This morning I hastily did some pizza base printmaking for a workshop with some children at The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight.
We created tins inspired by the Chinese collection in the gallery for Hazlehurst’s current community project, Old Town Bloom, Have a read about it.
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).
I bought a water brush this week, I don’t know how I’ve never used one before, they are just amazing.
My pops picked some daffodils & I couldn’t resist adding a little springtime to my sketchbook
You may not realise this, but I really hated drawing flowers 6 months ago. Heres some floral drawings I did around November 2012
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.
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.
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.
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 more…erm illustrative illustrations. Laura sells a load of products through Etsy and Folksy, I love her patterned mugs and greeting cards which are totally adorable.
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
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
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.
I volunteer at one of the most historic galleries in Liverpool, The Bluecoat. It is an early 18th century building that has a long history of housing artists and enabling creativity. I volunteer with the participation team, mainly with The Blue Room Project a service that helps adults with learning disabilities respond to current exhibitions & events at The Bluecoat. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have noticed me putting a lot of Bluecoat related stuff out there into the internet recently and quite possibly looking like I never leave the place. But that’s not just because it’s a great organisation which you should totally visit, there’s been loads of things going on. I thought I would give you a bit of context and maybe encourage you to get involved and volunteer with a local charity
Thursday 30th: Blue Room Thursday is my day with the Blue Room group, we were making props for a Stig of the Dump Read-a-thon event being held at The Bluecoat. I lead Team Camp Fire! I got our small team into the garden and we collected branches for our faux fire
Friday 31st: Art Valley Celebration On Friday I helped with finishing touches of The Art Valley exhibition which involved running about, moving stuff and taping wires down. I also got to run a craft table were we created sand paintings of flowers and leaves inspired by the current exhibition, Soft Estates. We had a lot of keen children who wanted to play with the sand, I’ve no idea how this happened but I’m still finding sand in my hair and bed?!
Saturday 1st: Stig of the Dump Read-a-thon Being an all round good egg I offered to help set up the props for The Stig of The Dump Read-a-thon. My friend Anna had organized the event so I stayed to help manage the readers and to persuade people to read. I was in my element, the set looked awesome, we were busy and I was mega sad when we had to take the set down but we got to leave some home-made cabbage printed bunting and milk jug flower planters up in The Hub!
Thursday 6th: Blue Room & Exhibition Launch I had a lovely day with The Blue Room supporting members to create animal sculptures for an animation we’ll be making soon. I worked one-on-one with two of the members at various part of the day to create a textile art movable robin and a wire & newspaper chicken that kept falling over. It was also the launch of the groups exhibition, the group had invited their parents, support workers and friends to come along to see their work. We headed over to The Bistro for cake & tea and to peruse the exhibition which everyone loved.
Last week I found out about the “Tropical Fusion” blog hop for Surface Pattern Designers, It ran over the weekend and I was seriously bummed that I missed out. I am always too late to be part of these things so I’m keeping my eyes peeled in future!
The blog hop was hosted by Mary Tanana (head over to her blog she has a mighty list of the designers involved in the blog hop.) As the name suggests the theme was Tropical and colour stories were based on Pantone’s 2014 colour of the year: Radiant Orchid.
I put together a little mood board for Radiant Orchid, the background is one of my pattern designs which I’ve coloured up in said colour of the yearSource//Source//Source ♥Follow me on Pinterest♥
A lot of the bloggers are new to me so I’ve had lots of fun reading though their blogs this week! below are some of my favourite designs from the blog hop.
I could stare at this for hours. It’s so intricate it reminds me of African tribal batik fabrics – Jaguarana by Tina Olsson/FYLLAYTA.
Pineapples are so playful and cute I totally want a tote with this on – Onneke van Waardenburg
These floral drawings are so intricate, I need to learn how to draw like that in Illustrator. The depth created by using both Photoshop & Illustrator reminds me of camouflage. Trina has also written a detailed blog post that I enjoyed reading through – Trina Esquivelzeta/Surface Hug
Nika’s design feels very current and I could totally see this on the British High Street at the moment, feels like something you’d see on Mindy Kaling in an episode of The Mindy Project – Tropika by Nika Martinez
Parts of Sherry London‘s design look totally hand painted but they are all digital produced.
Congrats to all the designers involved there was such variety to choose from and I noticed a lot of Keka Designers in the mix. Go Team KEKA!
What do you think about colour of the year? Will you be influenced to buy anything Purple? Is it just clever marketing from Pantone?
Sunday was my first day volunteering at The Bluecoat in Liverpool spending 20 minutes in each gallery space, lets you fully absorb the exhibition and create a personal connection with the pieces. I did however spend my first hour inflating a 30ft Felix the cat and speaking with a photographer (probably really established and terribly intimidating) in the most intimate satanic space I’ve ever been in.
The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things – an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey runs till April so I imagine I will form various opinions on the collection as my brain occupies itself and makes patterns, here is a collection of my first impressions no doubt I will write some more in the upcoming weeks.
Felix the cat (2013) is almighty in stature and formidable, People wandered in unexpectedly their reactions ranged from laughter to bewilderment.
an elderly lady with a Zimmer frame, who probably had the most contextual reference and memories for Felix, burst into hysterical laughter and a toddler who was just in complete awe of Felix. Spending 40 minutes with Felix I also decided it’d be an awesome locale for a somewhat trippy Harlem Shake video (if anyone has seen one that is actually funny, send me a link)