Diary of a Designer – Part 196 – by Patrick Moriarty

Paisley Power

Thank you to everyone who bought fabrics from the « Paisley Rats » collection in August. At least 33% of my commission from sales of the fabrics is donated to Apopo (Hero Rats) charity every month. The monthly donation pays toward the adoption fees of Shuri the rat. She is a clever rat who is trained to clear landmines in Angola. The Paisley Rats fabrics are available to buy online. They are expertly printed and the prices are very affordable.

Shuri the rat.

Here is a photo of the pink Paisley Rats fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty. This version has white rat silhouette shapes and a white paisley pattern, on a pretty pink background. I photographed the fabric on the wooden floor of the Paisley Power design studio in Southend-on-Sea, UK


Here is a photo of the green version of the Paisley Rat Mosaic fabric designed by Patrick Moriarty. The sample…

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Cultivating Resilience as a Physical and Spiritual Practice

The Druid's Garden

A lovely stand of staghorn sumac in bloom! Staghorn Sumac: A tree that teaches us about resilience

Resilience is a term I first learned as a permaculture practitioner–resilient ecosystems are those that are able to withstand hardship, recover quickly when faced with difficulty, and had a capacity to endure. In other words, a resilient ecosystem can withstand drought, flooding, or other difficulties by being adaptable, flexible, and having redundancies. Which of course, is so critical in today’s ever-changing world fraught with climate change and instability.  Resilient plants are the often-maligned weeds: those weeds who take every opportunity to grow: who find a crack in the sidewalk and take root, who immediately start to grow after disruption, or who outcompete less resilient plants. They are able to be like weeds or opportunistic species, taking advantage of new opportunities, finding niches, and gracefully adapting to change. Think of the dandelion here, growing up through cracks in the sidewalk.  This same…

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Paisley Rats help charity

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Shuri is a landmine-detecting rat that Paisley Power sponsors every month from sales of the Paisley Rats fabrics. She’s been a bit ill lately (dermatosis) so had to convalesce but she’ll be continuing her life-saving job again soon. Please continue to buy the Paisley Rats fabrics to help contribute to the Hero Rats charity, Apopo. Thank you!

Shuri is a landmine-detecting rat

Please continue to buy the Paisley Rats fabrics to help contribute to the Hero Rats charity, Apopo.

Paisley Rats fabrics

The Paisley Rats fabrics are a collection of textile designs by UK designer Patrick Moriarty. He originally drew the design by hand on paper in his design studio in Southend UK. Here is a photo of Patrick’s artwork.

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July 2021 – Week Two

rambling ratz

Glad to say that everyone in the Ratz household has now had two Covid-19 vaccinations, so Bill Gates can enjoy tracking our every move. Sadly I probably have to point out that was my attempt at humour, I’m sure Bill Gates has better things to do. We all had Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccines and apart from the expected mild immune response effects we have had no problems at all.

grey ball with red bits Image of Coronavirus from CDC

Back to the Ratz garden. The lawn clover has been joined by these purple flowers. They are Prunella vulgaris, or self heal. As you might imagine this plant was used medicinally. It was used on wounds traditionally, modern research shows that it is high in vitamins and antioxidants. It can be eaten in salads or made into herbal tea or a pesto.purple flower on lawn

The Lychis coronaria is doing very well and I’m happy to say attracting the bees.

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Paisley Rat Fabrics

No way, still my fav design!!

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Sandra Schöpper regularly buys the rat-patterned fabrics designed by Patrick Moriarty. Today she bought 4 different versions. The frist was the Paisley Rats design (red and black version).

The second design she bought was the Paisley Rat Mosaic (green and black version).

The third design she bought was the Paisley Rat Mosaic (black and turquoise version).

The fourth design she bought was the Paisley Rat Mosaic (purple and white version).

Sandra has pet rats and makes rat accessories with the fabrics.

Link to Paisley Rats: https://www.spoonflower.com/collections/162641

Link to Paisley Rat Mosaic: https://www.spoonflower.com/collections/326497

Don’t forget: 33% of Patrick’s commission from the rat fabric sales goes to Apopo (Hero Rats) charity.

Patrick originally drew the designs on paper in his design studio in Southend-on-Sea UK. Customers worldwide buy the fabrics for fashion, home decor and pet accessories.

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