Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Yoga for Creativity

Some days the creative energy flows and I manage to complete a number of designs that I am happy with, but other days it just gets stuck!!

Yesterday I spent hours working on a commission for some children's fabric; I had the idea in my head but I just wasn't happy with the results. 

This is a common problem for many people who have opened their lives to creativity.

According to Linda Novick, an artist and Yoga teacher;

"The urge to create is inherent in all of us and is an essential component of the human spirit," (Linda Novick  The Painting Path: Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga, Brush and Color.)

Linda suggests that we tap into our creativity with Nadi Shodhana Pranayama  (Alternate-Nostril Breathing), a purifying and balancing technique that leads to a state of deep, receptive calm. The practice can open you to a rush of creativity while quieting your inner critic.


Photo taken from www.anxietytozen.com
  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Gently bring your attention to the natural flow of your breath.
  2. Lift your right hand and fold your middle and index fingers down, leaving your thumb, ring finger, and pinkie open.
  3. Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Exhale, and then inhale through your left nostril. Release your right nostril and close your left nostril with your ring finger. Exhale, then inhale through your right nostril. Practice alternate breathing in this manner for several minutes, or until you feel relaxed.
  4. Slowly open your eyes and take up the oil pastels; draw freely, observing without judgment how it feels to cover the paper with colour.
As a Yoga teacher myself I have no excuse! So I switched off my computer, got my yoga mat out and put my 'practice in practice'! Coupled with a good nights sleep, I managed to finish the design.



Saturday, 22 March 2014

Finding Your Passion

From doodles to painting, to editing and creating a final piece, the design process is an endless journey of enjoyment for me.

 But once you start it is impossible to look at anything without seeing a possible design/pattern in it. It is like you open your eyes for the first time to the intricate beauty of all that surrounds us.


A pattern from my Wild Flowers Collection

 August Daisies in the Charente

 
 
A simple image, colour or shape can snowball into a whole collection. This connection with nature is what lights my passion for design.
 
 
A pattern from my Wings & Stings Collection


 
 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Working with new colours and styles as part of the Dragonfly Collection. Have noticed that the colours change on different monitors. Therefore really important to print a sample before committing to large quantities of fabric.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Header Design

Have been working on a new header to include my name. I wanted to create a header that reflected my design style. Nor sure if it works..but I like it at the moment!


Friday, 14 March 2014

First steps. ..Facing Criticism!

It is time to put down the paint brushes and start communication with the outside world.

Although I love nothing better than sitting creating, painting, drawing....at some point I need to start showing people my designs. Especially if I want to develop my design business! It's no good just showing my designs to my family...as they love anything I do!

So here are some that I am working on at the moment.....


This design was made for a sculptor friend who then created the following sculpture, that can be found in the mountains of the Auvergne, France.

 
 

More from the children's range....