Diary of a Designer – Part 196 – by Patrick Moriarty

Thank you to everyone who bought fabrics from the “Paisley Rats” collection in August. At least 33% of my commission from sales of the fabrics is donated to Apopo (Hero Rats) charity every month. The monthly donation pays toward the adoption fees of Shuri the rat. She is a clever rat who is trained to clear landmines in Angola. The Paisley Rats fabrics are available to buy online. They are expertly printed and the prices are very affordable.

Shuri the rat.

Here is a photo of the pink Paisley Rats fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty. This version has white rat silhouette shapes and a white paisley pattern, on a pretty pink background. I photographed the fabric on the wooden floor of the Paisley Power design studio in Southend-on-Sea, UK


Here is a photo of the green version of the Paisley Rat Mosaic fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty. The sample photographed here is of the 3-inch version, there are also a 5-inch version, and a 8.6-inch version. The variety of sizes/scales enable you to find the ideal size of print for your sewing projects.


William Michell bought a framed screenprint of “Paisley Elephants” for an office building in Mayfair London. I enjoyed delivering it by hand. William gave the print a 5-star review. The design is also available as wallpaper and printed fabric.

a framed screenprint of “Paisley Elephants” 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. In December 2020, "Paisley Power" and "paisleypower" became registered trademarks with the UK Intellectual Property Office.

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