Events and Exhibitions, Personal Work

Illuminate 2017 and a Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl workshop

Last Sunday I went to Ocean Studios for the Illuminate 2017 festival.  Local artist Rosie Drake-Knight of Native Makers led a workshop on making a reflective heat transfer vinyl t-shirt and I was able to have a go.

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First I had to sketch out a design.  I chose the Junkrat symbol from Overwatch which is one of my favourite games.

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Next I copied my sketch on to the back (the matt side) of a reflective vinyl sheet, with the design reversed.

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I cut out the individual pieces and arranged them on the t-shirt shiny side up.

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Rosie worked the heat press for safety reasons.  She had to hold it down for a short time.  The heat press has a heated plate on the bottom and the top, so it is like being sandwiched between two irons.  Apparently you can use a dry iron instead to do this at home.

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The last stage was to peel the shiny plastic off the top of the design.  Underneath was the reflective design permanently sealed to the t-shirt fabric.

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Here I am wearing my new t-shirt!  I have hand painted and stencilled t-shirts before and this seemed to take less time and was a much easier process (as long as you’re only using one colour and the design is simple, like this one).  Here is how the reflective vinyl looks using flash photography:

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I am going to research using an iron to do heat transfer vinyl to see if I can make more things at home.  The heat press was actually borrowed from my college so I am also going to see if I can access it or maybe one of my tutors would let us use it one day.

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I had a look around some more of the work on display for Illuminate 2017 at Royal William Yard.  It was really impressive, there were light shows and huge animations projected on the buildings.

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There was a DJ playing music to match the beats of the show on the walls.  It was a freezing cold late November evening but the atmosphere was upbeat and exciting.

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Inside Ocean Studios was this Ray Of Light installation by Paige Alexander.  This was my favourite piece on display and it is made from ultraviolet string that glows different colours under ultraviolet light.

Illuminate is an annual event to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago.  There will be lots of other events happening in Plymouth over the next few years linking up to the Mayflower celebrations and I’ll try and visit as many as I can.

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Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Events this week!

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Some of my badges
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My Gurt Noodle zines

 

I will have tables at two events next week in Plymouth so come along and say hello, check out my zines and other cool stuff and see what other unique items are on sale from lots of local artists and illustrators!  Both events are free entry and there will be lots of awesome things to look at and people to talk to, more details below:

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Tiny Mart Maker-Seller Xmas Fair is on Thursday 7th December, 4.30-8.30pm at Boston Tea PartyFollow Drink and Draw Plymouth who organise Tiny Mart on Instagram.

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Give Up Your Day Job DIY Art Fair is on Sunday 10th December, 12-5pm at The Junction.  Follow Give Up Your Day Job on Instagram.

Creative Writing workshop poster

We (YEA and PAC) have also been able to open a couple of extra spaces at the Creative Writing workshop for 11-19 year olds on Saturday 9th December so book a place quickly if you haven’t yet and want to!

 

Professional Work

I won a Design Competition!

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My entry for the Design Competition

My local art shop, The Art Side, opened a competition last month to find the new design for their shopping tote bags. After finding out all of the details I needed and what my limitations were, I drew some sketches for different ideas, mostly based around art supplies and local landmarks. From those sketches I chose to do a selection of artists materials because (a) their previous bag (by Diana Mazuru Hooper) was illustrated with a picture of Plymouth’s beloved turtle Snorkel so I didn’t want to do a lesser local-based idea and (b) because I’m always looking for accessories that are decorated with illustrations based on illustration as a topic. 

Because I wanted to do illustration as the theme, I thought it would be great to use a hand-drawn rather than clean digital style.  I drew lots (and I mean lots) of different individual materials, from spray cans and markers to sharpeners, erasers, paints and glue.  Then I scanned and cleaned up my images a little, keeping the sketchy style.  I played with my images and came up with different compositions, sketching thumbnails as I went along to find balance and a good assortment of items.

Finally I found an arrangement I was happy with, and I entered it into the competition.  I waited for the results with excitement and nerves and guess what?  I WON!  (Slight spoiler in the title there..)

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My prize, as well as being the designer of the shop’s new bags and getting to see my work being carried around by people (and I will definitely get one for myself!) was a Daler-Rowney Screenprinting kit.  I have tried screenprinting before at a short Saturday Art & Design Club workshop and have wanted the chance to try it properly by myself for a while, and now I can play with my kit at home and learn more about the process.

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Collecting my prize from The Art Side!

I have also been wanting to get some of my designs screenprinted for a while but haven’t had the money to do it, so now I can practice and make test versions at home which will help me to make better decisions about whether to get any designs printed professionally.  I have tried lino printing on bags before but the results didn’t last well through washing, unfortunately.  Now I just need a couple of days in a row free to play with my new kit..

Professional Work

Pattern design

Usually when I make a poster for an event I use a central image with text around it.  I wanted to do something different with my poster designs for the new YEA workshops so that they would stand out but still be recognisable as my own work.  For this project I was also able to use colour which is new for me as with my previous posters I have mostly had to keep printing costs as low as possible and that has meant working in black and white.

 

I decided to try using pattern design to create simple but colourful backgrounds for the new posters.  Each pattern is based on the workshop theme it is promoting.  Here from left to right are the themes:

1 Writing/Reporting on Art and Culture – For this I have used illustrations of an old style microphone alongside a notepad and pen, with small speech bubbles.

2 Mobile Photography – Here I have used illustrations of an old clamshell type phone next to polaroid style photographs and small modern mobile phones.

3 Creative Writing – In this one I have drawn bottles of ink and a dip pen alongside an old book (The NeverEnding Story! that is the Auryn on the cover) and a castle in a cloud.

I have tried to use a colour scheme that is smooth and pretty and my goal is for all six of the posters (I have three left to do) to fit together nicely as a set.  The patterns above are all in test colour schemes, the posters themselves are below.  I’m really enjoying making patterns and I think my work would look really good on retro Summer/skater dresses and skirts.  I wrote about how I made my patterns in Photoshop here.

 

I have also been trying different lettering styles for the titles of the workshops on the posters.  From left to right:

1 Art Writing – this is inspired by the header of The New Yorker and the tv show Stranger Things.  The New Yorker is famous for its editorial cover illustrations and the Stranger Things title is inspired by the covers of old Stephen King horror novels.

2 Mobile Photography – this style is inspired by retro-futuristic typefaces used in 60’s tv shows and films set in the future.

3 Creative Writing –  this style is inspired by curly storybook writing, I wanted to give the impression of an old fairy tale.

I used the internet and the book Hand Lettering by Thy Doan Graves for research and inspiration in lettering, but I am really looking forward to learning more about lettering in our January workshop!

Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Workshop poster designs

Here are two new poster designs I have created for workshops that I have helped set up in Plymouth.  There will be six of these altogether and my plan is to design them as a set that look good together.  I wanted to do something different to my usual posters so for these I have chosen to create patterns based on the workshop topic.

If you are interested in the workshops you can find more info on the YEA Plymouth blog, and you can book places at the Plymouth Arts Centre website:

Book a place on the Art Writing workshop

Book a place on the Mobile Photography workshop