Friday, 28 April 2017

Etsy shop find... a chat with Melodie Stacey

This months etsy interview is with Melodie Stacey.
Melodie is a fine art and mixed media artist based in Brighton.
Her dark and whimsical artworks are full of intrigue and wonder and leave you wanting to know more about the mysterious ladies that feature in her paintings.
Beautiful dreamy landscapes, lush foliage and interesting buildings in the distance all help to create drama to each piece.
And lets just mention the colour palettes and how amazing those bright pops of colour look sitting on dark grounds, yum!

So, lets get to know a little about Melodie shall we...

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 

I'm from Brighton now but previously I lived in Scotland and studied Fine art at Aberdeens Grays school of art, for a BA Hons in painting.
The following year from that I did a MA in Art and Design.

2. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

I don't buy magazines very often so it's more likely to be latest is about Wes Anderson whose films I'm a huge fan of.

3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

I normally work at my best in the morning, and I have to plan my time very carefully as I home school my daughter so consequently everything has to be tied around her routine.
I keep a sketchbook to sketch or write any ideas and then I try them out! 
Some work and sometimes others don't, which is fine as it's all part of the process. 

4. Tell us about a typical day for you...

I work in the mornings to finish work started the previous day and then use my afternoons to work on admin in my shops, answering emails, checking Instagram which I'm a bit addicted to!
I don't tend to work later than 6pm, but sometimes, especially if I'm making dolls it can go all evening too.

5. Where do you work? 
Describe your studio/work area

I work from home, I don't have a studio. We have a large dining table so that suits me fine as I work small and can put things away quite quickly. 
It's not ideal and I have to confess I'd rather have a studio but it works for now.

6. What’s the most rewarding thing about being an illustrator?

I wouldn't really call myself an Illustrator yet, though it's something I'm working on. I've always seen myself as a mixed media artist though illustration is the path I'm hoping to take now.
I have recently started making prints and it's lovely when people send me photos of them in their homes.

7. What makes you laugh?

My husband and Father Ted, I'm a big fan of daft humour.

8. What's your guilty pleasure?

Cheesy detective shows

9. What’s the most popular item for sale in your etsy shop? And your personal favourite?

I've just sold my favourite, it was a painting called 'Jay mountain' but currently it would have to be Mr Magpie, which is in my Etsy shop.

10. What are your favourite books from childhood?

I have many favourite books but the one that stands out is The Bedtime Book by Richard Scarry, a huge book full of stories, poems and lists! Jan Pienkowski, Judith Kerr and Janet and Allan Ahlberg amongst others were favoutrites too..and not forgetting Roald Dahl!

11. What are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it inspiring your work?

I have recently been trying to use paper clay. I've made some figurines and dolls with it, I really would like to use clay further.

12. Who are some of your favourite illustrators/designers and what do you love about their work?

I have a lot of favourite illustrators, the one that stands out though is Isabelle Arsenault. 
I recently brought The Cloth Lullaby which is about Louise bourgeois, it's just an exquisite book and the illustrations are breath taking. 

(all images above copyright of Melodie Stacey)

A big thank you to Melodie for giving us an insight into her world.

You can follow Melodie here...

x x x

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

A Unicorn Party!

Well, we've had kitty inspired party moodboards so now we're having a little ode to the Unicorn!
Who doesn't love a unicorn??

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x x x

Monday, 24 April 2017

On my bookshelf...Dear Bunny

Dear Bunny is a wonderful little book about being grateful for the things we have, big or small.
Written by Katie Cotton and beautifully illustrated by Blanca Gomez, it tells the story of a little girl describing what makes her day so special.
A lovely relationship with her friend Bunny runs through the book as she explains how she likes mornings, why she enjoys playtime, bedtime, and all the little things in between.

It's such a gorgeous book, and definitely a must for your little ones bookshelf.
Dear Bunny is available to buy from The Wordery.

Here are a few pages from it...

(Photos above copyright of louise/loveprintstudioblog. 
Illustrations copyright of Blanca Gomez)

x x x

Friday, 21 April 2017

A few days in the Cotswolds...

