23 April 2018

BLUE PRINT 2018 - esther bley designs

Esther Bley Designs is the studio of artist Bley Hack, who creates hand-rendered artwork for a variety of markets. Using mainly watercolour, but often mixing it with other media, Bley paints designs inspired by the fresh florals and vintage charm she spies on her family farm. Her collections range from tropical birds to farm animals, and often include sweet sentiments in watercolor brush lettering. This year, she will be featuring pretty new work with a focus on all kinds of fauna, including moths and fish, accented with beautiful loose florals.


The latest Blue Print shows are coming up in New York next month, running from the 17th - 22nd of May. This year there will be over 110 studios and artists spread over the two shows being held at the Hudson Mercantile Building, 500 W 36th Street NY 10018. It is literally just three minutes walk from the Javits Centre (Surtex) and the new Hudson Yards subway station. The venue also has one of those rare commodities in New York, a roof patio which looks down on the Hudson River.Two posters have been designed for the two different shows to this email. The one above has been designed by Jennifer Orkin Lewis, and the second one by Harriet Mellor we posted last Friday. Below you will find a list of all the exhibitors....

New from Blue Print this year is their inaugural show in San Francisco. Booths for exhibitors sold out in just two hours and the idea has been well received by clients on the West Coast who are looking forward to having a Blue Print show on their side of the US. Below is the San Francisco show poster designed by Emma Shonenburg....

BLUE PRINT 2018 - beth schneider

Beth Schneider is a surface designer from Chicago and is returning to New York this year with a fresh portfolio full of new watercolour florals, patterns and illustrations. Her unique combinations of modern, on-trend color palettes paired with her sophisticated hand of watercolor create her clean, fun and fresh signature style. Her patterns and illustrations have been licensed on stationery products, home decor, housewares, wall art, textiles, and more. Beth is now taking appointments at beth@bethschneiderdesigns.com or you can visit her at Blueprint Show 2, May 20-22, upstairs in Booth 44.

20 April 2018

BLUE PRINT 2018 - willowberry

Willowberry Studio featuring textile and surface pattern designs by Angela Kilpatrick strives to create timeless prints from handcrafted florals and geometrics to sophisticated Christmas patterns for the home, fashion and paper markets. At Blueprint this year Willowberry Studio will be featuring carefully curated mix and match patterns inspired by nature and travel as well as a small fresh boutique style card line. Email angela@willowberrystudio.com to set up an appointment or drop by Blueprint show number 2, May 20-22, Booth# 27 at the Hudson Mercantile.

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BLUE PRINT 2018 - harriet mellor

Harriet Mellor is a British artist and designer based in Germany who will be showing at the Blue Print Show 2 in New York next month. Harriet was lucky enough to be asked to design a poster for the show this year, and her website can be found online here for more details.

BLUE PRINT 2018 - a fresh bunch

A Fresh Bunch will again be exhibiting aBlueprint Shows 1 & 2 in New York from May 17-22.  Representing 19 artists from around the world, A Fresh Bunch offers a wide range of styles and art created in a variety of mediums.  A Fresh Bunch artists have collaborated with major manufacturers on gift wrap, gift bags, greeting cards, fabric, tableware and more.  From gorgeous hand lettering to festive characters, A Fresh Bunch has loads of new work making its debut at Blueprint.  Follow the Bunch on Instagram for additional peeks at their work.

19 April 2018

BLUE PRINT 2018 - artabella collective

Artabella Collective are a group of seven international designers. Although their artistic styles are diverse, they all have a common passion for surface pattern design. They are Michelle Grace and Claire Elsworth from the UK, Deane Christiansen from Canada and Shelley Seguinot, Erica Ilene, Diana Kelley and Amber Shaw from the USA. Initially making connections through the amazing online community of surface pattern designers, they formed friendships through courses including Make it in Design, MATS Bootcamp and the Roost Tribe. They soon discovered that they had shared ambitions and an incredible drive to succeed which is happily accentuated by the support of one another. Artabella Collective will be making their trade show debut at Blueprint Show 2 in May and are excited to make contacts and forge lasting professional relationships into the foreseeable future. They offer a broad range of highly commercial patterns and placements for every occasion and are so happy to have the opportunity to promote their amazing artwork to clients on a global scale.
Above : Claire Elsworth’s trend-based surface pattern designs are bursting with colour and impact. Her intense, opulent style of maximalism is aesthetically designed to appeal to the home decor, wallpaper, bolt fabric and apparel markets.

Above : Deane Christiansen likes to marry a modern vintage style with a fun and quirky direction. Her strength and focus is in creating florals and illustrative motifs for everyday occasions and children’s patterns.

Above : Diana Kelley’s geometric, abstract and modern floral designs feature bold, confident colour, handcrafted textures and a fun design sensibility. Her work is especially well-suited to homeware, interiors and apparel, both for adults and the children’s markets.
Above : Michelle Grace produces commercial designs with a fresh, innovative style incorporating unique hand-painting and intricate sketching processes as well as illustrative, digital motifs. She loves to give her eclectic patterns a playful and whimsical edge.
Above : Amber Shaw produces beautiful, feminine designs portraying sweet florals and motifs in wonderful colour combinations. Her pattern and placements include seasonal influences and adorable children’s character motifs.

Above : Shelley Seguinot loves to create the cutest characters and bold patterns for the children’s product and apparel market, home decor and the stationery industry.
Above : Erica Ilene designs vintage-inspired florals which are complimented with mid-century styled geometric coordinates as well as whimsical pattern collections and seasonal designs. She also has an extensive collection of typography designs.
Find out more on the Artabella Website and check out the Artabella Instagram.

BLUE PRINT 2018 - claire elsworth

By coincidence I also heard from UK surface pattern designer and Artabella Collective member Claire Elsworth. Claire is based in Derbyshire where she creates surface pattern designs available for purchase and license for a variety of markets and products. She loves to draw and her process always starts with detailed hand-drawn motifs which she works up in Illustrator. From her eclectic inspiration of nature, fabulous ornamentation and visual trend forecasts she strives to produce an elegant feminine aesthetic staying true to her own uniquely opulent style. Her designs have featured on Make it in Design, Patternbank and also in MOYO magazine. Her Peacock Maximalist and Jay’s Jungle collections won the ‘Make it in Design Ultimate Trade Show Competition 2017’. Exhibiting with Artabella Collective at Blueprint Show 2 this May, Claire will be showing a varied portfolio of new and on-trend designs. She is looking to make connections for purchase and licensing opportunities and is particularly interested in attracting opportunities from wallpaper, home decor, fashion and bolt fabric companies. Commissions are also welcome.View more of Claire's work online here or follow along on Instagram.