Monday, 30 July 2012

Sketchbook Peeks - Briony Jose

Before we start, tell us a little about yourself/how did you get into art/craft/design career and how it all started and where you are now
Hello, My name’s Briony jose. I’m a 20 year old illustration student going into my final year at Glyndwr university in September. I’m a tea obsessed, charity shop loving country bumpkin with too many cameras and not enough dogs. I started drawing from as far back as I can remember, both my grandparents were watercolour painters and encouraged me from an early age to paint and draw. I doodled constantly and never though of turning these doodles into anything till really my final year in school where I took the chance and applied for art school! I’m currently trying to fit in creating products and finishing my degree.

How long have you been using sketchbooks?
Sketchbooks have always been my main idea writing, doodling and sketching place. The poor things are carried, dropped and generally battered as I slowly fill them with junk.

How often do you sketch?
I try and sketch everyday, I say try as sometimes work or general artist block prevents me from doing so. But in general I will say everyday.

How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook?
The prospect of a new sketchbook, Crikey! Well, too me this always used to be the worst part of a sketchbook. I’d find or now a days make myself a sketchbook think up a really lovely starting page and within 5 minutes completely ruin it. So I try not to think of it as a new sketchbook, more just paper that needs filling. Definitely binding my own sketchbooks has helped to get over that panic filled fear that comes with the new sketchbook.

When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages?
Inspiration with me always seems to come at the most inappropriate of times. When it’s quiet at work seems too of become a new favourite time for inspiration to show its face. So I know have ridiculous amounts of paper in my pockets from scribbling ideas. But if I chose when I got inspired, somewhere in the country on a lovely walk with my dogs surrounded by flowers…also the sun helps!

How would you describe your creative process?
Not a process, I just draw. I don’t really have a specific way of developing anything, I just do unintentionally this drives my university tutors mental! Ha.

Have your sketchbooks evolved over the years and if so, how? I think I’ve become less neat, I used to be very careful and abit ocd about how I drew in my sketchbook I liked it to look tidy and clean. However I think now I’m becoming more haphazard I have little splashes of watercolour and smudge marks with a mass of little sentences of ideas placed around them.

What is your favourite medium to work with? I tend to work with watercolour, pencil and either a 0.05 or 0.1 fineliner. I’m trying to use digital to clean things up abit more, however me and photoshop are still yet to of become friends. I’m much more a traditional person.

Do you have a favourite sketchbook? A recent a4 sketchbook I binded myself and covered with a lovely flowery fabric has become my new love, just because when I book bind I feel more attached to the sketchbook.

If you had to pick one favourite page which would it be and why? One favourite page, oh really? Well I’m far to critical of my own work to choose just one page. I have a few I like but don’t like enough to be a favourite. Right okay this page from sketches I did for a university project. I very rarely just sketch in pencil, but I really like the character that came from the sketches so that is my reason.

Many thanks to Briony for taking part in Sketchbook Peeks. If you would like to find out more about her and her work you can find her here on Facebook, her gorgeous blog is here, one of her shops is here, and you can follow her on twitter here 

Friday, 27 July 2012

but where has the sun gone?

my newest print which I was working on yesterday in the studio. This new collection seems to be coming together well, I just need a name for the range... any suggestions??

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Ways with words

I've been super busy over this last week. Since getting over my horrible cold and cough I've been raring to go and have been in the studio most days over the weekend with ideas and work flowing quite freely. I'm making the most of it and just enjoying the process of seeing my ideas from the past few months coming together in a cohesive way.  I always wanted to use the summer months to produce some new work without the distraction of trade shows and orders and it has been great to have some quality time to do that.

So this new work is taking a step away from the birds and trees and houses, and is focusing more on words, (although the birds do put in an appearance now and again!) and the sentiments behind quotes, sayings and phrases. As well as working on this there is also a lot going on behind the scenes as I'm developing a new range of kitchen ware, so watch this space for that, it's coming soon... All very exciting.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Featuring - LouisestArt

I've made another new discovery this week on Etsy, and I really wanted to share the beautiful work of Louise Van Terheijden, from The Netherlands. I don't know what it is about her watercolours but I do know that when I saw this one above, called Open Up, I just knew I havd to check out Louise's other work.

