Designer Interview

Designer Spotlight: Erin Dollar

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Hello, please introduce yourself:

My name is Erin Dollar, and I’m a textile designer and surface pattern designer in San Diego, California. I launched Cotton & Flax, my collection of patterned textile home goods in 2012, and I opened my first retail shop last year!

Have you always wanted to be a designer/illustrator?

Not exactly! Like all kids, I was very creative when I was young, but I was part of the generation that watched Free Willy and immediately decided to be a marine biologist when I grew up. My creative side was at a soft simmer during my teenage years, and I took a lot of art and craft classes, including painting, ceramics, and photography. I had planned to major in Environmental Studies in college, but when I discovered the printmaking department, it was all over for me… I never wanted to leave. Discovering my creative passion as a newly minted adult sealed my fate, in a way.

How did you come to the current point you are at in your career?

When I first started working as an artist, I was working part-time jobs, and spending every spare minute in the studio. I would contribute art to gallery shows, and sell my work on Etsy -- at that point it looked more like a side hustle. I brought my artwork to some craft fairs, and the enthusiasm from shoppers encouraged me to put more work into my creative business, and consider the possibility that it could become my full time job.

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Cotton & Flax began as a series of experiments with printing my artworks on fabric, which I built into a full collection. Making utilitarian goods really appealed to me, and by honing my sense of pattern design, it helped me create a distinct style for my work. As the business grew, I’ve partnered with brands on pattern licensing projects. As I continue to grow as an artist, these partnerships and collaborations allow me to experiment, and grow in new directions!

What is your design process?

All my patterns begin as ink drawings. I use sumi ink to draw/paint a pattern onto smooth paper, and then scan and edit in photoshop. I am certain that there are easier ways to design simple patterns, but I find that working on an iPad or computer to start makes my patterns feel too “perfect.” It takes away some of the charm of the hand drawn line.

My design process is usually centered around creating a pattern for a specific product, so I’m brainstorming color choices, and thinking about how the texture of the fabric will affect the design. For client projects, I’m often working from a design brief, so I am thinking about the best way to communicate the idea of the design through my minimalist modern lens.

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What does a typical day look like for you?

I have a design studio in San Diego that’s part retail shop, which is where I work from most days. I arrive in the morning, check emails, package and ship out orders from my online shop, and then the afternoon is spent working on admin or design projects. On a good day, I get to grab coffee down the street with a friend or client, and brainstorm new creative projects.

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

I try to rest, and not beat myself up too much. Experimenting with a new technique or medium tends to help shake things up a bit.

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

I’m very proud of the design work I’ve done for Cotton & Flax. Being in charge of the entire process, start to finish, is a huge undertaking, and I often forget to celebrate that fact!

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I’ve created two fabric collections for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Arroyo and Balboa. Both are overprinted on linen fabrics, much in the same way that I create work for Cotton & Flax, which has made this a dream partnership for me.

I created a collection of stationery for Scout Books, a company in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, that focuses on creating the coolest notebooks from recycled materials.

One of my favorite commissions from 2018 was a pair of silk scarves that I designed for Deseda. This was one of my first fashion collaborations, and it was so exciting when the samples arrived in my mailbox!

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

Try to slow down and enjoy your successes more. Find as many like-minded creative folks to collaborate with as possible, and be generous with your time. Sleep more, and wear sunscreen.

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There has been an art supply sanction imposed and designers are only allowed to possess 3 items/tools, what do you choose?

Oooh, that’s a tough one! My first two are staples of all my design projects these days: sumi ink, and smooth bristol paper. Almost every pattern in my collection has started with those two tools. I guess my practical side would pick my computer as the third tool… but that’s boring! Instead, I’ll say my Case for Making watercolors, which feel so special and rare to me that I treat them like gold.


Where do you find inspiration?

Walking! I believe that so much of being an artist and a designer is just noticing things, little details that others might miss. When I go on a walk, my brain stops whirring over all the items on my to-do list, and let’s me just daydream and observe.

Which designers, artists or individuals truly inspire you (past or present, living or dead)?

