I’ve been rather busy… wasn’t sure if should leave London and move to Bristol and then doing some freelance work for a pre-press media company in Moorgate so it’s been awhile since I’ve managed to create anything.
Thankfully this weekend I did manage a few ‘bits’…. slow steps and all that!!
Some of these I’ve mentioned before (or the first stages of the design anyway) but I have so many designs that I’m becoming overwhelmed – I want to create a collection of work that I can actually physically create and sell and any other designs I can license (I hope!!).
It’s great fun coming up with new ideas but trying to concentrate and pick out a few to then develop gets me in a pickle.
I will get there even if it takes me a year just to get one or two created in my own shop!! maybe even then offer as wholesale if my research and sale techniques work (I’m rubbish at sales though but I am constantly looking/reading/watching tutorials, books and meet ups to find out more – to basically get through all my mental (ha!) clutter and get the hell on with things. It’s hard when you’ve always been told that everything you do is crap or to be ignored… I do actually think I have created some work that should be developed further which I am pleased that I have got to that stage. 🙂
I made a few variations in repeat from my photograph taken in Kew Gardens a few weeks ago…
I do seem to keep going for light greens and pale blues… my actual favourite colour is red so it’s a surprise in some ways.
I’ve keep meaning to create a scarf design and to research price/material etc to then sell in my future collection of textiles (big plans, small confidence but trying to ignore the latter!!)
I did manage to try a few quick layouts in illustrator (ignore the vertical lines in the bottom left and the horizontal lines in the bottom right as these are just roughs… this is also a screen grab so you can’t see the full length… I will look up various widths for the scarfs as I like skinny and shawl like scarfs so it would be great to be able to offer two variations for each design I decide to finalise.
Once I’ve worked further on what I want the final pieces to be like I will create mockups and post them up.
I also decided on a whim to enter a cushion competition using an illustration that I created a few months ago.
I signed up to the “Make Art That Sells” (MATS) 6 month Bootcamp – one assignment each month (except for April as they have a five-week course in the middle) so a total of 5 assignments where you are given a ‘brief’ and a use of design use as well as other useful tips and info – the private Facebook group is very cool.
This is my submission – I did also do the February assignment but as I signed up just a few days before that deadline my design wasn’t very good – I may post that up later.
My other designs that I rather liked from all the doodles and sketches I did in the week before receiving it’s ‘use’ ie: bolt fabric.
A very quick mockup on products:
another design created whilst working on the ‘Jelly’ theme
a few other bits from the Jelly theme:
For the people not doing the 5 week course ‘we’ have decided to do our own assignment for fun… one member’s six year old son has given the theme of Underwater and it will be for dishware.
I have also decided to join ANOTHER online course – this one being with The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1: Designing your Way 5 week course which is more affordable for me right now and I think the other MATS course will be good to take once I get to a better level of work.
I’ve been eyeing these modules for at least a year and it started on Monday (24th March 2014) I signed up that night… I couldn’t help it. I need to find more work or sell more products in order to afford this lol.
I’ve added my shop links to my about page… hint hint hint 🙂
This is a demo store for testing purposes — no orders shall be fulfilled. Dismiss