Monday, 28 October 2013

Neck Tie Scarves

These Neck Tie scarves are now available on Etsy in my shop. They are perfect for gifts and make a lovely accessory to an outfit. Have a look here Etsy Shop





Tuesday, 22 October 2013

New Etsy Shop Listings

I have been busy updating my Etsy shop and adding new products to it. I hope to add more scarves and gifts in time for Christmas, so keep updated. My Square 65cm x 65cm Scarves are now available to buy and they come in a lovely little gift box. See more from my Etsy Shop here





Friday, 18 October 2013

Wedding Invite / Stationary Designs



I am excited to finally be able to share with you something that I have been working on over the past month. I decided to venture into designing wedding invitations and stationary, after a customer was looking for some Evening Invites where she wanted to have my Lilac Bloom design featured on. Here is a sample of what I put together which was Day/Evening invites with Rsvp's and Information Cards, as well as other day stationary for her such as place cards, table names - all named after different place in the Lake District. More photographs will follow...

I enjoyed working on this so much and loved being a part of designing items for a brides big day and making sure it was all perfect and beautiful. This is a design service I am now offering - for Invites and Wedding Stationary. I am in the process of developing designs ready for it at the moment. So if anybody is interested or would like to see more of what I have done, or have any ideas please do get in touch, I would love to work with you!

Pocket Mirror on Etsy

My Lilac Bloom pocket mirror design is now available on Etsy to buy.

It is perfect as a gift, especially with christmas coming up, it would make a great stocking filler. It comes in a pretty organza bag tied with ribbon to make it that extra bit special, and would be lovely for a wedding gift or favour.

I offer discounts on larger orders. You could also choose any other one of my pocket mirrors. Do get in touch with any ideas or requests.

Take a look at my Etsy Shop here




Monday, 30 September 2013

Wedding Favour Mirrors

Here is an order of wedding favours, I put together for a lovely bride to be, they are my Lilac Bloom design and she wanted one for each of her female guests (57 in total), each in an organza gift bag, which doubles up as a pouch when in use.

Milan Fashion Week Favourites


I loved some of the floral prints from the Milan fashion shows. Above from left: Dolce and Gabbana (first two) and Antonio Marras. I absolutely adored the whole Dolce and Gabbana collection, where delicate blossom tree florals in soft colours were combined with intricate silk appliqué on sheer fabrics and silks. The collection also used Roman reference prints - ancient greek architecture and lithographs in mono tone, sepia colours that were digitally printed and combined with floral imagery, blown up coin prints as well as Sicilian decoration. The Antonio Marras collection included  sketchy, painterly prints, illustrative landscapes and traditional looking botanical engravings in subtle colours (my favourites) adorned across dresses in a large scale.


Below are: Versace, Alberta Ferretti, and Just Cavalli. There was a mix of brightly coloured, collaged bold, photographic collaged blooms / garden floral prints of varying sizes and on light/dark coloured grounds. Alberta Ferretti was one of my personal favourites, with border scarf floral prints graduating in size with a folkloric feel.


Monday, 23 September 2013

London Fashion Week SS14 Favourites


Here are some of my favourite Designers collections from London for Spring Summer 14. From left to right: First two are Temperley, Mary Katrantzou, Preen and Peter Pilotto. All digital, mixed florals, I really love the Temperley floral prints mixed with leopard print, along with the quirky, playful florals at Mary Katrantzou with an exaggerated embroidery styling.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hanging Hearts: New Product

I have recently introduced some decorative floral hanging hearts to my collection. Using my silk, floral fabrics with my hand painted and drawn designs on and pretty ribbons and beads, they are perfect as a gift and make unique feminine home decorations. They are £5.00 each, get in touch if you are interested.


Back to Blogging

After my new phone some how managed to delete all my blog images I have ever posted (Which I still can't understand!?) I am returning to pay some much needed attention to my blog. I have lots to update on of fairs, new things, my new venture to the wedding market, which has been really exciting for me. Here is a preview of some pocket mirrors that I did for a lovely wedding this weekend for the bride to give to her bridesmaids as gifts/ favours.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Contacting me

My business email, info@louisetaylordesigns.co.uk is not currently working, if you would like to get in touch please contact me through my personal email, lou15e.t@hotmail.co.uk

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Cushions


Today I have been working on some designs for a cushion collection. Here is what I have so far, I am aiming for a subtle, romantic, wistful feel. Any comments and feedback would be appreciated.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Pocket Mirrors








Here is my new pocket mirror collection. They are 76mm (just under 3") printed with my floral design on one side and mirror on the other. They are a great size for make up bags/hand bags and make a perfect little gift for Valentines, Weddings, Mothers Day and any occasion. They are now available on my Etsy Shop, so check it out for gift ideas, where you can also get matching Greeting Cards.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Design Process: Creating a Print Design



Firstly all of my designs always begin by drawing and painting. I mainly use my own photographs and the theme of traditional botanical illustrations to create my art works from. I like to use this traditional approach and technique, as it gives each piece individuality. For me beginning through this artistic approach feels an almost natural way to create an artwork and allows me to determine how I want it to look. It is important to me that my design collection has all been derived from original hand done work.




The media that I mainly use are; pencil, black fine liner pen, mono-print and watercolours. Watercolours are my favourite media to work with; I love the delicacy and fluidity of them, while I like how some elements cannot be controlled and blend together unintentionally, creating surprising effects that cannot be planned or controlled.

Each piece I usually start by roughly sketching out the image that I finalise by painting and drawing over. I will also begin by painting the image straight on to the paper in a more expressive way, with no drawn image to follow, or will draw freehand enabling me to get a more painterly, hand rendered and expressive image.


Once I have finished painting and drawing, I scan the original artworks in to the computer and use CAD to continue to edit and develop them further. I mainly use Photoshop and I firstly tidy up the artwork, clearing unnecessary marks and background imperfections, so I have a clear image to work with. I then begin to combine imagery and design elements together, creating layers and experimenting with different effects. I create colour palettes and change the colours to suit these and add background colour. Then I make the designs in to repeats and patterns ready for printing.


The designs are digitally printed in the uk on to silk, using modern print technology, which allows all the detail from the original artworks to be captured and displayed becoming a way of combining my original artworks and prints with fashion. The dreamy, painterly style works really well with the flowing, delicate qualities of the silk. This printing process is much more ecological than traditional printing techniques, creating less waste and damage to the environment.


I receive the fabric back from the printer's in a long printed length containing all my designs and prints, which I finish by cutting and sewing each piece in to different sized silk scarves.




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Thursday, 20 December 2012

New Designs



Here are my latest designs I have been finishing for my freelance work directed toward the fashion market for Spring / Summer. The collection is combines delicate watercolour paintings intended to be feminine and romantic in muted hues inspired by vintage, country style. I wanted to emphasise the hand painted approach with layered placement prints highlighting brush stroke detailing, intricacy and paint fluidity in a subtle, faded colour palette.