Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2016-09-28T00:59:15+01:00 Zend_Feed_Writer http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/ Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-05-17T07:30:00+01:00 2016-05-17T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/417/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2 and 3. <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-05-09T08:00:00+01:00 2016-05-09T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/414/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3 and 4. <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-04-25T08:45:00+01:00 2016-04-25T08:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/415/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3 and 4. <![CDATA[Fat Quarters and Vintage Scrap Packs!]]> 2016-04-22T08:00:00+01:00 2016-04-22T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/421/Fat-Quarters-and-Vintage-Scrap-Packs%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Hey guys! Another weekend is fast approaching and I&#39;m sure some of you lovely crafty lot have some sewing planned.&nbsp; In our Etsy shop right now we have mini and fat quarters of Jen Moules Designs original fabrics and vintage fabric scrap packs - perfect for your own sewing projects! They&#39;re discounted and in limited number so don&#39;t miss out ;-) If you&#39;re looking for a littler inspiration for your next crafty endeavour, how about having a go at some of these? Fabric party garlands. &nbsp; Beginners patchwork quilt. &nbsp; Cute hair bows. &nbsp; Round pouffe. &nbsp; Fabric storage boxes. For more crafty ideas you can follow me on Pinterest and don&#39;t forget to take a look at my Instagram page for new products and special offers. Have a crafty weekend, everyone! :-)&nbsp; <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-04-18T09:30:00+01:00 2016-04-18T09:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/412/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3 and 4. <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-04-15T06:45:00+01:00 2016-04-15T06:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/416/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3 and 4.&nbsp; <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-04-04T12:30:00+01:00 2016-04-04T12:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/413/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3, and 4.&nbsp; <![CDATA[Getting to know me...]]> 2016-03-31T09:00:00+01:00 2016-03-31T09:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/419/Getting-to-know-me Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk One of my favourite blog features last year was &quot;Maker of the Month&quot; where I interviewed lots of looovely designer makers and got a little insight into what life was like for them both inside and outside of their creative work. I thought maybe it was time I told you guys a little something about myself, so here goes... Who are you and what do you do? My name is Jen Warman and I run a textile design business called&nbsp;Jen Moules Designs. Wait, what&#39;s with the name? Moules is my maiden name, I got married 3 years ago and decided not to change my company name. Moules is pretty unusual so I kept it.&nbsp; What kind of work do you do? I design textile prints using my original illustrations. I have these designs digitally printed onto fabric, so I can then make accessories such as purses, pencil cases and cosmetic bags. All Jen Moules Designs products are designed and sewn by little old me.&nbsp; Where did you grow up and go to university? I grew up in Somerset, England in a small country village, beautiful but very boring. In between A levels and a fashion design course I subsequently dropped out of I had a string of very uninteresting jobs until I finally decided to go to the Arts University College at Bournemouth in 2008 to study textile design and have never looked back! When and why did you set up your business? I set up July 2011 as soon as I graduated from university. I always knew I wanted to work for myself, design without restriction and make my own schedule. Knowing that I can be super organised (to do lists and making myself daily schedules are literally heaven!) I was confident I had the motivation to make this work. Where do you live and work? I currently live in Neukolln an area of Berlin, Germany. I live in a top floor apartment with my husband and have&nbsp;set up a home studio/work space just off the living room tucked away and out of sight. It&#39;s a great little space adjacent to our roof terrace - perfect for when summer rolls around. What do you do when you&#39;re not working? I actually also work as a dog walker and pet sitter. I started late last year simply because I miss my cat baby sooooo much (he&#39;s living in England with my Mum) and it&#39;s stuck. I love to break up my work day with a visit to a fur baby or a refreshing walk with an adorable pup. Our weekends are usually spent with friends drinking beer and going to concerts - there&#39;s always something to do and somewhere new to go! We also often wonder around the many flea markets on the weekends, I do love looking at old tat! ;-) Are you working on any new projects? I recently joined the Etsy Berlin Street Team and am helping organise the Etsy summer pop up shop. It&#39;ll be a bit of steep learning curve but a great way to contribute and meet lots of lovely fellow creatives. What are some of your favourite things... Baking, going for long walks, murder mysteries, cats, drawing and Instagram.&nbsp; And some of your least favourite things... Having my photo taken (that&#39;s why you won&#39;t find many), learning German - it&#39;s a grammatical nightmare and being stuck inside all day. Any wishes for the future? I&#39;d love to one day own a fancy camera and know how to use it.&nbsp; Learn to and enjoy gardening - I must have it in me!? Do a ceramics course, something I&#39;ve wanted to do for ages. I plan to fill our home with various wonky bowls and animal figurines.&nbsp; That&#39;s it I guess. If you have any questions about me or my work feel free to send me a message :-)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things to try this weekend...]]