Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2015-06-30T13:38:59+01:00 Zend_Feed_Writer http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/ Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk <![CDATA[New Designers Part One 2015]]> 2015-06-30T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-30T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/379/New-Designers-Part-One-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, so no big secret New Designers is probably my favourite show to visit and having exhibited with my University back in 2011 and solo in 2012 as part of One Year On I make it my mission to visit every year and ALWAYS leave feeling inspired! This year was no exception so here&#39;s just a few of the many wonderful new designers that were exhibiting at New Designers Part One 2015. Let&#39;s start with Beatrice Wall a contemporary sculptor and her weird but incredibly beautiful bugs. Made from copper and enamel,&nbsp; wouldn&#39;t you love to have a collection of these?! &nbsp; Alicia Claudina De Costa&#39;s prints definitely caught my eye. Vibrant wildlife inspired designs for textiles and wallpaper. Loved her Toucan wallpaper and you know anything wildlife is a winner with me! &nbsp; Chloe Hemming&#39;s embroidery art works set in resin and cement were beautifully tactile. Plus Chloe is a graduate of the Arts University Bournemouth as am I - always nice to see work from a fellow alumni! &nbsp; I loved Zoe Cook&#39;s prints. Feeding my bird obsession her talent for illustration is obvious and her graduate collection of textile prints and silk scarves are charming and retail ready! &nbsp; Rachel Foreman&#39;s fashion prints inspired by Regents Park and London Zoo are delightful with a delicate balance of quirky animal designs. I&#39;ve also included an image of her previous collection - who could resist these Ethereal fish?! &nbsp; Despite having a back ground in textile design I LOVE ceramics and thought Katie Timson&#39;s work was some of the best at New Designers this year and I can&#39;t wait for her online shop to open! Too early for a Christmas list...? &nbsp; Harriet Popham was exhibiting as part of this year&#39;s One Year On and I loved her combination of screen printed textiles and stitch. Hailing from Glastonbury her collection is inspired by the West Country and as a Somerset girl myself I couldn&#39;t resist. &nbsp; Becky Dick the creative mind behind Taxtiles created a wonderful collection of textile sculptures. A woman of many talents, as well as these sculptures and taxidermy Becky also knows her way around a sewing machine - take a look at her embroidered pieces on her website. &nbsp; Finally, Katie Whittaker exhibited a range of art work and jewellery inspired by the ancient curiosities at Pitt Rivers and the Ashmolean. Designed to engage the viewer I couldn&#39;t get enough of these adorable curios and I&#39;m excited to see what she&#39;ll be working on next. &nbsp; That is literally a teeny tiny selection of the great work shown at this year&#39;s New Designers. Please keep a look out for my guest blog post for Made by Mrs M coming soon which will feature even more design talent I spotted this year. Can&#39;t wait for the next one! :) <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday ]]> 2015-06-29T07:00:00+01:00 2015-06-29T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/362/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Suzy Ultman 2) Alejandro Mel&eacute;ndez 3) Shino Takeda Ceramic 4) Vilda J. Rolfsen 5) Baubau Haus <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-06-26T07:30:00+01:00 2015-06-26T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/377/%23FolksyFriday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Morning all! It&#39;s time for another #FolksyFriday and this week it&#39;s all about the garden. With the weather being looooovely lately I&#39;ve been spending a lot more time in the garden despite it being frog city - eewww! So here are my #FolksyFriday garden essentials. Personalised Planter by The Barton Gift Shop. A Garden Metal Bird Ornament Called Brenda by Down to Earth. Fair Isle Blanket by Suzie Lee Knitwear. Deluxe Hedgehog House by Wudwerx. Wooden Plant Labels by Lucky Bird. Set of 2 Country Garden Notebooks by Victoria Snape Pretty Paper Goods. Steel Fire Pit by Arpe Studio. Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy so take a peek! <![CDATA[Monthly Make - Easy Peasy Pom Poms! ]]> 2015-06-24T07:45:00+01:00 2015-06-24T07:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/368/Monthly-Make---Easy-Peasy-Pom-Poms%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk June&#39;s Monthly Make is all about pom poms or more precisely&nbsp; -Easy Peasy Pom Poms! You only need to some wool/yarn and pair of scissors and you&#39;re off! I remember as a kid making pom poms using 2 circles of card but as it turns out you only need use your hand! First secure the yarn in your fingers. Then begin wrap the yarn around your hand, keeping the distribution even. I did roughly about 100 wraps but of course you don&#39;t need to be precise just don&#39;t pull the yarn too tight. Now cut the yarn and pull it under the layers and out towards your fingers. Now with