Orange you glad it’s Sunday – Sketchbook Peek 25

Sorry… puns aside!

Today I got started with some still life drawings. I’m sharing a quick doodle pattern and a process sketch with some printmaking experimentation ideas.

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Houseplants are the best – Sketchbook Peek 24

Happy Sunday!  I haven’t done much drawing this week because I’m still getting back to reality after 5 lovely days at Just So Festival. I’m catching up on lots of admin, emailing and planning for two upcoming projects.

The first is developing some prints for the 20:20 Print exchange which I am taking part in this year! The second is sorting out my studio and filling it with things for Cheshire Open Studios on the 13th and 14th of September.

 

My studio is full of houseplants at the moment (I think I’m slightly obsessed) I now have a grand total of eight houseplants! I thought I’d use Sketchbook Sunday as an excuse to get up close and personal with the Flaming Katy I bought myself as a studio warming gift.

Flaming Katy Houseplant sketch - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

 

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Sketching at Just So Festival – sketchbook peek 23

Hello from Just So Festival! I’m very busy helping out at the festival, sending pigeon post, playing dress up and making disguises.

Here’s a Quick sketchbook update of some speed sketches I did on Friday around the site

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foxes, lions, owls and frogs – Sketchbook Peek 22

It’s been quiet over here on the blog, I’ve been finishing up on a couple of projects and secretly moving into my new studio space!

The Old town Bloom community project I’ve been working on  came to an end on Tuesday with a grand reopening of a garden space on our local high street. Take a look at some images here if you’re interested.

Chilling out under a gazebo at the garden opening one of my fellow Hazlehurst artists, Carys, taught me to knit so I could take part in her Knit a Year community project. At one point  Carys nipped off, leaving me unattended with a pair of knitting needles and a load of wool!

Presumably after seeing my puzzled face two random ladies at the event wandered over  and  began to give me pointers and advice. I’m pretty hooked on knitting for this project and I have knitted for the past 4 days as part of the Knit a Year project. I’m even planning a Harry Potter Scarf!

After all that knitting excitement the rest of the week has been dedicated to finishing off  props for Just So Festival, which is next weekend!  Here are a few shots and quick planning sketches.

Frog  - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

Go Frogs! slightly angry frogs..

 

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Just So school spirit flag.

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An Ancient Man In An Ancient Pot – Sketchbook Peek 21

Okay guys, I don’t have much to show this week as I’ve been working on something which may or may not come to fruition, cryptic right!? I did however make this little .GIF out of some of my drawings that I thought you’d enjoy. I love GIFs.

These drawings are observational drawings from the Chinese collection at The Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight.

Hayley Holden- Chinese GIF

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A surface pattern designers sketchbook – Sketchbook Peek 20

It’s week 20 of Sketchbook Sunday, a crazy amount of blog posts! I’ve shared all sorts of creative things on Sketchbook Sundays. You can take a look at the archive here.

This week I’ve actually been working in my sketchbook, creating paintings to work in to digital patterns. Today I filmed and edited my very first sketchbook video! So now you can feel like you’re having a real flick through my sketchbook.

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Art Tins for Old Town Bloom – Sketchbook peek 19

Colour Inspiration – Sketchbook peek 18

painting on silk – sketchbook peek 17

I missed Sketchbook Sunday last week!

I went to visit some friends in London last weekend (hi guys!) funnily enough, they all said how  much they liked my sketchbook Sunday posts…. And then I go and miss Sketchbook Sunday!

So this week I’ve doodled every day I’ve been looking into digital printers for a new collection I want to create. Today I decided I was going to paint a design on to silk to see how it looked and draped.

The piece is around 45 x 100 cm

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Train Doodles – Sketchbook Peek 16

I’m back with a few little commuting sketches from the week. I’ve been pretty lax on the drawing recently so I’ve  decided to attempt to draw everyday for a while. I don’t want to give myself an end date I’m just gunna go with the flow, you know.

