Saturday, 30 June 2012
Yep thats right! Today I am a Panda. It would seem that I am a different animal every week! I can post this here because I am almost certain that my friend who I made this for doesn't read my blog. I'm on bit of a hood roll lately and now my new linings have turned up I can finish my orders and then think about putting some online in my shop. But first I need to draw up some new patterns! A template on a scrappy piece of paper/card doesn't really cut it so I'm going to make sure that I create a sturdy one for my next few. I had fun sewing this one because I know my friend is going to love it! And I didn't snap my sewing machine needle which was an absolute bonus! Next step: draw up a kids template! EEEEK! EXCITING :)
Friday, 29 June 2012
Remember all those doodles Google has had on its front page over the last few years? If not then where have you been living? Under a rock? Thought so. Anyway! Google has now made a directory of all its doodles for you to look through at your own leisure! Its a great idea because I didn't realise that it had so many. Whats even better is that it goes back as far as 1998! Me being me found some of the graphics really quite funny because they are so dated. It just goes to show just how far things have come since that time. You will even notice subtle changes in the actual google logo itself. Its no where near as chunky as it used to be either! There is a search function so you can find doodles for particular events or themes which is useful considering there are over 1,000 of them! If you are super doodle fan there is even the option of purchasing some of them as prints and a huge variety of other products through one of their partners. Go and have a look by clicking here! :)
Thursday, 28 June 2012
This is a tough one because some of the others or rewards can be so tempting (thats if you can get your hands on them). Some people can offer you exposure which in some cases is worthless but in some cases can you more work but you have to remember that EXPOSURE DOESN'T PAY THE BILLS! You wouldn't call up your local electrician and say 'Hey! I need you to rewire my house and in return I am going to pay in exposure!' I'm pretty sure he would tell you where to get off.
I saw this video over on design taxi earlier today and never really thought of competitions in the way that they portray them. Needless to say I will be looking at competitions in a whole new light now. It actually kinda makes sense. And why do we fall for it? Because they dress it up all nice and fancy and make us really want the prize. Clever little sods.
From now on lets not work for free huh? Unless you're actually going to get something really ace out of it and I mean ace otherwise its not worth doing!
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
I saw this article over on design taxi today and found it quite an interesting read. I decided to share it with you because I can really relate to it and I know quite a few of you on twitter will also relate to this.
I feel trapped in a job that I truly hate without much hope of escaping it. So I've decided to do a few things (they will probably be revealed in the coming months). I will use this crap job to fund my new ideas! And once they get fully off of the ground I hope to leave that depressing glasshouse and make a living out of the things that I love doing best! If it all goes to plan that is! Go have a read :)
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Once again there is free shipping over on my Society6 shop! Pop on over and grab yourself a little something designed by moi! You can pick up prints, canvas's, cards, skins, cases, tshirts etc etc! Visit by clicking HEEEEERRRRRRREEEEE :)
Labels: My Work
Monday, 25 June 2012
1. Hand Painted Shoes - Circum Horizontal Arc
2. Leggings - Up Tightso
3. Cloud Earrings - Divine Sweetness
4. Mobile - The Butter Flying
5. Weather Earrings - Linda Mutequita
6. Necklace - Shannon Sweeley
7. Dance in the Rain Print - Enduring Arts
8. Appetizer Bowls - Ceramica Botantica
Rain, rain, rain... I think thats all we know all in Britain. I mean, its meant to be June for goodness sake not October! I saw something over on pinterest which made me a chuckle it read: 'In the bible it rained for 40 days, they called it a disaster. In England we call it "summer".
I know we moan about the rain alllll the time but really its quite nice. One night last week I was all wrapped up in bed and had my bedroom window open whilst it absolutely chucked it down outside. It felt lovely because I was warm and cosy and there was a slight breeze coming in. That breeze carried one of my favourite smells. Fresh rain. I can't get enough of it. Especially when its a really hot day and there is a sudden down pour. That smell is beautiful! Yum! Not only that but you get puddles, little streams and floods! So really, its not all that bad :)
Sunday, 24 June 2012
This is what I have been doing this weekend! You may remember I told you that I had some new prints over on my etsy shop? Well, I thought it was about time that I actually got some photos that did them justice so here are two. I think I may need to work on the Mountains ones a bit but other than that I am pleased with them and owe a lot of it to my boyfriend for being on camera duty. To see the rest why not pop over to my shop and have a little look? :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/joannehawker?ref=si_shop
Saturday, 23 June 2012
AHHHHHHHH IT'S A SHARK!!!
