Monday, 30 October 2017

Creative Quarters...Anna London

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Anna London.


Anna London is a surface and pattern designer by night, and a UI designer by day.
 Her love of patterns developed while taking a textile printing class in University and has never gone away. 
She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany where she spends her free time drawing and creating repeat patterns. 
Anna grew up in California with a creative Mom who always encouraged her to do art projects.
 She studied Design and Studio Art at the University of California at Davis, where she enjoyed taking a range of classes, including printmaking, sculpture, fashion design, and web design. 
She loved experimenting with so many different mediums and found inspiration in combining different techniques.
She loves to use bright colours and bold shapes to create designs which she hopes make people happy.
 She would love to see her work on fabric, stationery, or home decor and is currently in the process of producing her first product, printed cotton tea towels, and she is very excited to see her work come to life! 
Her inspiration comes from strange and unique plants and she loves drawing at the Berlin Botanical Garden.
 She is also inspired by folk art, and the colours of her favourite painters and printmakers, especially California painters Wayne Theibaud and Richard Diebenkorn.
You can see her work at http://annalondon.com/.
 Visit her instagram to see recent work and work-in-progress: https://www.instagram.com/annalondon9/

If you’d like to license Anna’s work or collaborate on a project, please get in touch with her!

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

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


If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Claire Wilson, 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, 27 October 2017

Etsy shop find...a chat with Sarah Cray

This months etsy interview is with Sarah Cray aka Dandelion Paper Co.
You can purchase Sarah's beautiful handpainted artwork as either original pieces of art or as wall art prints or cards.
Her shop is full to bursting with gorgeous watercolour florals, custom pet portraits and whimsical typography designs.

**Sarah is very kindly offering readers of loveprintstudio a special promotion for 25% off any orders received, just enter 'loveprintstudio' at the checkout of her etsy shop.**

So lets get to know a little about Sarah shall we...


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

I have always had an interest in art, I have been drawing and painting since I can remember, but I didn’t think of doing it as my career until I took my first art class as a senior in high school. 
I realized that I would love to be an art teacher, so I majored in studio art (emphasis on painting and drawing) at Sacramento state with the intent of doing their MA program so I could teach community college. 
Around the time I was graduating and applying for the MA program I started my own little etsy shop, selling fun watercolor illustrations. 
Although I was accepted to their MA program, I decided to decline and give being a freelance artist/illustrator a chance. 
It has been going great and I absolutely LOVE what I am doing! 
Recently I finished illustrating a book on Motherhood with Gibbs Smith (which will be released March 2018) and I am part of the West Elm Local Artist program, which means a few of my prints are available for purchase in California West Elms.



2. How did you decide on the name for your etsy shop and is there a specific meaning behind it?

My husband actually came up with the name for my etsy shop, he was taking a botany class at the time and they were learning about compound inflorescences (which means that one flower is made up of a bunch of a little flowers called florets) like dandelions and sunflowers. 
I knew I wanted something to do with flowers or botanicals because of how much I use them in my work and once Dandelion Paper was said, it just felt right.



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


Some design heroes are Iris Apfel, Mary Blair, Shannon Kirsten, Anna Bond. 
I think I am inspired by multiple things in different ways. 
Sometimes it’s really colorful or old architecture, or the colour of the rice fields by my house, or sometimes I think I am inspired by artwork in general, whether or not it is my preference of style or colour, seeing other people create and showing their passion makes me want to pick up a brush and go!


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


Well I am a mother to two young girls, one of which stays home with me. 
So usually I wake up, get my eldest daughter ready for school, drop her off, run to the gym (which I found has extremely helped with my mental health), come home and work while my youngest daughter eats lunch and takes a nap. 
Usually I consult my calendar (where I have created to-do lists for each day) and I start painting whatever project is due that week. 
I also will do a mini “photoshoot” of a painting that I will post to Instagram either that day or the next.  
I run and pick my daughter up from school and while she works on homework I am answering emails and digitally editing work for customers. 
Because my youngest daughter is a bit on the high-energy side, I usually can’t pick up the paints again until my daughters go to bed around 8:30. 
After they lay down for the night I am finishing up on my to-do list for the day and answering any emails that are in my inbox, usually finishing up around 11 p.m. 
I also have a few other responsibilities, like meeting with the youth of my church once a week and doing some scheduling for my Uncles window shutter installation on the side. Basically, I just fit those in when I can, and all day, every day, I am on the go!



