Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2015-04-02T08:44:46+01:00 Zend_Feed_Writer http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/ Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk <![CDATA[Easter Sale]]> 2015-04-01T08:00:00+01:00 2015-04-01T08:00:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/348/Easter-Sale Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk As if pay day and a 4 day weekend wasn&#39;t enough to make you smile you can now get 25% of EVERYTHING in my Etsy store. Just use the coupon code: Easter15 at the checkout to receive your discount and happy shopping :) &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-03-30T07:45:00+01:00 2015-03-30T07:45:00+01:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/343/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Baba Souk 2) Anthropologie 3) Mindy Shapero 4) Indigo Crossing <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Mica Peet]]> 2015-03-27T07:15:00+00:00 2015-03-27T07:15:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/336/Maker-of-the-Month---Mica-Peet Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk Say hello to April&#39;s (yes I know I&#39;m a bit early!) Maker of the Month - Mica Peet. I first came across Mica&#39;s work last year and couldn&#39;t get enough of her quirky art deco inspired jewellery - so so good! She&#39;s a very successful up and comer in the design world and has lots of exciting new ventures planned so she&#39;s definitely one to watch! Here&#39;s a little something about Mica Peet... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? Hello, I am an illustrator &amp; designer based in Southsea, Hampshire. I graduated from Somerset College with a degree in Fashion Textiles nearly 2 years ago. This is where my little business began. I started making my patterned animal jewellery when we had to create a product to sell in a pop up shop to raise money for degree shows in London. I never thought back then that those pieces of jewellery would be the basis of my own business. &nbsp;What inspires your work? My design aesthetic consists of juxtaposing my love of the beautiful natural world with an edgier, modern and idiosyncratic design aesthetic. I absolutely adore wildlife, especially birds &amp; I love creating really detailed and abstract imagery that is full of energy yet that is confined and controlled into a literal shape inspired by animals. I also love Art Deco design, which has been hugely influential when creating my geometric jewellery collection. Where do you work? Describe your workspace. I moved back home with my parents after Uni so I am still in the bedroom studio stage of my business, but I have a beautiful view out of my window and even though we live in the middle of the city there is a family of foxes, along with squirrels &amp; lots of birds so it is a pretty lovely work space. I am hoping to move to Brighton soon though as I absolutely love it there, I do lots of markets as there is so many more creative opportunities &amp; I have met some super lovely people there whilst doing monthly markets last year. What do you love about your job? I love the freedom of being self employed, even though it is very hard work &amp; you have to be very disciplined in managing your time so that you get everything done, it&rsquo;s such a lovely feeling being able to fit work around your lifestyle. It&rsquo;s also such a satisfying and proud feeling knowing that people want to buy your stuff, I still get overly excited when I hear the Etsy Cha-Ching, I feel very lucky to be able to say that this is my full time job. I also love doing markets its one of my favourite parts, it&rsquo;s such a good way to keep motivated &amp; you meet so many lovely fellow makers &amp; customers. When you&rsquo;re not working, how do you spend your free time? I am normally on the beach with my beautiful little dog Reg or car booting, and I probably spend too much time watching The Big Bang Theory whilst on Pinterest, though I suppose technically that is work right?&nbsp; What are you currently working on? I have recently got back into illustrating, which sadly got neglected in the last 6 months of Christmas craziness and I had forgotten how much I love it. I am using these new prints on some exciting new products including bags &amp; hopefully a clothing line soon, I did my degree in Fashion Textiles so I really want to get back into working with textiles again. I also have some new animal &amp; geometric jewellery designs launching soon including a new range featuring my new illustrations. Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I will hopefully be back at Crafty Fox Market in April &amp; I have a very exciting project coming up but it is still super secret at the moment *sorry*. But I cannot wait to share it, as it is one of the most exciting things to happen to my little business. Who are your designer favourites? I love anything illustrated based especially if It involves birds or animals, one of my favourite artists is Caleigh Illerburn, I really love her beautiful &amp; unique illustrations &amp; a set of her amazing hand painted Russian doll owls are top of my wish list! I also absolutely adore the brand Little Birdy, she is a super talented ceramicist who creates beautifully quirky ceramic animals, I bought 2 of her lovely badgerines as a present to myself after Renegade! Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Work hard for what you love and your time and dedication will pay off in the end.&nbsp; It takes a lot of time to become established and to start making regular and consistent sales, and it can be very demoralising to start with but embrace every opportunity you can and it will happen. But I think my biggest piece of advice is to not compare yourself to other makers &amp; designers, especially to those&nbsp;who have been&nbsp;doing it for years, I know it is very hard and I am guilty of it myself but just leaves you feeling negative and will hold you back, just be true to yourself &amp; remember that those people with 1000&rsquo;s of sales on Etsy and tonnes of Social Media followers were once in your position thinking exactly the same. &nbsp; To find out more about Mice Peet here are some handy links - www.micapeet.com www.etsy.com/micapeet www.twitter.com/Mica_Peet <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-03-23T15:30:00+00:00 2015-03-23T15:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/342/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Weddingsparrow - Segerius-Bruce (Photography) and Tiffany Grant-Riley (Stylist). 2) Pattern Prints Journal 3) Ashley Goldberg 4) ZsaZsa Bellagio 5) Katy Smail <![CDATA[Back from Berlin]]> 2015-03-20T08:15:00+00:00 2015-03-20T08:15:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/345/Back-from-Berlin Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk OK, this week I was enjoying a much needed break and took a trip to Berlin - amazing! Needless to say I am battling some holiday blues but am cracking on with my plans for the year. You may have heard rumblings about me hosting some drawing workshops this year and I am happy to say this will be going ahead and have booked my venue for Southampton in June and am currently arranging a venue in Brighton too. These workshops are aimed at beginners and will include a fun mix of drawing and collage techniques - sketching a bowl of fruit for hours this is not! I will of course fill you in on all the details when everything&#39;s finalised but in the mean time please feel free to drop me a line with any questions and I can add you to my mailing list! jen.moules@googlemail.com &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-03-09T07:45:00+00:00 2015-03-09T07:45:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/344/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) A Well Traveled Woman 2) Unknown 3) Akimasa Harrada 4) Confessions of a Design Geek 5) Confessions of a Design Geek <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-03-02T08:45:00+00:00 2015-03-02T08:45:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/339/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 1) Little Birdy 2) Pink Sherbert Photography 3) Rosie Cook 4) Accessorize photo by Print &amp; Pattern 5) Jen Moules Designs 6) Brandon Kidd Photography <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - I Drew This]]> 2015-02-27T08:30:00+00:00 2015-02-27T08:30:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/335/Maker-of-the-Month---I-Drew-This Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 - https://www.facebook.com/ilonadrewthis http://instagram.com/ilonadrewthis/ https://twitter.com/ilonadrewthis &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-02-23T17:45:00+00:00 2015-02-23T17:45:00+00:00 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/338/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/337/Printed--Co Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/334/Mothers-Day-Gift-Guide Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/333/Colour-Combo-Monday Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/332/Maker-of-the-Month---Katie-Smith-Ceramics Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/331/Custom-Design-Service-Available-Now%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/330/Affordable-Art-Sale%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/329/Hello-2015%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/328/Etsy-Sale-Ends-Sunday%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/327/Etsy-Sale Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/326/The-Fairy-Tale-Fair-and-Etsy Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/325/Thread-at-Farnham-Maltings Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/320/New-Fabric-Now-Available-from-Etsy Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/311/New-Fabrics-for-Threada-Festival-of-Textiles Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/310/New-Collection-for-Autumn Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/309/SALE%21%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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 http://jen-moules.co.uk/blog/308/Fresh-Start-for-the-Summer%21 Jen Moules http://jen-moules.co.uk 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. :)