As a designer I was taught the importance of a good concept. Of really digging down into the essence of something to reveal the truths and ideas lurking within.
The following represent some of the conceptual based thinking projects I've kicked around.
I graduated from COFA with first class honours. For my honours paper I explored the city and how its textures and materials can be a source for a new kind of souvenir that reflects and represents that place beyond the usual icons we rely on.
I always enjoy designing invitations. It's a chance to really explore the style of the occasion and select a creative medium in which to portray it. Invitations can incorporate hand painting, illustration, photographic treatments, paper cutting, calligraphy and selecting paper stocks to pull together a vision that captures the essence of the occasion.
Papercutting requires patience and good scalpel handling skills. It requires planning to create a design thats not going to disintegrate if you cut that bit just there. I don't do it very often but the results are always very satisfying when you consider the intricacies of this delicate lacy material you've made.
Paper is also something I adore and I can go weak-kneed at beautiful stock.
Have camera, will travel.
Photography is such an essential part of remembering a holiday, of capturing those moments you enjoyed or the images that inspired you.
Chinese Ink Painting is an unforgiving medium, every stroke is visible and you can't hide from your mistakes. It's a challenging art form and the results are poetically beautiful once you get the hang of it.
As a painter I'm still experimenting with styles, playing with ways to approach something, exploring different strokes and colours. I'm finding my style and enjoying every step along the way.
My preferred mediums are watercolours, gouache and chinese inks.
Happiness is picking up a paintbrush and capturing a likeness of something that inspires me or just makes me smile. I will not travel without my fold up watercolour paint set, I've had it for years and the paint splatter across every surface of it attests to its long life of usage. These days I'll even throw it into my handbag to unwind during my lunch break, it helps keep me creatively focused and stops me stressing out when computers misbehave.
I've always been fascinated by history, so many interesting little kernels to be inspired by. The history of design, painting stretches back thousands of years and I think its important not to forget those connections and you can learn something too from trying to understand it.
These illumination pieces have been inspired by various pages throughout history.
Whether it is cooking, baking, decorating cakes or merely nibbling on delicious morsels, it's all part and parcel of being creative and undertaking new challenges. Food can be an everyday sustenance or a cause for celebration.