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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

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

 

Some of you have asked me to explain what MATS is. I’m going to attempt to clarify this now. MATS is an e-course run by Lilla Rogers. Over 5 weeks we cover a variety of markets from fabric and home decor to gift. It’s an informative course but it’s primary objective is to allow the course taker to explore their personal style and push themself in new and exciting directions, whilst retaining their essence.

In 2 weeks I have had the pleasure of exploring Bolt Fabric and last week Home Decor. The two were incredibly decorative themes which I quite enjoy, however I found last week to be quite a bit of a challenge.

The theme was to create ceramic plates based on Suzani’s, a decorative floral style design from Uzbekistan (I have attached an example below). My initial sketching was enjoyable, and as I began to develop, I was really enjoying embracing the hand drawn quality of my style. I have been so used to drawing in very neat vectors previously so this is quite new for me. As my designs became more refined, I started to struggle with colour decisions and direction. How was I going to turn these into plates that I would buy, and that were marketable?

I analysed and edited over and over, until everything fell into place. I am so happy with my final designs now, which you can see below.

I can imagine them in Anthropologie or some other store like that. It’s a great portfolio piece to have, and I hope you all like my final design.

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P.S. After looking back at my Bolt Fabric submission from Week 1, I decided I was not too happy with it. Lilla has a mantra, called Change One Thing. Well I changed a few things, but the principle remains the same. By changing the colours and composition and creating new co-ordinates I created an entirely different feel for the work. The collection is now something I can be proud of.

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So, I have completed my first week of Make Art That Sells and what a week it’s been! This week we covered the bolt fabric market, and as much as I thought I knew about fabric and patterns, I certainly learnt a lot. Lilla Rogers is one of those completely nurturing teachers that you kind of wished you had earlier in your life. She is enthusiastic about everything and in turn, makes you enthusiastic about your own work.

In one week I feel more objective about my style. I am analysing things in more detail, and putting an extra layer of depth into my work. I think it still retains a lot of my personality, but there is so much more to look at and see. These are things I need to be consistently aware of in future work.

Our theme for this week was Root Vegetables and Casseroles. We spent Monday and Tuesday loosely exploring the theme with drawings and experimentations. I did more drawings in those two days than I have done in a very long time.

On Wednesday, we received our main assignment which was to create a pattern based on this theme and using our drawings. I spent my time working up my main pattern in Illustrator and creating two co-ordinates to go with it. I tried very hard to be aware of the tips we had been given during the week, and I mixed up shapes, scale and textures within the work.

Below you can see some pictures from my week from development to the final submitted piece, called Kitsch Kitchen.

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I was lucky enough to design a number of exclusive patterns for Issue 9 of Homemaker Magazine by Aceville Publications. The patterns are available in a pull out booklet along with a number of Habitat designs. Issue 10 will also have some more exclusive designs for you all, so keep an eye out for that at the end of August. For now, Issue 9 is available from all good newsagents and supermarkets from tomorrow.

Homemker Issue 9