Monday, 15 September 2014

Johanna Basford, Inked


Basford is an artist, an illustrator, a designer and importantly works with ink and pens to produce her beautifully decorative and maximalist works. She has an interesting website, with photographs of her previous and present works and has a range of stationary and fun things that feature her beautiful drawings all over them, crawling with an abundance of life, and all inked perfectly.
I bought a colouring book as a birthday present for my cousin a while ago

Its a beautifully printed book on this nice thick paper stock that has a kind of a cotton rag or watercolour paper feel to it. A lot of art galleries I have been to stock some of her stuff so I would recommend checking them out, and also explore her website, it's a beautiful little place on the web.

She works, not only on paper but on 3D objects, has produced illustrations and drawings for various fashion retailers such as H&M, created works for publishing and so on.

Also she loves Staedtler ink pens, as commented on in her blog post:
Staedtler is an important brand in stationary and for designers, artists and makers and well anyone! They produce top notch quality stuff, pens that I have never experienced leaking or breaking unless I have been unduly horrible to them.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Ideas for patterns #1

The flower/leaf paisley combination looks
like my favourite to work with at the moment.
Lines of mixed variances, inspired by a piece of fabric, 
the change of block fill in to a cross hatched texture is worth playing with. 
 More lines, mixture of pencil and black ink, a nice combo, 
as I particularly like pen for its bold graphic look
but pencil provides a shadow like appearance.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Blue masks, dots and diamonds

A fabric piece that I am working with at the minute, patching it with white pieces of similarly stretchy fabric to create larger pieces, originally an old trouser kindly donated.

The pattern looks quite aggressive up close. Like masks all bunched together to scare off irritating people? Brilliant range of blues on the fabric that are hard to capture using a scanner or camera. Quite pretty with the lilac bit of paint I dropped on the corner.