This year at uni, I predominantly want to progress my design and work, focusing on surface (pattern) design. I definitely see myself as more of a decorative illustrator: I enjoy the area more, and I feel the majority of my work and style fit those briefs better.
I am obsessed with patterns ~ naturally found, artistically created, interior design ~ busy, intricate, repeated works -- Timorous Beasties, Cole & Sons, are some favourites -- inspired by nature themes, flora and the botanical.
My work from previous degree projects is stronger when inspired by my surroundings' form and colour (landscapes, vegetation, etc.), and building them into stand alone prints or patterns. In future (career aspirations) I aspire towards interior and product design; creating liveable areas more aesthetically pleasing, and bringing the natural inside -- much like Tord Boontje.
I am mostly inspired by nature's surroundings ~ floral nature, and the environment and architecture ~ but mostly the colours, shapes and textures of these, helping progress in a more abstract direction. I enjoy working in an expressive manner, and have always been intrigued by colour theories and its psychology -- for example, Hella Jongerius' work. In agreement with Jongerius, I think colour is subjective, and am intrigued how it can influence our buying habits and affect our moods. Even adding shade and tone can affect our illustrations.
I also greatly appreciate good design - interior, product, furniture. My favourite designers and works tend to come from the 1950s/60s eras, particularly pieces from Charles and Ray Eames, and Robin and Lucienne Day.
As starting inspirations ~ nature themes, and the environment's colours and forms ~ I aim to use these to kick start thought processes and illustrations towards a final major project. I will keep ideas of product and surface design, but begin broad with the direction of my theme.