Design Play: Exercise 9 – Line studies

I’m jumping around with the exercises in the book and missing some out as I’ve done similar things multiple times in the past.

The goal: To explore the power of a line and the nature of a line versus a dot or shape.

Start Point:
I recently posted a comment on someone’s blog about kick-starting inspiration.
It’s a good reminder that I should just create whatever I want, whenever I want and however I want.  So, as I sat with my favourite-era books (1950s fabric designs) and reference material I was also reminded of RemPods – something I’ve researched and written about previously:

RemPods, or Pop-up Reminiscence Pods are the brainchild of Richard Ernest who presented his idea to the UK Dragons’ Den programme and received some substantial backing.  A RemPod is a room setting that can be erected in a care home/nursing home for those who suffer with dementia. They form a therapeutic and calming setting, often built with vintage items which remind the patients of a bygone era which gives them a sense of security and familiarity.

In 2015 I designed my own RemPod and created a collagraph plate and printed it in multiple colourways.  I was very much at the beginning of my printmaking journey so they aren’t great, but the idea still attracts me.  Click here to see them.

This week, as I sat mulling, my eyes fell on my (large) stash of beads – couple those with my vintage pattern books and RemPods and I was quickly visualising old-style beaded curtains; those tinkling  lengths of threaded beads, swaying in the breeze and separating kitchen from living area.




I drew something in this vein in 2014 when I was first looking at repeat patterns, wallpapers and fabric designs.

Fishing it out, I found that it perfectly represents an abstract idea of hanging lengths of beads.

I redrew it, etched it onto a solar plate and started printing.


The prints were then hand coloured, using Inktense pencils, cut, backed and laminated to create a set of bookmarks.  I’m now happily giving them to all my friends.

And all that from a little inadvertent inspiration from Michael Richards blog.
Thanks, Michael!

Check out some fabulous RemPods at

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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10 Responses to Design Play: Exercise 9 – Line studies

  1. I love these!
    You may not be interested, but have you looked into Spoonflower? You can upload your designs, and if anyone chooses them to be printed on fabric, you get a cut of the price ( I think it’s 10 percent). I’m not in anyway connected with the company, but I have browsed their designs a lot and your style seems very compatible with some of their biggest sellers, so I just wanted to let you know about it.

  2. nolaarcher says:

    Love the inspiration and the beautiful bookmarks! Spoonflower is terrific, I’m told – would love to see this print as cloth.

    • Claire B says:

      Thanks Nola. I’m enjoying just mucking around and having fun. I’ve a bit of time over Christmas so will look at Spoonflower then.
      Hope all is well with you and you’re creating wonderful things!

  3. My pleasure – these are really lovely!

  4. customprintedfabric says:

    These hand coloured prints are adorable and I really loved it 🙂

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