Surface Pattern Design

Elderflower Fields T-Shirt

The t-shirt I designed for Elderflower Fields Family Festival is on sale now for pre-order. The team behind the festival wanted a new design that would appeal to men and women, adults and children. I created a floral design filled with insects and grasses, to make sure it didn't get too 'pretty' and kept a natural, outdoorsy vibe, just like the festival itself. I love how it turned out. 

Shortlisted in Printsource competition

I'm so pleased to announce that I've reached the final eight for the Make it in Design/Printsource competition. If I win, I'll be packing my bags for another trip to New York, in August, to exhibit at Printsource. Yes please!

Here are my two entries:

Angel Geo © Emma McGowan 2016

Angel Geo © Emma McGowan 2016

Retro Meadow © Emma McGowan 2016

Retro Meadow © Emma McGowan 2016

There are additional patterns in both collections, all of which are available to license. Contact me for more information.

Instagram Advent images

Four Corners Art Collective is kicking up a festive storm on Instagram with a daily advent calendar challenge. I won't be contributing an image every day but here's a growing gallery of the ones I've managed to do. Just use #adventcalendarart to join in.

UPDATE: we're over halfway through the challenge and there have been over 1,400 posts under our hashtag! Incredible and quite humbling. Massive hats off to the few who have managed a daily image. No mean feat at this time of year...

CHRISTMAS EVE UPDATE: well, we're done and we had over 1,800 posts to our hashtag. Unbelievable. Merry Christmas, all.

New brand, new website

After 15 years as a creative copywriter and two as a freelance illustrator, this year I decided to finally commit myself completely to surface pattern design. 

The result is a date with a booth at SURTEX in 2016 (more on that later) and this shiny new website, dedicated to my surface print and pattern portfolio and nothing else. 

I've moved all my editorial illustration over to BIG, the Brighton Illustrators Group website, and said a final goodbye to copywriting.

To celebrate, I used the free downloads from the Brand Stylist website to develop an understated, laid back and luxurious brand identity that I hope is distinctive and unfussy and reflects the kind of prints and patterns I love to make. Here are some of the elements.