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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..

 

Wild Rumpus Flag  - Hayley Holden weekly sketchbook series at www.hayjayoh.wordpress.com

Just So school spirit flag.

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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

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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What do you think? Would you buy it?

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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

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

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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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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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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

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© Carolyn Gavin

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

© Carolyn Gavin

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

© Carolyn Gavin

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

© Carolyn Gavin

 

 

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Surface Design Guide Favourites

About a month or so ago I found out that I got featured in the 2014 Uppercase Surface Pattern Design Guide. I wrote an entire post about it, which has a sneaky little discount code for Uppercase Subscriptions so click on through!

Anyway the issue has hit shelves worldwide (I picked mine up from Tate Liverpool). I’m so happy with the patterns that Uppercase picked from my 8 submissions, they showcase my style perfectly.

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Patterns Featured in Uppercsae #21 – Click through to visit my portfolio

In the Surface Pattern Design Guide there are 100 designers featured, of course surface design being a niche industry, there are a lot of names I recognised. I’m already guilty of drooling over their portfolios.

I came across a  few  new-to-me designers so I thought I’d put together a  little roundup of  some of my favorites from the guide. Click the images to see each designer’s portfolio.

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Dinara Mirtalipova

Agnes Schugardt

Agnes Schugardt

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Iza Pearl

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Macrina Busato

Fabric Drawer

Fabric Drawer

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Ellie Fidler

If you want more surface deign inspiration goodness you can check out my roundup of the Tropical Bloghop from January 2014. Oh, and I also made a pinterest board of  the designers featured in the issue, cause I’m nice like that. Check it out and have a look at some more tasty patterns!

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Sketchbook Peek 7

Welcome to #SketchbookSunday

I’ve put a lot of energy into  my portfolio this week, so  I thought It might be interesting to show you some visualisations of my newest prints on products along with a few drawings.

Share with me using #SKetchbook Sunday!
Also keep an eye out I’ll be adding some new patterns  to my online portfolio shortly!

 

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Train journey doodles

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Butterfly wing sketches

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Visualisation

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Newish patterns

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Visualisations

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Sketchbook Peek 6

I’ve almost finished my floral project, which I’ve aptly titled “Darkly Dreaming Florals” in homage to Dexter (I love a little cultural reference).  I’m  now starting to pull together a geometric project, so I thought I’d share something a bit different, my development sketchbook.

I generally have two sketchbooks running along side each other for each project, one purely for sketching & the other for theme experimentation, ideas and digital development

At the moment the projects called “Slightly-African-textiles-inspired-geometrics“, not too catchy.

Feel free to chime in if you can think of an awesome project name

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Sketchbook GIF

I also did an interview with the wonderful Charlotte Rose about my creative process this week go check it out!

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Sketchbook Peek 5

Good morning, Happy Sunday!

I’ve had a bit of a flat week and haven’t gotten too much drawing done so I’ve added a couple of images from sketchbooks that are half filled and floating about my bedroom. It’s really fun to look back at your old sketchbooks to inspire yourself and see how much your style has changed.  My drawing style has changed this year, but it still feels like me (cheeese).

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I bought a water brush this week, I don’t know how I’ve never used one before, they are just amazing.

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My pops picked some daffodils & I couldn’t resist adding a little springtime to my sketchbook

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You may not realise this, but I really hated drawing flowers 6 months ago. Heres some floral drawings I did around November 2012

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I’ve been inspired by geometrics recently, here’s a lino print I made back in January at a print workshop (read about the workshop here if you missed it). I’m thinking of creating a digital version.

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I’ve completely  forgotten I  made this. It’s the early stages of a layout of a pattern I was creating. I love photocopying.

Sundays happens once a week, so does #SketcbookSunday.

I’d love to see your sketchbooks get involved on Twitter or Instagram with #SketchbookSunday remember to tweet them at me at @HayJayOh or @HeroHales

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Design Heroes: Laura-Kate Draws

It’s Design Hero time!  Click to see the first post on Surface pattern powerhouse Collier Campbell. This month I’m staying local  with Liverpool based whimsical illustrator extraordinaire Laura-Kate Draws.

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Jazz Cakes ©Laura-Kate-Draws

One cold December evening after volunteering at The Bluecoat I fumbled through a rack of prints and came across a print I loved. I was skint so I fumbled some more and found another print I loved! Drawn with a familiar hand turns out both prints happened to be created by Laura Kate Draws.

Laura has created a quirky world consisting of  Dalmatians on unicycles and spaced out Owls. I have a total crush on her style, imagination and I’m so inspired to start creating moreerm illustrative illustrations. Laura sells a load of products through Etsy and Folksy, I love her patterned mugs and greeting cards which are totally adorable.

