Monday, 13 November 2017

New job and Curious Exhibition

Hello blog! It has been a few months since my last post, I blame this mainly on not having wifi at my new flat. I have started my new job at Studio 41 Card Factory and I am loving it! It feels so good to have a proper job and not have to worry about deadlines looming like university, no more '24 hours in the day' emails from tutors, and instead 9-5 like normal people! 

Last week I had a long overdue catch up with Amy Hodkin, we visited her wonderful exhibition currently on at the Wakefield Beer Exchange  - you can go and visit it until November the 26th!

"As a textile designer with a love for drawing and a passion for printmaking, Amy presents her expressive drawing style through silkscreen and lino printing to create whimsical narratives inspired by folktales and every day curiosities. By using slow crafting processes to produce her works the texture through her drawings is enhanced, happy accidents are embraced, and each print is formed organically resulting in a vibrant, unique finish"

I hope you all have a lovely week! 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Life Update

Lovely Latte at Two Gingers 

Rob at Two Gingers Cafe

Hello! It's been over a month since my last post. Since leaving university I have felt a bit uninspired and demotivated to post anything. However, I have some good news! Since my last post of telling you I have had job interviews, I have now got a job as a Trainee Designer at The Card Factory! I am so excited to start, I don't start until the 23rd October so have a bit of time to relax and enjoy my freedom before I start. I have been looking at houses in Wakefield as I will be moving there, and living with Nadia the other trainee designer. 

Hopefully I will have lots to share with you all when I start my new job, as I have missed blogging. 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Snapshots of my week

Latte and a Brownie @ Theiving Harrys 
Hepworths Arcade
Hello! It has been nearly a whole month since my last blog post! I have been resting since finishing university and having a well deserved break so I haven't really got a whole lot to blog about.

I took a trip into town on the weekend to visit my favourite cafe Thieving Harrys and go around Fruit Market, my new favourite place now that it has been renovated. I have started to drink coffee again now so I enjoyed a Latte whilst I was there.

I recently got sent these print samples from Oasis Graphic Co. I met them at New Designers and they seemed really keen on my work so wanted to show me what they could do with it. I especially love the print on wood - I gave it to my "sister in law" (if I was married) for her baby's room that is due in November. 

I have also been to two job interviews since my last post and have another one next week, so fingers crossed I hear some good news!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

New Designers

Hello! I got back from a super busy week in London on Sunday. We had a great time, lots of companies were interested in my work including Wilko, Mothercare, Tesco F&F, George Asda, Next and Meri Meri. It was a successful event and has made me motivated to keep going and applying for jobs. I have a job interview next week which is also super exciting, fingers crossed!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Print & Pattern blog

Hello! I thought I would share my recent feature on the wonderful Print and Pattern blog. I have long admired this blog so super chuffed to have my work featured on there. Go and read the interview here.

Friday, 16 June 2017

LCA Surface Pattern Degree Show 'Extra-Ordinary'

Myself and fellow students exhibited our work at the Leeds College of Art degree show this week. It finished today but if you missed the chance to see the it you can visit New Designers part one in London at the end of the month (from the 28th June until the 1st July!) to see the lovely work in real life as pictures really do not do it justice, it is all even more fabulous in *person*!

My space!

Below are just a few of my personal favourites:


Hannah Doyle/@Hanprint

Ellie Green/

Francesca Wardle @francescawardle

Charlotte Bellingham @charbellsdesigns 
Jamie Shackleton/ @Studiojmie

Amy Hodkin @amyhodkin

Poppy Almond/@poppy_almond

Charlotte Bolton/

I hope you've enjoyed looking at a snippet of the show! Don't forget if you are in London from the 28th June to 1st July to come and visit us!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Lucienne Day & Barbara Brown at The Whitworth

Last week me and Rob visited The Whitworth in Manchester to see the Barbara Brown & Lucienne Day exhibition.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Taking a break

Hello! I have been taking a break recently from university as things got a bit too stressful. I managed to get a one week extension, so still have a lot of work to do. Instead I have been napping a lot, eating a lot of chocolate, having puppy cuddles and at the end of last week got to spend a night in my Aunties adorable cottage in Pickering. It was surrounded by cute traditional brick cottages. The weather was so lovely too. It was nice to have a change of scenery!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Snapshots of my week

Hello! I hope you have all had a lovely Easter break. I spent my Easter weekend in Scarborough at the scooter rally. It was nice to spend some time at the seaside.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sarah Campbell Designs

Hello! A couple of weeks ago we had the delightful Sarah Campbell come into university to chat to us about life as a textile designer. It was such an inspiring talk, and she showed us her fabrics and sketchbooks full of lovely colour palettes and beautiful drawings. I will write a few key points that she made, such an inspiration.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Hornsea Pottery

Hello! Recently I visited Hornsea to go to the seaside as a bit of a break and to look at the Hornsea Pottery Museum. Me and Rob started our collection a few years ago and we still love finding bits and bobs in charity shops. We plan on visiting some events and car boots too to scope out some bargains.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Three inspiring children's picture book illustrators

Hello! I thought I would share a few of my favourite children's picture books at the minute, seen as it was world book day this week.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Life Lately - Dissertation results, Final Major Project, Job Interviews and Puppies

Hello! It has been a while since I did a life lately post, and I have lots to catch you all up on. 

Dissertation module hand-in

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Josef Frank at the Fashion and Textile Museum

This week I went on a very long (nearly 24 hour) day trip to London with some of my lovely friends from uni mainly for a very exciting design job interview, but also to squeeze in a visit to the Fashion and Textiles Museum to see the Josef Frank exhibition. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Angela Harding at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Last weekend I visited Angela Harding's exhibition currently on at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I adore handcraft and find woodblock printing fascinating, it is something that I would love to try although I do not have the patience that Angela must have with the fine detail in the original wood blocks.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

A few personal highlights of Amsterdam

Hello! With SOOOO many photos of Amsterdam I didn't know where to start or how to write about them. So I have decided to round them up (kind of, there is still lots of pictures) to just a few highlights as otherwise I would be blogging for months!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ferens Art Gallery reopening and Hull 2017

On Saturday me and Rob took a visit into Hull for the first time in a while. We have been avoiding the centre due to all of the building and road works being done for Hull City of Culture 2017, so we would just do all of our shopping etc in Leeds. But seen as it is all nearly finished and I am home for a few days, we thought it would be nice to visit Ferens Art Gallery as it reopened on Friday.

Multi media collage - Sarah Bynes

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Goodbye Dissertation, Hello Amsterdam!

YAAAAAAAYYYYYYY! I survived the big green monster (dissertation). I feel so proud of myself as it was HARD. I am not the biggest fan of academic writing, but I tried my best and it is definitely the best thing i've ever written. After three months of tears and hard work, it feels really strange to see it all bound and finished.