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

Designs for Raymond at Hair in Dundee

Business and appointment card designs for Raymond Jamieson who rents a chair in HAIR in Castle Street, Dundee. Raymond has an introductory offer of £25 for your first hair cut & blow dry, please contact him directly on 07921 645 635.  Raymond has been hairdressing in Dundee for 26 years for both men and women. The salon HAIR is based in the old Stewards Cream of the Barley building so the interior is very grand with a feeling of history with the wood panelling, stain glass and ornamentation.  A great space to be pampered! mustard burgandy cards interior hair Raymond Hair Raymond says "The cards are good colours with the mustard is proving very popular and the cards compliment the salon with the unique and individual design." Continue reading

Drawing Dundee by illustrator Louise Kirby

Dundee PehToday I’m starting a new project called Drawing Dundee.  I am going to draw local products and places in the city and around the city and post every Wednesday on my social networks –  so keep your eyes peeled. (starting Wednesday 2nd March) Continue reading

Vote for the Oak

I am delighted to be commissioned by The Woodlands Trust Scotland to help draw attention to an oak tree in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Park to help it win European Tree of the Year. Continue reading

Xmas Art Fair at Wasps Studios in Dundee

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WASPS STUDIOS XMAS ART FAIR - Saturday 28th November 2015, 12noon to 5pm. I'd like to invite you to this event Wasps Studios Xmas Art Fair at Meadow Mill in Dundee where you will be able to buy my work.  My stall will have a selection of Festive Cards, everyday greetings cards, bargain box of scarves and hand embroidered tote bags. indigo pudding Louise Kirby Continue reading

Peek at the V&A Dundee Hoarding

comic Just back back from my holiday so I missed the reveal of the winner of the V&A Dundee Hoarding Design, I was itching to find out as I was in competition against them for the tender.  I drove past to get a peek.  Here's a few snapshots. comic 2comic 3comic 1
Well done to  comic illustrator Will Morris and graphic designer David Mackenzie for their 'adventures in design' comic idea.  I may not have won but I see it as a positive experience being able to showcase my work to both V&A Dundee and V&A London panel.
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I was delighted to be put forward by a panel, as one of ten designers chosen to tender to design the V&A Dundee hoardings. With a clear brief, prestigious project, large scale, Dundee links and tight deadline it really got my creative juices flowing. Continue reading

Pop Up Shop at Wasps Open Studios

bargain boxI would like to invite you to the Dundee Wasps Artists Open Studios on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th October from 12noon - 5pm. My studio wont’ be open this year but I will have a range of Bargain scarves, embroidered bags and digital prints in the Pop Up Shop in studio 308 on level 3, curated by Tea Green Events with a mix of her shop wares and artist and makers artwork. Lots artists from familiar faces to new blood will be taking part in the one building from a wide range of creative practices from - painting, ceramics, illustration, textiles, jewellery, installation, interiors, photography and much more. This year there are Artist Talks, kids drawing wall and a Bear Hunt, so keep your eyes peeled! For full info on what is happening please follow the think http://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/studios-spaces/meadow-mill-studios To keep up to date with what I’m up to you can check out my blog - http://blog.louisekirby.com/ Please spread the word to others you think may be interested!

Hallyburton Collection Autumn/Winter 2014

Patterned Fields Swirl 72dpi webHere's my new images for next years 2014 Autumn/Winter Hallyburton Collection.  All inspired by where I live on a country estate in the heart of Perthshire, Scotland.  I'm surrounded by an abundance of inspiration on my doorstep! Louise Kirby Woodland Wandering 72 dpi Mood a circleMood c circleMood b circle Mood d circle Mood e circle Mood f circle

I'm continually inspired by the changing seasons and fascinated at the harmonisation of the flora and fauna blending together.  You often find me exploring knee deep amongst the grasses and dotted wild flowers, wandering through the woods of dappled trees and patchwork fields - I hope my designs capture the essence my surroundings.

Elemets brush 72dpi web Pheasant Footprint brush 72dpi web This new Autumn/Winter 2014 Hallyburton Collection uses a palette of greens and a hint of warm chestnut.  Some of my artworks include my fascination of pheasants as I follow their footprints around the estate, textured of stacked logs and expressive dotty marks of nature’s elements. tree rings repeat merged 72dpi web I create sophisticated patterned artworks for your products using my signature style of a lovely organic movement using repetitive marks and textures in delicious colours. Stacked logs stripe 72dpi web Patterned artworks collections can be licensed or I can be commissioned to create something bespoke for your products. Patterned Fields Green 72dpi web