I'm working on some new designs. They mostly involve textures and are very tricky to actually create. The process I use to produce an image for film and then screen, is pretty low tech. I have to keep trying in order to 'fail better'. I now have two screens, two textures and one particularly lovely new colour to add into the mix. I love this stage. Experimenting basically. Taking calculated risks and gradually building up ideas. Seeing what does and does not work. For these new designs I've moved away from bold graphic images and I'm working towards translucent colours and abstract shapes. My 'Landscape' designs are the link, the stage before this one, part of the gradual evolution of ideas.
I've been in touch with 'ReLoved' magazine again and one of my projects will be appearing there soon. Working with my daughter Holly, the photographer, we've put together a step-by-step piece to make a ... oh, sorry can't say yet. I think we're in Issue 43. I'll let you know!
We've been busy collaborating on another project too. This time for the 91 magazine blog. A step-by-step print project again but this time to print and make a ... sorry, no spoilers here! I think we're part of the April post so check it out or grab a copy now for other features and lovely stuff.
The 'season' is beginning to warm up here on the Isle of Wight. Weekend visitors are arriving and it's a great place for Half Term and school holidays too. One coastal gem that's busy all year though is The Seaview Hotel and I've been lucky enough to secure some retail space in their gorgeous gift cabinets. My Sea View cushion design has been very popular locally and in lots of other coastal areas too. Hopefully the hotel's summer visitors will be tempted to buy one as a souvenir of their stay. I'm sharing the space with our sister company The OK Corral and we've popped vintage seashell brooches and local prints in amongst the textiles. If you visit the Island, visit the hotel and take a look. They're very friendly and welcoming and if you are lucky enough to stay there as a guest you're guaranteed a lovely time.