Pulse – London Trade Show Highlights

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It’s that time of year again where designers are looking to launch their new collections and buyers are seeking new talent and exciting products. I visited the Pulse trade show at Earls Court in London this week, the theme for the show this year is ‘First Peek,’ therefore it is all about discovering new products and future trends before anyone else.

I met many talented designers and attended a number of interesting seminars throughout the day. The ‘Entrepreneurship and the Future of Retail’ seminar (Top tips for succeeding in business) presented by Doug RichardEnrepreneur: Dragons Den/School for Creative Start-ups, was very inspiring. I also enjoyed the ‘How to Get Noticed by Journalists’ seminar (Learn how to market your story to grab a journalist’s attention) presented by Katie LawDesign News Writer: The London Evening Standard, and found it to be very engaging.

Here is a little sneak peek of some of the fabulous designers that I met showcasing their creativity.

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Blank Inside

I love the quirky illustrations with added humour on the Blank Inside greeting cards and stationery. It was great to see new products and prints in the range, including tea towels and mugs.

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Ohh Deer

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Ohh Deer

Ohh Deer work with a large number of designers and illustrators and showcased an impressive range of fun and quirky prints over a variety of products that looked great collectively. I especially love the humour that is illustrated with everyday objects and animals.

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Helena Carrington

The detailed illustrations by Helena Carrington really stood out, as I love how she takes her inspiration from travelling and architecture and combines the linear outlines with vibrant colour blocking to make it fun.

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Timbergram

Timbergram exhibited a variety of new designs on their wooden postcards, which showed there was something for everyone. I especially loved the mix between the quirky illustrations and the creative typography.

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MercerMercer

The ceramic products by MercerMercer really grabbed by attention. I thought that the combination of the geo prints, architectural shapes, and the gorgeous colour palettes were absolutely fabulous.

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Jonna Saarinen

The vibrant prints demonstrating layered mark-making techniques by Jonna Saarinen were spectacular. Her prints can be applied to a variety of products to add colour and texture to brighten up any home.

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Kapitza

The large abstract prints and vibrant colour palettes by Kapitza were eye-catching. These prints are versatile and would look fabulous on apparel as well as on homeware products.

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Rolfe & Wills

I loved the mix of products and prints by Rolfe & Wills. The screen-printed range varied from fun and colourful geo designs and animal prints, to intricate illustrations of Bristol, which complimented the range beautifully.

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Laura Spring

Laura Spring has cleverly used shapes and design to create fun abstract prints, and has combined them with great colour palettes for everyday accessories.

 

 

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An evening with Clarissa Hulse

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I recently attended an evening with Clarissa Hulse, which was an event held by Selvedge magazine. I would like to dedicate this blog post to Emma Burnett and Jessica Gray who kindly provided me with this opportunity. This was a fantastic and inspiring event as I got to meet Clarissa and see her latest collection. She also did a screen printing demonstration, and gave an insight into her work and design process.

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Clarissa Hulse is a textile designer, and is greatly inspired by nature. She designs elegant prints and combines them with vibrant luxurious colour palettes and fabrics for beautiful scarves and home accessories.

Here are some of my photos from the event showing Clarissa’s studio, design process, and shop.

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Clarissa has also been featured in the March/April issue of Selvedge magazine, which is filled with lots of inspiration.

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Designers Makers Market

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Designers Makers Market

I visited the Designers Makers Market at the Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, and met some fantastic designers. This is one of my favourite markets, as there is a real mix of designers and there are always different products to explore.

Here are some of my favourite designers that I met at the market with their new collections.

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Jessie G

I loved the fun layered geo prints and vibrant colour palettes on the screen printed products by Jessie G.

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Rosa & Clara Designs

Rosa & Clara Designs showcased some fabulous conversational prints using a fun colour palette on a wide range of products.

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Mister Peebles

I really loved the fun play on words mixed with the detailed quirky illustrations by Mister Peebles.

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Anna Wiscombe

Anna Wiscombe showcased beautiful contemporary wooden products. I especially loved the wall birds in the bright pastel colours.

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Katy Christianson Illustration & Joanna Layla Illustration

I loved the variety of detailed illustrations by both Katy Christianson Illustration and Joanna Layla Illustration.

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3 On The Shelf

3 On The Shelf were very eye-catching with their quirky illustrations printed on a wide range of products.

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Coconutgrass

Coconutgrass showcased a wide range of fun and exciting prints in vibrant colours, that were both quirky and informative.

