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The DESIGN Canberra program is here! If you are in Canberra you can grab a printed copy today. They have been distributed throughout Canberra in the best cafes, shops, and cultural institutions. With the distinct pink and yellow design you can’t miss it, and best of all, it’s completely FREE.
If you aren’t in Canberra but are curious to find out about DESIGN Canberra and all its events, you can take a look at the program on the DESIGN Canberra website.
I’m on page 47. How exciting!
I’m very happy to say that you can now find me at Designers for Hire directory. Can you see my little ad below? Let test your eyesight and see if you can spot me…
Did you find me? I hope you did!
This is my little add below:
The Designers for Hire directory is curated by the Print and Pattern blog and listings are by invitation only. The directory was created to help companies and art directors find quality designers quickly without having to search through the ever growing Print and Patten blog archives.
In the directory you will find surface pattern designers, graphic designers and illustrators.
There are so many talented ladies in there! It’s amazing! I’m just glad I’m “good enough” to be listed there :) Yay for me!
It’s so nice to be in the top navigation bar at Pingg :) #feelingproud
Hopefully more people will be able to see and use my designs :)
My Holiday card designs are already up and ready to go on Finestationery.com
Take a look!
I hope there’s something that you like!
In the next few weeks I’ll have a number of new Save the Date cards at Finestationery.com so keep an eye out for new designs!
I love this quote and I have it up on my wall where I work. The quote reads: Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
I hope this quote also motivates you to pursue your dreams and move past your fears. Let’s keep moving ahead!
This print is available from my Society6 shop.
I’ve been meaning to share these photos for a long time now. Late last year a few members of Circle of Designers got together for a photo shoot in Sydney where we all got to wear some of the scarves that we designed during the year.
These are some of the photos from the day:
Philippa Wilkinson is the designer behind the established textile design company, Pip Willy. Her sustainable fabrics are represented by the Emily Ziz Style Studio and has been immersed in commercial textile design for over 14 years. Philippa is a COFA graduate and it is her Fine Arts background, her keen eye for detail, her sensitivity in line work and her printing expertise that has been the driving force in her textile work.
Oya Demirbilek is an Industrial Designer and Associate Professor at the school of the Built Environment UNSW. Her Turkish heritage and European upbringing influence her work including her 2D/3D jewellery beading work. Oya’s jewellery shapes reflect the natural – as well as sacred geometric patterns and structures, cultural and spiritual symbols. Her design philosophy is to create simple, useful, beautiful and easily reproducible objects.
Danielle Kojic is a Graphic Designer/Brand Consultant who is also compelled to paint. After completing her first painting classes post graphic arts college she was immediately accepted to be hung at the Mosman Art Award. The experienced way she uses paint comes naturally and straight from her centre.
Anjum Olmo’s recognisable henna-inspired motifs lend themselves to patternmaking. Anjum has a passion for all things handmade from designing screen printed textiles, wallpaper and handmade cards. “Bold and stripped back” is a phrase that best describes Anjum’s designs. She has lived in Fiji and now lives in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains and she draws her creative inspiration from her environment.
Melissa Von Berge, amongst many things, is a talented Photographer who has always worked successfully in the area of Graphic Design. Melissa has an insatiable appetite for observing the beauty and the world around her. Relentless in her pursuit of seeking out the non mundane she constantly surprises the viewer.
You can read more about all of the Circle of Designers members here.
Circle of Designers is a group of Australian artists creating beautiful environmentally friendly textile products where each designer brings their own unique look to the range. By grouping together it is possible to create unique designs into textile products whilst respecting how things are made in the supply chain.
The photos were taken by Matthew Syres Photography and I think he did a great job. It’s hard working with six giggling women!
Halloween is just around the corner and if you haven’t sent out your party invitations, here are some invite options for you:
All these designs are exclusively available at Greenvelope and each of these cards comes in a number of different colours. I hope you like them!
Here’s another bit of good news that I should have shared a long time ago. Back in March I was featured on the Print and Pattern blog where some of my trays were showcased.
Anyone that is into surface pattern design knows that the Print and Pattern Blog is THE blog that EVERYONE wants to be featured in, so it’s a great privilege to get a feature there. I’m doing a happy dance :)
You can read the blog post here.
Thank you Marie for the feature!
Here’s another bit of news that I should have shared a long time ago. Back in March this year I was featured in the Pattern Observer blog. There’s a short bio about me and some images of my work. Please take a look :)
Thank you Pattern Observer!
Here’s another bit of news that I should have shared weeks ago. Back in March I did the Canberra CommUnity Twilight Markets located in Fyshwick.
This is what my stall looked like:
Here I am, happy and excited to be at the markets! And as you would expect, I’m wearing my own leggings :)
Ivette was my assistant for the day (She’s also wearing one of my scarves :) ). Thank you for all your help!
This is Janet from In My Element Glass Design my wonderful neighbour for the day.
I was also displaying some the cards from Venerate, which is my other Etsy shop where I sell handmade cards.
