Sunday, 26 May 2013

Featured Designer: Sara Berrenson

When I was doing my research for my 'Modern Floral' Theme Board found here, I came across an artist that I found really inspiring. Sara Berrenson, is a Graphic designer by day, and a textile designer by night. She specialises in surface pattern for Textiles, Paper Products, home decor and Gifts.
I love the technique Sara uses on her textile designs, I got in touch with Sara to ask how the process of making these textiles was done...

"I work primarily in watercolor and gouache, then add both hand and digital illustration. I enjoy the loose quality of watercolor and gouache and the blending and overlaying of colors." - Sara Berrenson

I really like the layering effect although sometimes I think using many materials can be a bit over powering and doesn't turn out as good as you had imagined it to (from past experience), but Sara has hit it spot on, and the results speak for themselves.
Sara, Hard at work on a new design
These Designs initially caught my eye. I just love them! The colours are beautiful and the style is so intricate yet bold. 

 "My inspiration comes from everywhere, including nature, interior design, and fashion. I love going to the flower mart in LA and the rose bowl flea market to gather inspiration. My favorite subject to paint and draw would have to be flowers. I can't resist a great floral! I like to work with bright colors to capture nature in a vibrant and vivid way." - Sara Berrenson

In many respects I think I like her work so much because of the fact that I love flowers being my main inspiration too. A lot of my personal work is floral. There is so much to be inspired by and its such a natural occurrence that you don't have to go too far to get that inspiration.

Sara doesn't just design florals although it is a beautiful part of her portfolio, her work consists of other themes too which also have her unique styling.
Please Note that all images in this post are copyrighted to Sara Berrenson. Please Do not copy, If you wish to use an image then please contact Sara through her website. If you would like to view more of Sara's work then please visit her website or blog.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Research Boards

In the last post I said I was working on some mood Boards from my Initial research, well I thought I would share them with you. Here are the spin offs...

My 'Typography' Theme Board
My 'Sketchy Botanics' Theme Board
My 'Modern Floral' Theme Board
My 'City Chic Romance' Theme Board

I'm now trying to find the right style of drawing, colours and design style that my client wants. So Keep checking back to hear how the project continues. 

Also let me know what you think, I'd love to here your feedback too. 

Please note that these Images are for my own research purpose and I do not own them. Please do not copy with out the owners permission. Thanks!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Initial Research

Initial research is essential to a good start when designing anything! This is why I am doing some mood boards which I will post up once completed. I have been asked to design some bespoke fabric for use on Roller Blinds. I decided that it would be more beneficial for myself, if the client sent me some initial images of the type of thing they are after, so I made a mood board of the images that were sent through to me. 

I was quite surprised when I saw them trickling in as they are very different in almost every way possible! I have a hard task ahead of me, but it hasn't put me off at all. A challenge is always good!

So I thought about how to deal with this in a more direct approach. I have decided to narrow down the thought process of the initial interests and I have made some mood boards inspired by the above images which I will post soon. Stay tuned to see the outcomes.

Please note that the images in this post are not my own, they are for research purpose only. Please do not use any imagery.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Painterly Florals

Not so long ago I posted a photo of a quick painting I did of some florals from my sketchbook and I just thought I'd show you what I did with it. Here is one of the final designs.

Please do not copy any artworks! Copyrighted by Leanne Carpentier.