Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Creative Quarters...Madison Herman

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Madison Herman aka Merrylittle Studio.

Merrylittle Studio is a design label by Madison Herman that focuses on surface design, illustration, and hand lettering for products.
The name, a play on her maiden name (Madison Lytle), represents all the things her brand aspires to be: sweet, small, approachable, and full of joy.
Based in Kansas City, Madison is a card designer by day at Hallmark, and by night she illustrates her own prints and patterns.
Her main creative tools are gouache, her iPad, and Photoshop. 

Madison loves utilising patterns and illustrations through products because it is a way to delight and connect with people through functional goods that become a part of someone’s life.
Her biggest hope is that her colourful, joyful images brighten someone’s day and help them appreciate the beauty in nature and travel.
Some of the key themes in her work include the carefree joy of childhood, exploration, discovery, and wanderlust.

This year, Madison is focusing on growing the Merrylittle Studio brand by participating in local craft shows and re-launching her Etsy shop with brand new work.
She plans to release a range of tote bags, silky scarves, hair ribbons, as well as archival art prints.
In the future, Madison dreams of developing more products for the baby and children’s market, women’s accessories and apparel, as well as textiles.
While her Etsy shop is being developed, you can find her work through Spoonflower and Society6!

Some of Madison's favourite things include flowers, sunshine, ice cream, her husband, her cat, dancing poorly to 90s hip hop, floating in lakes, hiking, and befriending all the animals. 

Below you will find links to her work:






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

If you're interested in working with Madison, or want to get in touch, 
please visit the links above.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Camilla Carvalho, 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 loveprintstudio@live.com

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Friday, 8 March 2019

Colour crush...

In the last of this weeks colour crush posts, we see beautiful blues and gorgeous greens with claret and brick tones, and that little pop of coral...


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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Colour crush...

A gorgeous spring palette in todays colour crush...


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Monday, 4 March 2019

Colour crush...

A brand new shiny week and we're gonna fill it with colour crush posts, yay!
First up is this lovely little number, which surprisingly for me, sees red as the main event once again.
It works so well here with the rich oranges, corals, gorgeous peachy pinks and ochres.


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Friday, 1 March 2019

Something for the weekend...

My oh my, these look gooooood!
Head over to KJ and Company for the full details on these glorious caramel fudge brownies.
Surely a must for this weekends baking treat?


(image above ©KJ and Company)

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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Etsy shop finds...a chat with Jenny Meilihove...

This months etsy interview is with illustrator Jenny Meilihove.
Jenny sells her beautiful art in her etsy shop 'Be Happy Now'.
You can purchase prints, original paintings, postcards and mobiles.
Her art is bold, colourful and full of gorgeous characters going about their business in their little worlds.
A few of my personal favourites below, but be sure to check out her website and shop for more!

Lets get to know a little about Jenny shall we...


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

Hi, my name is Jenny. I am an illustrator from Israel.
I have been drawing from a very young age - about 5 years old.
I studied in the illustration department of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (2004-2008).
After the academy I worked in a design studio as a designer but I wasn't so good at it, so after that I wanted to concentrate only on illustration.
I already had my Etsy shop and I started to make much more art for this shop.
Later I created a corporation with my good friend Tali Yalonetzki
We sell our products together in Israeli shops. It’s very nice to combine pleasure and work.
We travel together to different shops, taking coffee breaks on the way.
It’s much easier to do this together. Most of our work is separate, we each create our own art, but we meet to create new products, or to get to know new shops and deliver our products to them.
These days I am also illustrating children’s books, games and magazines, and still making my own art for my Etsy shop.


2. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

I have many children's books by illustrators I love. Some of them are for my son, but others are just for me. I’ve also had the book "Hygge" on my coffee table for a long time; I am enjoying reading it slowly.


3. Tell us about a typical day for you…

Well, every day is different. I just get really bored if my days look the same.
I always start with coffee :), then emails, instagram, facebook, news updates.
After that, if it’s a day in my studio, I decide what I will be working on: it can be a children’s book or something for my Etsy shop.
Other days I may have a walk to the printing house (making new prints or postcards etc..) or sometimes I’ll be meeting with Tali and going together to our shops with new products.
Some days I just go to a café with my sketchbook to think of new ideas.


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

Sometimes I make some sketches of the idea I have for the illustration - checking the composition and the character, or the idea for the illustration.
After that I paint it with acrylics on paper, then I scan it into my computer and, if needed, I make very small corrections. After that I share my new work with the internet world (facebook, instagram, etsy), and then I make prints or postcards of it.


5. What’s the most popular item for sale in your etsy shop?
And your personal favourite?

The most popular item is the yokoo portrait series:


My own favourite is this one with little children: 


6. How would you describe your work?

I make simple, colourful and naive illustrations.



7. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a designer/illustrator?

