Diary of a Designer – Part 79 – by Patrick Moriarty

I’ve opened another online shop for products printed with my unique Paisley Power designs! The store is in my name, so it’s called PaisleyPower and is at the Red Bubble website. Here is one of the new exclusive face masks in the shop, which is not available anywhere else. It is a face mask printed with my Hibiscus Paisley design.

hibiscus paisley face mask
hibiscus paisley face mask

In my WordPress blog posts in the next few weeks, I will be featuring lots more of the superb range of fashion garments and products available in my new store. If there is anything you would like me to upload for you, I am happy to do it. For example, if you wanted my Paisley Cats design on an iPhone case, I can arrange it. If you wanted my Urban Butterfly design on a throw pillow, I can arrange it. Here is another photo of the Hibiscus Paisley face mask so you can see more of the pattern on the whole mask.

hibiscus paisley face mask with white elastic ear loops
hibiscus paisley face mask with white elastic ear loops

Since the start of the coronavirus lockdowns in many countries, which generally started in March 2020, customers worldwide have been buying my fabrics to make their own face coverings. Today a customer chose my “Purple Prince Paisley” design. The customer chose to have the design printed on Petal Signature Cotton, which is a good quality basic cotton, available from Spoonflower printers.

"Purple Prince Paisley" design printed on satin
“Purple Prince Paisley” design printed on satin

The purple version of the design was specially commissioned by Tony Webb Wax Figures. Tony contacted me and in 2017 asked me if I had a suitable paisley fabric that would look great as the lining of jackets for 4 wax sculpures of Prince Rogers Nelson. I sent him a pic of the design and he instructed me to make it in particular shades of purple to suit outer fabric of the jackets. He also requested that the design was printed on satin. He ordered 11 yards. Here is a photo of the Prince wax sculpture and also my fabric. The wax figures of Prince are currently on display in 4 wax museums in the US.

"Purple Prince Paisley" printed satin, which was used for the jacket linings of 4 wax figures of Prince Rogers Nelson.
“Purple Prince Paisley” printed satin, which was used for the jacket linings of 4 wax figures of Prince Rogers Nelson.

On August 1st and 2nd, 3 new customers bought “Paisley Prince Songbook” face masks: Connie in Virginia US, Louise in Ontario Canada and Lauren in Eastbourne UK. Connie and Louise bought the masks from the Paisley Power Shop (online) and Lauren bought hers from my ebay store.

"Paisley Prince Songbook" face mask. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
“Paisley Prince Songbook” face mask

Many customers write reviews of these unique face masks online. The purple paisley design with lots of viosual references to Prince’s songs, appeal greatly to Prince fans worldwide. Here is a photo of Tina Foster in Tennessee wearing the face mask she bought from my online shop. She wrote: “Thank you so much Patrick!!! Love the masks so much!!!! Perfection!”

Tina Foster in Tennessee wearing a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask
Tina Foster in Tennessee wearing a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask

Here are some more 5-star reviews of the Paisley Prince Songbook facemasks, which customers posted online in July 2020.

Janene in Norfolk wrote: “Love it, thank you.”

Kevin in Bedford wrote: “Great service would highly recommend”

Diary of a Designer – Part 78 – by Patrick Moriarty

On July 31st I contacted my website host, which is WiX. The Wix expert who replied to my query was Ernesto. He answered my queries about my website, which is Paisleypower.com. He also commented on how much he liked some of my designs for lining fabrics for tailoring. He wrote: “I have taken a look at your site and wanted to mention how nice, delicate, and detailed your lining designs really are, I seriously like them!” It was great of Ernesto to give his personal opinion about my designs. I am sure he is referring to the 6 designs that I was commissioned to make for Bernstein and Banleys (the Lining Company) in 2017. Here are some images of the designs, which have been used by well-known bespoke tailors. The first one is called Paisley Palm Trees. I drew it completely by hand on paper and then scanned my artwork with an Epson scanner. Then I completed the design by using Adobe Photoshop software.

Paisley Palm Trees design by Patrick Moriarty for Bernstein and Banleys Ltd
Paisley Palm Trees design by Patrick Moriarty for Bernstein and Banleys Ltd

Here is a another design I created, which is now in the Printed Lining Collection of Bernstein and Banleys Ltd.

"Peonies" a printed lining fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty for Bernstein and Banleys Ltd
“Peonies” a printed lining fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty for Bernstein and Banleys Ltd

Here is a photo of how one of Bernstein and Banleys’ clients used the Peonies fabric for the lining of a men’s suit jacket. De Filippo Uomo is the bespoke tailoring company in Koblenz Germany that used the fabric.

