kathleen | new pattern

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kathleen - pattern by laura redburn

as is now tradition for me, i always make a collage or pattern to begin and/or end the year, and this is no exception…

i actually started this a couple of months ago and accidentally forgot about it, but over the christmas period i started working on it again.

i had intentions to make this a more detailed, layered pattern but i much prefer how it/the variations turned out. i like how they all look together and hope that to other people they look like they belong together. i feel like simple geometric patterns are my ‘go to’, the ones that just come naturally and happily and that i don’t necessarily need to think about too much. i’m all about working on instinct, but i do want to branch out a little more and work on some patterns that have more layers and depth to them. though, i don’t know – i do love making ones like this!

here’s hoping this year is filled with collages, patterns, and as much art as i can make!

kathleen - geometric pattern by laura redburn

kathleen - colourful geometric pattern by laura redburn


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the small things | 7

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blue painted brick wall

a ‘small things‘ post is the perfect thing to end the year with i think. this year has been pretty rubbish personally, and obviously globally too. but of course there have been good things and wonderful moments too.

for as long as i can remember i have strived to be grateful for things big and small, and to be vigilant and aware of little moments and things most might take for granted. i’m so glad i actually started writing some of these things down in the form of these posts, because it’s lovely (for me, anyway) to look back on them.

what small (or big) things have made you happy this year?

here’s some of mine, as well as some more recent things mixed in too.

– having the opportunity to create illustrations, both on a personal and professional level. hope i can continue to keep getting work in the following year(s)
– the clean, warm feeling when you’ve gotten out of the bath and are wrapped up in pyjamas and blankets
– being able to figure out some of the foods that are making me ill and avoiding them, less heartburn and reflux is always welcome!
– finding colour and pattern in unexpected places
– getting better at editing photos
– finding this pink chair
– finally, FINALLY asking for help and getting some therapy
– slowly becoming more confident (but also admitting to myself i have a lot of self esteem issues)
– appreciating small kindnesses from others
– a nice glass of cold water, and/or a cup of hot tea
– realising just how much i love chickpeas
– seeing some wonderfully pretty cotton candy sunsets
– meeting up with wonderful internet friends in real life, as well as making new friends on-line that i hope to meet next year


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winter coat wishlist

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collage of colourful coats for a winter coat wishlist

i’m a firm believer that, even in winter, if you love colour you should keep wearing colour all year round. my favourite coat that i’ve had for a good few years now is bright fuchsia pink and i love it. i know that bright shade of pink isn’t for everyone but i have no shame and want to share my love for colour all year round!

like most people, i do like to have a couple of coat choices whether that’s for different moods, clothes or occasions. so i thought i’d put together a wishlist of a few coats and jackets that i have my eye on, or that will serve as inspiration for something i’d like next year. this time of year is quite good to buy coats actually, as they’re often on sale and although you’ll still be putting out some money, you can get some real bargains if you know where to look and/or have gift vouchers and discount codes.

are you a colour lover that likes colourful coats too, or do you prefer darker colours? or, are you normally into all black everything but love colourful coats? this is information i need to know.

pink collared coat – i need a softer pink counterpart to my fuchsia coat right? also enjoying the buttonless front and fluffy collar.

yellow cape – i mean ..it’s a yellow cape, i don’t need to say any more right?

turquoise wool coat – turquoise with a 60’s silhouette? please and thank you. i’m a bit fussy about collarless coats but this one is lovely.

levi’s navy peacoat – i don’t often go for darker coats but i’m a little in love with this navy levi’s number. the contrasting white collar really sets it apart.

biba abstract leopard coat – this is quite a special coat isn’t it? it’s fancy and a bit out there without being too crazy.

mint patterned coat – i can’t really wear long coats as i’m short (this one would probably go down to my ankles!) but if i was taller i would totally wear this lovely minty number.

disclosure: in association with HoF – as always, all words (& love of colourful coats) my own.


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