DIY Easter Card - From the Workshop SYD003

The illustrations in today's post are from a DIY card I designed for the ABCD meetup goodie bag a few weeks ago. 
ABCD meetup is a designer, crafter and blogger networking event organized by the lovely Lisa of the red thread and Steph of Bondville. It was a fun evening and I met a lot of interesting and creative Ladies.
On this note:
Enjoy the extra long weekend (Australians get an extra public holiday on Tuesday, yey!) and


Pegge Hopper - Inspiration - SYD002

A friend of mine lend me some of her Japanese grafik design books a while ago. Their titles are translated into quirky English and read 'Stamp Tour in the World' or ' Book Design of Graphic Designers in the world'. All the writing is in Japanese, so not much for me to read, but a lot of eye candy.
While Flicking through them the work of Pegge Hopper caught my eye. I had never heard of her before.
Pegge grew up and studied in the Usa. In the 60ies, she moved to Italy for two years and worked for La Rinascente, an Italian department Store. She designed a series of advertising posters for the company.
I love the bunny rabbit cum easter egg above. It looks like it has been torn out of paper and put together like a collage. The shapes are simple and bold in colour. She manages to paint a picture and tell a storey with very few lines.

Pegge Hopper later moved to Hawaii, where she lives until today. She became well known for her paintings of island women. These paintings are more detailed than her graphic work for Rinascente but they still are dominated by bold and simple shapes of single colour. Check out her website for more images. You can buy prints of her work in her online shop.


From the Workshop - Designgipfel M√ľnster -BS003

Just a quick reminder, the Designgipfel is open this weekend and it is wonderful weather!

Inspiration BS002 – Armelle Caron

Armelle Caron - Anagrammes graphiques de plans de villes - Istanbul
Today I would like to show you a work by the french artist Armelle Caron. These beautiful maps of metropolis around the world caught my attention. It is simply facinating to see these mega structures broken down into their simple geometric forms which are then organized by shape and size into  a catalog.
I got caught not only by the simple graphics but also by the insights that suddenly were so simple to get. Half of New York for example consists of small rectangles one like the other, Montpelier has so little streets and Istanbul seems to have absolutely no system of organization but then the occurring shapes somehow look alike. 

Once i was intruiged by the maps i kept looking into her work and discovered a strange universe of fairytale like graphics, always in a very simple style sticking to one kind of a line, monochomatic but very surreal.
Armelle Caron - oiseaux en cage and aphrodite



Project Selvedge Competition - Vote for me, please!

I entered the Project Selvedge Competition by Michael Miller and Spoonflower a while ago. The task was to design a fabric for baby boys and the winner of the competition will design a commissioned Michael Miller fabric collection. More than 900 designers entered the competition and yesterday the semi finalists where announced and my design is part of it! How exciting!
The finalists will be chosen by vote. Voting is open until the 7th of April
If you like my design please vote for me here!