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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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Etsy shop finds...a chat with Rachel Victoria Hillis

This months etsy interview is with Rachel Victoria Hillis.
Rachel is a freelance editorial illustrator and artist, currently based in Liverpool, and her lovely artwork can be bought from her etsy shop as prints and cards.
Fascinated by nature, Rachels work has beautifully painted plants and botanical gardens galore. If you're a budding plant lady (or plant man)you're gonna be soooo happy you found her work!

Lets get to know a bit about Rachel shall we.
Grab that cuppa.

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

I grew up in North London and I used to spend a lot of my childhood with my mum in Highgate and Hampstead where she would sell her artwork to lovely independent shops. She wanted to show me how inspiring this was and these areas in general are very creative and inspiring places. I would make drawings and collages based on houses or shop-fronts I had seen during these trips. I even made illustrations for some of the shopkeepers my mum knew!

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

I work as a freelance illustrator illustrating for different magazines, as well as running my own small independent illustration business so I literally do everything myself. My days are different depending on what jobs I have on but I always like to draw as much as I possibly can. I love tending to my houseplants and I feel most inspired when surrounded by greenery.
3. What's your favourite item listed for sale in your shop? And the most popular?

I like ‘Rainy Day’ because it is a portrait of my Italian Greyhound son Alf. I also like my Barbican pieces because they were created at the beginning of my illustration journey just before I graduated.

My ‘Rainy Day’ and the Barbican prints are very popular!

4. How would you describe your style/ work?

I wouldn’t like to describe my work because I feel good artwork always speaks for itself!

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

The way I approach creating work differs depending on the type of job it’s for. When working on editorial illustrations with clients I will sketch out my ideas very vaguely, and then from these sketches I will make some clearer roughs. After agreeing with the client on the final idea I then have fun painting using watercolour and gouache. If the work is personal or not client based then this process is less structured and a lot more fluid. I like having fun when working and try not to ever take anything so seriously because I think my work can lose quality when I take it so seriously.

6. What's your guilty pleasure?

Trash TV! Things like Love Island and Ghost Adventures. I find them comical.

7. Where do you work? Describe your studio/ work area... 
At the moment I work from home, in my studio room. I’m aiming to find a studio space next year though. My desk space right now is a mess and in need of a real good sort out.

8. What are your favourite books from your childhood?

Moomins books were always my favourites when I was little. I also loved Lauren Child’s Clarice Bean books too. When I was a little older in my early teens I was obsessed with the illustrator Jordi Labanda, after discovering his editorial illustrations in my mums magazines. I was bought his artists book ‘Heyday’ as a present, and although it was definitely not entirely suitable for kids I was absolutely in love with it and found his work so inspiring. I suppose that is what originally gave me the idea of being an editorial illustrator when I grew up…

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

1. I am vegan (and it’s easy, contrary to popular belief)

2.  I love sewing and making quilts to relax.

3. I am addicted to buying houseplants. I’m trying to propagate some of them at the moment.

4. My favourite meal is Ramen with Tofu.

5. I used to have a phobia of insects but now I love bugs (with the exception of a few creeeeepy crawlies).

6. I have 14 tattoos and all of them (with the exception of one) are based around nature.

7. I have road-tripped from London – Croatia a few times when I was younger and I would love to do it again.

8. I love birdwatching.

9. I make my own natural / non-toxic / 
plastic free cleaning products and household goods.

10. I love nearly all fruit and vegetables but I really cannot stand Rocket, Celery and Melon.

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

I think the most rewarding thing for me personally about being an illustrator is knowing that I’m doing a job that I have wanted to do all of my life.

A big thanks to Rachel for taking the time to be part of the etsy interviews.
You can see more of her work here...

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Friday, 5 October 2018

Colour crush...

Blues feature again in the last of this weeks colour crush posts, this time combined with deep, rich reds and garnet with turquoise and aqua tones.
I adore that pop of cobalt in there too.

Hope you've enjoyed the back to back colour colour posts this week. There'll be another one coming up very soon with plenty more gorgeous palettes to share with you...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Colour crush...

Next up in this weeks ode to colour is a combination that seems to be everywhere lately, and has been for some time. Seen across anything from prints to fashion, from jewellery to homeware...its a winner!
Blue hues mixed with good old terracotta, brick and pumpkin shades.
Yes please!

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Monday, 1 October 2018

Colour crush week!

How do you fancy another week of posts dedicated to our mutual love of colour?
Thought so!
First up is this lovely little number, a gorgeous combination of jewel tones.

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Friday, 28 September 2018

Something for the weekend...

