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.
Last week I ventured back into the studio with a bunch of new fabric that i’ve sourced from a lovely place up north. I decided to try overlaying two colours on a large scale to see if it would look good. The day started of really badly with a few terrible prints and an exposed screen that just disintegrated when I washed it. I kept at it though and after 3 hours of faffing and moaning I managed to get my first colour down.
Once I started on the second colour I lifted up the screen and was so chuffed with the results I actually cried! It was the first time I’d printed something that is 90% perfect (minus a few image glitches here and there.)
I have to say the new fabric i’m using is just gorgeous to print on and at half the price of my regular fabric. All this hard work is starting to pay off! I’ll probably make some tote bags from this and am designing some printed tags to go with them.
There are certain designers and printers that never fail to inspire me and Lula and Luca is one of them. It’s just one woman whose textiles are screen-printed and hand sewn into cushions and bags. I popped along to this months Crafty Fox Market in Brixton, saw her stall in the corner and bagged myself one of her large purses. It even inspired me to make some larger purses of my own which means I can use some offcuts of my bigger patterns designs.
Moo.com are having a sale which ends tonight. I rushed home from work and tried my best to pull out a half decent business card design. I’m not naturally good at layout even though I was great at this at college. Anyway bish bash bosh, here is my design. I got it just it time for the discount.
In between screen printing and designing patterns I have a serious obsession with beautiful stationery. That includes everything from notebooks, pencils, rubbers, diaries, pens, paper, did I mention notebooks? I’ve usually got about 3 notebooks on the go at once and I use them for writing down ideas, lists, doodles, reminders, pretty much everything. There are so many beautiful designs out there that I thought i’d start sharing a few. Today I discovered the “quotes collection” by a company called Ogami. These designs remind me of the Swissted posters I featured a few years ago. They have inspired me to create a range of my own. You can buy them from origin68.com for just a few pounds.
The last printing session was such a success. This was the first time I was able to print a large run in different colours with minimal problems. I managed yellow, blue and pink. I’ve now sewn them all into tote bags and am chuffed to bits. I’ve overlocked the inside seam so the edges don’t fray and have tested one out with all my heavy shopping and they take the weight. I’m now thinking of making larger purses in bright neon colours with a black zip for a really bold look.
I’ve also been working on some new designs as i’m desperate to print something different. Here are some fun strawberry patterns i’ve been working on. I can just see these working as a two colour print (oh lord!) and really large so each strawberry will measure about 5 or 6cm.
These paper boxes are perfect for organising all your small items like beads, bobbins, buttons, and light bulbs. They fit perfectly into small draws, making everything perfectly neat and tidy.
I’m going to show you how to make them. It takes a while to master this but once you’ve practised on scrap paper a few times you should get the hang of it. Then you can start having some real fun with different papers. Here you can see I’ve used magazines and old envelopes. In this example I’ve chosen some scrap Christmas paper and customised it with some stripes out of the sticky tape bought from Slanchogled.
You will need:
1. A 25cm square, this will make a 6cm box. Ruler and a pencil.
2. Fold your sheet in half so you have a nice crisp fold along the center.
3. Take the corners of your square and fold them in to the centre. You can see here my box is going to be stripy with the snowflake pattern on the inside.
4. Now you need to measure this square in thirds and fold along the lines.
5. Make sure you make these creases nice and sharp – it will help you later on.
6. Open your square and rotate 90 degrees and repeat step 4.
7. When you open this up you should have a 9 square grid.
8. Now open two opposite flaps.
9. This is the tricky bit. Take the top right square and fold it into the middle. Sealing down the creases as you go. Repeat this on the other side.
10. What you should have is a flap at the top like the image below. Fold this flap all the way over.
Repeat step 9 and 10 for the other side.
And there you have it, a cute little box. It took me quite a few tests but it’s worth it!