Weekly Wishlist: Illustrated Patches

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Whilst our love for pin badges shows no sign of abating, this week we turn our attention to another fashion craze - illustrated patches!

Just like enamel pins, iron-on patches have been everywhere recently. Also similar to patches, all the high street brands have churned out ranges of patches with quite similar motifs.

We believe that – as the whole idea of an iron-on patch is to make an item of clothing more personal – it’s best to choose a patch with a bit more personality. Luckily our favourite independent stores have come up with some inspired solutions to the trend. Here are 7 of our favourites…

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Tropical patches by Jacqueline Colley (£5 – £8)

As queen of the tropical trend, it is no surprise that Jacqueline Colley has released a range of jungle inspired patches. And as she is a very talented illustrator, it’s also no surprise that they are all beautiful!

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4 signature patches by Ricardo Cavolo (£18)

Whether is a book, a building or a t-shirt, illustrator Ricardo Cavolo has proven time and again that his work looks good on just about anything. And now he can add patches to the list!

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Fox patch by Papio Press (£5)

Papio press have recently expanded on their range of paper products to include some more tactile items but the same pattern-filled illustration style.

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Banarwhal patch by Sophie Corrigan (£5)

We may never know how the idea of combining a narwhal and a banana occurred to Sophie Corrigan but one thing we do know for certain is that the resulting patch is absolutely adorable.

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3 Gemma Correll patches by Ohh Deer (£8.95)

Similarly, how Gemma Correll came up with the idea of combining a pug and a mermaid is beyond us but the result is ingenious.

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Set of 5 patches by Rock Cakes (£15.68)

Featuring everything from golden hearts to lips eating tiny boats, Rock Cakes’ range are the definition of alternative patches.

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“The Alchemist” patch by Marianthi Aldridge (£4)

As I said, patches should match your personality and if you’re personality is best summed up by a gorilla clutching a bewildered pot overflowing with gold then Marianthi Aldridge has you covered.

Weekly Wishlist is a regular column by contributor Greg McIndoe. 

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Posted on Oct 17th, 17 by | Twitter: @HeadlessGreg

Headless Greg is the pseudonym of Scottish illustrator Greg McIndoe. Often found hunting for creative ideas and inspiration online and in books and magazines, he joined Inkygoodness in 2014 as a regular columnist.

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