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say hello to: lloyd evans

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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This week Style On The Run caught up with a very talented surface pattern designer, Lloyd Evans. Lloyd manages to achieve the rare balance between edgy and whimsical in his designs whilst always being current and relevant. Together with Sarah Wade who has previously been featured here at SOTR, Lloyd runs their company Design House Studios and works as an artist and illustrator. Both Lloyd and Sarah are very talented and are genuinely lovely people, read on to find out more!

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1.Name, Age (only if you want to give this away…!), Location.
Lloyd Evans, 28, Ipswich

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …? (biggest achievements, education, etc)

I graduated from Northampton University in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art. During this period my work began to focus on patterns and rhythms, something that is still evident in my work today. After graduating I went on to practice as an artist, working from Stowmarket Artist Studios in Suffolk. I exhibited throughout the UK both in joint and solo exhibitions. Alongside working as an artist, I have also worked in other fields such as graphic design, interior design and surface pattern. In May 2006 I seized the opportunity to take up an artist residency in Venice, Italy. This experience provided me with new technical knowledge as well as giving me a wealth of inspiration. I was also able to travel throughout Italy and study many works in cities such as Florence, Rome and Naples. During this time I rediscovered my love of drawing, which is still evident in my current surface pattern work; this combines hand-drawn icons with digital media. Since my return to the UK I have been focusing on producing surface patterns for home furnishing, wallpaper, fashion and other applications.

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3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Hand-drawn, Fun, Eclectic, Vibrant, Current.

4. Where does your inspiration come from for the great prints you design?
The inspiration for my work largely comes from everyday life. If ever I’m stuck I just pick up a pen and sketchbook, look around and start drawing. I believe that everything can be inspiring, from magazines, architecture and fashion, to nature, film and art. Artists that I admire include Gary Hume, Ian Davenport, Fiona Rae, Nigel Cook, Peter Doig, Sam Francis and David Hockney.

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5. Please describe a typical day for you?
The life of a self-employed illustrator is vary varied, meaning that there is hardly a typical day. Assuming I’m creating some new designs my day usually begins by brainstorming some ideas over a cup of tea. I usually work on a couple of designs at once, to begin with I’ll think about what icons would be suitable for the themes I’m working on. Then I will do some quick thumbnail sketches to figure out how the designs might work, and what icons I’ll need. Next I will have another cup of tea and spend the morning drawing up these icons, which will then be scanned, so that I can then go on to work on them in Illustrator and Photoshop. Often I will be working late into the evening, this is something you have to be prepared to do if you are self-employed, but if you love what you do then this is never a problem, frequent tea breaks also help. It’s no wonder that some of my latest designs have been teacups and teapots!

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6. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business in the creative industry?
Learn from others! Before setting up on your own I would advise people to get some experience working in a design studio. Try and get involved in as many aspects of the job as possible, when you set up on your own you are not only a designer but an art-worker, sales rep, administrator and even an accountant! Any opportunity you have to develop your skills in areas you are unfamiliar with should be taken.

I would also take advantage of any free courses that are run by Business Link or the Inland Revenue in your area, these short half-day courses will help you learn about such things as how to set up a company or paying your tax. They are also a good opportunity to network with other likeminded people who are setting up a business, you never know who might need a business card or a website designing.

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7. Are you following any blogs at the moment that you recommend?
I have been reading printpattern for a long time, this is a great resource for looking at current trends in surface pattern design. More recently I have discovered urbansketchers which shows the sketchbook work of a number of invited artists, from architects, illustrators to web developers and painters. This blog is a real gem, drawing on location is a passion of mine and often artist’s sketchbooks remain as private documents, but here you can see what people from around the world are up to.

8. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
Me and my partner Sarah have just finishing updating our website, we have tweaked the look and layout of the site, as well as uploading some new designs that we have been developing over the past few weeks. You can find us at www.designhousestudios.co.uk.

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say hello to: Lauren Moore

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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I am very excited to be featuring an inspiring young woman who manages to balance studying with running her own online vintage clothing store, Streaking Scarlett. Lauren tells Style On The Run all about running her vintage store and her thoughts on the future of vintage clothing. Be sure to check out her store here for great vintage pieces at purse friendly prices!

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Please give a brief bio of yourself and your company?
I’m a 22 year old tea drinking fashion addict art student. Currently living & studying in Manchester.

Streaking Scarlett Vintage is a small online eBay shop selling trendsetting statement vintage pieces from past eras for today’s fashion loving girls.

