Popular Surface Pattern

My latest design, called Paisley Power Songbook, has received an excellent reaction from customers and clients around the world. More than 1600 professionals who work in the creative industries viewed or commented positively on my post about the design on Linkedin. Some new customers are buying every type of product I have made with the printed fabric. Since January I have launched the design as scarves, art posters, greeting cards, fabric samples and fabric by the yard.

Paisley Prince Songbook printed chiffon scarf
Paisley Prince Songbook printed chiffon scarf

I initially made a small batch of scarves and sold them all from my online shop PaisleyPowerShop at Etsy.com within a few days. I had to quickly order more chiffon so that my friend Zoe Marshall-Smith can make more. She is a sewing and dress-making tutor in Southend-on-Sea, my home town.

She has also sewn the new printed cushions (= pillow in US) for me. I decided to add black piping to the edges of the cushion to frame the printed fabric design. The artwork I created for this design especially suits having a black ‘frame’ around it.

This Prince cushion was designed and made in Southend, Essex
This Prince cushion was designed and made in Southend, Essex

I launched the cushions today and the first one sold within a couple of hours. Luckily I had arranged for Zoe to make some more, which she gave me this morning so I have a supply in stock. Here is another photo so you can appreciate the black piping around the edge of the cushion and also the purple cotton back.

Prince-theme cushion with black piping. Part of the Paisley Power collection of home-ware.
Prince-theme cushion with black piping. Part of the Paisley Power collection of home-ware.

One of the most popular products using the Paisley Prince Songbook design are the gift cards. They can also be used as greetings cards or notelets. The are blank inside so you can write any message to any person, whatever the occasion.

gift cards designed and hand-made by Patrick Moriarty
gift cards designed and hand-made by Patrick Moriarty

I enjoy making the gift cards by hand in my studio. Sometimes I don’t always stick the artwork and the credit information on perfectly straight but I hope this slight imperfection adds to the hand-made nature of the product. The customer can hopefully appreciate that the cards are made individually by a human and not mass-produced by a machine.

Probably the most important item is the fabric. A few days ago, the owner of a bar in Spain asked me about the possibility of buying 6 yards of my fabric for upholstery in his bar. He also invited me to visit his bar as a guest. Hopefully when he has refurnished the bar with my Paisley Prince Songbook fabric, I will visit to celebrate with him.

 purple paisley pattern specifically designed with motifs relating to the singer Prince Rogers Nelson
purple paisley pattern specifically designed with motifs relating to the singer Prince Rogers Nelson

In January I created an online challenge for people to guess the names of the Prince-related songs and album titles in my design. There were entries from all over the world. Many of the entries were from people living in UK and US but some of the winners lived in Brazil, Belgium and Australia. All the winners were very excited when they found out they had won a prize. There are 20 songs and albums in the design, including: When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, Kiss, 7 and Sign O’ the Times.

Visit the Shops page on my website so that you can order the unique hand-made products or eye-catching fabric. Thank you!

Fit for a Prince

It was great to finally see the finished wax figure of the music legend Prince. It was a real privilege to be involved in the project. I was invited by Tony Webb, who masterfully created the whole wax representation of Prince, to supply one of my paisley pattern fabrics for the lining of the jacket.

Tony is an expert at making art creations in wax by hand. He trained at Madame Tussauds, London. His wax figures are frequently used in major film and TV blockbusters. Everyone who has seen the pics of the Prince wax figure have said that the resemblance to the singer is uncanny.
The superb costume for the Prince figure was made by Melissa Bowler. She is an expert at fashion designing, pattern cutting and sewing. On her Instagram page you can see a video of her showing the Prince jacket she made. In the video she folds back the jacket to reveal the printed paisley lining fabric that I created specially for this project.
I provided the satin fabric used for the lining of the jacket. Tony asked me if I had a suitable paisley fabric, which would be suitable for Prince. I knew my paisley textile design would be suitable if I recoloured it in shades of purple. I named this new version “Purple Paisley Prince“. Purple was the favourite colour of Prince, he named one of his most famous songs “Purple Rain”.

