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Typography has always been a huge passion of mine and seems to be increasing by the day. It's rare that I'm not carrying my sketchbook and pens with me. Typography appears to have a big following on Instagram where I'm posting most of my work to. Feel free to check it out here: instagram.com/lucyhillsdesign. Like anything, this is something that improves with practice and it's taken me a while to find the ideal pens for my work. Currently I'm settled with either Pigma Micron pens or Staedtler pigment liners, both very similar in my opinion and great for the style of type I'm working on.

Below you can see a selection of my attempts.

Any good typography blogs, artists or websites let me know as I'm always keen to develop new styles!

Buh-bye.

big, exciting, arty news!

It’s an exciting week for me. I’m excited to announce that yesterday I became the proud owner of a Kristjana S Williams print, 2 of them in fact. If you haven’t heard of Kristjana S Williams or seen her work, I recommend you do so immediately as it’s amazing.

A bit about Kristjana S Williams:
Kristjana S Williams richly imaginative work interweaves fragments of Victorian engraving with contemporary illustrations and colouring. The artist creates magical landscapes, filled with impossible, exotic creatures, flora and fauna. The Icelandic born artist is a graduate of Central St. Martins. Her work has been commissioned by major brands including Paul Smith, Liberty’s and was the focus of a show at the V&A gaining critical acclaim in the process. Rise Art featured a selection of her work at Art Fairs across the Uk.

How it all came about:
About a year or so ago I visited Columbia Road Flower Market in London, simply to take a look at Ryantown, Rob Ryan’s shop. A few purchases later I continued browsing the other shops Columbia Road has to offer and popped into Elphick’s, a small art gallery (which I believe has now relocated to Hackney) offering lot’s of lovely pieces. Kristjana’s work immediately stood out to me, I was in awe and my exact words were something along the lines of ‘wow, I love this’. As a graphic designer that loves bright colours, I knew wanted a piece of this art immediately. Unfortunately, with the work being out of my price range I noted down the artist, went home and headed online. I visited Kristjana’s website and spent a fair amount of time looking at all the lovely pieces on offer and dreamed of one day having my own.

Fast forward to…well yesterday and voila, I now own Lear Gaukur 10 and Ros Sudar Poll. As with all of her pieces, they’re beautiful, vibrant, bright, exotic and intricate. Next on my wishlist is Falin Viltur Blar and Lear og Barraband Gaukar which I adore. The prints will soon take pride of place in my home. Bring on the bright!

If anyone has any art recommendations for me I’d love to hear your thoughts so get in touch now. Go go.


brighty brighty bright.

No, this is not a post about Brighton; it’s about the wonder of colour, bright colour and what it means to me.

Having just purchased a house, the artwork and interior is at the forefront of my mind. (The most important bit of course). I’ve started designing my own posters but in the meantime I thought I’d look for a bit of inspiration on ‘bright’ interior. Google search bought me to Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour For Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor. After a bit of research on the book I decided to purchase and I’m certainly glad I did. I can safely say it’s LOVELY. Will has a very keen eye for colour and the book is full of tips for making a bright and happy home. I know a lot of people tend to play it safe, stick to one colour theme but to me that’s DULL, has no character and looks boring. If you pick a great colour, fine, feel free to prove me wrong, but why not mix it up?

To me, bright = happy. Bright colours make me smile and when life struggles to pick you up why not surround yourself with colour that does? Every little helps and all that jazz. I think the designer in me is drawn to bright, bold colouring and I’d love nothing more than to be surrounded by a world of Pantone. I think what holds people back in embracing colour is their lack of confidence to use it or perhaps they don’t know how? Others may be daunted by the vast selection of colour available, so get this book, it’ll guide you no end.

Be brave and go bold!

If you have any interior books you’d recommend let me know.


acts of kindness.

Sunday marked the one year wedding anniversary of my Brother a Sister-in-law which I can’t quite believe! It’s come around so quickly and if I could I’d love to go back to that day. Happiness all round. So one year = paper, not very exciting. I wanted to do something for them so I decided to design a poster based on the menu designs from Jamie’s Italian, they like food, Jamie Oliver etc. For the text I used a reading from the wedding, text from a canvas at the venue and the lyrics from some postcards used. Design finished, I sent it to print and voila, 2 days later received it back in the post. Fingers crossed they like it! My original idea was to make a (to scale) paper mache wedding couple. (Sort of like Lionel Richie – ‘Hello’ styleee). Unfortunately I ran out of paper covering the beach ball for my brothers head.
Congrats chief. (and chief wife).

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves and even loved in spite of ourselves.
— Victor Hugo

Laters.