It’s Sunday and I spent the morning in the garden with the rest of the Community Crew getting ready for the Autumn planting. I’s a gorgeous day – sun shining, breeze blowing, big blue sky. But I couldn’t wait to get home to start another design challenge – this time set by http://designcompetition.tigerprint.uk.com. The challenge is to design wrapping paper or gift cards for the Marks and Spencer Customer and to only use black and white.
To create this collection I used a range of blocks that I have cut out of waste material that I scrounged from Reverse Art Truck. It’s perfect as it has one side that is adhesive and it sticks well to the various sized blocks that I have picked up about the place. I also use all sort of things I find around the house to create patterns and can spend hours stamping onto paper. Here is one of blocks I used for the prints above and below.
A range of coordinate designs using two main design motif – floral and a spot. Simply by changing scale, repeat structure, layout of motifs and colour it is possible to create endless options.
It has been too long between creative breaks. I am now in the very fortunate position of being able to take some time out from my full time job. I am taking this opportunity to return to painting, drawing and manipulating imagery using Photoshop and Illustrator and to reflect on textile design practice and teaching.
I have also made time to join the Moreland Community Garden, which has enabled me to fullfil a dream of having a decent space in which to have a garden (but also all the enormous benefits of sharing and meeting new people) . I am also a volunteer with the Tree Project which again is helping me fulfill my desire to grow things. And will most likely squeeze some travel into this short space of time. I am so happy to be able to mix all these passions together and see what comes out the other end.
So, for my first post. I picked these berries on the way to the garden last week.
Here is one of my first sketches… Winter Berries
A sketch using gouache and watercolour