Shape, Line, Design
This free-flow pattern making is inspired by abstract artists such as Kandinsky.
This work is a development of my sketch, scribble, doodle series and sees it develop into more free form work with added movement.
This work helps take me to a more mindful state and become free from the digital.
Sketch, Scribble, Doodle
Hand drawn pattern on grids.
Working in a digital environment,
I enjoy coming back to pen & paper as a means to escape my screen.
Any spare moments that I have: commuting on a train, resting after a long day, I love to spend sketching in a free flow way. I find myself getting into a rhythm with the strokes & bringing movement to the page.
Although I think of pattern representing repetition and order, this work helps me to clear my mind & switch off reaching a mindful state, which I find a useful tool in combatting anxiety.
For me, design is about constraint & setting restrictions - Less is more! With this mark making, I like to impose certain rules for myself whilst also allowing for spontaneity.
I tried many similar yet different repeats for this pattern & continue to enjoy testing new versions.
Another development was using transparency to facilitate a layering effect which I continue to explore.
Sketch, Scribble, Doodle development
I was commisioned to produce Sketch, Scribble, Doodle in large scale & was torn about how precise & balanced each square should be & if the loose marks were too messy. I drew a more considered version, something was lost in the precision but a new pattern & process were born through the experimentation that I really liked.
I decided to to digitalise this pattern & introduce bright colour developing it into a more playful print. This seemed appropriate as it reflected the way in which a negative experience (anxiety) can be used to your advantage and bring about positive outcomes. A testament to art in healing!
I am currently creating a collection of 'Merry & Bright' Christmas giftcards, wrap & tags using this bright design.
A further current development is taking the detail from this pattern & creating a limited edition large scale artwork.
Hand drawn pattern
This pattern is born from an interest in creating movement and depth on a flat page through lines / shading.
I have recently been working on developing this as a repeat pattern to bleed over the entire page and have experimenting with silk screen printing the design.
I have also experimented with producing the pattern in watercolour.
Vector Trace Print
Geometric digital designs.
This series is a development of my Vector Trace artworks.I take the learnings from geometric forms in nature & apply them to digital pattern making.
The design is intended for commercial use in stationary & gifting.
I have developed this collection juxtaposing the contemporary, digital design with a more traditional process - screenprinting. For this I have used Thermofax screens. These have also been developed into a series of greetings cards
I designed this print after a trip to Helsinki. I was inspired by the Finish way of life where form follows function & everyday life is beautifully designed. I had in mind the idea of creating prints for useful items in my everyday life. This particular design is eventually to be on textile so that it may be used as a yoga blanket.
The concept for the print is connecting ... connecting with people, connecting the mind & body & feeling connected to the present moment.
Although I had in mind pastel colour pallets for a calming feel, I also decided that the design would lend itself to neon experimentation - bringing about a very different emotion & feeling.
I have used this print on a series of screenprinted greetingscards & notebooks.
Storytelling Pattern Print
Glass vinyl, Poster and textile screen print for soft furnishings.
This pattern was produced as part of a concept for redesigning a mental health unit in an NHS hospital. It would be used as a window decal on the door of therapy rooms to provide privacy and allow service users to have a point of focus during difficult conversations.
The pattern is based upon shapes used in glyph. Recovery is about finding your voice, speaking out, communicating with friends and loved ones and features in most therapy. Therefore, the theme of storytelling seemed appropriate.
When words become difficult, reimagining typography as form can help to relieve the pressure of language.
This pattern was exhibited at The Southbank Centre as part of the 'Changing Minds' festival 6th - 7th Feb 2016.