Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Winter days and Cbloggers Secret Santa

Cbloggers 2016

Isn't this just the cutest thing? It was from Lauren (creator of all things #cbloggers and blogs here) and I was so surprised to receive it in the mail not long after my original secret santa package. It also came with one of her beautiful handmade cards too. At first I thought I'd been given to two people by mistake! It made me feel quite thankful for being part of this online blogging community full of other creatives and it's something I will treasure foooorever. I also love the details you can get through laser cutting... It's something I haven't tried yet but this is making me think otherwise.

A quick doodle! Hot chocolates have to be the best thing about winter ☕️

I hope you've all had lovely days amongst family and friends. I spent Christmas day at home with my family with Disney movies on the tv and so much food, finishing the day all cozied up with my sister watching The Office whilst drinking hot chocolate and Baileys. I received lots of lovely presents and I'm feeling really grateful for what I have in my life right now. The whole Christmas build up has been wonderful for me and just what I needed before the deadline panic sets in! Although, I'm trying not to worry too much because one thing I need less of in 2017 is stress... I'll definitely let you know how long that lasts. 

Susse goodies from Zen

Handmade details

For the Cbloggers Secret Santa I received gifts from the lovely Zen (thank you!) from Hapiness Wherever, a creative blog full of DIY posts. In the package she sent a notebook, badge and greetings card all illustrated by Susse who thanks to Zen I now love for their quirky drawing style. The hand made piece was my name written in copper wire which was really sweet! I loved taking part in the secret santa and Lauren did an amazing job of organising it, it was such a thoughtful idea and a great way to connect with more bloggers especially since I had never read Zen's blog before. 

So, I guess that's it for Christmas this year! When the new year comes around I'll most likely be sharing the best bits of 2016 and some future goals I'm looking forward too. In the meantime, I hope you have a great new years eve whatever your plans are! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, 24 December 2016


A few pictures from our visit to Chatsworth House. This years theme for Christmas was The Nutcracker!

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Featured in Stolen Volume Five

I'm so excited to share this with you! My work was kindly selected to be a part of Stolen Publications and I was finally able to see the book for myself when I returned home yesterday. 

Stolen Publications Volume Five - Cover art by Jaimee Paul

Stolen is an Australian publication celebrating all things analogue and after following their Instagram for a while I decided to finally submit something. Not only was my screen print featured they also included my little statement too which I am over the moon about! I was so happy to share my processes and inspirations behind this design as it was one of my favourites from second year. 

It's a lot smaller than I anticipated but I'm really happy about this because it makes it the perfect sized book with a sturdy hard back cover and beautiful foiled detailing. I love buying and displaying art books especially when the design is so considered and now part of me wishes I had bought all of them for my own collection. 

Being a part of this publication alongside so many great international artists, illustrators and photographers is something I will treasure for a long time. If you like the look of Stolen you can see all five of the beautiful books here

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Christmas time

Yipeeeee; it's only 12 days till Christmas!!!

The lovely Leeds carousel

I so badly wish we could hand in now and not have to wait till January.  It's safe to say I'm getting very bored of it all and I just want to start something new. The fact that Christmas is nearly here just makes it worse because as well as that I'm now reeeeeally distracted by vlogmas, wrapping christmas presents and the thought of going home. Unfortunately because of the dreaded dissertation I haven't been able to explore as much as I did the year before but I did manage to get all of my Christmas shopping done so at least I don't have to battle the busy streets of Leeds anymore! (Must also note that the Christmas market is 10x better than last year, I feel like they improve it so much every time.)

All wrapped up ☺️

In front of the most gorgeous building too ✨

This is the lovely huge tree in the centre of Leeds uni and it gives me such a warm fuzzy feeling when I pass it after a long day. I think this year has been the best Christmas whilst I've been at university because I have my own house (with Jake) which means we can do what we like. I invited my friends over for a roast dinner last week, and it was so lovely to host and cook for them (although we did split the cost) because we only ever really see each other at uni and I just know how much they appreciate things like that. It also gave me the perfect excuse of decorating the house with fairy lights, shiny garlands and stars hanging from the ceiling! I would share pictures but my house is too dark for them to be any good, but it is very very cosy. 

As the end of the year creeps closer I've realised how much my blog has been pushed to the side. In the new year I think I want to really get back into blogging again especially because I will be graduating in 2017 which means (hopefully) I can put a lot more time into it. This is one of the reasons I'm really excited to leave university, as it kinda means I can do whatever I want! I'm starting to realise that not knowing what will happen actually makes the future a lot more appealing and it's something I'm slowly coming to terms with. ๐Ÿ’›

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!๐ŸŽ„

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 ๐Ÿš—

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.  

