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Lyle & Scott – The 140 Series

Lyle & Scott

I recently created an illustration for the 140 Series for Lyle & Scott. Here is the promo blurb from them:

“2014 marks 140 years of Lyle & Scott.

To commemorate our heritage, our timeless quality and craftsmanship of the finest apparel, we commissioned 140 artists to create 140 original masterpieces. Each of these works of art represented a year in our 140 successful years.

Lyle & Scott are pleased to introduce to you, Lyle & Scott 140 Series.

We invite you to become the exclusive owner of one of these once-off masterpieces.”

So here is my illustration for the 140 Series:

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I must admit this commission was quite challenging as illustration is not something I get to practice often. None the less I had tons of fun doing it and I am quite happy with the end result.

The year I selected to work on was 1952, the year King George VI died and Elizabeth II become Queen. In relation to the 140 years of Lyle & Scott this meant my given number was “78” and so I had to create an illustration depicting this story and including the number 78.

This is the copy that will appear on my final print:
“In 1952 Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 25. It was February 1952 and Princess Elizabeth was enjoying a short break in Kenya with Prince Philip. The pair was relaxing at a game-viewing lodge, the Treetops Hotel ,just over 165km from Nairobi. It was here on 6 February, that the princess became Queen, after George VI passed away in his sleep.”

Sadly this snippet of vital info is barely legible on the bidding website (an oversight on Lyle & Scotts side perhaps?)

Please do go and check out all the illustrations, there are some pretty good ones waiting to be snapped up.

As I mentioned, mine is number 78 (year 1952) – if you like it, you can always bid for it!

Let me know what you think – thanks folks.

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Walking Shadows

Recently we have had a bunch of prints framed – prints we have been collecting forever as well as some new ones we bought on our recent trip to Europe. So in order to display these gems at their best we have had to rethink the current arrangement on our walls – this means taking all the old frames down, dusting them, regrouping them, rejigging them again, more reshuffling and then going mental with the Hilty tool – all in all an exciting project.

So – being the magpie that I am, I have started seeing all kinds of fabulous prints that I must add to my new collection – the latest of which I spotted on the Superbalist website. These prints are by American artist Jason Ratliff.

Simple, clean and quirky – I love them!

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

Jason Ratliff

See more of Jason Ratliff’s work here

Below The Surface

It seems that lately I keep stumbling over amazing designs coming out of Russia. My latest find is this campaign entitled “Below The Surface” by Saatchi & Saatchi Russia done for the Schusev State Museum of Architecture in Moscow.

Found via Fubiz

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Below The Surface

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Below The Surface

Words to end your week with

As much as I have loved this short week, trying to squeeze five days of work into three really has thrown my work routine out of whack – as a result my “to do” list for today is laughable. Never mind – I will survive, especially if aided by a strong espresso and a healthy chunk of chocolate.

So, to end your week on an enlightened note, here are the wise words of Ernest Hemingway (beautifully illustrated by Lisa Congdon).

Hope your Friday is super productive too.

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See more of Lisa’s work here.

Drawn to Nostalgia

I have to admit it – I am a magpie. I collect stuff that makes me happy and I struggle to part with it. Some of these things are a little kooky and odd, but they have meaning and put a smile on my face. I think that’s what drew me to illustrator Jacqueline Ong, her exhibition “Drawn to Nostalgia” held at The Little Drom Store (Nov 2012) in Singapore really captures an ethos I have grown to appreciate since becoming a freelance designer: “The routine and business of life compelled me to rethink what happiness means. Simple things, I believe, can make us happy”

Jacqueline’s collection of illustrations is based on everyday objects taken from her childhood and create a warm, familiar feeling. So many of them vaguely similar to things I cherished as a kid too. All well loved and so simple, as life was when we where little.

Jacqueline Ong

Jacqueline Ong

Jacqueline Ong

Jacqueline Ong
Check out more of Jacqueline’s work here

Rag Dolls – part 3

Seriously, who doesn’t just adore Scandinavian design? I mean those clean lines, gorgeous patterns, bold colours, whats not to love? Now combine that with my ongoing quest for the perfect rag doll and you have Jane Foster’s quirky creations.

Jane lives and works from her modern eco home in Devon in the UK. According to Jane her passion is “bold, simply, happy designs”. You can see this clearly reflected in her collection of charming soft toys.

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Read more about Jane on her webste

Memory Keepers

I am a sucker for typography and this morning I was inspired by this piece by Zachary Smith. It reminded me so much of our dear friends Desmond and Toni (from DNA Photography).
This one is for you guys, hope you are having a blast enjoying the European Summer. Keep doing what you do so well – you guys rock!

Wise words by Zachary SMith
Visit Zachary’s site for more amazing typography

Beasties

Have you visited the Poppytalk Handmade Website? It’s a monthly online arts and crafts market curated by POPPYTALK (one of my favourite design blogs).
I was browsing through all the gorgeous goodies and stumbled upon these fabulous illustrations by Portland based Michele Maule.
I love them all.

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See more of Michele Maule’s work here
Visit Michele’s Blog here

Collage Work

As a school girl I used to spend hours and hours cutting up old magazines and creating collages in my homework books. I loved transforming what would otherwise have been a boring and much hated part of my daily school routine into something bright and colourful. Sadly I haven’t actually done any collage work since those days, perhaps I should get out my trusty scissors and Pritt stick and get gluing – if only my finished peices could look half as fabulous as Laura Redburn’s gorgeous creations. Laura is a very talented collage and mixed media illustrator from Cardiff in Wales.
You can see more of her work on Society6 and on her own website

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Laura Redburn

Laura Redburn

Friday inspiration

20130125-105310.jpgFriday is finally here and a very busy week is ticked off my list. I start on a new job today, it’s an old client who has more additions to his exciting project. I get to be creative and I get to play a little too. Lots of fun!
I normally start a new job by looking for inspiration. Although I am constantly on the look out for fresh ideas and design, I find setting aside the time to creatively recharge is vital. It forces me to stop and take a look around… but I have to be strict with my self, else I will spend all this “official” time caught up in Pinterest. Which brings me to the following amazing illustration. Yip, it has nothing to do with my new job, but I could’nt resist. Isn’t it amazing?
It’s called The Curiosity (by Terry Fan) and I want one. Terry Fan is an crazy talented illustrator – you simply have to check out more of his work Terry Fan.

Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find inspiration for what you need to do too!

Christmas Kittens

Christmas Kittens

I love this time of year, the level of kitschness can, quite legitimately, go up a full 20 degrees and no one really minds. After all, with Boney M serenading you in every store and gaudy tinsel strangling you at every till point you have little choice other than to be swept up by all the cliches?

One dwindling Christmas tradition I do miss is good old fashioned Christmas cards. As a kid my Mum used to string ours up like bunting and decorate the lounge. Now we simply dont get any. Does anyone still send them?

Anyhow, in my quest for some nostalgia I stumbled upon these gorgeous Kitty Christmas Cards. Aren’t they just so adorably kitsch? I love them. I think next year I am going to make a point of sending out actual real paper Christmas cards to all my friends and family.

Source of the Chirstmas Kittens: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Lumadessa

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I stumbled across these lovely illustrations created under the label Lumandessa and couldn’t wait to put up some examples of Josh Brill’s excellent work.
Apparently: “the word Lumadessa originates from the words luminous meaning ‘light’ and odyssey, meaning ‘a long eventful or adventurous journey’”.
I love the clean sharp lines of each of Josh’s animals, cleverly capturing the specific character of that creature – most evident in his dog illustrations, so simple and clever.

You can purchase his prints on his website and you can also download some cool wallpapers for you phone there too.

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