Two saturdays ago I ventured into Shoreditch to visit the Crafty Fox Design Market which I had previously heard about but never managed to visit one of their events. For those of you who don’t know Crafty Fox, its a market brand that runs events and trade shows across the UK. It’s been running for five years connecting crafters and designers with savvy shoppers. It’s a bit like Etsy in some ways, slightly more specialised in that there is an application process for traders. Check out their website for information on their upcoming shows and their blog which showcases designers and their products.
I had such fun at the London market, there was a real buzz in the atmosphere! There was a mixture of designers, mainly in jewellery, textiles and stationary. I tended to shop at the stationary stalls as I can’t help myself when it comes to interesting print work! Bought way too many note books and cards, christmas gifts perhaps?! So look out for upcoming posts where I will blog about some of the designers I came across and their work, really inspirational collections! I have already posted about one of the designers, Hannah Rampley. If you haven’t seen that post yet you can click here.
I really like seeing pictures of animals doing human things or acting like people, I mean who doesn’t right? Lieke van der Vorst a Netherlands artist, the founder of Liekeland brings her animal illustrations to life by giving them human characteristics. Some are drawn with clothing among people, whilst others are doing everyday human things like working or traveling. In particular I like how Lieke draws the humans interacting with the animals like they are family. I get a warm fuzzy feeling when I look at her designs, very cute stuff! Lieke’s drawings have a whimsical earthiness and playful appeal about them; the way she uses colouring pencils and ink adds an overall sense of childhood nostalgia. You can find her work printed on prints, postcards, stickers and bags and occasionally on mugs, see via her website.
Not 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.
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!
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.