Finding inspiration


Section of Alice Pattullo’s quilt design

As designers, we all need to be inspired and this post is about finding inspiration. I get my ideas from various forms that are mainly visual and either collate them in a scrapbook (magazine cuttings, postcards, flyers etc…), or on Pinterest. I’m the type of person who does research, every day. Whether from browsing on the internet, going into a city, being surround by beautiful architecture, coffee houses, people and shop displays etc., or just taking a stroll in the countryside, it is surprising what may trigger an idea!

I work in my studio virtually each day, and even though I love working from home, I can sometimes feel isolated and I get that urge to find what inspiration will come to me, from outside of the four walls of the studio, where I spend time creating at my computer.

Two places I have been to recently, on separate weekends, are Bath and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s been about two years since my last visit to each, so I was very much looking forward to seeing the new things I could discover there.

Finding inspiration

In Bath, I went to see two of my favourite shops; Anthropologie and Graham and Green. As per usual, there were lots of yummy items, and I was excited to be at the stores. I love the architecture, quirky cafes & boutique shops around the outskirts of the main city, and the cultural mix.


Selection of tea-towels.

Colourful pinafores.

Gorgeous textiles.

Embroidered chair.

Around Bath

Brightly coloured hanging umbrellas.

Flowers growing from inside a red telephone box.

Knitted floral lamp-post art.

At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, I was very much looking forward to seeing Alice Pattullo‘s illustration work in the flesh! I’ve previously only seen her beautiful artwork online, and so I was amazed at how intricate her recent work, ‘Of House and Home’ appeared. There were so many pieces to see, and I got to purchase a couple of items with her designs on, whilst there. It was lovely to walk around the grounds of the park and to see the other large sculptures on display. Even though they didn’t inspire me as much, they were interesting to see and a definite talking point. If you get to visit, the cakes in the cafe are also rather yummy too!

Alice Pattullo

‘Home Sewing’

‘China Animals’ and ‘Dried Flowers’

Original artwork by Alice Pattullo presented in a glass display cabinet.

‘A Garden Displayed’


Zak Ové

Tony Cragg


What inspires you and how do you find inspiration?


Emma Jayne x