Jen Moules Textile Design Blog 2015-09-01T11:04:22+01:00 Zend_Feed_Writer Jen Moules <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Learned and Loved in August 2015]]> 2015-08-31T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-31T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules This has been one busy month and I can&#39;t believe we&#39;re already saying hello to September. Only 29 days until I&#39;m off to Berlin - eek! And for those who are wondering yes my German is still terrible... It&#39;s a minor detail I&#39;m sure ;-) This month started as usual with a new &#39;Maker of the Month&#39; and in August I caught up with one of my all time favs - Little Birdy! &nbsp; I&#39;ve been beavering away on new designs and product ideas and will soon be launching a new range of greeting cards. Long over due I must say. I also cracked on with a freelance brief which i hope to do a lot more of once I move to Berlin and no longer have to juggle my day job with my business - yay! I took part in my first Bath Artisan Market and will be returning November 22nd with lots of Christmas loveliness. I did also manage to squeeze in some down time and spent a weekend in Bath. Beautiful. My big summer sale kicked off this month and ends midnight tonight, so there&#39;s still time! Just use the code: SUMMERSALE15 and get 25% off everything in store. I&#39;ve been busy this bank holiday weekend getting ready for Thread (can&#39;t wait!) which is on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of September. I&#39;ll be selling my original fabrics along with vintage scrap packs and gifts. Well worth a look. September is set to be a busy one so stay tuned! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-24T07:00:00+01:00 2015-08-24T07:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Unknown 2) Arlene Shechet 3) Luli Sanchez 4) Hanne Friis &nbsp; <![CDATA[Summer Sale!]]> 2015-08-20T19:00:00+01:00 2015-08-20T19:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules Having a HUGE summer sale right now with 25% off everything! Just go to my Etsy or Folksy store pick out that little something for someone special (or just yourself!) and use the code: SUMMERSALE15 at the checkout to get your discount. Ends 31st August 2015. Happy shopping! &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-17T07:30:00+01:00 2015-08-17T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Suzanna Scott 2) Uwe Kowski 3) Nina Warmerdam 4) Style Your Soiree 5) Amma Studio &nbsp; <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-08-14T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-14T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules This week&#39;s #FolksyFriday is all about pets, gifts for them and gifts for you! As many of you have probably seen from Instagram I loooove my fur baby, Fussy. He is enormous and a total grouch but adorable all the same! If like me your little obsessed with your pets these Folksy treats are for you. Personalised Pet Necklace by The Catkin Boutique Black and White Dog Collar by Lurril Handmade Felt Cat Cave from Malobi&#39;s Boutique Budgie Mug by Jen Moules Designs Floral Family Tree by Floppsie Moppsie Personalised Doggie Treats by What&#39;s Suzie Cooking? Custom Glitter Pet Portrait from Studio Pickles Plenty more loveliness can be found on Folksy &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-10T07:30:00+01:00 2015-08-10T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Grown-up Shoes 2) Roseanne M Watson 3) Maria Ines Escobar 4) Fffound 5) Eye Poetry <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - Little Birdy]]> 2015-08-04T19:45:00+01:00 2015-08-04T19:45:00+01:00 Jen Moules August&#39;s Maker of the Month is super special and one of my absolute favourites - Little Birdy! I stumbled upon Little Birdy&#39;s work a while ago and have been obsessed with these adorable ceramics ever since. I really hope Santa brings me a &#39;Push Me Pull You&#39; this year and the more jazzy pom poms the better! Here&#39;s a little something about Little Birdy... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? Hello my name is Little Birdy and I&rsquo;m a Bristol based ceramicist and Illustrator. What inspires your work? Lots of things inspire me&hellip; wildlife, in particular forest animals and sea creatures as they seem somehow magical to me. I&#39;m also influenced by bold colours and patterns but really take my inspiration from nature and fantasy, which is summed up in figurines like my flying badgers for example. Where do you work? Describe your work space. My work space varies, I spend part of my time at Maze ceramic studio in Bristol (where my work gets fired) as a day studio user. Although I don&rsquo;t seem to get a huge amount of sculpting done there as I&rsquo;m constantly chattering away to other ceramicists who use the studio like Alice Shields and Jessica Thorn. I am lucky enough to have a large shed in the garden which I use as a ceramic studio so often work in there too. With illustration its usually on my lap while watching films. What do you love about your job? The thing I love about my job is getting to be creative everyday and hearing nice things from happy customers. The other wonderful thing that comes from doing what I do is having an amazing group of friends who I met through being a crafter and that is priceless and an unexpected bonus! When you&#39;re not working how do you spend your free time? I&rsquo;m constantly working for the most part but if I do allow myself some time off then going to the cinema is a favourite thing to do or going for tea and cake with a friend. I&rsquo;m also a keen gardener and try to spend as much time as I can in the garden as its very relaxing, therapeutic and&nbsp; inspirational. What are you currently working on? Currently I&#39;m working on some sea inspired ceramic pieces and experimenting with colours and decoration and looking at branching out into notepads and mugs on the print and illustration side of things. I&rsquo;m also trying to build up a body of ceramic work to restock my woefully neglected stockists. Any projects or events coming up that you&rsquo;d like to share with us? I&#39;m going to be doing a few more collaborations this year after the success I had with the Elizabeth Pawle and more recently with I Like Cats but thats top secret! I have a magazine interview and an editorial photo shoot in the immediate future and am hoping to launch a new porcelain jewellery range under a separate banner on ASOS to yes the market which is exciting. I&rsquo;ve also got some new stockists coming up and the rest of the time&nbsp; will be spent gearing up for Christmas sales and markets. Who are your designer favourites? There are so many makers and designers that I like and find inspiring for a plethora of reasons&hellip;. Some of my favourites include Textile Artists Mister Finch and Emma Cocker, Abigail Brown and her beautiful birds and Ceramicist Molly Hatch. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? The advice I would give to anyone starting out is to research the customer demographic you are looking to sell to and see what other successful business&rsquo;s do while ensuring that you have your own individual style and products. Make the most of the free social media platforms, (I&rsquo;m a big fan of Instagram) and take the best quality photographs you can! The best money I&#39;ve ever spent was on a kickstarted collapsible, portable mini photographic studio called &lsquo;Lightcase&rsquo; which can be bought for &pound;34 and allows you take incredibly professional photos and worth every penny. Above all be patient, committed&nbsp; and realistic and engage with your customers whenever you get the chance. The joy of buying handmade is that its come from a very small business or one person not some faceless giant company, the personal touch goes a long way! To find out more about Little Birdy here are some handy links - Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Folksy &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-08-03T08:00:00+01:00 2015-08-03T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Yellow Trace 2) Alex Proba 3) Garnet Hill 4) Unknown <![CDATA[Things I liked, Loved and Learnt in July 2015]]> 2015-08-02T19:30:00+01:00 2015-08-02T19:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules In all honesty July hasn&#39;t been the most exciting of months and much of it was spent packing up the house and moving back home to Somerset to save some pennies before I move to Berlin in October. So many of my evenings involved dealing with this furry little helper. This month I did get a freelance brief that I loved (retro style flowers) and I was doodle happy for quite a while. Picked up a new batch of mugs which have nearly all found happy homes! Although, there&#39;s still a few available from Folksy and Etsy. Saying goodbye to our home of over three years was a little hard so we made sure to have a final frolic in the woods on route to the pub ;-) I really enjoyed July&#39;s Monthly Make. I whipped up some super easy polymer beads. Ideal if you fancy a fun summer holiday craft project. It&#39;s been a tough, emotional and exhausting month with all the moving and upheaval but I know in a couple of months when I&#39;m living in the beautiful city of Berlin it will all be worth it. I&#39;m very excited about Jen Moules Designs&#39; next chapter! <![CDATA[Monthly Make - Polymer Clay Beads!]]