Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ART PRINTS – LIMITED EDITION – BOTANICAL SERIES

I have recently finished printing the NEW botanical series art prints at a local printing studio, Sonsoles Print Studio, in Peckham, 5 minutes away from my home/studio. I used to print at home, but since I spent quite a bit of money on a new bathroom with white tiles I decided that it wasn't a very good idea to continue the printing at my home based studio, (I cried every time is saw the splashes of black ink on the new tiles), plus my set up is not ideal, specially for big format prints. 

I have always enjoyed printmaking, specially the screen printing process, I love getting messy, mixing the inks and seeing the final results, not so much all the preparation, cleaning, washing off the screens, ink all over my hands, nails, arms and clothes...

The latests series is about botanicals, cactus, and related family of plants, I get inspirations from the gardens back home in Gran Canaria, Kew Gardens and the Barbican center in London, photos I see on internet, magazines, exhibitions, etc...I try to plan my work, but I seem to improvise lots to. I am not a very organised person when it comes to my ideas and creative process, I am in fact a bit all over the place, that is why my work can look so different at times, but somehow I bring cohesiveness into it, by using the same colours, applying the same techniques, using the same materials and finally styling the photos to bring them all together. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

MY FRIEND'S HOUSES – KATE CLARKE LONDON

Hello Monday and everybody!! It is still very warm and sunny in London, so not complaining, although a trip to the beach wouldn't hurt with these temperatures...Since I am not having holidays this Summer, I am trying to take work easy and spend some days not doing much, but as much as I like the idea, I don't seem to manage to slow down, but to the contrary, keep working and working...When you run your own business, there are always things to do, plan for, etc...but there is time for meeting with friends, naps, going to the park, long walks, ballet, etc...too.

We recently had an afternoon tea at My dear friend Kate's cute flat, that she shares with boyfriend illustrator Nikalas. Apart from stuffing my face with different cakes, biscuits, and wash it all with plenty of tea, I took some photos of their colourful and cosy flat.

They both love children's books, graphics, colours, design, patterns, cute ceramics, etc...They got a great eye for mixing colours, with patterns and vintage pieces with more modern ones.
You can normally tell by someone's work how their home may be decorated, and that is the case with Kate's home-ware line, (pictured below). her work is full of colour, and gorgeous shapes, very Scandinavian and fresh, just like her home!

Photos by me

Sunday, 13 July 2014

ADDING COLOUR TO YOUR INTERIORS

I am constantly changing the decor in my house, but I don't throw away things, as I am against the disposable consumerism idea of anything, specially when it comes to decorating a home). I instead, rearrange the furniture, move it to a different room, give it a different use, or give it to a friend who may need it. What I like is adding new pieces that complement my exciting ones, and I do it with colour. My house is pretty neutral, but has drops of colour, in the form of cushions, prints, kitchenware, knobs, hooks etc...It helps that I am a home-ware designer, so every time I launch a new product I add it to my home, plus I can't help it but I absolutely LOVE interiors, decorating, houses, products, design, you name it....
Here are some ideas to incorporate some colour into your house, beautiful pieces to create a relaxed and easy space. I am into fluro colours and natural wood right now, and of course black and white!
Family house in Amsterdam via remodelista

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

woonboek – a book about real interiors

I have been browsing this beautiful book, have you seen it? that Kate brought back from her recent trip to Antwerpen. It is written in Belgian, so not much reading going on, but I can focus on the real interiors that fill the pages. My favorite house is from Zoe, I love the easy going and vintage feel of her space, with the neutral colours as background for the so many gorgeous pieces, from cushions, chairs, mirrors, etc...Going trough the pages felt like a welcoming to the different houses/spaces that the owners have created for themselves, very lived in, with pets, plants, etc..!!!Check the nice blog here.
The book has a section dedicated to shops and DIY projects, 
such as the MIAUW soft letters (shown below).

Monday, 7 July 2014

B&W botanical prints, and greens, to create a relaxed and fresh look

I like the natural and fresh look that decorating with simple and yet beautiful objects can be achieved. My house is painted in white, with the exception of a wall in black (living room), and another in blue (bedroom). I am not into minimalism, that is for sure, but I have tendency towards neutral colours, wood and B&W. 

