Thursday, 23 June 2016

Snapshots from Spain


I arrived back in Leeds with post holiday blues after having the most woooonderful break! We visited Cala d'or in Majorca for a week and stayed in an apartment via Airbnb (which is great for us with our student-y budget) and we rather enjoyed making breakfast and lunch together in our own little kitchen. The sun shone every day and the sea was so blue- we were even served fresh pineapple right on the beach! Every night we indulged in fancy meals and tried to experiment with our food choices by picking the weirdest thing from the menu. Even the cheesy entertainment was bearable, but I suppose when you're on holiday nothing seems to matter! 

It was absolute bliss which left me very happy and inspired to start creating again. In this post there are film photographs courtesy of Jake (THANK YOU) with a couple of my own shots.

Pool side

Down at the marina 

Beach day

Light leak in the Caves of Drach

Blue waters

Trying to master crazy golf

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It makes me real sad looking through these pictures as now we have the boring job of packing up things in boxes ready to move house, which is indeed quite exciting but not as fun as lying on the beach or playing crazy golf. 

Have you been on holiday yet this year? Maybe you're planning on going somewhere nice for a little break?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

I'm going on holiday


Today Jake and I are off to Spain! It's our first holiday abroad together which is very exciting, it'll be really nice to not have a care in the world for a little while and I cannot wait for a break! I feel so worn out from never ending work... I can't wait to escape my computer screen, leave Leeds for a few days and chill out with cocktails by the sea. The place we're visiting is really relaxed and extra dreamy too; drawings and pics will most likely make an appearance when we return! See you soon, 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Made Here: Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern

Ellie Way

I visited the degree show on Saturday and once again wanted to share my favourites from Printed Textiles! I didn't want to overload the post with pictures so that's why I picked my faves although you can see the degree show yourself at Leeds College of Art until Thursday. I'm very happy to be part of such a wonderful course, the amount of talent is crazy... these in particular caught my eye for their overall display, use of colour and (apart from one) their screen printing techniques! 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Customised journal from Bookblock Original


After winning a custom notebook through a competition Natasha hosted on Twitter, Bookblock also gave me the chance to design another so I thought I would surprise Jake and make him one using his paintings. It was wonderful to see my designs on such beautiful books; It's so lovely I'm almost too scared to use it. I don't want to scribble just anything down in there so maybe it could be my journal for third year, a blogging diary/planner sorta thing or a bullet journal- I haven't decided yet!

I looove personalised things and as a pattern designer it's nice to see my prints on actual objects. If you'd like to customise your own journal you can check out Bookblock original here!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Good news for June

A selection of my greetings range

Hello; what a lovely sunny start for June! I'm very happy as I've finally finished second year with a clear direction for my dissertation when I start back in September. I now have the biggest collection of books to read over summer but I still have lots of trips planned in between so that definitely makes up for it! For my last essay I managed to get a really good grade which I'm so pleased with as I was unsure about my question; thankfully my tutor could see where I was coming from and it did actually make sense. 

I was also a runner up for the Hallmark greetings competition and ended up winning a two week placement at their studio- so exciting!!! I worked so hard on my little collection and I am really really happy that all the time spent was worth it, I was starting to feel a bit down about my work and this was the confidence boost I needed. I also loved using these lovely colours and making up my own little characters which is something I want to take forward into my final year.

Notebooks and other goodies will be on sale at the Art Market during the LCA degree show!!

The degree show at Leeds College of Art begins Saturday 11th June with the private view on Friday and I'll be selling things on the Art Market like last year! I have notebooks, cushions and tote bags for sale so don't forget to stop by if you do make it to the show. I can't wait to share my favourites from Printed Textiles, I've had a sneaky peek and it is soooo beautiful as always. I just know it'll provide lots of inspiration for my own final collection!


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Cat face bag with Marabu Textil Fabric Pens


As a textile designer I love finding new ways to transfer imagery onto fabric. Of course, I have access to some really great facilities at uni but they're not the sort of processes you can easily (or affordably!) do in your home. London Graphics Centre sent me some Marabu Textil fabric paint pens to try out so I decided to make my own cat face tote bag. I wanted something quite bold and ended up pleasantly surprised with the results!


With the normal Marabu Textil Painter pens which are good for white and light fabrics, it did require a bit more work especially when I was colouring in the black. I personally quite like the textural hand made feel it produced although if you're wanting large areas of solid colour then I would recommend using the Marabu Textil Painter Plus pens instead.

The Marabu Textil Painter Plus which I used for the blue eyes and the white marks are better for dark fabrics as they have a thicker consistency which allows the pigment to sit on top of the fabric. I think I much preferred using these ones as they feel better to handle and you can get a natural flow going. However, I did try these pens on a navy coloured fabric and I think they would need a few layers to get an ultra opaque colour. 


After fixing with an iron my bag is soft again, the design didn't fade and it's washable too! You can find a whole selection of different colours here on the LGC website. I'm off to London today so I'll be taking my new bag and persuading Jake to take some pics for me!

Do you think you would ever try fabric pens? I think they'd be great for homemade gifts and I can't wait to include them in future design work. 

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