Diary of a Designer – Part 145 – by Patrick Moriarty

On October 27th, a Paisley Rats cushion (black and white version) was bought by Belinda in Gloucestershire UK. The week before, Holly in Essex UK bought one. The cushion is made with a fabric that has a unique animal-pattern. This exciting printed textile was designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea.

Paisley Rats cushion made with popular animal-print fabric
Paisley Rats cushion made with popular animal-print fabric

Here is another photo I took of the cushion so you can see the black zip.

corner of a Paisley Rats cushion with black zip
corner of a Paisley Rats cushion with black zip

Here is a video that I recorded on October 26th of the Paisley Rats cushion (black and white version).

Paisley Rats cushion (black and white version)

There is also a white and black version of the cushion (on the right-hand side of the image below). Customers often buy one black and white cushion and one white and black cushion. They compliment each other nicely and contrast with each other too.

contrasting Paisley Rats cushions (black/white and white/black)
contrasting Paisley Rats cushions (black/white and white/black)

here is another photo of the two contrasting cushions together. One cushion is piled on top of the other.

contrasting Paisley Rats cushions (black/white and white/black) piled on top of each other.
contrasting Paisley Rats cushions (black/white and white/black)

Thank you to Genevieve Kang, who favorited my Paisley Positivity design (light blue and white version).

Paisley Positivity (light blue and white version) printed on cotton
Paisley Positivity (light blue and white version) printed on cotton

The intricate paisley pattern is available lots of other colour combinations. Here is a photo of the Paisley Positivity (small red pink white version) printed on cotton. You don’t have to have the design printed on cotton. You can choose from a wide variety of different base fabrics including velvet, denim, crepe de chine, sotton spandex jersey, and chiffon.

small Paisley Positivity
(red pink white verson) printed on cotton
small Paisley Positivity (red pink white verson) printed on cotton

Diary of a Designer – Part 144 – by Patrick Moriarty

On October 27th, a new customer, Andy in Hampshire, emailed me about buying one of my Paisley Prince Songbook cotton face masks. He wrote, “Hi there, I love this mask! If I ordered today, is there any way you could guarantee delivery by Friday please?! I really want it for a Prince-themed party”

Paisley Prince Songbook cotton face mask designed in Southend-on-Sea UK by textile designer Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Prince Songbook cotton face mask

I replied to him immediately to let him know that I could ship the mask to him today so that he should receive it tomorrow. He was very pleased that he will receive the Prince-themed face mask 2 days before the Prince party. I’m sure he will look great in the purple paisley mask.

man wearing a Paisley Prince Songbook cotton face mask.
man wearing a Paisley Prince Songbook cotton face mask

On October 26th, Jennifer Bruns bought a yard of VERY SMALL Paisley Prince Songbook design printed on Spoonflower’s Petal Signature Cotton.

VERY SMALL Paisley Prince Songbook design printed on cotton

On October 27th, Caelyn Nagle bought a Paisley Prince-themed face mask from my PaisleyPower1 shop at the Rage On shopping website. The wearing of face masks is recommended in many countries to help protect people against viruses. There are lots of different styles of face mask. This face mask has a distinctive purple paisley pattern, which celebrates the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson.

Paisley Prince-themed face mask designed by Patrick moriarty
Paisley Prince-themed face mask

On October 27th, a yard of Purple Prince Paisley fabric was bought by a customer. They chose to have the design printed on Petal Signature Cotton, which is Spoonflower’s basic affordable cotton. This purple version of the design was commissioned by Tony Webb Services to be used as the jacket lining for the jackets of 4 life-size wax figures of Prince Rogers Nelson. You can read more about the paisley jacket linings and the wax figures of Prince in my special WordPress blog about them, titled “Fabric fit for a Prince“.

Diary of a Designer – Part 143 – by Patrick Moriarty

Holly Lippold bought a Paisley Rats cushion as a gift for a friend. The cushion is made of cotton printed with the Paisley Rats design (medium black and white version).