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


I feel like my creative process is a bit on the slow side, if I have an idea for a painting, I like to ponder on it for a while. I picture in my head how I will address certain problems, and do a couple different versions just using my imagination. I have found that when I go straight to paper with an idea, I get frustrated because it is not turning out exactly how I want. I have found that I do better work when I have time to absorb the idea fully before actually painting it. 



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


Right now my husband and I are saving for a house, so we are living in a little studio apartment that is attached to my parents house. 
My office/work desk is in the same room as the kitchen, the living room, everything! 
My work area takes up the length of one entire wall, and that is where I do my painting, printing, and packaging for all of my work. 
It is definitely tight, and I dream about having a studio, but for now this works. 



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


The BEST thing about my job is I know that if I somehow won millions of dollars, I would still be doing EXACTLY what I am doing right now. 
Sometimes I do custom work, but for the most part I am able to have creative freedom over projects, which is so amazing. 

 


8. How would you describe your style/ work?


I feel like there a few different components to my work, I guess I would describe it as bright, colorful, a bit messy, and a bit whimsical. 
I absolutely do a lot of florals and portraiture, but my favorite work is when I combine unexpected elements with flowers, like using flowers as a head on a body. 



9. What makes you laugh?

Oh goodness, I feel like I laugh at so many things. 
I guess my favourites are witty memes, compilation videos of people tripping (but not seriously injured) and my husband is literally the funniest person I have ever met. 



10. What are your favourite books from your childhood?


I was and still am an avid reader, the books that I remember loving as a child are Ella Enchanted, Island of the blue dolphin, a Wrinkle in Time, the entire Harry Potter series (which I still reread about every 2 years), and any Nancy Drew book. 



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

I would say my most popular item on my etsy shop is my floral womb print and my personal favorite is the custom botanical silhouette. I love that idea of being able to see what you would look like if you were made out of flowers!


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


I am currently fascinated with delicate flowers and really nice textured paper. 
I think it is a bit opposite to the work I create, so whenever I see simplistic flowers on handmade paper I just swoon. 
It doesn’t make me want to create work that looks exactly like that, but it gives me this light, airy feeling in my chest which is my body telling me that I need to go paint. 



A huge thanks to Sarah for taking the time to share a glimpse into her world.

You can follow Sarah here...


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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Little Spaces

It's literally been forever since I did a Little Spaces post so I'm popping in today with some inspiration for a safari themed boys room.
Kit out your little ones decor with a palette of rusts and ochres mixed with pops of bright green and khaki for a true safari adventure feel. 
Alongside lovely wall art with their favourite animals, and lets not forget a cuddly giraffe!


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Monday, 23 October 2017

Colour crush...

A true autumn feeling colour crush post today, seeing pinks, berry and burgundy tones paired with emerald greens...a winning combination!


(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Attingham Park...

We had a lovely day at Attingham Park last weekend.
Perfect for getting into autumn mode...a nice long walk whilst on the lookout for deers, a wander around the walled gardens spotting pumpkins, beetroot and gigantic cabbages, aswell as making friends with some rather beautiful looking cows. 
Just enough time for a quick stop off in the National Trust shop and second hand bookshop.
Perfect!











 








(Photographs above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Colour crush...

I am loving a bit of green lately, and I love it even more when it's paired with peach.
And then with the addition of that lovely lilacy blue tone and terracotta shades, 
well, it makes for one very lovely palette indeed.



(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn Days...

Aaah lovely autumn days.
Its nice to have you back...



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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Anthropologie Artist Collaborations...

Anthropologie have got some fantastic artist collaborations going on at the moment...
KT Smail, Cassie Byrnes, Luke Edward Hall, Lulie Wallace and Liberty, among others.

Grab yourself some sticky notes or travel wallet with KT Smails statement painted florals, beautifully illustrated plates by Luke Edward Hall, a Liberty candle or dry your dinnerware in style with a gorgeous Lulie Wallace tea towel.

Here are some favourite pieces...











(images above copyright of Anthropologie)

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Inspired by...Jam & Ginger

Janine Burrows aka Jam & Ginger is an illustrator and designer, 
passionate about print, pattern and paint.

With over twenty years design experience, Janine's work has been used on wallpaper, greeting cards and giftware, with clients including Scion, Woodmansterne, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

Janine is one talented lady, able to create bold graphical prints, hand drawn designs with textures and mark making, right through to beautifully painted scenes full of energy, and of course gorgeous colours throughout.













 You can follow Janine on Instagram here and be sure to check out her website for more lovely work.

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