Susan Campbell. Print Designer.

Central Saint Martins is known for churning out it’s one-of-a-kinds, geniuses and go-getters. Take a quick peek at the alumni and you find the likes of Luella Bartley, Peter Blake and M.I.A to name a few. Well, this little lady is no exception.

Meet Susan Campbell, a Textile Design graduate and print designing enthusiast. The Congleton-born, bob-flaunting individual quite frankly has the patience of a saint with her intricate, neoprene print design but boy, does it pay off.

Susan’s heroic creative process involves drawing her initial designs onto Adobe Illustrator as vector lines, then printing out these designs and deciphering where she will place her colours followed by breaking the design up into various pieces, again on Illustrator. After this, she laser cuts the designs onto coloured neoprene, leaving her with a thousand tiny jigsaw pieces. From here on she pieces those neoprene nuggets back together on a glue coated lycra base and voila! To see the agonising journey itself from drawing to dream, head over to her tumblr.

Currently working at Ted Baker taking on the role of Womenswear Print Assistant and spending her London days like any young print designer should; picnicking, partying and printing. I caught up with the Campbell herself and asked her the all important question of which One Direction member she would kidnap and keep..

 

One Direction then.. who would be the member of choice?

– Zayn, without a doubt.

So then, onto print I suppose. What tickles your fancy in the way of inspiration for your prints?

– I love going to exhibitions, looking at blogs and magazines and genuinely, just walking a lot gives me inspiration from the things I see along the way.

Who is the ‘Susan Campbell’ consumer you have in mind when designing your prints?

– Someone who is playful yet sophisticated. Someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

If you could pluck out a celeb of choice to be donning your designs, who would it be?

– Robyn. 

How would you describe your own personal style?

– Colourful and sporty with lots of leopard print.

Fashion icons?

Eva Fontanelli and The Queen. 

New York, Paris, London or Milan?

– London.

What do you love about where you live right now?

– Everything you could ever want is on Bethnal Green Road. Literally, anything from David Beckham pencil cases to giant bubble machines! I also love that you can never become bored because there is always something fun going on.

Share a charming anecdote (no pressure.)

– I broke my collarbone aged 10 whilst dressed as a prostitute. I had to go straight to hospital unchanged..

And what does the future hold for Miss Campbell?

– Good question! A lot of enjoyment hopefully. I’m also working to push my ideas and concepts in a way I’m really excited about.

You heard it here first ladies and gents! Want even more from Miss C? Well, isn’t that what good ol’ social media is all about? Have a peep at her wonderfully artistic Bethnal Green life via her instragram or maybe even pop over to her official website.

 

Time to Get Better Clothing with Margate’s Alex Foster

This week I was charmed by Margate’s very own Alex Foster and his eclectic and humorous graphic illustrations. Working with print, designing editorial wonders or making the bride smile with adorable wedding invites, Foster’s got it covered alright. Wait, did I forget to say the boy does zines too? Fresh out of Middlesex university, this young spud of a graduate has not only focused his attention on his studies but worked with a variety of clients too with projects from widely distributed magazines to an upcoming children’s book.

Not only that but the wizard has thrown his talent and know-how into his illustration cauldron, boiled it down and poured what was left over some pretty, awesome t-shirts and merchandise too, giving birth to his latest project, Get Better Clothing.

After two sell-out collections under his belt, summer 2013 brings a collection with inspiration drawn from Foster’s childhood toys and nature, bringing fun and naivety to the brand. Designs include playful cowboys and indians battling it out on mountains whilst tattooed bears show off their ink all available from the beginning of August. Foster makes sure Get Better Clothing is as eco-friendly as it can be too, using water-based inks, organic bamboo based t-shirts, paper packaging and recycling where ever possible.

So now, not only can you appreciate the boy’s immense talent as is but you can kit your wardrobe out with it as well – from a fashion girl’s point of view that’s a win win. I also like to think of him as a bit of a social media hussy treating his beloved clothing child to it’s very own blog, Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Go on, eye up Foster’s illustrations at his official website over here, you know you want to. Or if you really, truly want to go the extra mile and have a face-to-face perve on it then head on down to Margate’s Harbour Arm Gallery where Foster will be showcasing illustrations relating to his seaside hometown in exhibition ‘Coming Home‘. Of course, if you hadn’t guessed it, the exhibition is run by the man himself showcasing talent from some of London’s top illustration and sculpture students and graduates following the theme of hometowns from sunny seasides to cool California, wherever that artist calls home. It will be running from 24th-30th July. 

Also exhibiting in ‘Coming Home’ are: Chris Alton, Chloë Greenfield, Mark Holihan, Eileen Kai Hing Kwan, Amy Stevens, Liz Tweedale, Maddy Vian and Dawn Williams.