To hold the book I made in my hands and read it to my son :)


8. What are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it inspiring your work?

Mobiles!
I just discovered the world of mobiles, and it is so magical, full of fantasy... and it flies :)
I found that "iclay" is a perfect fit for this, so I am making many dolls like this: some of them are dancers, or sometimes it’s a strong man from the circus. All of them look so charming in the air.


9. What makes you laugh?

My son! He is almost 3 years old. He has many funny ideas, and it is nice to see him trying to copy his father.


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

My studio is in my home, and I like that I can do my work at any time of day. It’s very comfortable for me. I like that I have a window with a nice view in my studio.





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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Colour Crush...

These earthy tones have been around for I don't know how long now but I'm still feeling the love for them.
Lovely with all the pinks.


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Friday, 15 February 2019

Starry starry night

Happy Friday!
Hope its full of glitter and sparkles...


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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Zafouko Yamamoto...

Zafouko Yamamoto is a freelance illustrator who specialises in children's book illustration.
I first came across Zafoukos work when I purchased 'Ada Lovelace' of the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series, and her work is just stunning.
I adore her characters, the different perspectives in her work and all the lovely little details in the scenes. Not forgetting those wonderful deep and moody palettes.
Here are a few of my current favourites from her instagram account. Be sure to head over and have a scroll through, theres plenty more pieces to see.












(all images above © Zafouko Yamamoto)

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Something for the weekend..

Are these the prettiest macarons you ever did see?
Look at that beautiful buttercream piping hidden away inside, like delicate little iced gems, what a treat.
And those sprinkles!!
Check them out over on cloudy kitchen.com and why not give them a whirl this weekend?



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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Colour crush...

Never being a huge fan of red, I've surprised myself how much I love it in this combination.
Such a great pop of colour alongside the dusky beige and pink tones.


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Friday, 1 February 2019

Friday freebie

A fun desktop wallpaper freebie for you all today.

Happy Friday!




Click here to download desktop wallpaper

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Just So Stories Retold...

This is a beautiful new edition of Rudyard Kipling's classic 'Just So Stories'.
It features five stories, all illustrated by Marta Altes and retold by Elli Woollard, including 'How the Camel got his hump' and 'How the Rhinoceros got his skin'.
A menagerie of characters found inside the book, feature on the cover, and beautiful end papers await upon opening.
This is bound to be a much loved version of a true classic, winning pride of place on any bookshelf.








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Friday, 25 January 2019

Something for the weekend...

Fancy making your own pom pom filled tulle skirt this weekend?
Head over to the Donna Wilson blog for full details and instructions.
Amazing!


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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Creative Quarters...Camilla Carvalho

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Camilla Carvalho.


Oak Print Design is the creative studio of Camilla Carvalho. 
Camilla is a Brazilian self-taught surface pattern designer and illustrator based in Montreal, Canada. Her Brazilian heritage is definitely present in her designs through nature inspired motifs and bold colors.

As a child she loved drawing and painting but she never pictured herself on that career path until her kids were born.
Before being a pattern designer she worked for almost 10 years in the financial industry and that’s when she started to realise that she really liked the creative world.
Having to prepare several presentations for clients, she was always the one that would pay more attention to the formatting details than to all the numbers.
Camilla then decided to leave the financial world and pursue her passion.
She took some graphic design courses until she finally discovered the surface pattern design world and fell in love with it. 

She draws most of her motifs by hand and then works on them in Illustrator afterwards.
She loves to walk around outdoors taking pictures of leaves, flowers, buds and everything else that might inspire her.
She also loves to get inspiration from botanical illustrations.

Some of her clients are Quiltweaves, Julius Zoellner, Estudio iCertain, Printed Village and Minted. 

She would love to see her designs on a fabric line and home goods but her biggest dream is to see her designs on a swimwear line, maybe because she is Brazilian, right? 

Camilla will be exhibiting at SURTEX this year where she will be showing lots of bold maximalist patterns with eye-catching color combinations that create an expressive feel and statement. 



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

If you're interested in working with Camilla, or want to get in touch, 
please visit the links above.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Carly Watts, 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 loveprintstudio@live.com

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Friday, 18 January 2019

Colour crush...

Pretty and feminine colours in todays palette where soft peaches and pinks meet washed blues and duck egg tones with pops of ochre and deeper oranges.
Is it Spring yet?


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Monday, 14 January 2019

Paper & Cloth at Printsource...

Paper & Cloth will be setting up shop at Printsource today, all ready for the show opening tomorrow.
A brand shiny new portfolio of designs will be available for SS20!


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Friday, 11 January 2019

Friday Freebie

A little desktop wallpaper freebie for you all today, to see you nicely through January...

Happy Friday!




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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Colour Crush...

Bottle greens, claret reds with rich chocolate tones, and a touch of dusky pink.
A perfect palette for these cold and grey January days.


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