> 2016-03-24T14:00:00+00:00 2016-03-24T14:00:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/420/Things-to-try-this-weekend Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Spring has officially sprung, Easter is here and you&#39;ve got a big fat four day weekend - yay!&nbsp; So if you haven&#39;t got much planned or the weather stinks (most likely) here&#39;s a few family friendly DIYS to do this weekend. You won&#39;t need any fancy materials, all of which you&#39;ll probably find rattling around at home or in your local craft shop :-) Starting with one of my favourites - Easy Peasy Pom Poms! &nbsp; Need to jazz up your home? Try this super easy Artful Circle Artwork.&nbsp; &nbsp; Can&#39;t wait to try this one - Honey Oatmeal Handmade Soap. A great gift idea! &nbsp; Love this one and super simple - Rock Magnets. &nbsp; I&#39;m happy to admit I have a few of these in my jewellery collection. Easy Polymer Clay Beads. &nbsp; Have a great Easter, guys! :-)&nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-03-21T07:30:00+00:00 2016-03-21T07:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/411/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3 and 4 <![CDATA[Beautiful Berlin]]> 2016-03-18T08:45:00+00:00 2016-03-18T08:45:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/418/Beautiful-Berlin Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk So I&#39;ve been living in Berlin for almost 6 months now and I wanted to share some of my favourite pics with you guys.&nbsp; I&#39;m always on the lookout for funky street art or interesting buildings, so keep your peepers on my Instagram page! :-)&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Monday Moodboard]]> 2016-03-14T08:00:00+00:00 2016-03-14T08:00:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/410/Monday-Moodboard Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1, 2, 3 and 4.&nbsp; <![CDATA[Etsy Sale]]> 2016-03-10T14:00:00+00:00 2016-03-10T14:00:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/409/Etsy-Sale Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, so some of you may have noticed things have been pretty quiet around here lately but rest assured my blog is back in business! I have been quietly beavering away on new product ideas, planning the year ahead and generally getting to grips with my new life in Berlin. &nbsp; &nbsp; In preparation for the launch of my new children&#39;s wear line next month (eeekkk CRAZY excited) I am having a sale in my Etsy shop. Everything including already discounted items are in the sale just use the code: spring16 to get 25% off your purchase but hurry ends Sunday 13th March 2016. &nbsp; &nbsp; FYI I&#39;ve also updated my shipping options, so you can request tracked or standard postage - yay! Other than my new product line you can also expect lots of other blog goodness including tutorials, interviews with fellow designer makers, inspiration and give aways. I&#39;ll also be documenting my first markets and pop up shops in Berlin. Exciting times are ahead, stay tuned :-)&nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-12-21T06:00:00+00:00 2015-12-21T06:00:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/400/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Raffaela Gottardelli 2) Bouffants &amp; Broken Hearts 3) Bouffants &amp; Broken Hearts 4) Alchemy <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday ]]> 2015-12-14T07:30:00+00:00 2015-12-14T07:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/403/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Inks + Thread 2) Karen Nicol 3) Macaron 4) Francois Goudier <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-12-07T18:45:00+00:00 2015-12-07T18:45:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/402/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Annarack 2) Micklyn 3) Unknown 4) Anna Malmberg <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Charlotte Farmer]]> 2015-12-04T08:30:00+00:00 2015-12-04T08:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/408/Maker-of-the-Month---Charlotte-Farmer Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Well it&#39;s December, Santa&#39;s well on his way so here&#39;s an extra special #MakeroftheMonth - Charlotte Farmer. I am the proud owner of an adorable Charlotte Farmer&nbsp; cat print and have admired her work for a few years now. She&#39;s&nbsp; an amazing British illustrator and screen printer and you can&#39;t help but fall in love with her cute little characters. Here&#39;s a little something about Charlotte... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? &nbsp; Hello, I&#39;m an illustrator and screen printer. What inspires your work? Ooh all sorts of things, though mostly it&#39;s about collections of things &ndash; especially souvenirs such as stamps, snow globes, also old toys, matchbooks (my dad collects these &ndash; he has lots of 80&#39;s wine bar ones!), wildlife and favourite pets. I like to think about the relationships between the individual items/animals that make up the collections and what they might have to say to each other. I&#39;m really into small details &ndash; so there&#39;s always something new to discover. I love colour and my current favourite thing is glow in the dark ink!! Where do you work? Describe your work space. I have two spaces &ndash; one is behind the sofa in our small flat (which I share with my boyfriend and my demanding cat) &ndash; that&#39;s where I do all my drawings and Photoshop magic. The other is at Spike Print Studio in Bristol &ndash; it&#39;s good for me to go there as it means I get to talk to people. What do you love about your job? That it&#39;s different every day and I&#39;m the boss &ndash; I had a summer job working in a pub once when I was at uni and I realised I hated being told what to do! When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? At the moment &ndash; the run up to Christmas there isn&#39;t that much free time to be had &ndash; though when I do have some I enjoy going for coffee and playing tennis &ndash; not at the same time. I&#39;ve also just started doing cross fit &ndash; so today I can barely use my arms. What are you currently working on? Making things for Christmas and a book about making things for your hamster!! Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? My second colouring book &ldquo;The Passive Aggressive Colouring book&rdquo; is out in January, (the first one, &ldquo;the Hipster colouring book&rdquo; is out now!!) I&#39;ve also got loads of Christmas fairs coming up, including the Print Show at Coston Hall in Bristol on the 22nd Nov and the Crafty Fox market in Peckham on 12th Dec. Who are your designer favourites? I love Hockney&rsquo;s work especially his early etchings, Andy Warhol&rsquo;s illustrations, Cy Twombly, Amelie Fontaine &ndash; a French illustrator, Carson Ellis, Marcel Dzama....I&#39;m always finding new favourites on Pinterest when I&#39;m being easily distracted from work. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? It can take a while to get established and you might have to juggle work with crappy jobs (I&rsquo;ve worked in a book shop, a cheese shop, made sandwiches and sold posh gifts in my time) but it&#39;s definitely worth it in the end. To find out more about Charlotte Farmer here are some handy links - Website Etsy Instagram &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-11-30T14:15:00+00:00 2015-11-30T14:15:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/394/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Manish Arora 2) Danielle Kroll 3) Leif 4) Tuesday Boutique <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-11-16T12:30:00+00:00 2015-11-16T12:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/399/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Paul Farrell 2) Mara - Mi 3) Marrakech Design 4) Unknown <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-11-09T07:30:00+00:00 2015-11-09T07:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/386/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Hsiao-Ron Cheng 2) Unknown 3) Wsake 4) Dietlind Wolf 5) Isabella Conticello <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Katie Whittaker]]> 2015-11-06T12:15:00+00:00 2015-11-06T12:15:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/406/Maker-of-the-Month---Katie-Whittaker Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk November&#39;s pick for #Makerofthemonth is Katie Whittaker - yay! I saw Katie&#39;s work for the first time at New Designers this year and was one of my favourite exhibitors of the entire show. Working with a range of materials from resin to ceramics, fabric and found objects Katie creates her own adorable curiosities. Here&#39;s a little something about Katie... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? I have recently graduated from Textile Design at Bath School of Art and Design. I made a lot of stock from my final degree project, I focussed on drawing collections mainly in the Pitt Rivers and the Ashmolean Museums and then transferring my illustrations into different materials. I am now starting to build up a business and doing shows in order to get the exposure necessary. I make three dimensional objects and jewellery that capture ancient life and traditions with a modern twist. I work in resin, wood, plastic, ceramics, fabric and found materials. &nbsp;I enjoy working in a large variety of media as it keeps me interested in constantly trying to find what combinations work best together. What inspires your work? Ancient objects and beliefs and a love of drawing, I am happiest when I have a pen in my hand. I have always been fascinated by ancient civilisations and how people used to live and make with handmade tools- craft in its purest form. I&rsquo;m also inspired by natural forms and the colours of the sea side.&nbsp; I do a combination of work for different outcomes and before my final project I focussed &nbsp;on creating 3D illustrative work for interior spaces. I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and work on a smaller scale with more materials and I really enjoyed the project. Having worked on a variety of different projects and photographing my work over time has also made me focus a lot on the importance of styling my work. Having acquired a variety of skills will mean I can apply them to different projects and jobs in the future (hopefully!!) Tell us a little about your graduate collection. My graduate collection really pushed me out of my comfort zone and jewellery was not an area I had &nbsp;much experience with up until my final project. I decided to work on a smaller scale to what I had done previously, I was drawn to various collections but my favourite was a cabinet within the Pitt Rivers that focussed on &lsquo;Sympathetic Magic&rsquo;, pieces created as keepsakes all based on superstitions or for providing protection. I found the collection so inspiring, I sketched the collections and took inspiration from the colours and materials that were used. I wanted to combine the new with the old, so I mixed modern media in with traditional ones too to create a multi media body of work. What do you love about being a designer maker? I love the creativity and the vision of one day being able to be my own boss and hopefully be able to make a living out of it. &nbsp;Because my work is small scale it means that I can work on braiding and things when I am on the move! Although being away from the structure of university is daunting, its also nice not to have to tick the marking criteria and be able to make for the love of it. &nbsp;I do miss all the workshops though, I am looking forward to eventually building up more resources so I can make more of my work. It would also be beneficial in the future to work with other makers rather than in isolation because I think that this prevents work from becoming stale. