Thursday, 20 December 2012

Candy Colours.

Since I am looking at producing items for children, when looking at colours I decided to look at something which most children love - sweeties! Ive taken some photos of starbursts (or opal fruits as they used be known!). I love the juicy colours of the wrappers, and the paler colours of the sweets themselves, and I think the two could work together to create a really interesting colour palette for my work.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Making marks

Since being home I have looked at making marks and interesting forms in my drawings, to work as illustrations that could suggest narratives. I have been focusing on nature and maps of areas around me. Here are some of my favourites, let me know what you think!

Tootsa MacGinty

Another of my final case studies is Tootsa MacGinty, all of a sudden I am seeing their products everywhere, they are my new favourite brand, I just wish they did clothing in my size! Here is my information on them:

Who? Tootsa MacGinty is a clothing company for children aged 3months-5years. It was set up in 2011 by Kate Pietrasik, who moved back to London from Paris (where she worked as a freelance womenswear designer) after the birth of her daughter. She was shocked by the outdated, gender-stereotyped clothing she found, so set about to create an alternative, affordable children’s clothing label with a sense of fun.

What? The company creates predominately unisex (apart from a few dresses) clothing for “children that want to step into a rainbow and splosh through the colours”.  Gentle imagery is used, with the A/W 12/13 collection based on traditional children’s stories. Quirky details are added for children to discover, such as animals hidden in pockets, and embroidery inside cuffs. The focus is on classic and timeless designs, rather than being trend-driven.  Prices range from £17-£38 in the current collection.

Where? Tootsa MacGinty is based in London, with stockists that can be found all around the country.

Why? The mission statement is to create gender neutral children’s clothing with a world filled with colour rather than filtered down to the stereotypical blue for boys and pink for girls. The company want to avoid the dangerous gender divide often found in childhood, which can have a dangerous and negative impact on children. Products are of a high quality, yet affordable, with a strap-line of “Wash, Wear and Hand-Me-Down”. The clothes are for “miniature explorers who think rain is a shower of diamonds and that getting wet is fun…who make a bee-line for mud and see the magic in bubble made out of washing-up liquid”.

How? All garments are created to allow movement, combining functionality with quality to provide comfort, style and fit with a range of carefully chosen, bright colours.  Products are designed to last, with the use of strong materials and timeless designs.

Me! I love the bold sense of colour used within the products, alongside the classic and quirky designs inspired by characters which will spark children’s imagination and help them to relate to and take an interest in their clothes. I am also really encouraged that there is a company offering an alternative to the narrow, stereotypical products that are often found in the children’s market, and I would love for my children’s homeware products to offer something different to the market, and really stand out with innovative designs and ideas.  

All information and images found via their website. Check them out!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Donna Wilson.

I have chosen Donna Wilson as one of my final case studies as a brand who most influences my work, because I love her designs and quirky knitted characters! Here is the information I have gathered about her:

Who? Donna Wilson is a company selling homeware, gift and children’s products based around fun graphics and quirky ideas. Donna set up her company in 2003 after graduating from RCA with a final collection of knitted characters.

What? Products include gloves, scarves, blankets, tea towels, ceramic tableware, stationery, kits and toys. Donna has also had a solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park showing knitted sculptures and paintings.
Where? The studio and workshop is based in London, with an online shop and stockists based all over the world. 
Why? The idea is to create products that people can connect with and will want to treasure for years to come, building memories. British manufacturers and suppliers are used wherever possible, helping to keep traditional craftsmanship alive. Everything made is designed to make people smile, bringing fun to their world.
How? Donna’s characters are knitted from a knitting machine in the studio, meaning each is different, giving a unique, hand-made quality to the pieces. Natural wools are used for all knitted and felted products.
Me! I love the quirky designs and powerful graphics that are unique to the Donna Wilson brand. I think the colour palettes based upon nature, with bright details work well on designs. I am also really inspired by the way that Donna has built her brand from her degree show to develop products to fill a whole home, creating an individual feel with a sense of fun.

 All information and products found on the Donna Wilson website. 

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Hibou Home.

Hibou home creates wallpapers for children with narrative designs that almost bring the walls to life, The intricate shapes are simplified by the use of silhouettes which works well on a large scale for children. The 'enchanted wood' design comes in aubergine on soft lilac, white on duck egg blue, and white on dusky peony pink. The 'Pirate seas' design comes in white on marine blue, and black on gull grey. It is inspired by ancient sea charts to suggest excitement, risk and adventure with the addition of sea monsters and shipwrecks.

All images found at Rockett St George and further images can be found on the Hibou Home website.


Friday, 14 December 2012


I've been away from blogging for a while, but that doesn't mean I've stopped creating! I've been doing loads of market research, sampling prints, embroidering and experimenting. I'm now home for Christmas, and hoping to get loads of samples done, experiment with design and product ideas, draw, organise my technical and contextual notes, and start writing the dreaded dissertation!
I will have loads of samples and drawings to share, but for now I will leave you with my screen design of texture and image samples.