It would appear people do look at my website! Out of the blue, after seeing images of my bags for the market fairs on this blog, I received this email:
I would like to invite you to submit your tote bag prints for a new book title called, Tote bags. The book is to be published worldwide by Laurence King Publishing in 2010.
If you are interested in submitting your work for the book, please do contact me and I can send you more information regarding the project. You may also find further information on my blog, linked.
It would be great to be able to feature and promote your work in the book.
They wanted some blurb from me, so to make my designs sound all very interesting in print, I submitted this statement:
My work is multifaceted, which I think is reflective in my tastes, influences and design style. I’m currently getting into surface pattern design and decorative illustration. I am inspired by the natural world that surrounds us, and the beauty of minimalism and subtlety.
I’ve always felt like a jack-of-all-trades, but I believe that is now referred to as a portfolio career! Generally though, I am drawn to simplicity, striking visuals and creating calming atmospheres.
I think artwork becomes something else when it can be carried round in a functional role. Why shouldn’t we surround ourselves with beautiful, but usable things? I couldn’t come up with a reason, which is why I created my tote bags.
Tote bags have become popular over recent years because green is the new black, and everyone wants to look like they are contributing, but not sacrifice design in the meantime.
You can see the web version here, the book is still under construction.
It's a shame I've sold out of them now, when I've printed more, I'll add them to my shop!