Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas goodies: Supporting small businesses

Kitty McCall, Naoshi and Laura Jayne

Hi! I would begin with the usual "I'm not trying to braaaag" speech but I don't think it really applies here. I want to share the things I was given this Christmas which were made by designers and illustrators; what's better than shopping independent for presents? Nothing! Everything is so cute and unique and clever. 

I should mention that I'm so grateful for all the gifts I recieved from my family and friends. Every year as I get older the presents get less important but the thought that goes behind them is so wonderful. I just want to squeeze all of the lovely wonderful beings in my life!

Notebook by Kitty McCall, sticker from Naoshi and the painting is by my sister. She knows how much I love those silly cat pictures and videos on the 'Cute Emergency' twitter (I retweet them often and yes it's probably annoying) so she made this especially for me! I really wish I had made more gifts this year for that personal touch. That's definitely something I want to plan for 2016!

Naoshi, Hello Harriet and Maria Ines
Alex Sickling

Badge is by Naoshi, Cat pin is from Hello Harriet and the OK pin is by Maria Ines. Enamel pins ended up being a really popular accessory from the summer onwards this year and I'm so thrilled I now have my own little collection. I think the cat is definitely my favourite, I love the rose gold detailing it has and the thin lines in the drawing. Look at its little faaaaace!

The pot is by one of my favourite illustrators, Alex Sickling. She's so cool; I love her ugly quirky style. After seeing her Punch and Judy ceramics at the Funland exhibition I found out she also went to LCA which made me fangirl a little bit. I definitely want to find a little plant for it or maybe even some flowers. 

I've linked the designers throughout the post so I hope you check them out because they all have so many more beautiful things to see. Goodbye for now 2015; I shall return to the blog in the new year!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Christmas at home

Eeeep! Only two days to go!

Christmas at home is always pretty much the same but that's why it's so great. There's an endless supply of food, decorations are dotted all over the house and my street is full of beautiful twinkling lights which make a walk home during the dark wintery nights a lot more pleasant!

On a little bit of a deeper note it also gives me the chance to reflect on everything... I'm the happiest I've been in a long time because I'm finally comfortable with myself enough to not give a shit about what other people think. I still worry but it's grown to be a part of me and when I get stressed I kinda know how to deal with it. The sad stages of growing up have disappeared and I'm not the awkward scared teenager I used to be. Next March I turn 21 but I think on that day I will be off to London for a work placement- I'm not even mad I'll be on a three hour coach to the city. I'm just really really excited to see what next year brings!

Bauble selfie ~
from me to u *insert Christmas tree emoji*
Last Christmas was great but this one is already a lot better. I'm so grateful that I can spend it with my loved ones watching rubbish TV and eating lots of chocolate, everyone seems to be in a better mood this time of year! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and if you don't celebrate have a wonderful 25th December anyway; I'm sure I'll have lots to share once the big day is over and the new year begins!

Friday, 18 December 2015

York, art, hot chocolate and dogs

Inside Thors tipi | Me and Jake outside the Minster
Food at Zizzi's 

Hello! I broke the promise I had to myself about posting once a week and I know "noone cares" but I CARE and after blogging for a few years now I thought I had finally found my perfect schedule! It's all OK though because I've been so busy having the perfect build up to Christmas it's fair to say blogging hasn't been number one on my mind, or design work for that matter, but isn't that what the Christmas holidays are for? I think I definitely deserved a little break from designing too.

Me and Jake visited York yesterday to do our last minute Christmas shopping where we also managed to grab a hot chocolate with baileys in Thors tipi in the square. It was so warm and festive it really put me in the Christmas spirit! The hot choc was nice too- a little strong but Jake helped me finish it because I'm too much of a wuss. We visited Harrogate today and had lunch at Zizzi's which was lovely. I tried the teapigs chocolate and mint tea; it sounds like a bit of a weird combination but the chocolate wasn't too overpowering and it went well with all the bread I ate. (I've had too much pizza these past few days.)

Katrina Palmer | Kerry Jameson | Pauline Burbidge

In terms of art I have been really overwhelmed by it, but in a good way. Before I left Leeds for home I saw the new exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute, "The Necropolitan Line" by Katrina Palmer - an installation piece featuring a station platform running through the exhibition space. "Like all platforms, this is a site for departures, beginnings and endings that draw on stories of romantic goodbyes and abandonments, as well as expectation and anticipation." 

Jake and I also visited the Bowes museum and saw the quilting and textile pieces from Pauline Burbidge (it inspired me try out a few of her processes) and our trip to York also meant a visit to the newly refurbished art gallery which was filled with amazingly curated exhibitions (seriously really great and very well put together! I'm doing a separate post on one particular exhib I fell in love with) and the Centre of Ceramic Art where I found the weird and wonderful unique pieces by Kerry Jameson.

Scandinavian inspired design with initial sketches
Lovely Leo

Of course, the designing didn't completely stop and I endeavoured a few competitions we were informed about before we broke up for Christmas. Above is a Scandinavian inspired repeat design which I based around a few of the contemporary designers I found when reading up on the Stockholm Furniture Fair. It's interesting when you realise how much Scandinavian design and influence there is around us!

I wanted to end this post with this photo of me stroking Leo (Jake's dog) because he's a real sad faced cutie and I've had the most wonderful days spent with Jake and his family. I can't wait to go home tomorrow and see my mum, dad and sisters and see the house all Christmassy. There's only one week left but I'm feeling very prepared! I hope I haven't forgotten anything...

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Fruity fun

Little bits and bobs I wanted to share on my blog:

Designs I'm working on at the minute for a children's market. Digitally based which I'll work back in to through screen print and flocking.
Studio space and a screen print I finished earlier this week. Colour seperation is not my strong point buuut I'm very glad I gave it a go!

I also received my marks for the last module (this stuff here, here and here) and I'm a very happy lady!!! It's definitely time to celebrate, and just in time for the christmas holidays, yipeeee!

Sunday, 6 December 2015

In the studio

Dyed fabric and lots of research

I can't believe this is my first post for December, I thought I would have some more Christmas themed things to share but unfortunately not, so what I've been getting up to recently will have to do. Even if it is nearly Christmas break the uni work does not slow down (well in my case it hasn't!) and I am bombarded with so many things I need to get done. At the minute we're designing things to sell at a textile trade fair in Paris and I am stuck between being overly stressed and strangely feeling very calm. I'm trying to just take everything as it comes, not over think too much and enjoy the time spent working on these designs!

Passion fruit pattern
Designs hanging in my studio space

These are black and white ideas I'm working on right now and I'm veeery excited to interpret my samples from the last module into fully developed designs! I can't wait to watch them come to life and see how this all turns out in the end. My Christmas break won't really consist of having a 'break' so I guess all I can wish for is summer... and even then I'll be on work placements (fingers crossed) gathering experience and what not. Ahhhh it's a lot of work but it's so much fun. I am rather lucky to be on such a great course which I absolutely love. I feel like I learn something new every day!

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