Paisley Rats cushion designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Rats cushion designed by Patrick Moriarty

Patrick originally drew the design on paper. He created unique silhouettes of rats and then drew the paisley pattern around the rats to form a seamless pattern.

large white rat motif on handmade cushion
large white rat motif on handmade cushion

Each Paisley Power cushion and bag has an official label sewn onto it. the label is woven and has PaisleyPower.com on it so that customers can easily find my website if they want to buy more of my products in the future. If you would like to purchase a cushion, please contact Patrick by email (moriartyparty@hotmail.com) or on the Contact Page on his website.

official Paisley Power label
official Paisley Power label

If you like the Paisley Rats fabric (medium black and white version), you can buy it from my PaisleyPower online fabric store. This version is the most popular version of the design. It is in the Top 20 best-selling paisley-patterned fabrics on the Spoonflower website. There are lots of other color versions of the design. The turquoise version is very popular. Here is a photo of the turquoise version printed on a yard of cotton. I have included an apple and a tangerine in the photo to give you a sense of scale.

paisley rats turquoise and black fabric designed by patrick moriarty
paisley rats turquoise and black fabric designed by patrick moriarty

On October 26th several customers bought my popular Prince-themed paisley fabrics. One customer bought a yard of the large version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. The customer chose to have the design printed on Petal Signature Cotton.

Another cusotmer called William Jordan bought a fat quarter of the very small version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. He chose to have the design printed on Petal Signature Cotton.

very small version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric
very small version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric

Another customer bought a fat quarter of the tiny version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. The customer chose to have the design printed on organic cotton sateen.

tiny version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric
tiny version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric

If you’re planning on buying Prince-themed clothing as gifts for Christmas, make sure you order it soon so that it can be manufactured and delivered to your home well in advance of Christmas. Here is the popular hoodie, printed with the Paisley Prince Songbook design.

Paisley Prince Songbook zipper hoodie
Paisley Prince Songbook zipper hoodie

Diary of a Designer – Part 142 – by Patrick Moriarty

One of my new Prince-themed silk scarves is heading off to Deborah in Edinburgh! The scarves are very luxurious with their eye-catching purple paisley design, perfectly printed on Habotai silk. The design, which has unique graphic motifs representing the songs of Prince, was specially created by Prince fan Patrick Moriarty in 2019. The design is called Paisley Prince Songbook. If you have a partner, close friend, or relative who loves the music of Prince, then this really is the perfect gift. 💜

Paisley Prince Songbook silk scarf designed by Patrick Moriarty.
Paisley Prince Songbook silk scarf designed by Patrick Moriarty

Here is another photo of a section of the silk scarf so you can clearly see how expertly sewn it is. You can see the very neatly sewn hem at the edges of the scarf in the photo below.

very neatly sewn hem at the edges of the Prince-themed scarf
very neatly sewn hem at the edges of the Prince-themed scarf

Here is a floral pattern from the Patrick Moriarty design archive that has been relaunched for his current online textile collection. The design is called design, “flowers and bouquets” (orange white teal version). The colours and scale can be adjusted on request. I will be adding lots more of archived designs to my current online collection, which is called The Paisley Power collection. People worldwide can buy them printed on fabric or wallpaper. Customers who have bought my designs in the past will soon have a much greater choice of designs. I have hundreds of designs in my archive, which are designs which have not been sold to fashion retailers by my agents.

A Patrick Moriarty design,  "flowers and bouquets" (orange white teal version)
A Patrick Moriarty design, “flowers and bouquets” (orange white teal version)

On October 26th the editor of a magazine in Scotland UK contacted me to ask if i can license one of my paisley patterns to a company he knows who require a paisley pattern for the labels of bottles of alcohol. I replied, saying that I was happy to license one of my paisley patterns so that it can be used on bottles. He told me that my paisley pattern will need to be recoloured to match the colours of the brand. I am happy to recolour my designs to suit the requirements of clients. The company will also want to use my paisley pattern for advertising and branding.

Here is a new video of me (textile designer Patrick Moriarty) hand-painting a unique paisley pattern on paper with a paintbrush and acrylic paint. I filmed the vidoe today in my design studio. I think it is important for artists and designers to share their techniques online. I am happy to film my design processes so that my videos will hopefully show other designers and design students how I create my designs.

textile designer Patrick Moriarty hand-painting a unique paisley pattern

Diary of a Designer – Part 141 – by Patrick Moriarty

Anna in Carlsbad California bought 3 unique items online from the Paisley Power Shop today. She bought a Cherry Moon lightweight facemask, which has a special design symbolizing the Prince movie title “Under The Cherry Moon”.

cherry moon facemask worn by model.
cherry moon (lightweight) facemask worn by model

Here is another photo of the Cherry Moon lightweight facemask. You can clearly see the crescent moons, the different color cherries on stalks, the purple and white stars, and the polka dot pattern in the background. Polka dot patterns are very fashionable in 2020. You will look stylish in this face mask, which also has black elastic ear loops.

