Diary of a Designer – Part 92 – by Patrick Moriarty

Let’s have a (tango) party! Today, two dance-loving women in their 90’s had a birthday party in Glasgow Scotland. The guest tango dancers, Drew and Taryn Moir, from Paisley Tango (dancing club) wore my special Paisley Tango face masks. Drew and Taryn commissioned me to make the exclusive paisley design for them in 2019. They gave me permission to make face masks with the fabric.

 tango dancers from Paisley Tango (dancing club) wore my special Paisley Tango face masks
tango dancers from Paisley Tango (dancing club) wore special Paisley Tango face masks, which I designed for them.

Here is another photo from the birthday party in Glasgow. In this photo you can see Drew Moir wearing the peacock colored face mask. It’s wonderful that Drew and Taryn chose their clothing to match their masks. Taryn wore a red dress to compliment the ‘hot’ red and pink colors of her face mask. Drew wore a royal blue suit to compliment the peacock colors (blue and green tones) of his face mask.

The tango dancers carefully chose their clothing to match their face mask.

Here is a pretty laptop sleeve printed with the lilac version of the Paisley Positivity design. This product has foam padding and a polyester cover, which protects from scratches. It also has black zip, black edging, & thick black padding inside. Your friends will probably comment on how lovely the laptop sleeve looks.

Here are some photos of the face masks so that you can see the details more clearly. Here is the “hot” color version.

"hot" color version of the Pasley Tango face mask in shades of pink and red with a black background. Designed by Patrick Moriarty
“hot” color version of the Pasley Tango face mask in shades of pink and red with a black background. Designed by Patrick Moriarty

Here is the “peacock” color version. On September 13th Lisa Shrimplin bought 3 Paisley Power face masks including the Paisley Tango (peacock colors) face mask.

Paisley Tango (peacock colors) face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
Paisley Tango (peacock colors) face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
zipped laptop sleeve made with the Paisley Positivity fabric (lilac version).
zipped laptop sleeve made with the Paisley Positivity fabric (lilac version).

On September 13th, Caro Elia bought a Paisley Prince Songbook face mask from Rage On. I am selling my Prince-themed masks on several different shopping websites including my own online shop, eBay, Spoonflower, Red Bubble, and Zazzle. More than 70 have been sold on the Rage On website alone, which is a good achievement for my brand, Paisley Power.

paisley-patterned Prince-themed face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty
paisley-patterned Prince-themed face mask designed by Patrick Moriarty

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.

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