This the my latest experiment with the hemp canvas/russet leather combo. This time a drawstring rucksack. This piece definitely represents a Mk1 prototype stage, with a few changes needing to be made to really get it right. Mainly pockets and proportions I think.
Once complete, the final model will be finished with Otter Wax, ready for the wet weather and winter months.
What I am trying to achieve is to create the perfect recreation rucksack, in a simple palette and styling, paired with functionality and quality materials. I’ll keep you updated on its progress, but for now, this will be given a good test drive to iron out the details
Today could herald a big change, or this item anyway. A three day project from start to finish, and I enjoyed those days infinitely more than any I’ve spent at the drawing board in the last couple of years.
For a time, I’ve seen leatherwork as my hobby, and drawing as my career. I think I’m proactively going to switch those around… get back into drawing for fun, and making my pennies making things. Let’s see.
The piece is a hand-stitched russet leather and 200gm hemp roll top rucksack, fully lined with coffee canvas and aluminium rivets.
One of those days, when you feel like you’ve lived some, and found all that there is to be found… then you find something new and brilliant and as good as it can possibly be.
I’ve had Michael Hurley floating around in my consciousness due to his song ‘Werewolf’ being on a mix I have, but only dug deeper for the first time today. This guy is the one! Must find out more about him. Check out his album ‘Armchair Boogie’. Wow
Its been a while since posting anything on here, and I haven’t posted alot since the big move. Its a sign of being way too busy, much more than I thought I’d be after such a big move.
Nonetheless, if there was ever a reason to pull myself out of my blog malaise, then this is the reason for it.
The garments you see above are a selection of items from the first Cottonlove range. It has been the culmination of months, years even, of industrious hard work and a clear belief in a simple, strong, quality design and tailoring.
I’ve never been keen on noisy, trend based streetwear or overpriced, over stylised mid level brands… much like these guys, I am drawn to staple classics, well made, well tailored in fine materials. I cannot wait to get my hands on some of these items, and would be happy to wear little else.
Pop over to the site to see their beautifully made launch video and Kickstarter campaign. Hell, even if you can’t buy in, spread this about, pin it, blog it and get it some coverage. Its great to see a brand from a provincial British city outside of London making it, and if there even was a label worthy of it, Cottonlove are those guys.
Just spent the morning working on a pretty simple phone case for my beau, a simple yet thoroughly satisfying project before looking to tackle something significantly more tech… a roll top rucksack. Geez!
Heres the first draft of a handstitched, felt lined 13” Apple Macbook sleeve. Not a bad effort, not perfect, but I’ll play around with the design, as well as a couple of others I have in mind before I have what I think is right.
This is a lovely chrome tanned leather, allowing my a little more forgiving surface to work with than the supple, sensitive, super expensive veg tan!
If you have any enquiries on these, they will be available on a made to order basis at some point
Digital rendering of my wall pieces from the Darlington based ‘The Box’ Youth Project, A real treat to work with them and the kids at this lovely project. The Box offers young people the chance to engage in free media training, from TV to animation, webbuilding to photography. When I ran my initial consultation with the group, I had been told to expect horror themes, mainly zombies and some vampires… so imagine my joy, when sitting down to explore some themes, and ‘Russian Contructivism’ and British WW1 era graphics get thrown in my direction. My favourite request was to make the centre look like an old fashioned ‘War Office’
Nonetheless, out of all that… this is what we came up with. The final piece looks a charm
First full day in Sydney and found myself something to keep me busy. It turns out the beautiful 'Standard Store' were celebrating their birthday and had hoped the right guy would come along to do a little something in their windows.
The Standard Store somehow had managed to gather all my favourite clothing/illustration brands in one space, from Dieter Rams work with Braun, Diemme and Tricker Shoes, YMC and No Brow Press… most of which are UK based brands and pleasantly surprised me being that we were in Australia. Suffice it to say, little fitted my tiny frame, and I couldn’t go too crazy in there.
Nonetheless, I did get near their windows as they dished out Ice Creams, Balloons and some proper banter… an excellent days work. Heres to more
As a follow-up to my summary of the short Type Design (TDi) course at the University of Reading, I wrote a list of design tips based on some of the methods I learnt. I’m hoping this will be useful to other beginners thinking of starting out with type design.
Although there are some excellent resources on the subject, I’d found it difficult to piece together the first steps and ensure I was on the right path, for the long journey. This concise list, published by CreativeBloq, includes some the main processes that helped me get started:
Formulating your ideas into a brief
Choosing what to design
Which characters to start with
The process of drawing and moving to your computer