Dundee has some serious talent!

 

 

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This weekend I went to the remaining days of the Duncan of Jordanstone End of Year Degree show and my my was I impressed! The talent in every discipline was outstanding and so inspiring to see such a variety of mediums. Amongst my favourite exhibits were Illustration, Graphic Design, Social Design and Texiles, so I took little snapshots of the show (with permission of course!) of the things that most caught my eye. My friend and future graphic design extraordinaire also exhibited her work which included a piece for Tom’s shoes and amazing food packaging design full of colour. She has been selected for D&AD’s New blood festival which will see a huge showcase of talent from around the country. I wish her all the best and know she will do brilliantly.

A link to the show is here and a link to Jill’s Behance is here.

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Emilie Georgia Dodds – www.emiliegeorgia.com

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Patterned Stationery – Paperchase

Paperchase is a hub of patterned goodness. They never fail in showing some fantastic colours in a variety of shapes and layouts. One of my favourite collections comes from their SS16 range called “Let’s Squawk!”. This range of products combine two bold patterns consisting of green botanical leaves and a selection of feathered friends. The leaves have a graphic feel to them and the birds more of a watercolour effect but together they contrast each other perfectly.

It meets all your stationery needs from list books, photo albums, pens, pencils, scrapbooks, gift bags and even a cockatoo statue (who is called Alan and sits proudly on my fireplace!)

Check out the collection as well as all the other lovely stuff on the website.

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Chalkboard Patterns by Lily & Val

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I am constantly searching for unique stationery, gifts and prints mostly to look at all the wonderful things the internet has to offer but I also have a minor stationery addiction. I can’t help it, once I see a notebook with a pattern that catches my eye and a pen to match there’s no stopping me.

So whilst on my searches I came across Lily & Val who are based in USA. Valerie McKeehan is the illustrator behind all these wonderfully whimsical designs and she found her calling by chance. Making a simple chalkboard picture for her kitchen this fuelled her love for the style and freedom the art form gave her. Valerie prides herself on creating unique bespoke items and references her mum in the company name as they both share a love of flowers.

I only chose a small selection of the wonderful items they stock including the tea print, I liked the cute teacups, simple flower wrapping paper and the flamingo print – as anyone who knows me knows how much I love flamingos (as I am sure you will find out soon enough).

Link to the page is here, I don’t think they ship to the UK but it’s always there for inspiration.

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Bonnie Scotland

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Second day of the working week and in comes day dreams of the weekend past. I was lucky enough to spend it with some awesome people and some much needed down time was enjoyed. Living in the city can have it’s draw backs (busy roads, lots of people, hardly any greenery) so I spent my weekend in sunny Perth where I revelled in a small farm shop full of fresh produce, quirky gifts and of course amazing cakes.

I found some lovely tea towels with puffins from a company called Braw Scotland. This great brand is based in Edinburgh and run by print and fashion designer Gabrielle Schoenenberger. The website is full of products adorning simple prints that are inspired by Scotland’s scenery and heritage. The hand drawn style of illustrations are perfectly complimented by the muted colours that she uses and all of them are printed by a family run company in North England.

Gabrielle also boasts an impressive portfolio with other brands including Peony Scarves and Busy B. Have a look at all their wonderful products on the website and be inspired by what Scotland has to offer.

I also started up the Instagram feed so why not give it a like and follow!

 

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Has Summer arrived?

The sun has been shining beautifully all week up here in Aberdeen and I am so excited for all the adventures that come with warm weather. I had some free time (I went to work two hours early) so decided to take a walk down the beach to get myself some much needed vitamin D  and it made me realise how much I would love to live right on the coast one day.

I found surface pattern designer Jessica Hogarth a little while ago after seeing one of her greetings cards at work and fell in love with her quirky illustration style and bright colours. Her “Life by the Sea” collection contains everything you see when you’re at the seaside – beach huts, cute town houses, boats, wildlife and, of course, the sea. A bright colour palette of blue, green, orange and mustard yellow practically takes you there with sand in your toes and an ice cream in hand.

Jessica Hogarth is based in Whitby designing on her own label as well as collaborations and has products in Utility, Paperchase and Oliver Bonas. You can view and shop her collections here.

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