Prince also loved the paisley pattern. He name his recording studios “Paisley Park Studios” and his record label “Paisley Park Records“. One of his numerous hit singles was called “Paisley Park”.
Here is a close-up photo of the wax figure. You can see all the amazing details of his face that Tony Webb has meticulously formed from wax.

 If you visit the official website of Tony Webb Creative Services you will see lots of fantastic wax representations of celebrities including: Lady Gaga, Robert de Niro, Meryl Streep, Elvis Presley, Nicole Kidman and Bob Marley.
Here is the finished design that was used to print the lining fabric:

A few days ago, a new customer ordered 2 yards of the “Purple Paisley Prince” fabric from my online Spoonflower shop. Today a new customer bought 45 yards of the design printed on sport lycra.

Purple Paisley Prince satin designed by Patrick Moriarty

If you would like to order the fabric, visit my Paisley Power online fabric store. There are lots of other designs to choose from, including lots of unique paisley patterns. I originally draw all my designs by hand on paper. 
Make sure you visit the website portfolio of Tony Webb to see all his fantastic and hugely popular wax figures of famous celebrities.
Also visit the Instagram page of Melissa Bowler to see the amazing costumes she creates.

No.1 Prince Card!

Fans of Prince Rogers Nelson have found the ideal greeting card, birthday card and gift card. The design called “Paisley Prince Songbook” was launched in January 2019 by designer Patrick Moriarty who owns the brand Paisley Power. It is the best-selling Prince card being sold by the popular online shopping website Etsy.com.

Paisley Prince Songbook birthday cards are the best-selling Prince-themed cards available from Etsy.com. New customers every day are complimenting the artwork on it's unique interpretation of the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Paisley Prince Songbook birthday cards are the best-selling Prince-themed cards available from Etsy.com

In the last 24 hours orders for the cards have been received from a UK customer in Berkshire and from US customers in Colorado and Indiana.

gift cards with the new exciting design called Paisley Prince Songbook by designer Patrick Moriarty

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/662588536/prince-rogers-nelson-tribute-greeting

The design was drawn by hand in 2018 on paper. Patrick Moriarty chose characters and symbols to include in the design, which represented the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson.

3rd Eye Girl was the name of Prince's backing band, formed in 2014. A visual reference to the band is included in the Paisley Prince Songbook design.
3rd Eye Girl was the name of Prince’s backing band, formed in 2014. A visual reference to the band is included in the Paisley Prince Songbook design

A customer in Virginia who ordered lots of Paisley Power items printed with the purple and black design said “It is so nice to see someone creating affordable work, of the caliber Prince deserves. I look forward to experiencing your work”.

Another customer in Honolulu, US said “It’s a beautiful print!!! I hope you create more Prince inspired patterns”. She ordered lots of products including 20 gift cards.

Paisley Prince Song Book design with lots of references to the amazing songs of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Paisley Prince Song Book design

A customer in Massachusetts, US said “Your designs are gorgeous and what a wonderful tribute to Prince!” She was a winner in the recent Paisley Power competition to guess the songs and album titles mentioned in the design.

a special card designed for the fans of Prince and the Prince family.
a special card designed for the fans of Prince and the Prince family

If you like this new design and would like to buy more products made with the design, you should visit the Paisley Power Shop at Etsy.com where you will be pleased to discover scarves, cushions, bags, posters and fabric all dedicated to the incredible legacy of Prince.

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Connections

It’s great to build connections with people when you have your own collection of designs. Different designs suit different people, In January I launched my new design Paisley Prince Songbook, which is a pictorial anthology of some of Prince’s amazing songs.