De Filippo Uomo suit with "Peonies" lining fabric designed by patrick moriarty
De Filippo Uomo suit jacket with “Peonies” lining fabric designed by patrick moriarty

On August 1st a customer bought a fat quarter of Hibiscus Paisley fabric (the pink, teal and brown version). A dressmaker in Scotland bought several yards of this fabric to make a very pretty wedding dress.

Kimberly Santana is very fond of the Paisley Prince Songbook design. On August 1st, she bought 2 dresses, a t-shirt and a face mask, all printed with the Prince-themed purple paisley design. I’m guessing that she is a massive fan of Prince’s songs.

On August 1st, Rene Nugent-Foster contacted me to ask if she could buy a face mask for her partner Rob. She said that he wanted one of the masks made of the “Sew-on Patches USA” printed cotton.

"Sew-on Patches USA" face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
“Sew-on Patches USA” face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty

Here is another view of the mask, which has been folded so you can see the printed pattern on the left side of the mask. I originally drew the whole design on paper. The left side has motifs , which include burning dice, a planet, a Route 66 road sign, an eyeball, a Texan Rose, a skull and a potted cactus. The right side has a USA peace sign, a marijuana leaf, a guitar, a “Pow!” exclamation, stars and arrows.

left-side of the "Sew-on Patches USA" face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
left-side of the “Sew-on Patches USA” face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty

Diary of a Designer – Part 77 – by Patrick Moriarty

It was great to catch up with my friend Michelle Bappoo, who I haven’t seen since before lockdown began in March 2020. She bought a Paisley Cats face mask and a Cherry Moon (purple) face mask. She wrote on Instagram: “Really pleased with my dancing cats designer mask. Delivered with a smile 😊 Thank you @paisleypowerpat”.

Michelle is my yoga instructor and I greatly enjoy her classes. Contact Michelle for yoga classes in Essex. I’m looking forward to resuming my yoga sessions with Michelle, now that coronavirus lockdown restrictions are easing in England. Here is a selfie of her wearing the Paisley Cats face mask in her garden.

Yoga instructor Michelle Bappo is wearing a "paisley cats" face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
Yoga instructor Michelle Bappo is wearing a “paisley cats” face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty

On July 31st, Lisa Thomas-Smith bought a yard of cotton, printed with the very small version of Paisley Prince Songbook design. She lives in Boulder Colorado US and is studying for a PHD in philosphy. I wish her success in achieving her doctorate qualification.

Very small version of the "Paisley Prince Songbook" printed fabric
Very Small version of the “Paisley Prince Songbook” printed fabric

Lots of customers have been buying Paisley Power fabrics in the last 4 days. People are wanting to make their own cotton face masks with my eye-catching patterns. Wearing face masks is considered to be essential now, to try to combat the spread of coronavirus and in the last few days, Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister and Donald Trump, the US president, have finally ackowledged the important contribution of face masks to public health. They recommend that face masks be worn.

My customers, in the last 4 days (July 28th to 31st) have bought 12 yards of Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. They bought 5 yards of Mexican Skulls fabric and 4 yards of Paisley Rats fabric. The customers include Donna Kelley, Anya Thomson, Jessie Burningham, Kaitlin Ciotti, and Tina Montoya. Here is a photo of a yard of Paisley Rats fabric (turquoise version). I placed an apple and a tangerine next to the yard of fabric to give you a sense of scale.

1 yard of printed cotton with turquoise paisley rats pattern designed by patrick moriarty
1 yard of printed cotton with turquoise paisley rats pattern designed by patrick moriarty

Today (July 31st) Kathy in Chicago bought a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask. Kathy had previously bought 2 of the masks in June, so she must be satisified with the design and quality of them, which is great! Also today, Scott in Los Angeles has bought one.

I will be introducing some new face masks to the Paisley Power face mask collection in the coming months. I would like my WordPress readers and followers on social media, to give their preference for the designs from my archive that could be suitable for making face masks. Here is my design called “Paisley Power scarf print” design. It’s the pink and coral version. Would it look good printed on cotton and made into a face mask? I think it would.

Here is a close-up image of the “Paisley Power scarf print” design, so that you can see some of the small details and paisley shapes. You can also see the sharpness of the edges of each shape or line of color. This sharpness guarantees excellent print quality. I learned this from working in textile print design studios in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and London for many years. In Copenhagen , I was the studio manager for 5 years. Most of my designs are drawn by hand on paper. This design (pictured below) was completely drawn by my hand in January 2014. I completed the design with Photoshop software.

close-up image of the "Paisley Power scarf print" design
close-up image of the “Paisley Power scarf print” design

On July 30th Tami Morales bought a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask from my PaisleyPower1 store at the Rage On website.

