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Designer Spotlight: Emily Hamm

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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

Designer Spotlight: Puck Selders

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Hi!

I’m Puck Selders, a freelance designer and illustrator living in Leiderdorp, the Netherlands, with my partner and 2 wonderful children. 
I love all things cute, children´s books, dancing mambo, theatre, the beach, being outside, art, fashion and everything food related :D

 

For as long as I can remember I've been passionate about drawing, painting, fabrics and beautiful colors. 
I studied Fashion and Textile design at The Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague. 
After graduating in 2000 I started working in-house as a babywear designer for several companies. 
In 2013 I became freelance, so that I could focus on surface pattern design and illustration. 
Creating cute and joyful art just makes me really really happy and I´d love to share it with others.

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

Well, when I studied at the art academy, I honestly had no clue about what I wanted. I only knew that I wanted to do ‘’something creative’’ and that I was crazy about fabrics, beautiful colors and drawing. But I didn’t even know I could draw the way I can draw now, until I started working at Sign-D, my first in-house job. I discovered I really loved to create cute and funny illustrations and patterns and learned how to work with computers! I was so afraid of computers during my study, hahaha!

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

That totally depends on if i’m on a commission or not. But Monday is my day off, I spend it with my little one Jimi, he’s 3, so he’s not going to school yet. On Tuesday and Wednesday I’m working all day, most evenings too, when the kids are asleep and if I don’t go to the gym. If I’m on a commission, I also work on thursdays and fridays. If I’m not on a commission I’m working on building my portfolio and trying to get new clients. But each day starts with a large cup of coffee!!

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

Be more self- confident!

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

I’ll do something totally different, like going to the gym or doing the dishes. Something that clears my head. Or, I’ll take my paint and pencils and have some fun with that, just without thinking or any pressure, making some simple stripes , dots or structures.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

My Wacom tablet and pen.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

Sometimes I make some little doodles and sketches with pencil and paper. Without looking for reference first, just using my imagination. Scan it into Illustrator and work from there. But mostly I start gathering reference first (not too much!) and then just start drawing in Illustrator, I do have a lot of fantasy so ideas just appear while drawing. I usually draw way too much icons, hahaha. 

Favourite program: Illustrator. Favourite Apps: Instagram and Pinterest

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I recently designed some colouring pages for Zeeman, so much fun! I also designed artwork with a circus theme for Zeeman, they create a lot of cool products with it, like toys, greeting cards, stickers.

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

I’d love to see my work in Paperchase! Or design tableware for Rice! Land of Nod, Lilipinso…also on my list. But just as long as I can draw cute things I’m happy!

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

Laptop, tablet and pen.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Everywhere! Nature, food, just a combination of colors, my kids, watching dancers, Instagram and Pinterest. But also sad things, like when my sis was diagnosed with cancer last year. She asked me to design a card for here so I did..

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Tough question! Can’t name just one designer, but lately I’m absolutely in love with Noëlle Smit’s work, a dutch illustrator, so colorful!

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: JILLIAN PHILLIPS

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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

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Zara Martina Mansen

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Hi, I’m Zara Martina, a British Surface Pattern Designer/illustrator based in Southern Spain. I originally studied Fashion and worked for some time as a costume designer in TV. After taking a break and moving to Spain, I decided to retrain in Surface Pattern Design and have been working in this industry for a few years now. 

 

 

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

My advice would be: " enjoy the journey, go with your gut instincts (which I never did and wish I had), try not to follow and keep learning every day!"

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

I have the most beautiful garden and if I ever feel bogged down or in a design rut, I take a break there. I work from my home studio so sometimes it’s hard to leave work behind. If I really need a good break, I simply close my studio door and get out of the house. I love to go out in the neighbourhood and take photos for inspiration too. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I quite often work straight in Photoshop so one of my favourite tools would have to be my Wacom Intuos tablet, which is nothing fancy but works a treat and I love my Pentel brush pens and also Rotring pens for finer line work. 