Well, actually, no... It's not a shark, its me dressed up in another hood. My boyfriend decided that he wanted a shark one for some reason (well actually its his favourite animal). Its not really a creature you see made up into head wear that often but hey! Its something different I guess. I actually really enjoyed making it even though I snapped my bloody sewing machine needle! I have no idea how that happened but it did. I have a couple more hoods to run up for a few other people and then I might even list some on etsy! So keep yours eyes peeled :)
Friday, 22 June 2012
Don't you just love the royals? No? Well I do :) Especially the Queen (and Kate of course). The Queen always looks nice when she is seen out and about and Vogue has spent a year studying her many outfits and created the little chart above showing which percentage of colour that she wore the most. Pretty cool really.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Hello lovelies! Apparently facebook has a horrible new policy which means that only a small number (10%) of people that ‘like’ a fan people will actually see the status updates. Sad times. So, if you’d still like to see my little posts and what I’ve been up to over on my design page then please just click/hover over the ‘liked’ button (under the cover photo on the right) and then make sure you activate the ‘show in news feed’ option. This will make me very happy if you do this :) Otherwise, whats the point in having a page if people can’t see it! Thanks guys! :) x
Pop over here to fix it now! Please? Much love.
Labels: My Work
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Well actually, it isn't (but it sure looks like it has!) but this is what I was greeted with on the way to work this morning. It rained all night and the ditches couldn't hold anymore water so it flooded! As horribly irritating this was (I had to cycle all the way home to get the car and drive the long way) I actually find floods quite fascinating and in a weird way quite pretty. Like in this case where the sky was blue and full of clouds and creating a lovely reflection on the water. We usually cycle through it anyway but we didn't know if the river was over the bridge or not so we gave it a miss this time so I just took this photo instead :) Fingers crossed the water will recede tomorrow otherwise we have to go the loooooooooong way around again.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
I'm sure everyone has looked at at least one food advert in their time and said 'Ha! It never looks like that when it gets to me!' Well, actually I said it about 2 hours ago in Tesco. But you get it even more so with fast food restaurants. I saw this over on Design Taxi and thought I should share! It shows you what your burger looks like when you receive one in McDonald's and then how they prepare them for the advertising photo shoot. Its actually quite interesting.
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Through the wonders of twitter I discovered Clare Yuille of the Indie Retail Academy and the incredible wealth of help and information she has put together for people who want to approach shops to stock their work. In short, she gives you the help and guidance you need to accomplish this! Clare kindly agreed to put together a post for Origami Chicken but if you want even more information be sure to visit the Indie Retail Academy website. Its worth its weight in gold! (If websites actually weighed anything that is...) :)
How to stop being scared of shopkeepers
Judging by the standard of submissions I receive at my boutique, many artists and makers find the idea of pitching their work to a shopkeeper seriously intimidating.
That’s a shame because indie retailers and artists make a great team. Together we bring creativity, distinctiveness and variety to the high street. Stocking your work helps me to offer my customer an experience they can’t get online or at that big shopping centre on the edge of town. In return, I can give you access to an audience which values quality, skill and craftsmanship.
Sounds good, right?
The problem is we’re never going to be able to work together if you’re too scared to get in touch.
So let’s look at what’s making you break out in a cold sweat. Is it this?
"I don't know what to say when I sit down to write an email to a shopkeeper. I don't know what you expect, or how things work. What if I make a mistake?"
Most artists and designers don't know how to pitch their work to retailers because no-one ever taught them. You might have learned how to screen-print, or about sixteenth century embroidery techniques, but no-one said "By the way, here's a bunch of stuff on how to actually, you know, RUN YOUR BUSINESS when you graduate."
