I won the COADG bursary!
A few weeks ago I read about the Confessions of a Design Geek (COADG) Bursary. COADG is a blog run by Katie Treggiden. She had collaborated with Home London, which is a trade show showcasing home wares, house wares and interior accessories to offer an amazing prize of a stand at the show in January. I had already planned to visit the show and decided to apply. I couldn’t believe my luck when I was shortlisted and therefore in with a chance of winning! You can read the blog post and see the other fantastic designers who will be exhibiting on the joint bursary stand here. The winner was decided by a poll on the site and I am thrilled to say I won! I couldn’t believe it and am so excited to do my first London trade show. The next couple of weeks are now set to be incredibly busy with preparation combined with a trip I booked a few months ago to Hong Kong! If you are visiting the show I hope to see you there, and thank you to everyone that voted for me, it was the best Christmas present ever!
I’m now represented in America!
I am thrilled to announce I am now represented in the USA and Canada by The Good Portfolio. I see it as a big step forward in my career, and hope to get lots of new and exciting licensing deals! There are a variety of images already available for license, and of course I can work to a brief. View my portfolio and find out more about The Good Portfolio here!
Last week saw me post off my Christmas cards to a selection of stockists. I anticipate that they will be going into shops shortly. The Futon Company will be stocking them in their stores. Find an outlet near you by clicking here. A number of my other stockists are also selling a selection of the cards. These are Byard Art (Cambridge), Whitby Book Shop (Whitby), Rural Arts (Thirsk), Saltbox Gallery (Helmsley), Live Like This (Isle of Wight) and More by Design (Arlesford). This was the first set of seasonal products I have designed, and I really enjoyed doing something different.
September is shaping up to be a busy month with two trips to London planned and a craft fair at Saltaire. For now, I just want to write about the Designer Charity Doodle Wall live event that is happening at Top Drawer London (16th-18th Sept). I was thrilled to be invited by Rachael Taylor to take part in the event that is happening on her stand (A116) at the show. A number of designers have been approached to come down and draw at the event. The drawings completed will be compiled into a wallpaper that will then be sold on wallpapered.com. All proceeds go to Cancer Research and I can’t wait to take part.
New Online Shop Launched on Not on the High Street!
I am thrilled to announce I am now selling through Not on the High Street. You can view and purchase my products here
New Designers ‘One Year On’
Back in March I was lucky enough to receive a phone call to say I had been selected to exhibit in the ‘One Year On’ section of the huge graduate show New Designers. I was absolutely thrilled, and spent the first week of July in London exhibiting. It was great to get out and about and meet not only press and industry contacts, but other designer/makers too. I exhibited 6 new card designs, which I am hoping to start selling with some of my stockists soon.
BCTF launch round-up
I returned from the British Craft Trade Fair last month, and I had an absolutely fantastic 4 days! My friend Chris and my mum came to help me set up and look after my stand. As well as being brilliant for me in terms of gaining new stockists, I met so many lovely people and had such a laugh. I now have a number of stockists up and down the UK, from Dunbar to Cambridge. View my full list of stockists here. I had no expectations for the show and just decided to wait and see what happened. I am thrilled with the response my work received, and certainly plan to do the British Craft Trade Fair again next year. I am now busy preparing for New Designers ‘One Year On’ which takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington. I am in Part 2 which runs from the 4th-7th July.
Velocity-Fabric collection for P&B Textiles.
At the end of last year I signed off a fabric collection I had developed alongside American quilting company P&B Textiles. It is now being showcased to buyers internationally and there is a growing list of stockists for the fabric, which ships late March. Below are some images of the prints which can be viewed on P&B’s website here.
Exhibition at the ARC
I put up an exhibition at the Arc in Stockton today. It features nine of my digital and screen prints. The venue has a lovely cafe bar, and offers a variety of entertainment including a cinema, workshops, and live music. Myself and another artist have a space in the main foyer until the beginning of April. The photos here aren’t great as the area has a lot of windows and lights making the glass in the frames very reflective! I am thrilled to have this as my first exhibition of this kind since going freelance.
LAB.C +D Project iPhone app
As well as having a range of phone covers on sale in collaboration with Korean company Lab C, they have also developed a FREE iPhone app which means anyone can have each individual designers patterns as either a lock or home screen background. Each designer has their own page on the app as well as a clickable link which takes the user to the designers personal website. Below are some screen shots of the app in use. It is easy to use, smooth and fun! The app can be found online here or by searching ‘Lab.c wallpaper’ on the app store.
LAB.C +D PROJECT
I am very excited to finally be able to write about a collaboration I have been working on with a Korean branding and marketing company. I am launching a set of mobile phone covers alongside 6 other highly acclaimed designers, initially for the iphone4/4s. This is a completely new product for me to be designing for and I can’t wait to receive my samples and get them stuck on my own phone! You can see the full brand website, along with all of the designers work here or visit the online shop to purchase your very own cover here