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SO many: Anni Albers, Eva LeWitt, Yayoi Kusama, the quilters of Gees Bend, and Sigrid Calon come to mind. My friends inspire me constantly, Jen Hewett’s beautiful floral patterns always delight me, and Laure Joliet’s photos capture so much magic. I’m lucky to be surrounded by a truly creative community.


Where you can find me: (your website link, social media links)

You can learn more about me on my website, or you can get a peek at what I’m up to this week over on Instagram!

Show Your Work: Meet Classmate Anya

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What class are you currently taking?

FolioFocus Spring 2018

Tell us a little about you: 

My name is Anya Kopotilova, I live in Denver suburb, USA with my husband and two children. I work with a variety of media including watercolors, markers, soft pastel and digital applications. I was not always an artist, but  I truly believe it’s my calling and every day doing art is an adventure.

 
What brought you to the course?

Classmates from a different course were suggesting I join Folio Focus and I was so glad I did! I was and am attracted to the idea of 10 weeks of exciting and marketable assignments and contests. The community is fantastic- very kind and helpful.

Can you describe your process for us?

My process is inspiration driven, as soon as an assignment or prompt gets clear, I find part of it that catches my attention and start sketching out the ideas, they are then formed into an illustration or a pattern. I may start working on paper and move on to digital or do everything on my iPad from start to finish.

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How did you go about working on this week’s project?

This week’s project took my breath away immediately – it is such a darling concept to draw objects from an old house. I had a quick look around on Pinterest for old houses and jumped straight into sketching, I first drew a simple outline of a room (I attach a floor plan I made for the little house I'm illustrating), then added furniture and little things, coloring them as I drew. I am working completely on my iPad Pro this time, trying to work as fast as possible before the ideas escape me. I have a very clear image in my mind and maybe even a little story.

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Is this how you usually work?

I do work fast, I try to focus on an idea and see how it develops further. Sometimes it even takes me to a completely new direction and I want to try and hold on to little details that pop up in the process. Also, time is precious for me and I try to make use of every minute.

What are your favourite design tools and or programs?

I adore Procreate application for iPad Pro and work mostly in that, I also like Adobe Illustrator, though I am still learning it and it’s a long process. For non-digital media, I especially love gouache, markers and soft pastels.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Illustrating children’s books is my ultimate goal. I am also hoping to create an apparel or home decor collection one day.

Where can we find you online?

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You can find me on Instagram:

www.instagram.com/greenrainart/

and on my website
 
https://anyakopotilova.com

Designer Spotlight Interview with Claire Picard

Hi design friends! Today it's my pleasure to share another video Designer Spotlight interview with you. I caught up with the extremely talented mixed media illustrator, Claire Picard. If you're not already familiar with her beautiful floral collage pieces, prepare to fall in love. 

 
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Listen While You Work

Get comfy, grab a drink and or your sketchbook, tune in and enjoy!

Meet Claire Picard and learn about her process for creating fabulous art, where she finds inspiration and more

More from Claire

Website: www.clairepicarddesign.com

Instagram: @clairepicarddesign

Designer Spotlight: Courtney Capone

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hello! My name is Courtney Capone and I am a surface designer/illustrator living in Queens, NY. I work as a graphic designer by day, and spend my nights drawing, creating patterns and watching tv with my cat, Catface. 

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

I did not know that being a surface designer/illustrator was a job option until recently! I always liked art when I was younger, I was always the kid getting in trouble for doodling in class instead of paying attention. I thought that the only way to be an "artist" as a career was to be a fine artist, and I thought being a fine artist was limited to being able to draw or paint photo-realistically, so I reluctantly gave up on that dream. After college, while working an un-inspiring desk job, I discovered graphic design and went back to school. It was actually in my design program that I learned about the wonderful world of pattern design and fell in love.

