There is something so cathartic about this time of year. It always feels to me like the opportunity for new beginnings, a fresh start. There’s a lot of change ahead in this crazy world of ours, but may the coming year be full of joy, love, friendship and many blessings. Happy New Year!
With the year nearly over and the first term of the final part of my degree complete, I have a great deal to reflect upon. Choosing to take this final year in Surface Pattern Design has been an enormous undertaking, as I get my head around different processes and industry terminology. My actual ‘hand-in’ date isn’t until the end of January, so over the next month I’m hoping that all my work since September will start to come together. It feels as though I’m a long way off realising the briefs requirements at the moment.
Ultimately, it will all culminate in two very different collections of 10 pieces, a sketchbook, a fabric swatch book, a customer board and inspiration board and among other things, 2 final visualisation boards . The module is all about experimentation and for me virtually each and every process in the workshop spaces has been an utterly new experience. I’ll share some of those pieces over the coming weeks. But for now, I thought I’d begin by showing you some of the simple geometric collection I’ve been working on. Geometrics are quite a departure from my normal work and I’m not entirely comfortable with them. Some are created by hand and some I’ve learnt to create digitally in Photoshop. It’s made me realise how much I miss my trusty old paintbrush and watercolour paints though and I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with them in the New Year!
I've been busy over the last week getting to grips with creating seamless patterns in photoshop. I've spent quite a bit of time playing in previous months and making little patterns here and there, but it's been somewhat hit and miss as to whether they're actually seamless or not. In fact more frequently than I would like they've had little glitches and errors and I just couldn't quite work out why! Finally though, the giant penny has dropped and now I'm a bit addicted! This is a re-take on the blue and white pattern I took from a vase of flowers I painted a few months ago. I'm in the process of loading these up onto fabric and products to sell online at Art Of Where and Spoonflower.
I signed up with Make It In Design for their Summer School 2018. I'm halfway through the first weeks brief, which seems to have turned into rather a large project, so I'll post it when I've made more headway. But the week 2 brief, which was to design a beach towel, tied in really nicely with the Tropical Fish designs I've been working on so I decided to use them... this is not something I've ever attempted before and I rather surprised myself with just how much my photoshop skills have developed in the last few months! I quite like the idea of collaborating with an Ocean Awareness charity and upon the sale of my product designs donating a percentage. Anyway, just a dream at the moment, but it's good to dream... right!
There's something rather soporific about the sound of rain outside your window, especially when it's so welcome after all the dry heat we've been having. I have definitely got watery themes on the brain still and am excited with ideas on what to paint next in my ocean collection. Although, I also have other projects steadily gathering which I must give some attention to. So for now, here's a little pattern of my tropical fish...
Gradually I'm developing a body of work around life in our oceans. My hope is that in some small way, my paintings illustrating the beauty of our marine life, may cause us to pause and think of the irreversible impact pollution, climate change, and over fishing are having. By changing our habits even slightly, each one of us can make a difference.