Friday, 20 April 2018

Min Pin...

Min Pin is an Australian based design label specialising in illustration across an array of surfaces; textiles, jewellery, ceramics and prints.
Everything in the collection is designed and handmade by Penny Min Ferguson with items stocked in stores across Australia, Europe and Japan including The Gathered Store, Kuwki and Deerbrains.
Their illustration style is so unique and distinctive. I just love their playful and quirky characters.

You may also be familiar with Penny's work with the brand Halcyon Nights, designing some prints for their beautiful collection of kids clothing and bed linen.

Follow Min Pin on instagram here.

(all images above copyright of Min Pin)

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Children's books out soon...

Look out for these lovely looking children's picture books out soon.
The Extraordinary Gardener below looks amazing! A new illustrator discovery for me so I'll be eagerly awaiting new things from Sam Boughton. 
Can't wait to see this book!

The Extraordinary Gardener written and illustrated by Sam Boughton - published 3rd May

Hansel & Gretel written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin - published 31st May

Cannonball Coralie and the Lion written and illustrated by Grace Easton - published 3rd May

Moon written and illustrated by Alison Oliver - published 13th May

Kiki and Bobo's Sunny Day written and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail - published 3rd May

Los Angeles is... written by Elisa Parhad and illustrated by Alexander Vidal - published 23rd April

Out, Out, Away From Here written by Rachel Woodworth and illustrated by Sang Miao - published 15th April

Around the World in 80 Days written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver - published 20th April

Rapunzel written and illustrated by Bethan Woollvin - published 31st May

The Big Book of the Blue written and illustrated by Yuval Zommer - published 10th May

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Etsy shop find...a chat with Little Design Haus

This months etsy interview is with the lovely Melbourne based designer Lyndy Hants, of Little Design Haus.
Her contemporary, scandi inspired wall art and prints, perfect for stylish nurseries and kids rooms are just beautiful.

There are plenty of unique characters available in her etsy shop, in her statement style, and in array of colourways. You even have the option to customise the colour palette to your chosen decor! 
How perfect is that?

Scandi influenced design is always a winner for me, and I just love her clean and minimal aesthetic, and those colours! 
Choose from tigers, elephants, bears, monkeys, lions, so many to list... and a recent new print, a lovely pair of happy whales.
**Lucky readers can grab a super special 20% off in the Little Design Haus shop using the code 'LOVEPRINT' at checkout**
So, lets have a little read about Lyndy shall we...

1.Can you tell us a bit about you and your background?

In my previous life (before children), I studied Illustration and Design here in Melbourne and went on to freelance for many years, creating designs for greeting cards, wrapping paper, notebooks, etc. 
After a career break to take care of my little boys I decided to start Little Design Haus. I’ve really enjoyed creating my own designs - but also tailoring them to the needs of my customers after lots of feedback over the years. 
The business has been able to grow gradually and organically as I’ve found myself with more time. It’s been really important to be able to fit my work around my
kids’ schedules.

2.  Tell us about a typical day for you...

My day begins with several cups of tea, making lunchboxes and general family mayhem, until I get my boys off to school.
After that I fit in my daily exercise (often a walk along the river near my home, a bike ride or trip to the gym) and settle down to work. 
My work has several aspects, from fielding customer queries, customising existing prints to suit my customers’ spaces, printing/packing orders, working on new designs for the store and working on commissioned pieces. 
I also do many trips to the local Post Office each week! 
In the afternoon I do whatever is needed with my kids, dinner, and our family 
routines, before finishing off some bits and pieces/emails and getting organised for the next day. 

3. What's your favourite item listed for sale in your shop? 
And the most popular item?

I think my favourite item is probably my recent set of 6 Safari/animal prints. 
These have also been the most popular recently - my customers often like having a number of prints to hang together. 
My colour customising is also very popular!

4. How would you describe your style/ work?
 My work is clean, modern, minimal, and defininitely Scandi-inspired! 
I love simple, unfussy design.

5. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

Recently I’ve been designing many animal prints, so a new piece has generally started with lots of photos of the animal - I like to start with realistic images, even if the end result looks very stylised. 
I also pull together lots of reference /inspiration that I’ve gathered along the way - from  magazine cutouts to images from pinterest, colour inspiration etc. It all helps! From there I start mapping out the design on pencil and paper - basically sorting out how I will simplify and stylise the image. 
Once I have a rough plan on paper I then work digitally, and gradually the design takes shape. I will produce many, many (many!) versions of the design before I’m happy with it. It’s never a quick process.