the yarn that was secured in your fingers pull this under the layers to the other side, Tie these ends in a loose knot. This part can be a little tricky. You need to gently slide the yarn off your hand, keeping it&#39;s shape. Flip it over and tie the yarn in another knot. Pull the knot as tight as possible and you&#39;ll see the pom pom turn into a tight circle. Don&#39;t trim the loose yarns. Cut around the pom pom to release it&#39;s shape. You can always give it a hair cut if the length is uneven but now you&#39;re done! You can always mix it up and use more than one yarn. Or vary the size. To make little dinky pom poms wrap the yarn around two fingers instead of your hand. I&#39;m using mine to make pom pom garlands to jazz up my display at selling events. What are you using yours for? &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-06-22T07:30:00+01:00 2015-06-22T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/372/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Barry Bland/Barcroft Media 2) In God We Trust NYC 3) Christina Baker 4) Style Me Pretty 5) Bridal Musings <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-06-19T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-19T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/376/%23FolksyFriday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk So I thought for my first #FolksyFriday I would go with something near and dear to my heart - British Wildlife! Like many other Folksy designer makers my work is often inspired by my surroundings and the beauty of British wildlife so before I start prattling on about how badgers are beautiful here are some of my top British Wildlife picks for #FolksyFriday. Bunny Card by Sophia Watts Illustrations. Woodland A6 Notebook by Lydia Meiying&#39;s Shop. Badger Tote Bag by Whinberry &amp; Antler. English Oak Bird See Feeder by Layer Tree Design. Woodland Animal Nail Art Stickers by Kate Broughton. Red Fox Milk Jug by Little Birdy Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy so have a peek! <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-06-15T07:00:00+01:00 2015-06-15T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/361/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) The Rubbish Revival 2) Yohko 3) Bright Bazaar 4) Suite One Studio <![CDATA[The Sorting Office - Summer Open Studios]]> 2015-06-10T17:00:00+01:00 2015-06-10T17:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/369/The-Sorting-Office---Summer-Open-Studios Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk This weekend I will be at The Sorting Office taking part in their Summer Open Studios. The Open Studios will show case the work of the resident creatives as well as other local designer makers including me! There will be workshops for the whole family and the chance to shop for some gorgeous handcrafted goods. Open Saturday 11am - 5pm and Sunday 11am - 2pm so come and see us! &nbsp; <![CDATA[I'm on Folksy!]]> 2015-06-09T14:45:00+01:00 2015-06-09T14:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/370/Im-on-Folksy%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, so admittedly I&#39;m a little late to the Folksy party but after discovering some of my favourite designer makers were on there such as Lady Bird Likes, I am Acrylic and Little Birdy I thought it was time! So I&#39;m pleased to announce my Folksy shop is up and running and is full of lots of lovely British made textile accessories and greeting cards and there&#39;s lots more to come - promise! Happy shopping :) &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-06-08T08:30:00+01:00 2015-06-08T08:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/358/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Ingrid van der Zalm 2) Kim Wallace Ceramics 3) Arhoj 4) Rug USA <![CDATA[Things that I Liked, Loved and Learnt in May 2015]]> 2015-06-02T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-02T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/366/Things-that-I-Liked--Loved-and-Learnt-in-May-2015 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Here&#39;s my little round up of things I liked, loved and learnt in May 2015. May started off with something a little different - leggings! Society6 have started producing leggings and I can&#39;t wait to bag myself some of this badgery goodness :) My first drawing workshop is coming up next month so I did the rounds with flyers, etc to spread the word. There&#39;s still a few spots left so book your place now! The weather&#39;s been a little hit and miss but I braved the garden and am happy to say I didn&#39;t encounter a single frog! I think they can smell my fear... In preparation for my workshop I&#39;ve been brushing up on the old drawing skills, playing around with continuous line drawing and drawing with my left hand (I&#39;m a righty). I got back into running in a big way this month. I started running a couple of years ago purely for the mental benefits and I promise you it is a sure way to beat the blues! The Artists Open House was last month and among my original designs I created a small range of earrings and hair accessories using vintage fabrics - LOVE the colours! I also worked on a new freelance brief and this little