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Friday, 11 May 2012

Experimenting with CAD...

It's been a while since I posted, so I thought I'd share some more work that I've been doing...

It's coming up very close to the end of the uni year (scary!) and to the end of my Final Major Project. Ideas have changed and I've spent far too long deciding over the smallest of decisions but I'm hoping that these CAD designs will be close to finalised for my final pieces in the exhibition. It's been a long few days cut and pasting (and I think I have square eyes from staring at my monitor!) but I think it was all worth it.

Here's a few of the things Ive been working on...Hope you like!

I've gone for a dark, magically feel in these design which I hope shows through. I think some pieces work a lot better then others (especially those towards the end). Going to continue experimenting and print layers onto different textured paper, some mark making and then work on top with a little bit of stitch and photo transfer.

Still lots to do!

Jessica :)

Friday, 4 May 2012

Chicken Soup for the Soul...

Afternoon Bloggers!

Theres nothing better then browsing through blogs on a cloudy day when you're in bed with a cold. There's so much inspiration, I found it hard to pick just one designer to post about today!

Decision made.

I've been really inspired by the work of Louise Tiler recently, graduating from Leeds College of Art, Louise Tiler has won awards including BDC (business design centre) New Designer of the Year 2011 and SURTEX 2011 designext Student Design Competition, has a wallpaper collection for wallpapered.com (Which I think would look great on my feature wall...), a cushion range for Mary Portas' new london store, a stationary collection for Woodmansterne Publications and upcoming exhibition at New Designers one year on - Yes thats right, she is only one year out of University! She is definitely heading for great things and is one to watch..

Her inspiration of the past and historical design is clear in her beautiful hand-drawn designs. I love her floral patterns and the intricacy of her animal motifs are stunning!

I Know you'll love her work as much as I do...

Louise is also a contributor to the groundbreaking e-course "The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design" run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls...Can't wait to sign up for this during my year off!

Read Louise's interview for New Designers One Year On and information on the exhibition here.

Too much inspiration! Going to get my sketchbook out for a a few hours of drawing...

Enjoy your day! Jessica :)

Thursday, 3 May 2012


So I thought it was time I shared a little bit of my work - first time I've put any of it on the internet (scary stuff!)

As I've said before, my current project at Uni is A Midsummer Night's Dream and I'm focusing on prints for cards. Now these artworks are just to get me going, I'm going to manipulate some on CAD and experiment with different printing techniques and stitch and other exciting things.

Hope you like!

Flower Line Drawings

I've spent a lot of time drawing trees so I thought I'd mix it up just with a few floral drawings - going to play about with these in CAD.

So back to the trees...

Watercolours and Fine-Liner

Watercolours and Fine-Liner

Watercolours and Fine-Liner

Watercolours and Fine-Liner

Watercolours and Fine-Liner

Apologises for the poor scanning quality! Images are brighter and less patchy...

Watercolours and Fine-Liner

I then began to experiment with masking fluid and creating negatives of my figure motifs...

Watercolours and Masking fluid

Masking Fluid and Watercolours
Watercolours and Masking Fluid

Watercolours, Masking fluid and Rock Salt
Think I'll tidy these up in photoshop a little and then start to layer with some other backgrounds I've done and maybe some handmade papers to print onto.

Now, back to work!

Jessica :)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Working from home

As much as I love being at home and the idea of a warm house, Pjs and my snuggly duvet...When you've got a cold, it really is a bit disheartening trying to get work done.

However all is not lost, the Lemsip is on hand, the hot water bottle is ready and the chicken soup is brewing! Sketching away for my Midsummer Night's Dream theme - work to post later! - I've come across this cracker of a picture! It may not cheer everyone else up as it did me, but if you love a bit of Shakespeare, then I'm sure you'll appreciate it too :)

Found on http://styleandcheek.wordpress.com/ - Good blog to save to the favourites!
Made me smile!

Photos of work progression and inspiration to come later...right now its back to sketching!

Jessica x