Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Drawing for new projects

Just a quick post to share some paintings I have decided to use as base for some new designs! Just a little visual since I haven't posted much about my design work for a little while. I've been working on a lot of competitions and other projects which I'm not able to share at the moment! 

If you are a fellow emerging designer and would like me to share your work on my blog or have a general chat about design then please do send me an e-mail! I'm really interested in growing as a designer alongside others who are at the same stage as myself!

Thanks for reading, Stephanie X

Friday, 18 July 2014

A few good opportunities for graduates

I have recently come across a few great design opportunities which are perfect for students or recent graduates which I wanted to share with you. I've enjoyed how these opportunities have kind of set me a brief and have bridged the gap from university quite well. Leaving University and graduation has been so daunting and it has been nice to just enjoy drawing and designing without any pressure of marks or job interviews.

To begin with, you may of heard of the Art and Business of Pattern Design courses with Rachael Taylor which have become really popular for both amateurs and professionals wanting to grow. The courses are usually quite expensive and although I hope to do them once I have started working, they are luckily offering a summer school to give a taster of the courses. A number of briefs will be set at different levels so everyone can get involved. I can't wait to learn about the first brief!

Tigerprint are once again holding their design a day competition throughout June/ July, setting a different theme each day. I spoke to them at New Designers and they said the designs didn't need to be resolved pieces, but needed to show your style and approach to each different theme and be unique to you. It's best to try to enter as many of the categories as possible to give yourself the best chance of success, and I'm really trying to have a good go at at least half of the themes! It's just fun to be able to enjoy doodling and thinking of quirky and humorous ideas for greetings. The great thing about Tigerprint is that they see potential and don't expect the perfect finished-product designer. This is open to recent graduates and all undergraduate UK students. You can win a paid placement!

Finally, another opportunity I heard about at New Designers was the Filofax cover story competition. They are asking for graduates to design a simple print to grace the cover of one of their best selling products. If you check out the previous winners they have all produced simple yet bold designs, and I'm sure that most people would have something in their portfolio that the could adapt for the brief as there is no set subject content. The winning design will be put into production which would be brilliant exposure!

There is still time to sign up/ enter all of these great opportunities!
Thanks for reading, Stephanie X

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

I graduated Leeds University!

So happy that I graduated yesterday! It was an amazing day and I felt so proud of myself and all of my course mates. Here are a couple of photos of the gorgeous sunny day!

Just a tip to anyone who is still to graduate... bring safety pins for the robes! I was very happy to pick up my 2:1 certificate and can't believe University is over. I have definitely had the best three years of my life without a doubt, and feel like I found the right social/ work balance to have a fantastic and fun time. Now the job hunt begins! I am hoping to just find anything which pays the bills and continue with design as a hobby until full time jobs come up.. there aren't many but I'm sure this time in a few years I will be there.

Thanks for reading, Stephanie X

Sunday, 13 July 2014

My trip to London zoo

I have always found aquarium life to be kind of entrancing, with the way that everything moves in slow motion in a beautiful way. Whilst on a recent trip to London I visited London Zoo and found that they had a huge aquarium full of interesting fish, coral and plants and it seemed to be one of the quieter areas of the zoo which allowed me to appreciate the strange yet graceful forms.

I wanted to share my photos, as they have been of great inspiration to me and have inspired ideas for a future under the sea children's collection. The idea of giving all of the fish personalities and quirky traits would work so well and is something I am really excited to explore! I can also see many simple but interesting patterns which make great adult interior prints.

All images are my own, please credit stephaniecampbelltextiledesign if you wish to use them.

Thanks for reading, Stephanie X

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Highlights of New Designers 2014 part 2

Here is the second part of my favourite exhibitors at New Designers 2014. Enjoy!

