Sunday, 19 December 2010

Karen Little

Karen Little, of Little Designs came to view are exhibition spaces and give feedback on our Negotiated project today. Karen has a large capacity if knowledge in the design field as she has work with many large retailers and studios throughout her career.

We were asked to do a short 10 minute presentation explaining Negotiated Brief, our thoughts and processes, our strengths and areas of weakness. I felt I had a lot of work to evaluate and i have experienced both a lot of positives and negatives throughout my project that I was happy to present and discuss with Karen. I began talking to her through my brief, the initial drawing stages going into the digital designs, and then how I had imagined to lead into the second half of my brief where I originally thought would be the stronger one. karen instantly replied in relation to this saying thats its good to have such an ambitious brief and the drive to succeed showed through in myself and my work from what she had first seen. I then talked about how i had been disappointed with the result of the second part of my work and had found my first part more enjoyable and successful. She and I both agreed that my designs were both commercial yet had a uniqueness that came from my drawings and theme boards. As i presented my experiments to her and my feelings towards this part of the project she had agreed that this wasn't as exciting as the first yet told me not to be so negative about my findings. Although they mite not have worked doesn't mean the whole project wasn't successful, she told me to see the positives on what i had found out and build on those. she was pleased with my exhibition space and that my lampshades were visual exciting and i had a good sophisticated sense of colour.

All in all I found the presentation with Karen very useful and motivating after a stressful and at some points frustrating projects. Her feed back was all positive and she encouraged me to stick with what i found more enjoyable and keep pushing the idea of print on lampshades, making them more unique and sophisticated so they represent my style more so and make my portfolio stand out from others.

finished Products

Exhibition Space

Today I finally managed to finish my exhibition space. After a stressful weeks i was defiantly pleased with the outcome. It took a lot longer than i first thought it would but luckily i had allowed time for this so it dint disrupt any of my other work as i had finished the majority of it before hand. this is something i will defiantly try to do in my next project as it allows more more time and freedom to present my work in the most exciting way.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Ritta Ikoney


December the 7th, i was lucky enough to

attend a visiting le

cture in college by Riita Ikonen, a London based

artist from Finland.

She is an illustration graduate

but work mainly collaborating with other artists and photogra

phers to create much m

ore exciting and dynami

c, 3D and performance artwork. I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture she gave, it was very motivating and her enthusiasm for her work, and in life, showed through in the quality of her what she produce. Riita encouraged creativity of all kinds and as she dint take her self to seriously, she put 110% in to everything she did. Like many other artists she is inspired by nature an this is a fundamental factor in her work. I feel that being so inspired and driven by something leeds to success and make me more determined to start my next project with a good body of primary research.

Lush Designs

Lush Designs was created by two friends Maria Livings and Marie Rodgers, who studied painting and printmaking together. They have since created their business
while working in the thea
ter production and
community arts. They create quirky colorful prints of character illustrations, and this has then been been applied to a range of home wares , many of which are made in house at their studio at Cockpit Arts.

There designs are purely spun from their own drawings and illustrations and are what makes them so unique and eye catching. This is defiantly something i am goin to bring into my work in the future in order to make my designs and products sell well.

Portfolio Visit

My second portfolio visit was with Lush designs company, also an in house designer at cockpit arts. There feed back was just as influential as my previous visit yet due to the event being busy i wasn't able to spend as much time with her going over my portfolio. Despite this she did give me brief feedback that was as follows

- Lovely drawing skills nice shapes would work well as wallpaper

- Colours are beautiful together maybe try to build on this making them more vibrant and individual colour choices.

- good commercial designs yet still hold individuality which is a good skill to have, work on drawing skills to push designs further

- Dont get disheartened with the design process, sometimes it takes it to be put into manufacture on a product to be happy with the outcome and see it in 3D

- recommended getting into producing own products as its is limitless and would work really well with what i have produced so far

Jen Rowland

Portfolio Visit

During my visit down at Cockpit Arts i was able to have a portfolio visit with Jen Rowland a surface pattern designer who's studio is in the Depford Build of Cockpit Arts Studio.

