I am very excited to announce details of a new book that Pavilion have just published! It is called House of Cards and is by Sarah Hamilton, the pioneer of the Just a Card campaign. The purpose of the book is to educate the reader about the history of greetings cards and give step by step guides in order to make your own cards, utilising a variety of print and production methods.
I was really happy to be asked to be the digital illustration contributor, and therefore have my very own chapter in the book! I write about my inspirations, my studio and then give a guide to go from thinking of your own card idea to finished design that you can then digitally print.
The book is available to buy from good shops as well as online here.
I am thrilled to have these bright coastal designs on napkins and dishcloths with a USA based company, whom I met at Surtex in New York last May. They are being distributed across the USA and Canada. I have lots of freelance work on at the moment but I need to find time to produce more new art in time to showcase at the show when I return with Jules to exhibit under the name The Pattern Social in May.
It’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog post, as there has been so much going on. Christmas seems to come and go very quickly these days, mainly because I tend to exhibit at Top Drawer in January, and there is lots of preparation to do for that. I’ve also been working on some new pieces of art for a licensing collaboration. I’ll write more about that when it launches but there’s a few pieces below.
I have also been working with local food company Whitby Seafoods. I created two pieces of art, designed to showcase the British manufacture of their products, with emphasis on their HQ in Whitby. It has been great to collaborate with another local business.
January also means the launch of new cards and licensed gift wrap and bags. I showcased my brand new ‘Colourful World’ range at Top Drawer earlier this week. The designs showcase my love of architecture, finished with a lovely shiny gold foil. I have been working with the lovely people at Deva Designs for 3 years now, and I am delighted to have some art on their 2017 product range, as seen below.
It will be 7 years this year since I graduated and I can’t believe where the time has gone! I exhibited at New Designers ‘One Year On’ in summer 2012, when my business was still in its early stages. I am thrilled to have contributed to their latest blog post which discusses the show and why it’s such a good opportunity for new designers to showcase their work to an exciting but competitive industry.
I recently headed to mainland Europe for the weekend to spend time with some friends. The four night trip saw us explore Ghent, Brugge and Amsterdam. It’s obvious from my portfolio of work that I love architecture, so it was a delight to see some inspirational buildings in every location I visited. A group of us booked an air Bnb in Ghent, which was beautifully decorated from top to bottom.
Our stylish Air bnb in Ghent.
A sunny day in Ghent
Brugge had some beautiful buildings, and there is an image of some of my favourites below.
The final was spent walking around the quaint streets of Amsterdam. I love the reflection of the buildings opposite in this shop window.
I came back to the studio feeling inspired and continued working on an architecturally themed card collection for 2017. It will launch at my next trade show (Top Drawer, stand Y46) in January and the designs will have a gold foil finish.
I was recently commissioned to create a black and white illustration for Bradleys jewellers. The company have numerous shops, but this piece was for their Northallerton store, which is relatively close to me in Yorkshire. I love drawing buildings so this was a nice little project!