Paisley Prince Songbook face mask available from the Rage On website. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Prince Songbook face mask from the Rage On website

Diary of a Designer – Part 76 – by Patrick Moriarty

Here is a photo of the Cherry Moon (black version) face mask. Kimberly in California makes her own face masks and sells lots of them online. She sells many different styles and posts excellent photos on Instagram of her customers wearing them. She bought one of the Cherry Moon (black) masks. She wrote: “I love your stuff and attention to detail.” She liked both the black mask and the purple mask. She said in a very complimentary way “you made it hard to decide which to choose”. I’m glad she chose one and bought it.

Cherry Moon (black version) face mask. Designed by professional UK textile designer Patrick Moriarty
Cherry Moon (black version) face mask

Here is a photo of the Cherry Moon (purple version) face mask. Prince used the color purple very much during his career, therefore his fans are very fond of purple too. I hope they like my purple face mask based on the 1986 Prince movie “Under The Cherry Moon”.

Cherry Moon (purple version) face mask.
Cherry Moon (purple version) face mask.

Thanks very much to Ruth Mortimer of Leigh-on-Sea UK, who’s wearing a green Palm Leaves (Paisley Power) face mask. The face mask looks perfect for her mindfulness sessions and therapy courses in the woods and forests. She posted this excellent selfie on her instagram page and wrote: “I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous nature-inspired mask with you, from local @paisleypowerpat”. If you live in the Essex area or would like to travel into Essex for one of Ruth’s excellent session or courses, take a look at her Forest Clouds Nature Therapy Instagram page to find out more.

Ruth Mortimer wearing green palm leaves face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
Ruth Mortimer wearing green palm leaves face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty

My “Mexican Skull Bandana” fabrics are in demand! A customer today bought a yard each of the red version, blue tones version, and the pure blue version. Yesterday another customer bought a yard of the red/blue version and the blue tones version. Customers are making face masks with these fabrics because they have a stylish bandana-themed pattern but offer better protection, as facemasks are a better fit than bandanas. Here is my photo of the red version.

"mexican skull bandana" fabric (blue tones version) designed by patrick moriarty
“mexican skull bandana” fabric (red version) designed by patrick moriarty

This is the blue tones version of the “Mexican Skull Bandana” fabric.

"mexican skull bandana" fabric (blue tones version) designed by patrick moriarty
“mexican skull bandana” fabric (blue tones version) designed by patrick moriarty

Take a look at the whole collection of Mexican Skull Bandana fabrics because there are also versions in pink, grey and black. Here is the black version made into a popular face mask, which has been bought by Paisley Power customers in UK, Spain and US.

mexican skulls face mask (black version)
mexican skulls face mask (black version)

On July 29th I received an inquiry from Zoe Sutton who asked “Hi, I’m not sure if you make these and sell them but I’d like to buy a prince fabric facemask”. I replied to say that I definitely do make and sell Prince-themed facemasks. I’m sure she was referring to the very popular “Paisley Prince Songbook” facemasks. I sent her the link to my online shop and I also provided information about my new Prince-themed facemasks, which are made with the “Cherry Moon” printed cotton in black or in purple. She replied “Thank you! The fabric is amazing”. I’m sure she will buy a facemask or go to my online fabric store and buy some of my fabric in the next few days. Here is a photo showing the right side and left side of the Paisley Prince Songbook mask.

On July 30th, Sam in East London bought one of the face masks (see pic below). 2020 has been a difficult year for lots of people worldwide, so the peaceful sad doves in the design appeal to lots of people.

"Paisley Prince Songbook" facemasks (folded). Designed by Patrick Moriarty
“Paisley Prince Songbook” facemasks (folded). Designed by Patrick Moriarty

Diary of a Designer – Part 75 – by Patrick Moriarty

A new unique paisley pattern has been designed by Paisley Power’s Patrick Moriarty. It’s called Paisley Positivity. The black and white versions are already available to purchase as printed fabrics and printed wallpapers. They are listed in the paisley collection of designs in Patrick’s PaisleyPower fabric store at Spoonflower digital printers website. This new purple and lilac version will be available soon too. They are exclusive designs, only available from Patrick, who designed them.

new unique paisley pattern designed by Patrick Moriarty, called “Paisley Positivity”.

Here are some more photos of the new design. I have photographed the design at an angle to prevent people from copying the design without authorization from me (Patrick Moriarty – the designer).

Positive, bold, clear and happy. The new "Paisley Positivity" design by Patrick Moriarty
Positive, bold, clear and happy. The new “Paisley Positivity” design by Patrick Moriarty

Here is a close-up version so you can appreciate the excellent quality of the artwork and printing capability. The lines and shape edges are sharp and not blurred, ensuring an excellent clarity of pattern.

This close-up photo shows the excellent quality of the printed paper.
This close-up photo shows the excellent quality of the printed paper.

Today a yard of the Mexican Skulls fabric (red & blue version) was bought from the Paisleypower store at Spoonflower. The design is perfect for making eye-catching facemasks if you choose to have it printed on cotton or cotton poplin. Here is a photo of a test swatch of the fabric. It is 100% cotton.