Her feedback was very good from a commercial perspective she said my designs would sell well in outlets such as paper chase. she then went on to compliment my sophisticated eye for colour and layout in designs. she encouraged the use of more drawings and to develop drawing skill to make designs different and build of the interesting elements rather than repeating similar repeats and motifs. The idea of appealing pattern to product was something she was greatly fond of and said the idea of designing a fence was really individual and makes me stand out, she advised that the mug design in my portfolio was one of the strongest designs i had shown her and said its because shows more individual style and personality. THe most positive feedback she gave me was she assessed my floral drawings and sketch book work saying i had a lovely drawing skill capturing lines and shapes in a unique way.

Cockpit Arts

cockpit arts is a social enterprise that houses a number of different creative businesses in the heart of the capital city. There a two sites and have several studios in both that are opened up to the public around 4 times a year for open studio events. having such a wide range of businesses there added to the general buzz about the place there was so much creative energy and friendly attmospher with everything unique and individual.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Contact Report - Hannah Nunn

Ok that’s fine. At least my shop orders will have calmed down a bit by then. I’m currently making orders for other shops and Christmas exhibitions you see.

Anytime that week of the 7th would be ok. Tuesday or Wednesday would be the best days. I’m sure there will be stuff to do if you wanted to lend a hand. Then we can have a nice chat about everything whilst still getting the work done!

Let me know when


From: Naomi Obbard []
Sent: 13 November 2010 14:12
Subject: RE: Portfolio Visit

Hi Hannah

Thanks for your reply :) :) an i understand christmas is obviously a busy time for you currently. however i require 3 portfolio visits prior to the end of my project in december unfortunately. so if at all possible i would like to come up around the 7th of december yet if this is inconvenient to you i will speak to my tutor an see if she will allow me to do it via email if i were to send you a digital portfolio. Then we can always arrange for one after christmas too. Alternatively, if you need a hand with sorting things out at your shop/studio be it with packaging or just general bits and bobs i could always come up and lend a helping hand if its busy times and then bring some work to show you at the same time. Just let me know what your able to do, thanks again for replying.

Naomi Obbard

Subject: RE: Portfolio Visit
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:39:21 +0000

Hi Naomi,

Sorry for my slow response. I’m having a mega busy time.

I can certainly have a look at your portfolio. When would you like to do this? If at all possible could it be after Christmas as time is very scarce right now!

If you need it to be before though I am sure I can squeeze you in!

Let me know


From: Naomi Obbard []
Sent: 08 November 2010 21:55
Subject: Portfolio Visit

Dear Hannah

My name is Naomi Obbard and I'm a 3rd year surface design student currently studying my degree in Stockport. As its my last year i have been focusing my design work and practitioner skills in the area I want to Pursue When i Have graduated. I have narrowed It down to Lighting as this is something i am passionate about and am inspired by the unlimited ways it can take your design work.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit your stall at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. However, I would like to ask your assistance With my work an if at all possible visit your shop/studio for a portfolio visit and show you some examples of my work. This is a compulsory part of my corse and i feel that you will be able to offer the advice i am looking for to take my work further The experience and input will b very beneficial.. In addition to this I would like to offer my assistance in your studio or shop too help out so as i can gain experience in this field. I have previously worked alongside designer maker Jenny Bland and work as a volunteer at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair With Angela and Anne-Marie Last year.

My Blog address is

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Best of luck in the future

Naomi Obbard

Monday, 8 November 2010

Kate Brunt Decoupage bird Houses

I was looking an a blog the other day and came across these beautiful decoupage bird houses by designer kate Brunt. i love the simple idea of such a unique product, very original. Also the use of bright colours is very appealing and would look great in almost any garden or outdoor space. 

Pattern Product

I sourced a lampshade making material company on the internet called Martin Dannell. There a family run business and have been involved in the lighting industry for over 60 years. They supply a wide variety of materials such as laminates. rings sets, making kits fabrics and papers. there products have all been tested by the lighting association and have passed the 650C glow wire test, they have copies on there website. I bought several materials from them and was pleasantly impressed. The delivery time was quick around 5 working days and it all arrived in good condition. i did have to pay £7 on top o my order for the delivery but if i was to place an order over £70 this would be free. as you can in the images above i have made my own prototype lampshade from the materials i bought. The paper is just scrape paper to show effect and the way its fastened to the wire isn't the best but the company offers other alternatives that i would defiantly use next time. 

Pattern To Product

I sent a sample to design off to a print company called Vista Print, who have a wide range of promotional products available for gifts or use in business. Including postage these 2 mugs cost me £12.48. the quality of the print was very good and the colours where all vibrant, even the lines had good quality and have a smooth finish. If i were to use this company again or have printed ceramics as one of my final products i would chose a different more classy style of cup rather than a basic mug. I feel it will give the product a more professional quality . 

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Julia Fraia

I fell in love with this lady's work. Julia Farrel is a Portuguese designer who creates patterns that have been applied to a variety of products similar to what I aspire to do. her vibrant colour palette is so eye catching and something i feel i need to bring into my work in my final major project. Her primary research in vital in what makes her patterns so unique and is a good example of how this is a key factor in making a successful career in design. She has taken a large amount of pictures from day to day life in the urban environment and produced a geometric yet fluid series of deigns called short Circuit. Her prints are then printed using water based inks onto 100% cotton to make her cushions which would look stunning in a contemporary setting. I have taken a lot form looking at Julia as a designer and the standard of her work. I admire her work and think its will encourage me to produce a string body of primary research throughout my projects and in later life.


Hi Naomi,
Thats fine. Thanks for letting us know.

> Dear Angela,
> unfortunately due to a minor car accident im unable to attend my shift
> tomorrow as i'm to wait in for my car to be picked up for repairs an they
> haven't stated a time there coming to collect it. Sorry for any
> inconvenience and hope everything runs smoothly. hopefully i will be able
> to attend my shift on thursday as normal but will contact you again if
> there are any changes. Best of luck with everything
> Naomi Obbard
>> Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:15:46 +0100
>> Subject: Set up for the Great Northern..
>> From:
>> To:

Hi Angela

Thanks for emailing back, Yes i would Be more than willing to volunteer again, iv attached the form with the dates I am available thanks

Speak to you soon

Kind Regards

Naomi Obbard

> Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 19:35:18 +0100
> Subject: The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010
> From:
> To:
> Thanks for volunteering for last years event. We are currently recruiting
> for this year and wondering if any of you are mad enough to do it again,
> bearing in mind how grumpy we were and how we promised you a thank party
> that never materialised!!! Sorry.
> If not but you know others who may be please do forward on this email.
> Thank you
> Angela and Ann-Marie
> We are looking to recruit volunteers who have an appreciation and
> understanding of contemporary craft and/or want to gain experience in
> event organisation for this major event in Manchester.
> The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair will bring together 160 of the
> most innovative and influential designer-makers in the UK to showcase the
> finest works of contemporary craft creating an inspirational mix of
> ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, furniture and more.
> We are looking for volunteers to help set up and staff the event in
> October. Volunteers will need to be available to help between Wednesday
> 20th – Sunday 24th October 2010 but not necessarily every day. Each day
> will be split into two shifts and we would expect volunteers to sign up
> for at least 2 shifts, preferably more. Duties will include helping
> exhibitors unload and set up their stands, assisting exhibitors staff
> their stands, looking after exhibitors throughout the event as well as
> helping visitors with enquiries, reception duties, credit card facilities,
> selling catalogues, staffing the cloakroom etc. We will endeavour to
> rotate volunteers so they gain a wide variety of experience in different
> areas of staging this event.
> In the run up to the event we will also be recruiting volunteers to help
> with administration and other tasks. Many of these jobs are computer based
> and so access to a computer is important.
> All expenses will be paid and you will be given free entry to the Fair. If
> you can spare a few hours and are interested in helping make The Great
> Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields 2010 a success please
> email us with your contact details and we will sendyou a volunteer
> questionnaire.
> Ann-Marie Franey & Angela Mann
> The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
> 21st-24th October 2010
> Spinningfields, Manchester
> Great Northern Events (NW) Ltd
> 23 Belfield Rd
> Didsbury
> Manchester
> M20 6BJ
> Mob: 07973 574735

Monday, 25 October 2010

Elizabeth Prince

After receiving from Arts Hub UK advertising There was an advert for a studio assistant in a ceramics workshop for one day a week. i decided to contact the designer maker who

Hi Naomi,

thank you for applying for the position of ceramicist's assistant.
I'm sorry, but the position is temporarily being postponed, because I have suddenly got much more work than I planned for, and feel it would be a bad time to take someone on for the role, as I may not have the time to ensure that you got the best from the experience. I hope to reconsider this position, and take someone on in the future once things have calmed down a little here! With this in mind, I will keep your details unless you have any objections to that.
Thank you for taking the time to get in touch, and best wishes,

> Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:31:45 +0000
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Form submission from [Elizabeth Prince] - [Contact] - [Contact form 1]
> date:
> 2010-10-18
> time:
> 19:31:45
> Your email address:
> Subject:
> Ceramicist's assistant - Volunteer
> Message:
> in reply to your advertisment on arts hub, i would like to offer my services as a volunteer. Im a 3rd year student at Stockport studing Surface Design and am therefor in the midle of creating my creative portfolio and CV so was un able to attch one to your reply on the website but i am more than happy to send example of my work to you. I have worked with other designer makers such as Jenny Bland, who specializes in lighting. And have volunteered for the Great Northern Contemporary Craft fair previoulsy. I would be more than happy to help around yur studio in order to gain experience and hope to here back from you soon
> Kind Regards
> Naomi Obbard
> 07789586072

Monday, 18 October 2010

Debbie A. Lord

Monday the 18th of October, Debbie Lord freelance interior furnishing designer, presented a lecture to my self and class mates at college. She began her creative career early and studied a B-TEC in surface pattern design at stockpot college similar to what Degree I'm doing there now. From there she progressed onto a HND corse at Cleveland college. During which time she worked with Skopos doing an in house placement. Like my self she contacted several design studios around the northwest in order show her portfolio an gain feedback. Despite only hearing back from 5 studios, she advised that this s a vital part of our corse an that will get our foot out in the door, so don't give up because there is always some one out there that will help. Additionally Debbie was then offered a job as an fashion design studio contacted her tutor after she had been on a portfolio visit.

After working as a a surface designer in fashion at Derby House Fabrics, and then joining the creative team at Tom Lewis Studios doing bedding and interior furnishings, Debbie has now settled into her role as a freelance designer working from home in connection with Pure Studios.

Debbie's 10 top tips to being a good designer

- Make sure you have enough content in your designs in order to attract a lot of people, and so they stand out form the rest.

-Less is More, you can overload a design and it becomes to fussy. Buyers what a perfect design the first time round ad want pay for alterations or extra time.

-Colour is everything. Not to bright, not to dark or two many or to few, 12 colours os the most you should use for those more expensive designs.

-Its all in the detail. Bring something new to your designs to make them stand out.

-Size matters sometimes, You limited to cal depending on the rollers the design will be printed with. It is vitaly important that the designs fit the restrictions.

-Marketing, think about who your customers are what there budget might be an where in the market it will be sold.

-Stick to sizes

-Make sure you are cost effective, if your working in a studio you must be worth your salary, if your not selling designs your not designing well.

- Maximum of 12 colours.

-Most importantly never copy a design. Avoid copywriting at all cost. use something as a starting pint but make it your own.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Rosanna Inc

Rosanna Inc, specialise in creating designs for tableware.This Seattle based company sell all around the world an has grown massively over the years. They supply gorgeous classic yet contemporary designs on ceramic table where in the richest colours. This area is defiantly something i want to explore as an option to applying my designs and patterns to products.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Retro Print Revival

I immediately fell in love with these fantastic vibrant lampshade after researching lighting products. There made using old retro vintage fabrics from the 1960's to the 1980's. They give off the most gorgeous glow from the rich colours and each one is unique. The idea of making my own lamp shade is something iv had for a while and am going to explore in my negotiated brief. Iv recently been gathering information about different lighting materials such as backing laminates and wire frames in order to make my own and i hope they have the same affect as the dazzling retro shades.

Claesson Koivisto Rune

Claesson Koiviston Rune are a stockholm based Swedish Design company. I love the silhouetted shaped and linear aspect the there designs. There range of products is vast dome chairs and carpet, to flooring and blinds. They pay a lot of attention to the high quality finish of there work combined with using the best quality materials aiming there product to the more wealthy customers. The standard of their designs and products something to strive towards.

Carina Sohl

Carina sohl is a designer maker who primarily works with leather. she creates beautifully hand embossed leather floral patterns applied to a variety of products. She again is another sophisticated swedish designer maker who's silhouette designs i feel are very strong and work well with the texture of leather. She uses leaves of raspberry plants near here home t emboss the leather. these leave have a simple shape which works well as a silhouette but its complemented by with the juxtaposition of the texture they create when embossed in the leather.

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