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.
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
What do you think? Would you buy it?
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.
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
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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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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
I also did an interview with the wonderful Charlotte Rose about my creative process this week go check it out!
What have you been working on this week? I want to see it! Share with me on FB, Twitter & Intagram with #SketchbookSunday
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
#SketchbookSunday time again! I’ve been experimenting with inks this week and drawing some pretty orange flowers that I picked up. This week I’ve included some of the patterns I’ve created from some of my recent drawings.
Share your Sketchbooks with me on twitter @HayJayOh tag #SketchbookSunday
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’ve developed print designs this week and I’m still trying to think of a cute way to show same-y development pieces into Sketchbook Peek (watch this space)
So print development means it’s been a pretty digital week creatively, but Sketchbook Peek has spurred me to keep up the drawing habit. I’m still working on a floral theme so there’s some of that below and a quick train observation sketch page
I had some exciting news this week that I’ll be revealing soon so keep an eye out across my social networks!
Anyway, I know Daire over at Open Way Designs is joining in with #SketchbookSunday today. I’d love to see your sketchbooks, tweet your images to @Hayjayoh so I can see them and remember to tag #SketchbookSunday
I’m sure if you’ve been floating about the creative hotspots of the internet lately, you’ll have come across Gelliprinting. Gelliprinting is basically monoprinting using a “plate” made of Gelatine instead of a traditional glass or metal plate. I’m always looking for fun print things I can do at home without a press so I decided to have a bash at it
I picked up some Gelatine really cheaply at the supermarket and followed this recipe. I’d read that you should add 2 heaped tablespoons for every cup of water I was slightly short but it still worked. Eessentially, I had a tray of water with no clue what to do next! After a quick google I put it in the fridge for around an hour.
It’s so exciting seeing it become solid (oooh science), I watched this video and attempted to get my plate out of the tray. Let me tell you, watching a tutorial does not a master make! This part is so difficult for a newbie, this is what my plate looked like after I’d hacked it out of the tray. Terrible! Perhaps I didn’t leave it long enough to harden?
I managed to salvage some small pieces and had a play around with different techniques, I drew on the plate, masked bits off and coated the plate. Again Linda Germain’s blog is a massive resource full of tutorials and other goodies.
I did a load of textural prints and a few leaf drawings. I’ll probably have another go at Gelliprinting it’d be awesome to actually work on a full-sized plate.
Have you tried Gelliprinting? Let me know in the comments
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.
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!
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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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
I am a surface designer. I create hand drawn sketches and textures put them into Photoshop and digitally manipulate them. Somewhere along the line I fell in love with Photoshop and Illustrator
This is my way of working and it works, but at Art School I was much more experimental with image making. I’d paint with cardboard, manipulate paper and draw straight on to fabric just for the hell of it.
Now I’ve graduated I miss having the insane facilities that I had at uni. I feel a lot less experimental and a bit too digital these days. Too be less reliant on the same old mediums and techniques I’ve been going to a monthly print class where we explore different print making processes. The first session was Lino Printing and this months was Mono Printing, You can see my experiments from the Lino workshop here.
The classes run at my local artists studio space Hazlehurst Craft Studio. I became an associate member in December so I get to go and play around in the communal studio space whenever I like. Check them out if you’re local to the North West, they run loads of fun workshops.
I forgot to take pictures of the process, bad blogger! But basically Mono Printing is experimenting with a load of paint on a “plate”(a flat surface, perspex/metal) and then running it through a printing press with some paper on top. You can do all sorts of things and there’s always moments where your mind is a bit boggled about what will work and how to create what you’re trying to create.
The two print days that I’ve been at where filled with people with print experience so the style of the workshops has reflected that which has been great. The workshops are taught by Cathy Rounthwaite who encourages as much experimentation as much as possible.
I find my best and most interesting work always happens when I mix up hand rendered and digital stuff. In coming weeks I’ll be showing you how I use these hand done pieces to create tile-able digital prints and repeats for Fashion, Homewares and Interiors.
The motto of the story is that it’s really good to get out of digital and be messy! What are your thoughts? Do you feel experimental? Do you feel restricted if you just stick to one medium?
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?
This weekend I did a thing.
I engaged with textiles and the creative community in my small hometown.
Creative communities exist everywhere, who knew!
My degree and training is officially textiles but I am most comfortable using digital mediums I think this is because it is so easy to hit CMD+Z. I wish that existed in real life, le sigh. Also it is just so darn inconvenient and expensive to get fabric digitally printed to manipulate and work with, double whammy! So I label myself as a “digital print and surface designer” and I’m starting to dabble with research and “art”. see my writings on Practice based research.
Anyway I want to experiment with traditional printing methods more. I do actually find it really fun when I am focused and I love learning new art skills. So I attended a lino print workshop at Hazlehurst Studios on Saturday and boy was it fun! I found myself in complete silence carving away at my little piece of blue soft lino. We never actually had a taught lino workshop at uni but I had dabbled in it rather unsuccessfully a couple of times so it was useful to have a guiding hand.
The studio was really pretty and decked out for a Halloween studio opening; they even have a rentable printing press and boast the only highstreet wet plate photography studio in the UK, impressive.
I’ll probably go to some more print workshops, they are running a monthly series. I had a really fun day and it was good to do something messy and hands on rather than drawing on screen. But I will most probably state true to my vices and manipulate the pieces I created in Photoshop.
Lino prints on cartridge paper and fabric, October 2013