Why did you decide to set up a business specialising in vintage clothing?
It just kind of happened for me; I inherited a load of my Nan’s old clothes and decided to put them up on eBay. The shop has grown from here. I’m really surprised at how popular the shop has become, it’s really exciting.

What qualities do you think makes a garment a great addition to your shop?
I think it is important to sell items in the shop that are wearable for today’s generation, picking out statement pieces that can be worn with ease.

What is your favourite era for clothing and why?
I’d have to say the 60’s it’s that whole bohemianism spirit of the era that I just adore. I love all those romantic dress with large bell sleeves and covered in pretty lace.

What would a typical day for you include?
Waking up around mid morning, kick starting the day with a cup of tea then hit the emails. Check my day plan in my diary and then depending on the day I usually take a trip to the local post office, maybe alter some pieces or do some listings.

What do you think the future of vintage clothing holds, and are there any pieces that you would recommend people hold onto in their wardrobes?

I think vintage will continue to be popular. I would say hold onto anything from a designer; any one-offs from collections like Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop and those staple well made pieces like pretty dresses and coats/jackets. Also hold onto any vintage pieces you own in your wardrobes, as they will only increase in value with age though you’ll need to preserve them well!

Are there any blogs that you’re loving reading at the moment?
Be frassy, Bohemian Musings and Celladoor!

Finally, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
My blog and my shop – enjoy!

Please give a brief bio of yourself and your company?

I’m a 22 year old tea drinking fashion addict art student. Currently living & studying in Manchester.

Streaking Scarlett Vintage is a small online eBay shop selling trendsetting statement vintage pieces from past eras for today’s fashion loving girls.


Why did you decide to set up a business specialising in vintage clothing?

It just kind of happened for me; I inherited a load of my Nan’s old clothes and decided to put them up on eBay. The shop has grown from here. I’m really surprised at how popular the shop has became it’s really exciting.


What qualities do you think makes a garment a great addition to your shop?

I think it is important to sell items in the shop that are wearable for today’s generation, picking out statement pieces that can be worn with ease.

What is your favourite era for clothing and why?

I’d have to say the 60’s it’s that whole bohemianism spirit of the era that I just adore. I love all those romantic dress with large bell sleeves and covered in pretty lace.

Where do you find your great pieces?

I’m really sorry but I’ve rather keep that one a secret.


What would a typical day for you include?

Waking up around mid morning, kick starting the day with a cup of tea then hit the emails. Check my day plan in my diary and then depending on the day I usually take a trip to the local post office, maybe alter some pieces or do some listings.


What do you think the future of vintage clothing holds, and are there any pieces that you would recommend people hold onto in their wardrobes?

I think vintage will continue to be popular. I would say hold onto anything from a designer; any one off’s from collections like Barbara Hulanicki for Topshop and those staple well made pieces like pretty dresses and coats/jackets. Also hold onto any vintage pieces you own in your wardrobes, as they will only increase in value with age. (you’ll need to preserve them well).

say hello to: sarah wade

Monday, May 17th, 2010

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This weeks Style on The Run interview feature is with the lovely Sarah Wade. I love Sarah’s colourful patterns and illustrations and am sure you will too – please read on to find out more about this great artist.

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1. Name, Location…
Sarah Wade, Ipswich, UK.

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …?
From 2001-2004 I studied Graphic Design at Northampton University (specialising in Illustration). After graduating I went on to work for a stationery company in Milton Keynes, here I worked alongside some lovely people and learnt about the technical side of design.

After a year I moved to Suffolk to work for a company within the greetings sector. This employment involved designing gift-wrap and bags for UK suppliers.

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In 2006 I spent 4 months in Venice (Italy) painting ceramics for a small company based in the centre of  the city. It was a beautiful experience, and I learnt some really useful hand finishing techniques such as Gold Leafing, Crackle Glaze, Decoupage and Antiquing. In 2007 I decided to go freelance, and I now work from my home in Ipswich producing designs for children’s book, jewelry, gift-wrap, textiles, stationery, magazines and packaging.

3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Colourful, Graphic, Quirky, Bold, Organic.

