Tuesday, April 13, 2021

An interview by AZUTURA


"Patricia Shea is a surface pattern designer who creates amazing designs using the old-school technique of watercolour paper blocks.

In our latest interview, we caught up with Patricia to discuss her move from fashion to art, how she became interested in print-on-demand services, her love of cooking and much more.

Keep reading for a chance to see what she had to say and for a chance to see her wall stickers.

Hi Patricia, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you start by introducing yourself and telling us a little bit about yourself?

""Hello - my name is Patricia Shea and I am a surface pattern designer living in Manchester, UK. I lived for many years in the US and have worked for companies large and small there, both in-house and freelance, designing patterns and creating illustrations for everything from bodywear to book illustrations and many things in between......


How and when did you first develop an interest in art?

As soon as I could hold a pencil I started drawing and have never stopped - my childhood fascination with Paint by Numbers and Spirograph can still be seen as influences in my work today!

You previously worked in fashion - how was the move from fashion design to art?

It isn’t really any different as I still consider myself a designer more than an artist - my processes are all the same, just the platforms and focus have changed.


How did you get into print-on-demand art?

A dear friend told me about the first platform doing print-on-demand quite a number of years ago and as soon as I realised what a perfect business model it afforded me - I was hooked. I can't imagine anything better for the way I like to work as my own art director, merchandiser and social media exec. I like having complete control of the whole design process and then hand what I consider the hard work over to the manufacturer.

How’s lockdown life treating you? Are you managing to stay productive or has it affected your motivation?

Life has been very, very quiet as I work from home anyway but also living alone has posed challenges of feeling very isolated. For the first few months, I wasn't inspired to create at all.

Luckily I have hundreds of designs out there already - then something clicked recently and I got back in the saddle and have been enjoying creating new work again.


That’s good to hear - what’s a typical day like in the life of Patricia Shea?

There is no typical day - I have no schedule at all. I do my design work mostly in the evenings and late at night. In the day, I love to take walks and do my social media and admin kind of work - hopefully, soon I’ll also get back to networking in real life which was a big part of my social interaction on moving back to Manchester.

Can you tell us about your creative process from coming up with your initial idea through to the finished piece?

That’s very hard to put into words and it's such a rote process I’m not really aware of how I actually do it until I sit down and start. I usually create a colour pencil drawing on tracing paper to work out the look of the design. That then gets transferred to my watercolour block and painted up before being scanned and digitized ready for upload to my online shops.


What inspires your work?

Nature, walking, folkloric design, William Morris and historical designs.

I saw that you used to do recipes on a blog - I take it you’re passionate about cooking and baking? Do you still get time to do it?

I did the recipes quite a while ago and don't do them for the blog any longer but I do love baking and desserts. I create and eat them as often as I get the urge. 


What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?

Create what you want to see - do something new and don't follow trends. That would have been my advice to my younger self.

If you weren’t an artist, what career would you have pursued?

A patisserie chef maybe - something to do with pastries, cakes or confectionery.


What’s the future looking like for you? Anything big on the horizon?

Rather hard to say at the moment as for all of us but I have a few irons in the fire that would be great if they work out!""

Here's a LINK to my available work at AZUTURA
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this interview!


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Made in UK Day March 9th

 Today is the first celebration of #madeinUKday created by Kate Hills the founder of Make it British, a platform to help UK manufacturers and British-made brands find more customers. ... Kate also runs the manufacturing trade show Make it British Live! which attracts over 5,000 visitors from 17 different countries, all looking to make their products in the UK.


So I thought I would join in as I am now back in my beloved hometown of Manchester UK and promote and support the UK based print on demand manufacturers I am working with Blightyside - and here they are with links to my shops on their platforms:


For a range of home and kitchen decor, apparel, mobile cases, pencil cases and more


For a large range of apparel and home decor items - including my LIMITED EDITION BONKERS HOODIES


For a wide range of fabrics, wallpaper and some kitchen and home decor


For these gorgeous diahonous scarves and a selection of 92 other items - many of which are made in UK - DM to check with me or follow this link: LINK

Thanks for supporting British businesses if you are in the UK - if not my other shops Society6, Curioos, Spoonflower (also Germany) and Redbubble (also a number of other countries) all ship from the USA


Appreciatively, Patricia Shea Designs

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Your VOTE please and thank you!!

