014-10-23T17:30:00+01:00 2014-10-23T17:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules Been super busy lately beavering away on new products and taking part in Thread and the Festival of Crafts at Farnham Maltings. Thank you to everyone who came and made these events a real success! Next on the agenda is the Fairy Tale Fair at Brighton Racecourse on December 6th and in the mean time go over to my Etsy shop and take a look see at all my new goodies - perfect Christmas gifts! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Thread at Farnham Maltings]]> 2014-09-17T15:00:00+01:00 2014-09-17T15:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules Everything&#39;s priced, packed and ready for Thread next week! Thread is only in it&#39;s second year at Farnham Maltings but it&#39;s a great celebration of textiles and the perfect place to stock up on dress making and craft supplies and start your Christmas shopping - yes I&#39;ve already started mine! I&#39;ll be showing some different products this year including my new fabric collection, vintage scrap packs, buttons, earrings, brooches, cushions and cards. Open Friday 26th September 12pm - 6pm and Saturday 27th September 10am - 5pm. It&#39;s been a while since I&#39;ve taken part in a selling event and can&#39;t wait to get back to it! See you there :) <![CDATA[New Fabric Now Available from Etsy]]> 2014-09-01T16:00:00+01:00 2014-09-01T16:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules I&#39;m very pleased to announce my new fabric collection is now available from Etsy! My new collection includes badgers, budgies and lots more! Available in metre lengths, half metres and 50cm squares. Mini quarters and scrap packs will be out by the end of September perfect for craft projects :) &nbsp; <![CDATA[New Fabrics for Thread...a Festival of Textiles]]> 2014-07-21T17:00:00+01:00 2014-07-21T17:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules So I&#39;ve FINALLY decided on my new fabric collection! Very exciting :) These new designs will be getting their debut at Thread at Farnham Maltings in September. I&#39;ll be selling fabric, fat quarters, covered buttons and scrap packs for all those crafty people as well as a small range of home wares and accessories! Selling fabric and other supplies is relatively new to me and I&#39;m also mulling over some new products ideas too. Are there any new products you&#39;d like to see...?! Take a look at Farnham Maltings for more details about Thread. It&#39;s the perfect place to stock up on beautiful textile supplies or dare I say it....start your Christmas shopping! &nbsp; <![CDATA[New Collection for Autumn]]> 2014-07-04T15:00:00+01:00 2014-07-04T15:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules For the past few weeks I&#39;ve been busy beavering away on my new digitally printed range of fabrics - very exciting! There&#39;s going to be two ranges, the first will celebrate one of my favourite subjects British wildlife and the other is a contemporary collection of florals and birds. Here&#39;s a sneaky peak. &nbsp; &nbsp; I&#39;ll be putting on the finishing touches, ordering samples and making a final selection in time for Thread at Farnham Maltings in September. I will also be at Farnham Maltings for the Festival of Crafts and have just signed up for the Fairy Tale Fair Christmas Event at Brighton Racecourse - hoorah! Follow me on facebook and twitter for updates. Speak soon x &nbsp; <![CDATA[SALE!!]]> 2014-06-10T16:00:00+01:00 2014-06-10T16:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules In preparation for my new collection this Autumn I am having a HUGE end of season sale! All cushions are half price and if you spend &pound;40 or more you get a free gift - yay! This is for a limited time only so please go along to my facebook page and check availability. If there&#39;s anything that takes your fancy you can comment on the pic or email me and I will get back to you ASAP! Happy shopping :) <![CDATA[Fresh Start for the Summer!]]> 2014-06-03T16:00:00+01:00 2014-06-03T16:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules Well as many of you know May was a VERY busy month for me with the Festival of Living Crafts at Hatfield House but also for my first Artists Open House! I was fortunate enough to be part of the Peanut Butter Tree Arts in West Hove - an amazing group of talented designers and artists from the local (ish) area. We even managed to scoop an award for the Best Open House in the whole of the Brighton and Hove festival while also raising money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices. It was a fantastic event and I met some lovely people, both visitors and makers. Thanks to all of you for making the Peanut Butter Tree Arts debut a great success!! Now I am going to be taking a little break from exhibiting and working on a new collection which will be launched in the Autumn - eek, can&#39;t wait!! In the mean time I will be having a HUGE sale on all cushions so stayed tuned for that. All cushions will be half price! Check my Facebook page for updates and remember you can also follow me on twitter. :) <![CDATA[Going, going....]]