Thursday, 29 October 2015

Collaging with fabrics

Appliqué - created with dyed, painted and screen printed fabrics

Lately I've been spending a lot of time in the print room dyeing things, screen printing, playing around with puff binder and using bondaweb to collage these fabrics- very fun but also tiring! I'm happy with the sampling I've created from it and can't wait to mount everything onto boards to show off the bright colours and textural aspects. I feel like these colours are a lot more vibrant than what I originally had with my paper collages but I don't think that's a bad thing, I actually think they illustrate my concept a lot more easily.

Screen printing onto dyed/painted fabrics

Innovation is about introducing new ideas and being creative in thinking. I think I am reaching that point- it may only be mild but maybe sometimes it's the little things which make something new and exciting. A certain brush stroke; a burst of colour; a small fraction of texture. I'm trying not to overthink things too much. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Leeds Print Fair: Lotsa' pineapples

Hello! I'll be at Leeds Print Fair on Saturday 7th November sharing a stand with two other surface pattern students. As mentioned before in a previous post I've been busy making new things for the fair and I've decided to share them on my blog. I loved creating them and I think they'd be great as christmas presents or even a lovely little treat for yourself. Anything which doesn't sell at the print fair will be added to my online store anyway!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Friendly Fridays

Coming in to university every day and being expected to create and innovate is tiring and lets face it, seeing everyone else's work all of the time can sometimes be a little overwhelming when you're stuck trying to find motivation. This Thursday we were welcomed by this sign and it provided a little bit of fun today as we left encouraging notes all over the studio. Criticism is good and it's vital as young designers but sometimes leaving good comments is just nice... I think we all need that every once in a while. 

I follow lots of creative bloggers and sometimes I don't join in enough or leave many comments but I really would if I had the time. (I don't like leaving rubbish comments for the sake of it either and I think that's where my problem escalates.) So for this "Friendly Friday" here are some of my favourite links from very inspiring blogs:

Wildernis - Amsterdam | Lemontierres
» A lovely store in Amsterdam

Why I Don't Hate Mondays | Oh Hay!
» What are your thoughts on Mondays?

Embroidery by Ania Margoszczyn | Dipped in Rococo
» Inspirational piece on embroidery

» Beautiful Lino prints from Eden Barrena

» Jodie's visit to Manchester

» More adorable illustrations by Robyn

Interview with myself, "Creative Journey Tag' | Naomi Kratz
» Creative Journey Tag

Christmas card pack, Set of 8 A6 | Annie Dornan-Smith
» Unique and wonderfully illustrated christmas cards

Art Dump | Celestralite
» Sketchbook goodness

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did and that you have the loveliest weekend! 

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Quitting work, dyeing fabrics + Print Fair news

Current board full of work : )

Hello! It was my last shift at work yesterday and I couldn't be happier. There are so many exciting (very time consuming) things happening with university at the moment and I only feel like it will get more full on which is why I decided to quit my job. I kinda want to fall in love with the weekends again and do what makes me happy, see my friends and work on some personal stuff. There aren't enough hours in the day. 

Photos from the dye workshop

Last week I had a dye workshop and even though that was a little long and painful I can't wait to try out the process for myself. I think it'll certainly add a lot to my experiments and I loooove working with colour, I've started to appreciate it more within my work and the heavy black lines are slowly fading out of my life - yipeeeee!

A little notice to end the post: Leeds print fair is happening once again at the Corn Exchange on Saturday 7th November and I'm actually selling there this year! No doubt I'll post about it again once it gets closer, I've printed more (cute) cushions and bags so keep your eyes peeled... ♦

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Just when you think you're in control

"Just when you think you've got a hold
Just when you get on a roll
...Here it goes again" 

- OK Go

Monday, 12 October 2015

Creative Journey (Tag)

What are you currently working on? 
I'm drawing lots of fruit and playing around with colour. Right now our module is based around research so I'm not designing anything yet just gathering the imagery ready to work with later.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Playing with colour

Collaging and mark making. My two favourite things : )

Hey! Here is something I've recently been working on in the studio. 

