Saturday, 9 May 2015

New range of textiles for Mellybee

I am very excited to introduce to you my latest collection of screen printed products in the form of tea towels, cushions and pouches/purses. The main designs are based around 3 themes: tea, fish and cacti- all of which are my favourite things. I've also drawn a collection of objects based on Chutneys & Jams and Pies & Tarts- they encompass two particularly British habits- writing lists and eating food.
I've also used the wonderful services of photographer Anya Rice for my lifestyle shots- so hopefully you'll see how the products can be used and displayed in the home.
The tea towels also come beautifully wrapped in a cello bag and tied with jute string- hop over to my shop for a browse and maybe purchase for your next treat or gift.

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Monday, 5 January 2015

Try something new!

Just a little thought for 2015 - try something new! If you feel stuck in a rut or tired of the same old challenge yourself to do something new- it doesn't have to be huge undertaking or expensive but you'll find the benefits of trying something new can give you a fresh perspective on life, give you confidence and release new energy for the things you love and want to do.
Here are some creative sites that I've found helpful and inspiring to do something new: 

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Lilla Rogers Studio School MATS Part A Review

Wow what whirlwind of a month! For those who don't know I took the plunge and enrolled for an online e-course called Make Art That Sells led by global illustrator and agent Lilla Rogers and it has just finished. I'd thought I'd share some thoughts and photos of what we learnt each week not just to remind me of what went on but also to show my progress.

WEEK 5- Design for the Gift Market
The course aimed to introduce us to 5 different art licensing market areas over 5 weeks and through a combination of shared weekly tips, in depth market information, artist and industry interviews, and style development and business advice we also got to make new work through the weekly assignment challenges and minis.

Here was the class market area for each week  (MATS Part B looks at 5 more market areas):

WEEK 1 Bolt Fabric
WEEK 2 Home Decor
WEEK 3 Children's Book Illustration
WEEK 4 Wall Art
WEEK 5 Gift

The weeks I enjoyed the most were Children's Book Illustration and Gift, the weeks that were definitely more challenging were Bolt Fabric and Home Decor. It's funny because I thought I wouldn't enjoy the children's book illustration at all (I think I just thought I'd be overwhelmed with amount of work that it may entail)! 

Over the course of the 5 weeks I have felt myself being stretched both in terms of technical challenges- in particular learning how to do mock-ups in photoshop with my patterns, and also mentally with regard to handling critique and coping with seeing everyone's else incredibly talented work and not just giving up. Lilla's constant reminders of being positive, to change one thing and that our talent is not finite have been particularly helpful in pushing me forward and getting past my insecurities and doubts. We are all on a journey and as such will find we are all at different levels- we should see obstacles as opportunities to grow and stretch and not forget that we never really stop learning. 

Here are photos/pics of the work I created for the different weeks. I think I would like to redo the Bolt Fabric and Home Decor but I even in this short time I feel like I've improved on presentation and know my working habits have changed significantly. It be may be the end of the course but I feel like it's only the beginning of my creative journey in Art Licensing!

WIP- I took the opportunity to get out the inks and paint!
WEEK 1 - Bolt Fabric

WEEK 2 - Home Decor

WEEK 3 - Children's Book Illustration
WEEK 4- Wall Art

WEEK 5 - Gift Market

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

New products - mini handprinted notepads

If you find you have too many ideas, plans, messages or doodles to remember then write them down and declutter your mind with these screen printed mini notepads. Let them do the hard work for you!
Now in the shop - click the photos to be taken through.

 ideas notepad


 notepad cotton reel

 messages notepad

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New things for Christmas 2014

Ooops it's been a while hasn't it? Well maybe I have been having a posting break but I'm still very much here- make sure you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook if you want a bit more live action!

Anyway, recently I've completed my Christmas catalogue which has lots of new products as well as some favourites from last year.

Here's a link below to the catalogue on issue:

 gingerbread decoration

 merry and bright card

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