About Me

 

Nov
25
2013

 

About-emmajayne-designs

 

emmajayne-designs

Hi! My name is Emma Jayne and I love Surface Pattern , Illustration and blogging. My degree is in Surface Pattern, for which I studied at the University of Huddersfield. I got a 2:1 with honours. I’ve always had a passion for design and my previous work was heavily influenced by pattern, graphic design and illustration.

About me

Here’s a little information about me… I currently take inspiration from colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors … actually, pretty much anything I come across which piques my interest! From childhood I have always been passionate about art, coming from a creative family. My father and grandfather both loved DIY, my mum loved fashion and interiors and my grandmother, who spent every Thursday and most weekends sewing and knitting with me. I knitted my first jumper at 8 years (it was too big and I could not get to wear it till I was about 10!).

My design BA and studio work at Dorma made good use of my drawing and colour skills. At Dorma I was involved with the whole design process, from initial concept to bulk printing. I have undertaken various freelance projects over an 10 year period, selling my designs in the UK, around Europe and in America.

I love being creative and playing around with sketches, which later, I develop on my computer. I don’t really have one particular signature style and I find that this allows me to be versatile. This flexibility is a useful attribute to have when working on briefs for different types of clients.

In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, corporate promotional literature and web design, to interiors, and even colour themes. I am also a Pinterest addict and before I used Pinterest, I used to keep boxes full of magazine clippings and marketing material.

Things that I like are; vintage patterns & interiors, old and contemporary illustrations, typography, printed fabrics, retro wallpaper, posters, Scandinavian design, pick”n”mix sweets, collecting stamps and listening to music whilst working on my computer.

My objective is to keep up with the current trends, keep updating my skills to constantly strive to become a better designer and to hopefully inspire you through my blog.

 

ABOUT MY BLOG

I started my blog in 2010, when I was studying on my masters. I wanted a site that would display my development work (like an on-line sketchbook) and where I could store written thoughts and ideas. As time went by, I started blogging inspiration for my designs and updating my design artwork. Now I like to keep up with current trends and to share my passions for different aspects of design and what inspires me. I also add in the odd piece of design work, which you can see on my Etsy shop.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Altogether I have spent approximately thirteen years in education, after leaving school at 16. My qualifications, apart from the usual gained at school, include:-

Diploma L4 Graphic Design
Masters Textile Illustration
BA (Hons) Surface Pattern
PGCE Teaching
NVQ I&II Business Administration
”A” Level (x2) Art
BTEC Nat Diploma Graphics

and a few more…………….

 

WORK

Current – Shop owner/Freelance Designer in Design & Illustration
Deva Design – Surface Pattern Designer
IF Agency – Intern Graphic Designer
Ultimate Communications – Intern Graphic Designer
The Oldham College – Art & Maths teacher
Turner Bianca – Intern Textiles Designer
Dorma – Creative Textile Designer
R.E.D – Freelance Illustrator & Surface Pattern Designer

 

 

Next update…

 

May
17
2013

Since Christmas to now, I’ve been busy doing nice stuff, like choosing the wedding cake, car, photographer, shoes, booking the church and reception venue and finally making ‘the’ decision and buying my wedding dress!

Regarding the photos, I’ve been looking at real life wedding pics on the Snippet & Ink website, which have captured fun, romance and the moment.


Budget-Friendly Wedding in Atlanta

ad10


Chelsea & Scott

bride-getting-ready-1-2

toss-rose-petals-wedding-9-1


Bethany & Eric

white-buttercream-wedding-cake-5


Rachel & David’s Pastel Country Club Wedding

mint-green-bridesmaid-dresses-7


Gabrielle & Kevin

vintage-wedding-dress

porMESSINA1018

 

I’ve selected a lovely berrie and pale blue colour scheme for the wedding. These are two of my favourite colours and are also the colours within my partner’s kilt, that he will be wearing on the big day. The ceremony will be in the autumn and I would say that the red berrie colour will especially fit perfectly with the autumn season, complemented with hints of cool blue tones. Also, blush pink and ivory colours could look perfect within this colour palette too.

Colour scheme moodboard – red and pale blue

398-A-Fun-Fair-Affair

 

I have produced a few more ‘Save the Date’ cards and these are just two of my favourites:

Hand drawn invite

Handdrawn_Save_the_Date_invite

I love the hand drawn aspect of this design, however it takes some time to create, which I do by hand on paper first, then scan and redraw it in Illustrator. To produce other stationery i.e. wedding ceremony with venue information, menu cards etc, again, they would take longer to produce than if I used fonts that are already in InDesign or Illustrator. Therefore, I have designed an invite that is pretty, modern and has a romantic feel (flowers and the typograph).

Final ‘Save the Date’ invite

Peony_Save.the.date.invite

I really like the feel of this invite. It spells out ‘romantic wedding’ and did not take long to create. I feel confident producing the rest of the stationery in this style, perhaps changing the pink background colour to fit within the colour scheme and play with other types of flowers too. Perfect!!