Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Hydrangea Synthesis

Final pattern for the FutureBio project... Something about this project really seemed to inspire me to create lots of designs! I love creating floral prints but it was nice to be challenged to incorporate biology and the essence of science in general. It puts a bit of a modern twist on the typical floral design and gives it more of an impact. Hopefully my designs emanate all these things! You can see and rate it here!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Travel // Norway // Bergen, Ålesund, Geiranger & Oslo

Mount Ulriken
Geiranger Fjord

Oslo Opera House
Vigeland Sculpture Park

On the 2nd September my boyfriend and I went travelling in Norway. As soon as we told friends and family our idea, we were very well informed that Norway is one of the most (if not the most) expensive country in the World (we had a Mcdonald's out there which came to £18! So we mainly lived on pasta and rice...). But, we wanted a change from the usual 'couples holiday' to the greek islands, spain and the canary islands. We are both extremely keen on travelling, and thought, why not start ticking these amazing unique places off on the old bucket list now!? You'll find mine on my Pinterest :)

I did masses of researching; Reading reviews on hostels, translating Norwegian bus and train timetables, converting NOK into Sterling... and finally we created our plan, including itinerary, accommodation and travel (all for a price similar to an all inclusive greek island one week holiday!).

We first flew out to Bergen, the 2nd largest city in Norway, which in our eyes was still actually quite tiny! We stayed in the Bergen YMCA hostel, which was in the most perfect location (the hostel roof terrace overlooked the harbour). We spent 3 nights here and visited the hanseatic wharf, museums, went for walks along the harbours and also hiked up Mount Ulriken which is the highest peak in Bergen (we had to stop for a break before we even reached the start of the trail! Oops).

Next, we flew up to Ålesund, then caught a late bus down to Hellesylt, a tiny village nestled at the end of the Sunnylvsfjorden, and spent 2 nights in the local hostel here (The view from our room was incredible!). We caught the daily ferry across to the village of Geiranger and saw the famous Geiranger Fjord on the journey. We both hadn't quite anticipated the size of the mountains that steeply rose on either side of the fjord, they are massive and just reach straight down to the water. We saw the legendary waterfalls, 'the suitor' and 'the seven sisters' and even saw dolphins breaking the surface of the water which was pretty special. We actually did the ferry trip twice, the first day it was quite grey and clouds clung to the middle of the mountains, then on the second day the water was a deeper blue and the mountains greener, and sunlight poured over the top of them in rays, it was well worth seeing it again in a different light.

We caught a bus back to Ålesund and spent a night in the hostel here in the town centre; The front door led straight onto the park and the 418 steps up to the Aksla viewpoint which is where all the iconic photos of Ålesund are taken! We were then up bright and early the next day to catch a bus to Andalsnes and then a 6 hour train down to Oslo. We arrived mid afternoon, got settled into the hotel (not hostel! Oh the luxury...) and then set out to explore Oslo! We spent 2 nights here and saw all the iconic sites including the Royal Palace, Vigeland sculpture park, Opera house, Holmenkollen Ski jump and Karl Johans Gate. Finally we caught our flight back to Heathrow, and after averaging 9 miles walking a day in Norway I think it's fair to say we didn't really move much the day after we got home! But wow, what a great trip, definitely go and see Norway! I'd love to see the north in winter next...

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Geranium Glass

Sagrada Familia Stained Glass and Garden Geraniums.
I've been working on this 'geranium glass' design for a little while and I've struggled with the colouring, although I do like the overall look, I wanted the colours and details to be a bit more vibrant in a less pink and green, colour clashing way. So I mixed it up with some photographs and previous patterns I've created, and mapped a few different designs onto my brothers samsung galaxy SIII. They make me think of a punk flower garden; Really edgy and bold floral patterns :)

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Hidden In The Cove

A typographic poster using the font Blackout and a photograph I'd taken of a small cove in Zante! I wanted to experiment with half exposing the text behind the photograph, to give the design some depth and to really make the text look included and part of it. The quote is a little dark and mysterious and begins sinking into the sea as if to suggest something lies at the bottom, or that the cove has seen mysterious occurrences and is scarred with the memories... eerie!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Dreaming In Colour

I'm currently getting into the mindset for a new up-coming clothing project competition! I'm hoping to create some dreamy and enchanting, colourful landscape designs to enter :) I created these two designs using a mixture of the space scenes I've previously created and forest and cathedral photographs (Forest along the river Clywedog and Sagrada Familia Cathedral). Inspiration came from Carnovsky and their RGB Fabulous Landscapes project; It's truly unique and a really beautiful way of comparing and entwining the forms of architecture and nature. I'm hoping to create something equally enchanting!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Silk Scarves // Final Graphics Display

After a busy few weeks I finally present to you my Pear Blossom Silk Scarves and HND Graphic Design Final Major Project Display! I put a lot of effort and time into the final project of my HND as I believe it was a project important for my future, as well as just trying to get a good overall grade. I researched for days about branding, manufacturing my products and also spent lots of time perfecting my designs ready for printing. Throughout preparing for my final project, I had lots of compliments from an array of people who showed a keen interest in my designs and products, from the printing companies I was enquiring to, to random instagrammers liking my product photos! :) This has really encouraged me to keep pushing on and soon, hopefully all my ideas and hard work will come together to form a little online shop, so my designs can reach you the public :) the beginning of my dream goal!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Blossom Notebooks