 I have just entered this design, Circus Geometric, into this weeks Spoonflower challenge - the honour of your vote would be greatly appreciated - there is no sign in, you can vote for as many designs as your little heart desires but you have to hit SUBMIT to make sure your vote is counted.


As always this design was originally hand painted in watercolours on paper before scanning and formatting in Photoshop and upload to my various print on demand shops 


As there are over 1100 designs in this challenge I do realize this is a time and eyebal boggling commitment so a hearty double thank you if you do vote for me! CHEERS



Sunday, December 6, 2020

My newest UK based print on demand shop at Fashion Formula

     I have a new UK print on demand shop

So far I only have 24 designs for sale but the exciting part is that you, as the buying customer, can change the scale of the pattern to the size that works best for you - and of course the quality of the print will never be compromised by your change - the programme will only allow you to go so big!

 At my new Fashion Formula shop you can buy my designs on a large variety of different fabrics, three different wallpapers, wrapping paper/gift wrap by the roll and a small selection of homewares and apparel: aprons, tea towels, cushions (pillows in US), blankets, napkin (serviette), placemat, table runner, tote bag, deck chair and snood (kind of a neck/face warmer scarf thingy!)

 I'll be adding more designs bit by bit but if there's one in particular I don't have in the store don't hesitate to to ask me to upload - your wish is my happy command!

 Here is the link to my SHOP 


Thank you!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

I've donated to a Charity Art Auction

Here are the two prints I have donated to an Art Auction for the Gaskell Garden Project based in Manchester UK.

"The Gaskell Garden Project is based in Manchester, and started out in 2014 as a growing group of friends, which included refugees & asylum seekers as well as UK citizens, who gardened together in the tradition of permaculture, sold surplus produce and used the money raised to further the welfare of our refugee & asylum seeker friends.

As we grew, we began to run workshops, both at home and at festivals, as well as running our own events. We saw both our volunteers and our refugees & asylum seekers grow in all sorts of ways, and began to understand the potential of our work.

Out of this was born the Gaskell Garden Project as it is now, and our Sponsorship Programme, which sponsors refugees & asylum seekers to help their meet their needs in their new environment. Crucially, however, the ethos of equality and friendship runs deep – they are our friends, rather than service users."


To bid on my donated artworks which are A2 (420mm x 594mm/16.5 x 23.4 inch) in size and digitally printed on heavy weight stock please click this LINK


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Sustainable Digital Printing on demand. Slow fashion produced FAST!

Sell/Produce/Deliver: digital printing “made to order” products

 My business model explained


A new world (or “paradigm”) is opening up for digital designers and independent artists. Best thing? It’s much more agile and environmentally sustainable than it ever was before under the traditional model. Designers only need their time and talents, upload their prints on the online venues to Sell / Produce / Deliver under demand. A big achievement is that no unsold inventory is contributing to landfill while using the digital printing formula. Digital designers will save a massive amount of water, energy and toxic dyestuffs. A much brighter future in slow fashion comparing digital printing vs analogue printing. Learn all about the useful and achievable methods, processes and techniques of ourgoodBlogger & digital designer Patricia Shea first hand! What are you waiting to build your ethical empire?

A new paradigm paradigm.

So why double paradigm? “Paradigm – a typical example or pattern of something”. As a professional surface designer, I create patterns. And there’s a big and most wondrous shift in the way patterns are now being printed digitally. It's become much more agile, environmentally sustainable and, for me, fun and a dream come true. I am thrilled to see my carbon footprint diminish via the amazing auspices of digital printing and print on demand, as I have endeavoured most of my adult life to be as eco-conscious as possible. Now I am glad to say I can be proud of the way my work is being printed.

Sustainable digital printing: opportunities for all designers

By the very nature of digital printing, it is much more sustainable than its prior analogue counterpart which uses massive amounts of water, energy, and toxic dyestuffs to create massive inventories of products. On top of that, a large percentage of this inventory sometimes remains unsold and is difficult (if not impossible!) to dispose of.

In the relatively new Sell/Produce/Deliver model (a term I believe was coined by Debbie McKeegan), the item is purchased first from an online venue like Redbubble,Spoonflower or Society6.e The customer prepays and the item is literally made to order – there is no making up of anything that hasn’t been presold. There is an inventory of the "white goods" but not the giant number or pre-printed apparel and home dΓ©cor items of the traditional model. This model is also fast and efficient, fantastically the turnaround from sale-to-delivery of items is usually between 4 to 10 days. Although it could be called "fast fashion", it does considerably cut down on a number of the problems we have seen with the fast fashion model we have right now.