Or maybe you're self-taught. Your interest turned into a hobby, your hobby turned into a business, and now you're here, wondering what the heck to do next. If this is you, the thing that's going to stop you feeling scared is understanding how retailers and designers work together. There's lots of stuff over on Indie Retail about this, with more arriving every week, but it all boils down to four questions:
Retailers need to know who you are, what you sell, how much it costs and why their customers want or need it.
Answer as simply and clearly as you can, show me high-quality pictures or samples, include all the relevant details, then stand back and let me make a decision. There are lots of ways to tip the odds in your favour, but in its simplest form that's what shopkeepers want from you.
And you know what else? We actually want you to get in touch.
No, really, we do. We want you to waltz into our inbox and blow our frikkin' socks off.
If your product is right for my shop and your pricing structure means we can both make some money from selling it, you just made my job (and my life) a whole lot easier. I'm rooting for you. I want to say “yes!”
Two things are guaranteed to increase your success rate:
* Target the retailers you pitch to with pin-point accuracy
If I woke you up in the middle of the night, shone a torch in your eyes and whispered "POP QUIZ, HOTSHOT. Why did you write to that indie shopkeeper last Tuesday?" you should be able to give me at least three reasons off the top of your head. Those reasons might be to do with style, price, location, the retailer's philosophy or how your product fits into their existing collection. Doing your homework before you get in touch is crucial but lots of artists and designers just don't bother. Make sure you do.
* Use a tone of voice in your email that's friendly, professional and sounds like you
Knowing what to say and how to say it in a pitch email can be hard. Think about how you talk to your customers, tutors, friends or colleagues about your work. The way you naturally communicate when you aren’t under any pressure is the tone of voice to use in your email. At the moment, this voice might run off and hide behind a bush when you ask it to help you pitch to a shopkeeper. It will be coming out to play somewhere in your life, though, so track it down.
My final thought on taking the fear out of writing to retailers is this.
If you make a damn good product and send it out into the world in the right way, the buyers will come.
Your work will find its right people. The shopkeepers and customers who naturally love what you do will be attracted your way. It'll all get so much easier.
But in order to get to that point, you need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It takes time. It takes energy and consistency, and it also takes you doing the best you possibly can on a daily basis.
Yeah, I know that's scary too. But good scary. EXCITING scary. And I really believe you can do it.
Clare Yuille is an indie retailer and writer. She created Indie Retail Academy, a blog and digital resource which helps artists and designers learn how to sell their work to shops. She aims to take away the eeeek! and replace it with aaaaah.
Monday, 18 June 2012
1. Printable camera models - Mel Stringer
2. Wooden iPhone case - Hello Nutcase
3. I shoot people Keyring - IJD By Noelle
4. Earrings - Brainbow
5. Camera Bag - Happy Sew Lucky
6. Chevron Pattern iPhone Case - Hello Nutcase
7. Camera Necklace - Violet Bella
Last night on twitter during the weekly #bbloggers chat we discussed photography and how great pictures can make a blog or help to sell products. So I have assembled a group of lovely photography based products from etsy for todays Inspiration Monday.
So today I tried to take some photos of my prints for my etsy shop but the sun was against me. By the time I get home most of the natural light is disappearing and shadows are cast over most of the areas that I want to take photos. There isn't a great deal of great places to take photos inside my home either so I'm a little stuck! I think my might just wait until the weekend and find a nice spot at my boyfriends house to take the photos. Well, thats if the weather holds out...
Sunday, 17 June 2012
How the actual hell did he do this?!?! Thats right, those tiny little dots are people! Real people! And Craig Alan has managed to create a super large portrait using humans as pixels. How did he do it? I want to know! Did he hire out a super large aircraft hanger and hide in the ceiling with megaphone? Was he in a helicopter barking orders via a walkie talkie? Or maybe it was just something simple like writing numbers on the floor and allocating people those numbers and telling them to stand there? Maybe? No idea! I guess not knowing is a good thing because it makes it that little bit more special.
