On Saturday I posted my newest designs to Vintage Gem in Cardiff. They should be arriving in the shop very shortly.
I was very excited and happy to work with proprietor Gemma to make a number of Welsh language cards with imagery inspired by vintage illustration, art and design and Wales.
I began the design process by playing with monoprinting techniques to produce a range of textures inspired by 1960s textiles. I choose a limited palette of fresh bright colours. Once I was happy with the various prints I’d produced I began working on coloured line drawings with Stabilo Fine Liners inspired by photographs in the public domain and my own photography.
“Cartref Newydd” New Home is one of my favourite new designs. The new home I have depicted is Cardiff Castle! I think you can see the influence the artist John Piper has had on my mixed media digital collage work in this piece.
“Babi Newydd” – New Baby shows a Victorian Welsh mother with her child snuggled into her with a beautiful colourful welsh blanket. The colours have been carefully selected to suit both a boy or a girl!
“Diolch” – Thank You shows a spray of Narcissus flowers with the Daffodil being the floral symbol of Wales.
“Ar Ddydd Eich Priodas” – On your wedding day is inspired by the shop owners handsomely attired brother, owner of Als Musique Boutique, and his beautiful girlfriend. The outline of the Church is taken from an photograph in Wales from around 1900. The lace veil is from around the same time period.
“Penblwydd Hapus” – Happy Birthday shows a candle lit cupcake with lace icing!
“Pob Lwc” – Good Luck is a simple design depicting a lucky horse shoe.
“Llongyfarchiadau” – Congratulations shows a party popper raining confetti down. I have elected to avoid imagery with alcohol so it is suitable for all ages and occasions based on feedback from customers at Tynemouth Market.
“Mewn Cydymdeimlad” – With Sympathy is something that I struggled with but I am now happy with the overall design I hope the image conveys a sense of calm and respect it is non-denominational.
I’ve really enjoyed designing these cards and have loved learning a bit about the Welsh language. I hope my grandma Ceridwen would be proud!
Vintage Gem is at1B Station Road CF15 8AA Radyr United Kingdom
English language versions of these contemporary designs fusing digital illustration with vintage inspiration are available at Tynemouth Market every Saturday and Sunday from Elizabeth’s stall from 8.30am till 4pm.Tynemouth Station