Print on demand is a fantastic way for me, as an old school surface designer, to create items virtually to sell online via this relatively new Sell/Produce/Deliver model. I am over the moon as I get to do my business this way, especially since I see more and more selling platforms and items coming online regularly. As a designer, I consider myself to be a very lucky part of this sustainable Fashion Revolution. All I need is the investment of my time and talents to open an online shop at an established print-on-demand website.

The process: from design to sustainable digital printing

It is such a contrast to the clunky slow process that was the fashion in the 80s and 90s when I worked as both, a silhouette and textile designer in NY, for a large bodywear company. And as someone who has experienced the giant fashion industry machine first hand, my heart is gladdened by the brighter future digital printing and POD affords to everyone - whether you are a small or large company.

This new paradigm of digital printing on demand has created lots of small companies that sell through venues like Etsy where you can print your own fabric by the yard through Spoonflower, then make garments, toys, pillows (as you wish) at home and open your Etsy online shop.

The possibilities are limitless once you realize how easy this is to do! And also how affordable it is compared to the analogue model: you no longer have to purchase 10,000 yards of fabric in one design. In fact, you can just buy a fat quarter that is 18” x 21” to do a test run of your chosen pattern and create one small item to start your empire. You can also create an apparel or home dΓ©cor brand via Society6 and Redbubble and you won’t even have to pay for the use of your shop!

Sustainable Digital printing vs Analogue printing

For me personally, digital printing has been a dream come true. The previous manner of analogue printing, designers had to separate the colours into a disappointingly small number of screens. Not a good way for my work to be translated onto fabrics or wallpaper because my designs are originated by hand in watercolours on paper.

Instead, the advent of digital printing means that my work, in all it’s subtleties, nuances and colour saturation, is perfectly rendered via the auspices of digital printing. The prior way to really achieve the look of my work was also prohibitively expensive, because of the large investment required to create Galvano screens and large inventories to make a run worth undertaking.

All I need for my work is paintbrushes, watercolours, a scanner and Photoshop, to create my pattern repeats, and have the work ready for online upload. Creating the pattern for repeat and placement prints and is ready for sale in my multiple online prints on demand shops. Basically, it's just a matter of hours or days as the shops provide all you need to render your items virtually and ready for sale.


Then the POD companies take care of everything else when a sale is made, and I make the equivalent of royalty as profit – for me, it’s the perfect model – and I can do it from anywhere that has a good internet connection!

What more could you want as a surface designer? The only hard part, as with any business, is the marketing and getting customers to my shops.

I jumped aboard the POD bandwagon the very second I realized what a perfect vehicle it was for my artwork and textile patterning and wow these companies started to spring up all over the world – in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK. Today, I can sell my items to anyone anywhere!

Nowadays, I am combining analogue and digital to my heart’s content and I only see the future looking brighter and brighter for my chosen career model, especially so as companies like Doc Cotton (Peckham, London) are improving on the current model by offering all their clothes in 100% sustainable and or organic cotton. It is a great move away from so much polyester, which admittedly prints really well but isn’t good for the environment in a number of ways.

My own brand is in the ether, and solely in the ether, until a customer purchases from one of my online shops. From that moment, as if by magic, the POD machinery cranks into work, creates the item ordered and ships it to the customer. Best thing is that my part in the process was already done with the upload of the pattern or placement print.

It truly is my dream come true!

Are you also a designer and just realised about this brighter future with digital printing? Ask any questions and share your insights with me, we are here to support each other ;)

Here's a list of my online shops:



       Art of Where


       Society 6




Thank you for reading! Please be in touch via the message box in the right hand column or by comment here - I look forward to hearing from you.

Most appreciatively, Patricia SheaDesigns



Friday, September 25, 2020

A wonderful collaboration - PatriciaSheaDesigns + Pace Development Ltd. Queen of my MOJO!


I recently had the great honour, wonderful opportunity and hilariously fun time collaborating on this logo created exclusively for Pace Development Ltd and Jo's new programme for finding, or indeed regaining, your MOJO in these bonkers times.

"Find your Mojo in 14 days will help you navigate chaos productively and healthily so that you can achieve results for you and your business with clarity and confidence. And crucially without the self doubt and burn out.

