Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Bookshelf: The Edwardian Scrapbook compiled by Robert Opie

Today I am sharing another fantastic Birthday present I received from my thoughtful Mum that she spotted in a charity shop. The Edwardian Scrapbook contains over 1,300 images selected from Robert Opie's collection and creates a remarkable insight into the life of a Edwardian and is an excellent visual resource. "This was the era that first saw Peter Rabbit, Meccano, Plasticine, Marmite, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Sketch."

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Amazingly Abstract Paintings by Dana Oldfather!

I thought it was time to share another painter with you and amazingly Dana Oldfather is actually a self-taught oil painter who currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Dana's painting are very abstract, they make me feel like I am in a dream like world, where bursts of colour transform into floating bubbles and drifting organic shapes. 


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Flight and Fluttering Butterflies by Paul Villinski!

Paul Villinski is someone a little different to the usual posts on creative sketchbook, but I couldn't resist letting his creations flutter and land today. Paul collects and recycles found objects, including tin cans and vinyl records that he innovatively transforms into delicate butterflies in his studio in Long Island City, New York. Someone's unwanted items become enchanting 3d sculptures and installations, where flocks of butterflies swoop and twirl to create interesting compositions and words. 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Snoozing in the Summer Sun!

As requested here are a few new photos of Blue, our 8 month old little kitty. As you can see Blue has had a very busy day in the summer sunshine, this involved .... nodding, snoozing, dozing, sleeping, napping oohh and a little dreaming. What a life!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Brie Harrison's Fabulous Florals!

I can't believe until today, when I stumbled across Brie Harrison's stunning floral surface patterns, I was previously unaware of her work. Brie's describes her work as "eclectic, happy and quirky", I most certainly agree, I would also add textural, vintage inspired, whimsical and fabulous!

Brie studied for a Ba (Hons) in Textile and Fashion Design at the University of Brighton before working as a printed textile designer in London and New York for many years. Now following her dreams and love of print and illustration Brie is working as a freelance designer based in London.

Brie gathers her inspiration from nature, retro children’s books, found vintage fabrics, art deco prints and quirky objects found while on her travels.


Saturday, 26 May 2012

Collaged Creations by Lexis Kreig!

Today is a gorgeous sunny day and I am delighted to share with you the creations of mixed media collage artist Lexis Kreig. I was particularly attracted to Lexis's work by her talented way of layering, and mixing texture, colour, and delicate pattern together with sweet imagery and charming phrases.

"I layer paint, found papers and illustration to create artwork with depth and texture. I choose text that is both sweet and touching as well as inspirational. I hope that my layered, mixed media collages inspire people to live the authentic life that they imagined for themselves."

Homes are for Dreams and Love

Friday, 25 May 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Claire Leggett

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which will become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook:

Claire Leggett is a painter and surface pattern designer based in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK. Claire originally studied Printed Textile Design and has a background in teaching. Claire's interesting painted compositions that combine teapots, china mugs, tape measures, cottons reels, lace and buttons combined with patterned wallpapers and fabrics make her work really unique.

Button Teapot

Thursday, 24 May 2012

The Bookshelf: Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Letters by Brian Froud & Ari Berk

The 'Bookshelf' is to become a new feature to Creative Sketchbook, showcasing a range of highly recommended books that you may want to add to your collection, both old and new. If you are anything like me you will probably spend most of your time looking at the beautiful pictures but hopefully they will inspire you too.

Today's book feature was an unexpected and excellent find in a discount book shop. I was initially drawn to the aged and decorative effects on the front cover and was instantly amazed as soon as I turned the first page.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

K W Eccles Endless Geometric Patterns!

I randomly stumbled across the insane geometric patterns by KW Eccles when researching. I was instantly captivated by the organic, swirling shapes filled with never ending tessellating and tiled repeating patterers. The had a flash back to my childhood of looking through a kaleidoscope and been mesmerised by the changing geometrical shapes in front of my eyes. 

The work of KW Eccles is almost hard to believe, it's like looking into an abstract and surreal world flooded with tiny flashes of every colour in the rainbow. I absolutely love these original watercolour and ink drawings and I hope you do too! 

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Audrey Kawasaki's Flawless Feminine Portraits!

Audrey Kawasaki has a precise and technical style that shows influences from both Art Nouveau and Manga art. Audrey's illustrative paintings focus on decorative feminine portraits that look almost porcelain like due to their delicate features and flawless complexions.

From first glance the subtle, pure colours suggest the use of watercolour however Audrey expertly uses oil paints. I love the sharpness of her imagery combined with the natural surface texture and grain of the wood panels she paints on. This brings natural qualities and a quirkyness to her paintings.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Captivating Naturally Inspired Photography by Karl Blossfeldt!

Today's choice is someone who has greatly inspired my own drawings and provides a source of interesting shapes and line work.

