Hi everyone. I’ve had such a lovely week’s holiday with my family and spending time playing with my niece and (brand new!) nephew. I will tell you all about them in a few days but for now I would like to tell you a little bit of what I’ve been up to.
I am involved with a fantastic group of Surface Pattern Designers, most of whom took part in the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls.
One of the members, Gill Eggleston of Pattern Addict, organised an EFUTO Envelope Project a number of weeks ago. (You can read my post about the EFUTO project here). She painstakingly compiled our EFUTO envelopes into a database entitled The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers.
It’s a fantastic idea and a one-stop shop for finding new design talent. Here is my entry, which can be found on page 51.
Take a peek through the database, here and see the talent that exists in this amazing group ♡
Hi everyone. I am very excited to be part of a collaboration with 11 other surface pattern designers to create a Free Calendar. The project was run by Majo of MuyMajoBV Designs and we each designed a month. Our unifying element was Pantone’s Spring 2013 Colour Palette.
Today you can download the month of January, designed by Majo herself.
I was given the month of November and my inspiration for the design was Movember and all the quirky moustaches that people have.
You can have a sneek peak at the other designs here, where you can also download a high res version of January.
Feel free to share with your friends.
Thank you Majo for including me in this fantastic collaboration ♡
NOTE – all downloads are for personal use only and cannot be used commercially. Please respect copyright of each individual designer. Thank you ♡
Hi everyone. Yesterday I got a lovely surprise in the post, all the way from Singapore. I am involved in an online design group and one of the members, Gill Eggleston came up with an EFUTO envelope idea for us to connect with each other. EFUTO is a Japanese picture envelope (e = picture, futo = envelope) and I received mine from the lovely Sylvia Tay of Sylvia Tay Designs.
Isn’t it gorgeous? I was so happy to receive it and it is lovely to connect with a fellow designer.
But that’s not all! Sylvia very kindly sent me a lovely gift inside.
How cute are these lovely Pochibukuro envelopes? They are just the cutest! The envelopes are used for money gifts to children on New Year’s Day and these ones are from Japan.
Thank you Sylvia for your wonderful envelope and gift. I will cherish it ♡
Hi everyone. Yesterday I was a very lucky girl and got a lovely surprise in the post. Nowadays with the slow death of letter-writing, it’s normal to only get bills and junk mail in the post. So as you can imagine my delight to get this lovely gift in the mail!
The sender was the lovely Jennie of JLW Illustration and she gave me a lovely keyring with her arrow design and a lovely notebook to fill with lots of new designs.
Thank you Jennie for this thoughtful gift. She gave me this as a thank you for helping her reach 500 followers on Twitter.
That’s how amazing it is to be part of a design community. Everyone helps each other out and supports each other. Sometimes we end up competing in the same competitions, but we still support each other and know there is enough work to go around for everyone. ♡
Hi everyone. Today I am featuring the exquisite work of illustrator and designer Louise Jenkins.
Louise is based in the countryside of Worcestershire, UK and is experienced in illustration, surface pattern and ceramics. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design for Industry and a MA in Industrial Design.
Since then she has been Senior Designer at Royal Worcester Porcelain where among other things created the successful Jamie Oliver ranges of cook, table and giftware.
Louise loves folk art, especially from Scandinavia. “I was brought up on the illustrations of Carl Larsson. There is a real fairytale beauty in the illustrations and I would stare at them for hours making up stories in my head.”
“Later whilst studying ceramics I fell in love with the work of Stig Lindberg, the Swedish artist and designer. His work shares the same love of folk traditions and life that Carl Larsson’s work did, but has a much more graphic feel to it.”
She marries these two styles by creating art “using traditional techniques of watercolour and gouache, but also has the strength of a more graphic image.”
Louise comes up with ideas for her work while walking around the local countryside lanes.
“I make up little stories in my head as I go along and when I get home I just need to release them. I don’t tend to use a sketchbook, sometimes I’ll use a layout pad, I’ll draw straight onto tracing paper. This way the image can be put easily onto the watercolour paper I have stretched waiting for me. On the more graphic pieces I just use gouache, but more recently I’ve enjoyed using watercolour washes to build up the image.”
Despite the graphic look of her work, Louise doesn’t use a computer. “I spent pretty much 10 years in a design job where I was glued to one and I wanted to get back to my roots. I’m much happier working this way and find it a much more natural process.”
Louise has recently started a fairytale series on her blog where you can follow the adventures of a Foxy Fairytale. Click here for this enchanting story with beautiful illustrations.
Hi everyone. Thank you for your patience. My Greeting Cards are now available to buy in my Etsy Shop.
Click on the picture below to go to my Etsy Shop. I will be adding more items soon.
Don’t forget to Like my Facebook page for an exclusive 20% discount (discounts found on the Welcome tab after liking Facebook page) ♡
Hi everyone. The amazing Orla Kiely has new Children’s Books out. The first one is called Creatures and it is just adorable. Her style translates so well to children’s patterns.
Tomorrow I will blog about her other new book, Shapes. ♡
Hi everyone. Today I was featured on fellow surface pattern designer, Jennie-Louise Whitham’s blog.
You can read the interview and feature here.
Thank you Jennie for this opportunity to reflect on my work and to think of my future. ♡
Hi everyone. I’m participating in the Passion 4 Pattern Bloghop this Sunday 16th September (starting at 8am but you can look at it anytime that day!). Come along to see some lovely designs from over 40 designers! ♡