Block Printing and New Pattern Design

pattern design

I’ve been designing new patterns for my shop on Spoonflower and I’m trying a new approach to create patterns – it’s making rubber stamps. It’s a very analogue way to experiment (maybe most of design experiments are pretty analogue?) but works well for me. I just can’t stop experimenting until I realise I need to finish a design or two and make them print-ready. It’s fun and effective to simply repeat basic shapes, and depending on the combination of motifs and repeating type, possibilities are infinite. I like the look of it, it’s simple, nostalgic and rich in texture. So my journey of block printing design seems to continue :)

making of rubber stamps
Drawing for rubber stamps


rubber stamps
Preparing for making rubber stamps


Carved Rubber Stamp
Carved rubber stamp


block printing
Stamping for scanning and digital manipulation


My working desktop


pattern design
A new pattern design “Globe Amaranth 4”, made from rubber stamps



Studio Visit: Screenprinter PataPri

I visited my friend and textile/printing artist “PataPri”. Her studio is by the sea in Akiya, Yokosuka, Japan, and you could get all the great ocean view from the room she works at.

I regretted that I didn’t take more pictures but her mid-century modern inspired interior decoration and the collection of fabulous handmade items from all over the world entertain me every time I visit her.

And since it was during the annual Hayama Art Festival, which PataPri takes part in, I and my another friend, enjoyed the open studio and printing workshop.

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New Publication for Crafters

The Crafter's Guide to Patterns

Earlier this year, I received a copy of this book “The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns”. It’s written by Jessica Swift, a talented artist and pattern designer from Portland, Oregon USA.

I’m truly honored to be a part of this amazing DIY book and actually I could learn tremendously from the wide variety of ways to approach when designing patterns. It’s just full of interesting ideas and basic methods you could apply from today.

Although I’m sort of shifting towards knitting and have not been designing a lot of surface patterns recently, this book makes me want to work on it again.

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