It’s not been too different for me during this period of lockdown – as an independent surface pattern designer I work pretty remotely and mainly on the end of a p.c. I create time to make my handmade books because it helps me to step away from this obsessive need to create further artwork for uploading to print on demand sites such as Society6 and Redbubble. I have been so grateful for that opportunity to produce work that gets printed and displayed in homes worldwide – always a thrilling reflection. The past year has led me to want to supply to UK outlets too – most of my design work is bought in USA, and it would be lovely to feel they were enjoyed closer to home too. So besides having some of my prints now available locally in a lovely heritage centre – Beeston Canalside – I am working to get a piece of the action at Wraptious who support UK artists to get products made and sold around and about. They have a summer competition which I entered – five of my artworks are available there on cushions and prints, and if I get enough points , I may get invited to be on their books! Everyone loves a trier! You can vote via facebook, or you can share via pinterest etc, and if you are really impressed, you can make a purchase whereby I get 100 points!!
It’s not been my only endeavour – I am looking to upload some work to Spoonflower too – just sampling there at the moment, so it may not be long before I can offer fabric to my customers too. The power of modern technology never ceases to amaze me!
Would you be inclined to pop across to my page at Wraptious and lend a helping hand to my efforts there? Sharing on your facebook page would be great, or to pinterest. Well anyway you like really – I am so grateful for any support!
Hope to see you at Wraptious!! Enjoy the rest of the Summer and stay as safe as possible. If you want a funky face covering you can find my designs on face coverings at Society6 and at Redbubble! Here’ s a link to all my work
I haven’t been resting on my laurels – now there’s an interesting phrase – this lockdown has put me in a creating frenzy and I have been adding new artworks to my handmade creations at Etsy and to my print on demand stores , Society6, Redbubble et al. And of course now we are all wearing face coverings it has to be derigeur to make them as creative as possible. The new fashion accessory of the decade was the result of a global pandemic – we live in interesting times. My partner and I are, like many, shielding from the possiblity of catching this deadly virus. The daily round looks a little different – click and collect shopping and socially distanced dog walking, but much of my routine is still the same. The worst aspect of the whole lockdown is not being able to mix with my sons and stepsons, and extended family – so as long as they remain safe I content myself with that thought. I cannot imagine how frightening it must be to have family affected.
But somewhere along the line, we will be accommodating living with this new peril – there really will be no alternative, so daily living will be changed forever to some degree. The more at risk will necessarily be more restricted until a vaccine comes along – let’s hope at least for a vaccine.
But to more cheery considerations, the reason I commit my time to creating art is really down to its therapeutic value. It helps me to distance myself from all the real world anxieties – global warming, social injustice, the growing disturbances in the world. And turning to making something real is truly liberating – the necessity to focus on practical considerations of making something as well as is possible results in losing a sense of self – I am lost in that feeling of ‘flow’.
So here are some pics from the last few lockdown weeks – some of the new work I am offering and some showing the processes of getting there!
I had a lovely bulk order from America of my card ‘In the Library’ – an illustration based on detail taken from a wonderful painting by Barthélémy d’ Eyck 1442 – 1445 Still life with books. I popped a little slip around them to help protect each card , (I don’t use cello).
..and I added a lovely fold out to my book at Etsy which is a tribute to an ancient manuscript The Voynich.
..and my illustrated Prufrock got some bespoke wrapping paper and a postcard sent with it!
..and this is where the magic happens! My easel is an aide- memoir – it carries messages and reminders of what I need to do next!
This little collection is taken from the pages I have at Society6 – this is where I spend my days. I have discovered that I have aphantasia – a brain wiring which excludes visual memory. This explains why I love to spend my time making picutres – my mind is otherwise blank! It means I can’t see pictures of my family in my head – or remember places visually – and that spills over to me not really remembering past very well. I live very much in the present. I didn’t know my wiring had a name until recently – but the knowledge sort of helps explain some of my idiosynchronicity. Welcome to my world!
It’s an exciting time for us folks who slog away at surface design and upload to printon demand sites – it seems this is a fast growing marketplace where consumers are reacting very positively to seeing products with designs a little quirky – a little removed from the mall marketplace. I have been working at design for a few years now, and seeing the product range grow and grow , particularly at Society6 where I seem to have my most success at selling. When they add a new product to the range it always has an impact – the first being aggravation as an artist since the site struggles to accomodate the technical changes and we get multiple glitches on trying to upload our work – which impacts on sales. The second impact is somewhat more positive – i am driven to re examine my back catalogue in order that I can accommodate the new products – work is required to make the designs fit. I like that discipline – to go back and reassess what I want to create as a new product and what I will dismiss. It has put a spring in my step, so thank you Society6! I will show you a couple of pics to whet your appetite! If there is a design on my site that I haven’t uploaded to wallpaper and you would like me to , please let me know.