EMMA JAYNE ILLUSTRATOR & PATTERN DESIGNER

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

I’ve followed Emma Jayne Designs on Instagram for ages and thought her lovelies are just so damn awesome, I’d share them with you guys today so here goes…

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Here’s a little information about Emma Jayne:

Emma Jayne says that her personal favourites of 2019 are the above collection. ‘I went back to using traditional media and produced more patterns than illustrations. I love the effects you can achieve with gouache, watercolour and ink using different sized brushes. I like to create textures, as well as painting animals and other shapes as silhouettes.’

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘I currently take inspiration from colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors, magazines … actually, pretty much anything I come across which piques my interest! From childhood I have always been passionate about art, coming from a creative family. My father and grandfather both loved DIY, my mum loved fashion and interiors and my grandmother, who I spent every Thursday and most weekends sewing and knitting with me. I knitted my first jumper at 8 years (it was too big and I could not get to wear it until I was about 10!)’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘My design BA and studio work at Dorma made good use of my drawing and colour skills. At Dorma I was involved with the whole design process, from initial concept to bulk printing. I have undertaken various freelance projects over an 10 year period, selling my designs in the UK, around Europe and in America.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘I love being creative and playing around with sketches, which later, I develop on my computer. More recently, I have produced illustrations using Pro Create. I don’t really have one particular signature style and I find that this allows me to be versatile. This flexibility is a useful attribute to have when working on briefs for different types of clients.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, children’s books, to interiors, and even colour themes. I am also a Pinterest addict and before I used Pinterest, I used to keep boxes full of magazine clippings and marketing material.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

‘Things that I like;

Vintage patterns & interiors, old and contemporary illustrations, typography, printed fabrics, retro wallpaper, posters, Scandinavian design, pick n’ mix sweets, collecting stamps and listening to music whilst working on my computer.’

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

      Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

My objective is to keep up with the current trends, keep updating my skills to constantly strive to become a better designer and to hopefully inspire you through my blog.’

Emma Jayne Illustrator & pattern designer

Aren’t her illustrations just the berries – they make me so happy looking at them!!

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That’s it for today so happy Wednesday all day!!

Cath

CONVERSATIONS YOU & ME: ARTIST: Andie Reeves

I caught up with local artist Andie Reeves to find out more about her work, inspiration and her latest work, which is currently being exhibited as part of the group show Well Worn at Cavalli Estate.

How did your upbringing inspire your career as a creative?

I’m sure I get my creativity from my parents. I grew up with a photographer father and model/stylist mother so I was always surrounded by beautiful people and things and obviously absorbed some of their obsession with aesthetics. We had loads of ‘coffee table’ books around and the house was decorated with art they have collected from their travels over the years. They were also always redecorating some aspect of our house and did it all themselves. If they wanted a new TV cabinet my dad would do everything from buying the wood to designing it to making it. I work in the same way; I like to do absolutely every step of whatever I’m working on. I think I inherited this ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude: the reason I started sewing was because I didn’t like any of the clothes in the shops so decided to make my own.

I was also sent to a Montessori school, which really encourages independence in children. So if I wanted to spend weeks making an igloo out of cardboard boxes and decorate the inside and do all of my work from in there I was allowed and encouraged to.

How would you describe the style of your work?

I use fabric, wool and thread to make things that I think are cute, nice to look at and playful.

You work across a few mediums – do you have a favourite?

It’s hard to choose because each medium has it’s own unique pros for me. Sewing is my favourite because I get to wear the thing I make afterwards, embroidery is because it’s therapeutic to do and I can watch Rupual’s Drag Race while doing it, and weaving because it’s like painting (which I’m not that good at) but with wool (which I am good at). If I had to choose it would be embroidery because it’s the least abstract; you can make a clear image with it.

Who/what inspires you?

I would love to say nature and the great outdoors, but it’s mainly technology, the internet and nostalgia. Also going to the fabric shop ‘cos I always go with one idea and come out with fabric for four other ideas. In terms of other artists my favourite Instagrams to follow for inspiration are: Keiko Vogel for her insanely cute quilts, the brand Lazy Oaf’s clothing, Smitten by Pattern make amazing textiles, and this Barcelona-based weaving company called Chinchilla is so lovely.

Memes and internet culture are often present in your work. Does this play a major role in your thought pattern when deciding on a project or does it transpire while working? And what does it mean to you?

I think that’s the kind of imagery I’m drawn to and find interesting so that’s why it comes up in my work. It’s not too thought-out. I spend most of my time equally divided between making things and mindlessly scrolling the internet so it makes sense that the two come together I guess. I like to make things that I find a bit funny and/or nostalgic. To me there is something very satisfying about combining old things with new things.

I am wary of being what I would consider corny though. There are lots of people who do stuff like cross-stitch rap lyrics into twee floral hoops or just embroider a nostalgic cartoon character. I like to think the things I make are more witty and less embarrassing..!

You currently have a quilt and tapestry showing at the Well Worn exhibition at Cavalli Wine Estate – tell us how this came about and what thought process went into your two pieces.

