Bespoke wallpaper design

Pattern design, Vintage imagery

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bespoke wallpaper design

bespoke wallpaper design

Bespoke wallpaper design

So I created this design from some ink textures I painted on watercolour paper for another branding project. I also used some old botanical prints of hydrangeas and leaves and scanned in graph paper for some detail. There’s also a bird wing with a photo of feather textures inside it. I used the white geometric shapes to pull it all together compositionally. Creating patterns in Illustrator is great as it works in real time, so when you change an aspect to the central design, it automatically changes the repeat pattern around it so you can get a very immediate results. This works as a one off single illustration design and as a large repeat pattern for the design for wallpaper, framed or for the inside of a hand bag (I say this as I’ve been designing patterns for women’s bags recently). I’m going to print this out and frame it somewhere. I love it.


Vintage Kids Book Illustrations

Vintage imagery

Vintage Kids Book Illustrations

Vintage Kids Book Illustrations

I was helping my mum sort out her books when she moved house and we found a load of old books that belonged to my granny from when she was a child. I really love the illustrations and have used them in graphics. I used one of these in a record cover illustration I created for a house music label ISM. They have a lot of charm and personality these illustrations. Some of them are a little weird but most are certainly cute. I like how you get a window into life as it was in the 20s when my granny was little. It does make me miss my granny.

Sometimes they can be sickly sweet and just too romantic for my liking. I was given an old tin with colouring pencils from my uncle, who is a landscape artist. The image on the front was of a very romantic looking lady in a huge Georgian dress with a bird cage, releasing the bird while standing under a tree. I photoshopped the image so it looked like the bird was being released and then shot by the woman. It made me laugh anyway. I think I used it for something although I can’t find it now I’ve looked.

I like using them in contrast with more modern, clean graphics. I’ve got one vintage image of a lady standing with a deer. It’s pretty cheesy so I used it in a collage for another record cover. It’s in my portfolio. This is a link to it.

As a freelance graphic designer, I like to make work thats personal to me in my own time, in order to exorcise all my desires to create something in my style. Then when a corporate job comes along I can create something that will fit the brief without feeling like my soul has been eroded slightly.