Hi! My name is Emma Jayne and I love Illustration, Surface Pattern and blogging. My masters degree is in Textile Illustration, which I studied at The Manchester University and I also have a degree is in Surface Pattern.
I’ve always had a passion for design and my work is heavily influenced by illustration, pattern and nature.
Here’s a little information about me… I currently take inspiration from nature, colour, shapes, texture, fashion, graphics, nature, interiors, magazines … 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 I 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 15 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. More recently, I have produced illustrations using Pro Create, which I combine with traditional media i.e. gouache. I would describe my style as whimsical, playful, colourful and bold, with hints of texture. I really love colour and enjoy creating different colour combinations.
In my spare time, I continually search for new ideas and new inspiration; whether that would be in stationery, apparel, children’s books, 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 mainly share my pattern and illustration work.