It’s National Stationery Week!!! Basically, Christmas has come early for the stationery universe! This week we are celebrating all things organisation, creativity and putting pen to paper. Over at Ohh Deer we have 3 for 2 on literally every.single.bit.of.stationery. So there is NO excuse for not celebrating with us!
In keen Stationery Week spirits, we thought it would be pretty cool to chat to some of our creatives about their stationery ranges with Ohh Deer and their process. We interview Jacqueline Colley, Susan Castillo and Gemma Correll.
Palm Springs was a range inspired by the road trip of a lifetime. Featuring cacti, Cadillac's and flamingo's, this range brings a splash of summer into the dreariness of British days.
Each pattern and tiny doodle was illustrated by Jacqueline Colley. Jacqueline has worked with clients such as Oasis, the V&A and Geo-Fleur and won the Mollie Makes Handmade Awards; Best Illustrator, in 2017. Hear what Jacqueline has to say about the Palm Springs range below and her journey as an illustrator!
Would you mind letting us in on the inspiration behind the incredible Palm Springs range, and what was your favorite thing to bring to life?!
"Palm Springs is my spiritual home >.< I’ve decided! I finally took a road trip there in 2016 and it totally surpassed my expectations; the architecture, the cacti varieties it feels like a fantasy, it couldn’t possibly be real life! I want to go back sooo bad!! So to placate myself I put all my favourite things into a ‘Palm Springs’ print, I then made the accompanying ‘road trip’ print about our ‘Pilgrimage’ there! :D Fave thing is probably the Flamingo Pool Float! Believe it or not I really reigned myself in, I could have added so much more"
Tell us a bit about your background – How did you become the creative you are today and what triggered you into taking the big step of becoming an illustrator?! Adding to this, what has been the most rewarding part of your career so far and what 3 life-lessons have you learnt along the way?
"I studied Visual Communication at Chelsea and luckily got onto a graduate scheme with H&M so for the next 6 years I worked as a textile designer. I went freelance in 2014 and have been slowly infiltrating my way into Illustration ever since! In 2017 I won Mollie Makes ‘Best Illustrator’ which was amazing and gave me the confidence to refer to myself as an Illustrator (which was what I always secretly wanted to be!)
So… Life lessons eek!; Follow your instincts, Always be learning and challenging yourself! This is my New Years Resolution! Also you can NEVER have too much stationery!"
Read a whole interview with Jacqueline here!
Yes, plants, again. BUT this stationery range is plants with a twist! We thought we would make them dark and moody, for a more contemporary approach.
The creative mind behind this range was Susan Castillo. As a master of all things light and dark, we couldn't think of anyone better to take such stunning photographs of flora and fauna. Read how Susan creates her incredible photographs below!
Hi there Susan!
Let's dive right in - First of all how does your creative process start? For the Dark Botany series did you think “hey let’s capture some plants on camera” or was there more planning behind it? How long does it usually take to say and image is ‘final’?
"It varies. But my process is quite a lengthy one. I start with capturing every element in camera first...that's not exactly true. I start with research and sketching of ideas then once I have a better understanding of what I need to create a design, I get to work shooting all the component elements. There can be a huge amount of individual elements for just one design, and each of them have to be carefully edited and cut-out ready for use. One of the most important aspect to my work is that the initial shots are almost exactly shot how they will be seen in the final design, which also includes the background colour. These are decisions I have to make very early on. From here the development of the designs can take weeks and sometimes months."
Your work features an incredible use of lighting; it’s what draws us in and gets our senses tingling! What is your favourite thing to capture on camera, be it people or plants and why?
"I don't think there is one thing I love to photograph more than another. You kindly mentioned my use of light and that's the thing that really motivates me; how a subject is lit is what creates a mood or emotion. I get really giddy about little elements of light and how it brings to life a subject, especially if it’s in the studio and I'm in control and creating it. I guess that's why I photograph a lot of flowers and foliage: their delicate structure and unique twists and folds are great for responding to various lighting techniques."
Read the whole interview with Susan here!
Gemma is one of the few people in the universe that has managed to turn her love of pugs into a lucrative career. She's a serial punner with a crush on all things cartooney and studied Graphic Design in Norwich. Her favourite colour is turquoise, her star sign is Aquarius and her favourite word Albuquerque, just in case you were wondering.
Gemma's stationery range is for those who enjoy sleeping, eating peanut butter out of the jar and avoiding all social interaction.
When did you first start getting into illustration? We don’t mean scribbling on walls as a child, more of when you realised that you could maybe make a career out of it?! Have you always had the creative itch?
"I didn't scribble on walls - I was a very well-behaved child (OK, so I did doodle in the margins of ALL of my school work, to the point where my teacher had to buy me a special sketchbook to transfer my doodles into). I made my own comics at school (I photocopied them in the school office, sellotaped penny sweets to the front cover and sold them to my classmates for 20p), and I had a monthly comic page in my church newsletter. I knew that it could be a career, but I didn't really think that it was something I could do - everyone I knew had a practical job, like being a nurse or a teacher, so I thought I would probably do something like that. I still spent all of my time drawing and writing but it was something I felt compelled to do, as a kind of hobby. I ended up at art school almost by default (I dropped out of some other university courses and didn't know where else to go) but even then I didn't think that I could make a career from art - I planned to become a teacher. It wasn't until I was actually getting commissioned for illustration jobs that I finally accepted the fact that I had become "an illustrator"."
We think 20p for a comic is an absolute steal to be honest. We all recognise your use of black and red coloured inks in your illustrations, when did this come about? And what made you stick to a limited palette?
"I like simplicity in art, so the limited palette is part of that, along with my simple linework. It's graphic and easy to read. Also, I used to have a very cheap and bad scanner and the only colours that it would scan properly were red and black."
Read the whole interview with Gemma here!
Feeling inspired and in the mood to get HELLA organised?! Along with it being 3 for 2 over on ohhdeer.com, we also have our stationery subscription box each month! For May it's Hello!Lucky - if you like neons, puns and cute icons, this box is for you! Sign up on papergang.com today!