I love what I've been making and I really want to share it on my blog, I think it's the colour scheme which makes me happy. I've never really liked the colours I've painted before (I rely on Photoshop to fix everything) but these are really great- I used the sample paints from Wilkos and it's the best idea my new tutor has given me so far! It means I can create the colours I want without having to mix them together which really stresses me out.

It's also cool that I work around so many creative people because that's where the idea of using acetate came from. I love collaging anyway but being able to layer up marks so easily is really fun, I've been playing around with that a lot and I can't wait to buy more sheets and experiment even more. 

When you get past that awkward stage at the beginning of a project where you're too precious about everything it's a really great thing. I've finally reached the point of just doing things without over thinking and it's made me feel so inspired!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A photo every hour: Monday

I've actually seen this kind of post a lot around the blogosphere but it wasn't until I was catching up on Hannah's blog when I thought about doing it myself- it sounded like a little bit of fun and brightened up my Monday!

11:00am It was the week of colour so I removed everything from my board and started fresh, adding colour studies from my summer project and a few pages of artist research to light up my space : )

12:00pm Pineapple close-up! A mix of paint, Posca and pastel. 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Made You Look: Creativity in the digital age

Work hard and be nice to people - Anthony Burrill

It's really ridiculous how much I worry about things. You could call it a mild general anxiety disorder but I think of it as one big fat wall in my life which pops up every now and again. I am happy, but sometimes I can make myself easily unhappy because I get so worked up over stuff especially when it comes to my work; I compare myself to others on how many likes I get, how many comments, how many followers I have etc, etc.

I went to see Made You Look the other day, a film by Look and Yes which talks about creativity in the digital age, and when the film had finished there was a great talk from the director and a few creatives from Leeds. After the Q&A I could not stop thinking about how much I try and please other people through no fault but my own. I need to make what I like, stop thinking about what everyone else is doing and give up churning things out to put on the internet for the sake of a few numbers. To be honest, we all need to stop measuring the worth of anything we create in retweets and likes - step away from the computer screen and admire the hand made processes; the drawings you make; the prints you screen print and that's where the enjoyment and happiness will come from. 

The film wasn't pro internet or analog because realistically we need a combination of both if we truly want to make a living from our creations - just don't let the fast pace ideals of the internet and digital equipment warp your mind and damage your skills. It's so overwhelming and scary at how much imagery and influence we take in from the hundreds of images we scroll through on Pinterest or Instagram, when we need to admire whats going on around us more and physically make things. 

I absolutely adore drawing and sewing and screen printing but I love Photoshop and blogging too.

I think it's getting the balance right which makes for a healthy creative lifestyle. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Timed observational drawings using ink, graphite, posca pens and fineliners. 

Thursday, 1 October 2015

October news

Collage from Cornwall - see the rest on Dipped in Rococo

Hello October. It's now Autumn - woohoo!

I've started back at university so I'm extremely busy but obviously I'll be around, I'm hoping it'll be much easier to blog now that I have things to show you... thats if I'm not too overwhelmed with work! I'll still aim to post at least once a week and interact on Twitter in my bits of spare time. Because I have a job this year and no "day off" in the week I'm pretty much grasping onto any free time I can find!

First things first, Kasia from Dipped in Rococo kindly asked me to write a guest post for October (she's scheduled a few bloggers to fill the month) and how could I say no? I love her analog photography so wanted to share my own with a few collages I put together especially for her blog - You can see that post now by clicking here.

On the harbour in Mevagissey

I updated my photo diary: with some more film from Cornwall. Only a few but it's nice to have my collection online and I thought I would share the progress with you.

I added a selection of collages to my portfolio.

If you ever want to see more arty posts check out my collection of favourites on Bloglovin. I only save the ones I really like so it's great fun to look through.

My handmade cat cushions now have free shipping to the UK - the link for my store is here!

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