New Year Update!

Welcome! If you are not familiar with me or my work, I’m Tahlia, from Tahlia Paige, where I create patterns, and then by printing them onto fabric, create my own giftware collection from them. Some of my main items include makeup bags, reusable makeup pad giftsets and hair accessories, although I also take on commissions from pets to cars on prints, cushions or giftsets.

It seems a little late to be announcing the new year, but I’ve been busy over my time off planning and developing new ideas for this year, so this update will just share a little of what I have been working on!

Commissions Open

Commissions can include pet portraits, custom animal patterns or even a digital drawing of your car, which can then be put onto cushions, prints, or even a giftset of my usual items.

Perfect for a personal gift, my patterns are drawn and created from scratch, and can feature your favourite animal, food, drink, hobby, sport, anything really!

Christmas Sale On Etsy

If you’re the type of person that stocks up for Christmas ready for next year, then take a look at my Etsy for the Christmas sale that is still on and remaining items.

Wholesale Collection

My wholesale collection is in progress, this is something I have always wanted to do, and winning a grant to make it a reality was amazing. I invested in a small three-piece fabric collection that I designed, and am currently producing a line of products from them. Some have been seen before from my shop, and some haven’t! So I’ve also had fun trying to work out how to make some of these new things that I wanted to create. I still have a long list of things to do to make this a reality, but I am very ambitious and can’t wait to showcase the lines! If you are a small retailer who would be interested in stocking my giftware range, please get in touch!

New Pattern Collection

Illustrative Florals Collection

The Illustrative Florals Collection takes inspiration from classic illustrative tattoo designs and a number of traditional tattoo flowers. Using linework to create the flowers, I then added contrasting colours for these final bright designs.

The inspiration for the collection started at tattoo designs, I love tattoo styles and it’s definitely on my to-do list to get some for myself. I started with roses, sunflowers, daisies and these little anemones initially, and as I was having so much fun drawing them, the collection just kept on and on expanding to the point where I now have about 15 different flowers that I want to turn into pattern designs. So these will be coming soon on my website, some may then be chosen for a giftware collection, and all will be available to license!

GIVEAWAY

And finally for my little new year update, there is currently a week left of a collaborative giveaway I have been doing with DAIVY, a close friend and fellow maker. Daisy, from DAIVY, creates crochet products including fab custom bralettes and other clothing, face scrubbies and other skincare, as well as cute little decorations.

The Giveaway includes a makeup bag in my blue and pink foliage fabric, designed as part of a collection about owls, and a set of three face scrubbies by DAIVY in three cute colours. It runs until the end of January so head over to either of our Instagram pages: @tahliapaigetextiles or @_DAIVY_ to see our terms and enter!

How I got into Surface Pattern

Surface pattern is a long way off my beginnings in art and design. Going through school I enjoyed drawing, and took up knitting with my nan as a hobby, although I was pretty terrible at it! When I chose my GCSEs, I chose to do Textiles, ICT, French and Geography, but within a week of doing geography I quickly switched to Art. Textiles at this point was quite arty, so I worked on my painting and stitching, and art was fun, with only a class of four I had plenty of space to work and would do A1 pencil drawings of landscapes.

When I moved into my A-levels, I carried on with Art, Textiles and ICT, and also took Photography. It was always advised to give yourself a good range of subjects to have options here, but I knew I wanted to do something creative, and I loved it. I worked on three different themes at the same time, and ended up with 36 hours of exams at the end of it. ICT ended up being quite useful too with how much I use computers in designing and blogging now.

This was probably around the time I got into tattoo designs and using this kind of style in my work, I love using small scale patterns or dotwork to build up my designs, and these techniques do still influence my work now as well.

I finished my A-levels with the grades that I wanted and was set to go to a local college to do a foundation degree, as it got closer and closer I started dreading it, a foundation course would cover a range of things I like, such as drawing, textiles, fashion, photography, but also included a lot of areas I knew I would not enjoy. Thinking back maybe this would have been useful for me to discover new things but I think my choice of a gap year was a good break from education and meant I had the time to build up some savings for University.

I went back to my old school and managed to get a job working with my textiles teacher, working on the production of Cats! The Musical, which involved painting about 75 catsuits, as well as making costumes and accessories. I went into this thinking I was set on doing photography at uni, but by the end I had changed that to textiles.

I think my reasoning with photography is that I would do it in a way that involved my art and textiles skills as well, like stitching into photographs and using the darkroom to make creative images, but the more I looked into textiles the more I thought I would do more with that instead.

I went for some interviews for textiles and fashion in Cardiff and Bath, I was quite split between the two because I enjoyed creating clothes in school for textiles but looking at what my fashion friends do now makes me very pleased I did choose textiles, I really don’t think I would have the head to cope with all the measuring and adjusting fashion takes!

I got my unconditional offer to Cardiff Met to do textiles, which I found out quickly was very different to my school classes. I had never really studied surface pattern before but this was such a large part of textiles that my course covered, I think I was a little afraid of it at first because of how much digital work was involved, and I really loved stitching and working with fabrics.

I worked hard on learning how to make patterns, which honestly took me until this year to really feel confident with them, and now whenever I draw, I think of how this would look in a pattern, what other motifs would work with it, what colour scheme would work. I end up planning more little collections in my head to do when I have more spare time.

While I am working on my final module, I have been taking part in the Spoonflower weekly design contests which have been great to take a few hours off the main project and dive into a smaller one. They give a theme which can be quite widely interpreted and then open a vote of judging each week. I’ll add a link to my Spoonflower page or create a portfolio album of them when I have added a few more to the page over the coming weeks.