Cherry Moon lightweight facemask
Cherry Moon lightweight facemask

Anna in Carlsbad California also bought a Cherry Moon zip bag from the Paisley Power Shop today. The stylish cotton bag has a distinctive polka dot pattern with added cherries, moons, and stars. The bag is 100% cotton. It has a purple lining and purple zip.

Cherry Moon bag with polka-dot pattern with cherries, moons and stars
Cherry Moon bag with polka-dot pattern with cherries, moons and stars

Anna also bought a Paisley Prince Songbook lightweight face mask. I hope she sends a photo of her wearing one of the 2 masks, which I will be shipping to her on October 26th from Essex UK to California US.

Lots of my customers kindly post selfies online of themselves wearing their Paisley Prince Songbook face masks. Here is a video of several customers proudly showing off their masks, which they bought from my shop or bought directly from my studio in person. 264 people have watched this video on Instagram. I enjoyed making it.

People wearing Paisley Prince Songbook face masks

Between October 22nd to 25th, the following amounts of Paisley Prince Songbook were bought by 9 different customers: 3 yards and 6 fat quarters. The most popular size of print was the small-scale version. Here is a photo of it. One of the reasons why there may have been the 4 orders by customers for the Prince-themed fabric today was because Spoonflower were giving Free Shipping on all their fabrics. This is a good benefit for the customer because they save money.

the small-scale version of the Paisley Prince Songbook design is the most popular.
the small-scale version of the Paisley Prince Songbook design is the most popular.

Diary of a Designer – Part 140 – by Patrick Moriarty

The Purple Prince Paisley fabric was bought by a customer on October 23rd. They chose to have the design printed on cotton. If you are reading this blog post on October 23rd, there is a 15% discount on all designs printed on Petal Signature cotton. Head over to my design collection at Spoonflower, choose a unique design and have it expertly printed on cotton. The 15% discount is automatically applied at checkout, you don’t need a code.

On October 24th, 2 yards of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric were bought. The large version is ideal for making bedding such as duvet covers and printed throw blankets. You can also make eye-catching Prince-themed curtains with the large version. The purple paisley design by Patrick Moriarty is a best-selling fabric wordlwide. Here is a photo of yard of the printed fabric.

The large version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric
The large version of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric

The Paisley Prince Songbook design is available in these sizes: large, small, very small and tiny. One of these sizes should be ideal for your sewing project. Here is a photo of the small version. You can see all interesting details in the design, which all refer to songs by the music legend Prince Rogers Nelson. The lips refer to Prince’s song “Kiss”. The paisley shapes refer to Prince’s song “Paisley Park”. There is a special page on my PaisleyPower.com website where you can read more about the Paisley Prince Songbook design, which I created in 2019. I orginally drew every part of the design on paper in my design studio in Southend-on-Sea, UK. Today (October 24th) a renowned British TV chef, Kevin Ashton asked if I sold silk ties made with my Paisley Prince Songbook silk. I will find out if it is possible to make ties with the printed silk so that I can make one for him. Hopefully he would wear it on TV!

Prince-themed design printed on cotton. Designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea UK
Prince-themed design printed on cotton. Designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea UK

The new Paisley Prince Songbook scarves are made of pure silk. The purple paisley design is printed perfectly. The soft silk with its slight sheen makes the scarves a perfect gift. Treat yourself to a unique Paisley Power fashion accessory. In 2019 I sold chiffon scarves and I was very satisfied to have sold more than 100 worldwide. I am sure the new Prince-themed scarves will be even more popular than the chiffon scarves because silk is a natural fibre and chiffon is a synthetic fibre. People generally prefer man-made fabrics because they feel nicer.

Paisley Prince Songbook silk scarf
Paisley Prince Songbook silk scarf

Here is another pic of the luxurious scarf. The crying dove is a unique motif created by designer Patrick Moriarty to symbolize the Prince song “When Doves Cry”.

white dove and purple rain paisley-pattern silk
white dove and purple rain paisley-pattern silk

Diary of a Designer – Part 139 – by Patrick Moriarty

The Fern Botanical design is in the spotlight again! On October 23rd a customer bought a test swatch of wallpaper printed with the green version of the design. Can you imagine a room decorated with this version? It would look very eye-catching and fresh. The design also resembles delicate lace with its fine details of flowers and leaves made of small dots. I hope the buyer likes the swatch so that they decide to decorate a room in their home with the Fern Botanical wallpaper.

