Sandra Dieckmann, a successful illustrator, maker and artist. Dieckmann has collaborated with numerous partners and been commissioned by many clients, including WWF, Etsy, Wildlife Aid, Magma Books and Anderson Press. She has an extensive list of worldwide stockists as well as selling online. From seeing her distinguishable portfolio of work you can see why Dieckmann has become so liked in the consumer market, in particular the arts and crafts circles.
I came across Dieckmann’s pop up shop in the Crafty Fox Market and was blown away by her work! (I bought every type of paper stationary she was selling) She has a lovely collection of bear prints, which seems to be the main animal she draws, along with some wolf and fox designs and the occasional cat in costume. Her work has a dreamy, nostalgic mood about it, through use of warm and harsh cold colour palettes. Some of her pieces are quite striking and border on the whimsical fantastical side of nature. Combining human and animal in strange juxtapositions and playing with their proportions – reminds me very much of fable narratives and folk tales. Inspirational work truly.
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I came across Rosemary Milner when I visited the Crafty Fox market, an arts and crafts market I mentioned in a previous post. Milner’s work is sparked by British nature, and historical narratives. Her designs feature British wildlife such as foxes, hares, birds and wildflowers in a range of products on her website. Her hand embroidery collection is lovely and quaint, not something that you often come across these days in professional crafting circles. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary herself and had a chat about the mediums she uses to produce her designs. Linocut printing being the core process she uses to create her work (a printing process that I would like to get into myself) gives her work a strong naturalistic/organic style.
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There are quite a few design and trade markets happening these next autumn months in London where lots of creative individuals and designers will be showcasing their products. I will be going to the London Design Festival this weekend in Shoreditch where there will be over 80 unique designer-makers and artists showcasing, so excited! I have taken several peeks at who is going to be trading, thought I should feature this cool artist Hannah Rampley who’s work caught my eye straight away.
Hannah Rampley, textile designer and illustrator graduated from Leeds College of Art and since then has been commissioned by some big names in the fashion and food industry, since her drawings are food focused, specifically fruit. Her prints start off from detailed, botanical drawings of fruit that she screen prints into vibrant neon patterns.You can browse through Rampley’s portfolio on her website, I like her ‘Visionary Utopia’ collection which is of futuristic hybrid fruits she has designed and printed into inspiring patterns (see below). Can’t wait to see her work in person!
This young artist is big in publishing, fashion and other media circles, you will understand why once you look at her work. Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, TeNeues, Hardie Grant, Blue Apple Books, UNIQLO, and Orla Kiel are just some of the clients Emma Block has been commissioned by.
I have got to say looking through her portfolio I like her own personal project work inspired by old films, books, hobbies and day to day life. I can definitely learn something from Block’s techniques since I work primarily with the same medias, paper craft, ink and watercolour. The way she uses cut out silhouettes of paper combined with watercolours adds another dimension and different focus points to her illustrations.
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.
Travel, food, and architecture are captured by Marisa Seguin in soft watercolour compositions. Seguin’s illustrations almost look like they are glowing because of her skill in subtly toning her work and the colour combinations she uses. If you take a close look at Seguin’s portfolio of paintings you really start to see her skill in watercolour and the different techniques she incorporates into her work. Reading from one of her many blogs she is inspired by baking, traveling, childhood and reading other blogs! Click on her website to see more of her work.
During my recent family holiday to the South of France, specifically the Côte d’Azur I came across this artist named Sylvie T. She is a local artist of Nice who primarily sketches the Nice landscape and it’s iconic french coastal architecture. Sylvie T. captures the beauty of the Nicean surroundings and its soft light by combining watercolour and sketch. She carefully orchestrates where these two mediums are used on her drawings to accurately portray the look and feel of Nice. Her paintings have an ‘unfinished’ appearance because of the way she splashes bits of colour on only parts of the her sketches whilst the rest is left in pencil. I bought some of her cards and bookmarks that I photographed.
For those of you who haven’t been to this part of France, Sylvie’s work does a great job of giving you a sense of what it looks like at least. It really is a beautiful city on the coast of France to visit for inspiration, relaxation and sightseeing.
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