Mexican Skulls fabric (red & blue version)
Mexican Skulls fabric (red & blue version). This is a ctton fabric sample of the design

The customer also bought a yard of the Mexican Skulls fabric (blues version) of the design. The fabric is ideal for making fashion garments, accessories and home decor items.

Mexican Skulls fabric (blues version). Designed by Patrick Moriarty in UK
Mexican Skulls fabric (blues version). This is a ctton fabric sample of the design

The new “Cherry Moon” masks are in demand!
On July 28th, Nikita in North London bought a purple one and said “they look amazing!”. Cathy in Pennsylvania bought a purple one. It was Cathy’s 6th order from my online shop (PaisleyPowerShop.com).
Jessica in West Virginia bought a black Cherry Moon face mask and also a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask too.
Mary in Houston bought one of the lightweight Cherry Moon masks and wrote “The new design is so cute! I can’t wait to receive it!
KT, who is a Californian mask maker, commented on Instagram: “Look at how beautiful those are OMG. I should just order one for myself 💜”. Angela on Instagram commented: “Need to order💜💜”

Here is a video I filmed today of the 3 Cherry Moon facemasks, which I shipped to Nikita, Cathy and Jessica. I zoomed in to the masks so you can see the excellent quality of the printed fabric. You can also appreciate all the small details of the printed pattern.

3 Cherry Moon facemasks

Cathy in Pennsylvania also asked me if i could make her some pillow covers with the small purple version of the Cherry Moon design printed on cotton poplin. She had alrwady bought 2 pillow covers with the large black version of the design. Here is a pic of pillow covers she already has.

Pillow cover made with the large black version of the Cherry Moon printed fabric
Pillow cover made with the large black version of the Cherry Moon printed fabric

Here is a pic of the small purple version of the fabric that she would like some new pillow covers made from.

small purple version of the Cherry Moon printed cotton
small purple version of the Cherry Moon printed cotton

On July 27th, Donna in Sheffield bought a yard of the small black version of the Cherry Moon design printed on cotton poplin. She will be making fabulous face masks for her customers, many of whom are life-long Prince fans. She makes the masks on demand, which means that enough of her customers must have shown an interest in my fabric, when she posted pics of it on her Facebook page. Here is a pic of the version that Donna bought.

Diary of a Designer – Part 74 – by Patrick Moriarty

I have launched 2 new Prince-themed facemasks. The purple Cherry Moon face mask and the black Cherry Moon face mask. Lots of my customers have been asking for these facemasks. I have been selling the lightweight ones on my website but these 2-layer bepoke face masks give better protection. They are 100% cotton and have embedded wire nose grips and black elastic ear loops. I’m sure Prince fans will want to order these unique face masks to remind them of the 1986 Prince movie title “Under The Cherry Moon”.

Purple Cherry Moon face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty

Sales of my unique Paisley Power face masks continue to be excellent. The Paisley Prince Songbook face masks are the most popular. Prince fans all over the world keep buying them. I have sold more than 250 of the 2-layer version. I have also sold another 59 of the 1-layer version from my store at the Rage On website. Customer who bought the Prince-themed 2-layer version include: Pikyan Luk in Milton Keynes UK, Kathryn Dewhurst in Hull UK, Brenda Goodwin in Montana US, Karen Holmes in Durham UK, Gary Morley in Devon UK, Whitney in Memphis US, Cathy Patterson in Manchester UK, Michael Johnson in S.E. London UK (he bought 2), Craig Morris in West Midlands UK, Lesley Hipkiss in Staffordshire UK, Whitni Johnson in California US, Claudia Rees in North Carolina US, Lisa McCarthy in Sydney Australia and Janice Heather in California (who bought 4).

Paisley Prince Songbook face masks are purchased by Prince fans worldwide nearly every day of the year.
Paisley Prince Songbook face masks are purchased by Prince fans worldwide nearly every day of the year.

Sales of Paisley Power face masks in different styles are listed here. Ivan in Cambridge UK bought Mexican Skulls (black), Love Hearts (red), Palm Leaves (green), Andrea in Southend-on-Sea UK bought Paisley Tango (peacock colors), Christopher Adams in Nottingham UK bought Paisley Rats, Mary Cannon in Houston US bought Paisley Cats and Cherry Moon (black). Below is a photo of the Palm Leaves (green) face mask. I designed all the facemasks including the printed fabrics in Southedn-on-Sea UK. Most of the designs I drew by hand on paper first before completing the designs digitally using Adobe Photoshop software on my MacBook Pro. I also use an A3-size Epson scanner, which is an essential piece of equipment in my studio. I also use a lightbox for tracing images with a pen. You can order all of the different face masks listed here from the Face Mask section of my online shop.

