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.

IMG_3248(Our Stall at the Make and Mend Market)

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.


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!.


(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.


(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.


(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!

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Illo Love x


Let’s go to the Market

June, May, New Posts, Summer


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.


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.
(Handmade Bowties and Boxes)


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.


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.

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


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

Food First, Then Everything Else

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ernestwatermarked(Sarnie Sandwich from Ernest by Emily Hline)

We’ve each got a lot going on at the moment, Ross is coming to the end of his second year at uni, and also has the big project of building our independent website away from Etsy.  I’m focusing heavily on finishing our business plan, and illustrating and designing new products for upcoming collections. On top of all this, we have part-time jobs, and potentially a big move to Manchester for a year. (Ross is doing his placement year). So when we get that chance to go out and relax, we take it!.

We are huge lovers of food, cocktails, tea, coffee, beer!. When we’re not busy we like to head into town, and try something different, often it’s either a new bar, restaurant or even tea/coffeehouse.


We’re avid tea and coffee drinkers, a lot of the time it’s to help keep us energised, but on a few occasions we love going to local coffeeshops and teahouses and trying out all different types of herbal tea. Quilliam brothers tea house and Curious Leaves (Grainger Market) are two of our faves for tea lovers!.

Apart from drinking tea, we tend to do a lot of eating, and the Sunday Market on the quayside is a great place for just that!. There’s always a mix of different stalls selling a variety of cuisines, and we’re often spoilt for choice!. The chicken Katsu curry from Tokyo Kitchen is a must for food lovers of Japanese Katsu curry, dare we say it’s possibly one of the best in Newcastle. One another week we decided to have burgers from The Grind, they were juicy, delicious and very reasonably priced!.

Another great thing about the quayside is walking. We mentioned this in a previous post, but we just can’t get enough of taking strolls up and down the river front especially in the sunny weather. There’s even some exercise equipment that you can use for free, they’re pretty fun to have a play on.

There are constantly new bars and restaurants opening in Newcastle and we love exploring as much as we can, and we always try to do it on a budget.
As Ross once put it, “I’m a poor student and you’re a starving artist” so we have to be careful where our money goes. Recently we ate a Turtle Bay, they serve up some amazing caribbean food, and cocktails that are 2-4-1 during happy hour (11-7 & 10-close). We would highly recommend trying them out if you’re looking for something tasty and spicy.


(Goats Curry, Cheesy Jerk Fries, and Goat Burger, Turtle Bay)

Nudo Noodle house is our go to regular for when we’re feeling noodles, sushi, rice and all things Chinese/Japanese food. They serve some of the best noodles in Newcastle and some of the best sushi too and at a reasonably good price. We both opted for some spicy noodles, and even though our lips had swollen from the heat of the spice, it was delicious and worth the spicy heat.

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

We’re constantly on the lookout for good food restaurants, so expect a lot of posts in the future on our foodie adventures. Also if you so happen to be in Manchester and reading this, seeing as we’ll be moving in the summer, we’d love to hear your recommendations on where to eat!

Illo Love x

Finding Inspiration

March, New Posts

“I never dreamt of success. I worked for it”-Estée Lauder

The designs and illustrations of Illustrative Love focuses on connecting to an overall theme of love. The idea of love can be perceived in many ways, we see it as a passion. This is what drives the inspiration behind each of our collections.
We’re constantly working on new projects from new ideas. Many of our current stock is related to a collection, a theme that projects what we love. The nautical collection is our newest, and we created this through our shared love for the ocean and its creatures.


“I find much of my inspiration in brainstorming, it takes quite a few drawings and a lot of chatting with Ross, until my ideas becomes sketches. I tend to find a lot of inspiration from my Instagram feed, I follow a lot of artists, illustrators, and makers. Pinterest is also a great online platform to browse through for ideas”


Like many artists, we get stuck for inspiration sometimes, and we wanted to share with you our tips for breaking that annoying creative wall:

Going for a walk/run and getting some fresh air.
We do this quite often, especially when we’ve been stuck in doors all day working. Often its a simply walk and some air that does the trick. If you’re in Newcastle, we find walking along the quayside helps. It’s quiet (towards the evening) and the views pretty good.

Take a break and make some tea.
When we’re really engrossed in our work, we sometimes forget we need to take a break and make some tea. Taking a break and coming back to sometimes gives us fresh eyes, and when we’re feeling tired, we drink green tea (we LOVE green tea) as it gives us the energy boost we need to keep going, also it’s pretty good for you.

Chat to people.
We’re often finding inspiration around us, so being around our friends and listening to their stories as we catch up on our week, often spurs a few new ideas. We’re all living different lives to each other, and its no wonder sometimes our inspiration comes from them.

These are just some of the ways we try to beat artists block, but if there are any tips you would recommend, we’d love to hear it!


We’re also currently taking part in #MarchMeetTheMaker on Instagram, it’s a challenge set up by designer and illustrator Joanne Hawker. Everyday we post a photo that relates to the subject of the day, it’s a great way to go behind the scenes of all the amazing small businesses taking part and support one another. We highly recommend having a look, its filled with creative posts that are really inspiring!.
Find us @illustrativelove as we continue through this #MarchMeetTheMaker.


Day 5: Can’t live without


Day 11: Post Run

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Illo Love x