Make Your Art Commercial. Australian Fashion. Paisley Rats Design. Paisley Power News

Do you have a painting or artwork you would like to see as a repeating pattern? I provide Photoshop services to several artists, which enables their art to be printed as fabric & wallpaper. Here is “Hearts” by artist Este MacLeod, with my adapted pattern on the right. I always use a half-drop layout when I create Este’s repeating patterns. Half-drop technique is a traditional method of designing, mainly for wallpapers. The new surface pattern design is suitable for textiles and other applications. Este will have a collection of quilting fabrics coming out later this year (2020).

"Hearts" painting (left) by artist Este Macleod with Photoshop assistance from designer Patrick Moriarty to create the repeating design (right)
“Hearts” painting (left) by artist Este Macleod with Photoshop assistance from Patrick Moriarty to create the repeating design (right)

Este asked me to make a repeating pattern from her original acrylic painting called Lindia’s Kitchen. The painting is off several items on a table. These include fruit and a milk jug, but the main object on the table is a vase of fowers. Este wanted an allover pattern made from just the flowers in the vase. It was quite a challenge but the final result is effective. Este said “the new on is fab! I really like it”. Now the finished design is suitable for fabrics, quilting, fashion, wallpaper, wrapping paper and upholstery.

"Lindia's Kitchen" acrylic painting by Este MacLeod (left) with Photoshop adaptation by Patrick Moriarty (right)
“Lindia’s Kitchen” acrylic painting by Este MacLeod (left) with Photoshop adaptation by Patrick Moriarty (right)

Patrick has adapted more than 70 of Este’s fabulous paintings into half-drop repeat patterns. He makes a digital file of each design using Adobe Photoshop, which Este can sell or license to major retailers. Este MacLeod and Patrick Moriarty will be continuing their art and design collaboration into 2020 and hopefully beyond!

Here are some more examples of Este’s paintings, which Patrick adapted into half-drop repeat patterns.

Incredible paintings by artist/designer Este MacLeod, which have been made into half-drop repeating patterns by designer Patrick Moriarty
Incredible paintings by artist/designer Este MacLeod, which have been made into half-drop repeating patterns by designer Patrick Moriarty

Here are a few photos of the paisley print I designed, which was bought by Cooper Street, an Australian womenswear fashion brand. The midi-dress made with the print is modeled by Laura Knowles (aka “Champagne Taste”) a style ambassador from Gold Coast, Queensland. Some of the many compliments on her Instagram page include: “what a beautiful dress”, “So pretty, love the dress”, “Stunning! Love these colours”.

Laura Knowles in Australia modeling a Stevie midi-dress available from Cooper Street clothing. The paisley pattern fabric was designed by UK textile designer Patrick Moriarty
Laura Knowles in Australia modeling a Stevie midi-dress available from Cooper Street clothing. The paisley pattern fabric was designed by UK textile designer Patrick Moriarty

The beautiful dress has pleats and is made of semi-translucent polyester, which gives the dress a floaty look.

The dress has a light floaty style, which makes it perfect for warm summer days. The pink, orange and white paisley pattern is bright and refreshing. Designer Patrick Moriarty designed the unique paisley pattern.
The dress has a light floaty style, which makes it perfect for warm summer days and evenings. The pink, orange and white paisley pattern is bright and refreshing.

On Dec 18th, a sample of one of my printed fabrics was bought by an “artist in residence” at one of New York’s major museums. I’m fascinated to see how the renowned artist uses my fabric in the finished exhibit. When the work is finished, I will visit the museum in New York to see my contribution to the completed artistic creation.

On January 19th a Paisley Rats cushion was bought from the Paisley Power Ebay shop by a new customer called Alan, who lives in Newcastle UK. He’s a fan of the 1970’s punk rock band The Stranglers. The band used a rat silhouette as their first logo. My favourite band too! 

