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say hello to: lloyd evans

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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This week Style On The Run caught up with a very talented surface pattern designer, Lloyd Evans. Lloyd manages to achieve the rare balance between edgy and whimsical in his designs whilst always being current and relevant. Together with Sarah Wade who has previously been featured here at SOTR, Lloyd runs their company Design House Studios and works as an artist and illustrator. Both Lloyd and Sarah are very talented and are genuinely lovely people, read on to find out more!

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1.Name, Age (only if you want to give this away…!), Location.
Lloyd Evans, 28, Ipswich

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …? (biggest achievements, education, etc)

I graduated from Northampton University in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art. During this period my work began to focus on patterns and rhythms, something that is still evident in my work today. After graduating I went on to practice as an artist, working from Stowmarket Artist Studios in Suffolk. I exhibited throughout the UK both in joint and solo exhibitions. Alongside working as an artist, I have also worked in other fields such as graphic design, interior design and surface pattern. In May 2006 I seized the opportunity to take up an artist residency in Venice, Italy. This experience provided me with new technical knowledge as well as giving me a wealth of inspiration. I was also able to travel throughout Italy and study many works in cities such as Florence, Rome and Naples. During this time I rediscovered my love of drawing, which is still evident in my current surface pattern work; this combines hand-drawn icons with digital media. Since my return to the UK I have been focusing on producing surface patterns for home furnishing, wallpaper, fashion and other applications.

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3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Hand-drawn, Fun, Eclectic, Vibrant, Current.

4. Where does your inspiration come from for the great prints you design?
The inspiration for my work largely comes from everyday life. If ever I’m stuck I just pick up a pen and sketchbook, look around and start drawing. I believe that everything can be inspiring, from magazines, architecture and fashion, to nature, film and art. Artists that I admire include Gary Hume, Ian Davenport, Fiona Rae, Nigel Cook, Peter Doig, Sam Francis and David Hockney.

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5. Please describe a typical day for you?
The life of a self-employed illustrator is vary varied, meaning that there is hardly a typical day. Assuming I’m creating some new designs my day usually begins by brainstorming some ideas over a cup of tea. I usually work on a couple of designs at once, to begin with I’ll think about what icons would be suitable for the themes I’m working on. Then I will do some quick thumbnail sketches to figure out how the designs might work, and what icons I’ll need. Next I will have another cup of tea and spend the morning drawing up these icons, which will then be scanned, so that I can then go on to work on them in Illustrator and Photoshop. Often I will be working late into the evening, this is something you have to be prepared to do if you are self-employed, but if you love what you do then this is never a problem, frequent tea breaks also help. It’s no wonder that some of my latest designs have been teacups and teapots!

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6. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business in the creative industry?
Learn from others! Before setting up on your own I would advise people to get some experience working in a design studio. Try and get involved in as many aspects of the job as possible, when you set up on your own you are not only a designer but an art-worker, sales rep, administrator and even an accountant! Any opportunity you have to develop your skills in areas you are unfamiliar with should be taken.

I would also take advantage of any free courses that are run by Business Link or the Inland Revenue in your area, these short half-day courses will help you learn about such things as how to set up a company or paying your tax. They are also a good opportunity to network with other likeminded people who are setting up a business, you never know who might need a business card or a website designing.

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7. Are you following any blogs at the moment that you recommend?
I have been reading printpattern for a long time, this is a great resource for looking at current trends in surface pattern design. More recently I have discovered urbansketchers which shows the sketchbook work of a number of invited artists, from architects, illustrators to web developers and painters. This blog is a real gem, drawing on location is a passion of mine and often artist’s sketchbooks remain as private documents, but here you can see what people from around the world are up to.

8. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
Me and my partner Sarah have just finishing updating our website, we have tweaked the look and layout of the site, as well as uploading some new designs that we have been developing over the past few weeks. You can find us at www.designhousestudios.co.uk.

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say hello to: sarah wade

Monday, May 17th, 2010

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This weeks Style on The Run interview feature is with the lovely Sarah Wade. I love Sarah’s colourful patterns and illustrations and am sure you will too – please read on to find out more about this great artist.

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1. Name, Location…
Sarah Wade, Ipswich, UK.

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …?
From 2001-2004 I studied Graphic Design at Northampton University (specialising in Illustration). After graduating I went on to work for a stationery company in Milton Keynes, here I worked alongside some lovely people and learnt about the technical side of design.

After a year I moved to Suffolk to work for a company within the greetings sector. This employment involved designing gift-wrap and bags for UK suppliers.

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In 2006 I spent 4 months in Venice (Italy) painting ceramics for a small company based in the centre of  the city. It was a beautiful experience, and I learnt some really useful hand finishing techniques such as Gold Leafing, Crackle Glaze, Decoupage and Antiquing. In 2007 I decided to go freelance, and I now work from my home in Ipswich producing designs for children’s book, jewelry, gift-wrap, textiles, stationery, magazines and packaging.

3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Colourful, Graphic, Quirky, Bold, Organic.

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4. Where does your inspiration come from for the lovely prints you design?
In the past I have been inspired by a really random mixture of things: Doilies, Hornsea Crockery, Russian Dolls, Retro album covers, 60/70’s, Vintage Wallpaper, Film Title Sequences (‘Catch Me If You Can’ has a great one), Tim Burton, Music Videos (Love: Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out). Textiles – especially Marimekko. Designers and Illustrators: Sarah Fanelli, Mary Blair, Tove Jansson, Lydia Monks, Julia Rothman, Sanna Annuka, Rob Ryan, Tord Boontje.
At the moment I am working on a collection called Folklore which is inspired by Scandinavian Folk Art.

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5. What is your best resource?
http://kuler.adobe.com/ Great for online colour palettes.

6. Sarah, please tell us more about your fantastic work within Topshop stores!?
In June 2009 I had the opportunity to travel to Kuwait and Dubai with Topshop stores. Here I implemented a mural “Tropical Flamingo” which was 2×3 meters and embellished with gold leaf, sequins and buttons. Once the mural was complete I was involved in a press shoot where a number of local and regional newspapers and magazines attended. This was an experience in itself!  After a few days in Kuwait shopping and seeing the sights I caught a flight to Dubai where I did the same again. The whole experience was great! I got to meet some lovely people, visit a part of the world I have never been to before and see my work in Topshop Stores!

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7. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business?
Be organised from the start with paperwork (it makes things so much easier in the long run)

Attend free workshops on business start-up through Business-Link, and the Tax Office about keeping your accounts organised.

Be prepared to put the hours in. During my first year I was working 50+ hours a week.
Taylor your portfolio for each client meeting…. and don’t include anything you are not sure of.

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8. Top blogs of the moment?
http://www.printpattern.blogspot.com/ (of course!)

9. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?! :)
I am currently in the process of setting up a number of online shops  – Keep checking my blog for updates!

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