A FEW MONTHS…

It’s been a great past few months along this path of design! Started freelancing and I’ve been able to work with some great clients recently. Today I just sent a festival brochure off to print. Always get a little nervous when a job goes off to print but also looking forward to seeing it in the flesh. It’s a 32-page festival guide for the Oxford Lieder Festival which will take place in October. They put on so many fantastic concerts and events during the festival, all of which celebrate song. If you like good music you may want to check this out as there will be some amazing musicians performing. For this year’s brochure we wanted to keep the classical look but add a contemporary twist to try and attract some new audiences as well as the loyal following. I decided to make the brochure very much image-based so as to capture a bit of the atmosphere and experience of the festival because it really is quite special and unique. Here are the final proofs I went through before sending it off to print. I’ll post a photo of the actual brochure here when I get my copy 🙂

Oxford Lieder Festival proofs

Another really exciting project that I was involved in recently was Abi and Mikey’s wedding invitations and website. This was not freelance work but just a bit of fun designing for Daniel’s sister and her fiance who are getting married in August. They are organising a lovely wedding in Yorkshire with a vineyard reception – can’t wait! We all sat down (over raclette) and discussed what they would like and what colours and styles would work well. After that I got down to some design work and Daniel helped with feedback along the way. I made them all by hand and can confirm that 4 hours of cutting makes your hand sore!

Hours of cutting!

Apart from the sore hand though it was loads of fun. This is how they ended up:

Invitations

Then Daniel and I made a mini wedding website for the lovely couple so that guests could have more information or contact the family. Check it out here. So, lots of love & fun involved in this project. Actually I’d love to design more wedding stationery and websites if the chance arises. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re reading this and are getting married & like what you see!

Whilst I was doing my moodboarding for the wedding invitations I stumbled across a few very inspiring sites. The first one (which is now my new default homepage) is ohsobeautifulpaper.com I just love the designs on there and ALL THAT SEXY STATIONERY! There’s some real talent out there and who said print is dying?! While print may be decreasing in quantity, sites like this show that it’s certainly not decreasing in quality and people are still embracing it. If anything, the smaller print runs give the designer the opportunity to create something much more elaborate, special or bespoke now. Exciting times!

It also inspired me to start making some cards in my free time. I’d love to learn how to screenprint or do letterpress. As soon as I have saved a bit more I will invest in learning how to do these. For now though, it’s right back to basics with the felt tip pens! I find it relaxing at the end of the day to just make a card or two. There’s always an occasion to make a card…’thank you’ cards for some of my lovely birthday presents, a ‘new home’ card for my sister Chloe and her boyfriend Dids who have just moved in together to a new town, ‘happy birthday’ cards etc etc. Here’s a couple I made recently (I do apologise for the low-quality yellowy instagrammy photos!):

Thank You Card

Merci card

Apart from card-making I have been enjoying some other pursuits in my free time recently. I got to see my youngest brother Tim Ham’s artwork in the Oxford Brookes Foundation Art Show last week. I went to the opening which was just really inspiring and great to meet some of his talented pals. Some of them seem so young yet have done so much. There were a few who stood out to me and one was Mirren Kessling. Check out one of her awesome artworks below and as my bro quite aptly put it: ‘no matter what she does, she makes it look good’:

mirren kessling

I’m probably completely biased but my brother’s work was actually one that stood out to me too. He had gone to an underpass in Oxford and covered the entrance and exit with massive pieces of yellow chiffon. He did some videography and photography but also documented the goings-on in this underpass and people’s reactions to him being there and the material being there too. He wrote these notes out on 4 sheets of paper using his typewriter and pinned them on the wall. More and more I’m starting to love interactive artwork where the public gets involved. Here’s a picture of his piece at the exhibition:

Tim Ham artwork

Something completely unrelated now is that I’ve started running and I love it! So far this year I’ve done 2 coastal trail half marathons and plan to do a couple more by the end of the  year. Doing this with the aim of raising money for Action on Hearing Loss, getting fitter and exploring more of this beautiful country we live in! If you have any spare cash lying around (ha!) I’d be extremely grateful if you are able to donate to our cause. Daniel and some of his family members have genetic hearing loss and you wouldn’t believe the challenges it brings. Battling with hearing loss is something that often goes unnoticed and I would just like to raise a bit more awareness of it. I’d love to see further developments in scientific research so that maybe cures can be found and people who are deaf or hard of hearing can enjoy a better quality of life. If you can dig deep, please click here.

Exmoor half marathon

Finally for today, I’ve been working on my new website and it is now up-and-running. It’s still a work in progress but have a look at it here if you want. Thank you to Daniel for spending your weekend coding it for me 🙂

My new website

If you made it to the end, thank you for reading and much love,

Gx