An Enchanted Geometric in Progress
We've moved into our new flat just in time for Christmas. My husband is already thrilled with his much easier commute into London where he works. I've had plenty of fun trying to get the spare room into an elegant arrangement of my working studio, his man-desk and the guest bed. In between all this furniture moving, I'm aware that it's time to get back to work and start wringing out the inspiration from our recent return to Tokyo!
Inspiration is very much in abundance for me and I'm always motivated by the clash of ideas and styles I see in my visits to Japan. This is probably responsible for my latest in-progress collection, 'Enchanted Geometry'. So far, it's still in early stages but there is already a delightful array of characters emerging, including the 'Princess' of the tale.
As usual, my process is highly graphic and not so obviously anthropomorphic as you would expect in a character-based surface design collection about garden flowers. In this case, I think that I'm actually being aided by the choice to make this a more geometric adventure because I can simply the method of expressing characterisation in the same way that the shapes are being simplified. I can't help being taken back to many hours glued to a screen playing video games with far less sophisticated graphics to communicate character and story.
I suspect, that this will be something of a lynchpin in my style development this year. In 2016, I was able to really identify my spirited and whimsical style and my preference for graphic, iconic approaches to illustrating nature. That being said, it's fairly obvious that my strengths sit at a junction between my creative writing background and my surface pattern design portfolio. For this year, I really hope to push into that and see where my narrative-driven collections can go.