Hey, thanks for stopping by, I just wanted to give a bit of an insight in to the PROCESS of how I create my handmade homewares…
To be honest, each piece of the process as the designer, maker and 'business of one' is a hands on role in itself, but I thought I would start at the beginning of the process with design.
I design all pieces myself and this process can be inspired by my surroundings, the natural world, the size of the materials or components, even the colour palette of the yarns I have available at the time.
Designs start with whatever I have to hand when inspiration strikes... My CANDYLAND rug design started life on the back of an A4 receipt as it was all I had to hand... It then got translated in to a digital design so I could add colour and play with the size and composition to create my rug runner (see below or here for more information).
In contrast, my 'there's no place like home' wall hanging was digitally designed using a tablet for an exhibition with the ERTF that unfortunately was never to be. You will see through the time lapse below, that designing on the tablet allows you to play around with placement size and scale with sketches easily removed and replaced until it is ‘just right’.
The finished piece below shows you just how a sketch can turn in to a final design and the translation of a flat design in to such a textural piece really brings it alive. You can see more about the final piece here.
But it isn’t just scribbles on the backs of receipts, digital and tablet design… the picture below is almost a luxury set up Ben got me a beautiful sketchbook and pencil set for my birthday from the fab HAPPYDASHERY. I was lucky enough to have these to hand when we had a very active set of birds outside the window and these designs were all inspired by their colourful feathers. These designs have now been digitised to finalise scale and colour, but the joy of sketching on paper as well as they hugely different results you get from designing straight on to a tablet is great.
So there you have it, a little bit of an insight in to my design process. Is there anything else I have missed, what would you like to know? Pop me a comment on Instagram or below and let me know.
See you soon,