Friday, 26 July 2013

moodboards




the making of a moodboard....


I love moodboards and they have been 
an integral part of my Interior Design work.
  The past few years have involved style boards for clients
 who are mainly interested in seeing furniture, fixtures
 and fittings with a final, tight colour scheme-
anything from, taps, carpet swatches, paint and
 wallpaper combinations, tiles, sofas, chairs, beds....
 factual, simple, clearly laid out-a visual shopping list if you like.

 Great, but not my favourite thing (and by the way, I really
 admire the Interior Designers out there who brilliantly
 put these boards together on a daily basis). 
Since making the move (slowly, but surely!) back into styling,
 I've loved making more creative moodboards again.
 I have a huge collection of tear sheets
 from my favourite magazines over the years-
in a lot of lever arch files!
 I no longer have the space to store literally
 hundreds of magazines any more and I realized
 that those at the bottom were being hidden away for years,
 so much better to rip out my favourite sheets
 and keep them in a place where I can regularly flick
 through them for inspiration
 (ok, so I now also have a huge collection of files building up...!) 

I recently had to put together this moodboard
 for a design project and though I'd share it with you here. 
The brief was shape, texture
 (both natural and man-made),mainly tonal,
 but with pops of colour.
 The hardest part was cutting everything down
 to fit onto an A1 sheet-I probably could have filled it 3 times over,
 but I'm really happy with the end result
 and I hope my client is too.

 I love the combination of nature and man-made-
I found some wonderful seaweed shots and
 handmade ceramics with seaweed designs. 
Ceramics with contrasting textures
 and simple,but beautiful line drawings.
 Bringing in nature with plants, bark, branches
 and twigs, all highlighted with neon pops of
 pink, orange, yellow and turquoise.

I'm really looking forward to working on
 my next moodboard project-and sharing it with you.
I have some more work to focus on over the blog,
 so please be patient!
Meanwhile, I really hope you like my first moodboard here!



Monday, 22 July 2013

mini makes....




little crafts from art in action...

Another fantastic year at Art In Action with all the family.
 Evie and Gabriel took a total of four classes over the weekend:
 pottery throwing -suitably messy for Gabriel;
 seated clay figures-perfect for getting all that lovely clay through the garlic press!;
 polymer clay using Fimo, which can be baked in the oven at home
 and comes in the most amazing colours;
 and making scary clay masks-
always nice to have on the wall at home-we now have 7!?!

I had a go at batik, which I absolutely loved,
 but got  a little carried away with the wax cracking at the end,
 so the black dye has nicely disguised my original design-
I think a bit of stitching collage might be the only way to save that one-
don't hold your breath!
 Landscape watercolour painting was
 a definite departure from my comfort zone 
and what I produced certainly looked more like
 a highly stylized textile design, rather than a landscape! 
What was fascinating though,
 was being given only 3 primary colours to work with-
red, yellow and blue-the variety of colour chips we all came up with was astounding! 
Colourful lino cut printing  turned out to be a happy accident-
I actually thought I'd booked in for lino cutting,
 but was really pleasantly surprised at the designs
 you can create with a feather and leaf-
a passer-by even asked to buy one of my prints!

And, as with last year, I went back to the Pebeo stand
 for an hour's masterclass in acrylics with
 the lovely Jenny Muncaster.
 I had another go at painting a mackerel
 and had a whale of a time (sorry!)
 If I can find some of the step-by-step shots
 I took last year, I  will run a separate post,
 as Jenny showed us a fascinating technique for texture,
 involving a water sprayer and hairdryer.
 Talking of which-a huge thank you to
 the Pebeo folk for allowing me to dry off Gabriel's
 shorts with their hair dryers-
nothing like a strong hot chocolate with whipped cream
 all over you at the beginning of the day!

We can't wait for Art In Action 2014-try and go if you can!