The boys and I had a few days in the Cotswolds recently, for a little mini break.
We had some grey days and some gloriously bright blue sky days, 
and were very lucky the rain held off, yay!
The Cotswolds isn't even that far away from where we live so it was weird having a 'holiday' that only took a couple of hours to reach, but nevertheless, it was nice to have a break and some down time together.
We visited lots of little towns and villages whilst we were there, including Bourton on the Water, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Stow-on-the-Wold, The Slaughters and Broadway and had many a pub lunch followed by a tea and cake stop! 
Well, it would be rude not to right?

Here are a few snaps of our week...

(photos above copyright of louise/ loveprintstudioblog)

x x x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Creative Quarters...Victoria Fitton

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Victoria Fitton...

Victoria is a freelance illustrator living and loving life on a working farm in Glastonbury, Somerset.

She studied Design at Staffordshire University which was a multidisciplinary course looking at the areas of Glass Design, Surface Pattern and Ceramics. 
It was hand thrown pottery which Victoria fell in love with and eventually specialized in. 

A number of years spent as a potter included selling a range of functional ware through David Mellor Design at Sloane Square and exhibiting at the V&A museum as well as Contemporary Applied Arts in London.

A move from London to the countryside and beginning a family meant a change in emphasis and all things ‘arty’ had to temporarily take a back seat. 
As her three children became more independent, Victoria began to draw and paint again in spare moments. 

Inspiration can come simply from everyday living; a funky piece of packaging or a walk in the countryside with Willow the dog! 
Victoria is particularly drawn to the organic, ever changing forms found in nature. 
And there is something about repetition that really appeals; a group of shapes or colours that share similarities, creating rhythm and movement in a piece. 
With cows right outside her studio window, it is quite a normal occurrence to have to down brushes at very short notice to help out with a calf being born or some other cow related crisis!

Currently Victoria sells prints of her work upon request and intends shortly to open an Etsy shop so that she has a more visible selling platform. 
She is also keen to find representation with the hope of licensing her work to a much broader audience. 
She would love to one day be involved in designing a fabric range or would be equally happy designing for the children’s market in some way.

To get in touch Victoria can be found using the following links;

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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Victoria,
and seeing a selection of her work.

To get in touch with her, please visit her website for details.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Georgia Ragnall, you can read it here.

And don't forget, if you'd like to be featured, 
please send examples of your work with links to website portfolios, 
and some info about you and your background, etc... 
to Louise at 
Look forward to hearing from you!

x x x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter folks!
Hope you all have a lovely, long, relaxing weekend.

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x x x

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Colour crush...

Can't resist squeezing in another colour crush post this week...
I tend not to be a huge fan of red, but used here with cobalt, shades of blue, corals and pinks, I quite fancy that combo!

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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x x x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Three lovely things...easter blooms!

The long Easter weekend is fast approaching, and one thing thing I'm sure you'll be gifting, aside from choccie eggs, are flowers.
Here are three lovely ways of presenting them, spotted around blog land...

x x x

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

On my bookshelf...Town Mouse Country Mouse

A classic Aesop's fable reimagined by Libby Walden and beautifully illustrated by Richard Jones.
Town Mouse Country Mouse is a story of two mice who live very different lives. 
One in a bustling city and the other in the quiet countryside.
Deciding to swap their dwellings and spend time in the others environment, discovering new and unusual sights, they soon realise the true meaning of home.
"But home is where my heart is, so home is where I'll stay"

It's such a lovely, classic story, but it's really bought to life in this new adaptation by Libby Walden, and the stunning illustrations of Richard Jones, with each page full to bursting of wonderful details.
Little ones will love the rhyming story aswell as the 'peep through' pages and all the charming characters that join the mice on their adventures.
I highly recommend it!

You can purchase the book here

(photos above taken by me for use on loveprintstudioblog)

x x x

Monday, 10 April 2017

Colour crush...

In honour of such a gloriously sunny weekend here in the UK, I thought we'd start the week off with a nice bright colour crush...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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x x x

Friday, 7 April 2017

A cat lovers birthday party...part 2!