I’ve been wanting to do a quilt for a while so when the invitation to participate in the exhibition came through I knew should make one for it. Because the kind of images I’m interested in are often nostalgic or childish it made sense to do my take on a classic children’s quilt. The panels are different scenes people from my generation will probably recognise from their childhood, like Richard Scarry drawings, The Simpsons, Enid Blyton’s stories, The Sims and E.H. Shepherd’s illustrations of Winnie the Pooh. Then I altered all the images slightly in Photoshop, printed the fabric and sewed up the quilt. Also the floral fabric used between the panels is a print I made using the Android version of flower emojis. It’s all one big combination of the internet and images from childhood.

The tapestry is a portrait of my housemate and best friend Sitaara. It took FOREVER to make. I didn’t anticipate that but I guess it makes the piece more special because it’s of her in Snapchat, where photos only last for 10 seconds before disappearing forever. I didn’t think of this when making it, Sitaara pointed it out afterwards and I was like ‘Oh yes, that sounds quite good and clever’. I just thought it looked funny.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

I am having my first solo exhibition at The Raptor Room from the 3rd of May for a month (the launch is on First Thursdays). I’ve already got a massive embroidery that’s always up at The Raptor Room, and am working on another permanent fixture for them. It’s going to be more of a sculpture and should be going up in June! Besides that I’m doing my day job (being a freelance writer), finishing my Montessori teacher training and also my second year of my BEd in Early Childhood Development.

For more information on Andie Reeves follow her on Instagram, Twitter and see more of her work here. Her next exhibition will be at The Raptor Room on Roeland Street on the 3rd of May.

ARTIST AT WORK: HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

Helen Downie has become one of fashion’s favourite artists; her faces with oversized eyes draw into the heart and soul of every person, capturing an intangible emotion.

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

While recovering from cancer in 2013, Helen picked up a paintbrush again, something she hadn’t done for 33 years. Her first painting was of a girl standing outside a chocolate shop in Italy, which she disliked so much she tore it up, but luckily, she had taken a snap of it and at the insistence of her son’s friend, uploaded it to her Instagram account, called the unskilled worker, a handle referring to her lack of formal training.

Her paintings of New York kids and young skinheads caught the attention of renowned photographer Nick Knight, who invited her to be part of a fashion website of his called SHOWstudio. It was during this time she was inspired by Alessandro Michele‘s first Gucci menswear show where, “I wanted it all: the high neck ruffles, the deep red silk shirt”, she said. She promptly ran upstairs to paint “Oh, to be a Boy!’. That painting, which now hangs on the wall of Alessandro’s, was the turning point for her. She was invited by the creative director to interpret his A/W15 collection and has since then created 35 works for a sponsored Gucci exhibition in Shanghai. If you go onto her website here, you can download a special work Helen created of the Gucci Unskilled Worker Dreaming in high or low res format.

Helen now paints in between her house in Wimbeldon or in sunny Italy! Follow her on the links below:

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

ARTIST HELEN DOWNIE

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SUGAR & VICE: and all things nice

sugar & vice natalie van dijk

When Natalie van Dijk (nee Vice) was retrenched a few years back, instead of admitting defeat, she embraced her freedom to follow her lifelong dream of running her own business incorporating her creative talents and SUGAR & VICE was born.

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

SUGAR & VICE

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

” At Sugar & Vice we’re all about a more beautiful life. We create & curate an exclusive selection of bespoke lifestyle products, homeware & apparel, all handcrafted by South African artisans & ethically sourced,’ says Natalie owner and designer.

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

“We illustrate and design our own products, collaborate with other makers to bring you gift solutions and curate exclusive products by fellow artisans.”

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

“All Sugar & Vice products are handmade in Cape Town. The growth and development of the local creative industry is of key importance to the brand.”

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

White rabbits white rabbits! i love these!

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

I can think of a few peeps who would love this mug!

SUGAR & VICE NATALIE VAN DIJK

All SUGAR & VICE products are sold online here. To find out more on this incredibly talented lady, follow her here:

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Happy Monday peeps!!

cath

WHIMSICAL & MAGICAL: Coucou Illustrations

coucou illustrations

BRUSH STROKES

Looking at the gentle washes of colour by 21 year old French illustrator Cecile, aka COUCOU_ILLUSTRATOR, on subjects like pugs, foxes, flowers and more really makes my heart happy. So young, fresh and talented! I’m deciding on a purchase, but can’t decide which one as they are all just so lovely!

coucou illustrations

On her illustrations Cecile says, “I post my illustrations on social media under the name ‘Coucou Illustrations’.’Coucou’ is a French word I always use to say hi, (it is a bit childish, but I love it!). I find it kind and warm and comforting. I really wanted my illustrations to get the feeling of friendliness and happiness, so I decided to use this name. I really enjoy faded colours, simple shapes and patterns – though, once in a while, I like to let aside my watercolours and use my coloured pencils for a bolder, more colourful drawing. I also like to play with black and white drawings and add bits of colour here and there, to let some elements pop out. I like to think my drawings can sometimes look like old pictures, with these greyish colours. At least, that’s what I try to create most of the time!”

I rounded up some of the ones I really love – take a peek!