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4. Where does your inspiration come from for the lovely prints you design?
In the past I have been inspired by a really random mixture of things: Doilies, Hornsea Crockery, Russian Dolls, Retro album covers, 60/70’s, Vintage Wallpaper, Film Title Sequences (‘Catch Me If You Can’ has a great one), Tim Burton, Music Videos (Love: Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out). Textiles – especially Marimekko. Designers and Illustrators: Sarah Fanelli, Mary Blair, Tove Jansson, Lydia Monks, Julia Rothman, Sanna Annuka, Rob Ryan, Tord Boontje.
At the moment I am working on a collection called Folklore which is inspired by Scandinavian Folk Art.

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5. What is your best resource?
http://kuler.adobe.com/ Great for online colour palettes.

6. Sarah, please tell us more about your fantastic work within Topshop stores!?
In June 2009 I had the opportunity to travel to Kuwait and Dubai with Topshop stores. Here I implemented a mural “Tropical Flamingo” which was 2×3 meters and embellished with gold leaf, sequins and buttons. Once the mural was complete I was involved in a press shoot where a number of local and regional newspapers and magazines attended. This was an experience in itself!  After a few days in Kuwait shopping and seeing the sights I caught a flight to Dubai where I did the same again. The whole experience was great! I got to meet some lovely people, visit a part of the world I have never been to before and see my work in Topshop Stores!

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7. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business?
Be organised from the start with paperwork (it makes things so much easier in the long run)

Attend free workshops on business start-up through Business-Link, and the Tax Office about keeping your accounts organised.

Be prepared to put the hours in. During my first year I was working 50+ hours a week.
Taylor your portfolio for each client meeting…. and don’t include anything you are not sure of.

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8. Top blogs of the moment?
http://digunderrocks.blogspot.com/
http://www.printpattern.blogspot.com/ (of course!)
http://www.stylemepretty.com/
http://www.myowlbarn.com/

9. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?! :)
I am currently in the process of setting up a number of online shops  – Keep checking my blog for updates!
http://www.sarahwadedesign.blogspot.com/

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say hello to: carlos quitério

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

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Today’s say hello to is Carlos Quitério, a 30 year old artist living in the west coast of Portugal in Caldas da Rainha, a small and quaint city founded around 1500, about 50 miles north of Lisbon.

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Carlos has been working as a freelancer illustrator and fine-artist since 1999, also doing sporadic design work (websites, posters, print stuff), firstly with the need to finance his fine-art degree, and now to “pay the bills”. Carlos has been  working since then with editorials, brands, privates and institutions, inclunding the NYTimes, Flaunt Magazine, Museum of Contemporary Arts LA, CCCB Barcelona, Nike, Camel, Levi’s, RedBull, etc… and currently mostly for some major editorials and newspapers in Portugal.
I was thrilled when Carlos agreed to kindly answer the usual style on the run interview questions; I find his work so cool. It has such an effortless feel and looks very contemporary, regardless of the vintage imagery.

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Please describe your work in 5 words.
over-populated with lines and shapes (ok, 6 words… sorry).

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What are your favourite materials to use?
Any tool suited and made to write and paint, digital or analogic, plus scissors, tape and physical ephemera to re-assemble (mostly old magazines bought in flea-markets).
I try to make the most of any I have available. Right now, I’m loving my “Copic” markers.

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What advice do you have for somebody staring at a blank page?
Never fear to harm a blank page or canvas, experimentation and drafts are part of the process, go ahead and attack that blank!

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Best resource you use?
Internet to publish, promote and communicate with the world…

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Biggest achievement so far?
To Raise my 5 year old son.

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What do you hope the future holds for you in terms of your art?
Well, I don’t have a clue, I just keep working the best I can one day at a time, exciting and rewarding things will eventually come up.

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What inspires you creatively?

I love to be involved with challenging projects mostly with close creative friends, I have also a great passion for vintage stuff, but overall, anything audio-visual captures my senses.

Where can somebody find out more about your work?
Here: kodap.com, smalldrawings.com and here: behance.net/kodap also my flickr – sorry about this amount of links..

Would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
Looking for  exhititions abroad and projects so I travel more and meet cool people… anyone reading this and in need of someone like me for projects? (hehehe)

Thank YOU!

Making it: Fashion Design

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

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I’ve just got back from the latest in a series of talks about breaking into the fashion industry. Hosted by the Manchester Fashion Network, these events aim to give students both real and honest views and advice from industry professionals. Held in the General Store on Deansgate Manchester, the atmosphere is relaxed and informal with complementary beer adding to the chilled out vibe!

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Tonight’s speakers were Upender Mehra of Liberty Freedom, Steven Cheema of 48Hrs and Leesa Bertram of Pretty Disturbia, which are all businesses operating within the North West. Their different experiences and current fashion job positions provided diverse answers to host Dale Hick’s questions.

