My paper affair is the blog of Caroline who was the winner of our Xmas typography competition a little while ago. It showcases the lovely design work of Caroline as well as some fab inspiration and little peeks into home interior projects which make me green with envy!
Caroline currently lives in Guernsey after working as a Graphic Designer and is now designing a range of greetings cards.
University/ College: London College of Printing Course: Retail Design Current Occupation: Freelance/Self employed
What three to five words would you use to describe your work? Sketchy ink drawings with block colour (ok, 6 words)
What inspires you? Lots of things inspire me, I can be cycling to school with the children or taking a walk and something I see just translates into an idea or illustration in my head. Living by the sea, memories from my childhood, nostalgic objects, current trends and fashion are all other sources of inspiration and being around other creative people helps too.
What was your first job? When/how did you know you wanted a career in art? Apart from Saturday jobs in Carnaby Street and Superdrug, my first job was draughting commercial kitchen designs and hand drawing visuals of the finished designs.
I have always loved drawing, from the moment aged 6 my Granddad taught me how to draw a house and chimney stack in perspective. Art was the only subject at school that I got a consistently good report for so I always felt a career within the creative industry was for me.
Design books/blogs you cannot live without: I look at lots of blogs but some of my favourites are Oh Joy, Snippet & Ink for its beautiful inspiration boards and Sea of Shoes, I wish I'd been that cool at 18.
What is next? To publish my own range of greetings cards.
What mediums do you work with? Pen and ink, digital, acrylic, watercolour
The Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire are a must if you are planning a trip to the area. As well as been a most delightful shop selling gift and home wares there are plentiful exhibitions displayed here of local designers and makers including Tigerprint favourite Rachael Taylor.
Friday 30th July will see the opening of brand new exhibitions featuring local artists so please check out the website for full details.
Thought i would share a cool studio find with you all today from Firebox.
Firebox say: Do you know your Helvetica from your Arial?
If you do, you
need to A) get out more and B) buy Type Trumps. Based on the
classic game of one-upmanship, this über stylish deck of cards is aimed
at all you font nerds, Hoxton hipsters and typeface freaks
because it celebrates the joy of text.
The judges have now selected the winning entry for the Xmas Typography competition which is shown above by Caroline.
"We really liked the connection with Christmas and the tangled tree lights, something which all of us can relate to! A really excellent use of illustration to spell out the caption 'Cool Yule', which in itself is a really different Christmas caption. Well done Caroline - great work!
The judges also selected the following designs as runners up:
A lovely designed Christmas card with a vintage look and feel which is very commercial. This is something very difficult to achieve and deliver for on-line purchases but Karen has confidently accomplished this. Excellent work.