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Wedding Branding

This weekend I went to a beautiful wedding at Glenskirlie Castle in Stirlingshire. The invitations were white with a subtle lilac edge, hinting at what was to come for the main event. Sure enough, the wedding followed a lilac and white theme with lilac dresses and ties for the wedding party, hints of purple through the grey kilts and dashes of pinks through the bouquets. The menus, table plan and name place cards continued the theme of lilac and white with butterflies weaving throughout. Everything flowed and it was an effective form of branding for a wedding. Here are a few examples of other forms of wedding branding. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312012592496/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312011989554/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/534380312009336497/

Inspiration: Misconceptions by Jess Wong

One of my favourite creative booklets to date is a hand lettered book by graphic designer Jess Wong. I cant’t remember how I came across her work — it was a while ago and I saved the website into a folder — but it is a constant reminder to me that a simple idea can take off into a unique spin. “Misconceptions” tells the story of motherhood in an interesting light. Most of the time you hear happy stories of people and their babies bonding with one another. You see photos on Facebook of the good times and people getting broody themselves looking at images of the new baby. However, no one ever really talks about the difficulties behind closed doors. Between the night feeds and the nappy changes, it can sometimes all get a bit too much. I’ve not yet experienced motherhood myself, but after babysitting my cousin’s baby for four hours and needing a lie down when I went home, I can only imagine the stress they feel in the first few months. “Misconceptions” starts off with lovely handwritten type before gradually getting larger and more out of control as the woman’s feelings get more intense. Before long, the page…

Portfolio

Today has consisted of printing projects to put in my portfolio. The hardest part for me is deciding which way to display each project — photographs or spreads? All the same size for consistency or differing for variety? For now my portfolio is an A2 folder, but I have researched ways other designers have displayed their work and there seems to be a variety of different techniques. Some create and bind physical books, whilst others make boxes and postcards to send to employers. In future I will look further into these techniques and think of a more creative way to display my work and attract attention.

99U Quarterly

I recently came across 99U Quarterly magazine, a magazine created for designers on how to turn your ideas into a reality. I love the style of the magazines as they each feature similar styles but are exciting in the creative way they use typography to convey the information. I’ve always been a fan of bright, bold typography and instantly fell in love with the layouts and often use them as a source of inspiration. You can view the magazines here.

New Work: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Modern Tale

I have just released images of my newest work, a series of pop-up books celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The books have a modern day twist with images and phrases relating to current trends. You can view the work here. As previously mentioned in an earlier post, I was never one for crafts growing up. Throughout my degree year I found myself coming up with crazy ideas, falling in love with them, then panicking as soon as I realised I would actually have to make the things by hand. I researched thoroughly into ways of producing each idea then had to be brave and take a risk in order to produce each project. Buying endless amounts of rice-like paper for my Chinese lantern, struggling to find a printer that would actually print on it, then taking four hours straight to make the final product was hard work, but worth it in the end. The same goes for the pop-up books as I literally sweated it out to cut each pop up fold as neat as I could, giving myself a headache from the intense concentration. Although my finished projects aren’t perfect, I think sometimes it’s worth taking a…

DIY Crafts

I was never one for crafts and DIY projects growing up, but recently I’ve found myself more and more interested in creating things by hand for that personal touch. I often browse through Pinterest and find lovely things people have made which look great but cost almost nothing to produce. I often add these finds to the “My Style” board on my Pinterest page — basically a board I add almost everything I like and am inspired by to. (https://www.pinterest.com/staceycarnie/my-style/) Here is a selection of some of my favourite DIY projects: Paper tulips http://trendenser.se/2013/january/diy-papperstulpaner.html Light bulb planters http://www.amomstake.com/2013/04/family-craft-projects-that-make-great-house-decor/ Bottle candles http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/glass-bottles-upcycled-repurposed-as.html Grater lights http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-unusual-diy-upcycled-light-fixtures/

Notebook Experiment

Last week I designed a pattern developed from previous watercolour designs. I have always had a love for stationery so decided to print the design onto a notebook cover out of curiosity. When I was younger I would go to WHSmith and just stand for ages looking in awe at the stationery collections. This has carried on even until now and I often buy stationery from Paperchase or any gift shop due to it’s stylish cover. (I know they say never judge a book by its cover, but in my eyes notebooks don’t count!) My room is filled with empty notebooks purely because I loved the cover but don’t have anything interesting enough to put inside and in my mind a terrible filling is like disrespecting the design (weird I know). Anyway, the pictures aren’t great but I am quite happy with the results. The notebook is a hardback with blank inside pages. I have decided to experiment a bit further and develop new patterns and prints for fun which I may blog about later. In the meantime, I now have another notebook to hopefully one day fill.

Paper Carving: Maude White

I recently came across the amazing work of Maude White and am completely in awe of her delicate hand-cut paper carvings. White creates beautiful birds, people and stories out of her “respect for paper” and love of negative space. Instead of laser cutting, all work is done by hand in order to tell stories. White puts her reasoning for creating such intricate designs into words in the form of an artistic statement on her website: “When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas. ” I admire the time and dedication involved in creating such intricately designed paper cuts. Last year I cut a pattern by hand for an invitation project I was working on. Simply cutting out the border pattern took me two and…