6. What's your guilty pleasure? 

Well, I have lots! Generally speaking though, as a mother of three my guilty pleasures are the simple ones - a quiet read, the chance to enjoy a cup of tea in peace, dinners out with my husband, coffees with girlfriends, a glass of vino in the evenings...
Oh, and buying new plants for my garden!

7.  Where do you work? Describe your studio/ work area...

 I’m lucky enough to work from a sunny upstairs studio in our home. It’s bright, light and peaceful - a  bit of a haven really.

8. What makes you laugh?

My children - and husband - make me laugh regularly. 
The craziness of family life has given us plenty to laugh about over the years. 

9. Tell us ten random facts about yourself...

1. I  spent my early childhood years in the country, but am scared of horses (those hooves!!)
2. I love gardening.
3. I’ve had a very “un-girly” life. I grew up with three brothers and now have three sons.
4. I’m a “dog person” but am dog-free at the moment. Instead we have two chooks!
5. I love baking cakes, but hate baking biscuits. Somehow they never work out.
6. My second child had heart surgery as a newborn. It was an unbelievably stressful time.
7. I’m quite tall. I was alway “the tall one” in school class.
8. I love country town bakeries - all those good old fashioned cakes. Yum!
9.  My three boys all have coppery coloured hair.
10. I haven’t owned a TV for twenty years. 

10. Any exciting plans for 2018?

I have many new designs in the  pipeline! I also plan to be able to offer bigger prints soon, as I’m often asked for larger sizes.

A big thanks to Lyndy for taking the time to be part of the etsy interview feature, and giving us an insight into her world.

Follow Little Design Haus on instagram and facebook.

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Friday, 13 April 2018

Freebie Friday...

A nice little freebie for you today.
Happy Friday!

(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Illustration Love... Any way, shape or form

Some illustration love for you in todays post.
A gathering of artwork celebrating all things female, curves and all!
Inky lines, block silhouettes, continuous line, and beautifully simplistic creations.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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Monday, 9 April 2018

On my bookshelf...Apples for Little Fox

'Apples for Little Fox' by Ekaterina Trukhan tells the story of a fox who loves reading mystery stories and longs to be a famous detective.
With delightful illustrations throughout, we follow little fox on his daily journey to the library, but one morning, all is not as it should be, and he notices that apples have been taken from the big apple tree!
What else is there to do other than begin an investigation...
Who took the apples and why?

No spoilers here! 
You'll have to get yourself a copy of this lovely book and give it a well deserved spot on your little ones bookshelf.

Available from Wordery here.
And if you're interested in Ekaterina's previous books, 'Patrick wants a Dog' and 'Me and my Cat', you can find out more here.

If, like me, you're a big fan of Ekaterinas illustrations and want to see more, you can follow her on instagram here.

(photos above © Love Print Studio,
illustrations © Ekaterina Trukhan)

I was provided with a free copy of the book by the author.
I only recommend products and companies that I use and genuinely love.
All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Colour crush...

Last up in this weeks little ode to colour...
Gorgeous bright blue hues with zingy greens, a little hint of peach, and pop of ochre.
Winning combo, and possibly a new favourite!

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Colour crush...

Next up in this weeks colour crush series, a beautiful spring fresh combo of bright green with khaki tones, a multitude of pink and little pops of rich, dark blue...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Monday, 2 April 2018

Colour crush...

I think it's about time for another week full of colour crush posts don't you?
It's been a while...

First up is this gorgeous combo of peach, brick tones, rust and that beautiful blue, with a little pop of bottle green.

(image credits clockwise from top left)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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Friday, 30 March 2018

Etsy shop find...a chat with Forme Jewellery

Something a little different for you in this months etsy interview...
We're delving into the world of jewellery with the designer maker behind
  Forme Jewellery, Jaynie Batty.
The first thing I noticed when I came across Jaynies jewellery, were the stunning colour combinations she used in her designs. The detail is in the shape, colour and subtle patterning.
You'll be hard pushed to pick a favourite, they're all so beautiful!
But give it a go won't you, and head over to etsy and her freshly stocked shop full of necklaces to 'oooooh' over!

You lovely readers can get a special 10% discount at checkout if you enter 'FORME10'.

So, grab that all important cuppa and let's get to know a little about Jaynie shall we, and Forme Jewellery...

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background?
I was brought up near Haworth (Bronte Country) and currently live in a village not far from Leeds.
I wasn't sure what I really wanted to do/be when I left school, I enjoyed Art and Design but was told I'd make a good teacher so applied for courses in both, I was accepted for both but decided to take the artistic route purely because it sounded more fun!

