Getting Ready for Blueprint

At the moment I am beavering away, trying to get ready for Dot & Flow's first time exhibiting at Blueprint (a surface design and print trade show) taking place this May! After two consecutive years of doing Surtex, it's a little nerve-wracking to change to another show, but having done my research and weighing up the pros and cons, it feels like the right move to make. Only time will tell!

Here's a little teaser of what we'll be bringing to the Big Apple in just a few short weeks :) 

The show will take place just a block away from the Javits centre (where Surtex takes place) at 404 and the space looks great inside. I'm thrilled to see who are booth neighbours are and can't wait to meet some people I have either been following and or interacting with in the design community online, as well as some old design friends. 

Map of where to find Blueprint by Andrea Turk Cinnamon Joe Studio

Map of where to find Blueprint by Andrea Turk Cinnamon Joe Studio

See you on the other side! 

National Lipstick Day💋

It's National Lipstick Day so I thought I would take the opportunity to work up a fun lippy inspired repeat pattern - why not right?  

These lush lips and street Lipstick were originally designed as part of a beauty set of icons I recently designed for a device case company. They turned out so fun I wanted to give them a new lease of life, et voila! 😬

Have a lovely day! Mwah 💋

SURTEX Set-Up Day

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All of a sudden SURTEX 2016 was upon us and it was time to "set up shop" but first, the little matter of collecting our banners and collatoral from FedEx 😂

This year I went for 2 small soft cover portfolio books, they were easy to handle and flick through, and have two came in handy with a booth our size. My Dot & Flow colleagues opted for blurb large square and large landscape hardcover books. There was no shortage of eye candy in our booth, that's for sure!

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Viva La Frida! A Blooming Vibrant Portrait

Here’s a little sneak peek at me creating a new portrait design in my sketchbook. I decided to paint Frida Kahlo as part of my tropical collection. This will be part of a series of portraits featuring my favourite painters, each accompanied by a coordinating pattern. I think these will make a really cool stationery collection for designers and art lovers like myself.

I began by sketching a loose portrait and placement for the giant balloons. Followed by inking the main border and Frida herself. I decided to sketch a little more detail in the background before using acrylic inks to paint in the flora and fauna.

© Natalie Williamson

© Natalie Williamson

That’s all for now, I have to get back to my Surtex preparations, NOT LONG TO GO NOW! If you don’t know already (I don’t know how - I do keep mentioning it), I will be exhibiting this May and you can find me in booth 244. It would be lovely to see you :)

Day 13 of #100DaysofInk

Today is day 13 of my #100daysofink challenge and I decided to have a little fun with a circus theme. I'm planning on turing these illustrations into a fun and colourful surface pattern collection with the apparel/fabrics and paper markets in mind 🎪

Rawrr! Jungle Fever Surface Pattern Design

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Take a walk on the wild side and a sneak peek at my new collection of graphic jungle surface patterns! Inspired by tropical forests and wild jungle life forms, shapes and animals, I worked with inks, paints and fineliners to create organic shapes and marks for an energetic and free vibe.

After making a happy mess, I scanned and digitized my designs before adding colour and forming various patterns and placement prints. 

Available for license, these patterns have been added to my private portfolio and can be viewed securely in my Art Licensing Show profile. 

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