This month is flying past at the usual ridiculous speed and another bank holiday weekend is upon us! I hope you’ve got something good planned, I’ve got my fingers crossed for some sunshine…
I’ve been pretty busy lately working away very quietly behind the scenes on a number of different things, including developing lots of new pattern collections for my portfolio which I hope to be able to show to you soon via a new section on my website, so stay tuned for updates!
It’s very easy in this job to spend all day at the computer, getting completely lost in the digital world of designing that I love so much – the hours seem to fly by. But this can take it’s toll on my neck and shoulders, and not to mention my eyes! So over the last few weeks, I’ve tried to keep more of a balance, mixing up my daily structure a bit more, taking time out away from my computer to walk Bertie and get some fresh air to clear my head. Or taking a few hours during the day to just sit and sketch.
Like most designers, I often find it hard to switch off at night and find that my brain is constantly running through ideas and things I need to do, but I’ve found something that seems to help me to wind down and chill out….drawing. Yep, you read that right, drawing. Very simple but effective. I can be found most evenings sat drawing and sketching in front of the TV. I don’t have to think about what I’m doing, I just doodle away, letting my mind tell my hand whatever it wants, just like I used to when I was little. I find it really therapeutic and relaxing!
So it’s fine to doodle but then comes the task of what to do with them next! I’ve previously been quite bad for drawing lots of motifs and designs, scanning them into my computer and then hitting a creative wall when trying to turn them into actual prints or patterns to use. I spend ages faffing about with them, struggling to decide whether what I’ve designed is actually any good anymore, resulting in a “park it for now and come back to it later” attitude…only “later” often doesn’t seem to arrive! I’m sure that I’m not alone with this and that many designers out there experience the same thing?! Or at least I hope they do! But lately I’ve tried to be a bit more decisive with my own work and actually believe that what I’ve drawn is a good idea and could become something great.
With that in mind, I decided to turn some recent doodles into something a little bit more….
There’s quite a baby boom happening within my friendship group at the moment and it seems to be having a bit of an influence on my design work! I’ve been drawing lots of icons and characters suitable for children’s prints and products, and area that I’ve never really looked at for my work before. One of my friends is obsessed with flamingos and you can’t help noticing them everywhere you look at the moment, they’re certainly quite a big trend! So as a gift for her new daughter, I decided to create a personalised print to go into her nursery, featuring a lovely little family of flamingos, her name and date of birth, along with “Hello Little One”. She was thrilled to bits with the print and it now hangs proudly in her little girls nursery.
This new “Hello Little One” print is now available to buy from my online shop as part of my lovely words art print collection. It’s available in two sizes and can be personalised at no extra cost. Please visit the product page to see all the prices, framing options and sizes available and feel free to contact me directly with any requests or enquiries.
Rather than stop at just an art print, I wanted to do more with these motifs and designs, so I decided to try and create a new collection of patterns that would sit together and compliment each other. Below is the brand new “Flamingo Love” collection of patterns that I’ve designed, along with a few mock ups of potential products to see how these designs could be used. I think the designs work quite well together and would be perfect for little girls, spreading across a wide variety of products for different age ranges, in both the clothing and homeware market.
I’d love to know what you think of the collection, feel free to comment below this post with your thoughts! Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to read my post, I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
Finally I’d just like to wish you all a wonderful and hopefully sunny Bank Holiday Weekend…have a good one every one!