7 Mar 2014
29 Jan 2014
After being 'stuck in a rut' for quite some time, I decided to try some new stuff. Maybe an obvious transition is the addition of collage to my paintings of fabrics textiles and any other materials that seem to fit what I am working on, I have after all worked in fabric pattern design for a while now. Previous posts will indicate my interest in watercolour and ink and for a while I experimented with watercolour which has become a strong favorite in the toolbox. At the moment I seem to be fixated on cats and dogs which is a nice theme to start playing around with. I am even tempted to print some animal themed cards and actually open an Etsy shop!... This cat will have to keep you going for a while now though as I am at the Spring Fair Birmingham for the first week in Feb taking orders for Blue Raspberry.
In addition to the animals, there is a strong urge to spend some time sketching and recording - buildings, people, places...... Perhaps some trips into London are in order?
23 Jan 2014
Blue Raspberry is an all new brand of scarves that I was given the opportunity to brand and design in 2013. It was launched this month (January 2014) at Top Drawer - Earls court and received a superb reaction from the shop owners and buyers who had traveled visit the show from all over the country.
The designs for this range are intended for the younger, fashion savvy customer and are all fun, slightly irreverent and above all eye catching. We wanted to create a stand that also evoked that feeling so kept it very simple and clean. All the merchandise was hung on coat hooks inviting the customer to enter the booth in order to touch and feel the fabric.
So all in all a fantastic opportunity and experience that I am doing all over again in February at the NEC Birmingham from 2nd – 6th February 2014 ..maybe I'll see you there?
7 Jan 2014
So 2014 is already a week in and last year seems such a long time ago, the Christmas tree has gone and all that remains from the festivities is a slightly lower bank balance and a slightly bigger waistline as all the Christmas cheese, wine and chocolates have been consumed!
This year I am hoping to be able to continue doing what I already do and more - I am at Top Drawer in January launching a whole new brand of scarves that I have designed which is really exciting and I will post about this a bit later on in the month. Of course I also intend to continue with the pet portraits as well, above is the last one I worked on in 2013 - Maxi the Dachshund and my first commission (work in progress) of 2014 - Archie the Chocolate Labrador.
As I am no longer a student, it is time to spread my wings and start thinking seriously about what I am going to do with the rest of my working life and so I do have other plans but I will keep those quiet for now... to find out you will just have to be patient for now and watch this space.
Bye for now
25 Dec 2013
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8 Dec 2013
This years Facebook Christmas giveaway is a joint effort - I have joined forces with another page. We are each giving away a prize to one lucky person. So if you would like to win a Robin scarf designed by ME as well as a Robin print by Molly from Ewe Sir then find this image on my facebook page located here and leave a comment stating your name below. Good Luck from Lisa and Molly
4 Dec 2013
It's funny how sometimes you fall into things - and as a freelancer you fall into many different things that you never even thought about before. And - this has happened to me a lot! I fell into surface pattern design a few years ago when I was first asked to create a repeat pattern to be applied to a scarf - I had no idea how to make repeat patterns but said yes anyway. So I went home and looked for tutorials online and somehow manged to learn it all and get the work done in time. The client was very happy with it and I have successfully been designing scarves ever since. Anyway - I recently got asked to paint a pet portrait for a friend of the family and showed it to some more people who also said they would like a pet portrait. So maybe I am now falling into pet portraits? They are so lovely to do so I don't mind at all and Oscar the Beagle is one of my first attempts so I hope you all approve.