Some of you may know, that I am doing a course in Photography from CSM at Kings Cross.
It is definitely something I recommend, if you think you want to polish not only your skill with your camera and photoshop but even train your eye to see simple everyday beauty.
Here are some of my pictures from last week, where I had do document the city.
I live in the iconic bend of the river where in a matter of 10 minutes you can see everything from the Shard, to the Gherkin, to Wapping and finally see the lights of Canary Wharf.So I picked up my bike, cycled all along the bend from Bermondsey to Greenwich and this was the result!
As someone who is not from London, I find it fascinating (sometimes amusing too) how there is a divide between the North of the river and South of the river..and even the Hipster East, Entrepreneurial City and Lush West..That is genuinely how I started TrendBridged…just to bridge the visual gap.
Hopefully sometime soon I can document the South from the North of the river!
I had seen Kate Rowland’s illustrations in these quirky little jewellery items a while ago, but it was not until It’s my Generation got in touch, that I started actually exploring how beautiful Kate’s design process is.
And when I saw these amazing Breaking Bag inspired wooden jewellery on Kate’s website, I was jumping with joy!
A graduate from Arts University College,Bournemouth, Kate is now based in London as an illustrator and a Jewellery designer.
We had a quick chat about her love for art,laser cutting and Breaking Bad
TB: When was your “Eureka” moment when you decided to pursue your career in Art?
I’ve never wanted to do anything but get paid to design and draw! So I can’t say I have one specific ‘eureka’ moment – it’s been more of a gradual process of following my dream and learning how to make a living from what I love.
After School Club is a creative collective formed by myself and two fellow illustrator friends from my class at university. We have a similar approach to illustration practice, and are using the collective as a means to explore new creative territory and push the boundaries of our practice! Keep an eye out for some new projects coming up over the next few months.
TB: Did you know you would be making Jewellery out of your art when you started off as an Artist?
It was never planned! I started making my wooden jewellery whilst studying illustration at university. We had a laser cutter in the 3D workshops, and after attending a workshop I started having loads of ideas of things to make… it all went from there!
Etsy has been invaluable in my process as a designer maker; it’s such a fantastic platform for small businesses and start ups, and has helped my business grow from a little idea into what it is today. The communities and advice blogs are super helpful for the business-novices, and I’m still learning a lot!
TB: I love how everyday TV series are such an integral part of your line, Special Nod of Approval for Game of thrones “Winter is Coming”! What Inspires you?
I love a great television show or film. One of the first things I ever made was a Twin Peaks brooch for a friend. It’s really fun to share an in-joke or a nerdy reference with someone, and to interpret some of my favourite references, quotes or jokes in a creative way is one of the best things about my job!
TB: Has your style evolved over the years? if Yes..What factors play a role in that change?
I’ve only been making my jewellery for about 18 months! I think it has changed a little – I understand the making process more, and know the constraints and strengths of the laser cutter. But I try and maintain the simple, illustrative approach to design that has worked well for me so far.
TB: Seeing a 3d product from your sketch must be very gratifying.Could you run us through your design process?
All my designs start out as notes, scribbles or thumbnail sketches. Usually in a multitude of notebooks or post-its that I find dotted about everywhere! I then work on refining the sketches a little before transforming them into vectors, ready to be laser cut. I digitally edit the drawings as little as possible in order to retain the hand drawn aesthetic. The difficult thing about my design process is that I can’t easily test out new designs, as I send them away to be laser cut out of house. I’m saving up for my own laser cutter so that one day I won’t have this problem! Lastly I sand, paint and finish my designs, ready to be sold.
TB: What are your top words of wisdom to illustrators and Graphic Designers out there?
Be as pro-active as possible! I still don’t get as much drawing done as I’d like, but I try as much as possible (sometimes I schedule in drawing days!) and don’t forget that sketching and research are still important. Its quite easy to forget to include that process of creative exploration and dive right into finished designs once you leave education. And also; try something different, often! You never know where it will take you.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love my red lippy!
I have been a Ruby Woo from MAC girl for as long as I remember so when my darling friend Tilda who works as Burberry gave me some of the latest products she has been working on I wasn’t surprised to find a Red Lipstick with in the lot.
She chose a nice pink blusher with a matching Gloss to go with it along with a glossy Red nail paint! All that a girl could ask for!
Now the MAC Ruby woo is quite matt and if you haven’t moisturised your lips,it can feel quite chappy/flakey. Also it’s a deep red so looks great on my Indian olive skin.
The Burberry Brick Red is a different ball game altogether.The velvety texture moisturises your lips while the colour is a deep red bordering with wine and once on your lips,looks luscious.I got quite a few nods of approval from my girl friends and definitely recommend this shade and texture if you want a dressier version of your Matt Mac baby:)