Summer Swifts Greeting Card
Greeting card size:127mm x 178mm
Made of 100% recycled; crisp 350gsm Cocoon matt card.
White envelope included (100gsm.)
Cards are individually cellophane wrapped.
These designs are inspired by the natural world of plants, trees and wildlife.
My local environment is a constant source of inspiration and this collection evolved from my daily walks with my camera and sketchbook.
I first started using Adobe Photoshop whilst lecturing at Buckinghamshire University College. I designed print for fashion and freelanced for Mint Design. This also inspired me to develop my first collection of furnishing fabrics which were digitally printed in Wales.
My digital designs for cards initially start with a walk around my home in a pretty Hampshire village or a walk around my garden with my camera and collecting samples leaves etc.These are then translated into drawings using the photographs, drawing from actual leaves and often drawing outside, (weather permitting)
I then scan the drawings and use Adobe Photoshop to develop the colour and use a myriad of digital techniques to create different effects.
As a textile designer I am always inspired by pattern and love mixing different motifs and colours in my designs. I draw all the motifs and imagery by hand and then scan these and create repeat patterns for my designs.
Colour is so important and I collect trend information on colour, pattern, fabrics, textures by visiting trade shows, visiting galleries and shops. I also use fashion, furnishing and specialised trend magazines to help gather an overview of the coming season.