Louise describes her work quite aptly as Colourful, Transparent and Poetic, and I think this sums it up perfectly. The carefully chosen colours are relaxing and peaceful and all are inspired by the beauty of nature.
All of the pieces you can find in her Etsy shop she created in her own studio using the best quality paints, inks and papers. I think one of her originals or prints would look just divine in any room in my house.... (longing sigh....)  They remind me of the organic pebble forms on the beaches I love to visit

If you would like to find out more about Louise you can visit her shop here . You can contact her via her Etsy shop if you are interested in commissions or just want to say hi. Louise is also on Facebook which you can find here

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

sneak peek

I couldn't wait to show you what I was working on yesterday, I've added five new prints to my collection, they will be available in A4 (mount size 14x11inches) at first and will be limited edition of 100. I just need to get my arse into gear and get my poor megalected shop updated... More details on Friday.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Sketchbook Peeks - Sarah May Rogers

Before we start, tell us a little about yourself/how did you get into art/craft/design career and how it all started and where you are now
After a year of studying Fine Art at university I realised the course wasn’t satisfying me and I switched to Ceramics & Glass as I was drawn to the medium of glass. Much to my surprise, I found glass a difficult and frustrating material and discovered a passion for working with clay. My love for this wonderful, versatile and tactile material continues and I now run my own ceramics studio, constantly experimenting and discovering new ways that I can work with it.

How long have you been using sketchbooks?
Since I was a child. There’s something lovely about a book made up of images, that holds your visual thoughts together, keeping them safe.

How often do you sketch?
At least a few times a week. The ceramic process takes time and often requires a great deal of patience. I love the immediacy of sketching and use it to get a spontaneous creative fix!

How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook? The emptiness of the pages can be a bit daunting, but I try to remind myself that this is for me, no-one else needs to see it, so I can draw whatever I want, make mistakes and do some rubbish work and it doesn’t matter!

When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages?
I tend to sketch abstract doodles and scribbles. The inspiration usually comes from whatever I am feeling at the time. I tend to draw without thinking about the end result, just put pencil/pen etc to paper and see what happens.

How would you describe your creative process?
 A constant evolving and exploring of ideas.

Have your sketchbooks evolved over the years and if so, how?
I think they’re freer now. Also, they’re bigger!

What is your favourite medium to work with?
In a sketchbook, either pencil or oddly enough, biro. Clay allows me to draw in three-dimensions.

Do you have a favourite sketchbook?
I like my square one that is full of things that I’ve stuck in and charts a period of my life in which my creativity grew in confidence.

If you had to pick one favourite page which would it be and why?
At the moment, my abstract ‘mess’ done with acrylics and pens. I like the aesthetic of the dark colours disappearing behind the white paint.
Thanks to Sarah for taking part in Sketchbook Peeks. If you would like to find out amore about Sarah and her work you can check out her website here, follow her on Facebook here, and follow her on Twitter here.

Friday, 20 July 2012

historic inspiration

Last week we braved the British weather and headed off to Nofolk for a week in our caravan. We'd had it booked since the beginning of the year and my parents were coming with us so needless to say we were really looking forward to a week of our usual 'lucky' sunshine chilling out next to our van, walking during the days and long summery evenings drinking wine and eating bbq'd food.... If only the jet stream was where it should have been....

We got our fair share of rain but managed to get out and about most days, one such outing being to Felbrigg Hall  where we explored the beautiful gardens, ate our picnic then visited the lovely old house, very reminiscent of Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs. I came across these gorgeous old vessels in the kitchen, an amazing high ceilinged room full of pots, pans, and old fashioned kitchen paraphernalia, which would have been a hive of activity in years gone by. This gave me lots of inspiration for my 'Vessels' range which is still floating around somewhere in my mind.

It's been a funny old week, I've been poorly all week, my Dad was admitted to hospital at the end of the holiday (and is now recovering back at home thankfully). I just hope everything settles back down to the normal equilibrium over the weekend as I want to be feeling fighting fit for next week, when I have my next mentoring meeting with Debbie, and lots of exciting things to be tackling at work. As I've been out of action I also have lots of catching up to do so I'd better go and get on with it.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Featuring - Guiliana Lazzerini of The BlueBird Gallery

I can't help it.... I know... trees, birds, hearts, love.... are my featuring selections becoming too predictable? But I just really like this subject matter and am always amazed at the different representations I find whilst browsing Etsy looking for new talent to feature on my weekly slot.

So this week, it's the turn of Tuscan-born Guiliana Lazzerini from The BlueBird Gallery. Guiliana studied at The Istituto D'Arte Stagio Stagi in Pietrasanta where she gained her Masters in Art and then went on to study painting for four years at The Accademia Di Belle Arti in Carrara. She is inspired by her childhood experiences in Tuscany, where she spent much of my time in my father's mosaic studio (I'm not jealous at all!!). Here she discovered a passion for colour and geometry.

