Friday, 28 September 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Lizzie Rose Hughes

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which has become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook. Lizzie Rose Hughes' country life inspired designs instantly grabbed my attention when she exhibited at New Designers 2012. Lizzie has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a First Class Ba (Hons) in Textile Design.

As you know I am a lover of our feathered friends and Lizzie's delicate hummingbirds are rather intriguing. "The designs i produce focus on keeping a fluidity throughout, to encourage the viewer to follow the lines of the design and ultimately recreate the natural environment of the birds and foliage." The mutual botanical colour palette used throughout this collection beautifully compliments the fine detailed illustrations. "I take my inspiration from 19th Century Design, I focus on creating a contemporary take on this historical style of design. "

Monday, 24 September 2012

Laura Laine's Luscious Ladies!

I just had to share the edgy fashion illustrations of Finnish Laura Laine with you. I love how her delicate illustrations are created predominantly in black and white, which gives them a dramatic affect. The feminine figures in her fashion illustrations have elongated elegant legs, long dramatic sweeping hair and slender, graceful twisting figures. The fine attention to detail in her drawings is captivating, single strands of hair, ruffles, fur, petals and feathers add intriguing textural qualities adding to the uniqueness of her work.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Natalie Alexander

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

I was delighted when I found these bright and summery florals in my inbox just as the autumn season is slowly creeping in. I hope they enlighten your day!

Natalie Alexander is designer from Yorkshire with a love of the traditional design methods of screenprinting and letterpress. "I would describe my style as contemporary with a raw element. I like my designs to have a slightly unpolished appearance and really enjoy working with bold colour palettes." It is this unfinished and rough layered look that I think is particularly successful in Alex's designs. "My designs are a fusion of ideas including screen-prints, photographs and drawings. I use lots of colour and layers to give my work interesting depth and movement and finally digitally manipulate them." 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Emma Ball's Beautifully British Summer!

Since our British summer is sadly coming to an end, I thought a little reminiscing was needed. This summer has been a very busy one for me, and I was lucky enough to spend a week in the South around Devon and Dorset with friends and family. It reminded me of just how naturally stunning our country really is and at times how we take it for granted. Therefore I just had to share the beautiful watercolour work of Emma Ball with you as she manages to capture our British coastline and seaside resorts in such a delicate and intriguing way.

Emma's watery designs include striped deck chairs, patterned beach huts, coloured rowing boats, and cute puffins to name my few of my favourites. I love how Emma also includes loose hand written words and phrases on her designs, they add a little extra quirky character.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Emerging Design Talent: Isobelle Ancient

Today I am introducing new and emerging design talent which has become a regular addition to Creative Sketchbook. I couldn't resist contacting Isobelle Ancient after she exhibited her collection of intriguing little creatures at New Designers 2012. Isobelle has just graduated from the University of Bath with a Ba (Hons) in Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors.

I love Isobelle's contemporary take on traditional folk art by creating little unique mixed media creatures. Isobelle collects and hand picks things, often vintage pieces to combine with paper mache, recycled paper and hand embroidered stitches which result in whimsical and curious animals with a distressed and rustic feel. "All my items are painstakingly handmade, from the smocked bodies to the tiny ceramic bead eyes, as I feel you can't beat the rustic naive appearance of hand made items, and the use of found materials adds to this too, there is always something really charming about them."

You can imagine each of these animals to have their own quirky personality!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Sculptural Origami Like Wonders by Richard Sweeney!

Today I am sharing Richard Sweeney's amazing sculptural creations with you. Richard studied Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University after discovering his love and natural talent for sculpture. I am fascinated by the smooth and flawless finish of these unique structures that contain interesting curves, layers, creases, folds and shapes.

Icosahedron II , Paper Sculpture 2006

I would love to have a selection of these hanging from my ceiling, if only!
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