guy was by far my favourite design of the bunch. May ended on a low note for me. I damaged my cornea and spent the best part of a week in doors, in pain, sunglasses on with the curtains drawn. Thankfully I was still able to create a mountain of pompoms which definitely cheered me up. So that was May in a nut shell. What did you guys get up to? &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - This is Gold]]> 2015-06-01T07:30:00+01:00 2015-06-01T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/341/Maker-of-the-Month---This-is-Gold Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk June&#39;s Maker of the Month is Aless Baylis the creator of This is Gold. I discovered This is Gold fairly recently on twitter, instagram, etc and loved her illustrations later realising I&#39;d actually bought some her Paperchase designs-&nbsp; I felt that sparkly kitties were the perfect wrapping paper for a friends wedding present - obviously! ;) So here&#39;s a little something about This is Gold... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? My name is Aless, my business This is Gold is fairly new.&nbsp; I have been working in-house as a print designer for companies such as Paperchase and Debenhams for over 8 years but have now decided to branch out on my own.&nbsp; It&#39;s very early days but I&#39;ve already been doing some exciting projects. &nbsp; What inspires your work? I&#39;m always inspired by reading blogs, looking at photos.&nbsp; I love Instagram and Pinterest, there are so many pretty images on there, I could look at them all day.&nbsp; Children&#39;s books inspire me and magazines such as Frankie and Oh Comely. Where do you work? Describe your work space. At the moment I am freelancing in house for companies and as it is such early days for my business I haven&#39;t got a proper working studio yet.&nbsp; This is something I&#39;m working on for 2015. What do you love about your job? What I love most about my job is the diversity.&nbsp; Some days I&#39;ll be doing kids wear design, some days I&#39;ll be working on posters or stationery. &nbsp; I also love to see the products when they come out in store, it&#39;s a great feeling. &nbsp; When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? When I&#39;m not working I like to visit other places.&nbsp; I live in London and it&#39;s nice to escape the city sometimes. I love being anywhere near the sea.&nbsp; My boyfriends family live in Barcelona so we go and visit there a lot.&nbsp; Barcelona is great, Gaudi, good food, weather...what&#39;s not to love!&nbsp; I&#39;m trying to learn Spanish although it&#39;s not going very well. What are you currently working on? Right now I am freelancing with Debenhams working on graphics for baby&#39;s.&nbsp; It&#39;s really fun, I get to work with some of the designer brands.&nbsp; I&#39;m also working on some new nursery posters for my Etsy shop and have been doing some exclusive poster designs for a lovely shop called Psikhouvanjou in the Netherlands. &nbsp; Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I have also started selling posters with Petite Louise, another cute online store based in the Netherlands. &nbsp; Who are your designer favourites? I really love designlovefest.&nbsp; I read her blog everyday, lovely photography and colours that brighten up the day. I&#39;m really into ceramic animals at the moment.&nbsp; My friend Sophie Wiltshire makes some really cute foxes and other animals. There is a shop I love on Etsy called&nbsp;Barruntando, so many cute ceramic animals on there. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? My advice for any designer makers out that would be to create every day.&nbsp; Even if it&#39;s a tiny drawing, share it with others on Instagram, Pinterest etc.&nbsp; Get your work out there :) &nbsp; Aless&#39;s Hello Bear design is currently on Ohh Dear&#39;s Creative Safari right now so pop along and vote - It&#39;s GORGEOUS! To find out more about This is Gold here are some handy links - Twitter Facebook Instagram <![CDATA[Pay Day Sale!]]> 2015-05-29T07:00:00+01:00 2015-05-29T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/367/Pay-Day-Sale%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk In honour of the glorious pay day weekend you can now get 20% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy store. Whether you&#39;re getting someone a gift or just a treat for yourself (go on you earned it ;) use the code: payday15 at the checkout to receive your discount. Happy shopping! :) <![CDATA[Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses]]> 2015-05-19T17:15:00+01:00 2015-05-19T17:15:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/365/Brighton-and-Hove-Artists-Open-Houses Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk This weekend is the last weekend of the fabulous Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses and I will be on hand to help out at Sixes and Sevens on Saturday and Sunday. Artists Open Houses is the best way to scout out the local creative talent and snap up some truly unique and hand crafted goods. So take some time out this bank holiday weekend and come see us! For more info on what&#39;s on go the Artists Open House website or take a look at the Brighton