Nadine-of-Georgia-US-with-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-chiffon-scarf
Nadine-of-Georgia-US-with-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-chiffon-scarf

Lots of people around the world liked the design and ordered scarves, posters, fabric and greeting cards. The photo here was emailed to me by Nadine in Georgia who is a wonderful member of the Prince family and sent me the pic. She’s wearing a chiffon scarf made with my new Prince-tribute design. Her silver necklace of the Prince love symbol compliments the scarf perfectly. Here is another photo she sent me of her looking amazing in the chiffon scarf she ordered from me.

Nadine-Georgia-US-wearing-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-scarf
Nadine-Georgia-US-wearing-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-scarf

Nadine is a dedicated Prince admirer and regularly visits Paisley Park in Minneapolis, which is a long way from Georgia in the South to Minnesota in the north. She has ordered 3 yards of printed fabric with the new Prince design to make a dress for her next trip there.

We have had lots of excellent chats online since we met a few weeks ago. I’m sure our friendship will develop during 2019. Hopefully we will meet, probably at Paisley Park one day. It seems like the obvious place for us to get together in real life and celebrate our mutual affection for the creativity and legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson.

"Paisley Prince Song Book" design created by Patrick Moriarty in 2018 and launched in January 2019. Patrick drew all the Princ-related motifs by hand on paper and then completed the design using Adobe Photoshop.
“Paisley Prince Song Book” design created by Patrick Moriarty

Vintage Chair Upholstery

My sister decided that Mum’s chair needed a makeover for 2019. Catherine asked me if I had a suitable fabric in my fabric collection. We agreed on one that suited the chair and my sister reupholstered the chair. She chose a trim to compliment the fabric pattern.

Genuine Lloyd Loom chair reupholstered with Paisley Power symmetrical design fabric.
reupholstered Lloyd loom chair with fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty

It was quite a challenging job for my sister to fit the fabric on the chair, but when it was finished it looked brand new again. Before she fitted the fabric she painted the whole chair in a cream colour.

The vintage chair was reupholstered and repainted.
new furnishing fabric upholstery of Loyld loom chair Southend Essex

The fabric has a pattern that I drew by hand originally on paper. Its design has similarities to the style of William Morris but is unique so you know you are buying a totally new contemporary textile print design. You can buy this fabric from my Paisley Power online Spoonflower shop.

Linear Organic fabric available by the yard from Spoonflower printers.
symmetrical linear organic design printed fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty

Here is a photo of the hand-made cushion made with the fabric to match the chair.

Paisley Power cushion cover with mirrored symmetrical blue linear design on a white background.
Paisley Power cushion cover with mirrored symmetrical blue linear design on a white background

Mum is very happy with her new revived chair and cushion. It gives her bedroom a fresh look for 2019. The paisley cushion can be bought from my online shop at Etsy.com. It has a lovely blue cotton back and blue zip.

Linear Organic design cushion cover by Patrick Moriarty.
Linear Organic design cushion cover by Patrick Moriarty

If you have any questions about the fabric or the sewn cushion cover, don’t hesitate to ask any questions directly with the designer Patrick Moriarty on the contact page of the Paisley Power website. Thank you!

Popular Paisley Pattern

My latest design, called Paisley Power Songbook, has received an excellent reaction from customers and clients around the world. Some new customers are buying every type of product I have made with the printed fabric. Since January I have launched the design as scarves, art posters, greeting cards, fabric samples and fabric by the yard.

Paisley Prince Songbook printed chiffon scarf
Paisley Prince Songbook printed chiffon scarf  

I initially made 4 scarves and sold them all from my online shop PaisleyPowerShop at Etsy.com within a few days. I had to quickly order more chiffon so that my friend Zoe Marshall-Smith can make more. She is a sewing and dress-making tutor in Southend-on-Sea, my home town.
She has also sewn the new printed cushions (= pillow in US) for me. I decided to add black piping to the edges of the cushion to frame the printed fabric design. The artwork I created for this design especially suits having a black ‘frame’ around it.

