Monday, 15 September 2014

Johanna Basford, Inked

Website: http://www.johannabasford.com/
Blog: http://www.johannabasford.com/blog
Tumblr: http://www.mydesktoday.com/

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: http://www.johannabasford.com/blog-article/247
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. 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Plants and Petals, Bloom Journal, Issue 21

Bloom Journal is a beautiful journal that is, like many journals, expensive - so I scanned in pages from issue 21 last year and finally have come around to posting them. A small preview of Bloom journal, issue 21.


A lot of rich photographs of flowers and brilliant shots of fashion, including a clever fusion of African and Japanese textiles, ideas around fabrics and patterns - something that particularly interests me.

More images from previous Bloom issues can be found here: http://www.edelkoort.com/editions/
Additionally it turns out that Trend publication also have a website called Trend Tablet (http://www.trendtablet.com/), where they post often about things that influence trends/direct trends themselves, with interesting visuals and a nice clean site.



References:
Trend Union. (2013) Bloom journal/magazine (photographs and text), no.21 2013. Various photos and texts, pp. 23,53,67 and 145.
K & M Associates. (2014) Trend Magazines, Bloom Magazine (online). Available at: http://s291360959.initial-website.co.uk/trend-magazines-catalogues/bloom-magazine/. (Accessed: 3rd June 2014).
Trend Union. (2014) About (online). Available at: http://www.edelkoort.com/trend_publication/ (Accessed: 3rd June 2014).