Saturday, 16 February 2013
Tuesday, 15 January 2013
I'm still here, despite a Christmas marathon (parties n food, not running, duh) and then a bout of New Year flu I am still churning out some work so that this blog doesn't look too lonely!
This is a paper cut commission that was given as a sorrrrt of engagement present by Richard's daughter. A lovely sentiment I'm sure you'll agree. The quote is Stevie Wonder as apparently the happy couple are big fans. So charming and a lovely project to work on, I always love a paper cut project!
Monday, 26 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Posted by Stephanie Webb at 13:33
Monday, 13 August 2012
I'm still not done ranting by the way, that vent the other week felt gooood. I might do it again some time! This time it'll be about how knuckling down and doing your own work in your spare time IS worth missing the Olympics, and the Edinburgh Festival, and the whole summer. Whatever. You'll see.
Posted by Stephanie Webb at 17:24
Monday, 30 July 2012
How to get over yourself.
Ramblings of a introvert. I graduated 3 years ago, and I only just realised.
There’s something about being a creative person that feels altogether exciting, passionate, and exhilarating as well as simultaneously petrifying, crushing, and completely demotivating.
I find myself up at 3am thinking and scribbling about ideas for projects that don’t even exist. At the same time, the thing I’m supposed to be working on is sitting in a corner gathering dust, each day pushing it ever closer to the deadline and with no real solution in sight.
When I was in college, these things often resolved themselves in a way that I couldn’t possibly accept now; I’d hand in something half baked. It’s not that I hadn’t worked hard on it, but if you get creative block and a deadline is looming, you often don’t have much choice but to turn in something you’re not entirely satisfied with. Admittedly your skills at that level probably don’t match your vision, making the very thought of even trying to execute certain ideas paralysing, but I suppose that’s where college should be viewed as practice for real life briefs, as opposed to 4 years of solely honing your craft. Of course, you’ll get better at photoshop or whatever but then in that amount of time, who wouldn’t? The real value of going to art school is 4 years of practice briefs. So much time with nothing to do but inspire yourself and use the facilities available to you whilst you can. You get to test yourself, challenge your ideals, lay down your own personal design principles, decide what you want to say, all the while without any real responsibility to anyone other than yourself.
Now though, as a professional, a paid designer/maker/artist, if you get stuck, you’re screwed. The panic sets in. These days, if I feel myself in a creative rut, I have to either go to sleep, get drunk, or do something entirely different for about 24 hours until hopefully, inspiration finds me. Sometimes things get left for weeks until I find a reason to go back to it. Others are left by the wayside for longer, others are binned entirely. Perfectionism is not a quality I see in myself; I'm happy to try stuff out, see how it goes, and if I don't like it, that's OK. It's when there's the pressure of a client thrown in the mix that all of the sudden nothing's good enough.
This is the other benefit of being in college: mistakes are sort of a given. You’re learning, everyone’s new at this, you’re not supposed to get it all right first time. I remember for one of my first briefs at art school, I printed my entire collection on this cheap, calico material because I thought to myself, well, it’s not like I’ll use them for anything, it’s just one brief, why spend a load of money on expensive fabric? No, Stephanie, you will not use them at all because they are printed on shit fabric, see? Don’t make that mistake again. Don’t be afraid to invest in your own ideas, no one else will do it for you. If you give some sort of half arsed presentation of the idea you’ve been working on for the best part of a month, it’s literally there for all to see. It’s a visual medium, no amount of explaining away what you would do if you had more time/money/motivation will convince anybody of your talent. All that counts is what’s physically in front of you.
For some reason I had a really hard time coming to terms with that; letting myself experiment at college was a huge effort. I got better at it eventually, and now I relish the ideas and research stage; it’s the fun part before the hours of layouts and repeats, testing and prototyping come in. But still, I have to remind myself that initial sketching, pursuing multiple ideas at once and narrowing down the field later on is OK. It’s not a waste of my time, it’s how you come up with the best possible outcome and solution to your brief. Show your workings, don’t scrap them, save it for something else. Don’t expect the first draft to be the final draft, ever! You’ll probably never be that good.
Most of all, don’t be afraid of critique. Publish your work, learn from your peers, accept criticism and develop, keep moving, never stop creating. Sure, there’s people out there you think of as way more talented, so much so you feel like giving up and going back to waitressing, but that’s not what you really want. The fear is what should keep you motivated to succeed, to keep up with everyone else and not get left behind. I find I am most inspired by those who are confidant enough to try their hand at anything and everything, using their talents and expert knowledge of one medium to influence and affect another, often with the most interesting results.
And I know what you’re thinking... no, I’m not a writer. And yes, other people have written things in a similar vein to this. But I can speak English, and I wrote this, and you read it. So now that’s something else I once tried.