This led me to do a BA (hons) in Surface Pattern and Design at Leeds College of Art, I loved it! I graduated in 1997 (such a long time ago!!)
After a year or so with some determination and perseverance I got a job at a Home furnishing fabric company near Nottingham as a Textile Designer, I worked my way up to Senior Designer and stayed there for 15 years! After I had my son Alex (nearly 7 now) my fiancĂ© and I made the decision to move back up North to Leeds. 
I now work as a freelance textile designer and also run Forme Jewellery.

 2. Tell us about a typical day for you...
I am not a morning person so usually snooze my alarm a few times then get up and have a coffee to bring me round!
Then get Alex ready and take up to school, when I get back I have another coffee while checking emails.  When thats done I start working on whatever briefs I have been given by my clients. My main client is a craft fabric company called Lewis & Irene, I do all their designs for them so it keeps me pretty busy.
During the day I might also find a little time dedicate to Forme Jewellery (painting/sanding beads, choosing colours etc.) but that mostly happens during the evening when Alex has gone to bed. I find working on my jewellery so enjoyable and relaxing it doesn't feel like work.

 3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?
It usually starts with choosing paint colours, I am always on the look out for new colour combinations (my phone is full of photos of interesting colour palettes I spot while I'm out and about). I then Sand-Paint-Repeat a LOT of wooden beads of all shapes and sizes, when they're dry and give them a coat of varnish to make them more hard wearing. I also use polymer clay to make the 'tube' beads in my work, this involves mixing colours together and experimenting with textures, then baking them in the oven.
Then comes my favourite part, I lay out different shapes and sizes in a necklace formation, I might do about 10 at at time and play about with different combinations until I'm happy, then string them and add the finishing touches.
4. Obviously, you're constantly putting beautiful colour combinations together to create your wonderful pieces of jewellery. Whats your favourite colour combination currently? What inspires your colour palettes?

At the moment I'm into shades of muted pinks and corals with slatey greys, I have noticed a lot of softer colours coming through at the moment. I do love a pop of neon though (must be the 80's child in me). My all time favourite colour is aqua- any shade of aqua!
I find reds and purples harder to use but am working on combinations using these colours at the moment!
I think Instagram is an amazing source of inspiration I follow a lot of designers and Illustrators and probably spend far too much time looking at it.
I also keep an eye on the emerging trends in fashion and Interiors, I find it fascinating. 

 5. What makes you laugh?
My little boy!
I also like to listen to podcasts while I work- Adam Buxton is my favourite- he always makes me laugh!
6. Where do you work? Describe your studio space...

We have just had re-shuffle in our little house and a loft conversion to create more space. I now have a room of my own for all my creative 'stuff'.
It needs work to make it beautiful but at the moment I have a long desk with my computer and iPad pro at one end and my beads and jewellery things at the other. 
7. Any exciting plans for 2018? New products, craft fayres,etc.....

I have had a slow start to the year with all the building work that happened in our house but plan to get up and running again with some new necklaces and hopefully do some summer and Christmas Makers fairs this year. I also plan to be more actively involved in Etsy Team Leeds.
8. Tell us 10 Random Facts about yourself..

    1. Coffee fuels my life! I don't even want to count how may cups I drink in a day- I love a Flat White!
    2. I was born in the Yorkshire Dales and crave the countryside- I would love to move back there one day.
    3. I like 1990's hip hop.
    4. I broke my ankle my messing about on my little boys scooter last year. 
    5. I don't like cooking much but I love eating!
    6. I love a quiz!
    7. I don't like purple and am struggling to like the Pantone of the Year.    
    8. I like Wes Anderson films- the colours, the symmetry- they're just so stylish!
    9. When i was young I would not wear dresses- I now love dresses and probably have too many.
    10. At school I didn't think I was very good at Art. I asked my teacher if he thought I was good enough to take an A level in it. Luckily he said 'yes' and it's shaped my life!
9. What books/ magazines are you reading?

I'm afraid I'm not a big reader, I don't know where I'd find the time to be honest!
I am reading Frankie and Caboodle Magazines at the moment though.

10. Whats your guilty pleasure?

Early Katy Perry tunes
Coronation Street (I've watched it since I was a kid)
Made In Chelsea
Ice Cream
11.Name 3 things you can't live without..
Ipad Pro
Friends and Family (does that go without saying?)
12. What tips or advice would you give someone interested in starting their own business/ opening an Etsy shop?

Go for it!
Start small, maybe start with a few products and see how they go.
Try not to under value your products, you've probably worked hard developing your unique style and hand making products and the price should reflect this.
Use social media to your advantage- spread the word far and wide. 
Don't hesitate to open an Etsy Shop, its relatively easy and could lead to great things!

A big thanks to Jaynie for taking the time to be part of the etsy interview feature, and giving us an insight into her world.

Follow Forme Jewellery on instagram here.

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