Karl Blossfeldt was an artist, teacher, botanist, sculptor and most famously a self-taught photographer from Berlin, Germany. Karl is well known for his captivating close-up photographs of plants and natural living things which inspired him greatly. Plant species were captured to educate Karl's students about design elements in nature and this is clearly evident in the remarkable and detailed photographs he achieved.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Laura-Kate Draws Intricate Illustrations!

I first spotted the intricate illustrations of Laura-Kate when visiting a vintage market at Leaf, a quirky and independent cafe. I was instantly attracted to the colourful and fun nature of her detailed illustrations, prints and crockery. Laura-Kate describes her illustrative style as "lovingly meticulous", I certainly agree. Skillfully and seamlessly Laura-Kate builds her fine patterns and imagery to naturally flood a cross the page using a range of fine-liner pens and ink.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Katsushika Hokusai's Decorative Oriental Art!

I have been eager to include the decorative work of Japanese artist, painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai. I initially came across Hokusai's work when I was researching oriental art and fell in love with his delicate woodblock prints, so much so we have four giclée prints framed on our bedroom wall.

Hokusai was born in Edo (Tokyo), Japan in 1760. Interestingly throughout school Hokusai was described as a stubborn artistic genius who was was single-mindedly obsessed with art. Hokusai himself claims that despite his renowned populiarty and reputation, his works produced before the age of seventy were not worthy of attention. I found this quote by Hokusai himself and it made me smile! 

Plum Blossom and the Moon

Friday, 18 May 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Rosie Martinez-Dekker

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which will become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook:

Rosie Martinez-Dekker is a Mexican designer based in The Netherlands and creates intruiging surface pattern designs. Rosie discovered her love and passion for textile design after studying for a (BA hons) in Graphic and Textile Design. After graduating, Rosie worked in Mexico for several years for a range different textile companies as a textile designer and art director. Studying for a post graduate Business degree increased Rosie’s business knowledge within the design industry and led her to establish the ‘Believe Creative Studio’ with her Husband.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Bookshelf: A Victorian Flower Album by Henry Terry

As much as online imagery is very inspirational I do not want you to miss out on the wealth of amazingly wonderful books available. So the 'Bookshelf' is to become a new feature to Creative Sketchbook, showcasing a range of highly recommended books that you may want to add to your collection, both old and new. If you are anything like me you will probably spend most of your time looking at the beautiful pictures but hopefully they will inspire you too.

There has got to be something said about the beauty of flicking through an old book, the worn edges of the pages, the slightly ripped cover and old 'book' smell. I have got to admit I have a love of old books for their natural charm and was delighted when I was given this book as a present for my Birthday from my very kind and thoughtful Mum. Thank you Mum, you are the best!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Anita Jeram's Adorable Children's Illustrations!

On a Sunday trip to Whitby, North Yorkshire I spotted a selection of enchanting greetings cards in a little bookshop by Anita Jeram. I was instantly drawn to the delicate and fine little creatures jumping out at me. Anita's illustrations combine soft watercolours with fine pen and brush work. Anita skillfully brings her intriguing creatures to life and incorporates innovative imagery and quirky phrases which are adorable.

Anita was born in Portsmouth and from an early age had a love of drawing, she was known to draw everywhere she went and on anything she could find. Anita has a real love for animals and they have always been her favourite subject to sketch.

Selection of Anita Jeram's greetings cards printed by Two Bad Mice Publishers

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Stunning Sketchy Style of Rachael Taylor!

I am delighted and honoured to showcase the work of Rachael Taylor a very talented and close friend of mine. I met Rachael at the University of Leeds, from where we graduated with a BA (Hons) in Textile & Fashion Design. Rachael is a fun loving, enthusiastic and inspirational surface pattern designer who has developed a successful signature hand-drawn style that is beautifully printed across an extensive range of products.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Abigail Reynolds' Folded Photography!

Today is a photographic feature to showcase the modern photo collages of British artist Abigail Reynolds. Abigail carefully creates collages by combining pages from old books, atlases, encyclopedias and travel journals together, usually of urban and sometimes rural scenes.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

John Tenniel's Adventures with Alice in Wonderland!

I am delighted to include the recognisable work of Sir John Tenniel, the talented British artist who illustrated Lewis Carroll’s famous Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. John produced 92 stunning drawings for the children's storybooks, which secured his lasting artistic fame. John's ultimate honor was being knighted in recognition of his contributions as a living national treasure.

John Tenniel's illustrations are unique and distinguishable. He geniusly gives the characters emotion and individuality, which are firmly imbedded in my childhood memories as a lover of Alice in Wonderland myself.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Timorous Beasties Contemporary Wallpaper Art!

Timorous Beasties is a wallpaper and textile design company founded in 1900 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons. The talented duo met whilst studying textile design at Glasgow School of Art and interestingly named their exclusive brand after the Robert Burns poem "To a Mouse."

Timorous Beasties' create innovative and contemporary designs where surreal and uncompromising imagery contrasts with traditional prints and textiles. Inspiration originates from illustrated encyclopedias and the Scottish Highlands with many designs including illustrative insects, birds and plants. Popular repeating surface patterns include Toile de Jouy, damasks and florals which all make a modern and dramatic statement.

