'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.
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.