Another year has gone by already! I’ve reviewed the highlights of my work this year and what I’ve learned along the way!Read More
I'm happy to announce that I'm currently working on a picture book project! I can reveal imagery and details when we're ready to publish this Summer, and I can't wait to showcase not only my own work, but also the lovely writings of my collaborative partner! And on an even further exciting note, this story heavily features animals and nature - my favourite subject matter! So for a bit of research (and an excuse to hop on the train to London) I took an inspiration trip to the Natural History Museum.
I met with a friend and fellow illustrator/travel buddy Michael (check out his instagram) and after an amazing banana and oats breakfast smoothie from Natural Kitchen in Waterloo station, we were ready for our daring adventure to the most popular musuem in London - on a weekend. CHILDREN ERRYWHERE.
It was a a success though and I took lots of reference material for my new book characters, and it's always great to visit the dinosaurs of course.
I'll keep you posted on the book project, and now I've moved into my new home studio (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I can crack on properly in my own space (blog post / studio tour to follow when everything's in place!)
OH MY GOD I cannot BELIEVE that the project I've been working on for so long is finally here in my tiny little hands. I've collaborated with writer Cheryl Rickman on this amazing, inspirational and relaxing book with tips on how to Flourish, alongside many illustrated pages drawn by myself to colour in!
There's a wonderful mixture of patterns, illustrations and typography to sink your teeth into, all while winding down and taking a breather.
The Flourish Colouring Book: Art Therapy Mindfulness is available to order on Amazon here!
It would make a wonderful gift or an excellent way to chill-out at the weekend. Either way, I would love to see your coloured pages! Tag me in your pics or hashtag #amyharwoodcolouring :)
Today I spent the morning playing with my new camera re-shooting my stationery stock. My Etsy shop needed a bit of a makeover and I've FINALLY got round to building a store front in my website!
As well as shooting the cards and notebooks I already have in stock, I've been ticking off my to do list of creating templates for all the bespoke prints and gifts I'd like to launch before Christmas time starts to kick in - the first of which is my bespoke hand-drawn greetings card! I've been asked by friends before to make hand painted cards for their loved ones from which I've received great feedback, and it also feels wonderful providing this personalised and unique service!
They are hand drawn opposed to digital templates because the market is saturated with beautifully designed customisable digital prints and cards, and although I love working digitally, I want to get back in touch with my roots, before the world of Wacom tablets took me in! Back in college and uni I experimented with all sorts of materials and make making, and secretly I miss getting messy! Also, a hand made one of a kind print or card makes the gift even more special, don'tcha think.
Wow! Didn't Christmas just creep up on us this year! I've spent all month designing fun Christmas patterns for my website and for a big greeting card order and I also made some pet inspired prints for a charity event at my day job at Pets at Home, Winchester Store!
We as a company have been raising money for the Dogs Dinners campaign, and I did my bit for charidee by making festive cards to sell to our awesome customers, all proceeds going to the fundraiser! I made fun patterns of dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and even fish! Check them out here
It was really lovely hearing nice comments from the customers, the words of support and encouragement were awesome!
Can't wait to make more cards for the next season, perhaps some animal Valentine's designs!
Today was a very productive day! I made several geometric patterns with playful shapes and colours, and coming up with ideas for how I will be using them!
I'm thinking of making lovely patterned notebooks which I have already begun experimenting and making mock-ups of! Watch this space, they will look lovely on any desk!
Today has been another sweltering bake-fest of a day in Southampton!
And it was also a very rare day that my sisters and I were all together and free at the same time, which naturally called for a picnic and a trip to the shore!
Slapped on the factor 30 and off we went. Mum made sandwiches.
Went to a country park and then to a stoney beach situation. Had an amazing ice cream. It had a freaking flump in it!!!! I love a flump.
After such a lovely day out (I've spent most of this week working indoors in my make shift studio at Nana's House), I felt there was no finer inspiration for my next pattern that todays slurptastic gargantuan ice-cream!
I'm very excited to launch my online shop today!
I have spent the day photographing the leftover prints and greeting cards from my degree show and have listed them on my Etsy Shop!
I'm currently in process of designing a brand new collection, as well as drawing up some ideas leading up to Christmas time!
What an experience! I loved having my work up for London show, and we worked really hard to put everything together, setting up the show and we even got sponsorship from Vita Coco!
I also discovered the power of the frame. Makes everything look much tastier.
For pictures of my work, check out my Facebook page!
Also, check out the @dotttt Instagram for more pictures of the show and of the super successful Private View!
Winchester School of Art Degree Show 2014
Here I am standing next to a couple of the pieces I am exhibiting in the Graphic Arts exhibition in Winchester, along with my book Stitches. They are visual responses to an extract from Frankenstein, comparing and contrasting nature and the human body.
We are also going to be exhibiting Brixton East from 3rd - 7th July! Check out our website for more details www.dotttt.com