ShirleyDesigns


26/06/2013 01:47 PM
Hot sunny days of summer
Isn't it just great to see the sun shining!!  





Working on accessory designs for Ladies SS14





...............and loving the colours!!

05/06/2013 12:34 PM
How versatile is denim?
Recently I created a Denim board http://pinterest.com/shirleydesigns/denim/pins/ which shows some great denim shapes and just how versatile denim is.

Haven't worn my jeans for sometime...and have to admit I'm missing them.

What do you do when your denims have been worn to death?

Think this is a great way of extending the life of your well loved denims http://blog.stylesight.com/denim/the-bandanna-almanac-denim-repair

31/05/2013 10:40 AM
Autumn Winter 2014-15 research
It seems too early to be thinking of Autumn Winter 2014/15 when we are still waiting for the weather to change and for everyone to really start enjoying summer 2013. 

I've been to the Autumn/Winter Trend seminars for 2014/15 and visited the trend library and have collected some great ideas.  Loads of inspiration for shapes, colours, prints and graphics for apparel and accessories for men, ladies, children.

The first colour palettes is 'Industrial backdrop' - steely greys, greens lifted by lilac and pink.






The second 'Calming' - quiet and peaceful with soft colours and shapes





The third is 'Enriching' - picking up colours and shapes from tribal and cultural art and decoration.  A rich and colourful story




The fourth story is 'Luxurious' - an elegant story with rich deep colours and luxurious shapes










11/03/2013 04:46 PM
Cobalt blue for spring summer 2013

Cobalt blue for Spring Summer 2013


It's a colour that looks good on everyone.  Strong and powerful and oozing with confidence.  

Looks good with yellows and reds and especially green and all those beautiful shades of aqua and turquoise.

Take a look at: http://pinterest.com/shirleydesigns/cobalt-blue-for-spring-summer-2013/



05/07/2012 01:56 PM
Strawberry delight
ShirleyDesigns:

Lovely to see the suns shining!  I found some strawberries growing in the garden and couldn't resist taking some photo's and using them for print ideas.

Take a sneaky view at some print ideas for SS13.







'via Blog this'

14/06/2012 03:11 PM
Inspiration for Autumn Winter 2012
One of the things I love about researching new seasons is looking at different countries and their cultural, architectural and technological developments for inspiration.


For Autumn Winter 2012 the continents inspiring and influencing trends include Asia, Arabia, and the combined cultures of Africa and Asia. 

14/06/2012 02:38 PM
Celebrating 60 years of colourful style

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Take a look back over Queen Elizabeth II’s colourful style and the new launches and fashion events in her honour as she celebrated 60 years on the throne. 

 http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/hot-topics/781/the-queens-diamond-jubilee.html


13/06/2012 12:15 PM
Bunting design and banner for the Queens Diamond Jubilee




A big thank you to Lauren for letting me use her bunting design and banner for the Queens Diamond Jubilee on my website.  


Lauren is working towards her Bronze Arts Award.  Wishing you 'good luck' Lauren with your award!


The events of the weekend in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee were amazing!  We enjoyed watching the Pageant on the River Thames, The Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace and joining in on the celebrations in the village.  All made for a happy and memorable occasion, even with the rain!  Happy Diamond Jubilee!

11/01/2012 01:20 PM
Shows to visit for sourcing fabrics for SS-2013
It seems no time since the frantic busyness of Christmas and the amazing New Years celebrations.  2012 promises to be an exciting year with the fast approaching Olympic Games in London.  Here we are nearing the middle of January already.


Filling in the wall planner, calendar and diary has proved to be a juggling act.  


I've started research for designing Spring Summer 2013 and the next three events I've fixed in my diary so I can source fabrics and trends are: 


If you're planning on attending these events let me know, it'll be a great opportunity to meet up you.


Another event I don't want to miss which will help me on my way with Spring Summer 2013 is the Spring Summer 2013 Trend presentation from Mudpie for Mens, Ladies and Children on Wednesday 1st February at Emtex Designer Forum in Nottingham.  I'll also have the opportunity to use the forecasts from Stylesight.


Starting a new season is like the beginning of a new year.  I find it so invigorating working with the new colour palettes, researching new themes, working with new shapes and creating new knits and prints.


I think 2012 is going to be a good year.  I hope 2012 will be a great year for you too!


21/10/2011 06:43 PM
Working with chocolate, honey and spice colours for next Autumn/winter!

created new, more colourful image for Home page on website



using animal prints, florals and images from Africa 



using chocolate brown, honey, spice and a zingy lemon

08/06/2011 04:22 PM
Seeking inspiration from the sea....

.........fish down below....



 ....fish swimming......



....all alone......



....mum and babe...........



.......there's lots of them.........




.............squiggly jelly fish........

03/06/2011 05:08 PM
Seeking inspiration from the sea....


......fish swimming through the coral.....

26/05/2011 08:55 AM
Sample Art work

A little owl doodle.

I call them
"Scruffy Owls"

25/05/2011 02:51 PM
RSS Test Success
The test of the RSS feed to my web site was a success ;-)
Technology rocks.
Next job -  need to add pictures

25/05/2011 02:46 PM
Blog now available as RSS feed
Test of RSS feed to sh-design.co.uk web site