Year of the Rat Fabrics!

The Year of The Rat 2020 is continuing to be a good year for sales of the Paisley Rats fabrics and smaller Paisley Rats fabrics. The design was created by Patrick Moriarty in 2015. He drew the whole design by hand on paper, scanned the artwork and then completed the design using Adobe Photoshop. He was inspired by the punk rock band The Stranglers who used a rat silhouette as their logo in the 1970’s. Their debut album was called “Rattus Norvegicus” (the common rat). At the age of 12 in 1977, this album was a big influence on Patrick Moriarty, not just the songs but the rat imagery on the album cover. Patrick was also inspired by his travels to India. He surrounded the rat silhouettes by an intricate paisley pattern. Paisley patterns originate in the Kashmir region of India. In this post Patrick provides information about his range of Paisley Rats fabrics.

Thanks to Dana in Oakland California who has bought a length of “Paisley Rats Mosaic” fabric. Check out the whole Paisley Rats Mosaic collection at Spoonflower printers. Designed by Patrick Moriarty. Dana chose to have the design printed on eco-canvas, which is made of 45% recycled polyester so it’s environmentally-friendly. Customers choose to have the rat design printed on a variety of fabrics including cotton, satin, chiffon, fleece and velvet.

"Paisley Rats Mosaic” fabric samples. These versions are black, white and turquoise. Customers can choose to have the rat design printed on a variety of fabrics including satin, chiffon, fleece and velvet.
“Paisley Rats Mosaic” fabric samples. These versions are black, white and turquoise

On February 17th a customer bought a yard of the turquoise Paisley Rats fabric from Etsy Distribution. Patrick sells a lot of his fabrics through the Etsy shopping channel. The customer chose to have the design printed on Petal Signature Cotton, which is Spoonflower’s excellent basic cotton, which is probably their most popular base fabric for printing designs onto with their state-of-the-art digital fabric printing technology. I’m sure the customer will be making something exciting with the paisley rat fabric.

turquoise paisley rats fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea, UK
turquoise paisley rats fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea, UK

On February 20th a new customer bought a length of Paisley Rats Mosaic fabric. They chose one of the purple and black versions and ordered the design to be printed on 100% cotton. Check out the whole Paisley Rats Mosaic collection, which has different colours and scales to suit all your craft projects. The fabrics are perfect for quilting too.

Purple Paisley Rat Mosaic printed cotton
Purple Paisley Rat Mosaic printed cotton

On February 21st a customer bought a ‘fat quarter’ (quarter of a yard) of the turquoise version of the Paisley Rats design printed on cotton poplin. The customer bought the fabric online via Etsy Distribution. Designer Patrick Moriarty always listens to his customers because they often have excellent suggestions. A woman in US suggested making a turquoise version of the popular Paisley Rats fabric. She wanted it to make soft furnishing project for her young sons’ playroom. I created the turquoise version for her and she was extremely pleased with the fabric when it arrived at her home. The turquoise version has now become the most popular version of the design. It is in the top 30, most popular paisley pattern fabrics on the Spoonflower website.

turquoise version of the Paisley Rats design printed on cotton. Designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea, UK
turquoise version of the Paisley Rats design printed on cotton

On March 10th a customer bought a yard of the black and white version of the printed fabric. They ordered it from Amazon Distribution. Amazon sell several of Patrick Moriarty’s fabrics including his Paisley Rats fabrics.

black and white version of the printed cloth with rat silhouettes and paisleys
black and white version of the printed cloth with rat silhouettes and paisleys

On March 11th a customer bought a yard of the red and black version of the printed fabric. They ordered it from Spoonflower.

red and black version of the rat pattern fabric. You can see one of the rat silhouettes clearly in the centre of the photo.
red and black version of the rat pattern fabric. You can see one of the rat silhouettes clearly in the centre of the photo.

Spoonflower Printers print and distribute most of Patrick Moriarty’s fabrics including all the versions of his Paisley Rats fabrics. Here are links to the Paisley Rats collection and the Paisley Rats Mosaic collection.

Published by Paisley Power

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. In December 2020, "Paisley Power" and "paisleypower" became registered trademarks with the UK Intellectual Property Office.

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