Highlights of 2017, updates and discount and much more

I have started to look back at 2017, I’m pretty chuffed at what I have achieved!  Here are some of the highlights.  The biggest accolade of the year was representing Dundee in Puebla, Mexico.  Since Dundee is a UNECSO City of Design city my design was used to create a pedestrian crossing.  My design was inspired from my Dundee Delights collection, that includes Dundee Cake and Sunny Dundee imagery, using the worlds favourite colour of Marrs green to capture the river Tay.  The project was to highlight and improve road safety for pedestrians.  I would love to see this happen in Dundee or other places!  Great to see my artwork applied at giant scale.  It makes me wonder, what else could my artwork be applied to?  Any ideas let me know. 

On the 13th October I launched the Dundee Delights collection of greetings cards with clues on social media to find them round the city.  The collection is a range of greetings cards with positive images of Dundee for people to share.  It was great hearing where some of the cards ended up and one travelled over 4000 miles to Florida.  If you have any more stories of my work reaching other corners of the earth, please let me know.

Product Launch

  • An enamel Dundee Cake pin ideal for people who love cake, love Dundee or love Dundee cake!  

  • Dundee Penguins in Woolly hats + scarves Christmas cards.

  • Dundee Cake + Dundee Marmalade Tea Towels, which were popular as Christmas gifts.

  • Tested some hand screen prints, loved playing with the marmalade sky in the Broughty Ferry Castle one

  • You might spot my snails in The Imagineer.  A Colouring & Drawing Adventure in Support of The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside, which features the work of 50 artists you can buy the book from here

Where you can buy my work

  • I set up an online shop on Etsy for people to be able to buy the whole range of tea towels, Dundee cake enamel pin and greetings cards.  You can check it out here

  • Locally you can buy my work from The McManus Galleries shop, VisitScotland in the city square, Dundee Contemporary Arts shop and Pretty Fly in Broughty Ferry. 

You may have also spotted my black + white illustration in Goodfellow & Stevens window. The design includes V&A Dundee, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, DCA, RRS Discovery, marmalade, Dundee cakes, comics, rail bridge, thistles and a touch of tartan and of course Dundee Cake sky!

 

On the run up to Christmas I did a festive commissions for the DCA adapting my Dundee Delight image of the DCA with some festive elements and colours.

I created the Urban Quarter festive graphic that included my Dundee Cake with oversized holly, hand written logo, funky polka dots all in their branding colours to fit with their unique style.  They are lovely styish serviced apartments in the heart of Dundee, you can check them out here.
 
So with all that looking back it helps me plan for the future to know what BIG and small steps I want to take forward, here is a peek into some of my plans so far.
 In January I will be launching a 2 minute promotional video about the process of my work created by Son of the Sea Film & Video.  In February I will launch more designs for the Dundee Delights collection that will include the Dundee Marmalade and the classic Wellgate Clock.  If there is partners or collaborators you think I should be working with, stockist I should be supplying, products you would like to see my work on or commissions you would like to see me do please let me know by dropping me an email hello@louisekirby.com or via my social media  this will all feed into my future planning.
 

I would like to thank you for follow me, cheering me on, liking, commenting and sharing my social media posts, coming along to the markets and open studios or buying my products.  It all adds to keeping me motivated and allowing me to continue to do what I love.

For those of you who have got to the end of this blog here is a wee reward, please find a 15% discount for my online shop when you spend over £15, up until the end of January. Code is: BLOG2018

Link to online shop here

 

All the best for 2018!

Thanks

Louise

www.louisekirby.com

bespoke wall hanging design commission

I wanted to share a bespoke wall hanging I did a while ago that I forgot to share.

A private client asked me to create a wall hanging for the stairs area in her home that would brighten it up.  She’d seen my work at Wasps Open Studios in Dundee and liked my style.  We discussed what she liked about it for me to create a clear brief for the project.  In particular she liked circular shapes, movement, curves, mark making and feathery grasses with a natural flow of patterns merging into each other (nothing sharp, or dense).  We then talked about colours, type of fabric and finishings.  I visited her home so I could get a feel for the space and to measured up.