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

 I do my graphic design job during the day and when I get home I settle in for some sketching/ideation. I try to do this every night, for a half an hour at least, just to make sure I keep my creativity flowing. When I don't have any freelance work coming in I like to give myself challenges, like posting a pattern a day to Instagram for 100 days. I find that these keep me accountable and challenge me to try new styles and techniques. I recently started working with print studio as a freelancer so most of the art i'm working on at the moment is for them. I'm also trying to open my own Etsy shop, so lately i've been working on figuring out which products are the best fit for my designs!

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

 It would be to have confidence in myself! I feel like I lost a lot of time by thinking I wasn't "good enough", and it seems very silly to me now.

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

Usually by getting up and doing something else! I find that stepping away from the project, even just for a few hours, usually does wonders for me. I like to take that time and take a walk, cook a meal, or spend time working on a separate creative project (i've just started to learn how to use my sewing machine, finally!)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Big, inexpensive sketchbooks or a stack of copy paper, 6B pencils, any smooth inky pen I can get my hands on, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

My design process usually begins with a concept or theme. I think about what I want to convey with my patterns and what look and feel I want to capture. Sometimes I create a moodboard if it's a big project. Then I just draw! I just draw motifs without judging, and just try to create as much as a I can within the theme. For example if i'm drawing Unicorns, I draw them in lots of different shapes and styles and then I start to draw things that could live with them in a pattern, like flowers or rainbows, etc. Once I feel like I've drawn all I can , I go through and pick the motifs I like the best and take pictures with my phone. Then I open the pictures on my ipad and trace with a sketch program so that they are vectorized. I then open them on my desktop where I can manipulate them in Illustrator or Photoshop depending on the effect I'm going for. Once I have the layout set, I start to play with color. I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to color palettes and I like to play around with options until I land on something I love.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

 I did a really fun job for a client who makes nutrition bars for pregnant women, I really enjoyed working on the patterns for that one! There are also a few one-off pattern's I've created that I really enjoy because I think they are fun. Lately i've been trying out a new style and I like a lot of that stuff as well even though its different from the way I normally work.

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

I would love to design patterns that get used on products for Land of Nod!! I love their aesthetic and it would be so cool for my work to be available on such cute stuff. I would also love to do an entire home line for Target!

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

A pencil, a sketchbook and a smoothy, inky pen.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I am very inspired by things that are unusual. I love a weird flower, or an interesting rock formation, or even a very alien looking insect! Nature is the first go-to for me but I also really enjoy looking at vintage packaging, illustrations and advertisements. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

That's a hard question! I recently discovered the work for Josef Frank and fell completely in love! Close second are not individual designers, but I am endlessly inspired by Marimekko and Liberty of London. 

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me for having a good sense of humor and being fun to be around! I strive to be a positive force in the world and hope that my work reflects that.

Where you can find me:

 www.courtneycapone.com

Instagram: @courtneyecapone

Designer Spotlight: Emily Hamm

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi, everyone! My name is Emily Hamm, a graphic designer & pattern designer out of Oklahoma. I spent about 10 years at an in-house design studio, where I designed patterns, products & packaging. Although I have lots of experience as an in-house designer, I am new to this side of the pattern world. Thanks to the support of my husband, a little over a year ago I began Emily Hamm Design, a graphic & pattern design studio. Currently I’ve been freelancing design while developing my personal pattern design style, taking classes, and designing lots of patterns. My hope is to begin freelancing/selling/licensing my pattern work soon.

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

I have always wanted to be in a creative field of some sort. Being unaware that pattern design was a career path, I chose graphic design instead. I love graphic design and still use those skills daily. As long as I can remember I’ve always been drawn to patterns! Recently, going through some art I did in grade school I found drawings & paintings of guess what? Patterns! I guess I really was a pattern designer before anything else.

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

I work from my home, a cute little, hundred-year-old, farmhouse with a studio that’s just perfect for me. With a flexible schedule, I work 4-5 days a week, depending on my workload. Coffee in hand (I’m NOT a morning person), my day usually starts around 8:30, where I begin by checking my emails, social media and planning out the day. From there, I work on developing patterns or working on graphic design projects for clients.

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

When it comes to design… keep things in perspective and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

As a good friend of mine always says, “We’re not saving lives here!”