 

 

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Ria May Heighington

After being a fan for Ria May Heighington’s work for a while, I finally had the pleasure of chatting to her in depth about her designs, as well as seeing her latest collection. As always her work is stunning, enchanting, with so much life. The vintage style Ria favours is one she has worked with and developed over the years, but she is not someone who is afraid of pushing boundries or her self. Her work is not only vintage, but modern, with an identity of it’s own. With so many young fashion designers out there, it’s difficult for each to develop their own unique style, but Ria has done this almost effortlessly. The beauty and depth of her pieces have so much character, they almost seem to tell a story. It’s all these things that make me a big fan of her work, and because of this I’m delighted to introduce you to her today. Here’s what she had to say…

Can you tell me a little bit about you and your work?

I’m a fashion design student graduating from Cambridge School of Art. I love the forties and fifties, bows, lipstick, dolls and Disney princess!  My interests of Vintage and childhood memories bring feminine pieces with a creepy and humorous twist to my collections.

By researching and adoring print designs from the 1950’s known as conversational prints, this is where my ideas formed and for this collection and my previous collection I collected random vintage items from charity shops, vintage fairs and markets and scanned them straight to the computer and presented them in a story like way, this time dolls from around the world were used.

What are your biggest inspirations as a designer?

As a designer my inspirations come from girly and cute styles from the 1950’s, the innocence and dreamlike fairytales from Disney Princesses and the creepy context of Alice in Wonderland and also the use of dolls for the outstanding exhibition by Viktor & Rolf that I adored at the Barbican art gallery many years ago.

You have a very strong visual identity, do you have any advice for young designers looking to develop and establish their own style?

Advice I would give to young designers trying to establish and develop their own style, would be to try every aspect they can; if it be print, embroidery, womenswear, menswear, childrenswear etc and once you have the aspect you prefer then bring everything you love into that and experiment as you might surprise yourself!

Finally what can we expect to see from you next?

After graduating I hope to set up my own label named Little Dot and hopefully collaborate with other up and coming designers.

In the future I would love to have my own boutique shop whilst working on many other collections which is very exciting!

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To see more of her beautiful pieces, visit her page on the Cambridge School of Art website.

All the best

Katie

Faye Galloway

Faye Galloway is a young and highly talented fashion designer, currently studying at Winchester School of Art, Southampton University. With her graduation just around the corner it won’t be long before her beautiful style of design is unleashed upon the world. Her work is so playful and expressive, allowing her to convey a strong androgynous style with light hints of femininity. This gives her work a rich depth that appeals to a vibrant and modern woman. But her style is by no means limited. With interests for colour and print, Faye’s work has developed over time to become versatile and flexible, whilst still maintaining her trademark aesthetic.

Faye’s broad interests both inside and outside of fashion have allowed her work to grow and adapt over time. She is also a talented illustrator, which allows her to convey her designs in beautiful and intricate illustrations.

Here’s what she had to say:

Can you tell me a little bit about your work and your style as a designer?

I specialise in fashion design but my work is very print orientated. I have a love for illustration and am forever drawing. I am drawn to colour and simplicity and this is always a starting point to starting a new project.

What has influenced your latest pieces?

I am currently working on my final major project and my main influences were collage, women and power. I recently visited the kurt schwitter exhibition, held at tate britain and felt instantly inspired by his work and the story portrayed about his immigration through the war. The silhouettes in my design process have been driven by androgyny and boyish looks with flirty hints of femininity. Reoccurring research within my project is imagery of mick and bianca jagger.

As well as being a talented designer, you also create beautiful illustrations of your pieces, will you ever branch out into over avenues of creativity besides fashion design?

I am a keen fashion illustrator so illustration is definitely an option I won’t cross out. Prior to my degree my work was very much about printed textiles, it is a path i still wish to pursue and am looking into studying at a higher level.

Where might we see you in the next few years?

After my degree I will be looking to apply for jobs in all of my interests whether is it fashion illustration, design or print for fashion.

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If you love Faye and her work as much as I do then feel free to get in touch with her to find out more about her work:

Email: fayegalloway@hotmail.com

Well I hope you all enjoyed that. Until next time…

Katie

Georgina Bolton

Georgina Bolton graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with BA Fine Art specializing in Sculpture. She was awarded the John Kinross Travel Scolarship to Florence and received the Barns-Graham Trust Dissertation Research Grant.

Her inspiration lies in the geometries of the urban surroundings. She transforms two-dimensional geometry into spacial forms, creating a sense of energy and motion in still imagery.  Color contrasts and effective use of black against bright neon colors make her works look very vibrant and fresh.

Her drawings and prints remind me of an abstract map. I see this as an endeavor to translate the everyday experiences into abstract forms. Surface visuals of surrounding objects are simplified and transformed into indefinite shapes, where their value is replaced by the motion and dynamics of the urban experiences. An illusion that confuses the viewer and reveals a new aspect of successful geometrical manipulation.

Working in photography, print and sculptural installation, she also experiments in variety of mediums  including  jewellery designs and bookbinding.

Georgina’s portfolio is a journey between mediums and dimensions. She combines different techniques, blurs boundaries between art disciplines and transforms traditional mediums into highly contemporary artworks.

To see more of her work check out this website http://www.georginabolton.com/ and visit the RSA: New Contemporaries 2013 exhibition in Edinburgh.