It was great to sell face masks to a customer in Australia who I have corresponded with often on Instagram. She is the Australian designer Tamara Schneider (printed textiles and wallpaper). Check out her fabulous printed textile designs and wallpaper designs. She decided to buy her father Gerry Jacobson some Paisley Power face masks as gifts for his 81st birthday. She said, “he rides a bike so needs something secure”. Today she sent me some photos she took of him in Canberra. She said, “They look great on Dad”. Here are some pics of him wearing the face masks. In the first pic he is wearing the Love Hearts face mask (red version).

Gerry Jacobson in Australia wearing a Love Hearts face mask (red version).
Gerry Jacobson in Australia wearing Love Hearts face mask (red version).

Here he is wearing the Palm Leaves black and white face mask.

Gerry Jacobson in Canberra Australia wearing Palm Leaves black and white face mask
Gerry Jacobson in Australia wearing Palm Leaves black and white face mask

Here he is wearing the Palm Leaves (navy blue and green version) face mask. He was also given a Mexican Skulls (black version) facemask as a birthday gift.

Gerry Jacobson wearing the Palm Leaves (navy blue and green version) face mask when he is cycling
Gerry Jacobson wearing the Palm Leaves (navy blue and green version) face mask when he is cycling

Many thanks to Andrea Marchetti in Southend-on-Sea for posting this selfie on Instagram. He’s wearing a Paisley Tango face mask (peacock colors). He wrote: “Loving my new face mask!!! Great quality and superb designs @paisleypowerpat. Thank you Pat”. Andrea owns a successful marble supply business in Southend and needed the face mask for greeting new customers and clients. If you require top-quality marble, granite or quartz for your home, contact Andrea’s company Marbonyx. He’ll be very happy to see you. You’ll recognise him in his Paisley Tango face mask!

Andrea Marchetti wearing a Paisley Tango facemask in Southend-on-Sea Essex
Andrea Marchetti wearing a Paisley Tango facemask in Southend-on-Sea Essex

Sometimes you receive an email from a customer and it makes the working week all seem worthwhile. Thanks to Monica in Columbus, Ohio who bought the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. She emailed me on July 28th and wrote:
“Wow… The fabric is gorgeous!! I’m almost of a mind to just frame it and hang it on the wall!! Thank you!! I will share the final product once it’s completed 💜💜💜”

Paisley Prince Songbook fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Prince Songbook fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty


Diary of a Designer – Part 73 – by Patrick Moriarty

My eldest nephew Ivan took a photo today (July 26th 2020) of him and his baby girl, called Olive. Ivan had recently bought 3 Paisley Power facemasks from my online shop. He sent me the photo with the comment “Your masks are baby-resistant!”, which made me laugh! Ivan is wearing the Mexican Skulls face mask (black version).

My eldest nephew Ivan with his baby girl, called Olive. Ivan is wearing the Mexican Skulls face mask (black version).
Ivan is wearing a Mexican Skulls face mask. Baby Olive helps with the fitting.

I’m excited to launch a new design today called Paisley Positivity. I spend weeks preparing my new designs so that they are as perfect as I can make them. This design has lots of paisley outlines and decorative borders. There are geometric and floral shapes in the space between the paisley symbols. Here is a video that I filmed today to the first printed fabric samples of the design. There is also a paper version of the design in purple and lilac. In the video you can se the order details printed on the samples, which gives information such as the name of the designs and the type of fabric ordered. In this case I ordered all 4 samples on cotton poplin. I posted the video of Paisley Positivity on my Instagram page and the reaction from viewers has been very encouraging. More than 500 people have liked the video. Mario wrote: “Wonderful”, Jeannie Gilding wrote “Gorgeous”, Lisa Kling wrote “Love the purple”, Ronny James wrote “Love this!”, Laura may (textile designer) wrote “Gorgeous!!”

Paisley Positivity is the new design by Patrick Moriarty.

Hayley in East London bought a “Paisley Cats” face mask and a “Mexican Skulls” face mask (red version), both from the Paisley Power online shop. Both are made of unique fabrics designed by Patrick Moriarty.

Hayley in East London wearing a "Paisley Cats" face mask
“Paisley Cats” face mask worn by Hayley in East London

Here is a photo of the face mask so that you can see more of the printed paisley cat-patterned fabric that is used to make the mask.