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

If I have a brief to work to I like to start my search on Pinterest and sometimes make a private board there. I also have a huge pinboard in the studio which takes up one wall, I quite often use that to pin colours, images, drawings etc. I then choose different routes depending on the look I want to achieve. Sometimes I’ll make lots of sketches/paintings and scan them into the computer to work on, other times I’ll work straight in Photoshop.

I mostly work in Photoshop; I love Photoshop, but will work in Adobe illustrator if needed. I’m also enjoying using Adobe capture with captures taken from my own illustrations. Finally, I love to mock-up my patterns, I’m a mock-up freak and I pretty much mock-up up every pattern to get a feel of how it could look on different products. 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I’m not sure; I love a lot of my work at the beginning and grow tired of it after seeing it all the time! I have sold some patterns outright this past year for print studios which I can’t share and I would say it was some of my best work.  However, I’m most proud of my first licensed work which at the time was such an achievement. It was an achievement because I had just completed training with The Make it in Design School and decided to just go for it and see what happened.  I landed my first licensing opportunity straight after the course with work I’d completed on the course.

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

I love designing for the home décor market but I would love to have the opportunity to design prints for fashion, probably because of my training and love of fashion.

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

I would definitely have to have at least one brush pen, a big sketchbook (I like working on a large scale) and a pencil. 

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

Everywhere! I take a LOT of photographs from my mobile when I’m out and about, and drive my husband mad because we have to keep stopping to take random photos. I also love to go to museums but not as often as I’d like. When I lived in London, I would visit all the museums frequently. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Emilio Pucci was a great designer, Zandra Rhodes (I once met her on a studio visit), also Mary Katrantzou, love her work!

When I’m long gone, I’d like to be remembered for someone that followed her own path, was inspirational, kind and giving. 

Where you can find me:

http://www.zaramartina.com/

https://www.instagram.com/zaramartinadesigns/

https://www.facebook.com/zaramartinadesigns

https://twitter.com/ZarasDesigns

FolioFocus Week 6 Roundup!

What a wonderful week of abstract! Really great designs guys :)

Here are a few from Instagram, Facebook and our Gallery can be found here: flickr.com/groups/foliofocusaw16/

Designer Spotlight: Lisa Kirkbride

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Hi, I’m Lisa Kirkbride, an illustrator and pattern designer living in sunny Whitley Bay in the north east of England with my husband and young daughter. I’m fortunate enough to enjoy stunning sea views, and whilst bracing, I love where I live.
My background is in graphic design and this is reflected in my designs which are vibrant and fun. I'm inspired by Scandinavian design and 1950s vintage fabrics and wall coverings. I’m driven by my love for creating patterns – especially florals – while exploring new eye catching colour combinations.

I am a member of Finch and Foxglove art collective and we exhibited together for the first time this May at Surtex in New York. It was a great experience and opportunity to get my work out there in front of dream clients. In 2017 I am showing at Printsource in January and Surtex again in May, something that would be much harder to achieve without being part of the collective which is a great support and is invaluable in sharing the costs and workload of exhibiting.
I’d describe myself as a book lover, doodler, collector of letterpress type and a stationery addict with an unhealthy obsession for art materials. I was recently ranked in the top 8 MIID Printsource 2016 competition, reached the semi-finals of the The Global Talent Search 2016 and have showcased in a number of industry publications.

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

Simply to stop doing things that you don’t love and remember that shy bairns get nowt! That’s two isn’t it, I always like to give a bit extra!

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

I find the best thing to do is to get away from my desk, go for a walk or a run along the seafronts - basically get outside and clear my head. A change of scenery often unlocks new ideas and I find I’m much more productive once I get back.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I’m a big fan of Illustrator and have a Wacom Cintiq which I love. This year I treated myself to an iPad Pro and pencil which is slowly becoming a favourite too, but sometimes you can’t beat a twig and some ink or a sharpie!

