Sunday, 4 December 2016

Shop Independent: Five makers

Hello! I thought since it is coming close to Christmas I would share a few independent makers on the blog. These are people that I've come across online, bought from before and found from my visits to markets/fairs. I hope you enjoy what they have to offer and maybe find that perfect present you've been searching for!

Hilary Grant

I came across Hilary Grant when I visited The Hepworth Christmas Market in Wakefield last weekend. Made with high-grade lambswool yarn, their beautifully soft knitwear consists of hats, gloves, scarves and blankets in the most gorgeous colours. (I particularly fell in love with the red & blue and mustard & yellow combinations.) You can see them all by taking a look at their website. 

Annie Dornan Smith

Recent graduate Annie Dornan Smith creates illustrated, hand lettered stationery and homeware from her home studio in Nottingham. My favourite thing about her products has to be the expressive hand writing and the consideration for all of the small details including the lovely packaging. I'm especially loving the  addition of foil in her latest christmas cards! You can shop Annie's products on her website and keep up with her latest work and travels through Instagram.

The Printed Peanut

The Printed Peanut has always been a firm favourite of mine and someone I'm sure quite a lot of you have came across already. Louise Lockhart creates a range of playful products adorned with her whimsical illustrations and fun colourful style. From ceramics and lithograph prints, to party games and notebooks it's safe to say she has a lot of lovely things to browse and I find it very hard not to buy everything. 

Do a Little Dance

I found Do a Little Dance through twitter account @HandmadeHour and when I saw the little embroidered faces I absolutely fell in love! These purses are handmade in linen and cotton by using stitch, applique, felting and embroidery and can be personalised with the name of your choice on the back. Do a Little Dance also create embroidery hoop wall art with various quotes, but these were a definitive favourite mostly because of their piercing eyes and cute little noses.

Amber Hsu

I originally discovered the work of Amber Hsu at Thought Bubble in Leeds last year and made sure to buy a few of her works because I found them so beautiful and charming. For a little bit of context, Amber travels around different events and writes poems on the spot based on your chosen topic for a pound. Whilst she offers bespoke poems through her Etsy shop, you can also buy ready made poetry zines amongst a various range of illustrated prints.  I absolutely love the delicate, sentimental feel her products have; there is so much creativity and imagination in one tiny book!  You can find everything over on her Etsy shop. |

There are so many more small sellers out there it would be hard to post about every single one I love. Take the time to consider who you're buying from this Christmas; any purchase would help those independent businesses, even if it just a Christmas card or two. 

(Note: Images are used in celebration of the makers and I do not own any of them!)

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Future thoughts with a few fashion things

Car printed bottoms with sassy red shoes

It never really occurred to me how busy my final year of uni would be and even though I do blog for myself I've been a lot more inactive than I'd hoped! The thought of life after uni has actually been bothering me quite a lot lately. Two years ago I was beginning an exciting new adventure which meant moving away from home, meeting my current friends and learning so many new skills and whilst I can't wait to get out into the real world I'm struggling to cope with the uncertainty of it all. It's obviously quite pointless worrying about something I have no real control over so time will tell I suppose!

Beach days placement with co ordinating print

Presented with a different colour way

I've loved making fashion illustrations for my prints as it meant I could finally start drawing again, applique is pretty fun but after burning myself multiple times with the iron a little break was needed. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before but I used to love fashion illustrating, so much so that I actually considered applying for a degree in it. Sometimes I think how nice it would be to draw pretty clothes all day.

All of the festivity going on in the city centre is making me so excited for Christmas and I cannot wait to step away from my dissertation for a few days and binge on Christmas movies.  Today Jake and I visited a little winter market in Wakefield and it was really nice to pick up a few gifts from independent makers. Hopefully this time next year I will be selling some of my own range of goodies just in time for Christmas!🎄

Monday, 14 November 2016

Fabric collages: A day in the life

My studio space ✨

I needed a change with my blog recently so that's the reason for the little makeover. It'll most likely not stay like this for long but I guess it will adapt with me as I'm constantly growing as a designer. I was trying to figure out what "my colours" are but I couldn't and I know it's because I love to work with so many different palettes I just can't choose one which describes me best. I think putting our creative selves into little boxes of what we do and what we don't is probably the worst thing... I couldn't imagine sticking to one colour scheme for the rest of my life! 

Anyway this is what I've been making recently, they're collages in fabric with a mixture of plain colour and screen printed marks.  My dissertation is focusing on print design for children so that's why I've gone for a combination of bold primary colours and simplistic shapes. I want to create different narratives that children can respond to but instead of going down the fantasy route I opted for those lovely moments we experience in every day life; going to parties and eating cake, lying on the beach with friends or walking a cute dog in the park. 

Before the screen printed layer was added

Co-ordinating print 🚗

The deadline is looming (I have seven weeks left which also includes Christmas) however I'm feeling pretty confident! Advice for any of you starting your dissertation next year: Have a great head start and plan your days very wisely. It was well worth starting the research before uni began as reading the books and writing notes has to be the most time consuming bit. 

A nice little end to the post and also a tiny bit late, but last week I was interviewed on Blog Socks about The Creative Outlook which you can read here! Whilst you're there I'd recommend having a browse as it's a great new platform created to share a variety of blogs which could possibly include your new favourite.