I did some sketches that include different composition, colours and imagery (probably more than I needed to as I really got involved in this project – wee problem when you enjoy what you do!)   Continue reading

Commission for The Wine Press

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The Wine Press commissioned me to create artwork for their wine bar in Dundee.  I was delighted to create not one but four bespoke pieces for their interior space that would lead the eye round and add as an accent colour, imagery and joy.The Wine Press

The process involved an informal meeting with owner Patrick Rhode to discuss the brief.  This helped me to drill down exactly what he wanted.  The brief was to have a celebratory feel, be colourful, to include the colour gold and to have the latin phrase ‘in vino veritas’ which mean in wine their is truth.  We talked about where wine came from and his love for gnarly grape vines.  He send me some photos of vineyards from his business trips which I included some of the imagery in the final images.

The Wine Press drawingFrom our meeting I did lots of sketches of different compositions and imagery ideas.  I love drawing, markmaking and patterns so I created some interesting relevant images and marks and movement that would compliment the design.  Then I exposed the images onto screen.  I did colour tests, then started hand screen printing onto the wood panels.The Wine Press 1

I chose to hand screen print as I love the flatness of the colour and clear lines and textures it has without loosing the quality of the drawing.  I am very experimental and playful with the way that I screen print using lots of stencils and overprints.  I do love getting my hands dirty in the studio!

The Wine Press 2I work well to a deadlines and it was tight as I had to have it completed so it could be installed before their 1st Birthday celebrations.  And I did it !

Patrick knew of my work so trusted me to come up with something.  And he was delighted when I dropped it off – phew!

Patrick Rhode says ” Louise did a fantastic job and more than delivered on her remit.  Her work is beautiful and has brightened up the bar which is exactly what I’d expected and hoped it would do.  Oh, and she delivered on time!!!  Very professional.”

I think The Wine Press is a lovely space for an afternoon coffee, or a glass of wine or bubbly with friends and the platters are delicious!

Thanks for reading, let me know what you think when you see them.  You can follow me on Facebook or TwitterThe Wine Press 6

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Lets go on a journey together…

land rover web imageI was lucky to be selected to take part in the coaching with Cultural Enterprise Office with Lynn O’Neill.  I really enjoyed the bespoke personal service and allowing myself the time to develop.  I was encourage to think BIG, so I wanted to showcase my patterned artworks on a product that would dispel the myth that my artwork was only for scarves.  So I started an self initiated project, for my all time favourite car the Land Rover Defender.

I think the brand really matched the essence of what I’m about and my love of the great outdoors.  I wanted to use my patterned artwork and signature style of delicious colours, patterns, and expressive mark making with a rhythmic flow capturing the essence wilderness of the landscape to create sophisticated, natural and beautiful designs suitable for Land Rover Defender.

land rover section by louise kirby

So I set about creating some hand painted paper designs using imagery of the landscape, fields of pattern and animals.  My visualisation was that I see the Land Rover Defenders as something that can go anywhere with no obstacle and I wanted to capture this in my artworks by merging and blending a variety of terrains into one another to give the feeling that Land Rovers can go anywhere, with spontaneous marks the emphasise the thrill, and adventure of the Land Rover Experience through the rugged British countryside.

I could imagine my patterned artworks on  – exterior bodywork, spare wheel covers, interior upholstery, promotional leaflets, collectable toys, and water bottles to hoods.

From there I needed to visualise the artwork on a product, so without getting my hands on the real thing I tried putting my designs on simple line drawings.  Here are some of my samples.

Land Rover Repeat in Product web

land rover red in product webI searched for the biggest model I could afford and got this lovely toy and set about applying my design idea on the product.  I also made a hand printed silk wheel cover too!  I loved the little model so took it to the park to do a wee photo shoot. Here are some of the photos from that day.

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Land Rover View webLand Rover water web

Land Rover Grass web

I hope you like my creation; do you imagine driving about with my design on it?

I’d love to go on an adventure with Land Rover where I bring the creativity and they bring the wheels!

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