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? In my spare time I like to go beach combing, I am constantly on the look out for a new piece of driftwood or an interesting object to add to my work and its almost become a bit of an obsession. I also work part time in order to fund my work. I have just finished exhibiting with Designersblock in London at the Bargehouse. This was my first independent exhibition from university and was a real learning curve. I learnt the importance of building up a connection with the client and am looking to create newsletters to keep people updated on my work. I also learnt that I needed to be more confident about my work which is something everyone struggles with, particularly in the beginning. What are you currently working on? Currently I am working on creating some more simple designs and since graduating I made the new fish pieces which I am pleased with and I sold a few at my previous show. I have started making these simple fish necklaces and sell them for &pound;25 so they are more affordable than some other pieces. I plan on building up stock and selling these on my Etsy shop, I know some people are dismissive about Etsy, but I think it&rsquo;s a great way to be exposed to a wider market than just selling via your website. Any new projects or events in the pipe line that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I have an exhibition coming up in Cheltenham alongside a few other Bath Spa Textile graduates. SIT Select will be on from the 23-25th at Cheltenham Town hall. I&rsquo;m planning to do more drawings of other collections and work on creating more abstract and wearable pieces. The feedback I got from the recent show was that some people would like to have the jewellery as decoration and with more simple designs they would wear casually. This also made me think about how I could design a range for the home. I would like to get back into printing on clay so I am going to look into how I can still do that from my studio at home. This was a technique that I fell in love with. Its important to me to directly print onto the clay as opposed to transferring onto the surface as I love how the print changes throughout various stages of being in the kiln. When I can afford it I have been looking into buying myself a small laser cutter and engraver, luckily I do not need a large one to make my work! Who are your designer favourites? Lina Peterson, I adore her material mixing and colour use. She creates wearable works of art. Alexander Calder, as someone who enjoys drawing with other materials his work is hugely influential. I love his metal drawings as well as his abstract mobile pieces. Alexander Girard works with beautiful colours in modernising traditional looking craft. Finally, what have you got planned for yourself and your business in the next few years? I am planning get myself a very small laser cutter and engraver at some point this year. Luckily I have a part time job to help fund my work. Making resin and ceramic pieces is something I need to work towards. After my next show I am going to look into printing on ceramics and creating abstract shapes out of resin. I would also like to develop my fabric dog designs as I think they could become larger and more playful.I would like to eventually have a permanent studio space and over the years build up the facilities that I need in order to make all aspects of my work. &nbsp;More facilities will enable me to create. I have inherited a lathe from my late grandfather, who was a keen carpenter. I would love to be able to bring the new technique into my work. Learning new crafts and developing existing ones is really important to me as, I think continual learning and refining is key to developing. To find out more about Katie Whittaker here are some handy links - Facebook Instagram Website Twitter &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Learned and Loved in October 2015]]> 2015-11-04T07:45:00+00:00 2015-11-04T07:45:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/407/Things-I-Liked--Learned-and-Loved-in-October-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk October has been a crazy, magical, exciting, stressful and amazing month! It&#39;s mainly been about getting settled in Berlin and admittedly this hasn&#39;t been my most productive month but have been enjoying a little down time before the Christmas rush! So at the end of September I moved to Berlin. Scary but I have no regrets. It&#39;s an amazing city although it can be quite distracting! Probably the hardest part of moving to Berlin has obviously been the language barrier. I&#39;m doing my best to brush up on the old Deutsch and have been going to school four days a week to help things along ;-) Although I say I&#39;ve been enjoying some down time before the Christmas rush, Christmas has very much been in the back of my mind. With a few festive photo shoots and new product ideas, there&#39;s still a lot to do before my first Christmas Market on Saturday 21st November when I&#39;ll be back at the Fairy Tale Fair in Patcham. As well as Christmas gifts my Etsy shop is also stocked with lots of lovely fat quarters, mini quarters and my fabric&nbsp; available by the metre. Perfect for all you crafters out there! One of my favourite things to do in Berlin is to just walk! I usually opt for a long work instead of the train as you never know what you&#39;ll find and what you&#39;ll see :-) This month I&#39;ve also been restocking some old favourites - make up bags! They&#39;re only &pound;15 and are perfect Christmas gifts! Finally here&#39;s a little list of my upcoming events. I&#39;m flying back to England for a few weeks and will be restocked and ready for the Christmas season. Hope to see you all there! <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-26T07:00:00+00:00 2015-10-26T07:00:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/385/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Purl Soho 2) Mallory McInnis 3) Marit Fujiwara 4) Jujujust &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-19T08:30:00+01:00 2015-10-19T08:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/401/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Sue Hotchkis 2) Lari Washburn 3) Nancy Ramirez 4) Gabee Meyer <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-10-12T08:30:00+01:00 2015-10-12T08:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/387/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Jenerous 2) Charley Harper 4) Mud Ceramics Australia 4) Zana 5) Fine Little Day