Bags of style

This autumn has been busy; prepping for Christmas business and launching two new lines. Simultaneously I am producing customer orders and whenever I get 5 mins, trying to educate myself on the latest twists and turns of social media marketing. Not surprisingly the task I'm most drawn to is the most creative - developing new products.
I wanted to tackle my tote bag designs, they had real charm but had not been commercially successful, in part because they evolved from a home storage concept I'd dreamt up for my own home, and it wasn't easy to get the idea across on the pages of any web-shop, even my own.
I'd had great feedback on the images, so it was on my to-do list to revamp and relaunch as soon as possible. I ordered a huge range of different shapes and styles of canvas bags to try out, and picked the one I felt was best both aesthetically and practically. We all have lots of totes but some are our faves and we keep them with us all the time, others don't get used much at all. I wanted these to be in the former category.
I also wanted to experiment with more colour, and created a grainy textured looking ground which looked great printed on the canvas as a background to the sketchy imagery. The final colour combination has warmth and taste, it elevates the whole design.

 

Model chien.jpg
model parapluie.jpg
model Vélo.jpg
Model Fourre-tout.jpg
Posted on October 31, 2017 and filed under 2017.

Cool stuff to start

Much planning going on here- and lots of work on new designs. I like to mix it up, so a morning tussle with SEO is followed by big, bold sketches with a sharpie and my A3 spiral bound sketch pad in the studio. This drawing seems to be saying 'cheerio' to the old year and greeting 2017.
I'm not one for new years' resolutions but hoping for more live music, some travel and finally getting to grips with the garden this year.

Posted on January 6, 2017 and filed under 2017.

Country Living

It has been wonderful to see my cushions in the June edition of Country Living magazine. Mary Claire of Frank in Whitstable has a beautiful seaside bungalow which was featured in detail. She has an amazing eye, and it was no surprise to see her home decor is as well considered as her shop displays. Francine Raymond gave us the story of the bungalow & I loved to see my own work alongside such fabulous furniture and pottery in Catherine Gatwicke's photographs, styled by Hester Page.

Posted on May 11, 2015 and filed under 2016.

Folkestone Triennial Fringe

It was a lot of fun to create this shipping signal flag inspired bunting for the Triennial Fringe Hub. Situated on the harbour, and housed in a couple of souped up shipping containers, what could be more colourful and appropriate? The Triennial is also titled 'Look out'. The codes I selected read:

Affirmative,
I want to communicate with you,
Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals,
You are running into danger, and the slightly hilarious:
I am manoeuvering with difficulty.

Posted on September 17, 2014 and filed under 2016.

Frank

A drive to Whitstable on the north coast of Kent proved worthwhile last Friday. I met the hawk-eyed owner Mary Claire at Frank, who knows exactly what she's at with her design-led gift shop full of carefully collected objects, cards and prints. My cushions look right at home, my U-Sew-Me kits look smart, and scarfs are on their way. It was lovely to chat with another graphics/ typo/ colour enthusiast in the wonderful surroundings of Frank, and then to take a short stroll around Whitstables' impressive independent shops.

http://www.frankworks.eu/

Cushions on display at Frank.

Cushions on display at Frank.

Posted on November 25, 2013 and filed under 2016.

Poetry Collaboration

A wonderful poem and drawing of my son's, and an invitation to contribute to a poetry exhibition , coincided last week and I pulled the elements together in these two cushions. 

Drawing

Drawing

These cushions are a collaboration between me and my son. He wrote the poem and drew the bird as a piece of creative writing at school- it came home at the end of term among a bundle of work and it really stood out to me as something he'd enjoyed doing so well. Soon afterwards I was invited to contribute to this show and I realised it was a chance to do something more with this poem. The eagle drawing was almost a silhouette and ideal to make into a paper stencil screen print. I am making lots of cushions at the moment and I like the contrast of putting a bird of prey on to something intrinsically soft.

Screen printing offers many qualities including repeats, which is why there are two cushions with different treatments.

Cushion 1 & 2

Cushion 1 & 2

Posted on November 7, 2013 and filed under 2016.