Make & Mend Market

New Posts, Summer

We attended the Make and Mend Market at Grainger market, Newcastle on Saturday 4th June, it was our first time selling at a market stall so we were pretty nervous. We spent the entire week chaotically getting everything together, often working late into the night cutting out stickers and adding the finishing touches to bowties.

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We managed to pick a good table that was close to one of the entrances into the market, which gave us a lot of foot traffic to our stand. It was pretty intimidating being surrounded by so many artists and makers who have been attending this fair for a while, so it was quite scary coming in as the newbies. But everyone was really cheery and friendly, and we couldn’t have felt more comfortable.

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This was our first time selling stickers, bowties and notebooks, and new illustrations for our greeting cards and prints. We were quiet surprised at how popular the stickers were!.

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(Our collection of stickers that we had on sale) 

Our most popular sticker “go with the flamingo” sold out pretty quickly, which is why it’s absent from this photo. Another good seller were the fries before guys and the avocado appreciation club.

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(New greeting cards)

It was no surprise to us that our bears dancing together print which we had on display, had done so well in terms of attracting attention from customers. We had so many wonderful comments about the illustration, and a few even bought the print and card. We’re hoping to expand on the bears and do more illustrations for the collection, and develop more products for the line.

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(Shall we dance? Illustration print, currently only available in A3 at Illustrative Love)

Update: it’s been a very hectic few weeks which is why this blog post has taken so long to publish. We’ve just moved into our new flat in Newcastle! (no longer moving to Manchester as Ross’s job location changed) and we’re now a business that’s funded by the princes trust! So we’re quite busy getting together new illustrations for new products, AND starting our Christmas collection too!

(No images on this blog are to be reproduced without the permission of the artists Emily Hline & Ross Brown of Illustrative Love)

Illo Love x

Let’s go to the Market

June, May, New Posts, Summer

EXCITING NEWS!

We’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks working on a multitude of projects, and preparing for an upcoming market at Grainger Market in Newcastle next month.

As part of the princes trust programme that I’m on, I managed to get approval for the Will It Work Grant I applied for, and through it I received funding for materials and products to test trade. We’ve now secured a place at The Make and Mend Market for Saturday 4th June, where we’ll be showcasing and selling new illustrated greeting cards, bowties, stickers, tote bags, and notebooks!.

The last time I was participating at an arts market was at the end of my third year of studying, and my good friend Grace was organising a stall for a few of us from our year. It was great fun, and an experience I really enjoyed, so I’m hoping I’ll remember what I gained from all those years ago and be able to put it into practice next month.

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This market also gives us a chance to showcase and sell new products, such as our bowties that we’ve been rambling on about for months now. It’s taken us a while to get to the stage of being completely happy with them, we’ve been struggling with finding the right fabric, design and colour which best represents our brand.
Originally we had planned to sell our lino printed fabric bowties, but we weren’t 100% on the design, so instead we handpicked the fabric from various stores and handmade them into bowties.
I plan on learning to screen print when I have the funds to do so, and to print fabric through that technique. I found lino printing a little too time consuming, and inconsistent. So I’m switching to screen printing to keep giving our products a handmade touch.
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(Handmade Bowties and Boxes)

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Another one of our new products that we’ll be selling are sticker packs!. I spent a long time deliberating what to turn my illustrations into, but after printing them out on sticker paper, and testing them, I realised how much I love them!. I’m also tempted to get some enamel pins, and iron on patches made, but that’s for future me to sort out.

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I couldn’t tell you the inspiration behind our new summer collection, I wanted to try out a new style of drawing that would be simpler to create and could be used and made into various products. Our ‘girl gang’ illustrations and stickers were inspired by my idea of creating something girly but tough and fun. Then from there my ideas grew to foods, quotes, and everything else in between.

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(Fly my home, inspired by the new X files series I had watched)

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I’ve been a big fan of tattoos, I have about 12 different tattoos all over my body, and I’m planning a few more in the future. This helped me create my series of watercolour neo traditional inspired illustrations for greeting cards and prints. I’ll be making a lot more of these illustrations in the coming few months when I have the time to just sit down and paint them.

So if you’re in the area (Newcastle) on Saturday 4th May we’ll be at Grainger Market where the Make and Mend market is being held, and we’ll be selling all of these goodies and more!. We’ll have a new post up on our blog next week about the market and how it all went.

(No images on this blog are to be reproduced without the permission of the artists Emily Hline & Ross Brown of Illustrative Love

Illo Love x

It’s all in the technique

March, New Posts

At Illustrative Love we like to use illustrations that are often handrawn or painted in watercolours, sometimes even a mix of both. We’re also developing our printmaking skills, and hand printing much of our new collection.

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We recently released our newest collection of nautical themed products, much of it has been handprinted using lino printmaking. We’ll be expanding hand printing onto notebooks and tea towels over the coming months, and will continue this throughout all our future collections.

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You can shop our nautical collection at Illustrative Love now

I decided to start experimenting with lino printing after spending hours and hours trying to source companies that could print our designs onto tea towels, mugs, wrapping paper and tote bags. The majority of suppliers I wanted to order from I had to order in bulk which was something we weren’t looking to do just yet. Smaller orders would cost a lot more and it meant having to sell them at a high price, which wasn’t something I wanted to do.

After a bit of research and a few youtube videos, I got myself stuck into lino printing. I usually hate getting too messy, but since I started printmaking, I’m pretty much used to my fingers being covered in ink. I made a lot of mistakes a long the way (like using acrylic paint, a complete rookie mistake) and realising I wouldn’t get the same consistent print every time. But that’s okay, there’s a certain charm that comes with printmaking, and each unwanted mark becomes unique.
I spent a long time developing the prints onto the fabric, eventually I took a different approach and started using screen printing ink and a foam roller. This lead to a more vibrant and smoother finish, and was great for the bowties and tote bags.

I’m still a novice at lino printing, so any recommendations, and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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(No images on this blog are to be reproduced without the permission of the artists Emily Hline & Ross Brown of Illustrative Love)

Illo Love x