When a good friend suggested I help him out on a special Record Store Day vinyl release my first reaction was “no way, it’ll be too expensive, it’ll go wrong, etc etc.” Then I saw sense and decided to try it out, printing on paper for the first time in over 10 years. I’m so glad I took on the challenge because I think they came out rather well. It took 2 days to complete the limited edition run of Torridon Gate by Howlround and it took even less time to completely sell out! Hopefully this will lead the way to some more exciting collaborations and commissions. A big thanks to Jonny for the excellent studio photos!
This Easter Sunday from 10 – 4pm I will be having my first ever stall at the West Norwood Feast Market. I’ve been having some fun with the branding side of running a tiny little business. In the past I made the mistake of turning up with a just dusty cloth and a pocketful of change. This time i’m making sure i’ve got a logo, banners, tags, business cards, fun little accessories and nicely printed price tags too. I ordered a stamp to personalise some tags and have had few trips to Tiger, my new favourite shop. So if you live in the South London area do pop along and say hello. I’ll be selling my full range of hand printed purses, bags and cushions.
Every so I often I come across a design or illustration that sends me into an enthusiastic frenzy. This happened again last week when I discovered the amazing IKONIK series by a Norwegian duo who call themselves Darling Clementine. I completely love everything about this series. The shapes look like rough paper cut-outs and the use of the same 3 or 4 colours is just really inspiring. This work is so close the the kind of designs I’m working towards. If you look at my previous post you’ll see how the colours i’ve been using are rather similar. Take a look at their full range on the Darling Clementine website.
Lately i’ve been working on some repeat patterns for a notebook cover and have been playing around with layouts and colour combinations. It’s really tough when designing to make decisions and stick to them; it’s very tempting to add too much of everything. The other day I bought a cupcake from Crumbs and Doilies and the packaging it came in gave me a great idea. I took the design I was working on, spaced everything out and make objects a lot smaller. I’m super pleased with the result, it’s amazing how a bit of space can change the feel of a pattern. I can see this working on wrapping paper, a t-shirt or notebook.
My print of the week is a pretty special one because it involves two of my favourite textile artists. Last year Sanna Annukka created some designs for Marimekko for their Autumn Winter collection. I noticed them in the Boxpark pop-up shop a few months ago and they made me a bit short of breath. Sanna has a distinct style, using folk art with strong modern colours to create stunning designs. The range she has made for Marimekko are playful, bold and daring. I am completely in ore. Her use of colours are really inspiring, especially as I find myself using the same colours over and over again. Visit the Marimekko website for the full range or if you live in London check out the Boxpark Shop near Shoreditch st.
For the last few months I have been endlessly trying to get some good product shots of these bags and cushions. I’ve bought white paper, moved furniture about and have generally been making a mess with absolute zero success. I started thinking about finding a good outside location to take these shots. I then remembered that the front door to our flat his a lovely shiny black colour so I thought it give it a wipe down and test it out. I’m pretty pleased with the results, it’s a very handy and cheap alternative to hiring a studio. These tote bags are all hand screenprinted onto thick cotton and are available from my etsy shop at a bargain price!
I decided to enter the ohhdeer.com pillow fight competition this year to challenge myself. I chose the strawberry design I printed a few months ago as it’s quite simple and colourful. People vote by liking each design via the facebook/twitter links on the website. Unbelievably I managed to reach the top 6 “most viral” on Saturday and the Black Berry design now has 66 likes and two sales! I’d love to know who bought these to see some pictures! If you would like to vote for my designs follow the links below and click the Facebook “like” button. Thank you!
This weeks Print of the Week goes to Paul Rand. You may not recognise his name but you would certainly have seen his work as he designed the famous IBM and the UPS logo. I love his early book covers from the 1950’s but this design is my absolute favourite. This was originally a photogram that was used for his book Thoughts on Design and printed onto fabric. I love these colours and might try that combination out myself!
Mike Joyce is a designer from New York who has had the clever idea of re-designing old punk/indie band posters using a slick Swiss Modernist style. He uses the same Akzidenz Grotesk font throughout his series and has managed to create a collection of charming, playful and beautifully minimal designs.
I actually wrote about these posters about 2 years ago but his work seems even more relevant to me now that i’m screen printing and designing patterns. These pieces are very inspiring and remind me of the Ogami notebooks featured here a few weeks ago. Some of these designs below seem to reflect the direction my work is taking at the moment. I’ve always dreamed about owning a swanky loft apartment by the Thames with a few of these posters on the wall. I haven’t quite fulfilled that dream but I have finally ordered the book which includes an impressive 200 posters. You can visit his personal site at swissted.