Thursday, 18 January 2018

Creative Quarters...Jiah Harrison

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Jiah Harrison.


Jiah is an artist and designer living and working from a home studio in the beautiful, mountainous Grampians region of Victoria, Australia.
 She runs an art and design studio called Elephant & Rose specialising in licensing colourful and unique surface pattern designs. 
Her work is bold and joyful, incorporating hand cut shapes, painterly brush strokes and hand drawn textures. Above all she loves colour and draws inspiration from her life in regional Australia, the optimism she feels being surrounded by beautiful mountains and farm land, the freedom and simplicity of regional life, the abundant colours in nature and the intersection of  landscape and architecture.

Jiah graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art specialising in textile design in 2010 at the Australian National University and since then has worked in interior design and started a family while tirelessly working on her art and surface design skills.

2018 is shaping up to be a very big year for Elephant & Rose... 
 Now that her youngest child is off to day care, Jiah can finally pursue her dream of being a full time artist and designer. She has just created a small collection of art prints for sale in her Etsy shop elephantandrose.etsy.com and released a range of fabrics with Nerida Hansen Prints. 
She has some exciting collaboration projects including fashion and jewellery launching in early 2018 (keep an eye on her instagram for details) and is very excited to be working on brand new prints for her debut at Surtex, New York in May 2018.

instagram - @elephantandrose

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

To get in touch, please visit her website for details 
or email her at jiah.harrison@bigpond.com.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Anne Passchier, 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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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Colour crush...

Pantone Colour of the Year for 2018 was named as 'Ultra Violet'.
"A dramatically provacative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us towards the future"

So here's a little nod to that mystical colour in todays colour crush post, with a lovely combo of violet, lilac, forest green (there it is again...still obsessed, sorry)
with punchy yellow and mustard tones.


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Monday, 15 January 2018

Paper & Cloth at Printsource...

Paper & Cloth have jetted off to New York for Printsource
The show is being held at Hotel Pennsylvania, January 16th & 17th, and the lovely Jen will be there, armed with all the new artworks the team have been working on for Spring/Summer 2019!

Check out the website and blog for details on booking appointments to see the collection.




© Paper & Cloth Design Studio

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Five creatives to follow on instagram...

Here's another five fabulous creative folk to follow along with on instagram.
Be sure to check out their accounts and hit that 'follow' button!
If you missed the last little round up, see it here.













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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Holy Gallery...

Holy Gallery is a recently launched French online store selling beautiful A3 and A4 art prints,
for both children and grown ups.
Each design is created and illustrated by Chloe Chapeaublanc, 
a French graphic designer specialising in surface design and textiles.

Her first posters launched with the opening of the e-shop just before Christmas 
and include 'Beanie Bear', 'Circus Dog', and my personal favourites, 'Three Little Friends' 
and 'Slow Life'...love those li'l guys!

Chloes delicate style and beautiful use of colour is such a charming combination, I'm already looking forward to seeing more from this wonderful shop in 2018.










You can follow the shop on instagram and facebook.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Little People Big Dreams...

There's a new addition to the popular 'Little People Big Dreams' childrens book series, written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara.
Ada Lovelace, the British mathematician will soon be sitting alongside other famous and celebrated women such as Emmeline Pankhurst, Marie Curie and Coco Chanel.
Perfect for your little readers with big dreams, the entire collection of mini biographies celebrates wonderful empowering women; designers, scientists, artists... and each one is beautifully illustrated throughout, with artwork by Zafouko Yamamoto, Ana Albero, Marto Antelo and Frau Isa amongst others. 


Ada Lovelace will be published March 1st 2018 by Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Available to pre-order here from Amazon, and here from Wordery.





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Thursday, 4 January 2018

Colour Crush...

Happy New Year!
Wow, 2018...how did that happen?

I don't know about you, but I'm trying to hold on to the very last little bit of opulence and festive loveliness that December brought along,
and really don't want to think about a grey and dreary January.

So in my state of denial that Christmas is once again done and dusted for another year, here's a colour crush full of glittering gold, snow covered trees and that beautiful forest green shade I can't seem to get enough of lately.


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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and like I say every year, and genuinely mean it once again, thank you for reading this little blog, and for all the follows, likes and comments on instagram, facebook, etc...
I am truly grateful that you enjoy the posts as much as I love curating and sharing them with you all.

So, there's only one more thing to say really....


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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Colour crush...

Forest green and emerald tones mixed with berry and dusky pinks...what a combo!


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

An Opulent Christmas...

Those beautiful baubles by 'Oh Wonder Calligraphy' inspired this opulent and luxurious Christmas palette and moodboard.
A little bit of luxe never goes a miss anytime of year, but during the festive period it's a must.
I mean really, who ever said you could have too much glitter and sparkle...?
Eeeerrr no-one I'd like to know anyway.



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Monday, 11 December 2017

2018 calendars!

Well, theres no getting away from it...it'll soon be 2018.
2017 will have disappeared in the blink of an eye, scary how time flies!
So, in preparation of a super organised start to the new year, I thought I'd share a selection of very nice 2018 calendars I've spotted on my internet travels recently...


Our Heiday


Nicola Rowlands

Studio Moook


Jane Ormes


Kate Pugsley


Hannah Peck


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Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas colour crush...

Colourful, bright, and packed full of fun!
That's todays Christmas themed colour crush post.
A combo of red and pink is never a bad thing is it, and it sure packs a punch with mint greens, teals and beautiful blue shades, yummy!


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Thursday, 7 December 2017

A Crafted Christmas...