Cat-themed face mask made of printed fabric with paisley and cat pattern.
Cat-themed face mask made of printed fabric with paisley and cat pattern

Two new customers have bought coffee mugs printed with the Paisley Prince Songbook design: Myles in Denton Texas and Rohan in Falkirk Scotland. They bought the mugs from the PaisleyPrince store on the Zazzle shopping website. The PaisleyPrince store is my store, which sells products printed with my unique Prince themed designs. I will soon be adding my Cherry Moon design to the store so that lots of products will be available for Prince fans to purchase. The Cherry Moon products will definitely appeal to fans of the 1986 Prince movie “Under The Cherry Moon’, because my design is the only design available online that specifically refers to the title of the movie. My design has lots of cherries and moons incorporated in it. In the background of the design is a polka dot pattern, which I added because Prince is seen in the movie wearing amazing outfits, which are made of polka dot fabrics. Here is a video that I recorded on July 19th, 2020 demonstrating the printed fabric. You can clearly see the printed pattern of cherries, moons, stars and polka dots. the version of the design in the video is the large-scale black version of the “Cherry Moon” printed textile design. This type of design is called non-directional because whichever way I turn the fabric, the pattern never looks upside down or around the wrong way. Non-directional designs are the best because they are the most economical when it comes to using the fabric. The dressmaker or tailor does not need to worry about having the motifs in the right direction, because all the motifs look great in every direction, therefore every piece of fabric that is bought can be used to make a garment and it will look perfect. It won’t look upside down or around the wrong way. Wallpaper designs are often directional because everybody hangs rolls of wallpaper vertically.

Large-scale black version of the Cherry Moon printed textile designed by Patrick Moriarty

In my blog post Diary of a Designer – Part 71, I gave details of 2 customers who had bought a t-shirt and an umbrella, both printed with the popular Paisley Prince Songbook design. The products were sold in my PailseyPower1 store at Rage On. I designed all the products in my store. Since then some more products have been sold with my unique Prince-themed paisley design. Marianne Maves bought a t-shirt and she also bought a matching face mask. These customers also bought the Paisley Prince Songbook face masks: Lorena Leapaga, Marcia Soto and Becky Schairer.

Paisley Prince Songbook face masks available from the Rage On website. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Prince Songbook face masks available from the Rage On website

Face Mask Design Contest

Congratulations to Lily Chapman who has won the Southend YMCA facemask design contest. The competition was part of Southend YMCA’s ‘Find Your Voice’ initiative, which brings together a team of young people and professionals to assist young people in having a voice about issues that concern them. Her design is very innovative and has considerable benefits to the community. It has a clear plastic panel over the area of the mouth to help people with hearing difficulties understand more easily what people are saying.

Lily Chapman was the YMCA facemask competition winner 2020. Here she is wearing her winning facemask design
Lily Chapman was the YMCA facemask competition winner 2020. Here she is wearing her winning facemask design

She also created the cool artwork for the printed cotton. It’s an excellent geometric design in fresh pastel colours. There are triangles split into strips, overlapping circles, ‘L’ shapes with striped shadows and lots more dynamic angular shapes. Lots of people say it reminds them of the sweets called Liquorice Allsorts, which is an interesting comparison.

Southend YMCA winning facemask entry artwork by Lily Chapman
Southend YMCA winning facemask entry artwork by Lily Chapman

Congratulations also to the runners-up in the competition. They were Gabriella McCanlis and Nizle Biju. They both entered excellent designs and you can see the designs on the special Southend YMCA website page for the facemask contest. The judge of the competition was Amber Butchart, who is a presenter of the BBC series A Stitch in Time. She is also a fashion historian, so she has lots of experience in choosing the ideal winners of a face mask design competition.

I redrew Lily’s artwork and made it into a repeat pattern in Photoshop so that yards of fabric could be printed to make 100 face masks with it, which will raise funds for the YMCA. Here is a video of me redrawing Lily’s artwork.

Textile designer Patrick Moriarty adapting Lily’s winning artwork for the YMCA facemask design contest 2020

Many thanks to Lydia Kovacs for inviting me to work on the project. Lydia is a costume designer & stylist. She has worked on TV commercials starring the world champion Olympian sprinter Usain Bolt. She has also worked on music videos for Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Roger Waters, Sigur Ros, Little Mix and Cheryl Cole. She has a very exciting job! Here is a photo of Lydia wearing a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask that I designed earlier in 2020. Lydia orginally wanted to use the same shape for the winning YMCA face mask but it was not possible to adapt this style to incorporate a clear plastic mouth section.

Lydia Kovacs, who conceived the YMCA face mask competition, wearing a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask

Althought Lydia was managing the project, Syrie Cox was important in advising and financing the project in her role as CEO of Southend YMCA. Syrie has a big interest in design, which dates back to her time as a very successful fashion designer in the 1980’s. Her fashion designs made a big splash at British Fashion Week and the garments were often seen on TV. Some of her work is in the Victoria and Albert Museum archive.

It’s great that Lily’s design received coverage in the Echo newspaper and the Yellow Advertiser and that there is now a campaign to encourage the manufacturer of facemasks with clear panels incorporated in them. I was very pleased that my name and my brand (Paisley Power) were mentioned in the newspaper articles too. Here is a photo of the printed fabric with Lily’s design. I had the fabric printed in Berlin Germany by Spoonflower printers. The quality of the printing is excellent and the prices are very reasonable.

