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Make It In Design Patternbombing Project

by becqua on November 15, 2015, in the News category

#patternbombing the Fashion Museum

Hundreds of designers & illustrators recently took part in the Make It In Design #patterbombing online design event, submitting images of buildings and landmarks decorated with patterns. The finished results from pattermakers included iconic images from around the world.

My particular inspiration was a small piece of Georgian fabric I was given many years ago. The fabric was hand-embroidered by Maria Prouett in 1822 for her going-away dress. I decorated the top half of the Fashion Museum with a pattern inspired by this beautiful embroidery. I juxtaposed this with a brighter graffiti-style version.

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Lilla Rogers – Creating Collections for Home Decor

by becqua on July 28, 2015, in the News category

BECKY_MCCARTHY_FINALCOLLECTION_HD1_WK5For any artists and illustrators looking for a new challenge, I recommend taking a look at Lilla is an agent in the States who represents various artists, licensing their art to many different markets. Courses available on her website include Make Art that Sells and Bootcamp, and also the Global Talent Search competition. All are paid courses, but the benefits are huge. I’ve taken MAT’s A & B, both of which cover various markets, and took part in GTS 2014. Lilla has also launched a new course, Creating Collections in Home Decor, in conjunction with Margot Tantau, VP at Midwest-CBK, and I was fortunate enough to be in a postion to take part in this new course.

Week 1 – 5 took in a different substrate each week: Metal, Fabric, Glass, Ceramic and Wood. Hundreds of artists and illustrators took part and it was great to view the design process of others from sketches shown on the FB group, through to the final pieces submitted by everyone in the Flickr gallery. It’s a great opportunity to see how other professional artists work (in this class established illustrators such as Zoe Ingram and Flora Waycott took part, so we were able to benefit from seeing their creative process). It’s a really informative environment, with tips and reviews by Lilla & Margot, and also support from other artists. Each week saw new submissions from all involved with the option of presenting a full collection at the end of the course.




Greg James……again

by becqua on July 28, 2015, in the News category

I had a couple more mentions on the Greg James podcast in recent weeks with him sporting a new bespoke designed T-shirt based on the Rage Against the Answermachine feature.  Catch up with his podcasts at  Most recent mention was 10th July with Greg mentioning he’d been running in his new apparel.  Visit for products.

Artwork Featured on Greg James Podcast

by becqua on June 14, 2015, in the News category

Exciting news this week, as an artwork was mentioned on Greg James’ Radio 1 podcast ‘That’s What He Said’. The podcast from 12 June 2015 will be available for the next few weeks and can be downloaded from ITunes, or via the Radio 1 website. Greg also tweeted the image via @podcastards. The design, based on a phrase well known to the followers of the show, includes a rant left by a listener on the ‘Rage Against The Answermachine’ feature. It states “I can’t work off a survey, if it’s not in the right place Simon” and is set against a graphic-style backdrop of a retro answering machine and a vintage telephone. The framed print was described as ‘wonderful’ by Greg James and ‘amazing’ by Chris Smith. The design is available as t-shirts, art prints and phone covers at

Answermachine Phone Case

PG Live

by becqua on May 3, 2015, in the Greetings Card Publisher, News, Progressive Greetings Live category

We’re counting down to this years PG Live exhibition which will be held on 2nd & 3rd June at the Business Design Centre in Islington. It’s a great show for publishers, both new and more established, and is the only show dedicated to the greetings card industry. Vanilla Bloom has enjoyed exhibiting in the Springboard section previously, and this year we’re represented in the main hall as one of the publishers supplying designs to Showcase Greetings. Visit their stand, number 222, and enjoy the show!


Vanilla Bloom licenses to Showcase Greetings

by becqua on December 26, 2014, in the News category

Exciting news for Vanilla Bloom is the licensing of two of our card ranges to Showcase Greetings. The ranges are ‘Pretty Stitches’ & ‘Super Kitsch’. The first is a clean contemporary range of white cards featuring fabric-inspired stitch effect shapes, and the second range is vibrant, colourful and cute in a gloriously retro way.

Showcase Greetings is a concept by Steve Pepper that originally started as The Brolly Group. The idea is to bring publishers together so buyers can purchase from many different sources in one transaction. Vanilla Bloom are proud to be included in the launch in January 2015 and look forward to our cards being presented to a wider audience.Showcase Logo copy

New Cards From Vanilla Bloom

by becqua on November 29, 2014, in the News category

Pleased to bring to you some details of my new greetings card range ‘Pretty Stitches’. Comprised of cute animal shapes in  colourful designs with a stitch-effect finish. All cards are on quality board, include an envelope and are individuallt cello-wrapped. Currently available to trade customers and for licensing. Drop me an email via the contact page if you’d like more information.

Have a Happy Birthday: PRT003

Have a Happy Birthday: PRT003

The Brolly Group is Growing

by becqua on April 6, 2014, in the News category

the Brolly groupA recent article on Greetings Today explains that after less than 2 months the Brolly Group is making good progress in their efforts to help small publishers get their designs into the marketplace.

Vanilla Bloom is proud to be one of the 22 names already signed up and our cards will be showcased in the children’s cards category at Home & Gift Harrogate in July.

Steve Pepper and Gary Bratton set up the company “to help and enhance your business into the UK marketplace”, they “will sell your cards into retailers all over the UK and pay you 20 per cent commission on the trade price.”

“For retailers it’s the chance that under one delivery and one invoice they can select up to 600 designs across 14-20 small card publishers” says Gary

Back to School at Lilla Rogers Studio

by becqua on April 6, 2014, in the News category

LRS SchoolWell after many years, it’s time to head back to school! I’ve joined up at a 5 week assignment-based course. “Representing 38 artists internationally, Lilla Rogers is one of the world’s top illustration agents, and for the first time ever she is sharing three decades’ worth of knowledge and experience through a pioneering new online experience”. The course has a truly international feel with attendees from all over the world, all communicating and sharing their artwork and ideas via Facebook and Flickr.

Hi There Kitty Cat!

by becqua on March 13, 2014, in the News category

View one of Vanilla Bloom’s new kitsch cards in the Innovations Section of the March edition of Progressive Greetings Magazine.