This month’s Designer Calendar freebie was designed by the very talented  Dawn Clarkson.   We met in the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course last year.  Dawn is from England, but currently lives in Torino, Italy. I can’t believe it’s July already!! Like they say, time flies when you’re having fun 😉

About Dawn:

Dawn Clarkson is originally from the UK but has decided to make her home in the north of Italy. She adores her adopted home of Turin, which like most Italian cities is steeped in history and culture. Dawn is also inspired by nature, especially by her garden and the outdoors in general. Totally in love with the mountains she spends a lot of time in the Italian alps which are close to her home.

After working successfully for over twenty years as a Graphic Designer she is now doing what she loves most, creating patterns. Her style is bold and colourful, Dawn loves to experiment and use texture in her work. It is quite easy to find a collage or two mixed in with her sketches and patterns! Her dream is to license more of her work and continue to create patterns for a living.

Her quirky detail:

“I am a collector (hoarder) of anything and everything to do with paper, fabric, and small items such as boxes and the like. The strangest objects I collect are fruit boxes because I love the imperfect typography and illustrations to be found on them. So I have piles of wood in my collections too! You never know when these items will come in handy for inspiration… my latest project revolves around using some paper which I have had for 15 years!”

Her favorite Designer:

“It is so difficult to chose one of the many designers I love and admire. I have always enjoyed Brie Harrison’s work, it is so colourful and distinctive. She has her own personal style which is constant throughout her work (a thing I aspire to at the moment!) I love her colour palettes which are always bold even when she is designing delicate flowers and prints. I think this is what draws me most to her work and helps to create her strong signature style.”


You can download July here or clicking on the image above, and remember, it can be printed as big as an A3 format (42×29.7cm / 16.5×11.7in)

Please take a moment to visit Dawn’s beautiful blog, her facebook page, or follow her on twitter. Click here to see her fab designs on Pinterest.

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