Now more than every, we need a brimming Mojo Cup full of energy, enthusiasm, motivation, health and vitality to cope with this chaotic and disruptive time."

Jo and I were very fortunate enough to meet before you know what and have been great supports for each other these last few months - it's so great we two women led small businesses have had such a wonderful time collaborating on this important project!

 I created the logo in my usual way - by developing some sketches in pencil on tracing paper - which Jo assessed and we made changes to hone the design to exactly what Jo loved and thought perfectly represented her programme ethos.

I then painted up the design in watercolours on paper, scanned and digitized via Photoshop and also created allover repeat patterns to apply to a huge variety of merchandize now avaiable in my online shops.

 From a variety of t-shirts and apparel to notebooks and mugs and so many things in between - you can find Queen of my MOJO merchandize at these following links:










Friday, September 18, 2020

Hello again! The honour of your VOTE would be gratefully appreciated!

Dear, dear, kind, thoughtful, generous PATIENT friends and acquaintances it has been quite the while since I posted - I have missed you and wonder who might still be around to read this post!


Would you do me the honour of casting your vote in my general direction for this week’s 500th Spoonflower challenge for which I especially created this design! I am asking a lot as it is a total of 1263 designs to potentially scroll through and the designs are shuffled for each voter and TBH sometimes I have missed my own design in the scrolling - just FYI you can only vote once per person, you DO NOT have to log in and you can vote for as many designs as you like!

*After you select my design please make sure to hit ‘submit’ at the top or bottom of the page - cheers!*


Voting is open until September 22nd

As always I created this design by hand in watercolours - always Winsor and Newton - on paper block - real old school and then on to scanning and digitizing and cleaning and putting into repeat!

Thank you all most kindly! Patricia 😘😘😘🀩🀩🀩🐝🐝🐝



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Your vote at Spoonflower please :)

May I once again please ask for your vote in this week's Spoonflower challenge. The design brief was for a large scale Art Deco design and above is mine, "Art Deco Maximalist", featured on the Wyandotte Duvet Bedding at Roostery

I decided to go down the design road of geometric which was a strong direction in the Art Deco era and thoroughly enjoyed creating a grouping of 5 separate elements in watercolour on paper - my preferred medium - before developing them into a repeat pattern that I then overlaid on top of itself shifted to a degree whereby the pattern becomes more decorative and intricate.

Thanks so much in advance for your time taken to vote - you don't have to sign in and can vote for as many entries as you like.

Thank you

Friday, November 24, 2017

Discount SHEAnanigans in my online shops :)

Yessireebob it's that time of the year - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Something or other Sunday and Cyber Monday so here are links to the wondrous deals available in my online shops during this online shopping bonanza.

Have fun and Thank You! Click on the name of the store to go there directly.

Enjoy 10% off 1+ yards of fabric and rolls of wallpaper and gift wrap IN ALL MY 304 DESIGNS through Cyber Monday 11:59 eastern time. So grab a coffee, and come get your gifts! 

25% off all apparel

20% off everything else
use code BLACKFRIDAY at check out

To all my backpacks click HERE

To all my duffel bags click HERE
11/24 and 11/25: 48 HR - Black Friday 25% Off Everything + Free Shipping on Almost Everything with Promo Code BLACKFRIDAY
*Free Shipping excludes Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Metal Prints, and Floor Pillows

11/26 - 11/27: Cyber Monday (starts Sunday)
Up to 40% Off + Free Shipping on Orders Over $100
*Free Shipping excludes Framed Prints, Canvas Prints, Metal Prints, Floor Pillows, Throw Blankets, Throw Pillows and Rectangular Pillows
Starts: 11/26/17 at 12:00 am PT
Ends: 11/27/17 at 11:59 pm PT
11/28: 24 HR SALE
25% Off Everything
Starts: 11/28/17 at 12:00 am PT
Ends: 11/28/17 at 11:59 pm PT

(based in London UK so better for Euro and UK customers)

20% off with code PSDESIGNS20 until December 12th 2017!
10% off all patterns with code THANKYOU
The link above is directly to my Sprout shop but when you get there you can click on the word SPROUT at the top of the page - it takes you to the main website where you can chose any of their clothing patterns and use my designs from Spoonflower to adorn them with

10% off sitewide and everything over $99.00 ships free in the US
Direct link to this chair click HERE

Direct link to this bedding click HERE

Direct link to this chair click HERE
Thank you so much for shopping with me this fine weekend.