Acrylic masterclass with Jenny Muncaster and Pebeo


colourful lino cut printing with Dale Devereux-Barker & West Dean College



colourful lino cut printing with Dale Devereux-Barker & West Dean College


Batik with Angela Lenman


watercolour landscapes with jacqui Devereux and Missenden Abbey

the kids loved making these scary masks in the clay mask modelling class!


seated clay figures with Janette Fry


pottery throwing with Andy Mason


polymer clay with Caroline Casswell






Tuesday, 16 July 2013

a visit to...art in action




art in action...


Last Summer we took Evie and Gabriel to Art In Action
 at Waterperry Gardens, near Thame in Oxfordshire. 
They had a ball, taking a one hour pottery class at the wheel,
 watching glassblowing, painting, drawing and even wood turning.
 We spent the entire weekend at this annual event,
 which hosts over 400 of the UK's most talented
 artists in every field of art and craft. 

For those of you who are able to make it there as the gates open,
 you have the opportunity to purchase tickets for daily workshops,
 ranging from watercolour painting, batik,
 oils, pot throwing, bookbinding, drawing....
 If you miss out on these paid tutorials, don't worry,
 there are plenty of free sessions to take part in too. 

Last year I spent a fantastic hour at the Pebeo stand
 with talented artist Jenny Muncaster showing us how to work with acrylics.
 This was a first for me and I absolutely loved it,
 so I'm really looking forward to meeting Jenny again
 and trying something new.

I can't recommend Art In Action enough-
it starts this Thursday 18th July and runs through to Sunday 21st July,
 so if you have the opportunity to go-do!

A selection of ceramics I photographed last year


Watch potters at work


Stunning ceramic displays for sale

Evie and Gabriel tried their hand at clay making!




Saturday, 6 July 2013

styling details




a weekend of flower craftiness...

Yet again, I have one of my lovely neighbours,
 Rachael to thank for these beautiful flowers
 that we picked together yesterday. 
The kids wanted to try pressing some 
and, of course, had to take a peak in between
 the pages even though they're not ready yet!
 That leaves us with plenty more time to decide
 what to do with them when they are!




























Friday, 5 July 2013

styling details




behind the scenes...commercial styling projects


Back in January I posted a few images
 of my work that went into the editorial shoot for
Today I'd like to share with you a couple of
 pages from my sketch book,
 along with a few of my own snaps
 taken during a lovely one day shoot for
 Ebury Home & Garden.

Hannah, the owner of Ebury Home, very sweetly
 asked me to work with her on a
 one day shoot to produce some new pictures
 for her website re-launch.
 Along with her friend
 (and business partner, in the wedding side of the business), Sarah Gawler,
 (and their gorgeous children!)
 we all spent the day at Hannah's lovely home to produce some shots.
Once Hannah had mailed me her list
 of products to be featured, I spent a few hours
 sketching out some cameo shot ideas
 that could be easily achieved within a confined space,
 along with my thoughts on backgrounds and surfaces for the overhead shots.
The pictures shown here are just 
a few of my own shots from our fun and productive day!


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden


caroline davis stylist, trenddaily blog, styling details, behind the scenes, ebury home and garden



take a look at Hannah's lovely on-line store here

Monday, 1 July 2013

Launch...HYSJ




HYSJ...

I last saw my lovely friend Jeanette during a freezing,
 but wonderful weekend in Stockholm earlier this year.
 Jeanette is the inspiring talent behind By Fryd,
 the blog and stunning on-line magazine.

A trained graphic designer and natural stylist,
 Jeanette has built her well deserved reputation
 in the world of blogging and design
 and was awarded Interior talent of The Year 2012
 by Elle Decoration.

 She told me of a new collaboration with a great friend
 she had just made in her home town of Skien in Norway.
 Hilde Mork, also a trained graphic designer
 and author of her own lovely blog,
 now works alongside Jeanette in their
 stunning barn conversion, Studio By Fryd, 
working on a range of new and exciting projects together.

 The first results of this very special working
 and personal realtionship is HYSJ by Lunde & Mork;
 a stunning collection of 5 limited edition posters,
 all numbered and signed on re-cycled paper.

Huge congratulations to both Jeanette and Hilde
 on a fantastic to start to what will be a
 long, sucessful and happy collaboration!