This Prince cushion was designed and made in Southend, Essex
This Prince cushion was designed and made in Southend, Essex

I launched the cushions today and the first one sold within a couple of hours. Luckily I had arranged for Zoe to make some more, which she gave me this morning so I have a supply in stock. Here is another photo so you can appreciate the black piping around the edge of the cushion and also the purple cotton back.

Prince-theme cushion with black piping. Part of the Paisley Power collection of home-ware.
Prince-theme cushion with black piping. Part of the Paisley Power collection of home-ware.

One of the most popular products using the Paisley Prince Songbook design are the gift cards. They can also be used as greetings cards or notelets. The are blank inside so you can write any message to any person, whatever the occasion.

gift cards designed and hand-made by Patrick Moriarty
gift cards designed and hand-made by Patrick Moriarty

I enjoy making the gift cards by hand in my studio. Sometimes I don’t always stick the artwork and the credit information on perfectly straight but I hope this slight imperfection adds to the hand-made nature of the product. The customer can hopefully appreciate that the cards are made individually by a human and not mass-produced by a machine.
Probably the most important item is the fabric. A few days ago, the owner of a bar in Spain asked me about the possibility of buying 6 yards of my fabric for upholstery in his bar. He also invited me to visit his bar as a guest. Hopefully when he has refurnished the bar with my Paisley Prince Songbook fabric, I will visit to celebrate with him.

 purple paisley pattern specifically designed with motifs relating to the singer Prince Rogers Nelson
purple paisley pattern specifically designed with motifs relating to the singer Prince Rogers Nelson

In January I created an online challenge for people to guess the names of the Prince-related songs and album titles in my design. There were entries from all over the world. Many of the entries were from people living in UK and US but some of the winners lived in Brazil, Belgium and Australia. All the winners were very excited when they found out they had won a prize. There are 20 songs and albums in the design, including: When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, Kiss, 7 and Sign O’ the Times.
Visit the Shops page on my website so that you can order the unique hand-made products or eye-catching fabric. Thank you!
#Prince #purplereign

Paisley Prince Songbook Competition Winners!

Congratulations to all the winners of the Paisley Prince Songbook competition. All entrants had to try and guess all the Prince songs and albums that are represented in the new design. I originally drew the design by hand on paper in 2018 and launched it in 2019. It’s available as fabric, artwork posters, chiffon scarves and greeting cards.

You're a winner! special announcement that the winners of the Paisley Prince Songbook competition have been announced.
Announcing the winners of the Paisley Prince Songbook competition

The 4 main winners, who receive a large fabric piece, are: Nicola Garrett, Cheryl Shrimplin, Kirsty Weaver and Linda Eknoian.

Printed fabric sample with motifs of the Prince songs: When Doves Cry, Guitar, Kiss, 3rd Eye and Purple Rain.
Printed fabric sample with motifs of the Prince songs: When Doves Cry, Guitar, Kiss, 3rd Eye and Purple Rain

The runners up will all receive a hand-made greeting card printed with the design. Renee Nugent-Foster, Shane Stafford, Gail Rebus, Lisa Shrimplin, Simon Isaac, Brigitte dhoe, Christine Duffield, Mandy Layen, Kaz Marjorie, Lilian Kavalieris, Robinette Fowler, Totally Mod, Ambitiouscapricornleader111.

Hand-made gift cards with Prince-themed design by Patrick Moriarty. The cards were awarded to all the runners-up in a recent competition to guess Prince's songs represented in the design.
gift cards with Prince-themed design by Patrick Moriarty

There were 20 songs (+albums) represented in the artwork:

Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Paisley Park, Kiss, Peace, 3rd Eye, Joy Of Repetition, Tambourine, Guitar, Anthology, Eye Hate U, The Tears In Your Eyes, U Got The Look, Sign O’ The Times, Diamonds & Pearls, Eye No, Billy’s Sunglasses, Symbol, 7.

I also allowed While My Guitar Gently Weeps (I know it’s by George Harrison but Prince played guitar on a great live version of it, and lots of you suggested it, so I allowed it).

