Category Archives: Illustration

Pleased To Meet

ptmNot nice to meet your or pleased to meet you, or how do you do but ‘Pleased To Meet’ is the name of this stationary/papercraft brand. Based in Berlin, Germany Daniela and Marcel are the duo that co-founded Pleased To Meet – Daniela being the illustrator. Her illustrations are playful and understated that conform to the main look of this lovely brand. On their website you can buy prints, notebooks, cards, wrapping paper, and gift tags all of which are designed and made in Germany.

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Pleased To Meet has illustration collections which come in most of the products, I really like the fruit and & veg collection and the city prints which focus on New York, London, Paris and Berlin. Daniela captures the essence of these different cultures through architecture and daily scenes.

I was very pleased to have met these lovely designs that’s for sure!

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Mrs Moore’s Vintage Store

metafeature5 One word: retro. Ana Moore’s vintage home-ware ranges are fun as they are cool. Her Metamorphosis collection (see above) is eccentric, timeless and the illustrations themselves are screen printed onto fine bone china which gives the range elegance. The mugs look like something I would find in my Grandma’s kitchen cupboard when I was a child. The Alice in Wonderland collection is another range by Moore. The prints work well on the tea towels and the crockery as it re-invokes the Mad Hatter tea party scene in the story. The illustrations are accompanied by the famous nonsensical sayings that pay tribute to the surrealism and madness of wonderland. “We’re all mad here” being my favourite. Visit the website to see more of her ranges. I’m definitely going to order one of those Alice in Wonderland tote bags and tea towels!

Take a peek

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Dear Prudence

To really get me going when coming up with ideas for designs I do mood boards and also do a lot of web and book glancing at other artist work, and if I come across something really inspirational I like to know how that artist got to that particular piece in the first place. The approach to coming up with something I find can be challenging, so in essence the creativity of creating is the hardest part of the design process but when successful it is the most rewarding!

I will regularly post about artists, designs and general stuff that I see. I love images and am inspired by so many, some of which I’m sure will play an integral part in my work.

So to start off I found a cute, funny birthday card for my mum with a bird on it – anything with birds is a winner for my mum as she mentally adopts every bird that comes into her garden; they are her other children. The card is from Dear Prudence a small company created by Laura Park. She has been commissioned by some top clients including the V&A, Urban Outfitters and East End Prints. Her drawings are naturalistic and very whimsical! A joy to look at. What drew me in are her splashes of soft colours and the way her drawings sit on the page – its as though we are seeing a small part of a larger story. This is what I am constantly thinking about when approaching my fable designs.

She has a blog and her own website where you can purchase her cards and prints, which you can find here.

Take a look.