I don't think you can go wrong with a chocolate cake for any occasion.
Actually, who needs an occasion?
I'd say a big fat yes to this Blackberry chocolate cake any day of the week.
Why not get your bake on this weekend and give it a whirl?
Head over to 'Flour Covered Apron' for the recipe...

(image above © Flour Covered Apron)

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Creative Quarters...Emma Allsup

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Emma Allsup...

Emma Jayne is a freelance illustrator and pattern designer working from home in beautiful Cheshire, UK. She’s represented by The Bright Agency and also designs under her name Emma Jayne. 
Emma graduated from University with an Honours Degree in surface pattern and later a Masters Degree in Textile Illustration. Since leaving University, Emma has worked in design studios and freelanced for a number of clients. To date, these include Dorma, John Lewis, NEXT, Coca Cola, Chester Zoo, TESCO, Deva Designs, Scholastic and The Art Group.  
Emma likes to enter competitions, and so far, has come first in a Russian scarf competition, received an honourable mention in the Global Talent Search 2016 and came within the top twenty out of six thousand for Sock It to Me 2017, which she found was a fun project to work on! 
More recently, she took part in the 100 day project, which she found was great experience and exercised her discipline as she had to produce a piece of art each day for 100 days. From the challenge, Emma made new friends, got to create images based on a topical theme, ’the ocean’ (she learned so much about what’s happening with our oceans and learned as well about all the different sea life) and made lots of new design pieces for her portfolio! 
Some of the illustrations are now prints, which she sells on etsy. She has also recently added designs onto Spoonflower, where she sells patterns for fabric, wallpaper & gift wrap, and Emma says she has still plenty more designs to add! 
Emma loves colour and bringing joy and happiness through her work. She describes her style as bold and whimsical, and loves to experiment with different techniques. Emma’s earlier work was produced mainly using gouache and for nearly a year now, she has been using Procreate.  Emma often mixes the two; gouache artwork with Procreate. She later tweaks and polish the final designs in Photoshop. 
She really enjoys the work and takes inspiration from many artists and illustrators. A few to name are, Henry Matisse, Betsy Walton, Penelope Dullaghan and Beatrice Alemagna. She finds their use of colour, quirkiness, drawing techniques and style just beautiful.  
Emma would love to have her own greeting card range, fashion fabric line, to illustrate for children’s books and to do editorial work for magazines, journals and publications.

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

If you're interested in working with Emma, or want to get in touch, please see below for various ways to contact her and also see more of her lovely work...

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Tasha Warren, 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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Monday, 17 September 2018

Paper & Cloth at Premiere Vision...

Paper & Cloth are heading off to Paris for Premiere Vision!
Hope to see you there...

(image above ©Paper & Cloth Design Studio)

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Lazy weekends...

I'm longing for a weekend when I can just do this...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Colour crush...

Is it officially autumn now we've hit September?
Todays colour crush palette is right up there for me as a new favourite fall combo.
It's that deep wine tone with peach, ochre and terracotta hues, and that little hit of blue.
And there goes that brick colour again, sneaking in. Can’t resist.

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Studio Assistant at Paper & Cloth Design Studio

Paper & Cloth are looking for a super lovely, friendly and hugely organised Studio Assistant to help in the day to day running of the studio.
Head on over to the website for more details...

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Friday, 7 September 2018

Freebie Friday...

A nice little freebie for you today.
Happy Friday!

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Thursday, 6 September 2018

OYOY Mini Autumn / Winter 18...

The new season mini collection from OYOY couldn't be more up my street.
You will sooo be ready for all things autumn when you see their new range.
The Scandinavian design company do not disappoint...look at those colours! 
"Warm colours for the cold time"
Caramel, mulberry, wine and berry tones, terracotta, and that beautiful sky blue, combined with pumpkin and honey hues. Nailed it right?

The new 'Mini darlings' soft toys, pom pom garlands, lion rugs, tooth fairy cushions, wooden building bricks, plenty of adorable products to adorn your little ones rooms.

Here are a few favourites...

(all images above ©OYOY)

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Margaret Jeane...

Margaret Jeane is an artist and print designer who creates the most amazing paintings.
Mountain landscapes, intricate tile prints, geometric prints, gorgeous florals and animal studies, amongst an abundance of other themes and subjects she loves to paint, and all with beautiful brushwork and stunning colour palettes.

If you don't follow her on instagram already, I highly recommend you hop on over and do just that.

(all images above copyright of Margaret Jeane)

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Colour crush...

It's starting to feel quite autumnal here in the UK.
The days are getting cooler following what's probably been the hottest summer in quite some years.
The darker nights will be setting in soon and out come the cozy socks and chunky knitwear.

Here's a little colour crush post that's definitely got that fall vibe...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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