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(I love this one as a gentle reminder to take time to contemplate life and enjoy a cup of tea)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATION

(I remember we had typing as a compulsory subject in grade 9 which was so boring except for our introduction where our teacher belted out the music for IPI TOMBI as it had good rhythm to type to – how funny!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(Say it with flowers)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(Life is a bowl of cherries… or strawberries are just as good!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(In my head I see stars and flowers; the eternal optimist)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIOINS

(Imagine this as wallpaper – nice huh!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(Pug love!)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(What could be nicer than a fresh bowl of strawberries?)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(My favourite animal)

(Teepees remind me of summer holidays spent in Vermaaklikheid where the house overflowed with people, so a teepee was erected every holiday to accommodate the kids)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(This one reminds me of my mother’s jerseys she would knit for my dad – splashes of colour woven together with intricate patterns)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(A handful of flowers)

COUCOU ILLUSTRATIONS

(How lovely are these characters! I always wanted to be a trapeze artist in a circus as it seemed so glam and thrilling, but we moved to a small town so my dreams stayed in my head)

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ILLUSTRATOR & PRINTMAKER Diana Sudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

INKED

I stumbled across Chicago based illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka, ( pronounced (soo-dee-Kah) #inktober daily artwork on Instagram the other day and wanted to share her gorgeous works of art! Inspired by a love of folk art tradition, Diana uses ink, watercolour and gouache and is currently working on several upcoming children’s books to be released within the next two years.

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

2 OCT #inktober #Divided

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

Happy dog, rain and milkweed fluff

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

12 OCT #inktober “How should we raise our sons so that they don’t grow up to be monsters like Weinstien? How do we protect our daughters so they don’t become victims of abuse? Here’s a current mood portrait of me and my cub” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

5 OCT #inktober “We all have our specific fears that we always carry with us. There are dark, primitive corners of the human brain, and each of our personal histories of being hurt to contend with on a daily basis. Getting older just drives home more and more the importance of expanding heart and mind, and owning our fears rather than being blindly driven by them” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

oct 14 #inktober “Thinking of those who have lost homes and loved ones recently due to too much rain or lack of it”#DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

7 OCT #inktober “My ancestors were from Poland and Italy. I carry that with me, but foremost I am a Midwesterner with prairie in my DNA . Embracing that, cultivating a sense of place and connection has been grounding, and it’s something I am trying to impart on my daughter. I am grateful to teachers like author Robin Wall Kimmerer, a native American, botanist and author, and the histories and teachings of indigenous peoples everywhere. We should be listening more” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

How clever is her use of stamps and ink! LOVE!

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

A limited edition 6 colour, hand pulled, 12 x 16 inch screen print. It is signed and numbered, edition size of 30. This pirnt was made at Wachiay Studios on Vancouver Island, BC. It depicts the Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear), a white morph of the black bear, native to the temperate rain forests of BC. It is shown appearing to breathe out branches of salmon pink coral and running alongside other “ghost” animals.

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an 11 x 14 inch print. Original gouache watercolour painting inspired by the Mary Oliver poem” Wild Geese”. Stamped and signed with artist’s chop mark

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an 8 x 10 archival inkjet (giclee) print, made with archival pigmented ink of 100% cotton rag paper. The image is a silhouette of a wolf standing on a cliff singing “I miss you” into the night stars.

Signed and stamped with artists chop mark on the back.

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an original 4 x 4 inch india ink painting on cotton rag, Twinrocker watercolour paper. Signed and stamped on back with artist’s chop mark. OCT 3 #inktober “let You In” #DianaSudyka

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an archival inkjet print of the gouache watercolour painting “Bear of Burden”. It was printed with archival, pigmented inks on heavyweight archival cotton rag Hahnemuhle paper

Illustrator & printmaker Diana Sudyka

This is an archival inkjet print made from the original gouache on board painting “Petals and Rain”. Limited edition of 100. 11 x 14 inch standard frame size

printed Hahnemuhle matte cotton rag paper with archival pigmented inks. Signed and rubber stamped with artist’s chop mark.

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Illustrator: Katie Daisy

katie daisy illustrator

INSPIRING & MAGICAL

I stumbled across Katie Daisy last weekend and thought her illustrations were so colourful and filled with happiness that I had to share with you! Katie grew up in a small town in Illinois and, in her words was “brought up among the other wildflowers with roots planted deeply in the natural world”. Inspired by Mother Earth, Katie captures nature’s wonders using watercolours and acrylics in vibrant hues, interspersed with inspirational quotes by poets, philosophers and artists.

katie daisy illustrator

katie daisy illustrator

Her use of floral patterns, birds, landscapes and constellations makes for a romantic and whimsical series, where she hopes to inspire people with the joys of nature and a gentle reminder to keep on dreaming. Her prints are available from Etsy and her book “How to Be a Wildflower: A Field Guide,” is Katie’s first published book, where she says, “my very heart and soul is translated to paper. It’s a glimpse into my past and present, and the enormous amount of the beauty I have encountered in the natural world”. This book is so on my wishlist – LOVE!!

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katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

katie daisy illustrator, painter, wildflower

How nice!!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY