Friday, 6 July 2018

Peachy Keen!

Everything's peachy in todays moodboard, with grapefruit and peach cream popsicles, fruity prints and beautiful paper florals...

Happy Friday all!

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Colour crush...

Loving this combination of peaches and pinks with that gorgeous pop of zingy lime and zesty lemon...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Monday, 2 July 2018

Creative Quarters...Noe Onoff

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Noe Onoff.

Noelia (aka Noe Onoff) is a self-taught illustrator from the Canary Islands, Spain, currently based in Texas. 

She and her husband arrived there last year to work, but it's not their final destination. They would like to travel and live for a while in other countries. For them, this is a great way to grow personally and professionally.

She has a Masters Degree in Music and a Bachelors in Elementary Teaching. 
Before she knew about the illustration world, she was a full-time cellist and elementary teacher. 

One day, she started drawing for fun and to express herself, and little by little she found illustration as a profession, and she fell in love with it. 

She loves to teach and enjoys being with children and also learns from them. But, in this job, she feels that she can't let her creative side come to life, so she started to take online classes with Lilla Rogers, Jackie Rueda, Meisi and Lisa Congdon to improve her artistic skills.  

At this moment, while she is working as a substitute teacher in the USA, she is illustrating for others and designing stationery and decorative products for her Etsy shop

Through her work, she wants to bring joy and beautiful things to others. For her, its all about giving a little more of color to people's lives, to inspire and motivate them.

For Noe, inspiration comes from the world around her, music, childhood books and movies. Inspiration for her is the sound of rain or her favourite musician, the words of the audiobook she is listening to, or the sun lights during the sunset. Being outside enjoying nature gets her creative juices flowing. 

You can get in touch with her through her Instagram account

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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Noe,
and seeing a selection of her work.

If you're interested in working with Noe, or want to get in touch with general enquiries, please visit her instagram account for contact details.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Hannah Jackson, you can read it here.

And don't forget, if you'd like to be featured, 
please send examples of your work with links to website portfolios, 
and some info about you and your background, etc... 
to Louise at 
Look forward to hearing from you!

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Friday, 29 June 2018

Freebie Friday...

A nice little freebie for you today.
Happy Friday!

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Don Fisher...

Don Fisher makes the most amazing and quirky fish shaped fashion accessories.
Shout about your love of the ocean with a mackerel case, oyster purse or turtle backpack, or if you're not sure about making such a whaley (sorry) big statement but still want a piece of Don Fisher action, grab yourself a lovely A3 Halibut art print to hang on your wall at home.

Here are a few favourites...

(images above © Don Fisher)

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Monday, 25 June 2018

Colour crush...

With the summer solstice last week, that can only mean that summer is officially here.
And the UK well and truly proved that point, with an absolutely gorgeous, scorching hot couple of days this weekend.
So, in celebration of summer, here's a colour crush post that screams sunshine, ice creams, holidays and hot hot summer days!

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Moroccan vibes...

Aaah this makes me want to go back to Morocco and sunny days spent exploring Marrakech.
Beautiful lilacs, jewel colours and the countless tones of sand. Ornate mosques and palaces, desert plains and camel rides...

Next time we go I will most definitely be sporting some headgear similar to this little number (2).

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Georgia Ragnall...

You might remember last years Creative Quarters post featuring Georgia Ragnall.
Well, Georgia has been in touch with a little update and she'll soon be graduating from the University of Bolton.
She has been busy developing her work a lot since she was featured on the blog in March last year, and has a wide range of new illustrations and prints ready to showcase at New Designers.

So, lets have a little catch up and see how Georgias been getting on in her final year...

Georgia is a Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator focusing on illustrative, modern and commercial designs for the Greetings, Giftware and Children’s print markets. 

On Creative Quarters last year she talked about her design process and the development of pursing this as a career option. 
Since then she has begun working on her final show for University which will exhibited at New Designers in London from June 28-July 1st.

