Wednesday, 22 October 2014

New Work- Blue Butterfly

I have been meaning to do some new designs for a while now, so was happy to finish this design today. I am thinking about getting prints of it made for the Christmas market. 

Here is what it would look like framed. I am always amazed at how different a piece looks in different frames and mounts. 


Monday, 20 October 2014

Black Doily Tote Bag- & FREE SHIPPING!

Here I am taking one of my tote bags for a walk in Berlin. 'Black Doily' is my favourite design for the tote bags and is a contemporary take on the vintage crochet doily.

The tote bags are hand sewn in America using durable, yet lightweight, poly poplin fabric. All seams and stress points are double stitched for durability. They are washable, feature original artwork on both sides and a sturdy 1" wide cotton webbing strap for comfortably carrying over your shoulder.

I'm delighted with the quality of these bags and they really are strong and practical so I use this a lot- even for grocery shopping! Mine is the medium size (16"x16") but you can get smaller (13"x13") and larger (18"x18") too! Also, there is FREE SHIPPING today! You can purchase the Black Doily design here and all other designs here.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Petal to Petal Wedding Stationery- something old, something new, something borrowed, something BLUE!

I've been so busy featuring other designers that I haven't blogged about the latest wedding stationery that I have designed. My favourite part of this invitation is the little postcard inside which is filled in and sent back to the couple.

I designed this as a pdf for the couple to print themselves to cut down costs.  This design can be customized so if you are interested just send me an e-mail and I can get back to you with prices and anything else you would like to know. For anyone looking for bespoke wedding stationery, I can create something unique for you, using your favourite flowers and colours. 


Monday, 13 October 2014

The Wonderful work of Melissa Kelman

I came across Melissa Kelman's designs on Pinterest and instantly fell in love with her 'Tiny Branches Floral' print, which works beautifully in different colourways. Sometimes I see a print design that I just can't stop looking at. I imagine it on home accessories, textiles and paper products and know that it would look amazing on everything, and with this that was most certainly the case. Melissa creates magic with her beautiful prints and stunning colour palettes. Aside from print and pattern, Illustration and Stationery work, New York based Melissa is the textile designer for American Eagle Outfitters and has created detailed designs for embroidery and knitwear. Let's meet the woman behind this beautiful work...

1. How did your business come about (and when did you start)?

As a kid I was always creating cards for friends and family or creating custom designs for my paper dolls. I’ve always loved creating and luckily my parents supported my love of the arts. We had a little room in our basement where I could experiment and make a mess. Today, I work in the fashion industry as a textile designer and create stationery designs for and I began my career in fashion about 6 years ago when I graduated college. Stationery has always been a part of my life (or at least since I could write out “Happy Birthday”).

Image © Melissa Kelman

2. Can you give a quick insight into your working method? (ideas,techniques, etc.)

Usually I brainstorm ideas in my sketch book and create little thumbnails of design ideas. Sometimes I like to start painting without any idea and see what I come up with. I love to paint florals in watercolor and gouache. When I am ready, I scan in my motifs and design in photoshop. For pattern designs, I create my repeats in photoshop and re-color in a pattern software called Kaledo.

Images © Melissa Kelman

3. What has been the hardest single obstacle to your life in design (apart from a shortage of time, which seems to be universal amongst creatives!)?

Probably marketing myself. I would much rather create artwork then spend time promoting it. I love working with Tinyprints and Minted because they do all of the marketing for me!

Image © Melissa Kelman

4. How do you stay motivated? What inspires you?

With a new baby, it can be a challenge to find time to create. I am currently navigating the balance of motherhood and my career and it’s not easy! I truly love to create and the simple joy of making is what keeps me motivated. For inspiration, like most artists I look to nature, but I am equally as inspired by the colors and textures I see on the streets of NYC. As a textile designer, I am often inspired by patterns and prints from past decades.

Images © Melissa Kelman

5. What has been the icing on the cake for you as a artist/designer?

As a designer nothing brings me more joy than seeing people wearing or using my artwork. I love when I see someone on the street rocking something I designed – best feeling ever!

Image © Melissa Kelman

6. Who do you admire (other artists/designers; other people generally)and what/who are your biggest influences, past or present?

I admire so many people! Past and present co-workers and mentors who have been so supportive of my dreams. My husband, Graham Kelman, who believed in me and pushed me to pursue a career in the arts. Iconic textile design houses, Collier Campbell, Marimekko and Vera Neumann.

Images © Melissa Kelman

7. Describe your creative space.

We live in a one bedroom apartment with a baby so space is a bit limited right now but I have my desk set up by our big window with an awesome view of New York City.

Images © Melissa Kelman

8. What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

The harder you work, the luckier you get. 

Images © Melissa Kelman


Friday, 10 October 2014

Berlin Stockist Visit- Schwesterherz

If you have been keeping up to date on my Facebook page, you will see that I just got back from Berlin where my husband and I celebrated our wedding and caught up with friends. I also got a chance to visit my wonderful stockist, Schwesterherz.

There are two stores in two different districts-  Friedrichshain..

and Kreuzberg..

Schwesterherz is the place to go for stationery in the city, with a huge collection of assorted brands. If you are in Berlin and a lover of beautiful stationery, gifts and homeware, be sure to pop in for a visit!


Beautiful work by Gillian Corcoran (Lost Forest Jewellery)

Do you remember my Artist Feature with the talented Gillian Corcoran of Lost Forest Jewellery? If not, you can read it here

Gillian has recently created my favourite pieces to date and I absolutely adore this globe filled with Queen Anne's Lace blooms in pastel pinks and whites with glittering gold leaf flakes. Beautiful! 

You can find these pieces and more in Gillian's Etsy Store