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FolioFocus Week 3 Roundup: Mum’s the word!

Last week our Spring 2018 FolioFocus classmates created amazing and adorable cards and gifting designs for Mother’s Day.

Soft & pretty Mother's Day Card Presentation By  Bénédicte B Barrett

Soft & pretty Mother's Day Card Presentation By Bénédicte B Barrett

FolioFocus: Student Gallery

Check out a preview of Week 3’s submissions below; visit the gallery to see more of the fantastic work they created:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/foliofocusspring2018/pool/with/39609701264/

Cute 'Llama Mama' Design By Lisa Norris

Each designer’s own perspective of Mother’s Day is diverse and distinct. Whether it's pretty florals or the cutest animals, these designs are just adorable!

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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

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Adriana Bergstrom

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hi, I'm Adriana Bergstrom (Adriprints).

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 about figuring out your style! Just keep making loads and loads of
art. Life's full of ups and downs regardless of the career you choose.

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

I try and do something completely different... I tend to vacillate between digital and
analog art as a mixed media artist, so I hit up some new analog or digital mediums...
new brush (real or digital), paper, etc. Or I really do something completely different and
get out of the studio to change the view.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

I love ink and also digital ink. So, my dipping pen, brush pens, and also my Intuos tablet,
and Cintiq.

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

I tend to sketch in graphite or digitally, then move to color again analog or digital. It
really depends on what I've got in mind, but I always end up digitizing the work to touch
up the scan of the texture or illustration before sharing it with clients or social media.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

still love the fonts I designed, although some are in need of re-kerning. Other from
those, I'd really love to see more of my work out in the world. I love my latest Autumn
designs and funky characters.

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

I'd love to work with mini-Boden and see my work on children's wear. Another dream of
mine would be to see my more illustrative work in a library in a children's book or two...
or five.

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

Ink, brush, paper

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I get inspiration from the weird thoughts that bubble up in my brain during showers,
right before falling asleep, and during travel. When I'm stuck at home for a long time, I
get inspiration from my surroundings, books I'm reading, podcasts or audiobooks I'm
absorbing.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

Hah! This is such a loaded question... just one designer? Alas, I cannot. My faves are
William Morris, Alfons Mucha, Josef Frank, and Maija Isola.

When I’m long gone, I hope people remember me as an ecclectic Renaissance woman.

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: 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: Cathrin Gressieker

Hello, please introduce yourself:

Hello, I am Cathrin Gressieker, a painter and pattern designer living in Northern Germany right now with a love for everything “south”, warm, floral and tropical. I create bold, feminine and trend-inspired patterns for women’s apparel, activewear and home décor. And I am also a yoga teacher.

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

You just couldn’t imagine what an exciting and adventurous decade is in front of you! You will leave your TV job, get married, have your first child, become a yoga teacher, travel around the world and will be more and more drawn to your creative dreams again. First with knitting and sewing and having your second child. And then painting and discovering the wonderful world of surface pattern and textile design, which you didn’t know even was a job! So my key piece of advice would be: Always pay intention to these creative whispers.

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

Relax, travel, go for a walk, cook a new recipe, go to a yoga class, get a good night’s sleep, learn a new technique, meet with friends, take an e-course, take an afternoon nap (very good one), play with the kids, read a book, watch a movie, clean up my studio, avoid cleaning the rest of the house, decide to never to make art again come (always makes me rushing to my studio with even more passion), be gentle to yourself knowing this will pass. And then come back to your work fresh eyes and my absolute favourite one – just start.

What are your favourite design tools?

Copic markers and watercolour.

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

I like experimenting with a lot of different techniques. My designs usually start by hand with drawings, painting, collage, mark making and textures. Or with photos from my extensive library of basically every flower I ever stopped for on my travels or biking around town. Often I start with an idea, moodboard or trend in mind, but sometimes the best work comes through happy accidents or artmaking just for the love of it, that will spark cool ideas later on. I then usually scan my work or import my photos into the computer and start playing around in Photoshop and Illustrator. I love both stages, the hand-made and the digital.

Favourite apps and programs are Photoshop, Pixlr app on iPhone for basic photo editing, Waterlogue app for giving photos a watercolour effect.

What are some of your favourite design projects to date? 

This year I did a 100-day-project where I painted my Daily Mood in watercolour. I especially loved doing these on our summer vacation travelling through Montenegro. This is now my 365-day-project and is one of the examples where I just do it for fun and when I come back to these paintings later on and realize that some of them could become a pattern or a texture. Furthermore, I found a textile agency to represent me this year and was very happy to have sold a couple of my designs to European companies.

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

I would love to see my designs on the runways in Paris, New York, Milan and Berlin and on activewear like Nike and adidas. IKEA, Anthropologie and Marimekko sound pretty dreamlike too.

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

iPhone, Photoshop, watercolour

Where do you find inspiration?

Literally everywhere. Nature is probably the biggest one, travel, textile trade shows, and the internet, of course. Sometimes I rather feel inspiration overload as my mind works and processes information all the time and there is no line between life, work and travel. Which is good and a nice problem to have though.

Who would you say the greatest designer is?

I couldn’t name only one. I am very much fascinated by the work and life of midcentury woman designers like Lucienne Day, Maija Isola and Vera Neumann. An era when all the designs and repeats were still made by hand and these women found their voice and market in societies that started to change with more women’s rights.

When I'm long gone, I hope people remember me as fun, inspirational person and having lived a truly amazing artists life

Where you can find me:

www.cathringressieker.com

https://www.instagram.com/cathringressieker/

https://www.facebook.com/CathrinGressiekerArtDesign/

https://twitter.com/cat_gressieker

https://de.pinterest.com/catgressieker/

https://society6.com/cathringressieker

http://www.redbubble.com/de/people/catgressieker

FolioFocus Week 3 Roundup!

What a wonderful week of patchwork geos, for some of you out of your comfort zone, but you manage to pull through and made wonderful designs!

Here are a few from Instagram and 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

FolioFocus Week 2 Roundup!

What a wonderful week of sweet greetings and what beautiful designs!

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

Here's looking forward to another pattern filled week :)