Tuesday, 25 April 2017

York Art Gallery sketchbook pages

I went back to York Art Gallery to see the Lumber Room again; here are a few scans from my sketchbook!



Sunday, 23 April 2017

Edinburgh sketchbook and photographs

Colour loving in the flat we stayed in

Hello! So... it's been a while since I last updated which bothers me a bit. Mostly because I haven't been feeling so great recently, and not having consistent blog posts up is just a reminder of that. But it's OK because there is one now!

Anyway, we came back from Edinburgh a while ago now but I still wanted to share my photos and sketchbook pages from our trip. We stayed in a really cool flat which had such an artsy ~bohemian~ feel to it I felt so sad when we had to leave! Jake had never visited before so it was really nice to explore the city with my sister (she studies animation there). We trekked up to Arthurs Seat to watch the sunrise, visited Marys milk bar for a yummy icecream shake, delved into loads of antique and vintage shops, stopped by a couple of art galleries, ventured to the Royal Botanic Garden, strolled through Princes Street Gardens and visited The Museum of Childhood. Busy but so fun... and such a beautiful city too! I hope you enjoy my pictures and sketches. 

Fried eggs on toast for breakfast

Walking up the royal mile

There was amazing views from the living room... and little knick knacks too

Jake sketching 

Bathroom poetry

A little drawing I did of Jake



Flowers from the botanic garden

Van Gogh in the National Gallery

Views of the buildings from princes street gardens (with daffodils)


Details from Marys Milk bar


Amazing vibrant plant from the botanic garden

Leaves in crayon

Watching the sun rise from Arthurs seat



Sunday, 2 April 2017

David Hockney at Tate Britain


Last week we visited the David Hockney exhibition and it was amazing to see so much of his work from various stages of his life together in one space. It makes you realise how much an artist can change when presented with a retrospective of their work. Hockney draws and paints with a mixture of media, creates etchings, designs stage sets, makes photo collages digitally and by hand, and most recently has replaced his sketchbook with the ipad. I really admire his open mind to new techniques and technology and it's a great reminder to keep experimenting even after leaving university. 

We Two Boys Together Clinging, 1961

Flight into Italy - Swiss Landscape, 1962

The Hypnotist, 1963

Overall I personally favoured most of his earlier pieces. As refined as his portraits are, I prefer the crude marks and raw emotion expressed in his works from the sixties. I love the darker, muted colour palettes and his complete disregard for painting the "perfect" picture, with abstracted figures and text scrawled across the canvas. I don't really know why; I like the movement of the brushstrokes and I think they embody more sentiment rather than just being a painting of something. 

May Blossom on the Roman Road, 2009

Garden with Blue Terrace, 2015

One thing I did love about his most recent stuff was his combination of vibrant colours and use of mark making; these two were my favourites! They make me long for overgrown spring fields and lush tropical weather. 

It's really hard to share how impressive they all are and a visit to the Tate is definitely worth it. I think his work is so appealing and at times so diverse, it would be hard to find something you didn't like. After scheduling my last post I've had my 22nd birthday and tomorrow Jake and I are off to the lovely city of Edinburgh! Since we were so inspired by Hockney we decided to buy lots of new art supplies to try sketching whilst we are there. Hopefully I will have lots of lovely things to share when we get back. :)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Print inspiration from John Lewis

MissPrint - Songbird

Hello! A couple of weeks ago my parents came to Leeds for a few days and we ended up popping into John Lewis. I don't usually go there much (being a student means having very little money) but I remembered they have a fabric and wallpaper department so decided to mooch around for some inspiration.

It was hard to miss these lovely birds on such a vibrant yellow and nice to see bold characters on display especially considering my current project. I love the mischievous look on their faces! The little details in the birds surrounded by a clever use of negative space creates a balanced, easy to follow design. I think this is my favourite from what I saw, but maybe that's because I prefer an illustrative approach when designing. 


Kate Spade New York - Gerbera

I really loved these large scale florals by Kate Spade New York, especially on the green. As a textile designer sometimes simple is better and I think this is a perfect example of that. The different colour ways also offer something different each time; it's such a small change but can instantly alter the mood of the design. It would be easier to play safe with the silver, but If I had to choose I would definitely go for one of the brighter options.

Celia Birtwell - Beasties

Celia Birtwell - Classical Star

Lastly here's a couple from Celia Birtwell. The first was from the children's section spotted for the whimsical narrative and drawing style, which I love. It's so simple and sweet but not overly cute-sy thanks to the toile de Jouy style of print. The red line contrasting with the beige ground is suuuuper nice and definitely my favourite. I have this thing with bright reds recently but I'm not sure where it came from! The little stars as a simple repeat is probably not the most innovative design, but in these colour ways it just really works. It definitely makes for a nice complimentary print against something a bit more decorative.