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Super cute products ©Laura-Kate Draws

In my last Design Hero post I created a print in the style of Collier Campbell. I thought that was a fun exercise and a nice addition to the post so here is a little self(ie) portrait and a sneaky fox I’ve created inspired by Laura’s work

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Up to no good fox & a selfie portrait

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Surface Patttern Design Guide Feature

Exciting news! A magazine feature!

I’m really excited to share this news with you all!  I’m featured in Uppercase Magazine’s Surface Design Guide along with 99 other awesome pattern enthusiasts in Issue #21 out in April!

Uppercase is a creative, independent Magazine stocked all over the world, you can even pick up a copy from The Tate.

The ultimate cherry on the top though, is that this guide is only going to be distributed at Surtex! The Surtex show in NYC OMG! This is a  huge step in the right direction for me and Hay Jay Oh for awareness of my designs and opportunities

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One of my prints had a quick début in  the preview video for the guide, which is a fun little video with Uppercase’s top tips on “How to stand out in Surface Design.” My purple textured print is on your screen at 4:32 in the “Don’t be afraid” section

Of course a massive Thank you to Janine Vangool for including me in the feature. I love how Upppercase engage with the creative community and that the magazine is mostly made possible by its readers.

So Lovely readers, I have a special discount code for you which is good for $15 off the subscription price. Just use ‘USPDG2014’ at the checkout.

Subscribe to Uppercase

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Design Heroes: Collier Campbell

Founded in the sixties by the late Susan Collier and her sister Sarah Campbell. Collier Campbell created iconic prints for Liberty’s and many others. The brand lives producing products using  prints from their archive.

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Collier Campbell

2012 marked Collier Campbell’s  50th year anniversary, in celebration a retrospective of their work was published in what looks like a tomb of a design book! The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 Years of Passion in Pattern (Collier Campbell Collection) **

Collier Campbell are old school, their designs are all hand painted and I assume repeated by hand. I’ve got so much appreciation for the old textile print design techniques, I think I would be very unhappy  if CAD wasn’t around. Take a look at this lovely video of the surviving half of the Collier Campbell duo, Sarah Campbell, reminiscing about  the Collier Campbell journey.

Weirdly whilst scrolling through twitter yesterday I discovered that  Sarah Campbell, has a display on at The Fashion and Textile Museum, London. Great timing as I’m off on a rare London Jaunt tomorrow!

Inspired

At the moment I’m taking The Sellable Sketch E-course over at Pattern observer,  apparently I can’t get enough of E-course’s and communities.

One of the exercises during the first week of  Sellable Sketch was to copy your fave designer’s style. Obviously this was just for technique experimentation and to develop your own style, discovering what you like through the process.

Inspired by Collier Campbell brush strokes for the exercise I  attempted to recreate a couple of their signature prints. I realised half way through that I dislike waiting for paint to dry! I can’t promise such a treat every time I write about designers, but  in a Blue Peter style “Here’s one I did earlier!”

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Inspired by Collier Campbell’s hand painted designs

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Print & Pattern Guide: Artwork

I’ve put together a print & pattern walk-through mini -series so you can see how I start making a pattern, I’ll show you how I put things into repeat in the next part! If you love this print you can get it on phone cases, cushions, mugs, tote bags and other stuff through my Society6 shop

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From A to B

Inspiration & concept

I was inspired by a butterfly print I ‘d done as part of my Keka range, which has also been my home screen wallpaper for ages. I really like the concept of using butterfly wings and wanted to play around with it some more.

Originally the design had been sparked from randomly deciding to buy and photograph a bunch of butterfly wings and then putting them into a simple repeat. I wanted to develop the photo collage element from these prints and add a bit more sass, texture and photo manipulation.

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First experiment with butterfly wings and one of my Keka phone cases

Getting Started

I started with my favourite mono print from last month’s print workshop. Did you miss that post? Get the lowdown here. I got a load of butterfly wings and started moving them about the page to form some ideas.

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Doing it the traditional way first

Scanning made the wings look really weird and grainy so I took some hi-res macro photographs of the collection and started digitally placing and collaging them around my Photoshop canvas on top of the monoprint, which I’d scanned. The next thing I do when I’m creating a pattern is mess about with effects, scales and all sorts of other things I usually ended up with five to ten slightly different images to choose from. It probably took me about 3/4hours to get to my final image, a lot longer than this blog post makes it sound!

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A few developmental patterns

Sometimes I want to be able to whack out an artwork in an hour, but I’m experimental and I often create ten or so different versions before I even put an artwork into repeat.

Maybe I will do a screencast creating a repeat to show you guys my process? Would that be something you’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments.

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