Georgia’s final collection ‘Wilderness’ explores the great outdoors for adults and children alike, with painterly approaches to woodland fauna and characterful prints. 

The designs focus on camping and rural life, imagery collected from forests, woodland creatures, camping equipment and summer camp activities such as kayaking, hiking and more. 
For adults and children alike, Wilderness explores our ‘return to nature’ in the 21st Century, balancing technology with a time for escape and reflection outdoors. 

The inspiration came from a broad range of visits to the Cotswold’s, Lake District, local villages and the New Forest. 
Informed by a passion for children’s book illustration from the 1950’s and present day, the final range of prints reflect a love Georgia has of the countryside and a personal nostalgia of childhood. 

The final showcase explores commercial collection of designs for the Interior, Giftware and Stationery markets, all of which she enjoys to design for.

Georgia is exhibiting her work at New Designers and will be available to show her portfolio. 

You can also see more of her work over at:

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Children's books out soon...

Be sure to look out for these pretty amazing looking children's picture books out very soon...
I adore Isabelle Arsenaults gorgeous illustrations, so cant wait for 'The Honeybee' to hit the shelves next month. 
And as ever, I'm looking forward to seeing the new additions to the Little People Big Dreams series; Jane Austen and Georgia O'Keefe, with more coming up later in the year.

The Honeybee written by Kirsten Hall and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault - published 14th June

Little People Big Dreams Jane Austen written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Katie Wilson - published 4th June

Koalas Eat Gum Leaves written and illustrated by Laura and Philip Bunting - published 5th July

I Dare You written and illustrated by Reece Wykes - published 5th July (paperback)

Art Masterclass With Vincent Van Gogh illustrated by Hanna Konola - published 7th June

Little People Big Dreams Georgia O'Keefe written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and illustrated by Erica Salcedo - published 7th June

Caterpillar and Bean written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Hannah Tolson - published 5th July

If All The World Were... written by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Allison Colpoys - published 7th June

How To Be a Lion written and illustrated by Ed Were - published 28th June

House of Dreams The Life of L.M Montgomery written by Liz Rosenberg and illustrated by Julie Morstad - published 12th June

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Monday, 28 May 2018

Three lovely things for Spring...

This gorgeous printed dress from Heinui (1)
A super cute monogram straw tote bag from Anthropologie, perfect to carry your essential blooms (2)
This beautiful floral by Polka Paper (3)

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Etsy shop find...a chat with Bex Parkin

This months etsy interview is with the super talented Bex Parkin.
Bex is a freelance illustrator from the UK, and designs, paints and creates her wonderful prints, for sale in her etsy shop.
Inspired by nature and her rural location at home in Staffordshire, Bexs' work very often features gorgeous foliage and beautifully painted florals and animals with such amazing detail.
I just love her dark base prints where her colour palettes really pop. Those bright pinks and zingy limes and oranges... amazing!

Head over to her etsy shop and you can pick up packs of greeting cards and art prints that I'm sure would take pride of place in your home. 

So, let's get comfy and get to know a little about Bex... her loves, processes, guilty pleasures and more!

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background?

I live in very rural Staffordshire with my three big kids, partner and dog. 
In my previous life I studied History of Art and Architecture and did a graphic design course at Central St Martins. I have lived and worked most of my adult life in London where I worked in lots of museums and art galleries but my favourite job was sourcing vintage and antique textiles and clothing for the fashion industry – I met many famous designers and it fired my love of colour, pattern and decoration. 
I only started illustrating just over 12 months ago and have loved every second of it! 

2. Tell us about a typical day for you?

Our alarm goes off sometime between 5am and 6am every day and despite being a morning person, I can’t wake up until I have a cup of tea in bed. 
I love a quiet hour or two to plan my day before dragging my three kids out of bed. 
After the dreaded school run and a dog walk I do some more serious exercise – usually a run or long hike. 
Then I’m at my desk solidly until the Post office run. 
I am very prolific so I paint most days but other jobs include answering emails, photographing, website design, printing, scanning and packing. 
I also update my Etsy shop frequently with recent artwork. 
After the family meal and sorting the kids out, I like a quiet hour of sketching in the evening, ready to paint the next day. 
I don’t watch TV but prefer a Netflix drama on the laptop instead. 

