Type x Amsterdam

We went on a study trip to Amsterdam in October last year and it was a fantastic chance to visit some dutch design studios and speak to some of the designers. We were asked to document the trip however we liked.

I decided to collect type from all over the city. As I explored Amsterdam, I photographed interesting, and in some cases not so interesting, typography. I kept a scrap of paper with the alphabet written on it in my pocket for the whole trip so that I could keep track of which characters I’d collected. Continue reading

My sketchbooks #yayeveryday2016

At the beginning of this year, I began a project to make some art everyday. It took the form of #yayeveryday2016 which is a tag created by Toby on instagram. He posts prompts at the beginning of the month and artists use them to inspire creative work. As of today, I am on day 215 and have really really enjoyed having a reason to make stuff everyday. Definitely check out the tag on instagram, I keep finding amazing artists through it.

Sometimes I post in the tag but often I just make the art for my own benefit, to help keep me creative and to give me an outlet for my doodlings outside my uni work. Since we’re now well over halfway through the year, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite pages from my sketchbooks, most of which I haven’t posted on insta. I use little Moleskines which are perfect and pocket sized for artiness on the go.

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Art in Action 2016

Yesterday I went to Art in Action, which is a huge summer arts festival in Oxfordshire. I’ve been lots of times before and I had a brilliant time as always, although sadly this year is its last. The festival runs until Sunday 17th July and I wholeheartedly recommend it! It features hundreds of artists and craftspeople and provides a platform for them to demonstrate their processes, show and sell their work and teach classes. It is an incredible event and I always leave feeling really inspired. Continue reading

Leap Day Project

This project was just a fun, optional project to make the most of the fact that we had an extra day in our term this year because it was a leap year. On February 29th we put on an exhibition of handmade items. We had to present a set of four items that we had made; they could be anything we liked. The idea was that we could show off a creative skill outside of graphic design.

I chose to make some little clay pots, paint them and plant some succulents into them. I’m so happy with how they turned out and I’m definitely going to make more because I think they would make cute presents.

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Falmouth Update

So I’ve neglected this blog completely since I’ve been away. I haven’t really felt like I’ve had anything worth sharing up until now and I’m home for Christmas so I finally have time.

I’m studying Graphic Design at Falmouth and I’d say I got off to a shaky start. I really struggled with homesickness and I didn’t really enjoy many of the early projects but I persevered and I am feeling much, much better about everything. I’ve met lovely people, worked and played hard and have thrown myself back into student life. The course has picked up, and although it’s not exactly what I was expecting, I am finally enjoying it. Continue reading

Lino printing @ Art in Action

When I was at Art in Action this weekend I signed up to take part in a practical linocut printing class. As always at Art in Action, the tickets for the practical classes sold out almost immediately so I was really lucky to get a place on the one I wanted. I arrived at the ticket tent 45 minutes before the show opened, and still I queued for ages and just managed to get the last linocutting ticket (phew). It’s definitely worth getting there really early if you want any choice of classes- next year I might try to book online.

Anyway, this year I did a class in linocutting which I had done before myself but hadn’t ever been taught. It was a fairly basic class, only one and a half hours, and they encouraged us to keep our designs really simple. I did a lil’ summer strawberry!

This was my final print:

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^ We started by printing some backgrounds.
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^ Then I sketched out my design on a piece of paper and used some white transfer tracing paper to transfer the design to the lino.

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^ I masked out the area around the stalk and printed that first.
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^ Then I masked out the area around the body of the strawberry and printed that on top.

IMG_8322I quite enjoyed doing the linocutting and I would like to do more in future, and maybe try something more complicated. My only mishap during the whole class was when I accidentally wound the handle of the manual printing press too far and the entire thing fell apart and landed right at the feet of a poor old man in a mobility scooter (oops).

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Watercolour Cards

It’s birthday season! As a summer baby, I’ve always associated June/July/August with birthdays. So I decided to paint some cards and get them printed out ready for upcoming birthdays. I’m super happy with them!

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I did some illustrations and lettering on hot pressed watercolour paper and then scanned them into Photoshop and then Illustrator. The real revelation when doing this was that I really liked doing the hand lettering for the text, I had no idea writing the word ‘happy’ over and over could actually make you happy (cheesy). I also LOVE this colour scheme, so bright and fruity (can I use that as an adjective?)

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I printed the cards onto cardstock, scored and folded them. (I plan on sending them in some funky orange envelopes)

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^ Let’s party!
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^Happy Birthday!

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I added a bit on the back with my name and this blog (woo!) just to get into practice doing some personal branding. I really love the way these two designs turned out and I would love one day to be able to sell little cards like this at a craft fair or something         *dreams* . Ah one day.

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Summer Sketches

Last summer I had to keep a people watching sketchbook as part of the summer project for Foundation and, although I quite enjoyed the process, I learned that I am decidedly terrible at drawing people. So this summer, I thought I would indulge myself and draw what I really wanted to be drawing all along: leaves, flowers, landscapes, objects and buildings (basically nothing with a face). All of these are drawn from life.

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^The garden path.

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^Our raspberry bush. I spent way too long eating the raspberries instead of drawing.

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I’ve also been using my beloved watercolours more this summer. I tend to use a waterbrush thing (yes, that’s the technical term) instead of a jar of water and some paintbrushes, because I find it much more portable.

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^This one escapes the no people rule because NO FACE

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I’m determined to keep up with this sketchbook over the summer and try to draw some of the things I see and get up to. (Hopefully I’ll draw some more interesting things than the washing line…)

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