Friday, 16 November 2018

Something for the weekend...

Fancy a spot of crafting this weekend?
Head over to the Paper & Stitch blog if you fancy giving these a go...
A step by step guide to creating your own clay jewellery and lots of techniques to try.

(image above © Paper & Stitch)

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018


Outfoxed is written and illustrated by Claudia Boldt.
It tells the story of of Harold, who's unlike any other fox we'd have come across in stories before...he hates the thought of eating chickens, and loves Swiss cheese!
He longs to be a detective when he grows up and just enjoys reading detective novels.
After being given a challenge from his Dad to catch and eat a chicken, what will he do?
No spoilers here, grab a copy of this wonderful book to find out what happens.

(photos above © Love Print Studio,
illustrations © Claudia Bolt)

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Peggy & Kate...

Kate Peggy Cronk is an illustrator and calligrapher based in London.
She founded Peggy & Kate back in 2014 to combine her love of colour, painting and nature.
Inspired by the things around her from her family home to the historic architecture of London, she's created a collection of prints, notebooks and greeting cards for sale in her very own online shop.
Kate will also take on bespoke commissions. 
Looking for a beautiful painting of your home or a super special one of a kind 'New Home' gift? 
Look no further. 
Kate will commemorate the chosen home in a beautifully illustrated portrait just for you!
And she also designs and creates wedding invitations too. 

(images above © Peggy and Kate)

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Etsy shop find...a chat with Roeqiya Fris

This months etsy interview is with Roeqiya Fris, a Dutch/Egptian illustrator currently based in Rotterdam, whose work is continually inspired by arabic culture, fashion and nature.
Available as prints in her etsy shop, her stunning paintings can be bought to adorn your home, instantly adding atmosphere, a sense of magic and not to mention those beautiful, rich colours. 
There is so much wonderful detail and pattern in her work, from the florals,
botanicals, fashion prints through to landscapes and architecture.

Lets get to know a little more about Roeqiya shall we...

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

I’m a Dutch-Egyptian illustrator, living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 
In 2005 I graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Visual Arts. 
I’ve worked as a fine art teacher, ran a creative workshop company called Fris Projecten for
6 years and started to really focus on creating my own illustration works about 1 years ago.

2. Tell us about a typical day for you... 

It starts in the morning with bringing my son to school. 
After that I usually start my working day. I work at home so no commute for me.
First I answer the emails and do some administration (Etsy things too) and after that I start drawing/painting for a commission or for myself.
I like to have lunch with a friend or my sisters, who live in the neighbourhood.
After that I do some housekeeping or some more drawing, and when my son comes back from school late in the afternoon we play a while and when my Husband comes home we eat together. 
In the evening I like to do yoga, watch Netflix or have a drink with friends.

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

Favourite: the print ‘Drive like an Egyptian’. 
Most popular: the print ‘Morocco’

4. How would you describe your style/ work? 

I draw and paint with ecoline, watercolour, markers, pencils and gouache on paper.
My work is full of patterns and colours, and most of the time there are women and animals in it. 

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

I gather pictures of women, Arabic/Mediterranean scenes, plants. 
When I start to paint I use these pictures as inspiration. 
After visiting a movie, an exhibition, a city or county I like to make a painting about it, about the feeling it gives me. 
Sometimes I paint scenes that remind me of travels of my childhood, for example to Egypt or Spain.

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

I work at home, I have my workspace in the Living room. 
I like this because I have everything I need there and I don’t have to travel to an office or studio. 
I don’t have a lot of time to work, so this really makes a difference for me.

7. Who are your design heroes and what inspires you? 

Matisse, Rousseau, I love their use of colours and patterns. 

8. Tell us ten random facts about yourself... 

I drink decaf because I can’t sleep when I’ve had drinks with caffeine
I have a white longhaired Persian cat
I live in the city centre of Rotterdam
I love Spanish Netflix series
I hate rain
I’m scared of spiders and wasps
I’m the mother of a special needs boy
I live with my Husband, who is my childhood sweetheart 
I have 4 sisters and 1 brother
I love the sea

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

I’m passionate about Arabic culture (countries), I love everything about it; the colours, the buildings, the smell. It’s really inspiring for me, as you can probably see in my work

10. What's the most rewarding thing about being a designer?

Being able to capture a certain atmosphere in a painting, allowing me to express myself creatively and communicate visually.

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A huge thanks to Roeqiya for being part of the etsy interview series and giving us an insight into her world.
To see more of her beautiful work, head to her instagram page. 

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Colour crush...

A true autumnal palette for you in todays colour crush post, featuring deep forest greens with pumpkin, tobacco and rust tones.
That little hint of coral and blush pink in there works a treat too!

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday freebie...

A nice little freebie for you today.
Happy Friday!

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Tiny Supply...

Singapore based sisters, Celine (the designer) and Carolyn (the handcrafter), are the creators behind Tiny Supply.
Sharing a love for all things cute, colourful and curious, this became their main source of inspiration for their wonderful little clay creations, that will quite honestly bring joy to anyone lucky enough to own one.

Fancy a corgi or panda bowl? A kitty brooch or hotdog dish? The Lau sisters have got you covered.
Each item is lovingly handmade in their home in Singapore with stoneware clay, hand painted with underglazes and fired with a lead free clear glaze.

Head over to their shop to see a full list of products but you need to be quick, they sell out fast!
Check out their instagram account for details on shop updates and sales.

(images above © Tiny Supply)

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Creative Quarters...Lisa Koesterke

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Lisa Koesterke.

Lisa Koesterke is a German-Australian illustrator, artist and designer currently based in Trieste, Italy.
Her creations are bright and cheerful, featuring bold colour palettes and quirky characters that add a little joy and summer time magic to the every day.
Lisa often takes inspiration from her childhood growing up in Australia, the natural world and food...especially food!
She uses a range of media to create art, everything from coloured pencils to gouache and watercolours, experimenting with printmaking and most recently drawing digitally on the iPad Pro.

Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Communication from the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia in 2015.
Since then she has spent some time teaching visual arts to children and is now focussing on developing her freelance illustration career in earnest following her move to Italy 
(she moved for love, in case you were wondering).

Lisa has recently been working on a range of personal projects as well as some exciting commissions, such as illustrating custom portraits, wedding stationery, postcards and tote bags for some interesting clients.
She is also working very hard on a new range of prints and paper goods that will be for sale online soon!

Lisa is always open to new projects, commissions and collaborations.

You can get in touch with her via email:

You can see more of her work on her website:

And you can see little updates and process pics on her instagram:

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

If you're interested in working with Lisa, or want to get in touch, 
please see below for various ways to contact her at the links above.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Emma Allsup, 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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Thursday, 18 October 2018

A Walk in the Forest...

'A Walk in the Forest' is written and illustrated by Maria Dek.
Her first published book, it explores a magical forest full of opportunity for play and exploration.
Running wild in the jungle, following footprints amongst the trees and finding treasures.

(photos above © Love Print Studio,
illustrations © Maria Dek)

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