Patrick Moriarty adapted the artwork of Lily Chapman to create stylish printed fabric
Patrick Moriarty adapted the artwork of Lily Chapman to create stylish printed fabric

When I became involved in the project, Syrie and Lydia asked to make a statement about why I offered my services to the project. I wrote: “I’m thrilled to be invited to contribute to the competition. It’s great that the young people of Essex will be inspired to transform the essential face covering into an exciting artistic statement. My experience as a professional textile designer will enable the winning design to be manufactured as a stylish face covering, so everyone can look great and stay safe.”

There has been a great reaction to viewers of Lily’s winning facemask on social media. Ashley Dalton, who lives and works in Southend wrote: “This is fantastic. You can lip read, and see a smile. Really brilliant. Well done Lily.” Susie Mac wrote: “What a brilliant idea. Hopefully the facemask window won’t steam up. I would definitely buy these.”

The face mask competition project was also a success for Syrie Cox, Lydia Kovacs, Amber Butchart and myself (Patrick Moriarty). Syrie Cox thanked me for providing my design services to the contest. She wrote: “A huge thank you to local textile designer Patrick Moriarty for his involvement in our Find Your Voice competition. He has been busy recreating Lily’s winning face-covering design into a bespoke printed fabric”. Lydia also thanked me for my input into the project. She wrote: “Thank you for your contribution, it’s been a lovely project”.

I very much enjoyed contributing to the design contest. It was great to work with such an experienced team. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of people wearing Lily’s innovative face masks in the future. I hope that her idea of incorporating a clear plastic panel into facemasks will be adopted by face mask manufacturers and self-employed face mask makers. This new design, with its ‘mouth window’ will help many people with hearing difficulties to communicate and interact more successfuly during the lockdown period of the Coronavirus pandemic. The benefits will be most appreciated where it is compulsory to wear face masks in many situations such as when traveling on public transport, shopping in supermarkets and using post offices.

Lily's winning artwork printed on cotton with the FYI (find your voice) logo incorporated in the design afterwards.
Lily’s winning artwork printed on cotton with the FYV (Find Your Voice) logo incorporated in the design afterwards.

Lily’s winning facemask is a wonderful example of combining excellent functional design with stylish artistic form.

Diary of a Designer – Part 72 – by Patrick Moriarty

Today I had two different customers (Dana and Elsie) from Honolulu who bought “Paisley Prince Songbook” face masks. Joanna in Victoria Australia bought 2 of them as well. Jean in New York state bought one. I also posted one to Jean in Southend-on-Sea. Martin and his partner came around to my apartment to buy “Mexican Skulls” (black version) and “Fern Botanical” face masks in time for their holiday to Mallorca this week. They said they wanted the Paisley Power facemasks because they had seen them online and loved them. They said they didn’t want masks the same as everyone else on holiday or on the airplane. They wanted unique hand-made face masks with original eye-catching patterns. They were very happy with the fit and the quality of the workmanship. All the masks in the photo below and many more unique styles can be bought from the Face mask section of the Paisley Power online shop.

A selection of Paisley Power face masks, designed by Patrick Moriarty
A selection of Paisley Power face masks, designed by Patrick Moriarty

Big thanks to Pete Foxall for coming round yesterday so that I could make some adjustments to his newly acquired Mexican Skulls face mask (black version), so that it would fit over his cool beard.

Peter Foxall wearing mexican skulls (black) face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
Peter Foxall wearing mexican skulls black face mask

I asked him to try on a Paisley Tango face mask (peacock colors).

peter wears paisley tango face mask. This is the peacock color version
peter wears paisley tango face mask. This is the peacock color version

Cathy in Pennsylvania US decided to frame her treasured “Purple Rain” Prince vinyl disc and her Prince concert ticket. She chose the Paisley Prince Songbook design card as the background pattern.

She wrote these words in an email to me: “I always wanted to display the Prince vinyl 45rpm and the Prince concert ticket stub, but never knew exactly how I wanted to display them.  When you sent me the Paisley Prince Songbook card, I knew that it would make the perfect background! They both look great hanging below my framed artwork of Prince’s face. The purple 45rpm record is Prince & The Revolution’s Purple Rain and on the b-side is the song God. The concert ticket stub is from Prince’s Musicology Tour, the concert I attended was on August 22, 2004. To this day, it’s still the best and most memorable concert that I’ve ever attended!”

purple rain vinyl disk framed memorabilia. Paisley Prince Songbook pattern in the background of the frame.
purple rain vinyl disk framed memorabilia. Paisley Prince Songbook pattern in the background of the frame.

