Saturday, 30 June 2012

Lisa Stickley-Levis

I was shocked to discover randomly online yesterday that Lisa Stickley had walked away from her company last year. Her 'magnificently grand jug' stands tall on the book case in my room, just one of many of her products that I loved.

I came across her Tumblr which can be seen here and it has many a lovely photo on it and some illustrations I have inserted below. There is so much British/olympic/jubilee imagery around at the moment, and these olympic inspired designs from Lisa are by far my faves. They are quirky as you like, use highly original colour schemes, and her drawing style is just lovely. Lisa is launching a new business called 'Hillside Way' and I am so excited to see what it has to offer.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Leeds College of Art graduates 2012

Last week I paid a visit to the Leeds College of Art degree show. It's always lovely to go back and visit the college and of course really interesting to see what this years work is like. There were lots of things I liked in the show but I have compiled some images of my favourites. All pictures are taken from the individuals blogs/website etc.

I imagine many of these will be exhibiting at New Designers this week down in London. It would have been great to be there at the same time to see the work again, and of course the rest of the textile courses exhibiting. I however, will be there in the 'One Year On' section in Part 2 next week!

Amy Selina

Hollie Mc-Neil

Joel Wilson

Kathryn Oxley

Laura Kiteley

Leanne Robson

Lisa Martin

Marie Parry

Rebecca Skinner

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Kay Van Bellan

I was in Leeds on Saturday and I came across a set of screen prints by Kay Van Bellan in the Craft Centre and Design Gallery. The ones that caught my eye were of different people's faces. They were simple but charming. I find it really difficult drawing people, and these prints seem so effortless but they work.

I currently sell my cards in the gallery, and have a print exhibition on now too. Katy Chard, who I have blogged about before has her work framed on the walls. I would love one of her prints too!

Below are some examples of Kay's work.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Stockist - Whitby Book Shop

I just wanted to write a little post about one of my local stockists: Whitby Book Shop. If anyone has visited before you will know it is a fantastic store, with a varied and interesting collection of books, greetings cards and gifts. I was thrilled when they wanted to place a card and tea towel order with me. I went to drop off some more stock today and got a few photos, although the rain has been torrential on the North York coast all day so the pics have a bit of rain in them!

The bookshop is located on Church Street, on the 'old' side of the river. It is up a cobbled street lined on either side with fudge, rock, gift and jet jewellery shops. The street leads to the famous 199 steps, at the top of which is Whitby Abbey. This part of town if full of quirk and charm, and is a great place to visit!