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

If I can switch gears and work on another project I will do that. But sometimes, when I am really struggling it helps to take a break, go on a walk or do some market research. It also helps to step back, and look at the big picture of my goals for my designs.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Being a graphic designer too, I am all about working within the design programs. Adobe Illustrator is my favorite program.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

1st, I conceptualize: Research, look through books, write word lists that come to mind, & thumbnail/sketch.

2nd, I develop: I get on my computer, and start developing work from my sketches or straight from my head.

3rd, I refine: step away from it for a bit, come back and refine the designs, make major and minor changes until I am happy with the result.

As far as apps go, I like Adobe Capture: an app that quickly vectorizes photos.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

A few of my favorite projects have been working on Christmas paper goods & fabric for Hobby Lobby.

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

I would love to see my pattern designs carried by brands like West Elm, Target or Cloud 9 fabrics. I dream of projects such as fabric lines, paper goods and home goods.

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

Graph Paper, Pantone Swatch book (color bridge), & my computer.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

All over really. Social media of course, design books, the beautiful variety of the flowers at the park, trendy packaging at a local boutique, or a vintage illustrated book at an antique store. I also gather inspiration from other creative fields such as furniture design, architecture, fashion or music.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Saul Bass.

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me as someone that inspired them to love others and live a full (and pattern filled) life.

Where you can find me:

emilyhammdesign.com

@emhammdesign on Instagram

Emily Hamm Design on Facebook

@emilyhammdesign on Twitter

Video Designer Spotlight: Brooke Glaser

Grab a cuppa and tune in for this week's Designer Spotlight with Illustrator & Surface Designer, Brooke Glaser.

We talk about where Brooke finds inspiration, her design process and have a good old catch up!

Watch the video below, or play the podcast: www.risedesignandshine.com/podcasts/

 

Designer Spotlight: Alice Potter

Hello, please introduce yourself: 

Hi. My name is Alice Potter. I am a freelance illustrator and surface print designer specialising in children's illustration and pattern design.

I have been running my own studio since 2011 and in that time I have worked with a number of clients including Abacus Cards, American Greetings, Cico Books, Jelly The Pug, Lonely Planet, Ted Baker, Tesco, Mollie Makes, Parragon Books, Quarto Books Trend Lab and Papercrafter Magazine.  
 
I love the variety my job brings, and being able to have a certain amount of flexibility every day. 
 

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


This would take me back to almost graduating university and I think I would tell myself to knuckle down and stop going to the uni bar! I would also like to advise myself to try and get a studio job after graduating to gain some valuable experience. My degree was in Textile Design, and I was too cautious about finding a job in this sector when I left university. It could have led to interesting things.  

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

 
I feel stuck in a rut often, and what I find helps me a lot, is writing down subjects I want to tackle in a spider-diagram, and coming up with rough thumbnail sketches to get me started. It helps my mind to let things spill out onto a scrap bit of paper or in my notebook and then I can pick one thing to get started with. Recently, I also started referring to trend boards more for my work and I have a few that I use. These are really helpful when I am designing collections, and I will go through them and make notes on what resonates with me most.  Emily Kiddy has great references, and Patternbank studio also offer books at affordable prices. I also sign up to the Design Garden Kids Trend Workshop which supplies a fantastic trend book at a great price too.  
 

What are your favourite design tools?  


I stick to the very basics when I design using a pen and paper, Adobe Illustrator and most recently the Apple iPad Pro where I use programmes like Adobe Draw. I would like to add painting to my tool kit but currently I feel less confident with this medium. 
 

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How would you describe your design process?


Depending on the job I am doing or if it's a piece for my portfolio, I will always start with a very rough thumbnail sketch to get a general vibe of the design and where I see it going. I then start by drawing out any icons using references from the internet, Pinterest or books. Once I have some icons, I tend to redraw them using the pencil tool in Adobe Illustrator. This is where I begin to make decisions about colour, layout and composition and pulling designs into a pattern. I would say my process is fairly clean and streamlined and can go from sketch to a finished design in a matter of hours.  

