The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Amy Hodkin...
Amy is currently in her final year at Leeds College of Art studying Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design.
After growing up with the desire to do something creative and struggling to find the perfect design course for her,
she was eventually introduced to the world of surface pattern
and hasn't looked back since.
Surface pattern design allows Amy to combine her love of drawing and colour with narrative and whimsy, creating beautiful prints for a variety of products.
She likes her work to feel natural and handmade
as if it came straight from a sketchbook page;
most of the time her little mistakes become happy accidents.
Amy takes an illustrative approach when designing by combining painterly textures and expressive line amongst colour palettes of muted shades and vibrant tones.
Even though Amy is open to designing digitally, her heart is in screen printing for the unique textural qualities it delivers.
Amy shares her passion for a creative lifestyle through her blog, The Creative Outlook, which she updates frequently with her own illustrations and designs, inspirations and little adventures.
In the past she has also worked with a number of brands on sponsored posts.
Through blogging Amy has been commissioned to illustrate and design branding for fellow bloggers, had features and interviews about her blog and design work, as well as been given the chance to constantly meet likeminded creatives.
For Amy, inspiration comes from the world around her as she likes to draw from observation.
She is inspired by exhibitions, visiting museums, going to the seaside, watching movies and anything else with an interesting story and concept.
Her favourite artists right now are Jonny Hannah, Léa Maupetit and Maria Ines Gul.
When she isn't busy drawing, painting and printing she likes to listen to records, explore new places and admire cute dogs.
In the past year she has sold designs at Première Vision in Paris and MoOD in Brussels, exhibited her work in Sheffield, interned at a fashion print studio in London and won a placement at Hallmark cards in Bradford.
Her work has been featured on WGSN and published in the latest volume of Stolen Publications.
At the moment Amy is working on her final project for her degree show and continues to share her work through Instagram and her blog.
Set to graduate in summer 2017, Amy is excited to showcase what she has created and hopes that she will be able to exhibit at New Designers later on in the year.
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