Here are some pics of a piece I made for Red Magazine Interiors.
The brief was to include samples from the Tricia Guild Autumn/Winter 2012 wallpaper collection. I put these together with other bits from my massive paper mountain like old envelopes, musical scores and vintage hand written letters.
Chuffed with the results – quite a different feel from my usual marble paper pieces.
Here are a couple of pics of a screen print I have had made for my Helen Ward Studio project.
The print will be available soon through my new shop on notonthehighstreet.com – YAY!
Just when you thought I’d been sat around on my bum twiddling my thumbs for the last few weeks…
…turns out I’ve actually been working like a loon on secret shenanigans!
This project has been a looooong time in the making. As you my or may not know, I work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and I specialise in developing homewares and giftware for mass-market major retailers such as WH Smith, Sainsburys etc. etc.. I have been designing for this sector for several years now and over the last few months, it has become increasingly apparent that I need to pick up the pace a bit and start designing some stuff for myself rather than other people the whole time. Cue Helen Ward Studio – my new brand name that I am going to use for my own new range of product and surface pattern design!
I have just developed one collection of patterns for this so far, which I am filing under the name ‘Entomology’. It seemed to be a sensible progression to work along this theme, as some people will already recognise my name from my artwork. I intend to develop more collections in the near future that will build to create a full compliment of design work to be used over a spectrum of homeware and gift products.
I have had samples made of this new ‘Entomology’ range so I could do a bit of market research during the arts trail. The initial response for this seems to have been very positive, so I am really pleased about that! 🙂
This picture shows the display I had for the Arts Trail of the Entomology range. A full list of all the product samples I had made are:
- Cushions – in three designs
- Lampshades – two sizes in two designs
- Greetings cards – sold separately and in packs of 8
- Tea Towels – in four designs
- Ceramic Mugs – in two designs
- Pocket Mirrors – in 5 designs
- Melamine trays – in 2 designs
- Screen Print – as a limited edition of 100
I had planned to have a couple of other products than this too, but I nearly lost my marbles just trying to get this lot sorted on time. I never knew how difficult it would be to get things like this produced – it took me WEEKS to get this far! I guess the main problem was that I am having to fund this myself, so I only wanted to have things produced in very small quantities. Anyhoo – it all came good in the end and I am really glad that I persevered with it.
Here are some more details:
I am trying to decide my next move with all this now.
It would be really really great to hear any feedback anyone may have about it all so far – thanks!
Whoa there! – is it that time of year again already??
Our house will be open next weekend for the Totterdown Arts Trail (v. exciting!) – would be great if you can make it along!
Just a quick note to say that I will be exhibiting work at the Affordable Arts Fair in Amsterdam this weekend – from the 28th-31st October – Get a load of me!
More info on the show can be found here.
Just thought I’d post up these pics of a couple of new commissions I have done.
The first is for a lady who had specifically asked for something using browns and golds with an oak frame. Nice 🙂
The second was made in an original old Victorian entomology case. It has quite a different feel to it than the first one – but I reckon this one’s a winner too – hurray!
I’d like to do some more pieces in old entomology cases. The have such a nice feel to them and I really love the stained paper in the background. I picked this one up on ebay a while ago and haven’t been able to find any more since.
Any ideas on finding any more, anyone?
In the interests of cutting things ridiculously fine, I agreed to take on a commission for some artwork last week. Here is the finished piece, fresh back from the framers:
I am really pleased with it – sometimes it’s so great to get a commission on the go as it’s a good chance to do something a bit different that you perhaps wouldn’t have thought of before…
This client wanted something that would look good in her living room, so she brought me round a sample of fabric from her Marimekko curtains which look like this and we talked about how she has a few things that are covered in gold leaf.
All the butterflies are colours to match in with the curtains and I added in one large butterfly in gold leaf for good measure – lovely!