Saturday, 3 December 2016

Shop independent...Berylune

Over the next few weeks, leading up to Christmas (gasp!), I'll be curating a few little gift idea boards to help with those present lists.
As its 'Small Business Saturday' today, I thought I'd start with a selection from a lovely little shop in Royal Leamington Spa, Berylune.

Something for her, something for him, 
for the little ones and for the home, aswell as just yummy items...

"Berylune is a small, friendly business with an independent retail shop in Royal Leamington Spa. They opened their doors in May 2012, much to the delight of their local customers and friends. Berylune are thrilled to be able to offer their products to those further afield! The Berylune team is small but perfectly formed - sisters Emily & Amy and their best friend Zoƫ.
You will find Berylune sells an eclectic mix of retro style interiors, modern crafts and just about anything that takes their fancy! They make many of their own products, and carefully select the rest. Everything you see for sale on is stored in, packed and posted from Berylune's small bricks and mortar shop by a team of just three - not an impersonal 'fulfilment warehouse' in sight."
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Friday giggles...

(image above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio)

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Etsy shop find...a chat with Amelia Flower!

This months etsy shop interview is with the lovely Amelia Flower.
Amelia is a UK based illustrator and designer.
Working from her studio in the Cotswolds, she creates beautiful illustrations and sells them as greeting cards in her etsy shop, aswell as sharing her wonderful designs on her website and instagram account.
A self confessed people watcher and lover of ceramics, Amelia is inspired by everything around her and spends a lot of time drawing, and its these doodles that go on to produce her fun, bright and colourful card designs.

So, lets get to know a bit about the artist shall we....

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

I've always been constantly drawing. 
I was incredibly shy throughout school, and would sit in lessons drawing in my exercise books and then I'd get my sketchbook out at lunch time and continue drawing. 
I really am obsessed! 
After A Levels, I took my Art Foundation course at Oxford Brookes, and then moved on to the Arts University Bournemouth to study Animation. 
The day after graduating, I started working as a Creative Artworker (a case of 'right place, right time'!) for a well-known party and stationery company. 
Two months ago, I moved to London to work as a full-time designer, which is where I am now! 
I'm 18 months post-University, so I know how fortunate I am to have found such great employment so far in the creative industries! 

2. What books/ magazines are you currently reading/ browsing?

I've recently finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, and have started re-reading Quiet by Susan Cain- a must for any fellow introverts! 

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

A popular choice, but Quentin Blake is my absolute favourite. 
I saw an exhibition of his original drawings from Kitty in Boots at the House of Illustration recently. 
His style is so distinctive, that even a smudge of ink on paper is instrantly recognisable as his. 
I've recently discovered Mouni Feddag- her work is so vivid and full of life. 
Some more favourites are Jordan Sondler, Carolyn Suzuki, Nina Cosford, Polly Fern, I could go on..!

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

I am a morning person, and usually get up between 6 and 7 and go for a run before I do anything else. 
I love to run, and it helps me to concentrate for the day if I have been active before I sit down at my desk. 
I am most productive late in the evening or very early in the morning, so I try to make the most of those times!

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

I am an obsessive people-watcher, and my ideas usually come from sitting in a nice cafe with a coffee and drawing people in the street outside. 
I love to see what people are wearing, and like to imagine what they are talking about, or where they might be going that day. 
From these drawings, I might find a character or two that I love, and develop them into an illustration. 
People-watching also inspires stories and scenarios that are usually the starting point for a new design. 

6. Top 5 favourite things in life...

Drawing, having a new Moleskine sketchbook, Breakfast, all things Danish, and good stationery shops.

7. What’s the most popular item for sale in your etsy shop? And also, your favourite?

My most popular card is a print of Yoga poses, which is also my favourite! 

8. How would you describe your work/style?

My style has changed a lot over time, and in the last year or two I have refined my style into something that really works for me. 
My parents bought me a very good graphics tablet for my 17th birthday, and I still use the same one every day, almost seven years later- a great investment, Dad! 

9. What art do you have on your wall?

Currently, nothing, which is a real shame. 
I've recently moved into a rented house, so the walls are still very bare! 

10. What's your guilty pleasure?

My boyfriend says 'Abba', and he's probably right. 
Also, Grand Designs.

11. What are your top three blogs?

So many! 
I've been reading Emma Block's blog for a few years. 
Her illustrations are beautiful, and her work always inspires me. 
I also enjoy reading Creative Review and Ape On The Moon.

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

Being able to do what I love!

(all images above are copyright of Amelia Flower)

A big thank you to Amelia for sharing her world with us.

You can follow her on various social media here...

x x x

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Mid week giggles...

(image above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio)

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Little spaces...starry starry night

Time for a Little Spaces post today I think.
Last time we had some inspiration for a lovely whimsical girls room, so this ones for the boys!
Starry starry night...

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Friday, 25 November 2016

On my bookshelf...The Voyage

'The Voyage' is written by Veronica Salinas and features the wonderful illustrations of Camilla Engman.
It's the story of a little duck who finds himself lost in a strange place surrounded by creatures he can't understand, until he comes across a creature he does recognise, and everything is going to be ok!
A lovely little story about finding yourself and how important it is to be who you are.

It is available to buy here and here.

Even the end pages are yummy!

