Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Erica Wakerly.

Whilst in London in March, I got to meet Erica Wakerly, who I think is best know for her geometric wallpaper designs. She started by telling us about her design history, she did a degree in graphics, but after finishing that she discovered she was also interested in the making, printing and designing of products, so then went on to do a Masters in printed textiles.

The wallpaper ‘Angles’ was her first and still is the most popular. She told us that to create this she first made 3D objects to draw from which I find really fascinating because after you know that you can see how the pattern has a lot of depth and I think that way of working gets really good results without over complicating a design. I also love that the wallpaper is screen-printed which gives it even more depth! She said she had tried out digital but in the end it’s just not the same.

One of my favourites of the wallpaper that Erica showed to us is ‘Houses’ which is one of her more illustrative designs, this paper was also created by drawing from 3D, she explained how the things she drew from were flat images of different houses, but because of the lighting they cause a shadow which she then also included in the design, which I think is what make this paper so unique.

I like that Erica said that she doesn’t follow trends and only made something if she was 100% into wanting to make it for herself, if other people liked it it’s a bonus!

She mentions that the places that usually buy from her are restaurants, bars and hotels, places that are looking for more unique, high quality and less commercial papers.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Lord Whitney Brief.

In January I was set a mini brief from the lovely ladies that are Lord Whitney! It involved choosing one of Edward Lears 'Nonsense' short poems. The brief was flexable and I could produce whatever i wanted to naturally I decided to make a pattern. The poem I choose goes as follows...

'There was an old man of Blackheath,
Whose head was adorned with a wreath,
Of lobsters and spice,
Pickled onions and mice,
That uncommon old man of Blackheath.'

Not wanting to spend too much time on this brief I got too it right away and drew the elements I wanted to include in the pattern.

After that I scanned them in and used them as a rough guide for creating the elements on illustrator.
As the poem mentions a wreath, I decided that i wanted my pattern to be wreath shaped! circular.

After making the design, to give it a bit more life, I added it to a screen and made a background for it too.

some backgrounds.

I produced these prints and then sent them off the Lord Whitney too see what they thought!

'We loved your image. It is great to see you playing around with print, it adds so much depth to the images and creates qualities it's hard to replicate on the computer. We think it works great to illustrate the rhyme, you don't need to use every detail to illustrate, when the image is presented with the text it does the job great! A really nice piece of work, keep it up we look forward to seeing your portfolio at the end of the year.'

I enjoyed doing the brief because I didn't have time to think too much and that can sometimes be a good thing! Im happy with the outcome I made and will always carry on approaching my work like i did with this one!