Recently, I teamed up with the amazing company, Graham & Brown to become one of their brand ambassadors. I was so excited for this opportunity, as I love their products. They create the most beautiful homeware and home decorating materials, so becoming an ambassador for their brand was such a dream come true! From wallpaper, to paint or cushions, they offer the most stunning variety of things.
As an artist, I’m always looking for new materials to create artwork with, and see how many ways I can expand and evolve my art. So, as I searched through their products and read through my brief for this month, I instantly knew I wanted to create some artwork using their products.
My Graham & Brown project for July has been under the theme of ‘Precious’. So, when I was looking at their products, the word itself was constantly repeating in my mind. As I thought over the word, I realised just how precious and carefully made each of their products are. Often, when we look at things, we just see their face value. We forget how much detail, time and effort has been taken into creating an object, when behind it there’s actually been such a delicate, careful process that has been used to bring it to life.
I also consider artwork to be very precious. Art is something that’s created by transforming a thought into its material existence. It’s made only by focusing your complete self on its manifestation into reality. Although artwork may not be transformed in the same way as a commercial product, I still think the process relates very similarly to the process gone into making Graham & Brown’s variety of products.
So, as I considered this, I decided that I would complete this months brief by using products of theirs, and transforming them into my own ‘precious’ work of art.
As a new creative experiment for me, I decided to do some illustrations onto their patterned wallpaper, merging two artistic designs together, forming them into one individual piece. I chose to use their Honeycomb printed wallpaper, as I loved the yellow and subtlety of the print. Then, I chose to illustrate a series of Hare’s on top. My choice of illustration was actually something very difficult for me to come up with, however just a few days before creating my pieces, I dreamt of a drawing of a Hare.. so due to that I decided that it would be the animal I would illustrate for this.
Above are the illustrations I created! Let me know what you think of them – and tell me, what does the word ‘precious’ mean to you?