Etsy team trail for all your Etsy favourites! See you there :) <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-05-18T15:00:00+01:00 2015-05-18T15:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/346/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk &nbsp; 1) DesignLoveFest 2) The Purl Bee 3) Andrea Villeneuve 4) Plascon Trends 5) Aino-Maija Metsola &nbsp; <![CDATA[Monthly Make - How to Reupholster a Chair]]> 2015-05-14T14:15:00+01:00 2015-05-14T14:15:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/364/Monthly-Make---How-to-Reupholster-a-Chair Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Welcome to my new feature - Monthly Make! I thought it be nice to share with you guys the crafty goings on, both work and non work related. So keep your eyes peeled for future projects which could include anything from dress making, jewellery, favourite recipes and more. But today I&#39;m starting with a biggy -&nbsp; my recent upholstery project! Some of you may have seen some sneaky peeks on Instagram and Twitter but here&#39;s a little run down of the processes I used and my&nbsp; tips to help anyone thinking of starting their own project. This was my first big upholstery job so I will admit it was a steep learning curve but here goes... How to Reupholster a Tub Chair Whether it&#39;s a chair, stool, sofa, whatever the first thing you need to do is look at it and I mean really LOOK! Examine the fabric, the padding, the wood work, turn it upside down and have a good snoop around and consider the following - 1) The padding - will this need to be replaced? 2)Wood work - Is this damaged? Does anything need painting or varnishing? Should I replace the castors? This will give you some indication of the materials and tools you&#39;ll need for the job. To reupholster my chair I used a multi tool ( I was sceptical when my husband bought me this but it has proved to be super useful!), tacks, upholstery thread, an upholster needle and of course fabric. Next using a marker pen label the fabric of the chair with the section it corresponds too - e.g. Inside back, Inside Right Side, Outside Back, etc. This is so once the fabric is removed you know which pattern piece goes where. Now get stuck in and strip it!&nbsp; I advise to do this outside if possible because it is a filthy job. I even chose to wear a mask because my allergies were going crazy from all the dust, dirt and fluff. Once it&#39;s stripped&nbsp; use the fabric sections to work out how much new fabric you&#39;ll need ( I used about 3 and half metres) and also use them as a template - REMEMBER to include a 1cm seam allowance around each pattern piece! Every project will be a little different but using the new pattern pieces sew the sections together. I had 4 sections - the seat, 2 arms and the main body of the chair. You may need to alter the seams slightly to get a tight fight so there is a little trail and error - it took 3 tries for me but was essential to have a snug fit! Pull the fabric sections onto the chair and using tacks hammer the fabric to the underside of the chair. Always starting in the middle and working outwards to ensure a tight and accurate fit. Once the main section and the seat were in place I could add the arms. I pinned these in place and hand stitched them using an upholstery needle and some much needed elbow grease! Finally replace the fabric from the underside of the chair. It doesn&#39;t need to be the same as your other material as it&#39;s not going to be seen. I used a natural linen on the bottom which hid the tacks and finished off the piece. And here&#39;s the finished article - love it! I hope this has inspired you to start your own project and give that old piece of furniture a new lease of life! <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-05-11T07:00:00+01:00 2015-05-11T07:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/353/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Alex Proba 2) DesignLoveFest 3) Alex Proba 4) Shin - bijutsukai 5) Dikla Levsky Designs &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Cat's Ceramics]]> 2015-05-06T15:00:00+01:00 2015-05-06T15:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/349/Maker-of-the-Month---Cats-Ceramics Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk My second Maker of the Month (yes, that&#39;s right May is a double wammy of crafty loveliness)&nbsp; is Cat&#39;s Ceramics. I&#39;ve been familiar with Cat&#39;s work for some time and finally had the pleasure of working with her last year at Peanut Butter Tree Arts as part of Brighton and Hove&#39;s Artists Open Houses. This year we&#39;re teaming up again for the Sixes and Sevens Open House. One of three Cat is exhibiting this year! Here&#39;s a little something about Cat&#39;s Ceramics... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? Well, I&rsquo;m Cat Brown and I make hand built ceramic objects for the discernible lover of beauty and intrigue ;) All my work is created by hand without moulds or a wheel I hope to inject a dollop of the unique and perfectly imperfect into every one of my pieces. What inspires your work? I am infuriately inspired by everything! Anything can literally pop into my head and get my juices flowing for a new piece. I have hundreds of scribbly notes of ideas and seeds for new concepts, but a constant source of inspiration is the country side and natural beauty of nature. A lot of my work features imprints of plants and flowers that I find whilst out walking and pretty much everything I make is concerning natural elements like the sea and coast line, trees, animals and plants. I&rsquo;m always concerned about nature and the impact of us humans on the planet and try to use eco friendlier alternatives and processes within my business and artwork. My packaging is made from recycled paper, I choose glazes that are less harmful to the environment and reduce waste and recycle everything I can. The use of recycled glass has become somewhat of a signature in my pieces and a recycling /eco element is always something I try to put into my pieces. Where do you work? Describe your work space My studio is in the spare room of the house. It&rsquo;s a good size to make a mess in and it&rsquo;s my own little bit of sanctuary. I use to have an outside studio in the garden and trying to make in the middle of winter with freezing cold wet clay it not the nicest way to do things. I appreciate being inside the house now, I love going in switching on the radio and spending the day playing with clay. It&rsquo;s a little bit of bliss! What do you love about your job? I love being self-employed and being my own boss.I feel privileged to be doing something I&rsquo;m passionate about for a living and it makes me happy spreading a little bit of happiness with what I do even if it is in a very small way. I still get giddy when someone buys a piece of my work knowing that it means something to them. It&rsquo;s like a little connection between people. Something that&rsquo;s very pure and positive. I sound a bit &lsquo;hippy&rsquo; about it but it means a lot to me. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? Being self-employed and studying for my degree (Art History, don&rsquo;t you know), sometimes I don&rsquo;t get a lot of free time but when I can I like getting outside, going walking and exploring, finding inspiration by being in nature. I&rsquo;m usually hanging with my furry brood of animals including four rabbits and two cats. They&rsquo;re such a blast to be around, I love my animals. What are you currently working on? It must be a spring thing as I&rsquo;ve recently become a bit obsessed with birds, eggs and nests. My newest piece is these cute nests &lsquo;Made From Love&rsquo;. I&rsquo;ve been studying the different types of eggs and their patterns and shading, seeing how I can replicate them in glazes. I often have what feels like a billion new ideas on the go at once and I&rsquo;m making some more new pieces but these are ready to be shown..yet! Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I&rsquo;m exhibiting as part of Artists Open House in Brighton and Hove this May.I always enjoying being part of Open Houses, its great working with lots of amazing local artists and my pieces tend to work well displayed in a home setting. It&rsquo;s fabulous the talent around and it&rsquo;s an innovating way of exhibiting in people&rsquo;s house. You can find my work at Sixes &amp; Sevens in Hove (as well as Jen Moules!), The Cicada House and Angela Harrison in Fiveways. Who are your designer favourites? I don&rsquo;t keep up to date with popular contemporary ceramicists or designers and I&rsquo;m sure there&rsquo;s loads of great makers that I&rsquo;m missing out on but I prefer the work of people that I know and I&rsquo;ve been lucky enough to have met lots of wonderful artists and designers through the work that I&rsquo;ve done. There are too many to single anyone out but I like art and designs that are quirky, different with a touch of fun. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Oh it&rsquo;s hard to say but I&rsquo;d recommend being determined, if you want something really go for it. Whatever it is, if you put in the hard graft it will pay off. Remember to stay true to yourself too, do what you feel is best and make whatever it is you want to make. Don&rsquo;t fall into the trap (and I can do this myself sometimes) of making things you think you should make or making things you think people want, as it&rsquo;s ultimately about making for you, for you to express what it is inside you. Don&rsquo;t worry about pleasing everyone instead focus on pleasing those that really connect with what you&rsquo;re making. To find out more about Cat&#39;s Ceramics here are some handy links - www.catsceramics.co.uk www.facebook.com/CatsCeramics www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CatsCeramics &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-05-04T08:45:00+01:00 2015-05-04T08:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/357/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) DesignLoveFest 2) Jessica Das 3) Unknown 4) Side Effects Prints 5) Jess Koppel <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Sophie Court Designs]]> 2015-05-01T07:45:00+01:00 2015-05-01T07:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/340/Maker-of-the-Month---Sophie-Court-Designs Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, so this month I&#39;m cheating a