> 2015-07-26T21:00:00+01:00 2015-07-26T21:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules July&#39;s Monthly Make is a easy, fun and pretty kid friendly too (perfect for the summer holidays) - Polymer Clay beads! Basically I wanted a little project for myself that was fun, cheap and a great way to add a little colour to my wardrobe, so I ordered some Polymer Clay from Amazon and I was away! Firstly you will need some Polymer clay, sculpting tools (mine were included with the clay),&nbsp; baking tray, use of an oven, ribbon and scissors. Choose your colours. I chose two colour ways unsurprisingly they both feature blue but I couldn&#39;t resist sneaking in some yellow and orange! Make sure your work surface is clean and dust free and unwrap your clay. Now simply sculpt your beads. I went with the simplest shapes. Round (just roll around in your hand) and little cubes (again roll around in your hand then squash into a cube shape). Use your tool/skewer to poke a hole through the bead so you can thread it later. A little tip - the clay may discolour your hands so wash them when you change colours. Place on a baking tray (with grease proof paper) and bake on 120 degrees for 20 - 40 minutes depending on the size of your beads. I baked mine for 30 minutes. Then leave them to cool. Now decide on the order you&#39;d like your beads to go and&nbsp; string your them onto your ribbon.&nbsp; You can use a chain but in the interest of thrift I used some ribbon I already had. My original plan was to simply tie the ribbon in a bow but the beads were quite heavy and didn&#39;t want to risk the ribbon coming undone, so I decided to attached a small clasp to the end instead.&nbsp; And you&#39;re done! There&#39;s no limit to the type of beads and colour ways you can put together so I will definitely be making myself some more of these pretties in the future. What will you be making?! :) <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-07-24T07:30:00+01:00 2015-07-24T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules This is a particularly fashionable #FolksyFriday this week and I don&#39;t know about you guys but my wardrobe could definitely do with a much needed revamp! Here&#39;s my top picks of Folksy&#39;s British made fashion. Black and White Dip Back Hem Oversized Top by Emma Dee Floral 1950&#39;s Inspired Skirt by Plum and Pigeon. Geometric Hand Printed Top by Little Lost Soul. Sheer Metallic Baby Pink Dress by Grace Knitwear. Pleated Top Trousers by brm. Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday]]> 2015-07-20T06:45:00+01:00 2015-07-20T06:45:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Johanna Burai 2) Happee Monkee 3) Africanpremier 4) Laura Trevey <![CDATA[Colour Combo Monday ]]> 2015-07-13T06:15:00+01:00 2015-07-13T06:15:00+01:00 Jen Moules 1) Unknown 2) Yusuke Yonezu 3) The Rainbow Girl 4) Jujujust <![CDATA[#FolksyFriday]]> 2015-07-10T07:30:00+01:00 2015-07-10T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules This is a particularly fruity #FolksyFriday this week with fruit themed gifts - way better than the real thing right?! So here are some Folksy tasty treats. British Fruit Earring Set by Claudia Made this. Watermelon Cushion Cover by Paper &amp; Ink. Pineapple Card by Kate Broughton. Gifted &#39;Low Res&#39; Apple Ornaments by Loglike. 5 A Day Tote Bag by Asking for Trouble. Strawberry Gift Wrap by Stephanie Cole Design. Lots more loveliness can be found on Folksy. &nbsp; <![CDATA[Maker of the Month - I like CATS]]> 2015-07-06T09:30:00+01:00 2015-07-06T09:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules July is all about I Like CATS! Yay :) I came across Toby&#39;s work a couple of years ago when I started selling my work in Brighton and needless to say I instantly fell in love with the overwhlemingly happy cat related loveliness! A firm favourite and a regular on the Brighton craft circuit, here&#39;s a little something about I Like CATS... Tell us about yourself and your business, what do you do? Hello! I&rsquo;m Toby and I like CATS! I live in Brighton and I spend a lot of time drawing and painting cats which I then