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The Panel

Discussions ranged from ‘is it every designer’s goal to create their own brand’ to ‘what is the best skill somebody can leave university with in order to have the best start with their career’? It was interesting to hear the panelists talking about designing within a clothing supply company, as I am currently on a work placement with a supplier to the high street and supermarkets. It was said that the main focus within that type of environment is money and profit, as opposed to starting your own brand as a creative person the objective becomes more about producing products that reflect your passion and ethos. Definately food for thought about my own future and thinking about the type of company I will want to be apart of.

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Other topics of the night included the issue of ‘manufacturing in the UK vs. abroad’ and ‘the need to gain as much information as possible from working at design companies before starting out on your own’. It was refreshing to hear Upender saying how he feels that fashion students should be paid for the work they do during work placements, something I feel very strongly about! I agreed very much on his comment about how a designer’s passion is often exploited within the industry in regards to their salary. In fact, I agreed on pretty much everything he said tonight and I imagine his company is a fantastic place for any designer to work; ethical, a strong Bristish heritage, fair and somewhere creativity is embraced and not rushed!

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The panel’s gave their tips on developing a brand, which included:

  • Know your customer
  • Have a unique concept
  • Save up enough money to be able to finacially support yourself during the start up of your new venture
  • Be prepared for very little sleep!

The night was another great opportunity for students like me just itching to know more about the industry. The series continues in September, click here for more information.

say hello to: jessica sherriff

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

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Jessica Sherriff is an 18 year old  photography student  from Wigan, Manchester England and also my talented sister! Please read an interview with her below to find out more of her story.

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How did you get to the stage you are at now?

I’m currently studying a national diploma at Wigan and Leigh college in photography. I started my photography interest just by taking snap shots of me and my friends, when we went out and about. I took my little compact camera to school (i went against the rules!) everyday snapping the funny moments. Id say it was about 4 year ago when i realised that i wanted to become a photographer. When applying for college i was a bit unsure what course to apply for as a part of me wanted to do fashion, but as i walked into the photography studio for my interview i instantly felt at home.

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Biggest Achievement so far?

I’d say my biggest achievement so far is getting a place at Blackpool University. Ive always taken my education serious and appreciated it, yes this does make me sound like a geek! I’m always willing to work and start new projects and take on new challenges. Attending university is a new exciting challenge that I cant wait for.

Outside of my studies, my biggest achievement is winning the ‘peoples choice’ award at the Wigan Photographic Exhibition. It felt great winning this as it is voted for by the public.

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Jessica also does band promotional photography

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Favourite camera / equipment?

Ive recently discovery the world of Lomography! (Google it, if you don’t know what it is…) Since then I have got a Cosmic Symbol Lomo and a Lubitel 2! They were both bargains that should of cost hundreds. I like buying cheap expired film and taking pictures of anything different and weird!

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Advice for somebody thinking of taking up photography?

Just to be yourself and never let anyone else’s opinions bother you! As long as you can say why you took the image and why YOU like it, then that’s all that matters!  It is great to get a film camera first, as you will learn a lot about settings and techniques. It is also so exciting waiting for the film to be developed! Try and find a local photography club, you will be able to get advice from people with more experience and feedback on your work.

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the effect with the lomo camera

Aspirations?

To achieve a successful degree and then continue to develop my own style within the field.

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Best resource?

http://www.flickr.com/ - there are so many amazing images from all round the world from so many different types of people!

Shutter Nutters is an online photographers community where you can get advice, show your work and get to know people who also share your love of photographs!

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Jessica working on a hair styling shoot

Favourite photographer?

Duane Michals, hes my favourite photographer as his images are so simple and gentle while looking bold and strong! He photographs the most extraordinary subjects!

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taking inspiration from her favourite photographer

Process of idea to developed photo?

 I hate to plan my subject; spontaneity is best! Such as a great expression which is accidentally captured. Although, I need to be inspired before hand with a new technique for example. I love creating sketchbooks and journals of my ideas and research into other photographers.

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take a closer look into Jessica's sketchbooks

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I never alter the images too much; I like them to be ‘real’. At a push I will brighten and alter the contrast. This is probably why I like to use film – it gives a more authentic result.

Where can someone find out more about you?
I hopefully will be creating my own photography website in the summer (fingers crossed) but here is my flickr photostream!

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ALL IMAGES BY JESSICA SHERRIFF

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