A festive post for you today, a crafted Christmas moodboard.
Beautiful palettes of pastel pinks with soft mints and greyed off blues, with plenty of ideas to keep you busy over the coming weeks...hand finished gifts, handmade decorations and beautiful scandinavic inspired wreaths, aswell as creating cozy nights in with candles and different ways to display them.
Love those candle bottles with foliage, such a simple idea but so beautiful and effective, and that wreath...gorgeous!


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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Illustration Love... Perfect Pets

Whether you're a dog person or a cat person, there's plenty of lovely pet inspired illustration around at the moment...



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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Colour crush...

It's December!
And that can only mean one thing...Christmassy moodboards and festive colour palettes will commence shortly, yay!
But for now, another lovely autumnal colour combo for you...


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Friday, 1 December 2017

Five creatives to follow on instagram...

Here's another five fabulous creative folk to follow along with on instagram.
Be sure to check out their accounts and hit that 'follow' button!
If you missed the last little round up, see it here.


@nynkelocher


@penelope_dullaghan


@natashadurley


@lillianfarag


@lucytiffney

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Colour crush...

Today's colour crush palette has got autumn written all over it...


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Monday, 27 November 2017

Etsy shop finds... a chat with Coco Gigi Design

This months etsy interview is with Gina of Coco Gigi Designs.
Hong Kong based Gina recently opened her shiny, brand new shop where you can buy her art prints featuring lots of lovely cute characters.
She loves to draw all kinds of animals and flowers with bold colours, mixed with hand drawn textures.
Alongside the personal work in her etsy shop, Gina is a freelance designer with clients such as American Greetings, WHSmiths and Bloomsbury, and also has several books published, 'Rain Rain Go Away', 'Animal Magic' and 'Let's Play', amongst others.

**Gina is very kindly offering readers of Loveprintstudio 
a 25% discount code on orders in her shop**

Just enter 'LOVEPRINTSTUDIO' at checkout.
Enjoy!

So, lets get to know a little about the artist behind the shop shall we...


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

Ever since I was very little I’ve been very creative, my Mum was always taking me to miscellaneous art and craft classes and we would also make plush toys and knit together. 
I never knew that drawing pictures could be a real job, so I studied architecture in Mexico and Colombia (where I’m from) and then did a Masters in Interior Design in Italy. 
It was while working in an interior design studio in Italy that I discovered my love for illustration, and decided to dust off my pencils and to start drawing. 
I moved to Hong Kong and kept on working as an interior designer whilst also working on developing my illustration skills and portfolio. 
In 2015 I decided that it was time to be brave and do what I really wanted to do, so I took the plunge and became a full time freelance illustrator. 
Ever since, I’ve been illustrating children’s books, greeting cards, wall art and much more. 
It was a bumpy road but I think that I finally am where I’m supposed to be!


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

Something that I love about freelancing is that not every day is the same. 
It really depends on what I’m working on but I usually wake up early and feed my cats, check on my plants and have breakfast. 
I start working around 7:30, either replying to emails or creating personal work for my Instagram - I’m addicted to creating time-lapse videos-. 
I then spend the rest of the day working on commissions from my agency - mostly children’s books - doing sketches, revisions and/or colouring. 
I usually work on two projects at the same time to keep things interesting. 
I try not to work later than 6pm but if there’s a children’s book emergency I’ll work until I finish! 
A couple of days a week I do yoga and go out for lunch with my husband.


3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process...

Ideas come to me from very random sources but once I’ve seen or heard something that inspires me I do a very rough and small sketch in my sketchbook. 
When I’ve decided on the direction I want to go in, I’ll redo my sketch bigger and cleaner to trace and colour in illustrator; I then add textures in Photoshop. 
For my watercolour paintings I choose a colour palette before colouring and like to experiment with techniques. 




4. What's your favourite item listed for sale in your shop?

It’s difficult to choose only one because they all have stories behind them but I really like the colour palette I used for my print Bears, rabbits and the moon.


5. Tell us ten random facts about yourself...
I’m from Bogotá, Colombia
I speak 3 1/2 languages (I need to improve my french)
I co-host a charity event where we make sock toys to donate to children in need
I have lots of plush toys in my studio
I love pyjamas
I don’t like wearing socks
I played the viola for 7 years in a youth orchestra
I don’t speak any Chinese even though I’ve been living in HK for 5 years
I love travelling to see animals in their natural habitat
I have a travel and style blog gigiscupoftea.com


6. How would you describe your work?
I would say that my work is sweet, charming and colourful. 
Nature has always been my big source of inspiration; from big fuzzy bears to tiny little ladybirds, I love creating delightful designs with floral details that put a smile on people's faces. 




7. What books/magazines are you currently reading?

I love reading! 
I just finished The girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz - It’s the continuation of the Girl with the dragon tattoo series written by the late Stieg Larsson. Not design related at all but a great read. 
I also read The Aye aye and I by Gerald Durrell and now I feel so inspired to travel to Madagascar!


8. What makes you laugh?

Lots of things like memes, cat videos, puns and comics.




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

I have a really long list of people who inspire me. 
Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas for the colours and textures in their paintings, Yayoi Kusama for the boldness of her installations, Katie Daisy for her use of colour and lettering, Mirdinara for her attention to details and Mary Blair for her use of colours. 
I try to take elements of what I like in their art and mix it with my own point of view.


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

I feel very fortunate to be able to do something that I love and to get paid for it. 
It’s so exciting to see my work for sale in products around the world. 
I love receiving emails and comments from people telling me how much they or their children love something I created with my very own hands. 




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

You can follow Gina on various social media below...



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