I have just finished a limited edition of hand printed art prints, soon available in my shop. I have been drawings for years and have a vast collection of botanical motifs, mainly cactus, and related plants. The process of hand printing is tiring and time consuming, but so rewarding and enjoyable at the same time.  

I find botanical motifs very versatile when it comes to decorating, they combined very well with other styles, such as geometrics, and more abstracts shapes. I leave you with this mood board of handmade, practical homewares from different designers/shops. Good productive Monday!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

ORIGINAL PRINTS FOR SALE

Hello everybody, since I last posted in here, I have been working on some new products and looking at how to go back to printmaking. I am getting more and more requests for some of my old prints, which I hardly show as this work is previous to chocolate creative.
I miss printing, specially etching, it is hard work, but very rewarding. I am printing some new big format prints silk screen, but I wish I could have access to a printmaking studio near me so I could carry on with my previous work. The main issue I have is TIME, where do I get it from? I run my little business on my own, and I am stretching myself to the limit sometimes. 
When people ask me what I do, sometimes I don't know how to refer to myself, as I work across so many disciplines, I guess I am a graphic designer (I still work on some magazine/books/branding projects), who studied Fine Art, specialised in Graphics, carry on with printmaking, and textiles studies, make and sell home-wares and art, oh well I guess I am a designer with a bit of everything...Oh and I forgot I am a business woman too, haha...!! 
I am selling some of my original prints, only a few left, as I sell them privately through friends and open houses. If you are interested or see anything you like, get in touch via email, (contact details on my website). Some are small scale, and I only have 1 left of the big one in B&W. Prices goes from £30 to £150.
I like the B&W look, but not necessarily just the minimalists look that comes with it, I like to introduce some pieces of wood and vintage finds to make it more homy and cosy. There are plenty of colour in my house, believe it or not!!
Photos by me 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

FLOWERS AROUND THE HOUSE

Hello everybody, how is life out there? sometimes I wonder, as I don't tend to leave my house/studio or my local area, Peckham, for weeks. I Just wanted to share a few (bad photos, I am a rubbish photographer) of my space, after all I spend a lot of time in my house, as I work from here. I try to keep it tidy, clean and organised, otherwise I will easily go mental, well I am a tidy person by nature so it has to be that way anyway for me to feel comfortable and cosy. Sometimes I take random photos, specially if I am working on new designs, as I live with them before I decide to launch new products in my shop. New B&W print on the wall, (photo above).
Hunting down vintage treasures is another activity of mine, I use them to take photos of my own products, as I love the eclectic look of mixing old/vintage with contemporary, modern design pieces.
Flowers are a very important component of my daily life, I feel as if the living room – in special – is empty unless I have a bunch of greens or flowers going on. They don't have to be very expensive, I am happy with simple arrangements, but my favourites are peonies that I normally get from The Columbia flower Sunday market.
My garden is quite a disaster, the roses below, are one of the only survivors from previous years. One day when I have enough cash I will do my outside space, although that is not going to fix the fact that I am a totally NOT green fingers at all...maybe if I tried a bit harder, spent more time at it, and the rain decided to spare me a few good sunny weeks, I will managed to keep my flowers and plants alive, and perhaps grow some veggies...Anyone out here interested in teaching me about gardening? I will pay in home-wares goods.
I better get back to work on the new designs/products, that are taken me for ever to finish, news coming soon, Have a lovely and productive day!
Photos by me

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

A BOOK ABOUT BLOGGER'S HOMES AND A GORGEOUS GIRL'S ROOM

Just a quick post to let you know about this gorgeous new book by Ellie Tennant, who has written and styled it, with photographs by Rachel Whiting. You will recognised some of the blogger's names and houses being featured it the book. I love how people create such cosy and personal spaces, by being creative, and resourceful. The end result is an eclectic style that is very in tune twith my own view on interiors and home. And needles to say that I adore this room (below), by one of the bloggers behind My Friend's House blog, I love how she has used some of my wooden pink knobs to finish the stunning yellow armoire, in fact I like everything about this room.
Photos by Rachel Whiting 
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