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How to make your own repeat pattern workshop - July 20th

How to make your own repeat pattern workshop - July 20th

I never thought that I would ever be saying this, but I am hosting my first ever workshop in July!

That old friend of mine, imposter syndrome, has been present most my life. After all there is always someone better, more talented and more qualified than you. But that’s the thing, I wasn’t giving myself enough credit for everything I had achieved. All the clients I’ve worked for. The knowledge I’ve gained over a career that’s now in it’s 9th year (yikes!)

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Hawaaian Shirts From a Small Danish Island

Hawaaian Shirts From a Small Danish Island

One of the main reasons I love being a freelance illustrator is that I literally never know what I’m going to find in my inbox. I get a lot of requests, some bizarre, and some curious, and some just plain amazing. This project was definitely the latter.

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Freshly added to the shop...

Freshly added to the shop...

It's been a busy time in the studio recently getting ready to launch my second Etsy shop, whilst updating my old lines in my current store. 

Take a look at some of the new, and old, products that are now back in stock and available through Etsy

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Adios Amigos!

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As I write to you this week I'm taking absolute pleasure in writing every kind of list as we pack to head off on our honeymoon! 

Avnish and I will not only be celebrating our 9 year anniversary together, but our 2nd wedding anniversary whilst in the balmy heat of Cancun, Mexico. This trip is actually going to be our honeymoon, a vacation that has been 2 years of planning and saving in the making. We haven't been on holiday in 3 years so needless to say we're extremely excited to be getting some sun and sand for 2 weeks. 

Because I will be off adventuring this is just a little post to let you all know that my Etsy and Notonthehighstreet.com stores will be closed from Friday 29th April until 12th May. All orders must be placed on or before the 28th, especially if you want to make the most of my Spring Sale which has been going on over in my Etsy shop.

I also wanted to keep you all up to date with some really exciting projects that I've been working on this month: 

Collaboration with Mr Panesar Design
Fittingly enough the first of my new projects has been a collabotayion with my husband Avnish - together we've created gig posters for legends Led Zeppelin and of course The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. These designs are available as prints in Avnish's shop

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New Pattern: A Llama Folk Tale
You may have seen my vibrant llama pattern at the top of this post, which I'm really excited to say is now available to purchase on products in my Society6 shop. I've loved creating this new summery pattern as it's pushed me out of my pencil drawing comfort zones to dabble with painting; a medium I'm not usually too confident in. 

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Submission for the Spoonflower x Sprout Pattern competition 
Last but not least (and this is kind of my favourite) a Japanese Garden inspired print for Spoonflower's April design challenge! Voting closes tomorrow 6pm EDT (10pm GMT) and what's better you can vote for more than one design! I voted for 10 because there is just so many lovely designs! 

I'm excited to share with you all my Mexican experience when I return next month, perhaps in a bumper visual blog post! If you can't possibly wait till mid May then be sure to follow me on Instagram (@deborahpanesar) and Snapchat (dbillustrations) as I'll be documenting some of our adventure.

Until next month! 

Deborah x

Kimono Commission

Kimono Commission

I hope you are all suitable stuffed with Easter chocolate and enjoying your long Bank Holiday weekend!

The greatest thing about what I do for a living is that I know that my next project will always be different from the last. For the past few weeks I've been working on a lovely little commission for a dear family friend. She spotted my Crane, Swallow, Frog pattern printed on a satin sample and instantly fell in love, asking me to cut and sew it into a Kimono. 

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The Revenant

The Revenant

The Oscars goes live this weekend on the 28th, and all I keep thinking is that I sincerely hope Leo get's one because I truly feel it's long overdue. 

Most of my favourite films are ones he's starred in; Shutter Island, The Great Gatsby, Inception...I mean come on, Titanic. But, last month myself and Avnish went to see The Revenant and that then booted all of these off the top spot. Everything in it captivated me. The cinematography, the story, the filming style, the colours. My mind was quite creatively blown when I left the cinema, so much so I felt like I had to create a pattern to release some of that creative overflow. 

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New Kitty Pattern!

New Kitty Pattern!

Back in December 2015 I decided that it was long overdue to draw up a cat pattern! I find cats have such individual personalities that it seemed so wrong to just draw from getty reference images - so I did an international call out on my Instagram to which I had an unprecedented influx of tags as people sent me photos of their gorgeous kitties! 

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