 

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


About a year into my business, I was lucky enough to do a pretty large project with Ted Baker. It involved illustrating a print that would be one of 12 available in all stores worldwide. I had to go to their HQ and sign 1200 prints, which was very exciting.  
I also remember doing a really huge world map as a private commission. It was for a wedding present, and the groom happened to be an ex-actor/ turned director from one of my favourite Australian soaps. I ended up sending a few prints with a letter to the cast, but I have no idea if it got there.  
Other standout projects include my recent collaboration with Trend Lab Baby in the US. They used one of my designs to build a whole nursery collection for babies, which included an Owl clock and a really adorable quilt.  

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Who are your dream clients or what is your dream project?


Dream clients for me include Paperchase, Next, Boots Mini Club, Land Of Nod etc. My main goal is to finally see my designs on children's clothes in a highstreet store in the UK. I love designing print collections for children and am focusing on this area more and more, building up a portfolio of character designs and fun everyday prints that I hope will appeal to these types of clients.  

 

There has been an art supply sanction imposed and designers are only allowed to possess 3 items/tools, what do you choose?

It would have to be my iPad Pro and pencil, and a pen and sketchbook (Is this 3 or 4?) 

 

Where do you find inspiration? 

As mentioned before, I now use trend books a lot to inform my direction. I also have a very full Pinterest board where I keep boards on subjects within illustration that I would like to/or need to work on. These include subjects like Flowers, Christmas, Food, Cats, Dogs, Birds, Maps, Hand Lettering. It motivates me to keep adding these subject matters to my portfolio as many of them are always in demand. 
 

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Who would you say is the greatest designer to have lived?  

Maybe Josef Frank. Or Matisse. Or Picasso. I like designers in the 20th century who had their fingers in lots of different areas and excelled at them all for example painting, ceramics, textiles, photography. There are simply too many to mention here.  

 

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

my sense of humour, my colourful art and my friendship (if you have been lucky enough to know me) 

 

Where you can find me:

 
My illustration and surface print website and shop: http://alicepotter.co.uk/ 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/alicepotterillustration/ 
Twitter: twitter.com/AlicePotter
Pinterest: uk.pinterest.com/alicerpotter
Email me: hello@alicepotter.co.uk
 

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.

Ask an Agent: Interview with Brenda Manley

Today we have another great interview for you! I had the pleasuring of chatting with Artist Agent, Brenda Manley to ask her about her agency, projects and working life. We talk trends, portfolios and tradeshows!

Grab a cuppa, tune in and enjoy :)


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If you would like to see more from Brenda and her studio, check out the following links:

Website: brendamanleydesigns.com

Instagram: @brenda_manley_designs

Ohn Mar Win and Harriet Mellor are no longer represented by Brenda Manley Designs but you can find them on the following links: Ohn Mar Win  and  Harriet Mellor.

Designer Spotlight: JILLIAN PHILLIPS

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi! I'm Jill, I'm an illustrator and print designer based in the UK.

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

Don't worry so much! Work hard and it will eventually come together.

 

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

I surround myself with design books or visit an art exhibition. A day out in a new city can really lift the creative spirit too.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I love to paint with ink. 

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

I try not to look at what everybody else is doing when I am working on a new print- but I do love to look at Instagram in my down time. There are so many lovely creative people out there.

My own process involves spending time looking at books, sketching, filling pages in my sketchbook (if time permits) and then starting to put the design together in Illustrator or Photoshop.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I've been lucky to be involved in some great projects. I love designing fabric for Dashwood Studio. Land of Nod are also really fun to work with. I still get excited when I walk into a Paperchase store and see my artwork on product too!

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

Oh gosh, so many. I've always liked the idea of designing bedding for Ikea. Anthropologie would also be high on my list!

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

Ink, brush and paper is all I need to be happy!

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Tokyo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

There are so many great designers!!

When I’m long gone, I hope people remember me as a designer whose work made people smile.

Where you can find me:

www.jillyp.co.uk  

instagram:  jillyp_studio