I 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. 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. I 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. 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!
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
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 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. From 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. 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! I 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 Twitter