Diary of a Designer – Part 8 – by Patrick Moriarty

On March, 25th 2020 a length of “Paisley Rats” printed fabric has been ordered online. Customers worldwide have been buying this popular fabric to make fashion accessories, pet accessories and toys. The intricate “animal print” design was designed by Patrick Moriarty. He incorporated silhouettes of rats in a classic paisley pattern. Hundreds of yards of this design have been sold via Spoonflower printers. There are lots of different versions of the design with a wide variety of colour combinations and scales.

Paisley Rats (small-scale version) printed textile designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Rats (small-scale version) printed textile designed by Patrick Moriarty

If you would like to find out more about the Paisley Rats design, there is a dedicated page on the PaisleyPower.com website, which is the official website of designer Patrick Moriarty, who lives and works in Westcliff-on-Sea (a suburb of Southend-on-Sea), Essex, UK. The page is called “Design: Paisley Rats“.

a section of the Paisley Rats page at PaisleyPower.com. The models in the photos are wearing fashion accessories made with Paisley Rats fabrics.
a section of the Paisley Rats page at PaisleyPower.com. The models in the photos are wearing fashion accessories made with Paisley Rats fabrics.

A Paisley Prince Songbook coffee mug has been bought by a customer in the Dominican Republic. The unique design, created by Patrick Moriarty is also available worldwide on range of products.

Paisley Prince Songbook coffee mug. The perfect mug for a Prince fan.
Paisley Prince Songbook coffee mug. The perfect mug for a Prince fan.

Enjoying my one piece of recommended exercise per day! I was observing the British government’s self-isolation advice during the Caronavirus pandemic by cycling alone on Southend seafront on March 25th 2020. The whole population of UK were advised to keep a distance of 2 metres from themselves and other people, unless they were in the same household. The policy was introduced to try to prevent the spread of Caronavirus from person to person.

Designer Patrick Moriarty observing the British government's self-isolation advice during the Caronavirus pandemic by cycling alone on Southend seafront.

Designer Patrick Moriarty observing the British government’s self-isolation advice during the Caronavirus pandemic by cycling alone on Southend seafront.

There is a popular tropical themed fabric collection by designer Patrick Moriarty. Patrick draws or paints his designs on paper and then prints them as fabrics. In the designs he uses palm leaf motifs, tropical exotic flowers and other leaves you might find in a tropical island environment. You can order the fabrics from his online fabric store. You can order small test swatches or by the yard or metre. Whatever suits you fashion or home decor project. In this current situation of having to stay in our houses in UK due to the Caronvirus crisis, he thought it would be good to share with you his collection of tropical themed fabrics. Tropical prints have a happy warm feeling!

"Typically Tropical" A collection of tropical textile designs by Patrick Moriarty.
“Typically Tropical” A collection of tropical textile designs by Patrick Moriarty.

The large version of the Paisley Rats design (black rats on white background) has been ordered today, printed on 100% cotton. This version is pictured below. There are more than 50 different versions of the rat pattern to choose from. The customer today ordered the fabric via Etsy Distribution. The fabric can also be ordered via the Spoonflower website. Please view the Paisley Rats collection and the Paisley Rats Mosaic collection (which is a simpler version of the Paisley Rats design). The design was originally created by Patrick Moriarty in 2014. It is a very popular contemporary paisley pattern.

Paisley Rats design printed on cotton. This is the black rats on white background version. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Rats design printed on cotton. This is the black rats on white background version

On March 27th 2020 a yard of Paisley Prince Songbook fabric was bought from the Spoonflower website. The customer chose the large-scale version of the design and chose to have the design printed on 100% cotton. I wonder what they will make with the Prince-themed cotton. Will it be a stylish fashion garment for their own wardrobe? will it be a garment for a dear friend who is a big Prince fan? will if be something for the home? possibly a big cushion/pillow or a small tablecloth.

1 yard of Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. The purple paisley pattern is a unique tribute to the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson
1 yard of Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. The purple paisley pattern is a unique tribute to the songs of Prince Rogers Nelson

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

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