We've been busy in the studio designing and making our new range of wooden beads. The colours are amazing with inky blue/black through to blush pinks and natural hues...
The colours pair beautifully with our laser cut pieces and have added another dimension to the look of our new and existing beads.
We think the colours are amazing...
Our wooden beads are so lightweight, making them perfect for layering.
A little touch of rose gold takes the look from day to night...
We've gone pattern crazy over at A Hurley Design, decorating everything and anything that doesn't move! Recently we've moved from digital design to a more handmade feel, which has resulted in some very pleasant surprises, and lots of new prints in our Spoonflower shop. (http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/birdandblossom).
You can follow our trail of patterns here www.instagram.com/ahurleydesign
Above - 'Violet Shine'
We've been hand painting beads for our Autumn/Winter range.
While the pastel/metallic blends are our favourite, it's the lime/navy combo that is proving most popular with our customers.
Theme some beads with a pair of our hand-painted earrings for a match made in heaven.
Our Seasonal Surprise Box has proven popular for gift-giving.
Lime and navy is a hit this season.
There, I've said it.
After many years of admiring watercolour artists and their art from afar, I have recently taken the plunge, whipped out those scary little tubes of pigment and splashed it around. And you know what? I love it! In fact, I can't stop painting. And hopefully I don't have to stop anytime soon...
Our Cactus patterns will soon be available in our Spoonflower Shop www.spoonflower.com/profiles/birdandblossom
We've been dabbling with shoe design, check out bucketfeet.com for original, wearable, shoe art.
The last few weeks in the Bird & Blossom 'creative lab' have been based around creating things with a paper theme. Beautiful combinations of peachy pastels, textured, shiny, metallic and printed paper, beautiful paper!
Here's a look at some of the bits we have put together, the journal is our fave, but we're loving the wall decor and the mantra print too.
Find our journal on our Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/BirdandBlossomDesign/tools/listings/view:table/268832253
We are loving the combination of peach, metallics and neutral colours, almost good enough to eat!
As a lover of all things hand made, it should come as no shock that I am really embracing the hand drawn trend at the moment. I can't get enough of painterly illustrators and artists such as Flora Waycott, Caroline Gavin, Helen Dardik, Racahel Taylor, Zoe Ingram... yes, the list is extensive!
These and loads more illustrators inspire me to become the 'best me I can be', hence lots of time spent taking courses with some of the best in the industry. But the fact remains, that the only way to become really good at what you love is to practice, (something that I find myself preaching on a daily basis to my 13 year old!). 10'000 hours is the advice given by the lovely Lilla Rogers, (artist, agent, entraupenear and all round lovely lady), that's right, according to Lilla, it takes 10,000 of hours of practice to become really good at what you do. Do I have time for that?
While I have lost count of the amount of hours spent doodling and painting and getting messy in the studio, I can say that I love every minute of the process, It absorbs me and fills me with joy and I am loving the ride.
I hope that one day my art might make its way onto an item, (or two, or, lordy, three!), in a store, that would be awesome. And so out come the pencils, pens, paints and paper... there's art to be made!
I have to admit, I've been a bit absent from the 'blogosphere' of late! The truth is that life has been a little busy round here. Of course absent from the www does not equate to absent in life, in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Late last year I made the decision to take part in 'Lilla Roger's Make Art that Sells part A' course to learn the ropes of an illustrator in the world of illustration. It was both invigorating and eye opening to say the least, so followed Part B and now I find myself immersed in Bootcamp. Lilla sets challenging briefs that are in no way the 'norm' for me and manage to put me way out of my comfort zone every time. It's incredibly fulfilling to push yourself outside of the square and put together a piece of art that you never thought you would...or could. I am looking forward to pitching my work to some manufacturing types to see how it goes...
And while we weren't looking, our Little Red print showed up in the Sydney Daily Telegraph.. wow!...
Andrea Hurley is a graphic designer residing in Ballarat, Victoria. Her interests include design and 'all things handmade', pattern making, fashion, photography, gardening and coffee, good coffee!