I can’t wait for the day when I can have my own shop and have a permanent place where I can display my work.
It was a really fun day and I look forward to doing a market again (once it gets a little warmer).
I should have shared this news weeks ago but you can now find a number of my designs at Handmade Canberra!
This is what my first delivery of goods to the shop looked like:
I delivered all kinds of goodies including: leggings, scarves, throw pillows, clipboards, ring binders, pencil cases, and journals.
The shop is located in City Walk, 20 Allara Street, Canberra. So if you are in Canberra or you are visiting Canberra make sure you go and take a look. The shop has an amazing collection of work bursting with the finest Australian design.
Once in a while I’m contacted by students who have school assignments and want to ask me questions about me and my work. I must admit, it’s an honour to be asked to do these types of things. It’s great to know that these students have found me and that they would like to use my work for their assignments. It’s so sweet :) Today, I wanted to share a section of a short interview I did for a student in the UK a few months ago.
1. What are your inspirations
My inspiration comes from many places but I’m particularly drawn to geometric and strong bold patterns. There are a many things that spark my creativity, such as architecture, photography, nature or simply taking a trip to a new place.
2. What are your working philosophies
I believe in finding meaning in the work that you do and that hard work, determination and focus will get you closer to your dreams.
3. What are the main materials that you use?
For my hand drawn work I like to use pen and paper. I use different types of pens, graphite pencils of different weights and I even use ball pen as it can provide a different textures and effects. For my digital work I use Illustrator and Photoshop.
4. Which techniques/processes do you use?
When I work using illustrator I like to hand draw my illustrations and then I scan them in and adjust and color them digitally. Once all my motifs are created I put them in repeat or create design mock-ups depending on what is needed.
5. Which movement do you see yourself in and why?
A lot of the artwork that I’ve created to date tends to be mostly abstract and I also have created a lot of work that is geometric. I’m not sure if these belong to a ‘movement’ as such but they seem to be the kind of style that comes naturally to me.
6. Do you belong to any groups?
I’m part of a number of groups including Cultivate Art Collective which is a group that supports artists and helps exhibit at international trade shows such as Surtex and Printsource.
I’m also a member of Circle of Designers where we aim to bring eco-friendly textile products into the marketplace.
I’m also part of a number of online Facebook groups with people who share similar interest and where the main objective of the group is to provide moral support and share knowledge.
7. Have you received any awards etc.?
I haven’t received any awards to date.
9: Have you written any books?
I haven’t written any books yet but this is definitely on my to do list!
This is something I should have shared weeks ago but I haven’t had a chance to share the good news until now.
I now have some of my card designs at Finestationery.com! and I’m super excited about this!
These are all the designs I have right now:
At Fine Stationery you will find an amazing range of stationery and cards for just about any occasion that you can think of. Currently, I have Valentine’s Day Cards only but I’m hoping to add new designs soon!
I must admit, I’m honoured for my name to be next to such amazing talented people including: Alisse Courter, Angie Sandy, Khristian Howell, Lilian Cohen, Nicole Tamarin and Renee Pulve. They are incredibly talented ladies and I’m happy for my name to be next to theirs!
Now that Surtex is out of the way I’ve had some time to update my About page and My Work page. I’ve added more information about all the work that I’ve been doing so that it reflects all the things I’ve done over the years and to show the kind of experience that I have.
I also added photo galleries of my work, like the one below, to include some of my recent collections.
I think I could still organise sections better but I guess this is a good start!
Please take a look and let me know what you think :)
Surtex 2015 has ended! There’s so much work that goes into preparing for a show like Surtex and it’s all done in just a few days! It’s almost like a wedding, you prepare for the big day for a whole year and then in a matter of hours your wedding day is all over :(
This was my first year exhibiting at Surtex with Cultivate Art Agency and I hope I can do it all over again next year! I already have lots and lots of ideas about the type of work that I want to produce. Now all I have to do is schedule enough time during the year to create lots of beautiful new art!
Here are a few product mock ups I did for Surtex:
Let’s hope next year I get to go to the show in person!
I love dinnerware and I dream of having my own collection of dinnerware one day. For Surtex I prepared a few dinnerware mock ups in the hope that I can get a manufacturer interested in one of these designs. Fingers crossed!
There’s only 1 day to go until Surtex! Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency will be in booth 222 so make sure you stop by and say hello!
Here’s another sneak peak of what you’ll see at the show:
Artists featured at Surtex are:
Susanne Kasielke, Angela Kilpatrick, Ashley Lotecki, Gabriella Buckingham, Cyndi Pfeiffer, Betsey Hodson, Claudia Owen, Natalie Williamson, Irene Chan, Susan K. Weckesser, Sophie Brabbins, May Leong, Sherry London, Rhiannon Connelly, Adrienne Vita, Este Macleod and Amy Reber.
As part of my Surtex portfolio I’ve created a number of product mock ups to help people visualise what the designs would like on products. Here are some of the mock ups I made: