Favourite sites to be inspired by

Favourite sites to be inspired by - Arnold & Bird

Inspiration – one of my favourite words and let’s face it, who doesn’t love to feel inspired on a daily basis. Visually creative content has a habit of making you internally say, ‘oh wow!’ or even experiencing a little jump of joy inside.

The websites below are my happy places on the internet, somewhere I can go to find something intriguing, beautiful, interesting, helpful or upbeat. Hope you love them too!

Pattern Curator Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird
Sheerluxe Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird
Ecelctic Trends Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird
Oh Joy Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird

 

Where do you go to find inspiration?

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Artist Sarah Delaney – Curiosity of the month

Sarah Delaney artist - Naramata in rose

Every time I see Sarah Delaney post on Instagram I get such a happy feeling. One, because I love her vivid and energetic paintings – the movement in them is just mesmerising. And two, because I instantly recognise her style when it regularly pops up on my feed.

Sarah Delaney artist - Instagram
Sarah Delaney artist - Instagram

Her tonal use of colour and mark making techniques are exquisite, plus I love how she shows work in progress shots on social media. These are a great way to peek behind the scenes to see her processes and style of working.

If you love gorgeous and expressive artwork then please go follow her!

www.sarahdelaney.com | Instagram | Twitter

 

Have a beautiful day,

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Image sources: Sarah Delaney and Sarah Delaney Instagram

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Mark making – design

Mark making mood board design trends Arnold & Bird

Obviously you’d be a fool to think it was easy to put ‘simple’ marks together… Hmm, well I have to admit I was a bit foolish but I’ll own up to it and hang my head in shame.

BUT, what I can also confess is making my mark making mood board really helped collate my thoughts on style, layout and colour which resulted in making the design process really enjoyable! My work is rather a ‘beautiful mess’ but I enjoyed creating both the painted and digital designs. My aim? Keep developing this style as I’d love it to evolve and feel really confident with it.

Mark making drawing and design process - Arnold & Bird trends

Mark making painted design - Arnold & Bird trends
Mark making digital design - Arnold & Bird trends

Crushing on these fashion designs that have hit the mark making nail on the head!

Mark making fashion Arnold & Bird trends

How would you use this in your work? Leave a comment below or tag your interpretation on social media with #ArnoldAndBirdTrends. I’ll be @arnoldandbird on Instagram and Facebook looking out for you!

Can’t wait to see!

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Fashion images sources, from left to right: 1. John Lewis 2. Bottega Veneta Resort 2014 collection

 

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Mark making – mood board

Mark making mood board by Arnold & Bird

When mark making is used on patterns, products and art, I find it never fails to inspire. This theme can seem so simple on the surface but when you dive into it there is wealth of little details you can keep discovering. Marks can create texture, depth, pattern and layers of transparency – and that equals a whole host of design potential.

Check out the mood board I curated this week – plus have you seen these brushstroke cakes yet?? Genius!

Mark making mood board by Arnold & Bird

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Making marks 3D – take inspiration from this bakery in Russia and their incredible cakes. How about a cross hatch sketch made into a trim?
  • Kids projects that are based on mark making are ideal for sensory play. Make marks using bubble wrap, foil, vegetables or imprinting marks into play doh.
  • Alternative art kits for adults –  why not create your own mark making brushes and tools out of natural elements. An ideal next step on from colouring in books or calligraphy to occupy busy minds.
  • Layer and layer again different unique marks. Colour and composition are key to bringing a piece together and for creating designs that are perfect for alternative packaging, fashion, home accessories and furniture.

How do you already use mark making in your work? Or would you add it in a different way? Let me know your style on Instagram, Facebook or in the comments below!

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Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1. Hung Kei Shiu 2. Lamai McCarten 3. Hand made brushes by Lorna Crane 4. Tasarım Tabaklar 5. Kalabasa 6. Ah Haa school for the arts 7. Jess Williams 8. Creative Bloq

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Five free trend resources

Five free trend resources Arnold & Bird

Today I’m sharing my top five places for getting free trend information from some of the biggest authorities in the business.

It’s amazing what trend resources you and get for nothing, so I’m hoping you’ll leave this post with inspiring new information you can use in your business – as who doesn’t love a freebie right?

WGSN free trend resource - Arnold & Bird
Trend Bible free trend resource Arnold & Bird
Patternbank free trend resource Arnold & Bird
LSN Global free trend resource Arnold & Bird
TrendStop free trend resource Arnold & Bird

What’s your favourite free trend resource, and which one would you follow? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

 

I’ll share more places to get inspired from blogs, businesses and influencers soon but let me know if there is anything you specifically want to hear about!

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The Unseen – Curiosity of the month

The Unseen - Air

The Unseen first popped into my world when I attended a trend briefing seminar at LS:N Global. They approach design by merging it with science to create something that not only looks beautiful but also reflects what is going on in the world around us.

Their piece ‘Air’ is an almost feather-like cape, made using wind reactive ink that changes colour and reflects the otherwise unseen turbulence that surrounds us as we go about our daily lives. It’s fascinating how they are awakening technology to create visual representations of how we are feeling. And pretty amazing too!

To me this piece seems more important than ever with the constant changes in today’s world. As we try and keep up, especially in the world of social media which can feel distancing at times, it’s great to see how we can express ourselves in new and visual ways.

 

Until next time,

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Image sources: The Unseen

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Decorative feathers – design

Decorative feather trend design - Arnold & Bird

In the last post we dived into the feather trend for inspiration and started exploring how this theme can be applied in different ways.

Today I’m sharing a little bit of my interpretation – from initial sketches to final designs:

Feather drawings - Arnold & Bird

Moody blue feather surface pattern design repeat

Navajo feather circle repeat surface pattern design

Want to see more feathery designs? Hop over to my surface pattern portfolio!

So tell me… what’s your take on this theme and how would you interpret it into your work? Leave me a comment below or tag your interpretation on social media with #ArnoldAndBirdTrends. You can find me @arnoldandbird on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Can’t wait to see your feathered designs!

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Decorative feathers – mood board

Decorative feather trend mood board

My first mood board had to be about feathers as I LOVE them! There is a feather in my logo and this motif is really important to my brand identity. The word Arnold comes from my Grampy who was a pigeon racer, and Bird comes from my Gran’s maiden name. I love the combination of the two names together and the fact that both have a connection to feathers.

Personally, I see feathers as more of a theme, rather than a trend. They’ve been around for a while but there is so much design potential in this pretty and delicate motif as summarised below.

Decorative feather trend mood board

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Taking the feather shape as an outline and adding different patterns within this – geometrics, florals or natural influences compliment well and would look gorgeous
  • Cut away details on a feather add a different motif element and visual interest to this simple silhouette. How about recreating this idea in paper, metal or fabric?
  • The use of real feathers in make-up, jewellery and fashion means you can go subtle for a delicate look or bold for real impact!
  • Feathers used on arrows are perfect for anniversaries, Valentine’s day or as a gift for the one you love
  • Pastel tints, metallics or bright and bold hues – feathers really do work well in a range of colour ways

What do you think – would you add feathers to your work? Comment below or on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Can’t wait to hear your take,
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Image sources (clockwise from top left):  1. The Thinks 2. Anthropologie 3. Backstage at Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016 4. Carlos Palma 5. Chris Maynard 6. Shop Wild Cotton 7. Wicked Jealous 8. Creative Market

 

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Welcome – let’s get inspired!

Curating inspiring content for you
Hi there! Welcome to the newly revamped Arnold & Bird blog – I’m so happy you’ve joined me!

After taking a blogging break I’m back and ready to serve up creative content to help inspire you in the world of design.

So what will you find over in this part of the webisphere? The main focus will be diving into themes and trends that are emerging and how you can implement them into your business. There’ll be inspiring mood boards and I’m looking forward to showing you how I design for each trend. Plus I want to hear what you’d do too!

I’m also primed and ready to share tips on product development, surface pattern design and curiosities that have caught my eye. (FYI – curiosity is my favourite word so may see that pop up a lot!)
Ready to discover the first trend? Dive right in now!

 

Have an amazing day,

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