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Introducing the new Olive Owl collection for Trend Lab.

Very early on in 2016 I had the luck of connecting with Trend Lab, a gorgeous online manufacturer and retailer of baby bedding and nursery decor.  It was great to find that they were interested in one of my collections I had done the previous year and so a deal was made.

Roll on a year and a half later and those designs are now a whole range of baby bedding and nursery decor including a quilt and bedding set, a clock, a shelf and a storage caddy and it’s all very cute!

When you work the way I do designing flat illustrations and pattern designs, it’s often hard to imagine anything other than what they are already. Seeing my designs become a 3Dimensional reality for the first time has blown me away. It’s amazing what they have created with so little and I just love that my little Olive Owl will be gracing baby bedrooms in the US for a good long while, I hope. The collection is called Olive Owl and can be brought HERE.

This project is a great example of what a designer and manufacturer can achieve. If you manufacture gift and home ware or stationery, please get in touch with me today. I love sharing my current collections and also enjoy working to commission to create bespoke designs just for you.

Click HERE to find out more.

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Bedding Collection For Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Quilt for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Storage Caddy for Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

 

Olive Owl Storage Caddy for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Wall Clock for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Baby Nursery Collection For Trend Lab by Alice Potter Illustration

Olive Owl Wall Shelf for Trend Lab

Olive Owl Window Valance for Trend Lab by Alice Potter IllustrationOlive Owl Window Valance for Trend Lab

Original Olive Owl Illustration and Pattern Collection by Alice Potter

Original Illustration

Original Olive Owl Illustration and Pattern Collection by Alice Potter

Original Pattern

Original Olive Owl Illustration and Pattern Collection by Alice Potter

Original Coordinate

Easter as a holiday seems to have grown in popularity over the last few years. Easter eggs are available as soon as Christmas is over, and the product range is vast ranging from bunny ears to easter egg hunt kits.

This year, I wanted to design a sweet print collection aimed at children’s clothes.

It needed the following themes:

  1. Bunnies
  2. Flower
  3. Chicks
  4. Eggs
  5. Pastel colours
  6. A main print
  7. A smaller ‘ditsy print’
  8. Placement prints for t-shirts

With these points in mind I drew up some cute bunny and chick characters for my pattern design. These were worked into a main pattern repeat with flowers to add interest. The overall effect is sweet and has a sense of movement to it.

I also worked on a ditsy design with just florals on a dark background, as this has impact and contrasted well with the main print. This ditsy is also available as a one colour design on white.

Simple and cute placement prints with ‘applique’ design elements have been included to tie the collection together with the characters.

The collection is available to buy or license. Please get in touch for more details.

Cute Easter baby onesie with pastel coloured bunny and flower pattern

Above: Geometric Patchwork Backpack

This year, I decided to take part in the wonderful Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. For those not in the know, this is a 5 month course set up by art agent, Lilla Rogers. Each month a brief is set and students create artwork for their portfolios in direct response to this brief. It’s challenging, exciting and a real learning curve. I took part in the Bootcamp 2 years ago, and it was a fantastic experience where my work rapidly developed, and resulted in commissions for me.

So, in 2017, I decided to give it another go, and we have just come to the end of our March brief which was to design an abstract pattern for a backpack.

Designing abstracts can be quite difficult when your work is very illustrative and decorative. Using my reference sketches, and photos I was eventually able to come up with some simple icons and shapes that could be connected together to create my pattern. It’s a youthful, playful print which I am quite happy with.Abstract geometric pattern for a backpack designed for Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp

 

At the end of each month, I am going to write myself some small goals for the following month. I recently joined an accountability group with a few other illustrators and designers. We share goals both short and long term, and will catch up with each other to see how things are going. It’s a great way to remain focused and feel both supported and motivated.

April Goals:

  1. Blog at least twice per month to look at what work I am doing, commissions, or coursework.
  2. Design greeting cards for upcoming occasions and holidays.
  3. Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp for April.
  4. Add more prints to my online shop.
  5. show new work to clients.
  6. Send a newsletter out.
  7. Go to the British Museum
  8. Visit art exhibitions in London.
  9. Draw daily in my sketchbook.

My DIY Mini Makes challenge is still growing strong. I just finished week 2 and made two really cute air dry clay pieces.