> 2014-05-14T12:00:00+01:00 2014-05-14T12:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules Peanut Butter Tree Arts Open House is well under way! Not surprisingly it&#39;s proved a very popular stop on the Brighton and Hove Arts Trail and am very much looking forward to helping out this weekend. Please take a look at the Peanut Butter Tree Arts Auction. Lots of lovely work up for auction, all raising money for a very worthy cause - Friends of Sussex Hospices. All proceeds are donated to the charity so definitely worth a look! Also, just wanted to say a very big thank you to the Embroiderers Guild for featuring my work in their article&nbsp; on contemporary embroidered wallpapers in their Embroidery Magazine this month - thank you!! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Peanut Butter Tree Arts]]> 2014-04-28T15:15:00+01:00 2014-04-28T15:15:00+01:00 Jen Moules Last weekend I packed up the car and took off to Brighton and set up at Peanut Butter Tree Arts! Peanut Butter Tree Arts is hosting it&#39;s first Open House as part of Brighton and Hove AOH Festival. It will be open every weekend and bank holiday Monday throughout May, 11am till 6pm and has an amazing mix of work by local designers and artists. There will be artist demonstrations and we&#39;re also helping to raise money for the Friends of Sussex Hospices so definitely worth a visit! Come see us at 3 Lawrence Road, Hove, BN3 5AQ! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Peanut Butter Tree Arts and Festival of Living Crafts]]> 2014-04-17T16:15:00+01:00 2014-04-17T16:15:00+01:00 Jen Moules Last weekend I took part in the Fairy Tale Fair in Brighton and loved it!! Great customers and some lovely exhibitors too. Hope to take part again soon. Next on the agenda is the Brighton &amp; Hove Artists Open House where I will be showing a range of work including textiles, wallpapers, prints and original artworks at the Peanut Butter Tree Arts Event, open every weekend throughout May. 11am - 6pm. I&#39;ll also be at the Festival of Living Crafts at Hatfield House. I exhibited there last year and had a great time so am really looking forward to getting back there. So it&#39;s busy busy busy here at Jen Moules Designs&#39; headquarters, but don&#39;t forget you can following me on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook for updates on all kinds of lovely stuff! <![CDATA[The Fairy Tale Fair]]> 2014-04-03T14:00:00+01:00 2014-04-03T14:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules Been very busy recently prepping for some upcoming events and doing some freelance work - which I am loving! My next show is the Fairy Tale Fair on saturday 12th April at Patcham Methodist Church in Brighton. Fall down the rabbit hole with us and enjoy a day of shopping for handmade crafts, vintage pieces and CAKE! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Ideal Wallpaper of the Year Awards 2014]]> 2014-03-24T16:30:00+00:00 2014-03-24T16:30:00+00:00 Jen Moules For the second year running I was selected as a top five finalist for the Ideal Wallpaper of the Year Award. So last Thursday I wombled down to Earls Court for the prize giving ceremony. I was interviewed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on stage about my &#39;sprouts&#39; design and no it&#39;s not any less nerve wracking the second time around! Sadly I didn&#39;t win but thank you to everyone who voted for me, I really do appreciate all the support. Now I&#39;m focussing on my upcoming events and tackling my first upholstery project - fingers crossed I haven&#39;t taken on too much!? <![CDATA[Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year Award 2014]]> 2014-03-06T16:00:00+00:00 2014-03-06T16:00:00+00:00 Jen Moules Very exciting news!! For the second year running I am a top five finalist for the Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year Award! The winner is based on a public vote so please take the time to click the link and vote for my &#39;Sprouts&#39; design and share this with your friends and family too. Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year Award - Vote I appreciate everyone&#39;s support and let&#39;s win it this year! <![CDATA[New Work]]> 2014-02-27T14:45:00+00:00 2014-02-27T14:45:00+00:00 Jen Moules This week I&#39;ve been busy working on some new illustrations and patterns. I&#39;ve just added them to my online portfolio so take a look!