'Act of Union' Wallpaper

Friday, 11 May 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Phyllida Coroneo

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which will become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook: 

Phyllida Coroneo graduated from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London with a BA (Hons) in Fashion. She has had a successful career in Interior Design spanning 15 years and is now returning to her roots in textile design.
Enchanted Winter

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Leonardo da Vinci's Anatomical Art!

The famous Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian scientist, mathematician, anatomist, painter, sculptor and writer to name but a few. Leornado is particularly famous for his world-renowned paintings, and has been said to be the most diversely talented person to have ever lived.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Holly Exley's Quirky Collections!

Today I am delighted to share with you a selection of work by the very talented Holly Exley. Holly is a young Bristol based illustrator who graduated from Middlesex University and now specialises in watercolour painting and is working very hard at making her creative dreams come true.

Holly admits (like myself) she has a obsession with and takes inspiration from the very talented Beatrix Potter (click to view previous feature) which is evident in her fluid use of paint. "I paint because it makes me happy. I love the challenge of a brief, from coming up with the ideas, working on it practically and seeing the end result." Sourced Holly Exley Holly has a new and unique approach to the use of watercolour painting and has made the technique fresh, modern and fun. 

Vintage Cutlery Collection

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Gorgeous Birthday Cards!

Thank you to all my fabulous friends and family for the gorgeous Birthday cards I received this year. They all know me so well! I just had to share some of my favourites with you!

by Clare Beaton for Roger la Borde
Click here to view her website and their website

Monday, 7 May 2012

Orla Kiely's Signature Textile Prints!

I could not resist featuring the famous designs of Orla Kiely who is interestingly described by the Guardian as 'the queen of prints'. Orla studied for an MA at The Royal College of Art, London and on completion Harrod's purchased her exhibited collection. Orla says her positive influence and creative inspiration came from her Grandmother back in Ireland.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Going Around in Circles with Chris Kenny!

Today’s artist in the spotlight is Chris Kenny who creates fantastic 3D, mixed-media constructions. Chris is a British artist who studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute before exclusively exhibiting his abstract collages.

Fragments of maps, books and twigs are rearranged into unusual compositions to create complex geometric forms. Chris’s collages explore travel, transport, location and road networks by transforming and mounting flat images of the world into 3D globes by the use of small pins. I love how his work is like ‘organised chaos,’ it is presented in a precise and organised manor yet it still has an essence of mayhem. A beautiful way to capture and record the essence of a personal journey or holiday!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

The Magical Swirling Patterns of Valentina Ramos!

After working for 15 years as a graphic designer Valentina Ramos began to explore a wider variety of art forms and established her distinctive signature hand drawn style. I love how Valentina's drawings are lively, full of colour and crammed with little intricate details. "I use ink and other mediums to create flowing, intricate and highly detailed patterns, sometimes utilising words for positive inspiration." Sourced Valentina Ramos

Valentina's fascinating swirling patterns draw me in to an almost magical world, which she is clearly very passionate about. Original designs can be found as prints, on fabrics and products including duvets, cushions and phone cases. Valentina hopes to inspire others with her work to follow their dreams! So Enjoy!

Friday, 4 May 2012

As seen through the eyes of Ernst Haeckel!

The very talented Ernst Haeckel was a biologist, naturalist and famous artist who discovered and captured many new species and organic life forms. He has produced over 100 detailed and beautifully coloured illustrations of animals and sea creatures. 

Ernst's work is centered around geometric shapes and organic forms that capture exceptional precision. His illustrations are gently coloured with refreshing lemon, cool blue, olive green and sepia tones. I love how his work is executed with intense attention to detail and upmost delicacy, which appeals to the perfectionist side of my nature. Ernst's work provides great visual and structural inspiration by the vast wealth of quirky shapes and patterns. 

They are insanely intricate! 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Fantasy Floral Illustrations by Iveta Abolina!

Iveta Abolina is a contemporary digital art and graphic illustrator who loves experimenting with ink, pencil and watercolours. I thought her work was perfect to inject a little bit of spring onto todays blog. Iveta graduated with a degree in Design Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York City where she currently lives and works as a senior designer for Showtime Networks.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Afternoon Tea with Priscilla Jones!

I would love to introduce the contempoary, mixed-media, textile artist Priscilla Jones. Priscilla creates stunning 2D and 3D sculptures from found materials including wire, wax, fabric and paper which she beautifully collages and combines together in an enchanting way.

Priscilla Jones
graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Embroidery and now sells and exhibits her work across the UK and Europe, with many pieces held in public and private collections.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Face of Fornasetti!

Today is dedicated to showcasing the unusual work of Fornasetti. Piero Fornasetti was a painter, sculptor and interior decorator based in Milan and is known as one of the original creative talents of the 20th century. "Fornasetti designed a magical world, saturated in image and colour and filled with whimsy and wit." Sourced Fornasetti

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