Well done! to all the winners and everyone else who entered the competition. It was great fun! People entered the competition after seeing posts on lots of different social media sites and websites including: Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Spoonflower, Twitter and Google+.

Making Hand-made Gift Cards

I enjoy the process of creating new artwork and designing printed textiles. I also enjoy making hand-made items such as greeting cards. I often combine the two activities resulting in hand-made cards with my own artwork on them.

Paisley Prince Songbook notelets are carefully made by hand in Southend Essex by designer Patrick Moriarty.
Paisley Prince Songbook notelets are carefully made by hand in Southend Essex

In the last few days I have been very busy making cards for my customers. I launched a new design and it is selling well online. The design on the cards is a tribute to the music legend Prince. The title is Paisley Prince Songbook. I drew the design on paper first and then completed the design using Photoshop. I have included many references to Prince’s songs in the artwork including purple rain, paisley symbols, crying doves and peace signs. There are also lots of guitars and tambourines in the design too. Prince wrote a song called Guitar and another song called Tambourine.

artwork details including the name of the designer Patrick Moriarty of Paisley Power are added to each card
artwork details including the name of the designer Patrick Moriarty of Paisley Power are added to each card

I carefully measure the edge of each printed design and then I cut off the white borders. The design is printed on high-quality fine archival paper for durability and elegance.

making-a-hand-made-greeting-card-with-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-artwork
making-a-hand-made-greeting-card-with-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-artwork

I always ensure each item I make looks perfect. I want my customers to be happy so that they are confident to buy more products in the future, which they usually do.

cutting-paper-to-make-card-for-Prince-fans
cutting-paper-to-make-card-for-Prince-fans

I have sold more than 300 hand-made items from my Paisley Power Shop at Etsy. I have also sold 100 items at the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.
It’s rather time-consuming to make lots of note cards individually but I’m sure my customers appreciate the effort. The cards are unique, unlike the mass-produced cards that can be bought from most high street stationery shops. On birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day and other special occasions, it is always much nicer to receive a hand-made card. It shows that someone has had the time to buy it from an independent designer. The have made an extra effort to source the card before giving it to their loved one, relative or close friend.

Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-card-designed-and-made-by-Patrick-Moriarty
Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-card-designed-and-made-by-Patrick-Moriarty

In the last few days new customers in Staffordshire, Kansas, Minnesota, The Netherlands and Seattle have all bought these new Prince tribute greeting cards. They are suitable for many occasions and can be used as birthday cards, thank you cards, sympathy/get well soon cards, wedding/anniversary cards, congratulations cards and friendship/encouragement cards.
Everyone has a favourite Prince song that reminds them of the night they met their partner, a memorable Prince concert they went to with a close friend, an anniversary party or maybe even there is a Prince song that helped them recover from an illness.

Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-cards-designed-and-made-by-Patrick-Moriarty
Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-cards. designed and hand-made in Southend-on-Sea

Remember to visit the Paisley Power Shop because if you like this design you will probably like the Prince scarves, posters and fabric samples, all printed with this unique new design. Last week a customer in Georgia US bought 3 yards of the Prince design printed on jersey fabric so that she can make a dress for herself for when she visits Paisley Park later this year. You  can buy yards of the printed Paisley Prince Songbook fabric from my Paisley Power store at Spoonflower. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me.

Making Hand-made Cards

I enjoy the process of creating new artwork and designing printed textiles. I also enjoy making hand-made items such as greeting cards. I often combine the two activities resulting in hand-made cards with my own artwork on them.

