FolioFocus portfolio review winner 2016

 

Jan
23
2017

 

FolioFocus portfolio review winner 2016

In October last year, I took part, along with approximately five hundred people, on a portfolio building course. We were given a whole variety of briefs and I loved them! Over the weekend I found out that I was a FolioFocus portfolio review winner 2016! How cool is that!! For this prize, there were actually two winners, so in fact I was a joint winner.

I was in shock when I scrolled down the page on the Rise Design and Shine blog, to find my name and a couple pieces of my work staring right at me. There were so many talented designers on the course (too many to mention) and when I submitted a sample of the work I produced on the course, I didn’t ever think that I would be selected by Bonnie Christine for a portfolio review. It was a total surprise!

I loved each design brief, yet the projects I enjoyed the most would have to be:

Christmas bird dinnerware collection

Birds seem to be popular at Christmas, especially in the first four days of the carol ’12 days of Christmas’. I thought my birds would sit perfectly on dinnerware and I painted them in bright and pastel colours.

Geometric abstract sportswear collection

I had lots of fun playing with shapes, colours and textures for my geometric, abstract print collection. I kept to a feminine colour palette, mixing brighter colours with pastel shades. I’d love to extend this range one day and create more abstract patterns.

Let it snow illustration

At the moment, I’m really enjoying creating characters for children’s illustration. For this piece, I wanted each monster to portray its own personality and I put them against a snowy mountain scene, which was perfect for the time when I designed them, back in November when the weather really started to get cold. I can see this illustration on children’s apparel and on stationery too.

Floral perfume greeting card set

I love painting flowers. They’re quite a challenge to get right and for this brief, I painted perfume bottles too. Some of the perfume bottles have decorative detailing and I made others silhouettes. I kept the colours bright and added a lace pattern in the background for one of the card designs and inside its envelope too.

The feedback from Bonnie was very positive and encouraging. Getting good feedback definitely boosts your confidence and at least I know I’m creating designs that people enjoy to see. One of the comments from Bonnie was that she can see my designs used on all sorts of projects, ranging from children’s clothing, home decor, apparel to stationery and more!

 

Cheers to a productive 2017!

Emma Jayne x

 

 

 

 

Contemporary hallway makeover moodboard

 

Jan
16
2017

 

Just over one year ago, we decorated quite a few rooms (all at once I have to say!) and yes, the house looked like a building site. I think altogether, it had taken three months to strip, paint and carpet five rooms. One area of the house that still needs updating is the hallway and I’ve put together a, contemporary hallway makeover moodboard.

The front entrance to my home is quite dark, as we’re situated within a corner, with a few tall trees from stopping some of the sunlight getting through.  It’s great having a corner plot, especially the views we have of the Welsh mountains from the back of the house, yet from where we are positioned, we get limited daylight on the front. So, it is important for me, that when decorating the hallway, it feels fresh and bright.

I love colour, art, pattern and line, so my moodboard combines all of these together. With white walls and and perhaps a yellow feature wall, running up the stairs, a patterned floor would look perfect. For the floor, I have selected geometric patterned tiles in blue and white. How fun would it be to have the stairs painted in a collection of pretty pastel shades. The colours chosen, are complimentary to the blue and white tiles floor, as well as the white and yellow feature walls.

To add more interest/detail to the hallway, I think the wall art and vase will do just that, and to add a bit of a contemporary twist, the console table with its clean lines, will balance perfectly with the angles of the stairs and patterned floor tiles.

For some glamour, the copper telephone and chandelier adds a bit of dazzle to the existing matt tones i.e. walls, stairs and wall art.

Here are some items that I’ve collated for a colourful and contemporary, hallway makeover.

Contemporary hallway makeover moodboard

Mirror/ painting / chandelier / stairs / vase / telephone / floor tiles / console table

Overall, I think the whole collection kind of looks Mediterranean and inviting.  Does this moodboard inspire you to decorate your hallway using these colours and patterns?

 

Emma Jayne x