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Expressive Geometric – Sketchbook Peek 15

There’s lots of research a foot in The Hay Jay OH studio so my Drawing has slowed down a lot over the past couple of weeks.

I’m attempting to manage research and creating. Do you have any tips?

On Friday I split my day between idea gathering and business research in the morning and painting in the afternoon, which actually worked pretty well. I  just put on The Lion King Musical soundtrack on repeat  and created.

Hakuna Matata

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Brain Doodles – Sketchbook Peek 14

This week has been pretty intense I’ve been on The Princes Trust Explore Enterprise course so I can bring you all some beautiful products soon. Here are a few doodles from my notebook you can really see where my ideas and prints start from. I’ve got shapes on the brain!

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Quick Collages – Sketchbook Peek 13

I’m in a bit of a drawing rut at the moment, I’m not feeling very inspired. I think I need to go on a drawing trip. I’ve been making collages whilst on trains, it’s fun to have a time limit and only a couple of materials. I had 15 minutes on the train into Liverpool city centre, a copy of The Skinny, scissors and masking tape.

Mundane Aquarius Collage  - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

Mundane Aquarius Collage

Together Collage - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

Together Collage

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Drawing Perfect Circles – Sketchbook Peek 12

So my plan to blog everyday in May didn’t go very well!…oops

I’m drawing circles a lot at the moment , apparently drawing perfect circles is a sign of madness.

Heres a couple of pieces that I’ve created this week. A doodle and a mixed media piece for a project I’m working on with Hazlehurst Studios

Circle Doodles - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

Circle Doodles - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

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Books To Boost Your Creativity

Painterly Postcards- Sketchbook Peek 11

I’ve had a pretty busy week. I’ve been to the zoo and decided to take on a daily blogging challenge.

So if you’re wondering why I’ve been popping up in your news feeds more often that’s why! I am only slightly regretting it now, but I’m also feeling inspired which is a dubious combination. I know we’re only 4 days into May but I‘ve managed to blog everyday, the real challenge is next week I suppose!

Take a look at my posts so far there’s one about my blog and the challenge, one about my creative process and one about how to be inspired by art.

I’ll leave you with some paintings I’ve done this week for some postcards which I’ll be finishing and sending off pretty sharpish.

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My Creative Design Process

I seem to have a routine  for #BEDM. I have a blog post idea and then getting distracted all day by other things.

Today’s topic for the #BEDM challenge was to blog your weekend morning routine. As fun as me describing what shampoo I’m currently using sounds I don’t want to give away the secret to my luscious locks…. I figured I would stick to the routines idea because it’s actually something I love reading about in a creative context.

Heres a little insight into my design process.

  • It starts with inspiration (its spring so I’m  inspired by flowers at the moment)
  • Next I turn to good old pinterest for research on current trends, colour palettes and customer research.
  • During the research phase I draw a lot and explore different mediums and attempt different styles of illustration.
  • I start bringing things together and forming composition ideas. I used to do a lot of photocopying during this stage, but now I do most of my composing  digitally.
  • At this stage I may have a few patterns already, but I carry on drawing anyway.
  • When I’ve got a collection that I’m happy with I create the same pattern in different colours. These are called colour ways.
  • Being happy with everything I’ve created. I then create visualisations, like the one below, to show people what my patterns would look like on real products.
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Visalisation of my pattern

 

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How To Be Inspired By Other Artists

I’m sharing some of my favourite well-known artists, I come back to these artists for inspiration all the time and study how they artists manipulate shapes, texture and colour. All though it doesn’t sound it, it’s a very inspiring process. Sometimes I even attempt to create work in the same style like an old school apprentice would.

Gustav Klimt

Probably the most well-known on my list. Klimt is the first artist I remember being aware of as a child and I always seem to come back to his work. He used shapes and pattern brilliantly, combining them in interesting ways which is also IMHO the pinnacle of good surface design.

Raoul Duffy

My natural illustration style is similar Duffy’s. I like using rough shapes and overlaying line work create detail and interest within the illustration.

