A Return to Patterns

My work has focused heavily on abstract textures for a while now, but it’s like time for a long-overdue return to making surface patterns. I wish I had photographs of my early pattern doodles. There were hundreds of them over the years, but I can’t remember where they went. I do, fortunately, have piles of my later experiments, produced in the last decade or so.

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Pencil and Biro Doodles
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Ink and Pencil Doodles

I’ve doodled during long journeys. I’ve doodled in cafes. I’ve doodled between call centre calls and while TEFL pupils completed their work. One of the few times I didn’t doodle was when I was a graphic designer – which is partly why I’m not anymore.

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More Doodles

So many years and so many doodles, yet I never explored their full potential. I did consider training as a tattoo artist, but I’m not sure I could make needles and blood my friends.

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Even More Doodles

It feels good to do something that I love, and comes naturally to me. I seem somehow wired to see patterns everywhere I look. Bring on more patterns.

My Happy Place

I’m fortunate to have a small room set aside for my creative projects. Many a happy hour is spent tucked away in there with mountains of markers, paints, pencils etc. My cat often curls up on the windowsill next to my desk and keeps me company until she gets bored and decides I need a break. Then she’ll start stealing pens or munching on my kneecaps, in a bid for attention. It’s more charming than it sounds.

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