The Many Stages of a Design Career with Emma Jayne

Bedding Designer. Freelancer. Teacher. Emma’s Career.

The Many Stages of a Design Career with Emma Allsup


Today I’m excited to share with you the work of UK textile designer and illustrator, Emma Allsup. Emma went to college for textile design and since then has had the opportunity to wear a variety of hats within the field.

I think you will enjoy Emma’s story and hearing how the pattern design industry has changed over time. Enjoy!


Hi Emma! Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I come from a very creative family, so it follows that I would be creative as well. As a child, I was always drawing and won many art competitions at school. Every week I would fill a sketchbook with portraits and figure drawings.

Whilst at college, my tutors suggested that I would be well suited to textile design. They had seen, from looking through my sketchbooks and course work, that I loved to paint flowers and create patterns. Taking their advice, I went to university to study surface pattern, and then landed my first creative job designing duvet covers for a leading UK bedding company. There I designed bedding for Dorma, John Lewis, Coca Cola, Morgan, NEXT, Littlewoods, Laura Ashley and Marks & Spencer. After that I freelanced, designing mugs, apparel, home décor and gift wrap.

Eventually my personal circumstances changed and I decided to venture into teaching. I taught art and mathematics at a college for a time but longed to get back into the industry. At first I left teaching for graphic design but quickly realized that my real passion was illustration and surface pattern design.

Since then I have built up my portfolio, and am once again working as a pattern designer and illustrator. I’m represented by my agent Brenda Manley, working under the name Emmajayne Designs. Continue reading “The Many Stages of a Design Career with Emma Jayne”

Seven Instagram Feeds Inspiring Me Right Now

Instagram. Rocks. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite feeds with you.

Seven Instagram Feeds Inspiring Me Right Now

Aright, it’s official – I’ve been bitten by the Instagram bug!

Instagram is a great place to share projects, connect with other designers and find inspiration from all over the world. I’m constantly in awe of the ideas people come up with and how willing they are to offer advice to others in Instagram’s creative community.

So far on Instagram I’ve been inspired by abstract artists slapping paint around and the delicate details of a florists bouquet. I’ve been inspired by the gradient of colors in a majestic landscape painting and the rough textures of an old worn down building. All of these things are pushing my surface designs to the next level and inspiring me to make better art.

Today I’m going to share with you a few of the Instagram feeds I’m loving right now…ones that are inspiring my creativity! Continue reading “Seven Instagram Feeds Inspiring Me Right Now”