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Gillian Blease

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Gillian Blease is a freelance illustrator who gets commissioned by big publishing companies, supermarkets and other illustrators. I especially like her digital designs she did for Waitrose, as being a regular Waitrose food shopper I was happy to see such fun exciting designs in their magazine (see below).

Her illustrations commissioned by newspapers such as The Guardian, The Economist and The Financial Times are powerfully thought provoking, some of which are even controversial. What stands out in Blease’s digital images is how she puts two and two together whilst in-keeping a flat stylistic overall form. This website displays her portfolio of work.

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coasters gbThis last image is a collection of flower designs that have been printed on coasters for Jenny Duff the designer.

Andy Goldsworthy

feathers Michael Heizer’s statement ‘place is material: material is place’ underscores the intimate relationship that materials have with place and people. When I really need to feel moved or inspired to create something landscape art seems to do the job every time. Landscapes produce a way of seeing the world that artists try to recreate in their work. Artists deconstruct and re-assimilate landscape representation reflecting the changing attitudes towards the environment. Artistic fields like land art and conceptual art in the last century have began to increasingly exist outside of the traditional art frame because of their ‘readymade’ appearances. The growing importance of materials and the nature of them as opposed to an art object’s design and composition has become a fundamental move in landscape representation. People are in a constant dialogue with the landscape to such an extent that it becomes impossible for people to detach themselves from it, spatial and situational surroundings even from memory are a part of the processes of it. So landscape art can create nostalgia but also the opposite, alienation and indifference to it. These opposing perspectives help me think about what I want to capture in my work and how I want it to affect the viewer. The landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy creates pieces that usually consist of one or two natural materials such as leaves or sticks and builds them into interesting forms. For example the image above is an art piece made from feathers that Goldsworthy plucked from a dead Heron. What is intriguing is that his art works have lives of their own, as for most of them apart from the works that get displayed in museums Goldsworthy leaves them where he created them in the wilderness, decaying like the rest of us with time.ice wood nestred leavesbrick wall

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.