My week with Blendworth, August 2016

Hello everyone!

Do you remember the live project I did for Blendworth during my second year at Blendworth? Well, if you don’t, you can read all about it here.

If you do, I guess you can tell by the title of this blog that I (along with 3 other talented students in my class) was chosen out of our class to do a weeks long work placement with them in the designs studio! Blendworth are a renowned British surface design and textile company that was established in 1921! Their fabrics and wallpapers are fantastic, and they have a wide range of different patterns and textures for you to choose from! Check out their website and collections here:


I made a top 10 list of their best sold fabrics and patterns from one of their collections. I also got to have a sneak peek at their new collection coming out next year! I won’t tell you what it is or the theme but I will update this post when their new collection comes out. I had to cut different colour way strips of their new designs, label them and place them in to a folder. I can’t wait to get my own samples of them when they come out!


I was asked to create some trend and colour boards for them to use as inspiration for future projects and they also let me print off some for myself to use for my projects in third year. I got to use the Heimtextil 2017/2018 Trends book to help me with researching. It’s given me loads of ideas for my Final Major Project!

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(Image credit: Pinterest)


These are a few trend boards I created and a display board I added to for them. This board, along with the new trends for next year have inspired me for my Final Major Project! I can’t wait to get started!


I did a bit of archiving for them. I had to photograph a load of different fabrics, the repeats and details and the selvedge codes, write them down, give them a code number and then place them on the correct shelves in numerical order and add labels to the shelves. This was a lot of fun as I got to see some fabrics that have been around since Blendworth was established, so some of these fabrics were nearly 100 years old! How incredible is that? I found them so inspiring and interesting to see what was in style back then, and top see how far we’ve come today in textile and surface design. You must remember, back then they didn’t have computers and Photoshop to create their patterns and repeat, it was all done by hand and painted in to a repeat. Just astounding!

I did archiving for a few days and afterwards I had to upload the photographs on to a computer, label them with the right number code, place them in the right categorised folder and also type up all the codes, colours, names and details about the different fabrics.


I sat outside on my lunch break a lot with some of the girls and they were all so lovely! It was perfect weather all week. We had ice lollies and cookies on my last day.

I’ve really enjoyed my week there, I wish it didn’t have to end! Thank you so much to Southampton Solent University and Blendworth for this incredible opportunity! I’ve learn’t so much from working with you and it was a great experience to see how the surface design side of the industry works. I think it’s definitely helped me decide what I’d like to do in the future, both project and career wise!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x

Upcycled Hour Live: Brighton, July 2016

I got the opportunity to help out at Upcycled Hour Live design fair in Brighton! It was fantastic and right in the city centre!


The fair was held at the Brighton Unitarian Church next to the Pavilion Gardens and was filled with eclectic and interesting upcycled pieces handmade by professional designer makers.

I was very excited to work this design fair because Zoe from Muck N’ Brass was displaying her furniture pieces there and she is one of my idols! I also got to meet Charis Williams from the tv series “Kirstie Allsopp’s Fill Your House For Free”, yet another one of my interior design and DIY influences, who decided to visit the fair.

I loved all the different styles and pieces that were there, like these industrial lights made out of old bicycles, copper pipes and mannequins, along with knitted lampshades! These lights are designed by Janer Designs, find more awesome lights like these on their website:

How clever is this!? Using your old pairs of jeans as upholstery! This has definitely inspired me to try this technique out on one of my next projects!

Jo from Reclaimed & Reloved displayed some truly beautiful pieces of furniture. I just love those elephant lamps! (I was lucky enough to see them in person before they became lights.)

These are a few more of my favourite picks form the show.

I really enjoyed myself and loved helping out. If you missed this show, do not fear! There are plans for another Upcycled Hour Live show in London and up North!

To be sure that you don’t miss out next time, head on over to for more information and updates.

If you are a designer maker that loves upcycling or someone that is a fan and is looking for inspiration, why not become part of the Upcycled Hour community and join in with all the fun on twitter! Every Tuesday evening at 8pm, members of the Upcycled Hour family tweet about their current projects or contribute to themed topics by using the hashtag #UpcycledHour

Upcycled Hour was created by Chris Billinghurt of Upcycled Homes, where hundreds of professionals have built a community to inspire each other and spread their love for saving the planet.

I hope you enjoyed this post and got a few new ideas for any future upcycle projects! I know I have!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x

Spirit of Summer 2016


I was very fortunate enough to help out and gain some work experience at the Spirit of Summer fair at the Olympia London. I got to help out at an amazing artist and designers stall.

Her name is Anna Jacobs, a trained artist and her homeware products are stunning. I was very lucky to be able to work with someone so talented! It’s no surprise that I would fall in love with her pieces, being a colour lover. You can find more of her products on her online shop here.

I got to have a wander round on my lunch break to see what else was on display and it was very inspiring! I loved the wide range of homeware and furniture products as well as clothing that was available to buy.

Straight away Holy Cow Home LTD’s stall across the way caught my eye, with it’s eclectic, bohemian style and bright colours. I really wanted one of those umbrellas and the patchwork armchair!

This stall was absolutely gorgeous, covered all over with beautiful flowers. Just look at that swan!

This stall displayed some wonderful glass pieces, which were all made from recycled glass!

I never knew this design fair existed until I was asked to work it. It was so inspirational, exciting and fun, and I hope to do it again one day, whether it’s helping out again or with my own stall.

If you’ve never been to the Spirit of Summer fair, make sure you attend next year as I’m sure there will be plenty more to do and see!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x