Via Bored Panda:
Some of his famous pieces include Marilyn Monroe, John F. Kennedy and the Statue of Liberty, but probably the most incredible one is the portrait of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Well, tomorrow is fathers day! Have you found your father the perfect present? No? Well you have 24 hours or less to go and get him one! I saw this advert earlier in the week and its just lovely! I love the idea of daddies having to come from somewhere. Its just like the question 'mummy? where do babies come from?' but with dads. I think my dad was found in the bottom of the biscuit tin :) Where did yours come from? :)
Friday, 15 June 2012
You may remember a while a go that I said I was going to delete my etsy shop. Well, I had some new prints done and decided to give it one last shot. I've even changed the profile picture and the banner to give it a new lease of life. I must not give up so easily! So I'm not. Well, not just yet anyway :)
I had another lovely email this week from Barry over at Thumbtack Press. You may remember, the interview we did back in April? Well, they have an exciting new partnership with UGLYDOLL.
Surely you remember those little plush doll characters Wage and Ox? My friend had one when I was in college! I'm pretty sure it was the little orange above. Well there are a whole bunch of them now, UGLYDOLL is blowing up, and Thumbtack Press has the exclusive right to offer prints of the little guys in unexpected spots. They're in a supermarket, walking the streets (and by the look of it getting soggy feet!), pondering life, and even considering Ramen. How cute, I think the one with soggy feet is my favourite :)
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Thursday, 14 June 2012
Wow wow wow!! This is the INCREDIBLE work of Berndnaut Smilde. This guy is able to create his own REAL nimbus clouds inside empty spaces. Amazing huh?
'Smilde’s godlike powers come from simple science — he carefully regulates the temperature and humidity of the space, ensuring that conditions are perfect. Then, he sprays a short burst from a fog machine to create a cottony cloud suspended in the middle of the room for just an instant before it collapses.'
'Smilde’s clouds dissipate so quickly that they exist mainly in photographs. He chooses surreal spaces, such as empty churches or galleries, as his setting. One photo, taken in a room with bright blue walls, is evocative of the painter Rene Magritte’s azure skies and puffy clouds.'
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
This is incredible! This hand sewn typography was created by Maricor and Maricar Manalo. It was so difficult choosing what to put here as their web site is rammed full of creative goodies. They appear to do all sorts but I found their hand sewn images the most interesting as they are so detailed. I imagine they took forever too which makes them even more special. Now a days you can knock up some typography in no time but this really is something special. Pop over to their web site if you get the chance and check out some of the other work they have over there :)
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Well, this is what happens when you're left to your own devices all weekend. I spent most of it drawing and making new patterns sat in front of my laptop. But then on sunday evening I had had enough of looking at the screen and decided I wanted to get my sewing machine out. And this is a result of that! I didn't really know what I was going to make all I knew was I wanted to be able to wear what ever I made. When I was chopping the fabric I decided to make a bear but then I kept accidentally pinning my fleece to the carpet so cutting triangles was easier and thats when my bear turned into a wolf! I found some red fleece for the lining and so with that it became red riding hood vs the wolf! I think its quite good for my first hood if I do say so myself :)
Monday, 11 June 2012
1. Best Dad Ever Card - Happy Dappy Bits
2. Pencil Sharpener Desk Tidy - All Things Brighton Beautiful
3. Hankies Pocket Notebook - Luckies
4. Wooden Watch - e-side
5. Personalised Office in a Jar - Harrow & Green
6. My Cape is Invisible - The Joy of Ex Foundation
7. Scratch Off World Map - The Little Boys Room
8. Biscuit Dunkability Mug - Betsy Benn
9. Personalised Scrabble Art - Copper Dot
You have less than a week until Father's Day! So this weeks Inspiration Monday is all about none other than Father's Day. I ALWAYS struggle trying to find something for my Dad as he is so damn picky! But thats probably because he is an Antique Dealer and likes nothing other than old antiques... Which just so happen to be really expensive. A bottle of wine or a Debenhams voucher usually does the trick though. I just wish he would like some of the above items. It would make buying him presents so much more fun! As you can see I got a little carried away with adding lovely things so I hope you like them or find an idea for your dad :)
Sunday, 10 June 2012
