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/


SURTEX Preview Part 1: Art Licensing Trade Show May 2017

Good Morning, as the countdown to Trade Show season continues, it's our pleasure to give you a taste of the eye candy that will be on display (and available for licensing and purchase) this May from our insanely talented design community! Two key shows: Blueprint and Surtex, will be running next month in New York City.

We're kicking off today with some designers showing at Surtex - enjoy! 

emmajayne-designs

Agency: Brenda Manley Designs

http://brendamanleydesigns.com/index.html


 

Courtney Beth Keller

Surtex: booth 3026

Member of the Finch & Foxglove

www.onelittleprintshop.com


Elizabeth Silver

Exhibiting at: Surtex (#2917) and Licensing Expo (#H94)
Represented by Jewel Branding
Weblink: www.elizabethsilver.com


Finch & Foxglove members showing at Surtex booth 3026: 

  • Adriana Bergstrom
  • Bryony Clarkson
  • Courtney Beth Keller
  • Laurence Lavallée
  • Lisa Kirkbride
  • Natasa Kaiser
  • Sharon Montgomery

www.finchandfoxglove.com


Angel Gerardo

Surtex May 21-23 with Brenda Manley Designs

www.angelgerardo.com


Lizzie Clark Designs

Exhibiting at SURTEX

https://lizzieclarkdesigns.com


The Pattern Social: Jessica Hogarth and Jules McKeown

Exhibiting at Surtex

www.thepatternsocial.com

www.jessicahogarth.com


The Patterned Peacock

Exhibiting at Surtex

http://www.patternedpeacock.com


FolioFocus Week 10 Roundup!

All I want for Christmas is to design... :) 

Here are a few designs from Facebook and Instagram and our Gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/foliofocusspring17/

FolioFocus Week 9 Roundup!

What a great maps. Just one more week! :)

Here are a few designs from Facebook and Instagram and our Gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/foliofocusspring17/

Designer Spotlight: Kath Watmough

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi, I'm Kath and I am a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer working from home in Padiham, Lancashire UK. I did a degree in textile design, specialising in printed textiles at the University of Derby. After 16 years working for Hallmark UK / Hambledon Studios I set up Kath Watmough Designs in October 2013. I work on a freelance basis for clients in the UK and China, designing greeting cards, gift wraps, gift bags, money wallets, crackers and calendars, for retail and wholesale markets worldwide.

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

As a child I loved colouring books and I would spend hours colouring in. I remember being interested in patterns around the home and in my grandma's house; I think this is where my love of mid century art comes from. Anything art related I showed a real interest. I knew from the age of 11 that I wanted to work in the creative industry.

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

Once I've got the children off to school, I check my emails, put some music on and start work. I like to do my research, get inspired. I look at trends and different themes. I work 5 days a week and weekends when deadlines are approaching but try to keep weekends free for family time.

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

To be less critical of yourself, it's okay to make mistakes. Being a perfectionist can hinder your creativity. I enrolled on Module 1 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course back in February 2016 and I found it really helpful and inspiring. It took me back to basics which I'd not done for years and I loved it! I rediscovered the fun element of mark making again. At the end of Module 1 I entered and won the typography testimonial competition and got a free place on Module 2! It was a real boost for my confidence.

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

I have a break from the computer, make a brew, do some housework; this soon gets me back to doing what I really love! Other times I'll do some mark making with different materials or look at design books for inspiration.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I love my Wacom pad and I would be lost without it. Pentel brush pens, Uni pin and the pigma micron pens are great for finer line work.

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

I like to sketch my initial ideas in pencil first. Once I'm happy with them I use layout paper or tracing paper and draw in pen before scanning them in. I then manipulate my scanned drawings in Illustrator. Colour is really important to me and it is the first thing that catches my interest. I like to do a bit of research on colour and look at different colour palettes and what's on trend. I look at pinterest and magazines, as they are a great source of inspiration and for researching trends.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I have sold a large number of my designs for gift wrap use only and here are some of them that I enjoyed creating.

