UPPERCASE SUBSCRIPTION WINNER Announced

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Good morning all. I have the pleasure of announcing the winner of a one-year subscription to the fantastically inspiring UPPERCASE magazine. UPPERCASE is a quarterly print magazine inspired by craft, design and illustration. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of handmade are some elements common in each issue. 

 

We love to see your progress and experiments along the way, so the winner for the Uppercase one-year free subscription was selected from those who engaged with the last FolioFocus workshop and shared their journey and fabulous designs.

Selected at random, the winner is.....

Susse Linton

Congratulations, I adore your playful yet sophisticated designs. Thank you for taking part and sharing your work with us all. We will be in touch via email with further details asap.

Thank you also to Janine Vangool, the Uppercase magazine's publisher, editor and designer for this wonderful prize. 

Designer Spotlight: Angel Gerardo

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi! I’m Angel Gerardo from Phoenix, AZ.  I grew up in the forests of Alaska and northern Michigan. Although I do love our saguaros and sunshine, much of my heart remains with the sights and scents of the deep green wilderness.

When I’m not in my home studio, I like to explore the outdoors with my partner, daughter, son and dog. 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

I guess so, I just didn’t know it was a real thing! I’ve always loved drawing and painting and making things “pretty” in my eyes. I went to college for Interior Design and fell in love with Photoshop. I had a few Interior Design friends, but I mostly hung out with the Illustration/Animation crowd. I probably should have figured out my path then. 

My son is the reason I finally found surface design. I became a stay at home mom when he was born, as he has special needs. I still needed a creative outlet and wanted to make a little money, thankfully Spoonflower opened their doors.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

Oh goodness, I have a very flexible set schedule!

I have bullet point lists, which I check off and add to throughout the week. I like to be super organized in my planning, but more spontaneous with when I do each task. I try to balance my creative work with my business work so I still enjoy all of the process. Because of May show prep, my website and newsletter have been a bit neglected - so sometime’s there’s not room for everything. I’ve accepted I can’t do everything at once and just do my best. 

Once a week I join a Skype meeting with my agent and co-artists, it’s a great way to catch up.

My Honey is a self employed musician which takes some planning around our home life, as he’s at gigs 4-6 days a week. Luckily, his mornings are wide open and he’s able to see our son off to school while I jump right into my work day. 

I paint, I exercise, I use Photoshop and occasionally Illustrator, I spend time with my family, I dream of peace on earth, fresh fruit and clean air.

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Invest in a stand up desk!

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

Mother Nature is an unlimited well of inspiration and energy. I try to get out of the concrete city as often as possible (even if that means hiking up a preserve) to immerse myself in the freedom of the outdoors. I soak in all the senses, so if I’m ever really stuck and unable to get away, I can close my eyes and try to remember what I absorbed. 

That, or occasionally I’ll pace around the house trying not to think about what I’m working on while obsessively thinking about what I’m working on!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I’m in love with Holbein Artist’s gouache. Easily manipulated, it can be as transparent or opaque as I like. Other faves - watercolor pencils, a clean desk, Wacom tablet and Photoshop.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? FAVOURITE APPS AND PROGRAMS

Not always, but most of the time - research, sketch, paint, scan, assemble. I used to add caffeine to the mix, but have recently given it up.

I limit my social media time, but I could fall in an Instagram spiral. Instagram is full of amazing things to see and completely my fave app.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I’m endlessly surprised and pleased by what my Spoonflower customers create! Its great to see the same designs being used on an assortment of products.

I’m still very new to the licensing industry - May 2017 was my first Surtex. I have a few projects in the works via my agent, Brenda Manley, but nothing I can elaborate on yet.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I’d love to collaborate with Hygge & West, Cost Plus World Market and of course, Anthropologie.

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

Gouache, cold press watercolor paper and a long handled #3 paintbrush.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Again, Mother Nature. Have you ever lifted a piece of moss off of a forest floor and inspected what’s happening underneath? In that tiny space there’s a whole other world. I’ve been lucky enough in my life to travel to many natural places in the US; from glaciers in Alaska to alligator filled swamps in Georgia, to mud bubbling hot springs in Yellowstone and so much in between. I draw on that inner nature reservoir, whenever I’m feeling less grounded in Phoenix. It’s harder for me, but I do find inspiration here in the desert too. Thankfully we have city preserves where I can find coyotes, quail and so many cool cactuses.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Whew, that’s tough question. My answer could probably change every day about who the “greatest” is - so today I’ll choose Mary Blair and Hayao Miyazaki.

