Enjoying The Challenge

So, no sooner than i say i'm going to find a job... the work starts rolling in!  I think it is due to the mass hysteria the holidays and Chinese New Year bring.  So i am busy, which is really an answer to prayers.  I am also working in-house a few days a week for a great client with really lovely people.   Yay for friendly faces and free coffee.

Just to add some interest to the mix i have been doing some super fun projects.  As a textile designer my bread and butter has been florals which i totally dig.  Nonetheless i can do florals in my sleep and i love a good challenge.  I have always believed if there is a theme/motif i can make a pattern for it or using it. Be it a book, plant, beast or product.  It makes me so happy to produce prints that have concept and story.  I am not a fantastic storyteller with words, but give me a pencil and i'll be able to create a narrative.  I think it has really helped me develop as a designer, and not just merrily follow the obvious trends. I am challenging you to create a pattern which has content and tells a story from your life.  Maybe that is a beautiful cabbage rose or maybe it is based on your favorite book.  Look out folks for my 10 commandments print hee hee.  Here are some images that may spark a new way of thinking about pattern.  Say no to knockoffs and be YOU.  Tell YOUR story.


fantastic vintage scarf the story of the Golden state
is this The Canterbury tales? Or just fancy men
i love to swim
antiques love me!

Anyone want some Spring/Summer 2015?

Ahh i'm drowning in the rain here in Seattle.  It is just as well that this week i am finally getting around to analyzing the Spring Summer 2015 runway trends.  Yay for polka dots and tropicals on a wet November day in Seattle.  I am transported away from my puddle. Bring on the sun burn. I love fashion especially the British variety. Enjoy!

Pattern Occurring View - Get A Job

I have worked as a freelancer for almost 7 years which has served me well.  It has given me the flexibility I needed and enabled me to meet a vast number of new clients here in the USA.  In fact i am rather well networked and know wonderful 'design type' people i can now call friends.  I have also been able to have the luxury of taking time to find my visual voice and know that i can create briefs, concepts and final product for myself.  

Yet this autumn has been horrifically lonely.  I miss having co-workers that i see regularly and share life with.  I am also a little sick of the 'feast or famine' flow of work.  Something regular sounds nice for a bit. So i have done the task i have put off for years—yep since 2009, shameful i know—I made a new resume/cv.  On one hand a resume seems so out dated, with most designers having their own websites and Linkedin profiles, but i am finding you still gotta have one.  No-one is too fancy to not, and most portals for job applications are buggy to say the least.  Have you seen what they do when they grab your info from Linkedin?  It is like they shake it up and dump it wherever, whilst adding a lot of extra characters. So my suggestion is if you want to look like you have your stuff together knuckle down and make a good old fashion resume/cv.  

Anne Marie Jackson Textile Designer Trend Forecaster

It is actually a great process to go through.  To see how far you've come and what you have to offer.  This is something that is hard to take stock of when you work for yourself.  You don't get annual reviews or much feedback on your work. I felt rather accomplished once it was done and it looked pretty.  So now to get it out their and maybe I can find a job that can also snag me an invite to a Christmas party.  A freelance holiday party for one is rubbish!