It’s all a bit of trial and error, but I am trying to have low expectations on how things turn out. However, this week, this didn’t really apply as a pinch pot mug I made up went spectacularly wrong during the decorating stage, it had to just go in the bin.

I replaced it with a pyramid ring holder which I decorated with black ink stripes and a gold tip. It’s so far my favourite, but with 10 weeks still to go, that could easily change.

Other makes include a small vase for my air plant in navy blue with white splatters and a small blue bowl with black spots inside.

I’m hoping I can build on some ideas I have, but some I feel may be too complicated with such simple clay.

Follow along on Instagram to see them first with #AlicesMiniMakes

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I focus on making small objects such as bowls and ring dishes. To decorate, I tend to use acrylics as they sit on the dry clay quite well. My favourite paint is Golden Acrylics gold. It’s like painting with liquid gold leaf. You can see it on the ring holder below.

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UPDATE:

After these air dry clay makes, I didn’t manage to continue with my challenge. I think this is a reflection on my nature where I can remain focused on challenges like these for a few weeks, but always get distracted quite quickly. As an example, I have tried to dip my toe in various Instagram challenges like daily drawing, and I always get so far before I want to do something else. This is definitely something I want to work on in 2017.

I set myself a challenge to make an Air Dry clay mini object every week for 12 weeks. I want to be spontaneous and see what happens. Maybe my objects will be greatly improved by the end.

Week 1 is complete and here is my first Mini Make of my 12 week challenge. I ended up making a simple plate which measures only a few inches wide. Keeping them small is one of the constraints I have decided to give myself.

I used white air dry clay that I actually brought from Tiger (so it’s really cheap and easily available) and made a simple ring dish, painted with pink acrylic. The dots were done with a black sharpie but when varnishing they bled a bit. This is definitely a real learning curve for me to see what works and what doesn’t.

I’m using this one to keep my rings in now because I love the colour and design of it.

Air dry clay is a wonderful material to use for beginners and young children. You don’t need any special equipment and your makes don’t have to go in the oven which is a big plus. It’s a great activity to do with any young people you may know as you could make decorations for christmas, gifts or letter to spell out their names.

If fun DIY’s are something that might interest you I would love to direct you to my Pinterest board called DIY And Craft. It’s packed with simple projects and includes some fun makes to do with air dry clay. This project is particularly fun looking and so SIMPLE! Who wouldn’t want to make a dish shaped like a pineapple, and imagine making a whole fruit range as a present for someone.

Follow along on Instagram using the #AlicesMiniMakesMini-Make_01_Alice-Potter_2016

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Today, I wanted to share my intentions for the next 12 weeks. My plan or manifesto, if you like.

I have been so inspired by all those taking part in the 100 days of project, but I wanted to do something that wasn’t daily and that had a more relaxed feel to it. I also wanted it to be a skill or material I have no experience with, so that by the end I may (or may not) be better.

That’s why, starting from the week of the 25th April, I am going to start a 12 week challenge where twice a week I make a mini object out of air dry clay. It’s a material I have recently come across but have little experience with, so it will be a time for learning and experimentation.

I have set myself a few parameters to keep it consistent which I will list below:

  1. I will make 2 air dry clay objects each week for 12 weeks (except the week I may be away, in which case, I will prep before)
  2. The maximum height will be 4″
  3. The maximum diameter will be up to 5″
  4. I will decorate each with a unique pattern
  5. Each ‘mini make’ will be documented weekly and put onto this blog and other social media channels
  6. At the end I will document all 24 (hopefully) in a beautiful final photoshoot. 

I have popped some of my main inspirations below which can be linked back via my ceramics page on Pinterest.

Follow along on Instagram with the #Alice’sMiniMakes.

Leah Jackson Ceramics

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Nordstrum

L’atelier des Garcons

Here is my second instalment of sharing my sketchbook spreads. This week, I took inspiration from the page of teacups I did as part of the Creative Bug Daily Drawing Challenge. The designs were screaming greeting card designs, which I did in one day. The next day I had sold half of the collection.

It goes to show that drawing leads to ideas, which then leads to opportunities and it’s made me feel positive about my work in this new year.