make into greetings cards, prints, badges, pins, necklaces, fabric and more. Meow! What inspires your work? Apart from the obvious answer (cats!) I am inspired by a whole load of different things&hellip; glitter, plants, the sea, Beyonce, The muppets, the 90s, Disney, fruit, Furby, Adventure Time, RuPaul&rsquo;s Drag Race, candy floss, ice cream, doughnuts&hellip; now I&rsquo;m just listing things I like to eat, and now I also really really want a doughnut. Where do you work? Describe your work space. I work from a desk at home, I have a pretty small flat and there&rsquo;s really not a lot of space (especially when it comes to storing stock), but there&rsquo;s a small corner that I&rsquo;ve managed to fit a desk in and I can just about squeeze my long legs behind it to work. It&rsquo;s pretty much the absolute opposite of all of those clean, white, minimal desk spaces you see on Instagram&hellip; I am the king of clutter!! Sometimes I go a bit crazy and have to push everything off so that I can have a clear space to think and work, but usually I&rsquo;m happy sitting in my own mess working away&hellip; What do you love about your job? I love that I get to work from home, I usually have my dog sitting on my lap and a cup of tea in my hand; that little bit of freedom to be able to work as you like is great! (Although it can also be stressful!) Also the fact that I basically get to look at pictures of cats the whole time is not bad either&hellip; When you&#39;re not working how do you spend your free time? I don&rsquo;t get a whole lot of free time although I do try to make sure I get days off over the weekend. I help out with the Brighton Etsy team, go for long walks with my dog, watch (too much) Netflix and pretending I&rsquo;m a mermaid in a Lush bath is one of my favourite things to do too. Plus there&rsquo;s just always something fun going on in Brighton. What are you currently working on? I&rsquo;ll probably sound crazy but I&rsquo;m all about Christmas at the moment; Christmas cards, stocking fillers and other new products! It&rsquo;s never too early to start getting festive. MERRY CATMAS! Who are your designer favourites? I like people who make fun, bright things! Some of my favourites to look at are Buried Diamond, Luna on the Moon, Designosaur and helloDODO. My favourite illustrator at the moment is probably Tuesday Bassen. Finally, any advice for those budding designer makers out there? Find your own style and try not to be too influenced by other people already doing their thing. Don&rsquo;t be afraid to make a mess, be brave and stand out! To find out more about I Like CATS here are some handy links - &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <![CDATA[Things I Liked, Loved and Learnt in June 2015]]> 2015-07-02T07:30:00+01:00 2015-07-02T07:30:00+01:00 Jen Moules So this is how June looked over at Jen Moules Designs HQ. I started off the month planning my new collections. The Autumn/Winter collection of textile designs are well under way along with a kids range of fabric prints - super excited!! &nbsp; I&#39;ve been keeping things low key in the run up to our big move to Berlin - yes soon I will be splitting my time between Berlin and Somerset - why keep things simple ;-) So my only event this month was the Open Studios at the Sorting Office. Lovely event and actually local to me which doesn&#39;t happen very often! &nbsp; Mugs are back in stock and proving popular as ever. &nbsp; Badgers have also been popular this month with purses, pencil cases and make up bags all finding new homes - thank you! &nbsp; A combination of lovely weather and being poor as a church mouse has meant lots of evenings and weekends spent walking and playing in woods :) &nbsp; Society6 launched a new range of all over print T- shirts to there ever growing range of products. &nbsp; To finish off the month I went to New Designers - yay! One of my favourite shows and always brimming with new design talent. Can&#39;t believe it&#39;s been 4 years since I graduated and 3 years since I exhibited as part of New Designers One Year On. &nbsp; I was spoilt for choice at this year&#39;s New Designers. Take a look at my top picks of this year&#39;s design graduates here. &nbsp; That was June, I wonder what July has in store... <![CDATA[New Designers Part One 2015]]> 2015-06-30T08:00:00+01:00 2015-06-30T08:00:00+01:00 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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 Jen Moules 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;