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. It also gives step by step guides in order to make your own cards. It covers utilising a variety of print and production methods.
Jakki Brown, editor of Progressive Greetings Magazine, organiser of PG and all round lovely person opens the book with a history of greetings cards. The book has various chapters, including one about licensing artwork, which can be a lucrative way of making money through art and design. I have done a lot of licensing over the last 5 years so was happy to contribute to this chapter.
It was an honour to be asked to be the digital illustration contributor, and therefore have my very own section in the book! I talk about my inspirations as a designer, as well as my studio. My chapter shows you how to go from thinking of your own card idea to finished design. The idea is that your final artwork is digitally printed. I include instructions on creating a drawing you want to colour and print by hand. I then give an in-depth step by step guide to vectorizing and colouring the art in Adobe Illustrator.
There are ten step by step chapters in total, and other methods of creating art include paper cutting and screen printing.
Where to Purchase House of Cards
The book is available to buy from good shops including Waterstones as well as online here.
You can find details of where to purchase my own range of cards here.
I am thrilled to have these bright coastal designs appear on kitchen textiles. I collaborated with a USA based company, whom I met at Surtex in New York last May. The art is available on dishcloths and napkins. They are being distributed across the USA and Canada. I have lots of freelance work on at the moment which is great! However, I do to find time to produce more new art in time to showcase at the show. I will return to New York with Jules in May to exhibit under the name The Pattern Social in May.
Would you like to collaborate?
If you are a potential client looking to license or commission new artwork, please head to my design portfolio page.
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.