For our final year at uni, we were encouraged to source and enter some competitions, for practice with shorter briefs and a chance to win some exposure or awards! This year I have entered a number of competitions to challenge myself. I chose competitions that I really liked the look of or I thought best suited my practice, and would add to my portfolio. Take a look at the variety of work I submitted ...
Pitch a Papergang by Ohh Deer x Papergang
You've probably seen it all over every creative's instagram, so I had a go as it felt perfect for my work!
Everyone's UK favourite stationery company Ohh Deer recently opened their design to us (woo!) for Papergang's October box. They asked for designs of the box itself, a desk pad, coaster, gift card, and pin badge, to be submitted on Instagram. I decided to adapt a nature-inspired abstract repeat, of bold colours and collaged shapes. I also submitted my favourite blue marbled print to experiment with options.
Unfortunately, I was not shortlisted, but I was heavily featured on all three of their Instagram accounts and on the Papergang’s blog “Best So Far!” competition post! This felt fab and gave me great exposure.
D&AD New Blood Award – Hotel Indigo brief
This illustration-meets-interior-design brief suited my practice perfectly and acted as practice for my career aspirations. With the open task of creating three images to use where I saw fit, I created some bold artwork. I chose Hotel Indigo’s Barcelona hotel as my current project tied in nicely in terms of theme and colour. Using bold colour palettes, I abstracted landmark architecture and skyline imagery to brighten up their hotel rooms’ feature walls and textiles.
(The results have not been posted yet!)
Inspired by the warmth and colour of Spain and incredible Gaudi architecture that lives within Barcelona, I aimed to create fun, contemporary forms to reflect the Catalan region. Bringing an element of interpretation to the hotel will invoke intrigue to explore the city, and happiness through colour. The beauty of this abstract nature to my illustrations, brings versatility in application: A feature wall mural lightly depicting the city landscape; taking elements to form a working repeat pattern, to be used on textile products in and around Hotel Indigo.
Looking to the current interiors of Hotel Indigo’s Barcelona hotel - the lobby areas and hotel rooms - I didn’t feel particularly inspired, and that the hotel didn’t feel particularly inspired by its incredible city. Yes, the hotel explores the tremendous architecture and surrounding characteristics of the region, but I felt it typical photographic relations to the area.
Colour, form and warmth are such vital aspects of Barcelona. They are the elements people travel to see and experience, and so I felt it was taking pure inspiration to use these qualities and take direct from the city to give to Hotel Indigo’s guests.
Taking inspired, landmark architecture and vital Spanish aspects, I abstracted their forms to encourage interpretation and interest. Giving Hotel Indigo a more contemporary and fun edge, will really bring it to foreground of hotel interiors.
Using a more abstract image of the city, this allows for versatile use in textiles and application.
Taking elements of the city’s skyline and famous landmarks and colours, I have recreated Barcelona and brought it to the modern hotel. Colours are such an important aspect of my work and inspiration to a peace, and it only felt right and more necessary to bring this to Hotel Indigo’s Barcelona. Colours speak to people, as these designs should give you the experience of this amazing city.
Batsford Art Prize – “Craving Colour”
With this year’s theme of Craving Colour, I aimed to use ‘colour’ as a physicality and tactile material to illustrate its innovative properties. Interpreting colour seemed ideal for my portfolio as it’s the basis for a lot of my practice.
The theme of colour has always played a major part in the inspiration and drive of my illustrations and design work. I find much of my imagery derives from the environment and travel, with the colour and texture of objects and landscape being the main focus. It is natural for us to be drawn to, enjoy, and be in awe of colour, as it affects so much.
I tend to build up a flat illustration or textile print with colour, with tones to contrast, and texture to add depth: Colour is my main inspiration and focus, and art only gets more intriguing with more. To interpret the theme of “Craving Colour”, I wanted to really use colour. Manipulate it as a 3D material and object as well as an appearance; build it up physically not just as a property. What if colour was the object? A physical thing we can touch.
Taking a more abstract approach I used paper craft to build a variety of 3D shapes. Using coloured card and print outs of my patterns and illustrations, I forged them into their physical and created loads of these shapes.
(The results have not been posted yet!)