I see you..



Hello, whoever you are..

I don’t use this page anymore since I have created my new project (found at Ponyosquidskiapparel.com), but it has come to my attention that I have one person who continues to look at my blog every other day? Seems unlikely to be more than one person considering the visitation pattern.

So this post is directly to you.. Whoever you are.

Hello 🙂 x

Ps. Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page. Facebook.com/ponyosquidskiapparel

Exciting News!

Guess what me lovelies?


I will be participating in the UK’s biggest outdoor sports and apparel convention!Image


So what does this mean? 

I’ll have a shop front to advertise me brand and also have gift bags for sale and special give away opportunities. I’m aiming to have a collection of small branded merch for sale or available in a gift set ranging from ÂŁ5-ÂŁ25.

  • Eco Friendly – Hand Printed – PonyoSquid T-shirts
  • Hand Printed -PonyoSquid T-shirts (assorted colours)
  • Homemade – Environmentally Friendly Waterproofing Wax Sample
  • Homemade – Natural Ingredient Lip Balms (assorted flavours)
  • PonyoSquid Buff
  • Ponyosquid Ski Carrier

And I’m working on more…


Things to do this week:

Messing about with my wax recipes, finalising payments for the ski show and for all my samples before I start production.


Excited for me yet?

I’ll be needing PR staff and some hot mamma models.. Watch this space x x

Ski Industry Could Be Facing A Long-Term Decline In Visitors

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado’s ski industry generates $3 billion to the state’s economy, and after a tough year in 2011 to 2012, things did improve this past season. But CBS4’s news partners at the Denver Business Journal report the industry could be facing a long-term decline in skiers.

Ed Sealover from the DBJ stopped by CBS4 studios to talk about the report. He said 57.1 million people visited the ski slopes throughout the U.S. this past season.

“What they’re worried about is figures that show if they lose new skiers at the current rate it could be down to 45.3 million by 2030, which is a pretty serious decline for an industry that really relies on numbers coming up there,” Sealover said.

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He said there are several reasons for the decline.

“The number of new skiers is dropping off about 3 percent a year; people…

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Driven Mad with Ambition

From the beginning of the Border Crossing Module I wanted to remove myself from any comfort zone and attempt something different. I love illustration and it is a main element of Textiles however not usually expressed in a literal sense; usually quite abstract. In a way it almost creates a new definition of what the design was based on; to study architecture and your drawings or samples only holding a small element of the original body of research.

My aim was the same; to not focus on subject matter but to create something fresh, clear and ambitious. It’s far too easy to do something and claim you meant to if it was just a happy accident; I wanted from the beginning, something STRUCTURED which would reflect the importance of line and repetition found in my secondary research.

From my last two inspirational little sketches I realised how difficult my task was to even draw out ideas! Not even considering how hard it would be to print!

Considering composition; every face an element and mood of my interpretation of Scotland. This was just getting into the swing of what I wanted to do, to see what lines I could find and use or what not to do. This was one of my first but I consider this one as important as this was the first drawing my ‘Pride’ face had developed horns. Giving birth to the nicknamed ‘Devil guy’.

A more refined study with the introduction of eyes and cogs; I wondered how I could print this as a pattern? Rather than just a mural or a fixed splodge pattern for a t-shirt.. How could I repeat this?

The Cogs set me off on an idea of cogs in your brain, how you think. This project was all about how your culture influences YOU. Therefore all of these elements I was researching and sketching must be in my head.. An Epiphany!

Project all of these aspects within a silhouette. To save time and effort I thought before I finish my detailed piece I could represent faces with this cog idea and see how the different layers print!

This also gave my an excuse to play with the dyes I had mixed. My colours were influences by different tartans from different clan’s across Scotland as well as the Pantone blue of the Scottish flag which had been so heavily laboured on us from our lecturers. I quickly dropped the green but loved the caption red amongst my 3 turquoise blues. This would also make a great final idea, obviously if it was lined up properly, as a uniform homage to 60’s Pop art.

After playing around and finally getting into the print lab I was motivated more than ever to get my design finished so I could print! I was influenced by my small head prints by one aspect alone, SCALE.

I had been working rather large which made the idea of pattern difficult, so I stepped back to have a better look.. If the subject matter was smaller it would be more difficult to distinguish unless you know it was there and from a distance you would only see overall pattern! Another eureka moment.

Smaller images more line and hidden detail as an overlay of my silhouette to get a better idea..

But then..

Ambition Struck.

I could make a repeated pattern and connect my emanating lines right?

It would have been a lot easier to do on a computer but after hours of tracing and back breaking work I finished my DIAMOND BLOCK PATTERN!!!

Each line tailored to fit into itself.

Why a diamond block and not a square? – Because I was driven crazy with ambition.. It could have been a square but where was the fun in that?

Why wasn’t it a perfect square on a point? – Where’s the fun in that?

My biggest problem was lining everything up and to make matters even more difficult for myself I had an underlay block as well which would have to lin up perfectly with the detail lining.

This was my scanned design printed onto paper and fitted together to see how it would look.

 Bottom left corner is the under lay block for a lighter colour.

Difficulties printing? Oh aye.

Project 2 cont. – Doodle Madness

The importance of line?

Looking into artists like Milton Glaser and other Pop + OP artists shaping the world of textiles/fashion during the 60’s I loved the idea of uniform structure and intricate pattern to achieve the desired Optical Illusion (which gives OP art its name). I also looked into several street artist such as Nathan Bowen with his intense use of line to express mood and intensity.

– I also looked into the importance of composition and ‘fit’ of street murals; what they were made of and how they were organised.

All wonderful aspects that this mere mortal in a half assed fashion couldn’t quite muster.

So I started playing around with one line drawings, how to create the illusion of 3D in monochrome or the inverted use of colour to depict shade.

Apparently don’t have many photos of the later things in my sketchbook which were more appropriate to my theme.. I’m sure you get the jist. I was more interested in how to tie any of my images together and manipulate the thickness of line to steal focus from the figures

– Making the design more about Pattern than Subject Matter.

From these two small sketches I found my way and I was ignited with inspiration and motivation as it was clear what the rest of my project would lead towards. Reintroducing my emanating lines my composition was a collaboration of Pop Art and Modern Street Art.