Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Midnight Lilies design for Spoonflower

Hello world,  I've been so busy with exciting things in the pipeline.  Hopefully I will be working with a fab Art Licensing agency so I've been hard at work creating some new designs exclusively for them.

Before all this, I'd made a start on a Lily design for the latest Spoonflower contest.  Realising the deadline was today, I thought it would be a shame not to finish it and get my entry in!

Here is my design, when I get a chance to breathe I may do some coordinates for it :)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

It's so good to see spring here... I will probably keep going on about it but new life and this time of year makes me so happy.  There is always a cycle in nature and the sight of everything being re-born in Spring never fails to amaze me.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Summery Flowers

After a wet winter, it is so nice to see signs of spring.  I've been inspired to get my paints out and have a little splash of flowers and colour...

Monday, 24 March 2014

Bootcamp March- Jelly!

Phew!  Yesterday I made my submission to Lilla Roger's March Bootcamp gallery.  The theme was Jelly and I must admit I was a little bit thrown by the topic as jelly just makes me think of cold wobbly yuck!  I did some image gathering and decided to just throw some watercolour around.

As it happened, I ended up with a freelance job to do which took up my Mini week of sketching and playing so I really didn't explore the topic and loosen up as much as I'd have liked.

Initial work for my jelly assignment
I decided to see what the main assignment would be and when we found out it was for bolt fabric, I decided I would just sketch some motifs and re-draw them in Illustrator so that I could place them easily and change the colours.  I wanted to pull together a little collection in a bit of a retro style.

Redrawn icons and starting to look at placement
I quite liked these colours but we were given a pretty cool palette by Lilla to work with if we wanted.  I'd been seeing these colours around a bit and really wanted to use them but I'm more used to bright, rich colour and I found it really difficult to make a collection that didn't just look washed out.

After hours of tweaking and playing I finished up with this.

I quite like it, although I did struggle a bit and I'm not completely over the moon with how it all turned out.  We have a month off Bootcamp as Lilla is doing the full Make Art That Sells course... I'd love to do this but I've not got the time or money at the moment!

The next assignment, I'm going to challenge myself to concentrate on more traditional work.  I've really been enjoying my painting so I'm going to stay away from the computer as much as possible.

It really inspires me to see the work everyone in my Facebook feed.  The gallery goes live tomorrow so I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's Jellies!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Floral Painting

Hello world, I'v been pretty busy with a few bits and bobs recently.  I've been doing a little bit of freelancing which is good as I do need to eat and keep a roof over my head!  

This has been interspersed with March's Lilla Roger's Bootcamp.. I'll blog on this at a later date as I'm just putting the finishing touches to my piece! Added to this a trip to London, it's been quite hectic...

I've made some time for a bit of painting so I thought I'd share this floral I did and also the pattern I've made from it.

© Kerry Elizabeth Walsh 2014
 I did this at my painting class with acrylics.  I love painterly florals and I think this was quite successful.. I'm pretty pleased with it so I made a design from it.  I've done a few different colourways with wallpaper or furnishings in mind. This one however, I've used a dark background and I think it would look fab as a fashion fabric too.. what do you think?

© Kerry Elizabeth Walsh 2014
 I'm thinking of getting some printed up at Spoonflower :) 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Artist Joana Vasconcelos @ Manchester Art Gallery

Today I went to a mind blowing exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery.  I've been so many times but never have I seen anything like the work of Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos!  The whole gallery had been taken over by massive strange textile creations.  Crocheted lions guarded the stairway, surprising explosions of knitting, pompoms and fabric hung next to old religious oil paintings and the most amazing thing I have seen in a gallery anywhere which I can only describe as a textile alien / Chinese Dragon / Octopus being which had infested the entire atrium space from floor to ceiling...

"Hwarang" Joana Vasconcelos
"Bestie" Joana Vasconcelos
"True Faith" Joana Vasconcelos

"Cottonopolis" Joana Vasconcelos
"Britannia" Joana Vasconcelos
All the work was just fabulous!  Apparently they needed cranes and floor reinforcements to install everything.  There was further work in there, including a feathered helicopter which we didn't see as we didn't have any money!  I'd definitely go back though.  The exhibition is on until June.  To find out more about this amazing textile artist and sculptor, she has a website here-

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Bootcamp February Gallery

Exciting... finally we get to see the result of all our hard work for Lilla Rogers' Bootcamp!

I've seen lots of cuckoo clocks in progress but it is so good to see the final products all together... here's my final piece...

I can't wait for our next assignment... absolutely loved doing this month's challenge :)

You can see everyone's fabulous work here.. 


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