Here are a few pages for you to enjoy this week:

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I don’t think I have known a year to fly by as quickly as this one. I think grief can warp time an incredible amount. You can loose days, weeks and months so easily without a though. Finding happy moments from this year is undoubtably hard, but when I really think about it I have seen and done a lot of amazing things that my Dad would have loved.

1. Moving To Paris – At the end of January I packed up my belongings and moved to Paris with my boyfriend. I was homesick for weeks (which really hurts btw), but I did eventually find my feet and I fell in love with the city. My Mum even visited with me in May which was really great for her.

Alice Potter Paris

2. Vintage Party Games Book – I saw the publication of my second book with Cico, where I had illustrated super cute spot illustrations for this unique activity book. It can be brought HERE.

Vintage Party Games Book

Alice Potter Vintage Party Games for Cico Books

3. Travelling – As well as mastering the art of travelling between London and Paris on a regular basis, I have also been to Marseille and returned to London on the Eurostar from there too. I then spent 2 weeks carpooling around Spain, a country I had never been to. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on.

Spanish Road Trip

4. KUTE – I recently launched my first home decor collection with my boyfriend, which is both a challenge and an experience in itself. The collection was inspired by out trips around Spain.

KUTE ABSTRACT WOODEN VINYL WRAPPED CHAIR

5. Turing 30 – enough said.

6. Lonely Planet – Another of my top projects from the end of 2014 finally got published as a travel journal. I still get so excited when I see my work printed in books.  It can be brought HERE.

Lonely Planet Travel JOurnal Cover  
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7. Print & Pattern – As well as getting KUTE published onto my favourite design blog, I also managed to get some of my designs picked for the new Print & Pattern book which is to be published in 2016.

Print & Pattern Nature Book

I’m really excited to announce that my collection of prints and patterns will be on show with my agents, Cinnamon Joe Studio at the new BluePrint show in New York. Along with 11 other studios, Cinnamon Joe Studio are inviting buyers and art licencors to visit between the 14th – 16th May 2015. You can find out more HERE.

From the 17th – 19th May, I will also have some of my work shown at Surtex on behalf of A Fresh Bunch and my new agents, Pure Illustration. Fingers crossed for some positive reactions to my work.
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Wow! This year has flown by for me. What has actually been 12 months feels like 6 and it surprises me how much you can achieve in that perceived time-frame. Below I am going to outline a few projects that have stood out  for me, and some personal things from this year:

1. WWT Waterlife Magazine

I was happy to start the year working on an editorial project for a trust that I admire and am passionate about. When I was 15, and in the first summer that the Wetlands Centre was open (around 2002 I think), I did my work experience feeding birds, planting rice paddies and getting sunburnt. It was wonderful! Having the opportunity to create illustrations for their magazine was like re-visiting an old friend.

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2. France

It’s become my second home this year having visited Paris, Lille, Epernay, Reims, Chalons en Champagne and Nime on multiple occasions. Here is a photo from my trip to the South Of France in July.

Le Grau De Roi

3. Make Art That Sells

At the end of October I signed up to the Lilla Rogers Studio Make Art That Sells course. That turned out to be an excellent decision, as during those short 5 weeks, my creativity improved and I had a new passion for designing again. I have since signed up for the Assignment Bootcamp starting in January, and will be joining Part Be of MATS in March. My drawing pencil is tingling with excitement already!

Week 2: Home Decor

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4. My Boyfriend

At the end of November I celebrated 1 year with my boyfriend, Aurelien. He’s French, which will explain all the visits to France this year. We have been very lucky to travel as much as we have and I look forward to more future adventures with him.

Eastbourne Portrait

5. Secret Projects

In November I worked on a really exciting project with a great client. The brief was wonderfully free and open, and I look forward to sharing the results in 2015. I also signed a temporary contract with Cinnamon Joe Studio, and have been busy designing new prints for stationery and kids clothes. Since MATS, I have a new sense of what I want my career to be, and being a full time freelance designer for a studio like Cinnamon Joe is that dream. If things go well with them, I hope to be able to share with you some of my sold designs out there in the world.

6. My Niece

What a gift she really is! It’s such a wonderful pleasure being an aunt and it has made family get together’s all the more special. When you come from an exceptionally small family like I do, any new addition is greatly received and my niece Phoebe has certainly had an entertaining 1st year. Here is a little picture of her about a month before her 1st birthday.

Phoebe