After graduating she moved to the U.K. where her work became also inspired by the natural world and the British landscape working in various mediums such as Painting and print making (Linocuts, Etchings and Monotypes). I have always loved lino cut printing but have never been able to capture my images as cleanly as Guiliana does, she is definitely an expert in the medium! She is now based in York.

Her work has been exhibited widely including Solo Exhibitions in Rome, Florence, Milan, London,Glasgow, Leeds & Michigan,U.S.A and has been published for clients including IKEA, WH SMITHS, WATERSTONES, KORSCH VERLAG & HIBELL ART

If you want to find out more about this talented lady then you can go and check out her website here or you can visit her Etsy shop if you are fancying dipping your hand into your pockets to buy one her pieces, It's right here  

Monday, 16 July 2012

Sketchbook Peeks - Anne Menary

Before we start, tell us a little about yourself/how did you get into art/craft/design career and how it all started and where you are now I always wanted to go to Art College as I have always loved art and textiles. I did a degree in Embroidery then followed up with a post grad teaching course. I have worked in Adult Education ever since which I still do alongside my own artistic career.

How long have you been using sketchbooks? I have always used sketchbooks to a certain degree but a number of years ago I started developing my own way of generating ideas for my textiles through them. I always do a ‘holiday sketchbook’ (and am itching to get going later this summer!) alongside the ones I keep all the time.

How often do you sketch? Well it’s not really sketching as such though there is a fair amount of scribble. I mostly combine quick drawing and paint with paper collage.

How do you feel about the prospect of starting a new sketchbook? I love starting a new sketchbook although the first thing to do is replace the pristine white paper with a messy paint technique on the first page.

When/where do you get your inspiration for your sketchbook pages? I am inspired by things that happen around me and mix up scientific ideas with artistic developments and events in my own life and elsewhere. I like clashes of ideas and the general absurdity that arises from them.

How would you describe your creative process? I cut out snippets from the newspaper, magazines and things I want to keep such as tickets, cards, postcards etc. I arrange them on a page which I have coloured using various watercolour and scribble techniques. Then I add text, information and scribbly drawings. The pages vary between being mostly written information to a fully realised collage design. I don’t know in advance what the outcome will be.

Have your sketchbooks evolved over the years and if so, how? They have become far more integral to the textile work I do as they are where the ideas are formed. They continued evolving when I taught Creative Sketchbook courses as it is important for other people to feel they can keep sketchbooks as well.

What is your favourite medium to work with? I like using quite humble materials, especially water soluble pastels. I also like to cut up seemingly uninteresting magazines. I do think it is important to have a sketchbook with reasonably good paper such as Pink Pig, Daler-Rowney, Windsor and Newton, WH Smith Cheap sketchbooks with thin paper do not work well with watercolour.

Do you have a favourite sketchbook? At the moment it is the sketchbook I did in Italy last year because it reminds me so much of my holiday.

If you had to pick one favourite page which would it be and why? I will pick a page from the Italy sketchbook (Firenze) though I do have many favourites!

I'd like to say thanks to Anne for taking part in the Sketchbook Peeks series, I bet you've all enjoyed seeing her sketchbook pages and how the inital sketches are transformed into her lovely textile works of art. If you would like to see more of her work you can check out her website here

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Featuring - Jessica Rose

Now this weeks' feature has lots of things I just love. To start with, caravans!! You might know a couple of years ago we bought our first caravan.... we were avid tent-campers but with the crappy British weather over here we were finding we just weren't able to get out very much, due to rain, wind, and punctured air-beds, I knew that a caravan was the only answer. My husband took a bit of persuading as at first he thought it was a very middle-aged thing to do, but the voice of reason soon won him over and we LOVE getting away for weekends and holidays in our van. It can rain, hail and even snow, and there we are warm and dry with comfy beds to sleep in and cold wine in the fridge!!

Anyway, I digress.... so this is the beautiful work of Jessica Rose from VOL25, whose gorgeous prints I discovered the other day. Jessica is from Washington, USA, and there she lives her husband and two girls. She is completely self-taught, which I just admire so much, and her work features beautiful sentiments, or the 'warm fuzzies' as she so aptly describes them!

Many people ask what the story is behind the name vol25. In January of 2008 when Jessica opened the doors to her little shop (via she was 25 years old, and she says vol25 was like opening a new volume in her life, which in turn has created several new chapters for her. I love to hear the stories behind business names, they really add another dimension and an extra helping of personality to the whole brand!

all images courtesy of Jessica Rose

If you want to find out more about Jessica and her work you can browse her Etsy shop here, or check out her blog here, you can follow her on Facebook here, or her online ZAzzle shop here for on-demand prints. She is sure is a talented gal.... make sure you check her out!!

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