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Hanna Melin

I loved how Hanna Melin added a bit of humor to her colourful illustrations.

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Punto Belle

The vibrant prints by Punto Belle were beautiful, I especially loved the added detail of the contrast coloured zips on the bags.

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Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics

I really loved the unique detailed illustrations by Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics.

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Lauren Van Helmond

The diversity of the monochrome paintings and quirky colourful screen prints of dogs by Lauren Van Helmond was fantastic.

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Eightbear

I absolutely loved the quirky animal illustrations by Eightbear, these prints are fun for all ages.

Etsy Pop-up Event at West Elm

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West Elm

I made my way down to the Etsy pop-up event at West Elm yesterday, and met some fantastic designers. The event was a great way to showcase a variety of Etsy designer-makers, as you don’t often get to meet the designers behind the amazing products through online shopping. It was at a wonderful location, and all the designers were given their own areas within the store to sell their products alongside the West Elm homewares.

Here are some of the talented designers that I met during my visit, showcasing their fabulous products.

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Lulu & Luca

One of my favourite designers was Lulu & Luca. She had a fantastic product range, with beautiful prints and colours.

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Patternalism

I loved the fun and colourful geo prints by Patternalism.

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Neon London

Neon London was very eye-catching, I especially loved the neon candles.

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Anna Baskakova

Anna Baskakova showcased her gorgeous ceramic products, with a fantastic combination of prints and colours.

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Chocolate Creative

I loved the diverse range of handmade accessories by Chocolate Creative, showing a fresh colour palette and beautiful photographic prints.

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Mengsel

Mengsel showcased gorgeous quirky prints for a wide range of products, using fun colour palettes.

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Rebecca Kiff

I loved the variety of detailed illustrations that were painted beautifully by Rebecca Kiff.

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Pure London – Trade Show Highlights

It’s London Fashion Week! This is always an exciting time in London as everyone gets to see the latest trends from the world’s leading fashion designers. In addition, there are many other events and trade shows being held this month to showcase British talent.

I visited Pure London trade show last week, where all the brands were exhibiting their new AW14/15 collections for womenswear. Throughout the day I also attended many inspiring seminars, where various experienced business owners and social media experts gave an insight into the journey of creating their brands, and also shared some of the challenges and opportunities they have faced along the way.

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It was a fantastic show featuring lots of exciting brands for apparel, footwear and accessories. Here’s a little sneak peek showing some of the fabulous new trends, prints and colours coming into the shops this Autumn.

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Top Drawer, Home, and Craft – London Trade Show Highlights

I visited Top Drawer, Home, and Craft trade show in London this week. There were many fantastic designers and lots of creative designs to see this year. A trade show can be very overwhelming, as there is always lots to see and only a few hours to get around and meet as many designers as possible… however, it’s very exciting! It’s also exciting for the designers, as they are always on the lookout for the top buyers to come and visit their stand to place the big orders.

Throughout the day, I met many inspiring designers. Please see photos below for some of my favourites.

I was lucky enough to meet the talented Tamsin from Studio Seed, who is one of my favourite designers. Her stationary designs and greeting card collections are beautiful and very inspiring.

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I also met the lovely Eleanor Stuart, who is a very creative and innovative designer. I absolutely loved ‘The Tiny Collection’ and ‘The Alphabet Collection.’

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Another one of my favourite designers is Jessica Hogarth. I love her quirky illustrations and fun colour palettes.

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I love how Ella Doran uses photography in a clever way to create interesting patterns.

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The bright colours and geometric patterns by Sian Elin were fun and really stood out as a collection.

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There were lots of inspiring colourful illustrations by Mini Moderns.

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The House of Hemingway stand had such a great impact and really stood out with their wallpaper illustration and their clever print displays inside.

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Ideal Home Show at Christmas 2013

I am already in the Christmas spirit after visiting the Ideal Home Show at Christmas this week at Earls Court, London. As soon as I saw the Christmas trees, lights, and snow outside the entrance, I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for us this year. There was lots of inspiration and gift ideas, as well as innovative products in the home section and in the food and drink section. There were so many stands and so much to see, it was fantastic!

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Here are some of my photos to give you an idea of some of the prints, decorations and gift ideas that were shown.

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The show is open until this Sunday, therefore if you want to get into the festive spirit, sample some new recipes, and start your Christmas shopping early, there is still time to visit the show.