A space to create.  A studio, a virtual space, a favourite armchair in the corner of a room or just in our heads – it doesn’t matter where – simply a space to imagine, invent, dream or express our ideas…

Welcome to my creative space, a holding place for some of my most favourite things to do.  I design, make, draw, paint, sew, weave, photograph and collect.  I’m inspired by the natural and built world around me and I’m constantly guided by and drawn back to its beauty and intelligence.

Here you will find collections of Surface Patterns which all started life as either hand drawings, paintings, collage or photographs.  They have then been digitally manipulated to make seamless pattern repeats. I am very experimental with media and I like to create unique textures using paint, pen, pencil, watercolour and printmaking. However, nothing quite beats just drawing with a black pen, a natural default for me spending many years technical drawing as a commercial Interior Designer. I am available for freelance pattern design and licencing. Please do get in touch.

Painting  is constantly evolving as I continue to experiment with different mediums often using mixed media in my works. I am interested in the creative process of mark making and enjoy painting intuitively as well as planned. I am drawn in by colour and texture and I enjoy exploring the powerful emotive response of these elements in particular where it collides with memory. 

Paprly  is a place to browse and buy some of my unique patterns on wrapping paper, gift tags, greeting cards, giclee art prints, tea-towels and handmade heat bags.

A selection of my designs can also be purchased on fabric by the metre at @Nextstateprint as well as collections available for printing onto fabric, wallpaper, carpet or laminate for commercial Interiors at Emily Ziz  -see Bushland Blooms  and Artisinal . My latest collection is with Digital Fabrics.

Lastly, textiles are in my blood, both my Grandmothers were skilled with the needle one of them teaching me to sew, and my Grandfather a tailor. Textiles are also an extension of my love of textural qualities and I often like using unusual combinations with other media such as paint.   NeekieNoo is my making playground – textile accessories and pieces for the home, made from vintage fabrics and some of my surface designs printed onto fabric.  The weavings are all handmade using a vintage flower loom.

I have just recently completed a Graduate Certificate of Visual arts at QCA and have a Bachelor of Built Environment and Education from QUT.

Please take a look, enjoy and thanks for visiting my creative space.

If you would like to work with me freelance, or are interested in a commission or licensing some of the designs you see in my portfolio, please contact me at amandalouiselaing@gmail.com

You will also find me in some of these other virtual creative spaces: Instagram here, and here, and Facebook here, and here.

                                                                                                                      Mand xx

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