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

I love stationery products, so seeing my designs in Paperchase would be a dream come true.

I would also love to see my designs on fabric and wallpaper.

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

Pencil, Uni pin pen and paper.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Everywhere! From household objects to nature. Visiting exhibitions, books, pinterest. Me and my family went to Barcelona last year and I found lots of inspiration there. I think I drove my children mad because I kept stopping to take pictures of patterns everywhere I went.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Ooh this is a hard one! There are so many great designers. I love 1950's vintage patterns and I love designs by Lucienne Day.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me for creating colourful designs that make people smile and brighten up their day.

FolioFocus Week 8 Roundup!

 What a great designs this week. Keep up the good work! :)

Here are a few designs from Facebook and Instagram and our Gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/foliofocusspring17/

Designer Spotlight:Nataša Kaiser

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

I’m an Illustrator from Frankfurt/Germany. I’ve been working as a Graphic-designer in advertising for the longest part of my business life, but followed the calling of my heart a few years ago and now spent most of my days illustrating children’s imagery and also love to play with pattern design and hand lettering.

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

Actually: yes! But for a long time I didn’t follow that dream, because I wasn’t convinced I could earn a living by just doing what I love. I thought, payed work has to be something „more serious“ and so I studied Communication Design and ended up in advertising. It wasn’t bad at all and I had a good time – but this little voice inside of me kept calling me and so I drew and doodled whenever I found the time. I even took painting classes, that I thoroughly enjoyed!

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

My ideal day looks like this: When everybody left the house for work and school I walk the dog and shop for lunch. Back home I make myself a big cup of coffee and sit down to check my emails andtodo list. Right now I’m busy with prepping my second exhibit at Surtex, where I will be in May together with our art collective Finch&Foxglove. So I’m working on my portfolio book, booth banner, promotion items and so forth. At around noon I start cooking lunch for my daughter and husband who are usually home for that time. We enjoy eating together and updating each other, and afterwards everybody turns to their businesses again. I go to my studio in the basement and try to get some more work done. When I’m satisfied with my achievement for the day I love to have a glas of whine on the couch, where I’m accompanied by our dog and the two cats – and my husband, when he’s home. I love drawing on my iPad pro. Many projects start out as a sketch here and are taken further on my computer afterwards.

When the day is not so ideal I have to do a lot of errandsin the morning and I am my daughter’s taxi driver in the afternoon. So I eventually start my design work in the late afternoon and stay up late.

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

I think I’ve just answered this one: Listen to your heart, follow your dream and work hard towards it. 

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

I flip through old sketchbooks, while listening to music or audiobooks. I keep a list of things that I want to draw and sometimes I’ll pick one, start drawing and see what happens. If I don’t feel like creating at all, then I don’t force myself too much. Usually a one-or-two-day-break is enough to miss pen and paper again.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Inexpensive paper, mechanical pencil with 0.9 lead „B“, kneaded eraser. Caran d’Ache Gouache and Kuretake Gainsai watercolor. When painting I use a DIN A 3 paper pad with heavyweight paper and pretty smooth surface. It scans really well and I don’t have to remove a lot of grain when working in photoshop. Lately I’ve enjoyed drawing directly on my iPad pro a lot!

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

Usually I brainstorm an idea and draw some thumbnail sketches. Sometimes I’ll sketch straight on the iPad and manipulate the sketch till I like it. When using paint I dedicate some hours to playing with paper and paint. I scan in and clean up all my icons and then arrange everything in Photoshop. I’m a pixel gal. I love experimenting with different media just for fun, such as potato print and mixed media. The output can be very inspiring…

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I’m a MATSIE and thankful for many great experiences and learnings I had in that classes. (The biggest plus for me certainly was being connected to „my tribe“ and especially to the girls from Finch&Foxglove.)

