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My Inky Animals have been my most faithful sellers, I owe those furry faces a lot! I've been meaning to expand the range for a while, and have finally had a bit of time to do so. They'll soon be able available as cards, phone cases and maybe some new products that are in the pipeline!
I still have a couple I'd like to work on, like a dog and a cow, which I think would be fun... Any suggestions to expand the range? I do take requests!
You may or may not of heard of it, but there's a massive trade show held in September at Olympia every year called Top Drawer, where people like John Lewis and Amazon come to pick new stock. There's a special section for 10 hand picked new designers called "Spotted" …
And I've been chosen as one of the 10!
Massive YAY and also EEK! So I'm frantically rushing around trying to work out how I could produce on a large scale, just in case someone big likes what they see!
See here and here for my little profile piece on the website. Fingers crossed!
Having worked for a Property Surveyor in the past, dabbling with CAD technician work and designing the odd car port or two, I'm no stranger to reading architectural plans, and helping people "see" what they are describing. Some recent such work.
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:
Do you have a bespoke project you'd love to see brought to life? Get in touch!
Since I've been laid up with a broken foot (the doorframe and I had a misunderstanding...) I've literally been forced back to the drawing board. The car keys are officially out of bounds for a while.
It's made me realise how much I like making things, which is where all this new surface pattern malarky came from I think. A means to create "things" that people might take into their homes and love.
So I've been researching, from fabric printing from Spoonflower to digital ceramic transfers for a china range... Hopefully there'll be a flurry of activity to show you soon!
Following my brochure work earlier in the year (scroll down!) I was approached to create another series of architectural illustrations for a commercial property undergoing a complete overhaul, so that the development company could attract new tenants before the work was completed.
As a happy coincidence, I had also drawn the architectural plans for the property whilst working through my Uni summers, so knew the old girl quite well already!
A slightly distorted Streetview image of before work began...
With a spot of imagination...
I'll aim to add an "after" image once work has finished.
Lately I've undertaken a body of work for a property development company, creating a brochure and its contents from scratch to assist a large scale planning application. This involved research of the people involved, scripting the proposition, illustrating architectural drawings, providing photographs and finally designing the layout and hand binding each proposal. I wonder if I get a bonus if it's passed..?