Fern Botanical design (green version)

The design is also available as printed fabric. The fabric would look good printed on a skirt, a men’s tie, a pocket square, pajamas or a girl’s dress. It’s a very versatilew design. Here is a pic of a room with the Fern Botanical (green version) wallpaper on the wall.

A metre of the Paisley Positivity design (the small-scale light blue & white version) was bought today by a customer in Essex UK. They chose to have the design printed on Petal Signature Cotton. It was featured in the new edition of the Spoonflower magazine. Last week another customer (in Suffolk UK) bought a metre of the fabric. There are more than 80 different versions of the Paisley Positivity design. There are different colors and different scales (sizes).

Paisley Positivity design (the small-scale light blue & white version)

Here are 9 different color versions of the Paisley Positivity design. These are the small-scale versions. Each of these 9 versions are also available in large-scale versions which are ideal for making bedding and curtains. These small-scale versions are great for making clothing and fashion accessories.

9 different color versions of the Paisley Positivity design printed on cotton
9 different color versions of the Paisley Positivity design printed on cotton

Today, Angel Estes bought a fat quarter of the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric (small version) printed on cotton. Someone somewhere in the world buys this fabric nearly every day of the year. It’s a popular paisley! Angel bought the fabric from my PaisleyPower online store at Spoonflower.

paisley prince songbook printed textile design (small version)
paisley prince songbook printed textile design (small version)

Diary of a Designer – Part 138 – by Patrick Moriarty

Tatia Dokes in Denver US has bought 2 yards of Paisley Prince Songbook fabric (small-scale version). She chose to have the design printed on cotton poplin but there is also the choice of satin, chiffon, velvet, Belgian linen, denim, sport lycra etc. I’m sure there is a suitable base fabric for your sewing project. If you want to make a semi-translucent scarf printed with the Paisley Prince Songbook design, then it would be best to choose to have the design printed on chiffon.

small version of the Paisley Prince Songbook printed textile design
small version of the Paisley Prince Songbook printed textile design

On October 22nd I was asked to make a backpack for a friend in New Jersey, US. My friend is Judi, who manages one of the biggest Prince fan pages on Facebook. She has asked me to make the backpack from my Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. I think cotton twill will be a good choice of fabric to have the design printed on, because it is very durable. Judi wants the bacckpack to take on her hiking trips so that it will always remind her of the songs of Prince, whenever she looks at the bag.

On October 22nd I filmed a video of my Paisley Positivity design (small black white and red version) printed on Belgian linen. Recording video foootage of fabrics is a great way to show the viewer the details in the design and also shows them the look of the fabric because often in the videos, you can actually see the weave of the fabric. This helps the viewer to make decisions about buying the fabric. Belgian linen is quite a recent addition to Spoonflower’s choice of base fabrics to have designs printed on. I have never ordered any of the Belgian linen before, so it was a very pleasant experience to see the linen for the first time. I also think that I chose the right design have printed on the linen. I chose the Paisley Positivity design.

Paisley Positivity design (small black white and red version) printed on Belgian linen

Here is a photo of the Paisley Positivity design (small purple version) printed on cotton poplin. I think this version will be popular with everyone who loves the color purple. This version would be great for making clothing for a festival. You could make a women’s dress, a men’s shirt, or a scarf to tie around your head if the sun became too hot while you are watching your favorite bands.

Paisley Positivity design small purple version printed on cotton poplin. Designed by textile designer Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Positivity design small purple version printed on cotton poplin

A customer has bought a fat quarter of the tiny version of the paisley prince songbook fabric. Here is a photo of the tiny version. I included my hand in the photo so that you can easily judge the size of the printed pattern to make sure it is the right size for your sewing project. I also supply the design in very small, small, and large sizes. Large is probably suitable for bedding and curtains.

tiny version of the paisley prince songbook fabric

Diary of a Designer – Part 137 – by Patrick Moriarty

On October 22nd (UK time), a customer bought a test swatch of the Paisley Positivity design (small dark grey version). I’m very pleased that the design, which is relatively new, is getting noticed by people and that they are buying the new paisley design printed on fabric. The customer who bought the test swatch today, chose to have the design printed on Cyprus Cotton Canvas, which is ideal for home decor items such as table runners and upholstery.