Norwich University of the Arts

I absolutely loved these shirts, and felt like there was really nothing else like it being exhibited by anyone else. I can see how these prints could be applied to literally any product, so to make interesting shirts was a brilliant idea which really made the designs stand out in a unique way. Love the hand painted simplicity paired with simple backgrounds, beautiful!

Swansea Metropolitan University

I loved the geometric nature of these wallpaper designs along with the bold use of colour. The collaboration of geometric sharp lines with hand painting is has been done in an unusual way which stood out to me as I walked around the many beautiful exhibitor stands.

Leeds College of Art

These gorgeous floral designs stood out to me instantly as they were so full of movement and life. The designs have been composed in a very confident way which is very striking. I bet these designs were snapped up by an amazing company as they are just beautiful. The Leeds College of Art stand was exceptional!

Leeds College of Art

The colours within these designs was brilliantly confident and strong and stood out to me from across the room. I loved how Rachael Ford displayed her work in a simple manner with some development drawings alongside her final designs. They are absolutely stunning so do take a look at her online portfolio which is of a very professional standard.I must also express my admiration of Rachael Ford's gorgeous website.. take a look at it if you are looking for any online portfolio/ website inspiration (the link is above).

Swansea University

Sadly I didn't pick up a business card for this designer and I couldn't find any contact details anywhere online! Such a shame, but I imagine that Emily got a lot of attention for her collection as it was gorgeous and showed a very versatile skill set. I loved that she has sewn cushions as a simple way to show a real product and show the versatility of the design working on both fabric and paper. I also loved the colour scheme!

All images which are not my own have been referenced.

Thank you for reading, Stephanie X

Monday, 7 July 2014

Ashley Thomas at home prints

I was out shopping today and I spotted this beautiful collection of kitchen accessories in Debenhams. These products are taken from the Ashley Thomas at home Designers at Debenhams collection. They are just gorgeous and such quirky and feminine prints and I wanted to share them and use them for future design inspiration! 

These products are actually currently on sale at Debenhams so check them out soon! Come back soon to see my picks of new designers 2014 part 2!

Thanks for reading, Stephanie X

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Highlights of New Designers 2014 part 1

Here is part 1 of my favourite designers who exhibited at New Designers 2014 last week. 1500 talented creatives exhibited and the talent was so overwhelming when walking round as everything was just brilliant!

All designers have been referenced and their contact details/ photographs of business cards are included should anyone spot this and be interested in working with them!

University of Bolton

I absolutely loved the hand drawn look of these prints, as well as loving how Robyn had displayed her collection. The cushions were beautiful and extremely well finished and the floral designs are so commercial.. I imagine they were all snapped up on the spot at the exhibition!

University of Bolton

I loved the playful nature of these nature-inspired designs, and found the insects around the plants to be a beautiful and quirky addition to traditional florals. The combination of print and embroidery was very unique as the prints looked very hand drawn and the embroidery added a high end touch to the designs. She also upholstered a chair with her design which seriously impressed me!

Bath Spa University

A beautiful layout which really stood out, with a bright and tactile feel. Gorgeous commercial floral prints which I imagine were also snapped up straight away by an amazing company!

University of Bolton

I loved the bright and colourful nature of these designs, although sadly I could not find an online portfolio or contact, only a blog. Loved the presentation method of swatches on hangers.. I definitely need to make some professional swatches of my own- I saw so many of these around at New Designers and they really stood out.

Bath Spa University

This work was my absolute favourite of the exhibition. The stationery designs themselves are fun and quirky yet still very commercial and the presentation of the work was just beautiful! The Needle and Fred brand is also genius and just made everything come together as a ready-to-go collection. I spoke to Anna and learnt that she had had lots of interest, which does not surprise me! I know I'm going to be seeing these designs in shops very soon, and I have been inspired by Anna to create my own stationery designs in the future.

Glasgow School of Art
Artsthread portfolio

Love the simple use of colour and texture- the utilisation of digital fabric printing. This was favourite designer who made use of abstract mark making.