Friday, June 29, 2012

New website!

At last I have a lovely new website with up to date work and contact details!

I thought I'd share a few screenshots but it's probably best you just go and check it out yourself, I promise it will be worth your time!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Moo order arrived!

Today my Moo order arrived, I have been eagerly awaiting it and I was not disappointed!

As a print nerd who loves the feel of paper and fantastic printed things it was unbelievably exciting for me to receive such amazing quality pieces, both in the print and the smooth glossy but not shiny paper stock.

Below are a few photos of my order, I ordered mini cards and stickers for my Etsy shop iheartrosie, the mini cards I will be using as mini business to hand out to people and also as tags (will upload photos of these when I have made them, they're gonna look AWESOME!) The stickers are for packaging, which I think will add a nice personalised touch to them :)

Finally I ordered business cards for myself, Rosie Simons Graphic and Surface Design. I paid extra to have the rounded corner business cards but it really adds to the design and makes them a beautiful object!


So happy and would thoroughly recommend Moo and their products! You can read about their wonderful silky matte laminate paper stock here

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Surface Design snapshots

There are some really wonderful surface design pieces out in the market right now, from homeware to clothing I thought I'd share some of my favourite pieces I have seen recently.. I love looking out for great design as inspiration!

Below: Bird Silhouette mug from Sainsburys, available in duck egg or pink. I love the simple 1 colour design with a combination of solid shapes and line details and sweet motifs

Below: Fluro Print Vest from New Look, I just adore the bright colours and geometric pattern

Below: Pop Art Purple Floral Crop Top from New Look, this piece has a lovely colour palette and a great mix of textured colours and black lines

Below: Some photos I took of a window display I saw in St Ives, Cornwall whilst on holiday, it was such a nice arrangement of beautiful surface design pieces, unfortunately it was just a little gift shop and when I went inside none of the products had any branding or labelling on so I don't actually know who made them! I loved all the different florals, polka dots and laser cut tree with flowers and birds!

Below: Hummingbird Asymmetric Vest from BHS, this may be for kids but I love this simple elegant white bird print on my favourite colour - TURQUOISE!

Below: Items in the apple pattern from Paperchase, tea towel and diary. I love the printed texture to the organic shapes and the way they are layered, so fresh and fun!

Finally, I've signed up to take part in this year's Tigerprint Gifted? A design a day competition, you can read the press release here. Between 27th June and 31st July you will get sent a different theme everyday where you create something, you can sketch, doodle, stitch, collage, paint, photograph, embroider, type, render, scult.. anything goes. The only confinement is that you can only use black and white, so I've been looking out for interesting black and white designs, like this black and white floral shift dress from M&S below, to inspire me for the beginning of this great project! 

I've been working on some new surface designs and been given LOTS of amazing vintage fabrics, so many exciting blog posts to come in the next few days! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

New iheartrosie items on Etsy

I've been busy making lots of new products for my Etsy shop iheartrosie recently, below is a run down of some of the new products available in the shop, I hope you like them!

First up a few new takes on existing popular braided fabric bracelets, with a simple lobster clasp fastening, button fastening and an exciting new colour!

Braided Fabric bracelets with lobster clasp, available in blue, pink, khaki, purple, mint or black and white AND *NEW* bright summer fabric, each with a choice of either silver or bronze lobster clasp fastening.

A new colour choice "summer" for popular braided fabric bracelet with button fastening available here

iheartrosie has also now branched out into braided friendship bracelets which are very trendy this year and the perfect accessory for summer, available in many different colourways with different charms! Custom bracelets are also available, please contact me for more details. You can view the selection of friendship bracelets available here

Below are a couple of special bracelets that I wanted to feature individually, first, a pink friendship bracelet with hope ribbon charm, $1 from each sale of this bracelet is donated to Breast Cancer research charity. Great for showing support, remembering a loved one or just helping by donating to charity.

Next are two bracelets especially for 4th July holiday, in red, white and blue with star and ball charms, great for showing patriotism and celebrating.

All braided friendship bracelets have sliding knot closures so are adjustable sizes and should fit most teenage/adult wrists.

I have a few new ideas in the pipeline so keep checking back for updates and to receive more news and new product information from iheartrosie follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Floral inspiration

A few weeks ago (when the weather was actually nice!) I took a trip to RHS Wisley, and it was very inspirational! The colour, shapes, textures and patterns I saw were unbelievable so I thought I would share a few of my favourite photos.

I'm hoping to find inspiration from these photos to make some new prints for the Tigerprint - Design a print competition, there's certainly enough shapes, colours and textures there!

All the photos of are unedited, a few have been cropped to show the best flowers in the photo, but all in their original colour straight from the camera! Hope you enjoy :)

P.S I now have a Twitter account for my design self, follow me @rosie_simons for sneak peeks, new goings on and other exciting things!