Paisley Prince Songbook notelets are carefully made by hand in Southend Essex by designer Patrick Moriarty.
Paisley Prince Songbook notelets are carefully made by hand in Southend Essex

In the last few days I have been very busy making cards for my customers. I launched a new design and it is selling well online. The design on the cards is a tribute to the music legend Prince. The title is Paisley Prince Songbook. I drew the design on paper first and then completed the design using Photoshop. I have included many references to Prince’s songs in the artwork including purple rain, paisley symbols, crying doves and peace signs. There are also lots of guitars and tambourines in the design too. Prince wrote a song called Guitar and another song called Tambourine.

artwork details including the name of the designer Patrick Moriarty of Paisley Power are added to each card
artwork details including the name of the designer Patrick Moriarty of Paisley Power are added to each card

I carefully measure the edge of each printed design and then I cut off the white borders. The design is printed on high-quality fine archival paper for durability and elegance.

making-a-hand-made-greeting-card-with-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-artwork
making-a-hand-made-greeting-card-with-Paisley-Prince-Songbook-artwork

I always ensure each item I make looks perfect. I want my customers to be happy so that they are confident to buy more products in the future, which they usually do.

cutting-paper-to-make-card-for-Prince-fans
cutting-paper-to-make-card-for-Prince-fans

I have sold more than 300 hand-made items from my Paisley Power Shop at Etsy. I have also sold 100 items at the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK.

It’s rather time-consuming to make lots of note cards individually but I’m sure my customers appreciate the effort. The cards are unique, unlike the mass-produced cards that can be bought from most high street stationery shops. On birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s day and other special occasions, it is always much nicer to receive a hand-made card. It shows that someone has taken the time to buy it from an independent designer. The have made an extra effort to source the card before giving it to their loved one, relative or close friend.

Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-card-designed-and-made-by-Patrick-Moriarty
Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-card-designed-and-made-by-Patrick-Moriarty

In the last few days new customers in Staffordshire, Kansas, Minnesota, The Netherlands and Seattle have all bought these new Prince tribute greeting cards. They are suitable for many occasions and can be used as birthday cards, thank you cards, sympathy/get well soon cards, wedding/anniversary cards, congratulations cards and friendship/encouragement cards.

Everyone has a favorite Prince song that reminds them of the night they met their partner, a memorable Prince concert they went to with a close friend, an anniversary party or maybe even there is a Prince song that helped them recover from an illness.

Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-cards-designed-and-made-by-Patrick-Moriarty
Paisley-Prince-Songbook-gift-cards. designed and hand-made in Southend-on-Sea

Remember to visit the Paisley Power Shop because if you like this design you will probably like the Prince scarves, posters and fabric samples, all printed with this unique new design. Last week a customer in Georgia US bought 3 yards of the Prince design printed on jersey fabric so that she can make herself a dress for when she visits Paisley Park later this year. You can buy yards of the printed Paisley Prince Songbook fabric from my Paisley Power store at Spoonflower. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me.

Paisley Prince Songbook Design

I am thrilled with the reaction online to my latest design. Prince fans have been very complimentary about it. It is called “Paisley Prince Songbook” because many of Prince’s smash hits are depicted in the design. I drew the design by hand on paper in 2018. A customer in Seattle wrote: “Great design and great tribute to Prince!”. He bought 3 greeting cards printed with the design.

Paisley Prince Songbook greeting cards hand made by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea, UK
Paisley Prince Songbook greeting cards hand made by Patrick Moriarty

Another customer ordered some fabric samples, then ordered some yards of fabric and then ordered 2 chiffon scarves. All were printed with the purple and black Prince tribute design.

The songs of Prince Rogers Nelson are printed as motifs on this chiffon fashion scarf
The songs of Prince Rogers Nelson are printed as motifs on this chiffon fashion scarf

These are the US states where Prince fans have ordered fabric, scarves and greeting cards: Georgia, Washington, California, Minnesota and Louisiana. Customers in UK and Australia have ordered posters and fabric samples.

The Prince Rogers Nelson songbook art print is ideal for hanging on your wall.
the Prince Rogers Nelson songbook art print is ideal for hanging on your wall

A customer in Southend-on-Sea is going to have her art print framed and then hung in the music room in her house. She loves the music of Prince.
Another complimentary comment was written by a dedicated Prince fan who had seen the design online. She wrote: “I just wanted to say your design is absolutely beautiful. Well done for designing something very unique for all us Prince fans.”