Diary of a Designer – Part 15 – by Patrick Moriarty

Here are photos of some incredible face masks, all made with Paisley Rats fabrics from the Paisley Power collection. Glynis Duckenfield in Sheffield UK sells lots of these masks which she expertly makes.

Face masks made by Glynis Duckenfield with Paisley Rats fabric by Patrick Moriarty
Face masks made by Glynis Duckenfield with Paisley Rats fabric by Patrick Moriarty

New version of Paisley Prince Songbook! This is the very small version. Several clients & customers have asked for this version. They want to make small products for their family & friends, or to sell their hand-made items online.

Very small version of the popular Paisley Prince Songbook design by Patrick Moriarty. The purple paisley design is shown here printed on satin.
Very small version of the popular Paisley Prince Songbook design by Patrick Moriarty. The purple paisley design is shown here printed on satin.

In the 12 hours up to 6am on April 22nd, 10 purchases were made of Paisley Prince Songbook fabric. The customers included: Karen from Boston, Patty O’Sullivan and the rest were anonymous. They all bought the fabric direct from Spoonflower printers. Patrick Moriarty receives a 10% commission royalty payment for every pieces of his fabric that Spoonflower sell. Later in the day, more customers bought the same fabric including Chris Gomez in Texas, Amanda Barron and Gypsy Medrano (who also ordered some of the fabric earlier in the month).

On April 22nd Elena Martinez bought a Paisley Prince Songbook t-shirt from the Rage On website. The t-shirts are great because every part of the garment has the design on it, not just printed panels on the front and back. All of the front, the back and the sleeves are all printed with the purple paisley design. They look terrific! They are excellent gifts if you know someone who is a Prince fan, but the detailed eye-catching design is attractive to anyone who likes paisley patterns or the hypnotic feeling of psychedelic art.

On April 22nd, 2 yards of the black and white “Paisley Rats” fabric was bought by 2 customers. One customer used Amazon UK and other used Amazon Germany to buy the unique rodent fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty.

Detail of black and white rat print textile by Patrick Moriarty

Jayne Stanfield bought 5 metres of different Paisley Rats fabric. She chose the black/white version, the pink/white version, the purple/white version and the turquoise/black version. Here is a pic of all the 4 version she bought today. Take a look at the Paisley Rats textile collection at Spoonflower printers.

Jayne Stanfield bought 5 metres of different Paisley Rats fabrics on April 22nd. The colours she chose included pink, turquoise, purple and black/white.
Jayne Stanfield bought 5 metres of different Paisley Rats fabrics on April 22nd

Big Thanks to Henry, a graphic designer in Saint Paul, the capital of Minnesota and 20 miles from Paisley Park. Henry contacted me to order the Paisley Prince Songbook fabric to make masks.
“I actually saw your print about 6 months ago when I was searching for paisley wallpaper and I have been really wanting a project to use it for. It’s VERY inspiring. I’m sure it will make people smile when they see your design. I will certainly recommend you to my friends”
I have ordered the Prince themed fabric for Henry. In just one day, April 22nd 2020, I received 22 orders for the fabric, which was quite a record! From the photo of the fabric (see below), you can see all the colours in the design: black, purple, lilac, turquoise, deep pink, dusty rose and white.

Paisley Prince Songbook textile design. Created by Patrick Moriarty in 2018 and launched to the public in January 2019.
Paisley Prince Songbook textile design

On April 23rd, Jennifer Lindsay purchased a yard of “Hibiscus Paisley” printed cotton. Designed by Patrick Moriarty in Southend-on-Sea UK using photographs he had taken of hibiscuses at his Mother’s house. A darker version of the design is going to included in a forthcoming book “The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design” (2nd edition) written by Alex Russell. The book will be published in December 2021 by Bloomsbury, the world-famous publishing company. Patrick’s “Paisley Rats” design will also be featured in the book. Patrick had 3 designs featured in the 1st edition. 2 of the designs were collaborations with a Dutch designer.

Hibiscus Paisley (pink, teal and brown version). Designer Patrick Moriarty used his photographs of his Mother’s hibiscus when he created the design.

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 including Zara, Hugo Boss, H&M, and Gap. In 2014 I formed the brand Paisley Power to enable me to promote my designs to a worldwide audience. I enjoy introducing new designs to my collection, then receiving ideas, feedback, and suggestions from my friends and customers. The best part of being a designer is being inspired every day by cultures and environments and interpreting them into my own unique creations. In 2018 I developed a unique method of teaching printed textile design. 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 in textile design, producing professionally printed fabrics. In 2019 and 2022 I taught 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. Another strand of my business is providing a Photoshop design service to artists. My clients include Este MacLeod, Jennifer Orkin Lewis (August Wren), and Deborah Velasquez. They send me scans of their paintings and I adapt the artwork into repeating patterns so that they can be used for commercial projects including printed fabrics, wallpapers, puzzles, stationery, and home décor. 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, throw pillows, facemasks, bags, totes, and greeting cards have all been selling extremely well. Sales of the printed fabric with the Paisley Prince Songbook design have exceeded 1000 yards. The design has been very popular with Prince fans. 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 2020 I created the design “Paisley Positivity”, which has been popular with customers as a printed fabric and as made-to-order home décor items, including luxurious bedding. In December 2020, "Paisley Power" and "paisleypower" became registered trademarks with the UK Intellectual Property Office. In 2022, 2 of my most popular designs (Paisley Prince Songbook and Paisley Elephants) will be displayed at the Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem, Israel. The designs will be part of a major exhibition about the paisley pattern.

6 thoughts on “Diary of a Designer – Part 15 – by Patrick Moriarty

  1. that’s a great motto! i always persevere with my designs and with the plans for my brand. You have to have a vision and a dream, otherwise you won’t grow, improve or explore!


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