The last class I’ve taken was the first „Illustrating children’s books“ that was great fun! I learned, that I really enjoy the process of developing imagery for a story, bringing characters to life and working on the same topic over a certain period of time.

In general developing characters is what I love most. Also drawing little scenes and trying to show certain expressions is great fun to me. 

Last but not least: the FolioFocus challenge is super and certainly one of my favorite portfolio building projects!

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

I would love to illustrate a children’s book with animal characters and a fictional story. Also it would be great to see my art on stationery or in the gift market.

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

My Japan Sakura SumoGrip mechanical pencil, paper and my iPad pro.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Watching people in cafes or on the train, study their poses and expressions is very inspiring to me. 

The turning of the seasons is something I’ve been observing much closer since we have a dog and I’m outside everyday – nature is very inspiring and the greatest artist to me.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Really hard to point out only one. There are so many fantastic designers out there and each of them is great for another reason. And if only I knew all the names…

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me for this one super beautiful children’s book that every child and their parents want to read over and over every evening before going to sleep…

Where you can find me:

www.natasakaiser.com

www.facebook.com/natasakaiserart

www.instagram.com/natasakaiser

FolioFocus Week 7 Roundup!

Amazing work, amazing designs, you really rocked it!

Here are a few designs from Facebook and Instagram and our Gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/foliofocusspring17/

Designer Spotlight: Emma Allsup

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

My name is Emma and I'm a surface pattern designer and illustrator. I live with my husband and daughter in beautiful Cheshire, UK. 

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

When I was in my last year at college, I really had no idea which area in art I wanted to pursue a career in. I loved fashion, textiles, fine art, photography and craft, and it were my tutors who could see from my portfolio, that I should study surface pattern at university. I'm so glad they did, because I love it so much and can't imagine feeling content doing anything else!

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

At the moment, I'm working in a design studio two days per week and freelance for the remaining days. Whilst I'm not working, I tend to search for inspiration on design blogs, pinterest and on instagram (I'm always on my mobile!) I make sure that I make time to create artwork for the Rise Design and Shine course briefs! 

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

I'd tell my ten years younger self, to have more confidence in my creative abilities. Also, to just be myself. 

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

When I get into a design rut, I search for inspiration. It tends to be that the colours aren't working or sometimes not enough ideas,  so I'll doodle another mind map and draw extra icons. I prefer to have too many drawings, so I can pick and choose which ones to use when it comes top developing final designs.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

My favourite design tools are; inks, gouache, graphic markers, coloured pencils and Adobe suit. 

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

When given a brief, I initially start with some research and draw what images pop into my head. I try not to think about the final outcome at this stage, as I like to keep an open mind. Then I'll produce a mind map, once I get familiar with the brief. Then I do more research based from what has been documented on the mind map. 

From this stage, I produce further drawings and I like to make sure that the colours are right at this point, before scanning and developing some ideas on the computer. Colour plays a big part in the design process. I suppose it keeps me motivated. Lastly, finishing off my designs in PhotoShop. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

My favourite design project to date are the children's gift wraps I designed at Deva. I had lots of fun with these. They were on display for this year's Spring Fair, at the NEC Birmingham. Also, I have recently produced a few illustrations for a booklet and animation, which is pretty cool! I can't say much for now about this till it goes live, which shouldn't be long now! I'm guessing within the next couple of months. 

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

My dream clients will have to be Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Oliver Bonas. I'd love to set up my own outlet too, for my own designs and others that compliment these.

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

These would have to be; inks, gouache and coloured pencils. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I find inspiration from all over, mainly magazines, shops, Pinterest, instagram and nature. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

I like a few artists/designers who have been around for a while, for example, Helen Dardik, Sarah Walsh, Hatsuki Miyahara, Anne Smith and Mary Fedden. My all time favourite illustrator would have to be  Brian Wildsmith. His drawings are fun and display so much energy. 

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me for showing versatility, great style and my ability to make people smile!