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As I only feature full branding boards in my portfolio I don’t always get an opportunity to show smaller logo design commissions which don’t have a matching guide. These are really interesting, professional and beautiful designs so I thought I should do a series of posts featuring single logo design commissions.

Today I would like to focus on Danielle’s blog called Rooting The Sun – rootingthesun.com full of delicious, healthy recipes.

 

“Growing your own food is dirty and sweaty, and the roots are in the earth, but the results are good health and vibrant smiles.” says Danielle.

We thought the best choice for an organic, earthy style blog would be a hand drawn bunch of vegetables, mostly roots. After some revisions we decided to go with a culinary-style typeface called Ahra and a couple of green and yellow watercolour washes. Here is the final logo:

 

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Keepers Memory Lockets specialises in hand made personalised jewellery, in the form of lockets with charms and photos inside. Lauren (owner and designer at KML) commissioned a custom logo design that reflects the unique nature and artisan style of her products.

As she liked several mockups I sent we decided there will be two final designs in various colour schemes. You can see the final branding board here:

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Lauren has even made a locket with her new design which looks really cool!

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One of my recent customers was a talented jewellery designer based in Nottingham. Ilona was a fantastic person to work with – her new branding reflects natural, elegant style with some geometric/art-deco influences. Her Pinterest page was really interesting to explore and offered a good start for this commission.

 

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Her jewellery is unique yet affordable so if you’re looking for a special handmade piece please visit Ilona’s shop on Not On The High Street or Bigcartel.
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Last Saturday I visited a contemporary art space (located in a 19th century former textiles mill just outside the Hepworth Wakefield gallery) which was hosting a print fair. There were 57 stall holders and some really interesting things to see and buy. I thought this would be a good opportunity to feature some of the printmakers that you can support them by ordering directly from their online stores.

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Here is the actual gallery building with The Calder located just behind it. Hepworth Wakefield is a fantastic place to visit especially if you’re into modern sculpture. Below is a picture of the actual event – plenty of art to choose from and with prices between £1 and £600+ there was definitely something for everybody.

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Prints that really caught my attention were those presented by B&B Gallery (example below). I love the black and white details paired with a geometric gold leaf effect.  Colorado by Florence Blanchard is a 2 colour hand-pulled screen print which you can order from the B&B Gallery’s online shop at http://www.bandbgallery.com Sadly it looks like the gold version is sold out but there is a bright yellow one left (unfortunately I’m not a big fan of yellow colour).

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Florence Blanchar – Colorado

 

Another artist I would like to feature is Jenny McCabe. I think I must have missed her stall or perhaps I was going around the place too quickly only stopping by big displays as they were hard to miss. Anyway I found her business name “Coo & Co” on a stall holders list and fortunately it caught my attention. Visit http://www.cooandco.co.uk to find out more about Jenny and to purchase something from her small online shop.

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Jenny McCabe

 

There was also a stall from Helen Peyton who specialises in limited edition lino monoprint and lino reduction prints. Lino printing is a hand-crafted art and Helen creates her prints on a Victorian printing press that is the complete opposite to high tech, this one is no tech! Visit http://helenpeyton.com/

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Helen Peyton – Bobbins

 

My favourite stall was located more or less in the middle of the place and it seemed a bit different from the others…there was a table, a laptop and some impressive prints hanging on a wall behind it, from massive to small ones. If I had £1,600.00 to spend on a print I would definitely buy the “Overflow” from Lisa Lee which is an aquatint on Fabriano paper, measuring 1400mm x 590mm so a very tall artwork. I may be wrong but the price seemed much less than online as I don’t recall seeing anything above £1000 there but again I might have misread it. Shame the pic on their website is quite poor and doesn’t really reflect the print quality but believe me his print looks really impressive when framed and the details are stunning. http://www.atelierji.com

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Lisa Lee – Overflow

 

The last stall holder I would like to feature is Staithes Studios  http://staithesstudios.com. I also published a full scanned list of stall holders below so you can do your own search and discover more. There was so many great artists and a good variety of print techniques and subjects but I wish some prints were displayed better (perhaps in larger scale or perhaps the space was too small) as during my visit I had a strange impression almost every stall looked the same. Staithes Studios definitely stand out and I really liked their long (art deco inspired) landscape prints (by Ian Mitchell – http://www.ianmitchell-art.com which are both interesting and affordable.

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Ian Mitchell – Whitby Piers

 

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