I’ve been busy working away on building up my portfolio recently and realised I hadn’t actually shared any new work for a little while. It’s been a big subject of discussion between many fellow designers about whether we should freely show our newest work to the public or keep it private for potential clients. One argument is that it’s best to keep it hidden unless you are showing it to potential clients as they won’t want to buy ‘seen’ work or designs that have already been out in the public domain but then the other side of the discussion is that if we don’t promote what we do then how will anyone ever see our work?
My feeling at the moment is that for designers that are looking to license their designs it maybe doesn’t matter so much about their work being in the public domain because the beauty of licensing means you can use your designs more than once (depending on the contract of course) but if the designer is looking to sell designs outright to say, wallpaper or fabric companies, then in my experience potential clients will only want ‘unseen’ work. However, a website or blog is often a potential clients first and only impression of a designers work , ability and individual handwriting so I would also say it is worth taking a little risk and putting some good work out there!
It’s also not just about the business side of things though (did I really just say that?!) because being a designer for me isn’t just a job, it’s who I am and part of what I love about what I do is being creative and being able to share that creativity. Even though sometimes I find it difficult to ‘blow my own trumpet’ and promote my own work, like I’m sure many other designers do, I find it so rewarding to be able to show my work and share the creativity.
So, in the spirit of sharing new work here is a fairly recent collection I created called “Mehndi Love”. I absolutely love the intricate patterns of Mehndi work and was inspired to create this collection after spending a considerable amount of time on Pinterest “oohing and aaahing” over the gorgeous images of women decorated with these beautiful patterns. This collection also coincided with my inclusion in the fabulous surface pattern design directory “Find New Designers” and it’s launch of the second edition of their “Little White Book”.I feel so privileged to be included in this wonderful directory and sit alongside some of the most talented designers in the industry. It really is design eye candy! The whole idea and hard work involved in creating the site was that of Gill Eggleston, a very talented designer who you can find out more about here. So why not make yourself a cuppa (or pour yourself your favourite tipple if it’s that time of the day!) and take a moment to browse through some seriously gorgeous portfolios showcased on the site here.