Our summer has come to an end with a week in the Lake District. It's a place that is very special to me; having spent a week in Coniston every year throughout my childhood. I love the smell of bracken, wet moss, and the sound of running water. There wasn't that much time for drawing (as we were either climbing or cycling), but I managed to squeeze in a couple of quick sketches. I'm particularly interested in the slate cottages that cling to the edge of the fells and the colours and textures of the landscape.
As a result of a previous trip to the Lakes, I developed a series of fabric designs based on fern leaves. The pattern was applied with hand cut foam pieces, which I covered with Farrow and Ball paint before pressing onto the fabric. In this way, I printed soft furnishings for our house and learned how to cover lampshades. I've come back from this holiday with lots more ideas for patterns, but no time to print them!