Monday, 31 October 2016

Handmade tropical cushions

Tropical printed cushion

I don't tend to do a lot of digital printing, however the last time I required a sample I used Bags of Love after being recommended by a friend and I was super happy with the results. So when they contacted me recently about reviewing one of their products I couldn't say no; I genuinely applaud their services and just had to share a positive review! (I have only had experience with their fabric printing option although they offer a range of customisable items from personalised clothing to things for your home, especially if you're not a lover of sewing.)

For the collaboration I opted for digital fabric printing as I really liked the idea of making cushions for our house.  I decided to take a look through my portfolio of lost drawings and ended up choosing a few tropical leaves I had illustrated in the past. Once they had been scanned into my computer I added colour using my favourite Photoshop brushes (I really wanted the textures to come through) and selected a deep jungle green against peachy tones and a warm shade of lime.

I designed the print to size (100cm x 150cm) as you can specify the measurements and it's not a requirement to make the design repeat if you don’t fancy it. As regards to the choice of fabric I decided to select the cotton linen however they have so many options from jersey stretch to velvet shimmer; the variety of fabric doesn’t have to be so overwhelming as you can purchase a printed fabric swatch pack which is a great way to get a feel for the fabric before buying!

The finished print with development

I placed my order on the 17th October and I received the package on the 20th October. Like before my package arrived super fast and I was really happy with the results… It actually made me consider digitally printing more in the future! My design is just as vibrant as I hoped and the quality of the cotton linen is great. The textures I had applied in Photoshop appeared as they should have and the lines were so sharp and clear.

I stitched the cushions myself using this envelope pillow cover tutorial I found online. As a textile design student I totally recommend Bags of Love, whether you like the sound of fabric printing or prefer a customised product instead. It will definitely add a more personal touch to your own home or even somebody else's!

What do you think? Have you ever tried fabric printing before?

Friday, 28 October 2016

People playing

Hello! My days have been ridiculously long and all the late nights at uni have me feeling a little run down, but I am super happy with what I've done so far. I know I shouldn't be putting my health at risk for the sake of my dissertation but I'm really enjoying it and I like finding out what I can create next. I finally managed to find my colour palette after having a bit of a melt down and I started putting collages together of people, trees and cars. It kinda looks like they're having a little party! ๐ŸŽ‰✨

Putting scenes together

Sketchbook page for colour and mark making

A few of my dyed fabrics with screen printed marks

I really want to create my own city narratives through screen print, and I actually managed to dye the fabrics in colours I wanted! Dyeing has never been my favourite thing but all it required was a lot of patience and thankfully a quiet morning in the dye lab. I chose to colour cotton and linen but the linen has to be my favourite as it just feels so much nicer. (I really want to use this in my degree show but it's extremely pricey so I'll definitely have to get saving now.)

I'm so grateful that the weekend is nearly here, it's my mums birthday tomorrow and I get to celebrate it with her as she's coming up to Leeds. I can't wait to have a couple of days off with my family and finally have some downtime. I hope you have a great weekend! 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

NDF: Where do ideas come from?

The Granby Workshop by Assemble

Last Sunday Jake and I visited Newcastle to catch the end of Northern Design Festival. There were loads of things happening at The Assembly House so after a little coffee stop we headed down to see the variety of exhibitions that were on offer...

Monday, 17 October 2016

What's happened lately

Mixing binder until I get the perfect shade

Hello! Here's what I've been up to recently. 

I've started mixing colours and sampling things through screen printing, so far I'm happy with my experiments which means I'm just going to carry on drawing, dyeing and printing things! Dissertation wise I reached 1300 words last week and this weeks goal is to get to 2500. I'm feeling pretty good about things regarding uni, but that can change so quickly. I'll keep you updated. 

Jake and I popped down to the Leeds Print Workshop opening party to see what the new space was like and I'm really happy it exists. Knowing there are screen printing facilities out there makes me relieved as I don't plan on giving up printmaking when I finish university! It's a lovely accessible space full of all of the necessary facilities, you can find out more about what they offer here.

The lovely colourful shop front of Leeds Print Workshop

klub zin | Laura Jayne Hodkin

I wanted to share with you this new zine Laura (my sister) is featured in called klub zin which you can buy from Etsy here. It's so awesome to see things like this being created even more so when it's a collaboration between illustrators and artists. For those of you who are into illustration and animation which can be a little strange (yet charming) then you will looove Laura's work.

The Silson Contemporary opening night also went amazingly, (see this post for reference) and Jake received a lot of interest for his paintings. It was great to get out of the uni circle for once and communicate with other creatives who are more advanced in their careers. All the work really complimented each other and I think lots of sales were made that night!

I visited Northern Design Fest which I'll be posting soon and I have a little collaboration coming up that I can't wait to share with you. If you don't already follow my blog then you can keep updated via Bloglovin, I'd love to try and reach 600 followers by the end of the year. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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