3. What’s your favourite item listed for sale in your shop? And the most popular item?

Normally what ever I last painted but I do love my jungle animals – particularly my Pink Tiger and the Toucan. 
The most popular are the card packs which I intend to do lots more of soon!

4. How would you describe your work/style?

I used to get quite worried about finding my ‘style’ when I first started illustrating but it all seemed to happen quite naturally in the end. 
I think I have two slightly different styles – one is more painterly like the Three Flamingoes and the other is slightly simplified such as The Tiger Tree. 
I love animals in nature, big jungle leaves, imaginary flowers and decorative elements. 
I have to focus on my colour palette sometimes, so it doesn’t get out of control!

5. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

My mind is a flash of ideas! 
I am quite a prolific artist and produce work fairly rapidly, sometimes because I’m excited about moving on to the next piece! 
The process always starts with sketches in the evening when I can relax and let my mind wander. 
I might focus on a particular animal or colour, a decorative element or technique. 
My degree in Art History will also come into play and I will look at other artists for inspiration too. 
The process normally incorporates research of some type and I might study animal expressions, leaf patterns or tree textures. 
I make notes along the side of the drawings then sketch onto paper the next morning and crack open the gouache tubes!

6. What’s your guilty pleasure?

I am quite isolated in the countryside where I live and I miss the culture of city life and also travelling which I used to do prior to kids. 
Now they are older (12, 14 and 18) and I have a very understanding partner, my guilty pleasure is going off for a while on my own every few months. 
It's crucial to my mental health that I have new experiences and I guess my creativity needs this too. 
Quite often it will involve travelling or meeting up with my best friends. 
We all met at University and just being around these strong, fabulous women inspires me. Without them, I would not have had the belief in myself to start illustrating.  
I’ve always had this wanderlust and independence – I’m just so grateful I have a partner who recognizes that I’d go quite mad if I didn’t head off sometimes! 
We do go away together and with all the kids too of course! 
This year I am going to Columbia and Peru with a friend so prepare to see lots of llamas in my work! 

7. Where do you work? Describe your studio/work area?

I work from my studio at home which is on the top of a big hill surrounded by green countryside. 
My big desk in front of the window looks out onto busy bird feeders and fields of cows. 
I always have my springer spaniel under my desk too! 
As I have the room to myself, I have plenty of space for my large Epson printer, scanner and packaging. 
I’m very lucky!

8. What were your favourite books as a child?

I can’t remember many books from my childhood other than Ballet Shoes but I have always bought Victorian novels from junk shops for their cover design and have a very lovely collection now. 
My own kids always loved The Hungry Caterpillar, the Gruffalo series and any sort of pop up book – I love pop ups! 
Other favourites were the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. 

9. Tell us nine random facts about yourself?

I used to play rugby for my University
I hate chocolate or ice cream
I love Instagram – it has really driven the popularity of my work – hate all other social media
I once ran away to Florence with my daughter (she was then 3) and lived there for 4 months
I am a fan of clean eating and love cooking
I am inspired by brave, bold women – I would definitely have been a suffragette!
I speed read
I didn’t tell my partner I was an illustrator for 6 months in case he thought I’d gone mad – he is my biggest fan now
If I’m not painting, I’m growing vegetables in my greenhouse
I would love to be a travel writer 

10. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a designer/illustrator?
Lots of things – it’s such a rush when people appreciate your work or even buy a piece! Being approached to do an exciting project or collaboration is always fantastic, such as with Early Bird publishing for a range of greeting cards being launched in June.
 I love the flexibility of working for myself from home. 
The possibility of what happens next and where this journey goes is also hugely rewarding – there is never a dull moment!

A huge thanks to Bex for taking the time to be part of the etsy interview feature and giving us an insight into her world.

You can follow Bex on instagram here.

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