Alan has chosen the cushion made with the black rats on a white background. There is also a version with white rats on a black background, which is one of the most popular Paisley Power products of all time.

black rat patterned cushion designed by Patrick Moriarty. Paisley symbols are also in the design
black rat patterned cushion designed by Patrick Moriarty. Paisley symbols are also in the design

Each cushion has an official Paisley Power hemtag which is woven. The official tags verify to customers that the product they have bought is genuine and has been hand-made in Southend-on-Sea, UK.

white and black cushion (called a 'pillow' in US). Genuine Paisley Power product.
white and black “Paisley Elephant” cushion (called a ‘pillow’ in US). Genuine Paisley Power product.

Thanks to Scott, Jessica and Sandra. They are Australian customers who have bought Paisley Prince Songbook mugs from the Zazzle website. The printed mugs have a unique paisley design representing the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson. In the photo below is a tasty donut to enjoy with a lovely cup of coffee in your unique Prince-themed mug.

Paisley Prince Songbook mugs  with popular design representing the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson.
Paisley Prince Songbook mugs with popular design representing the songs of Prince

On January 20th, a new customer bought a Paisley Rats t-shirt from the Paisley Power shop at the Zazzle shopping website. A variety of t-shirt styles, sizes and other stylish garments are available, all with Paisley Power’s unique designs. If you click on this link to visit the listing for the t-shirt on the Zazzle website, you can watch a video of the male model below modeling the t-shirt.

Paisley Rats t-shirt bought by a customer from the Paisley Power Shop at Zazzle. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Rats t-shirt available from the Paisley Power shop at the Zazzle shopping website
Paisley Rats men's t-shirt designed by Patrick Moriarty. The t-shirt has a unique paisley pattern with rat silhouettes. Black and white version.
Paisley Rats men’s t-shirt designed by Patrick Moriarty

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I am a textile print designer and create unique designs for fashion, accessories and home furnishing. I played Keyboards in bands until i was 35, then I retrained as a textile designer. I design fashion prints every day for major international retailers. In 2014 I formed the brand Paisley Power to enable me to promote my designs to a wider worldwide audience. I enjoy introducing new designs to my collection and receiving ideas, feedback and suggestions from my friends and customers. My products have been on display at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea since January 2017. Visitors to the gallery buy the products as gifts. The sale of the Paisley Power products contributes to the running costs of the gallery. The best part of being a designer is being inspired every day by all cultures and environments and to interpret them into your own unique creations. In 2018 I developed a unique method of teaching printed textile design. It enables students to create a repeat pattern in less than 3 hours. I began teaching the course at METAL Art School, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK in September 2018. It was a big success with lots of students, who had no previous experience of textile design, producing professional printed fabrics. In 2019 I increased the number of classes to cater for extra demand for tuition. In January 2019 for 20 weeks (one morning per week) I teach my design methods to a group of adults with learning difficulties. I also taught my techniques at a workshop organized by the Guild of Silk Painters, for their members in July 2019. In January 2019 I launched a new design called Paisley Prince Songbook. I originally created the design by drawing it on paper in 2018. It has been extremely popular as printed fabric with customers all over the world. The Prince-theme scarves, cushions, bags, totes and greeting cards have all been selling extremely well. Sales have exceeded 1000 items. The design has been very popular among Prince admirers and followers. The design has unique motifs symbolizing the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson, including purple rain, crying doves, paisley symbols, peace signs, guitars and tambourines.

3 thoughts on “Make Your Art Commercial. Australian Fashion. Paisley Rats Design. Paisley Power News

  1. Thanks for following my posts. I know that my work would make great fabric etc but I haven’t got round to transferring my designs to anything other than cards at the moment. The trouble with cards is that the cost of decent printing onto good card and supplying an envelope and cellophane cover means that you can’t make a profit as shops would take 50%- rightly as they have premises to manage. I just make them for friends and sell them at my local art exhibition once a year.

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    1. Hi Candia, I totally understand what you are saying about the small profit on cards. I was making hand-made cards of my designs but it was too time-consuming, so i had them commercially printed, which was much better. I sell them online in plain white envelopes without plastic sleeves. I had to buy reinforced cardboard envelopes to send them to the buyers so they didn’t bend. This made the shipping costs high, especially overseas. I like sending my artwork to people (as cards). It’s good publicity.

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