The last Cat lovers birthday party post always seems to be up there in the most popular posts, 
so quite simply, I thought I'd do another one!
From cutesy, girly and pretty, to a clean, if somewhat glittery, monochrome look.

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x x x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Take these shoes!

Ooh glittery heels...yes please.
Rainbow sprinkles...yes yes!
Peach heels and strappy flats..indeed!

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x x x

Friday, 24 March 2017

Etsy shop finds...a chat with Holly Maguire

This months etsy interview is with Holly Maguire.
Holly is a London based freelance designer and sells her playful, decorative and colourful art prints in her etsy shop.
Her love of textiles and nature comes across in her artwork, with illustrated girls and animals surrounded by rich foliage and lush florals, and palettes of tropical pinks, aquas and greens.

So, lets get to know Holly shall we...

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 
I finished my BA in Illustration from Cardiff school of Art in 2010 and moved to Bristol after graduating. 
Since then I have been working away on my illustrations and freelance commisions, sometimes whilst having full time and part time design jobs which really taught me a lot about about the creative industry. 
I decided to take the plunge into being fully freelance  just over a year and so far it has been great! 
I made the move to London in September and I am loving it here. 
It’s great to meet other Illustrators and go to events and exhibitions that give me endless inspiration. 
In the past year I have worked on a range of projects, including my first children’s book, creating Illustrations for Boden’s kidswear and starting my brand new Etsy shop!

2. How would you describe your work/ style?

I’d describe my work as painterly, decorative and playful. 
I like to use lots of green mixed with bright pops of colour in my work.
I’m very inspired by nature and textiles and I think this comes across a lot in my work too.

3. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

A half read copy of Time Out, a book of vintage botanical wall charts called 

‘The Art of instruction’ and 'My name is Girl’ by Nina Cosford.

4. Who are your design heroes and what inspires you?
My favourite contemporary artists include Carson Ellis, Emily Sutton and Yelena Brysenkova. 
I just love the incredible detail in their work!
I also am very inspired by the works of Henri Rousseau, Matisse and M.Sasek. 
My inspiration comes from all over. 
I love collecting beautiful food packaging, going people (and dog!) watching, reading, listening to podcasts, and visiting museums and exhibitions.

5. Tell us about a typical day for you…

I usually get up around 7.30. 
I’ll often start the day with a 20 min yoga session in my studio or I’ll sometimes go for a jog. I then make a nice cuppa and some breakfast and peruse my emails and procrastinate on instagram for a while! 
I don't actually start working on any illustrations till mid-morning. 
I work from home so I try to get out of the house everyday to escape the
cabin fever and I’m still new to London so there are plenty of places to explore. 
I’ll usually continue working into the evening if i’m busy before flopping out on the sofa for a bit!

6. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

I always start with a pencil sketch which I’ll then paint directly over using Acryla paints 
(a mix of acrylic and gouache by Holbein). 
When I’m happy with the painting, I scan it and fix any mistakes and clean or brighten up the image in photoshop. 
If i’m working on a really complex piece i’ll sometimes paint separate elements of an image which I’ll then put together in photoshop as well. 

7. What are your top three blogs?

A Beautiful Mess, Lenny Letter and It’s Nice that.

8. What makes you laugh?
Cute animal videos!

9. What’s the most popular item for sale in your etsy shop? And also, your personal favourite?
My shop is still very new but the piece I’ve had the best response to so far is either the Eames print or the Cool cats print. 
I think my favourite is the Cool cats, it’s the most fun!

10. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a designer/illustrator?

Nothing beats seeing your work out there in the world and seeing people enjoying it too.

11. Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Pick n’ mix sweets, really buttery crumpets and watching cheesy period dramas while I work.

12. What are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it inspiring your work?
I'm really interested in fabric and textiles at the moment. 
I went to the Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion and textiles museum recently 
and It was incredibly inspiring. 
I’m now dreaming about creating a collection of homewares one day!

A big thank you to Holly for taking some time out to be part of the etsy interviews and sharing a glimpse of her world with us!

You can follow Holly here...

x x x

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