Here are my pear blossom notebooks! Resting in one of the wooden crates I ordered from amazon for my final project display :) everything is coming together so nicely, big sigh of relief that everything is here on time and looking goood. I had these printed through FotoInsight, they were so cheap at only £5.50 each and they're such good quality! Really sturdy A4 hardback covers, glossy finish and great detail and vibrant colours. You're given the selection of choosing blank, lined or graph paper inside, so I chose blank to make them more like sketchbooks or rough notebooks :)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Floral Iphone Cases

Here are my iPhone (4) cases!! I had them printed using a company called Photobox and they're brilliant quality, really clear and vibrant :) I was searching for ages to find a company that printed them relatively cheap and also with the design down the edges of the phone case too, because I think it looks more tasteful than having white or black sides. Finally I concluded Photobox was the best value! So I uploaded my designs onto the 3D mapping model they provide, to see how the case will look in 'real life', and had 3 printed :) They arrived really quick and came pre-packaged in a plastic casing, which I think gives them a more official 'shop-like' appearance :) (ignoring the upside down one)!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Pear Blossom

My silk prints arrived on saturday from BeFab Be Creative! I'm so pleased with how they turned out :) I chose a silk fabric called Double Georgette and had 3 scarves printed :) the colours are so vibrant and the print is really detailed! I can't wait to have them cut and seamed into individual scarves! BeFab are a brand new digital fabric printing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The business is ran by two sisters, Solii and Zoe, who have created an easily accessible and affordable way for artists/designers/crafters to have their designs digitally printed onto a wide variety of materials, from Jersey silk to Hopsack. They provide such a fabulous service and I received my prints within only 5 days of ordering! I definitely recommend them, here's a link to BeFab's website :)

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The Future

Phone case printed on request of my brother for his samsung galaxy SIII :) one of my inky electric blue inspired designs! It's quite surreal seeing something you have designed upon a real product, a real sense of pride and achievement :) My dream is to create my own brand, sort of like Cath Kidston or Kate Spade (I'm aiming very high!), and this dream is what I'm basing my Final major project on for the last year of my graphic design HND :)
I've ordered another range of iphone cases, sketchbooks, silk scarves and also some business cards, each with the patterns I have created; when they arrive in the post I'll take some photos and write a bit about the printing companies I have used to print the products :) exciting stuff!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Pink City and Electric Nights

Two new designs for an online competition hosted by Beta Fashion! Entitled Pink City and Electric Nights; The title of this project is 'Bright Light City' and the aim is to create a design that is inspired by the lights and beauty of a city at night, to be printed onto a jersey party dress.
Pink city was inspired by the view from the Museu nacional d'art de Catalunya, Barcelona, and is an illuminated, pink twist on a beautiful city landscape.
Electric Nights was inspired by a friends travelling photos of Vietnam and Tokyo at night, it includes burning bright lights on an electric blue grunge background. The grunge effect represents the rough textures of the city during the day, and how at night, they are then beautifully illuminated with electric colours.
Links to each design are here.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Rainbow Nebula

Following up my current fascination with space! I loosely followed a tutorial on how to make a Helio nebula from this deviant art user, and ended up with this colourful creation! I used a range of photoshop brushes (also from the same person who created the tutorial) to build up the nebula with a range of different layers, including star fields and space dust.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Galaxies and Crystals

Photos taken from Tumblr
I've been really fascinated by galaxies and crystals (precious stones) lately, they are both still currently featuring heavily in fashion (with galaxy print clothing and crystal jewellery), and its because something about their natural beauty really appeals. Crystals are pretty geometric, whereas galaxies are much more fluid; it's easy to be inspired to create something similarly beautiful.
Here I have created a few textures and fantasy landscapes that I believe partly encapsulate the beauty of these natural wonders...

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fur has a face.

As my Photoshop skills get better and better, I keep wanting to revisit old work to make it better too! One of my assignments was to create an anti-fur poster for a campaign called the Fur Free Alliance; I wanted people to make the association with the fur that they wear and the face of the animal it has come from in a haunting sort of way. I think people who wear fur forget that animals are so similar to ourselves, so I created this hybrid human/coyote to blur the boundaries between species and to display that 'Fur has a face' too. The tears of blood represent pain and give the poster a morbid essence. The photos I used are so different, including their definition, lighting and colouring, so it took a bit of editing to add shadows in the correct places and tone down particular areas. The human is a photo of myself and the coyote was a stock image bought from Big Stock.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Radial Phase

This is one of the first final pieces I ever created in Illustrator (however I did revisit it a couple of days ago to just expand and perfect it ready for my portfolio!) I created it by rotating letters, numbers and other characters multiple times in a variety of fonts to create these delicate lace like layers. The pastel craze is still going strong so the colour scheme is very fashion relevant for spring; The style reminds me of Indian art, a slight hint of paisley/henna, which is also currently very fashion relevant! Thinking of creating a few more of these to make a series :)