little bit and having TWO Maker&#39;s of the month. First up is Sophie Court Designs. I met Sophie last year at a very wet and very windy Festival of Living Crafts at Hatfield House and loved her quirky jewellery and gifts! Here&#39;s a little something about Sophie... &nbsp; Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? I am 25 and a jeweller, but recently been dabbling in some &ldquo;arty&rdquo; pieces using similar patterns and shapes that I use in my jewellery. &nbsp; What inspires your work? Nature is a major inspiration but I now work with Japanese Chiyogami papers so this is an inspiration too. I make what I want to make but a lot of pieces I make are inspired by my customers, they give me ideas and inspire me to make their suggestions. &nbsp; Where do you work? Describe your work space. I work in my parents top bedroom which looks over a huge field. Its a great space with a fabulous view! What do you love about your job? Everything! I love designing, making and selling. I get so excited when I find a new paper to use in my work or when I come up with an exciting new design. &nbsp; When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? I love meeting friends at the pub and taking my fluffy puppy for country walks What are you currently working on? My 2015 collection ready to be launched at BCTF in April. I am also working on a new children&rsquo;s collection which is going into a new shop in my hometown. Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I am going to be a part of Oxfordshire Art week with the Oxfordshire Craft Guild and also Bucks Open Studios where I will be demonstrating my work at Obsidian Art in Stoke Manderville. &nbsp; Who are your designer favourites? I love the work by Lucy Jade Sylvester and Alex Monroe, even though they are very different to my work. I also love the photographer Tim Walker. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Get out there and do it, there is nothing more rewarding then making and selling your own product. Being your own boss can be hard but totally worth doing! To find out more about Sophie Court Designs here are some handy links - Facebook Twitter <![CDATA[Leggings from Society6]]> 2015-04-30T16:30:00+01:00 2015-04-30T16:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/359/Leggings-from-Society6 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk My designs have been available from Society6 for some time now and they have an amazing range of products such as mugs, cushions, t-shirts, shower curtains and bedding to name a few. But behold - LEGGINGS! I was super excited to discover Society6 now offer a range of leggings. Not sure my life is complete without badger leggings, what do you think?! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-04-27T07:45:00+01:00 2015-04-27T07:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/352/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Animal Pictures 2) Junzo Terada 3) Unknown <![CDATA[Brighton & Hove Artist's Open Houses]]> 2015-04-25T08:30:00+01:00 2015-04-25T08:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/355/Brighton--Hove-Artists-Open-Houses Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk I&#39;m very excited to be taking part in the Brighton &amp; Hove Artists Open House again this year. My work is going to be exhibited at Sixes and Sevens in the Seven Dials Trail every weekend in May along with lots of other artists and makers including - Clare Harms Jonathan Harms Paula Black Cat Brown Clair Boubli Serena Sussex Helen D Moore Claire Jones Bonkers Buttons The Artists Open House is a great opportunity to browse the local creative talent, shop and of course have a good snoop ;-) &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-04-20T07:30:00+01:00 2015-04-20T07:30:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/351/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Mica Peet 2) I Drew This 3) Little Birdy 4) Alice Perry 5) House Lars Built <![CDATA[Drawing Workshop with Jen Moules]]> 2015-04-17T17:00:00+01:00 2015-04-17T17:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/354/Drawing-Workshop-with-Jen-Moules Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK. So here&#39;s the details on my upcoming Drawing Workshop - This workshop is perfect for beginners and allows you to explore a range of drawing techniques such as continuous contour line drawing, drawing with your less dominant hand (a personal fav!), drawing with wire and collage work. It&#39;s a fun and supportive environment so feel free to come alone or with a friend. ALL materials are provided for the workshop so you only need to bring yourself! Refreshments will also be served. &nbsp; I&#39;m holding this workshop at the following venue - The Sorting Office, 37 Wells Road, Eastleigh, SO50 5FY Saturday 20th June 2015 10am - 13pm Saturday 20th June 2015 14pm - 17pm &nbsp; &pound;25 per person for 3 hour workshop &pound;40 per person for full day workshop (Full day workshop will be held from 10am to 17pm with a 1 hour lunch break). *Lunch is not included but there are lots of places to grab lunch near by*. &nbsp; Learn some new skills, brush up on old ones and get creative! Please email me for more information or to book your place.