(photos above taken by me for use on loveprintstudio blog)

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

This & That...

This fabulous gilded pretzel bottle opener from Anthropologie
That super cute DIY pretzel pillow from Studio DIY blog

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Colour crush...

A mid week colour crush with some gorgeous, deep autumnal tones...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Monday motivation...

(image above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudio blog)

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Colour crush...

Lovely fresh, icy menthol tones in todays colour crush...
That pop of lilacy pinks with the lime and blue is just yum!

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Mid week giggles...

(image above copyright of louise/loveprintstudio)

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Creative Quarters...Abbey Costello

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Abbey Costello...

Abbey Costello is a Staffordshire based Textile Designer/Maker who has a passion for abstract bold textiles pieces, working under her studio name Abbey Costello Designs.

Abbey has had a passion for textiles and collage since school, where she made large canvas collage pieces which were stitched into. She took this mixed media theme all the way through college and eventually through to university.

She has a BA (Hons) degree in Textile Surfaces, her degree gave her to opportunity to develop her textured collages into digitally printed placement prints. Shape and texture are the most important elements of her work, taking inspiration from layers of texture found in worn out buildings and organic shapes. 

Abbey works from her studio at home in Staffordshire, where she is currently developing her first homeware collection. 
All of her designs begin with heavily dyed and textured papers, which are layered and used to make still life compositions and collages with a strong focus on colour, shape and texture. 
Although her work begins in a very hand drawn and expressive way, digital processes are used to tweak and bring together the final compositions, 
which are then digitally printed in the UK.

Whilst at university Abbey won a two-week placement with Hallmark cards with a commercial but painterly themed brief, as well as a winning degree show sponsorship with Be Fab Be Creative.

Abbey is passionate about her future design business hopes to launch towards the end of the year. 
She loves the versatility of surface pattern design and is excited to see where this path takes her. 
As well as launching her own collection she’d love to collaborate with brands and also work on some more bespoke pieces.

She loves sitting down with a massive pile of beautiful papers and seeing what happens!

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

To get in touch with her, please visit her website here for details.

Abbeys new website can be found here...

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Alice Dart, 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!

x x x

Saturday, 29 October 2016

This & that...

It's Halloween weekend!
Here are a couple of 'spooktacular' themed images for todays This & That post...

This...selection of halloween macarons
That... little gathering of scary, yet cute painted pumpkins

x x x

Friday, 28 October 2016

Etsy shop find...a chat with Katie Wilson!

This months etsy interview is with Katie Wilson whose shop 'In my backyard' is full of yummy artworks for you to purchase as art prints, cards, handprinted fabrics and even downloadable files.
Katie is an illustrator based in New Zealand and finds a lot of her inspiration in nature, and this shows in her whimsical illustrations where you can find beautiful birds, leaping rabbits, flowers and butterflies. 

So, lets get to know a bit about her shall we....

Grab your cuppa!

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

I studied graphic design and illustration at Christchurch Polytechnic in New Zealand. 
I worked for a few years as a graphic designer, and then worked in museums for a bit. 
I finally returned to illustration about three years ago, slowly building my portfolio and developing my illustration style whilst cutting down the hours I worked at my day job. 
I managed to go full time last year - and I havent looked back!

2. What books/ magazines are you currently reading/browsing?

I always love looking at Uppercase Magazine, Frankie and ExtraCurricular.
 As for books, Ive just finished reading The Luminaries by by Eleanor Catton. 
It is set in Hokitika - a gold rush town on the west coast of New Zealand back in the 1860s. I totally recommend it.

3. Who are your design heroes and what inspires you?
My top three art and design heroes are Cy Twombly, William Morris and Aubrey Beardsley. 
I’m inspired by the outside world and need to get out into nature on a regular basis.

4. Tell us about a typical day for you

I generally get up early, around 6 and start work.
 It is my most productive time, so I try and make the most of it. I paint and draw for a few hours, and then often potter around in my veggie garden for a bit. 
Then it is back to work. 
I stop for snacks and to take the dog for a walk. 
If I have lots of client work on I sometimes work late into the night, but I try not to do that too often. 

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

Lots of my ideas come from doodling in my sketchbook and I try to set aside time everyday for working on personal work. 
I often sketch rough ideas out and choose one or two to take to finished art. 
I sometimes draw something over and over until I am happy with it. 

6. When did you open your etsy shop and how did you decide on the name In my backyard?

Ive had an Etsy shop on and off since 2006. 
I used to make screen printed fabric, scarves and accessories but for a couple of years now I have focussed on selling prints and other illustrated goodies. 
I chose the name In my backyard as this is where I find most of the inspiration for the things I make.

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

Great feedback from clients and happy customers.  

8. Do you have a favourite book/s from your childhood?

Wind in the Willows and A Secret Garden are two of my favourites

9. Whats your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate! And coffee.

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

I work from home and share a workspace with my partner. 
He gets a small corner of the room and I have my paints, sketchbooks, packing supplies and stock spread out all over the rest of it!

11. What makes you laugh?

My partner and my animals. They are all very silly!

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

My Indigo Birds print is probably the most popular, followed by Run Rabbit. My personal favourite is my Neighbourhood print, and also my Village notepads.

You can follow Katies goings on on various social media here...

Thanks to Katie for sharing her world with us!

x x x

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