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

At the start of every project I will research the subject matter, look at trends and what appeals to me and my target audience, and draw, draw, draw. I like to use Graphik fine liners and Sharpies to sketch and brainstorm ideas. When I’m at a stage where I think I have what I need, I’ll scan my images and start to create my illustrations or patterns (Adobe Capture is pretty cool for scanning and importing your art into Illustrator as a vector file).
I mainly work in Illustrator on the Cintiq (I find the pen on the screen far more intuitive than a mouse and it was a great investment). However lately I’m using the iPad more and more. I have

Procreate which works brilliantly with the Apple Pencil but my preference is Adobe Draw as I can export my layered, vector files into Illustrator and share colour libraries across projects. It’s a different way of working for me and I’m just getting to the stage where I can see it could save me time and it could be a useful tool to keep me productive on the go.
I often mockup my patterns on to actual products in Photoshop as it’s very rewarding and I enjoy seeing how my designs or patterns will work on “real life” products. Experimenting with the scale of the pattern can also be a useful exercise and combining complementary patterns is really fun too and gives an insight into how they could be used together.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE? 

One of my favourite projects so far is illustrations for packaging for a candle company. I worked on labels for flavours such as strawberry's and cream and chocolate fudge, make your own candle kits and also some high end labels and boxes for their premium range.

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

I really enjoy making patterns so my dream project would be a fabric collection (probably florals!) or a stationery range to satisfy the stationery lover in me. I am a little obsessed in mocking up my designs onto journals or bedding as you can probably tell by my Instagram feed.

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

That is really hard. I suppose my mac, iPad (which I could use to create with and it would also double up as a scanner) and a sharpie!

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

For inspiration, I look at the scenery around me, I love flora and fauna so there’s always something to see as the seasons change. I look out for trends in shops, visit galleries and Pinterest and Instagram are great - but I need to be disciplined with them as time can fly.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Scandinavian design really appeals to me as I love the bold colours and the very graphic, high contrast style. Anything from Finnish company Marimekko is amazing and the bold, folk-like patterns of Josef Frank are really inspiring.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me for making colourful designs that make people smile.

Where you can find me:

facebook.com/LisaKirkbrideDesigns

www.instagram.com/lisa_kirkbride_designs

www.lisakirkbride.com

Designer Spotlight: Adrienne Vita

Hello, please introduce yourself:

Hi, I'm Adrienne Vita and I'm an artist from Portland, Oregon.

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

To never doubt yourself or compare yourself, to keep at it and have loads of fun in the process. It's all about the fun!

 

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

Honestly, taking breaks and stepping away when you are frustrated with a piece you are working on. If it's a longer than one day rut, I think taking a break out of town for a weekend. A change of scenery can help. Long walks, hanging out with friends, daily meditation - just keep yourself uplifted in any way you can. The main thing is to not take the rut too seriously. All things pass.

What are your favourite design tools?

Paints, paintbrushes and awesome paper.

How would you describe your design process? Favourite apps and programs

I tend to stay off social media so I can get in my bubble and create. I love to listen to music or podcasts while I work. I record my dreams, I write and do lots of thumbnail sketches for ideas. Dance party breaks are a must.

What are some of your favourite design projects to date? 

I really loved this zodiac sock. I'm always pleased when a client picks the mystical stuff and wants to run with it!
http://www.sockittome.com/women/knee-socks-women/zodiac.html

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

Chronicle Books and illustrating a children's book. Maybe even write and illustrate. I've always wanted to have my repeat patterns on a clothing line too. Working with Hallmark and having some cards in their line would send me over the moon.

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

Brush, paint and paper.

Where do you find inspiration?

Nature, long walks, meditation, mutual artist friends I admire, vintage, photography, fashion and music.

Who would you say the greatest designer is?

Gosh, I never really have favorites because they are so many to admire but I've been into Charley Harper's work and David Hockney's paintings lately.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me as an artist.