I discovered this AMAZING competition a couple weeks ago and was really excited to take part because this is right up my street however I found out that I wasn't eligible because I didn't graduate in 2011 or 2012. I graduate in 2010... gutted. So I thought I'd pass it onto you lovelies to see if any of you are eligible and would like a crack at it! It was actually quite well hidden within their website and was a nightmare to find more info on so if you click the picture it will take you straight there no searching required :) If you do take part let me know! I'd love to see your work :) Good luck! x
Saturday, 9 June 2012
I've been doodling again! And this time I have made a repeat pattern aztec style. I keep seeing this sort of print in fashion and decided to make my own little take on it. You can't really see it on here but there is a slight texture to it and a squared paper background :)
Available as all the usual suspects over on my Society6 shop :) Promotes are greatly appreciated <3
Friday, 8 June 2012
Sorry for being such a rubbish blogger this week! My laptop was on a mega go slow yesterday after I pretty much killed it running too many programs and then the Internet didn't want to be my friend *rant, rant, rant*. But this is what I have been up to! I found a little owl in the front of my doodle book from a while ago and decided to bring him to life! As with most of my personal illustrations it is now on Society6 where it can be bought as prints and phone cases/skins and cards. If you don't fancy buying him today then you can press the promote button for free! I'll love you just as much :) <3
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
I recently discovered the beautiful work of Alyssa Nassner and fell in love with it on the first page of her web site! There are so many lovely works over there that it was difficult to choose what to put here so I picked the images that first caught my attention. But please go over there and check out the rest of her work... GO GO GO! :)
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
1. Diamond Jubilee Cushion - Helkat Design
2. First Class Stamp Brooch - And Smile
3. Tea Towel - Stephanie Cole Design
4. Cake Wrappers and Toppers - Happy Thought
5. Diamond Earrings - Designosaur
6. Bunting Necklace - Sarah Banks
7. Commemorative Print - Roy Fisher Prints
I know its tuesday and this is one day late but who hasn't been busy these last few days? There was only one thing I could dedicate this post to and of course it is the Queens Diamond Jubilee. I suspect that many of you are fed up with the Jubilee being rammed down your throat at every opportunity but I'm not sorry for this post because its a great thing to celebrate. Its nice to have something that brings the country together and all the bad things are forgotten about for that small while. It actually makes you feel proud to be British (and its not very often that I am). I spent most of the day on the sofa watching the Royal Wedding and now I have done the same for todays events. Its not often that you see the Queen get choked up over the love the people of her country give her especially when she came out onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace and the crowd burst into a chant of 'God Save The Queen'. It was actually quite moving because you rarely see her show such emotion. It makes you realise that despite all of her Royal duties she actually just a normal person who loves her family just like everyone else. Get well soon Prince Phillip! :)
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen
Sunday, 3 June 2012
Taaa Daaaaa! So I was supposed to be meeting a friend yesterday but that didn't really happen so I spent the day catching up on boring admin work, making a flag for my uncle and doodling! Out of the doodling came this new ladybird pattern! Its the first pattern I have made in aggggges. Actually to be honest its been a long time since I've made anything because of all my holidays and then catching up I've had to do. I'm not going to lie, I'm actually quite pleased with this one. I hope you like it too!
As always it is available via my Society6 shop! If you'd like to press the promote button on there I'd be forever grateful! This pattern is available in the form of prints, canvas', iPhone covers/skin, ipad skins, laptop skins and cards! :)
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Have you seen google.co.uk today? Its not interactive like many of the others that they have done but it's still a great page and is not at all tacky like much of the other jubilee stuff I have come across in fact I quite like it. I wonder if there will be a different one for each day of the jubilee celebrations? I hope you're all enjoying your long weekend! :)
Labels: Web Site
Friday, 1 June 2012
Its that time of year again when all the third year students hang their best work for the end of year show! Which also means that its coming to two years since I left uni. Sad times :( This is the promotional video for The 3rd Year BA Graphic Communication Show at the Cardiff School of Art & Design which of course I really like! If I can make it I'd like to pop up and have a nosey at their work and speak to my lecturers but unfortunately I think I already have other plans. Boo! But if you're in the area you should pop in! Its always a treat and they're a talented bunch :)
The Show runs from:
9th June (Sat) 11am - 6pm
10th - 14th June (Sun - Thurs) 10am - 6pm
15th June (Fri) 10am - 12pm
2nd Floor, N Block,