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.
Have you been doing arty things? Share them with #SketchbookSunday
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.
Have you been doing arty things? Share them with #SketchbookSunday
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?
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.
Have you been doing arty things? Share them with #SketchbookSunday
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
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.
Can you believe it’s March already!
Sharing my sketches again today, I bought a bouquet of flowers to draw from instead of just drawing from photographs. I really want to create some patterns from these drawings so watch this space!
Share your Sketchbook with me on twitter @Hayjayoh #SketchbookSunday
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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?
This week I’ve flitted around the internet, looking at amazing surface design blogs and thinking about my own surface design brand “HayJayOh”
Whilst being inspired (and slightly depressed) at the empires that other designers have created I realised that I’m not really putting my current work out there.
So I decided on Sunday in much haste, to grab the Bull by the horns and just upload a design to Society6. I know it’s not gunna make me a millionaire but it’s a step in the right direction and it’s fun to have your prints visualised for you.
Not really thinking about it I uploaded a tribal print from my archive and I figured it could be a test run and you know I would upload some other “better” designs when I got round to creating them. But a few people started “promoting” (liking) the design It hit me that this was exactly the kind of attitude that I should be avoiding and most of all why aren’t I taking advantage of the archive of prints which I’ve created over the last 4 years? Even selling one product is better than none at all
Whats the worst that could happen right?! this harks back to a time almost a year ago when I started really thinking and writing about just doing things instead of over-thinking them. you can read this post here
After sharing the link and pinning my new products I found the code for a widget, yippee another widget!
In the mean time I’ve come up with a fun little .gif of products and a tasty little “shop hayjayoh” image. Oh I also made one for my Keka range!
let me know what you think, check them out and maybe buy my stuff :)
The rest of my life depends on this interview and I need to get it and be successful and then I’ll be amazing and everyone will love me and I’ll be cool and that loveable rogue prince Harry will fall in love with me
This is an internship I’m not going to get paid in fact it will cost me a hell of a lot of money to work for this bug company. Sure it will look awesome on my CV, but so will writing a blog (kind of) or getting freelance gigs (even if they are from Gumtree) or volunteering with a local charity.
Creative opportunities are not just down in the big smoke! I say lets base more creative ventures outside of London. Wherever you are just start doing stuff. This is easier said than done and I should take my own advice and create my own awesomeness.
Rant over. Long live the north