Polished off a sign writing commission yesterday.
I've done plenty of these before, but always on actual signs, so if they went wrong I could just hide them. Here the only solutions to messing up were either a huge can of Magnolia, or burning the shop down, depending on how melodramatic I was feeling... Thankfully neither was necessary as I was quite pleased how the poem came out for The Banyan Tree, Brackley.
I ache today though!
Last year I submitted a design to be considered for a community mural at a school in Brackley for children to undertake. I didn't hear anything of it, so was most surprised when I bumped into it today parking somewhere I've never been before! They must've liked it after all.
Someone leading a meeting about market town Brackley fancied a display of non obvious images of the town to intrigue people, and encourage them to chew over the details of the place. They didn't have to promote it or put any spin on, just get people looking and thinking.
This is what I came up with...
A new preserve company contacted me through my Facebook page wanting a fresh and modern, yet painterly logo. Pretty much my favourite brief! I got a little carried away, churning out roughs to choose between before working up the final...
A directional rethink meant that the company was going to take a more Chilli based approach. Back to the drawing board foas it were!
And the final choice...
A lovely lady got in touch to see if I could create a laptop bag out of KateMoby fabric... Some designing and international ordering later and, yes I can!
My most useful tool was a cereal packet "laptop" I made to match the size - it's nerve wracking making something to fit a specific object if you don't have said object in your possession!
The final design incorporated a button closure, zip front pocket, lining and padding, canvas and leather handles and a good sprinkling of Beech Leaves! Not a bad foray into construction. Personally I'm most chuffed how the button I made lines up with the pattern so nicely.
How I did it:
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Following from some lovely logo design, I've been commissioned to design some stationery for Children's online shop Bumbilee. First on the menu, lovely heavyweight business cards.
First, riff through ideas, develop then produce!
I'm super pleased to announce two new marvellous creative workshops that I'll be running in a lovely little craft premises in Brackley, Northhamptonshire.
The Photography and Photoshop course is frankly a bargain at £100 - the only other similar one I found online to mine was triple the price. Space is limited to 5 people, first come first served. The full dates are :
Weds 6th March 7pm-9pm
Weds 13th March 7pm-9pm
Weds 20th March 7pm-9pm
Weds 27th March 7pm-9pm
The Screen Printing workshop is at the same premises and is £45 for Saturday 16th March 1.30pm - 4.30pm. You'll head home with a tote bag or two with your own design printed on, and the knowledge of how to do it again using simple equipment found in your house! Limited to 4 people.
Any further info required, please just holler! Now drum roll for the posters...