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me and my work with a warmth in their heart and a smile on their face.

Where you can find me:

angelgerardo.com

instagram.com/angelgerardo_

facebook.com/angelgerardoart

linkedin.com/in/angelgerardoart

twitter.com/angelger28

FolioFocus 2017 Winner: Consultation with Brenda Manley Design!

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It's winner time! 

Once again the amazing design talent in the last FolioFocus workshop was incredible. The goal of FolioFocus is to strengthen your portfolio and create a commercial body of show-stopping work, so we were thrilled to be able to offer the chance for a designer to receive a one-to-one consultation with the lovely agent, Brenda Manley. Throughout Brenda's career on both sides of the trade show table, she has amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge. If you are interested in having your own one to one consultation, read on to the end of the post for details.

So without further ado, it gives me pleasure to announce the winner of the free consultation is....

Rita Ilarduya!


Congratulations Rita, I will email you and Brenda to exchange contact details so you can arrange your consulation date and time.


Consultations with Brenda Manley

If you would like to book your own one-to-one consultation with Brenda, she is available to help you with your creative career.

Complete this form (including a link to your website or work) and Brenda will get back to you: Contact Brenda

Designer Spotlight: Kelly Angelovic

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

My name is Kelly Angelovic and I’m an illustrator and designer from Boulder, Colorado. Specializing in hand lettering, illustration, and surface pattern design, I also love to play with packaging, editorial design, and children’s picture books. I have my own line of soulful paper goods (Shop.KellyAngelovic.com) which includes greeting cards, notecards and thank you notes(all printed on 100% recycled paper). Represented by the amazing Jennifer Nelson, my client list includes Robert Kaufman, Papyrus, Design House Greetings, and Oopsy Daisy among others. 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

Being an illustrator lights me up. It makes my soul sparkle. 

I have always been creative but I didn’t discover my path as an illustrator until my daughter was born. Hazel was a bundle of joy, but she absolutely turned my world upside down. Needing a creative outlet, I started drawing while she slept. In those short pockets of time, it was like a light switched on. It fed my soul and made me a better mom--and I haven’t looked back. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

I’m a mom to two high octane amazing little beings. My daughter is almost 6 and my son is 3. Each week is a dance between being fully present with my children and tending to my career. I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my husband and life is incredibly full. Some days are harder than others (and some are absolutely AMAZING). I wouldn’t have it any other way.

To answer your question, every week is different which I really enjoy. Some weeks are filled with commissions--I recently finished a series of illustrations for an LGBT wedding planner guide. This week, I’m working on several hand lettered images for a book of inspiring spiritual phrases. 

I also just received the latest shipment of new cards for my line which is so exciting! The size of my collection has almost doubled in size so I’m busy sending catalogs out and putting new orders together.

I’ve just recently returned from New York as well, where I attended Surtex for the first time. Getting ready was a push, but what fun we had! Meeting the whole Jennifer Nelson Artists' crew in person was incredibly inspiring, and it was so lovely to meet clients face-to-face as well. 

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

This path, this creative life, isn’t the easy way. It will take longer than you think and though the highs will make you feel like you can fly, the lows will be rough. Keep going. It will all be SO INCREDIBLY worth it. 

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

When I’m in a rut, I try to shift gears. Taking a walk or moving my body works wonders. So does a change in my work environment. When I’m really stuck, I head out to a local coffee shop which almost always loosens things up. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I’m a digital girl, so I couldn't do what I do without my laptop and the adobe creative suite. I also just invested in a cintiq and it has become my new favorite toy--though I did what I do for a long time with just a mouse.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? FAVOURITE APPS AND PROGRAMS

Everything starts with pencil and paper. From there, I scan everything into illustrator, clean it up and add color. This is my favorite part of the process and often takes the longest. Once happy with my chosen palette, I add texture and depth, and fine tune everything in Photoshop. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

Hands down, my favorite design project has been creating my own line of paper goods. I’ve always loved notecards and it’s been a long held dream of mine to have my own collection. I’m in 9 stores now and I hope that number only grows from here. 

Shop.KellyAngelovic.com

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I’d love to hand letter the cover of a magazine, illustrate a whimsical children’s book, and/or have my own set of dishes at Anthropologie. More than anything though, I just want to be able to keep doing what I love.

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

I would choose a pencil and my sketchbook. And I suppose my laptop--though that feels pretty uninspired. Scratch that. I think I’d actually rather have a paintbrush and two tubes of paint (you can always find something to paint on, right?). This way, I’d get my hands dirty and finally learn how to paint (for real) off screen.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

There is a lot of pain in our world, but there is also so much breathtaking beauty--I’m completely in awe of the natural world. I’m inspired by my children and their natural leanings toward joy and fun. By other creatives who bravely follow their hearts and put their work out into the world. Visually, I’m inspired by bold color. By vintage packaging and typography. I’m drawn to a bohemian aesthetic and unexpected floral arrangements. Plus, I adore whimsy and real-life magic. 

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me as someone who:

left the world better than I found it, and as someone who encouraged others to follow the whispers of their hearts.

Where you can find me:

KellyAngelovic.com

Jennifer-nelson-artists.com/kelly-angelovic

Shop.KellyAngelovic.com

IG: www.instagram.com/kellyangelovic

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KellyAngelovicIllustration/

Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth Silver

Hello, please introduce yourself:

Hi, I'm a surface pattern designer Elizabeth Silver. I live on the east coast of the US, in Raleigh, North Carolina and I was an in-house textile designer for about 10 years before going freelance in 2012. Since then I've branched out into stationery, dinnerware, party paper and a bit of everything else, but no matter the substrate, I'll always be a pattern girl at heart!

 

If you could give your 10 years younger self one key piece of advice or an insight, what would it be?

'Just because it isn't easy doesn't mean you're not doing a good job.'

I've been exceedingly lucky in my life to have had the opportunity to study surface pattern design, get a job in my field right out of school, and be a valued member of all the design departments I've been a part of. Getting into freelancing and licensing has been a much slower build to success markers than I was really prepared for, despite working harder than I ever used to. I've been able to persevere and continue to have a positive attitude, confident that eventually I'll get where I'm going, but a younger Elizabeth Silver may not have been so optimistic.

When you feel stuck or in a design rut, how do you get yourself out of it and back on track?

I'd love to say I take a walk in the park and come back inspired and recharged, but the truth is, I think of myself as a designer more than an artist, and so much of my process is just about moving forward. When I feel like things aren't coming together the way I wish they were, I take a break from the project if I can, re-assess with fresh eyes, and also try to keep it in perspective. Not every design is going to be my favorite. All I can do is my best for that day or that design and press on.

What are your favourite design tools? 

A sketchbook, mechanical pencil, my Wacom tablet, Adobe Illustrator and the internet pretty much cover all the bases for me.

How would you describe your design process?

I go into my process and favorite resources in real detail in my new atly course (all about designing a licensing collection) but in short, my process is that of a true left-brained creative. I usually start with lists. My sketchbook is 30% writing and 70% drawing.

As far as apps go, Pinterest is a great place to gather and keep my references and inspiration and while I consider myself lucky to be equally proficient at Photoshop and Illustrator, I prefer Illustrator for my own work, because editing later for licensing clients tends to be much easier.

What have been some of your favourite design projects to date?

When I worked in-house as the print stylist for babyGap, besides the adorable patterns for 0-24 month olds, I was also in charge of designing the prints for boys underwear each season. At the time, that was a large category where I illustrated all types of novelty prints that made me smile. Essentially I spent my days drawing dinosaurs on skateboards and robot sharks, and really, what's more fun than that?


More recently, I've enjoyed expanding on and remixing some of my favorite collections to design art coasters for Studio M.

Who are your dream clients or what is your dream project

I'd love to have a capsule collection with Target, a line of home décor or stationery or both with my patterns and name all over it.

Where do you find inspiration?

I do a bi-monthly market trend board for my newsletter, so I am regularly scouring shopping sites, blogs, and instagram for that endeavor. It's been a great way to soak up ideas without focusing on how those trends apply to my style and work. A lack of focus while researching keeps me current without being too derivative.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me as:

Charismatic and colorful.

After Show Meetup - NYC

Hello Rise Design and Shine friends, we are fast approaching Trade Show season and as many of you will be heading to NYC for Surtex and Blueprint, we thought it would be great to arrange a little meetup. 

This will be a chance to celebrate a successful first day of the Surtex and Blueprint over a drink or two, mingle and swap notes about the two shows. It's a gorgeous venue with pretty NYC skyline views, perfect for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones :)

Please add anyone coming to either show to this invite yourselves, and feel free to share in other groups. All are welcome to join us (exhibitors, walkers, partners friends, the more the merrier).

The lounge operates on a first come, first served basis, so check back a couple of days before to see if anything has changed. Guests must be 21 and over

Hope to see you there!

BLUEPRINT Preview Part 3: A FRESH BUNCH

Find A Fresh Bunch at this year's Blueprint Show #1! A Fresh Bunch works with hand-picked design talent from around the globe to design artwork for apparel, textiles, home, stationery, office, gift and tableware products. Marrying technology and good old-fashioned curation, A Fresh Bunch makes it easy for buyers to choose – instead of search for – the right art for their products. The Bunch will have piles of fabulous Christmas, Birthday and Seasonal work to show....book a reservation here.

A Fresh Bunch will be representing these artists from around the world:
Alik Arzoumanian
Petra Santaharju
Beck Ng
Linda Briggs
Donna Brady
Jill Broadhacker / Jilly Jack Designs
Melanie Pennell
Melissa Nicholson
Lucinda Kidney
Tracey Atkinson
Julie Hamilton
Petra Kern
Annie Smith
Kristin Knych
Vanessa Raidy / Goodness and Fun

BLUEPRINT Preview Part 2: Surface Design and Print Trade Show May 2017

It's May and the print and surface pattern trade shows are coming up fast! Here we have some more luscious art in the second part of our Blueprint show preview. Enjoy! And best of luck to to everyone showing, we can't wait to meet you :) 


Emma Jayne Designs

Agency: Brenda Manley Designs

Weblink: http://brendamanleydesigns.com/index.html


Kaz Lammie

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 1 & 2  with Cinnamon Joe Studio

http://www.cinnamonjoestudio.co.uk 
http://kazlammiecreative.com 


Natalie Williamson Design

Blueprint Show2: 21st-23rd May, represented by Dot and Flow Design

www.nataliewilliamsondesign.com


Lucinda Kidney

Blueprint 18 - 20 May 2017

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 1  with A Fresh Bunch

 http://afreshbunch.com/artist/lucinda-kidney/


Olivia Gibbs

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 1 & Show 2 with Cinnamon Joe Studio

 http://www.instagram.com/oliviagibbsillustration


Pencil Parade Art Collective

Blue Print Show #2, May 21-23

Betsy Siber, Brooke Glaser, Katherine Lenius, and Megan Dunagan


www.pencilparade.com


Rachel Schafer

Exhibiting at BluePrint May 21-23

http://rachaelschaferdesigns.com/



Sareka Unique

Blueprint 21-23rd May

www.sarekaunique.com


Kimberly K Carter

Blueprint Show 2: 21-23rd May
http://www.kimberlykcarter.com


Cindy Willingham

Blueprint Show #2

Revel Designs

www.revel-designs.com

BLUEPRINT Preview Part 1: Surface Design & Print Trade Show, New York

Angel Gerardo

Blueprint May 18-20

with Brenda Manley Designs

www.angelgerardo.com


Exhibiting at Blueprint 2
Zesti - Ine Beerten
http://www.zesti.be


Metka Hiti - Hiti Design represented by Dot&Flow

Exhebiting at Blueprint May 21-23

http://hitidesign.com/


Nastja Holtfreter

Exhibiting at Blueprint Show 2: May 21-23

www.nastjaholtfreter.com


Dot and Flow Design

Exhibiting at Surtex, 21-23rd May

Designs from:

Natalie Williamson

Metka Hiti

Sareka Unique

Gabriella Buckingham

Hollie McManus

www.dotandflow.design.com

 

SURTEX Preview Part 2: Art Licensing Trade Show May 21-23

Shannon Hays Design & Illustration

Showing at Surtex

www.shannonhays.com


Show exhibiting at: Surtex Booth #2723

Emma McGowan

Surtex Booth #2723

Exhibiting with Four Corners Art Collective

https://www.instagram.com/emmajmcgowan/


PIPPA SHAW

Surtex Booth 2723

Exhibiting with FOUR CORNERS ART COLLECTIVE

pippashaw.com


Kimberly Shrack: Manayunk Calligraphy

Exhibiting at Surte
www.manayunkcalligraphy.com


Lisa Kirkbride
Showing with Finch & Foxglove Art Collective at Surtex
www.lisakirkbride.com


Leticia Plate

Surtex, NYC 2017 Booth 3235

www.leticiaplate.com


Shannon McNab

Surtex Booth 3037

http://shannonmcnab.com/