Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's day USA Promo Vida.

Just let you know Vida are running a special promo for mother's day use the promo code MOMSRULE  for free shipping in the US only until 10th of May 2015. 

From my desk this week - A journey

Hello from my desk this week. Look above here is my final submission for the April gallery at Lilla's design school assignment boot camp. The gallery is now open so check out the link here to find out a little more about the Global Art Gathering and the cool poster designs everyone came up with  here
Look below my creative journey making this piece. I have to say this was the toughest assignments I have done to date at Boot Camp. I am not sure if it was because there was a prize involved with the submission putting on the pressure. The lack of creative time with looking after Rocket during the school holidays and not having enough play time with my creative work. Or was it just thinking more in a graphic way. My roots are in pattern design so Yes! I had a hard time trying to really convey a message rather than something decorative applied to an object.
I enjoyed creating the illustrative elements and even trying out hand lettering. I had  many quick sketch layouts as you can see below by no means perfect drawings. When I have a flood of ideas my sketchbook and pen are like a printer connected to my brain.  The images have to come out in note form on the page. Anyway I thought I would share the behind the scenes with my sketch books and layouts for the poster (I ended up with about 20 different layouts) No wonder I went a bit bannas on this project.
In the end for me I wasn't so concerned about winning a prize but just rising to the challenge and getting my piece finished and in the gallery.Taking note of the whole experience. I soon discovered it was also a hard assignment for fellow boot campers. I guess as creative and working to briefs we can all go through those feelings of self doubt and but then happiness in pushing though new boundaries.

Have a lovely weekend. X X

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Add fun to your year

Here she is Miss Taurus getting ready to dance through the flowers of May. Another calendar page to brighten up your home or office. Enjoy : )

Friday, April 17, 2015

From my desk this week - New Territory

Hello blog and hello desk....It's been a while. The school holidays are finished this week but it doesn't mean I have been idle. I have been having a few afternoon art sessions with Rocket so we had fun creating art together.  All a ploy to I have a chance to dip into my sketch book and catch up on projects.(crafty mama)
Here are a few projects I have been working on during the holidays and this week.
Lilla's boot camp studio school has had a break in March and back this April with a cool brief and it's very exciting. The brief is to design a poster and postcard for The Global Art Gathering in Brighton in the UK. One lucky boot camper will have their design published,paid for and a portfolio session with Lilla which is pretty neat.
If your interested in going to this event check out the details on the shiny new website MAKE ART THAT SELLS.  It's a chance for creative artists and designers to meet up and get inspired to make art that sells.
As I work on each brief at boot camp there is always something new for me, a new challenge to take on. This current project is about lettering. New territory for me. I have always avoided graphics and technical layouts with the mind set ( I can't do this). This is my first time creating hand drawn lettering. I love it.. I used the little booklet about hand lettering from the current copy of Flow Magazine. I worked through the exercise and it really helped me just loosen up and break those mental barriers I had about graphic hand lettering. Designing this poster dose feel like jigsaw puzzle. So trying not feel overwhelmed I am just working through piece by piece . Show and tell next week. I think so far this is my take away from boot camp this week working through bit by bit and being open minded and surprise yourself.

Here are a few sketch book peaks of my lettering I have created this week.


Interested in The Global Art Gathering then check it out below.

More new territory was about creating stamp designs. Have you seen the current submission at Upper case magazine? Put a stamp your on it. There still a few days left of your would like to have a go. 

My stamp was inspired by the qualities of vintage stamps from the 60's and 70's. In particular stamps celebrating the space race and travel. I really loved the simple layouts and overlay of colours and texture. Also the print quality on the paper. I couldn’t decide on a country so I thought it would be fun to make a stamp for the future. When one day we might travel and live on other planets. I decided on a universal stamp for Planet Earth.
Here are my two new territories I explored this week. Are you going try some new territories with your creative work next week?
Enjoy the weekend. X X

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

It's Here - The Surface Pattern Guide book Volume 1

I am excited to share the ‘The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook – Volume 1′ – an amazing collection of designs curated from the Make it in Design Summer School 2014!
Last year I took part  in the Make it in Design summer school and was very lucky to have my work selected for their new publication  Surface pattern guide.  Thank you so much Make it in design for showcasing my work in the water Rays section.
Take a look at the amazing work of all the students from all corners of the globe on issuu.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Add fun to your year

It's nearly April  and time for a new calendar girl for the month. Here she is Aries dancing with her sheep like Bo Peep. Happy birthday Aries have a great birthday month. Time for a Spring break as the School holidays approach so see you back here in a week or so.

Friday, March 20, 2015

From my desk this week- Art Licensing Show

I am super excited to announce that the Art Licensing Show website will have it's grand opening on Monday the 23rd of March

Below are some pieces I made for the grand celebratory opening as you can see my little characters are excited and ready to strut their stuff in front of art directors from around the world. Hopefully find a home on some products very soon.

The Art Licensing show website is a safe environment to show your art licensing portfolio to art directors from around the world. A way to connect and share your collection in an on line environment. Meet other industry experts and connect with artists and share your views in different groups in your  chosen field.  There is a diverse mix of artwork  on the site so many creations to find in one place and similar to walking a trade show but access that is 24/7.

Find out more about the site here

Art directors can sign up here

Have a great weekend X X

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Mother's day.

It's Mother's day in the UK here. So happy mother's day to all the Mamas today I hope your having a great day. X X