Sunday, 31 January 2016

Art Swap

Hello! Recently I did an art swap with Meg (website here and her blog is here,) she sent me a number of things which reflect her as an artist as well as things I can use in my own work too. So along with a collection of her lovely prints she added a few postcards and papers to collage with which was a really really nice surprise. I love the delicate feel of Megs work. Every line and texture has been created raw and organically; there is something beautiful about touching the embossed marks and written edges and admiring the processes that produced the image.

Megans work up close- I love the compositions and little bits of detailing

A collage I created from the things Meg sent me

Whilst sat in my studio space yesterday I felt very inspired to collage with the bits of pieces from Meg (including old magazine cutouts, vintage postcards, printed papers and colour swatches) so here's a little snippet of that. YES its a guy riding some sort of spaceship thing. I don't know why either. 

I've never done an art swap before so I was a bit hesitant at first but It's so exciting sending stuff and not knowing what you will get in return. I hope you enjoyed looking at Megans work, you can see more of it on her Instagram where she updates pretty regularly! 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Girls, notes

Some mad wobbly drawings.

I'm trying to fill a sketchbook with drawings which is difficult for me because if one page is messed up then the whole book might as well be messed up and I never want to use it again. I do love drawing and it's a major passion of mine however I mostly have to draw from a source so I really want to try drawing from my imagination a bit more. I find it really nice how drawings are made up of unique lines and marks; no one will ever ever make that same mark as you have and that's pretty cool when you think about it.

Uni is crazy as always but I still love it loads and I miss my studio space like hell when I get home. I can't wait to have my own studio some day with screen printing facilities, giant windows and never ending storage for all of my work. For now I'll just keep dreaming!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Screen printed fashion collection

My finished designs

Hello! This week I finished screen printing my six designs for Première Vision. I think this is one of the biggest projects I've accomplished so far and I'm quite proud of myself for what I managed to achieve in just under two weeks. I've never spent this much time in the print room (I feel like I live there) but this has definitely just pushed my love for printmaking and hand crafting even further. Now I just have to neaten everything up, mount them onto headers and then I can sleep for a little bit! 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Cat and Birdy

A set of illustrations I created in December trying out new colour palettes

I've been screen printing a new collection ready to exhibit in Paris in February and even though it's really exciting to see my patterns come to life (rather than on a computer screen) I am so tired by the end of each day! Luckily the deadline is next Friday so by then I can relax and prepare myself for the next two weeks of external live briefs. (Yay for more opportunities, boo for not a lot of time off!)

One thing I'm trying to remember this year is that hard work doesn't have to mean stress. I can create loads of wonderful things without reaching a breaking point. Sometimes I put so much pressure on myself I end up in such a state by the end of it all!

Once my designs are done I will be able to post a little snippet of them on the blog. I've been sharing lots of stuff on Instagram already so if you haven't had a look then feel free to take a peek... 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Unimagined Treasures @ York Art Gallery

Curated by artist Mark Hearld the exhibition is a dream; a collection of objects and artefacts transform the gallery space into a reflection of Hearld's vision of a Lumber room (with influence taken from The Lumber Room, a story by Saki.) Researching thoroughly into the artworks on display for the past two years Hearld has created a cabinet of wonder featuring textiles, paintings, ceramics, taxidermy and more alongside his own works made specifically for the exhibition. 

"Since I heard Saki's story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the "forbidden" objects for the first time." - Mark Hearld

I visited the exhibition at the end of last year and I think it's not one to miss if (like me) you're a little bit in love with whimsical worlds and unusual trinkets. 

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Friday, 1 January 2016

Goodbye 2015 - Hello 16!

OK - I'll keep it short and sweet.

Last year was a really really really good one for me. I found love, my design style and myself. (Cheesy, I know.) It feels like for once in my life things are actually clicking into place!

I don't think I really have many goals for 2016, I mainly want to focus on university work (of course) and getting a few more internships for the summer. Winning a competition and selling a design would be really cool too but they're bigger dreams I hope can come true at least some day in my life if not next year. I don't want to worry too much about what to expect so I'm keeping a very open mind!

Jan '15 - Dec '15

I thought a little photo compilation of the things I got up to in the year would be a nice way to welcome the one to follow. 2015 is the year I made new friends, sold my first products, fell in love, took part in my first real exhibition, went to the Secret Garden Party, created lots of wonderful new things, had my first holiday to Cornwall, visited London for a bloggers meet up and discovered Leeds a whole lot more. Looking at my small list of resolutions from January it looks like I sort of accomplished them all... I wonder what the next one will bring?

I wish you a brilliant year and I hope it's full of lovely happy moments! : )

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