This has been quite a short post but I think I'm going to visit again sometime and spend a bit longer looking through the fabrics. It's great to find inspiration for my own projects, and maybe then I'll have a few more of my faves to share with you. 😌


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Floss: Shop and zine


Hello! I hope you've had a lovely week. Today I wanted to share issue one of Floss zine, as well as a few other things, which Ellen from Floss Shop kindly sent me a while ago. (I've been so overwhelmed with degree show work I've finally managed to find the time to sit down and put together a post!) I really love buying and reading zines because of the handmade qualities. Knowing somebody has lovingly put together their own little book of pictures and words is something I find so personal and interesting to read through.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Final collection progress

Screen printed design featuring my inky bird drawings

Ive been in a bit of a low mood recently which is why I've been reluctant to post on my blog. I'm starting to realise that there can be a difference between my personal work and designing for a commercial brief which is something I considered a lot before I started my degree show collection. I like things that are weird and unusual, I like drawing with ink and making mistakes and I like being bold and expressive. Right now I'm just happy to make things that express my own personal style!

Snippets of developments for my final collection

I actually went to a talk at The Hepworth last weekend called Printmaker as Designer from Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton. It was super encouraging to listen to as it helped me understand that I can be a printmaker / artist first and designer second. I'm way more influenced and inspired by art and illustration than patterns and textiles because a lot of the time they have so many restrictions. Hearing how these artists and illustrators adapted their work to fit textiles was the sort of wake up call I needed with regards to how I view my own practice. 

With all of that out of the way this week I finally managed to start screen printing and I'm really happy with the results! It feels so good to get back into it again especially when things turn out the way you want them to. I'm definitely going to try and get back into blogging a lot more frequently even just for myself!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Featured in Artful Blogging Spring 2017


Hello! Last year I was invited to contribute to the 2017 Spring issue of Artful Blogging, published by Stampington, where they featured my Instagram in celebration of Insta blogging.

For the article I decided to write about my thoughts on Instagram and how it can be used to the advantage of a creative. I've always been really into sharing my creations online and sometimes I think people underestimate the influence it can have. Even though it is "just the internet" it seems pretty silly to completely ignore it when we're constantly carrying our phones around anyway. Sharing a quick snap on Instagram is so easy, why not if it means people can see your work and possibly offer you more opportunities?


I was so excited to see this in print because I loved the layout of the whole thing and I've never really viewed my Instagram as something that could be featured somewhere. It's a beautiful magazine in terms of photography and content which is more than likely helped by the fact that it's mostly written by bloggers. If you're interested in the magazine you can purchase a copy online here or check to see if it's available in store in your area (I think there's a few in the UK!) 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Monday; hello again!


Hello! I didn't get round to posting last week, I just ended up being super busy and wanted to focus on my final project instead. I've also been on a little break from Twitter and I'm really enjoying not using it as much. It's a nice way to share my blog posts and I like to join in with the cbloggers chat every now and again, but usually it just makes me feel overwhelmed and I don't think I ever have anything useful to contribute. On the other hand I've been loving Instagram a lot more and if you don't already follow me you can find me @amyhodkin

Earlier this week Louise kindly featured me on her blog, Love Print Studio, as part of her Creative Quarters segment. I love her blog because it's always so colourful and creative! It gave me the chance to share stuff about my design work and I loved the images she selected so please take a quick look if you can. 

Monday, 6 February 2017

A Sunday at Salts Mill



Hello lovelies! Jake and I spent our Sunday at the wonderful Salts Mill in Saltaire. The last time I blogged about this place was in 2015 so I thought it wouldn't matter too much since that was quite a while ago.

I love this building because it's so weird and wonderful. I love the big windows letting in lots of light and when you peek out of them you catch glimpses of the sweet village of Saltaire. I love the classical music they play when you're browsing the art books and its strangely calming vibe. I love wandering through the antique centre on the second floor and how throughout the mill there is always a great focus on art. They even make the cafes look cute with colourful chairs and a hand painted Hockney mural! A new addition we did notice is the limited edition "A Bigger Book" by David Hockney they have on display which is massive and packed with full page coloured prints. 

I don't really have much more to say about this place so I'll let the photos do the talking. It's definitely worth visiting if you're ever in Leeds as it's only a short train ride away and the station is literally across the street. Have a wonderful week!

Snippets of colour all over the place

A Bigger Book from Hockney



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