Victorian Insect Charms July 11 2017
Flexographic Wallpaper Printing. May 18 2017
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Tonwen Jones - Mapmaker Illustrator April 19 2016
Beetle House Project March 07 2016
My Thoughts on Interior Trends. February 29 2016
I find the subject of trends so interesting, especially interior trends.
The fact that colours come in and out of fashion is very strange to me, considering how most people have favourite colours and shades, which surely remain in the midst of whatever is in Vogue. It’s a mysterious process, almost like osmosis. Subliminal messaging in advertising is very real, and very effective, working through repetition.
Trends are predicted by forecasters who gather tons of information, images and research of things that are floating in the ether.
Of course it’s in part a self fulfilling prophecy because once something is announced as up and coming everyone wants to be a part of it. The collective consciousness is a weird thing, and it snowballs. There are always people who can style a room so beautifully that you want to live there yourself, it’s unsurprising that the rest of the world takes their cue from those who make interior design look so effortless. (Of course it usually isn’t!)
We are all looking at the same images on the internet, magazines, television and shops. It drives me mad if there is a huge trend I’m not keen on as you see it everywhere, and it’s that much harder to find what you really want. On the other side of the coin is getting over exposed to something you used to like before every other person in the world seemed to have it.
Fads do always come to an end at some point, even if they are reborn in another decade. There usually comes a saturation point where the style becomes passe. At this point the backlash starts and suddenly people that thought an abundance of teak furniture and a dark olive kitchen were incredibly stylish can start feeling embarrassed with their decorating choices, especially when the cutting remarks start and you realise you’re living in the middle of what is now deeply unfashionable. As long as you still like your home it shouldn’t matter if it’s no longer the in thing. (If you wait long enough it will be again!)
The constant updating of what is desirable appeals to modern humans rather short attention spans, but it is also a good way to get people to keep spending.
It’s a bit like Christmas every year. All through November and December (and before) we are bombarded with ‘eat this!’ ‘drink that!’ sugar, alcohol, extravagant dinners and spend spend spend! Only to be told in January we’re too fat and everyone needs to stop drinking immediately and hit the gym whilst also saving money (after the sales, naturally)
We’re blasted with particular images, colours and styles and a few months later a bunch of smug ‘in the know’ people are laughing at you for being stupid enough to fall for the fad.
If you want to escape this trap the key is to make sure you are choosing items you really love, and not ones that are just fashionable at the moment.
Nothing dates a room more than going all in on a certain theme. It’s not to say this can’t look bold and stunning, but it’s easier to live with a variety of style choices that can be kept or updated according to your preference. Overall I’m not really one for decorating or fashion rules, go with what makes you happy.
I wish I could say I was immune to trends, but of course I’m not. It’s hard to track your inspiration as an artist but none of us live in a vacuum and influences are everywhere. This is where you have to make sure that something about your designs is unique. It also means adapting and evolving, which is actually very good motivation to push yourself creatively and get better at what you do.
Sale! January 15 2016
To celebrate my birthday this month I'm doing a last minute sale of 50% off ALL WALLPAPER!
The sale will run until the 5th February to give everyone a chance to get some, even after the much anticipated January pay day.
January birthdays can be a bit miserable, everyone is poor, cold and partied out. But that suits me fine this year as a mug of tea and a good book without the toddler for a couple of hours is what I'm looking forward to.
Happy January everyone.
Botanical Illustration December 02 2015
The brief was to create a set of vintage style wall prints for the seasons using the signature Lilly Loray colours.
I originally created the outlines and shading in ink using my trusty Rotring Rapidiographs before printing out in large format to add the colour. The writing was added by the lovely Tom Tinn-Disbury.
I love the stationery clips and wire Lilly Loray have added. It gives them a quirky industrial look. They are printed on a marvellous flexible fabric style material so will last generations.
These are available now only on Lilly Loray.
Get in touch if you have a commission you would like to discuss!
Roller Engaving - Part 2 November 26 2014
Last week I wrote about receiving the digital proofs for my wallpaper designs and changing some aspects to finalise ready for the rollers to be engraved.
This week I received images showing the process of creating the rollers which was really fascinating to see, mostly because I was finally getting somewhere with making my wallpaper a reality. Can I call myself an artist yet?!
Anyway, I digress. Here we can see a blank roller ready to be engraved.
Not much to look at at this stage.
These next images show the laser burning away the rubber. I bet that's a delightful smell!
Here you can see the design showing, but still covered in rubber dust. The laser burns away everything outside the design down by about 2mm, leaving the design in relief.
The roller is washed before being tested on a proof. This raised design is what is inked to create the wallpaper pattern, shown below in 'The Froghoppers Reflection'.
All I have to do now is make a final decision on colours and my wallpapers will be born...
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