Here is a photo of Paisley Positivity design (small dark grey version) printed on cotton poplin. The design has been printed perfectly by Spoonflower printers. The edges of the motifs are very neat and there is no blurring of ink; a perfect print!

Tammie Rice in Hinesville, Georgia US has bought a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask. She chose the lightweight version of the mask which is ideal for warm environments and for sporting activities. The mask has a large crying dove printed on the front, to represent the excellent Prince song “When Doves Cry”.

Paisley Prince Songbook lightweight face mask
Paisley Prince Songbook lightweight face mask

Anne Ostroff, a designer in Ohio US, selected one of my designs as one of her favorites. She chose the Paisley Kaleidoscope (blue peach version). The design has a perfect symmetry, which draws the eye to the centre of each kaleidoscope area.

Paisley Kaleidoscope (blue peach version) designed by Patrick moriarty
Paisley Kaleidoscope (blue peach version)

Here is a photo of the design printed on cotton. The print quality is excellent. You can see all the thin outlines around the leaves, flowers and paisley shapes.

Paisley Kaleidoscope (blue peach version) printed on cotton
Paisley Kaleidoscope (blue peach version) printed on cotton

I’m having 4 cushions made with the Cherry Moon (small purple version) fabric. Jeannie, a loyal customer in Cheshire has requested one of them.

Here is a photo of Jeannie’s special room all her Prince-themed memorabilia and products inspired by Prince’s songs and movies. In the photo you can see 2 Paisley Prince Songbook cushions and in the centre is a Cherry Moon cushion made with the large black version of the Cherry Moon fabric.

Jeannie Gilding's Prince room with 3 Prince-themed cushions designed by Patrick Moriarty
Jeannie Gilding’s Prince room with 3 Prince-themed cushions designed by Patrick Moriarty

Diary of a Designer – Part 136 – by Patrick Moriarty

Today I finished 6 assignments for the artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis (known as August Wren). I adapt her paintings into repeating patterns in digital formats. Last week she sent me scans of 6 of her paintings: “Autumn plums and grapes”, “gourmet food tins”, “poppy field”, “mushroom field”, “Veggie Haul”, and “New Beginnings”. It is always very rewarding to work with Jennifer’s paintings. I have the chance to look at them very carefully and appreciate her style of painting and the wonderful colors that she chooses. These particular paintings were on the themes of flowers, vegetables, food tins, and fruit. She was very satisfied with the work final files that I sent her. She wrote, “Thank you SO much, They are all beautiful.”

I would like to share some pics of the artwork and the final repeating designs but they are confidential until Jennifer decides to launch them. You should follow her on Instagram (August Wren) to see her amazing work.

Here is a photo of fabric printed with one of Jennifer’s designs called Paris Street Scenes. I provided Photoshop services to Jennifer in December 2019 to complete the repeat pattern for this design.

I helped Jennifer to adapt her painting of Paris street scenes into a repeating pattern. This is a photo of the design printed on fabric.
I helped Jennifer to adapt her painting of Paris street scenes into a repeating pattern. This is a photo of the design printed on fabric.

On October 21st a customer bought a yard of the Purple Prince Paisley design. Here is a photo of the design printed on fabric. I originally drew the design by hand on paper in my design studio in Southend-on-Sea, UK. The design is very linear, which gives it a lacey feeling and a delicate, intricate appearance. The design is also available as printed wallpaper by the roll.

Purple Prince Paisley design printed on fabric

On October 20th, Gordon Ellis bought a Paisley Prince Songbook zipper hoodie. Now that the days and nights are getting colder, it’s great to have a well-made hoodie to keep you warm. If you’re a Prince fan, this is the ideal hoodie because the design has lots of visual references to the songs of Prince.

I’m glad my Paisley Positivity designs are being enjoyed by other designers on the Spoonflower website. Claudia Böttcher is a graphic and surface designer in Hamburg Germany. She chose the small version of Paisley Positivity in green tones as one of her favorite designs.

small version of Paisley Positivity in green tones. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
small version of Paisley Positivity in green tones

She also chose the turquoise Paisley Elephants design, which I have featured recently in my blog posts. She also chose the Skull Bandana Mexican red blue version. It’s always very encouraging to have my work selected by other designers. When I am browsing social media I often look at other artist’s and designer’s work. If I see a design that is especially innovative, has a unique technique or has a clever concept, then I will select it as a favorite or I will write a very favorable comment online about it. I think it is good practice to support each other’s best work.

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