I came across this shop on Redbubble and thought the prints were so eye catching and vibrant that I had to share them! Tanor prints by an unnameable Russian artist, who works with oil paints, water colour, pen and ink to Illustrator and Photoshop. This graphic design artist is inspired by the macro world and nature, and looks at ornaments and antiques to visualize the colours and patterns in the way her designs take hold. You can really see this in her work (see below). For more check out her portfolio, only 350 prints to look through!!
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.
Take a Peek
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.
Take a Look
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 have frequently been posting about 21st century artists and their work recently, so I thought I would do a post about an artist from the early 20th century, who’s work I have come across quite a few times on museum visits. Mabel Royds, an artist who studied at Slade best known for her woodcuts. Her two most well known series of colour prints are her Indian and Tibet scenes from the 1920s and her woodcuts of flowers that came after. Its understandable why her later work became so popular to exhibit at the time compared to her earlier pieces as they are far more bright and glamorous. See below. The original prints are in the care of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum London.
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!
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.