Posted by Stephanie Webb at 21:35
Sunday, 3 June 2012
I've been doing a lot of card packing and other generally repetitive tasks to ready myself for next weeks Leith Gala Festival. I sort of enjoy these monotonous tasks because it means I can take time to listen to some new music. I dunno about you but when I'm trying to be creative or do anything that demands some attention, I can't let myself be too distracted by unfamiliar music in my earholes.
The artwork is particularly misleading, I feel. He's the guy from Tunng. I guess that ought to help.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Here. Fiona found a link on Frankie where you can stream this without the annoying spotify ads...here
I never got into these guys first time around but I enjoyed giving this a listen.
My new favourite album. I knew it was going to be good.
Alt-J∆ - An Awesome Wave.
Yeah just listen, ok? Ignore all the hipstery pretension for a second.
I have only listened to this once, but I liked it so far.
This isn't the Beach House album cover but the actual cover of Bloom is pretty boring so I used this instead. I considered myself to be a die hard Beach house fan but I dunno if this album maybe bored me a little..... Arrrgh, I don't know, it's still beautifully made, but, maybe, perhaps, all their albums are a bit samey.... I may regret this once I give it the customary 4 listens.....
I'm gonna do another of these soon....there's been a ton of music released recently. Hope this helps if you are in a musical rut, hate when that happens.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
If you follow me on that thing twittor, or indeed Instergramme, you'll know that this weekend just gone, I had the pleasure of hanging out at Lynsey Jean Henderson Studios to do some screen printing. (at last I managed to organise myself) It felt soooo good to be back printing, it had been over a year since I touched a squeegee. Not good.
Anyway, I've revamped some past designs with this hand dyed element, lovingly stained in my kitchen, along with my hands. I also added a couple more designs. There's cushions, vest tops, tote bags, all 100% cotton. Plus I printed up some fabric to make into purses and other things.
I've done relatively short runs of these designs to see how they go down at the Leith Festival next month. The more popular ones will get a second outing perhaps and then a stint on Etsy so please let me know if you'd like one! I'll tell you boring stuff like prices another time.
Oh, and go check out Lynsey's work and studio, she's a super talented, well equipped lady!
Posted by Stephanie Webb at 19:16
Sunday, 25 March 2012
It's that time again where I show you some unfinished stuff. This afternoon I took a fancy to this pinky/blue/green colour palette and came up with a few different textures and patterns.
The rhino below is intended for something. I'll tell you what it is some other time.
It's pretty late, hence the dark photos. Hopefully I'll get this scanner working soon then I can start editing properly! I have some events coming up and some work to share soooooon I promise!
If you follow me on twitter, or know me in real life, you'll already be aware that I ramble on about whatever I've been listening to recently quite a lot. If you're interested, here's some records that have taken my fancy of late.
First, Django Django - Django Django, who I'm pretty sure have some real relationship to the Beta Band, but I can't remember what. Anyhow, you can tell. And I like it. Added bonus; they met at Edinburgh College of Art, and they're definitely not a jazz trio. Not that that would be a bad thing.
Next, Loch Lomond - Little Me Will Start A Storm. A band introduced to me by a friend who was supporting their final gig of their European tour earlier this month. I am hooked. Seeing them live was pretty breathtaking. Extra info; they're not from Scotland, but Portland.
Finally, School of Seven Bells - Ghostory. I can't remember how I came across this band, what with last.fm and spotify, 6music, and whatever else, I'm aways stumbling across things that are either brand new or years old and not particularly paying attention to where it came from. Anyway I'm not gonna lie, I liked the album cover. It's very poppy/synthy/dreamy and well worth a listen.
See my last.fm or my twitter for other updates. I still want to do a run down of my top 10 albums of 2011 (see here and here for 2010) but 2012 is running away with me already.
Saturday, 3 March 2012
I'm being quiet again lately, everything is just so busy at Anthro! Will get some of my work up soon but at the minute I can only share some sketches that I've been doing to practice figure drawing. I'm never that confidant in my abilities at portraits so I guess it's something I can work on!
These are some friends who I never get to see in the same room anymore. I miss college days sometimes!
Posted by Stephanie Webb at 17:33
Monday, 13 February 2012
So I had reason to reminisce about a childhood toy of mine recently; Octons. Do you remember them? I had forgotten what they were called and could find no reference to them online until the miracle of twitter helped me out and the lovely @justinthewoods showed me this post. I became more determined than ever to find some.
I should have known to just call my Mum in the first place; as luck would have it, she had kept mine all these years and here they are. I photographed the inside of the box too just because it's ridiculous and made me laugh.