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Hi, I am Janet McNamee. Welcome to my blog about the everyday stuff that inspires my screen printed textile designs.

By jupiterred, Oct 2 2014 03:47PM

I spent a ridiculous amount of time recently shopping online for a new wall clock. I wanted a sunburst frame but had no idea there were so many designs to choose from. I've used some of my favourites to make a new pattern for napkins.

It's a shame that most of us only use fabric napkins at Xmas time, when they can make even the simplest meal feel special. Anyway, here they are, the Not Just For Xmas Napkins.

It's not a xmas pattern. It does have a wee bit of a snowflakey feel, but because it's a sunburst pattern it should work just as well for summer parties. You can use them more than once a year is all I'm saying! They are available in the Jupiter Red Shop. Go on, spoil yourself x

By jupiterred, Apr 30 2014 08:35PM

For anyone who is interested in how the designs are developed, here’s a little bit about the process, I always start by collecting photos, sketching, and looking at colours and shapes. Above you can see some studies of flax plants.

I needed an all-over small scale print and knew these dried flax pods would make a good pattern to compliment my other flax patterns:

Sometimes there’s a lot more sketching and drawing, but for this pattern I drew a simple motif and then went straight to Adobe Illustrator to play around with layouts. The spaces between the motifs can create secondary patterns, can you see the heart shape in the yellow design? I liked the bottom left design, it reminded me of diagonal weaving:

The design is then transferred onto a silkscreen, ready to print:


You can see the finished printed fabrics in the Jupiter Red shop.

By jupiterred, Apr 11 2014 09:50AM

Hallo! I thought I'd start by sharing my new print studio - the best birthday pressie ever. It arrived, not wrapped up with a big bow, but flat-packed on the back of a truck on the wettest, windiest day back in January. With no forklift available we had to unload it bit by bit into the back garden where it lay looking a bit sad until the rain eventually stopped. Then the giant jenga game began. It's 5 X 3 metres, so plenty big enough for my screenprint table, a washout sink, a mixing table, and a desk area too, but it's also small enough to feel cosy and inspiring. I will share some photos of the inside soon but I really need to give it a good tidy up first! See how we built it here

My lovely new print studio
My lovely new print studio
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