Günther Förg

A new addition to my influencers I’ve recently been creating more art  inspired by Förg. I’m playing around with colour combinations, texture and white space. Förg’s composition is spot on and has a lot of balance

Bruce Gray

Gray’s work is a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes. I’m inspired by his bold colour combinations. Colour palettes are something I’m always working on.

Want To Be Inspired? Heres How!

  • Find your fave pieces of art either on the internet, in galleries, books, postcards.
  • To find more artists similar to your style google something like “Famous artists that use _____ in their work” or “Art movements with ________”
  • Really look at the pieces you’ve chosen, zoom in on the details. Make notes, sketches, copy their work (but obviously don’t claim it as your own)
  • What did you notice? Apply this to your own work.
  • Use this process periodically

 

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Blog Every Day in May #BEDM

Today I’m starting a new challenge.

This has been a slightly rash decision, but I like challenges.

Along with around 100 others I’m going to attempt to blog every day in May as part of Elizabeth Sellers #BEDM challenge.
Don’t worry, you’ve still got a couple of hours to bash out a post and sign up over at Rosalilium! Even if you don’t want to sign up check out some of the great blog post ideas.  I’m probably going to deviate from the topics quite a lot but hopefully I’ll make it to the end of the month! It’s all in the planning, right?

Today’s prompt is to introduce your blog to the blogging community.

This blog  started out in  a narcissistic manner really! I wanted to share my patterns on a deeper level vom  with more context and to feel ok about exploring ideas around my work and surface design.

I got (slightly) more serious about blogging in December 2013 and since then I’ve been blogging weekly.

This narcissistic pursuit has turned into an inspiring place. Some of my “real life” friends have told me they are inspired to draw because of my weekly #SketchbookSunday posts, which is amazing to hear!

Hayley Holden Floral Sketches

Click the image to take a look at my in my Sketchbook

My blog is still young-ish and I’m developing new ideas for posts, this challenge should push my brain a bit. For the next 30 days I plan on sharing all kinds of interesting, insightful things, but I’ll need your help along the way.

What would you like to know? Any burning questions about Hayjayoh, Surface design, Creativity, The web, Tech? Leave a comment or ping me an email
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Chat With Carolyn Gavin Eco-Friendly Surface Designer

Recently I’ve been inspired by other surface designers and their businesses. I came across Carolyn Gavin’s patterns and her family business in the last issue of Uppercase Magazine (you can read more about the issue here if you like)

Carolyn designs patterns for her brand of eco-friendly stationery and paper goods, Ecojot.

The brand has an obvious deep philanthropy. Ecojot use 100% recycled materials and their products support the GIVE programme for children in need. Values like this aren’t celebrated enough with the independent design community, take a look at their dedicated philanthropic effort.

Carolyn’s designs give these feel good products a quirky, unique edge and I wanted to know more about how she works.

Where and what did you study at university?

I studied 3 years of graphic design at Witwatersrand Technikon which is in Johannesburg (Gauteng) South Africa

Carolyn Gavin - Alphabet soup

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What inspires you?

I love animals and nature and this inspires a lot of my work – birds, butterflies, flowers etc. I also get excited by color and cool combinations that make the work sing!

Carolyn Gavin - Lovebirds

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What’s your surface design recipe for success?

Work long and hard and practice to hone your technique and in the process develop your own style. Think about what you’re doing, and little nuances will make it special and stand out. Try to be original and true to yourself.

What’s next for Ecojot?

We’re designing a super cool app that works with our stationery product. I think designers, students, artists and architects with love it.
We come out with new designs fairly regularly so we’ll be introducing some of those at our next show, which is The National Stationery Show in New York in May.

Carolyn Gavin  - Dream Big

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Where can I buy your art or products?

Barnes and Noble in the US, Indigo in Canada, Paperchase in the UK, Sweden, Finland, France etc. Check out our website for more retailers and online – http://www.ecojot.com

Do you have a blog, can I read more about you?

I do have a blog – www.designerjots.squarespace.com
I’m also on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

Carolyn Gavin

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