Where you can find me:

adriennevita.com

@adriennevita on instagram

@adrienne_vita on twitter

@adriennevita on pinterest

 

FolioFocus Week 4 Roundup!

What a wonderful week of fall recipes! Really great designs came out of it :)

Here are a few from Facebook and our Gallery can be found here: flickr.com/groups/foliofocusaw16/

Designer Spotlight: Michelle Grace

Hello, please introduce yourself:

Hi, I’m Michelle Grace a surface pattern designer form Derbyshire in the UK. I love to sketch and paint from nature and create collections built around the changing seasons.

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

I would say always stay true to yourself, if something feels wrong don’t be afraid to move on. Set goals and aim high! I always enjoy learning and over the last year have taken many online courses. Knowledge can bring endless possibilities.

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

I go out and find inspiration. Simply walking in the fresh air or gardening can give you time to think clearly. I also find lots of inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram and find it relaxing yet motivating to browse at all the amazing art out there!

What are your favourite design tools?

I have always loved to paint but since working more digitally I have found a love of working with a pen and paper so fluid and organic. I prefer to have an object in front of me to draw from, rather than just doodling randomly and I don’t pencil sketch 1st as I like to see what my hand wants to do! Sometimes little ‘mistakes’ can be quirky and fun. I love to have the freedom of sketching without restraints. In the past I have worked as an In-house designer where the common practice was to get our images from Google, print and trace them precisely then paint the motifs. I found this such a flat and mundane way of working and much prefer to inject a bit of my personality into my drawings now.

How would you describe your design process? Favourite apps and programs

My design process starts either with a theme or by walking and collecting found objects such as wild flowers. I have my camera at all times as I’m constantly looking for inspiration. I like to experiment with lots of media, trying to paint in new ways or changing my materials depending on a theme. I remember last Autumn sketching berries and I ended up squashing and ‘painting’ with them to create a nice background texture. I love to get a little messy some times! A long time ago I was a Decorative Painter living in Spain and as well as painting furniture with decorative effects such as marbling and colourwashing I painted huge scale murals. The work was quite varied and I think that’s why I still love to experiment with scale and media now.

Nowadays, I often create a moodboard though don’t always stick to my initial thoughts, preferring to let me ideas grow.

My preferred program is illustrator with a wacom tablet. An app I used a lot is PicsArt as it allows me to add my logo to jpegs on my phone.

What are some of your favourite design projects to date?

Over the last year I have been creating collections which have so far been licensed by PatternJam.com and their new company stitchedcustomquilts.com who create customised quilt tops. It’s been amazing to see my patterns on quilt tops and I’m very happy to work with such a great company who has good values and are so innovative!

https://patternjam.com/michellegracedesign

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

I would love to licence fabric collections to Robert Kaufman Fabrics and create art work for Rifle Paper Company. I have been very lucky to have been commissioned by Harrods before and I would love to work with them again!

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

A unipen, an Pental Aquash water brush pen and a tube of gouache, but I would be quite happy with a pen and sketchbook which is what I take to the Garden Centre!

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere! Mostly from nature though also from places such as Instagram and Pinterest where I follow some brilliant Artists and Designers, many of whom I have done online courses with and I happily call my friends.

Who would you say the greatest designer is?

That is hard for me to answer because my hero’s have changed over the years! I am most inspired by modern designers including Nathalie Lete, Bari J and Miriam Bos at the moment as well as many supportive friends in the industry.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me for someone who created beautiful art and inspired others!

Where you can find me:

www.michellegrace.co.uk

issuu.com/mgracedesign

facebook.com/MichelleGraceDesign

twitter.com/michellegrace27

instagram.com/michellegracedesign

www.pinterest.com/michellegrace27

online shops:

redbubble.com/michellegrace

society6.com/michellegrace

spoonflower.com/michellegracedesign

etsy.com/michellegracedesign