Thursday, 11 May 2017

Bespoke Textile Baby Creations






My nephew and his partner are currently awaiting the birth of their second baby and I have been making a few hand made gifts. I did the same when they were expecting their first child. It's an absolute joy to make gifts that will hopefully remain in their family for years to come and may be played with by another children they may have in the future.

All these cute litte creations were made from designs in Jane Bull's wonderful book 'Crafty Creations.' One of my closest friends bought it for a mutual friend at Christmas. I loved it the second I saw it and had to buy a copy for myself. It's a fantastic book and perfect for crafting beginners. I highly recommend it.

So here are my take on some of the makes in Jane's wonderful book; Georgeanna the Giraffe, Mollie the Octopus, Ollie the Octopus and Wilbur the Pig. I'm currently making Wilbur a girlfriend who will be named Charlotte (after characters in my favourite children's book Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.) Who knows they might even get a baby of their own!

I hope you like them. As always feedback is welcome.

So until next time,

Cheers Then!

Friday, 28 April 2017

My Latest Bespoke Textile Creation




I've finally finished the completely hand made Elephant I've been making for one of my sisters. She's named Lyuba after the baby Woolly Mammoth discovered in 2007 in Russia. (Lyuba actually means 'Love' in Russian.) Every one of the 1842 beads was stitched on individually by hand. I'm surprised I didn't go blind in the process of stitching on so many tiny beads! It was a true labour of love but my sister is worth it. (Now I just just have to finish the bespoke creation I'm making for my other sister!)

As you can see, under one ear I have put my business label and under the other a little message to show it was a bespoke creation made specially for my sister.

I hope you like it. I intend to make several for sale, although probaby not so heavily beaded. So watch this space!

As always feedback would be welcomed and appreciated.

So until next time.

Cheers Then!

Monday, 17 April 2017

New Abstract Prints Available For Sale

This is a selection of abstracts prints I currently have for sale. They are inspired by the From Atoms To Patterns range of designs created for the 1951 Festival of Britain. They are available from A1 to A4. Anyone interested please email me at mc_squared_design@hotmail.co.uk for price information. More prints for sale can be found on my Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bananadiva1

Cheers Then.







Thursday, 28 July 2016

New Surface Design Collection For Fashion

For a while now I have been working on fashion as well as interior surface designs. I try not to be swayed by what I see in fashion and interiors magazines and on the websites I follow but instead begin working with a simple motif or colour palette and work from there. I then work with the motif on a variety of scales. Once I have decided on which scale I feel the motif works best, I then begin trying it out in various fashion or interiors based settings. The designs below were conceived using this process. I was also keen to work on a cohesive collection of designs. It just so happened I felt these surface design worked better on dresses rather than scarves or other fashion based items. I hope you like them. As ever feedback is always appreciated. Until next time.

Cheers Then.









Saturday, 16 April 2016

Gary Bedard's wonderful illustration blog

Just discovered a great blog by chance. I happened to google Kirsty MacColl and one of the search results was Gary's blog. Once I started looking through his posts I became an instant fan. I really love the individuality of his wonderful quirky illustrations.

Check out his blog here. Hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!

http://garybedard.blogspot.co.uk/

Also check out his portfolio here:

 http://garybedard.brushd.com/

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

A Selection Of Prints For Sale

I have posted a selection of 38 designs that are available as professionally printed A3 and A4 prints and A3 canvases on my Facebook page. The canvases are £30, the A3 paper (which is high quality) prints are £20 and the A4 paper prints are £12. Please be aware that postage and packing costs will be added to the price.

To view the complete range go to my Facebook album via https://www.facebook.com/michael.shuttleworth.7/media_set?set=a.10205649181328035.1073741828.1209181730&type=3


Monday, 19 October 2015

Costume Design Submissions

A friend of mine is involved in pre-production work on an independent film which is based around a fictional girl group in the middle of the 1960s Merseybeat scene in Liverpool. I have submitted some costume designs for the film. With a bit of luck some might find their way into the finished film. Here's hoping! Below are some of the designs. The designs themselves are vintage 1960s designs, into which I have added my surface pattern designs. I hope you like them.