Here is Cath’s original Prince concert ticket stub dated Sunday Aug 22, 2004. The concert started at 7.30pm. The price of the ticket was $47.50. The venue for the concert was the Wachovia Center, the indoor arena located in Pennsylvania.

Prince live concert ticket memorabilia.  There is card printed with the Paisley Prince Songbook pattern in the background of the frame
Prince live concert ticket memorabilia. There is card printed with the Paisley Prince Songbook pattern in the background of the frame

I use Spoonflower printers to sell my designs as printed fabrics to their hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. One of the benefits of allowing them to sell my fabrics is that I receive a 10% commission payment for every piece of my fabric they sell. Another benefit is that they are a huge printing company with massive printing headquarters in North Caroline US and Berlin Germany. The chances of selling fabric with them is very high because they are such a popular printing company with a huge customer base. During April and May 2020 the sales of my fabrics were so high that Spoonflower paid me a higher rate commission of 11%. My new Cherry Moon fabrics are now all available in my PaisleyPower fabric store at Spoonflower.

There are 6 versions of the Cherry Moon design: 3 sizes of black and 3 sizes of purple. You can order all of them by the yard. A convenient service that Spoonflower provide is that you can buy test swatches (small samples) so that you can see that the fabric looks like before you buy a larger amount. Spoonflower also insist that all the designers who sell fabrics on their website, order a test swatch of each fabric before it is launched. Here is a video of the printed fabric. This is the purple version of the Cherry Moon printed cotton poplin. I designed it in April 2020.

Cherry Moon printed cotton poplin

Diary of a Designer – Part 71 – by Patrick Moriarty

On July 20th total sales of Paisley Power face masks reached 400! This is a great milestone for my brand. 2 customers today bought face masks, which made me reach the 400 figure. Joanna Vainas in Victoria Australia bought 2 Paisley Prince Songbook face masks and then Jean Reynoldson in Southend-on-Sea bought one which was the 400th ever sold. Thank you Joanna and Jean. Here is the pic I created for social media to inform everyone I had achieved the 400 figure.

I celebrated the milestone by buying the domain name paisleypowershop.com. This will make it much easier for existing customers and especially new customers to find my online shop in order to buy my Paisley Power products and fabrics. My advice to new designers is to always try and choose a domain name that is easily understood when you want to tell people where to see your work online or where to buy your products. You may be tempted to use an unusual quirky name, but you don’t want to have to spell the domain name to people. When I was studying for my degree at Central Saint Martins College (University of the Arts London), I was invited to Copenhagen on a student internship for 6 weeks. One of the main pieces of advice the boss (Bob) gave me was “K.I.S” which means, “keep it simple”. This applied to making textile print designs but it also definitely applies to domain names. The simpler the domain name, the more chance there is that people will find your website and therefore see your creative work. I chose Paisleypowershop.com for my shop domain name because lots of people know my brand Paisley Power and my website paisleypower.com. It’s quite easy to remember and easy to spell. Therefore when I decided to have a separate website for my online shop, paisleypowershop.com was the obvious choice.

On July 20th I sent 21 Paisley Power face masks to customers in the UK, the US and Australia. One of the customers bought 3 of the Paisley Prince Sonbook face masks. He is one of the most successful people in the music industry in the last 30 years. I am sure he chose this particular face mask because of it’s unique music-themed paisley pattern, which symbolizes many of Prince’s songs including When Doves Cry, Kiss and Purple Rain.

21 face masks from the Paisley Power collection. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
21 face masks from the Paisley Power collection. Designed by Patrick Moriarty

Today, Edina Sminth-Lambert bought a “Paisley Prince Songbook” panelled t-shirt. It has a printed panel on the front and back. Made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton. It’s an ideal gift for Prince fans! The price is very reasonable at approx $16.

"Paisley Prince Songbook" t-shirt with printed panels on front and back.
“Paisley Prince Songbook” t-shirt with printed panels on front and back

On July 20th, Carol Schuette bought a Paisley Prince Songbook umbrella from the PaisleyPower1 store at the Rage On website. It’s the perfect umbrella if you happen to get caught in the Purple Rain!

Paisley Prince Songbook umbrella. The Prince-themed purple paisley design was created by Patrick Moriarty 2018.
Paisley Prince Songbook umbrella

On July 20th Alex McIntyre bought a yard of Paisley Prince Songbook printed fabric. He chose the very small-scale version and decided to have it printed on organic cotton sateen.

Paisley Prince Songbook printed fabric. very small-scale version
Paisley Prince Songbook printed fabric. very small-scale version

Judy Sanders bought a face mask today, which will be made by Spoonflower printers. She chose the small-scale version of the Paisley Rats design that has a black background with white rat silhouettes and white paisley pattern. Here is a photo of the fabric. I designed the Paisley Rats design in 2014 and it is my second most-popular design after the best-selling Paisley Prince Songbook design.

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