You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning, sun is shining, you smell delicious breakfast made by your beloved one and you're just immersed in cosy and warm bedclothes? Fluffy pillows are hugging you, wishing all the best for upcoming day. You nestle the fragrant pillow to your face trying to keep this comfy feeling with you. Cannot imagine better kicking off the morning than this!
And can you imagine a better kicking off a new interior textile brand than launching it with pillows? You can't? Me neither. It's a really graceful item to be made, to be gossiped about, to be shot in the campaign, and finally to launch the whole collection and the brand Breka. In my dreams, I see a short movie with girlfriends pillow fighting and young women talking guys while hugging pillows. I want to bring out all emotions which are between us and our pillows - the joy, excitement, happiness, but also sadness and flowing tears. From the 15th October you will be able to see the movie and to browse the whole collection on Breka's official website. Feel free to visit BrekaStudio on Etsy as well. I'll be so pleased knowing you enjoy my products and you appreciate my artworks. It's always the best what one can imagine to have the audience. For the artist it's the best fulfillment.
I'm so glad I decided to start just with pillows. I love working on them! Exploring a new design is always a kind of adventure for me. I'm trying how certain fabric works with the paint, if the ink flows smoothly through the fabric or rather collects on edges? If the warp and the weft react the same way? What is the result of wet painting? The great advantage of working with cushions is the long rectangle shape and how it's needed to be composed. I already made some prototypes and I'm getting ready for the collection and the big lounching!
Photographed by Antilight
There is simply no field in which I feel I'm really good at. I mean the field I mastered and I know very well, and you can ask my any question expecting high quality answer. It's not that I know nothing, of course not. I do something new and useful every single day in my life. Thought there must be some knowlegde hidden behind all those activities and years of practice. I might underestimate myself (that's one I'm really good at!) thought you can surely find some people claiming I'm a master at preparing gazpacho, keeping clean wardrobe or even at drawing my concept fashion sketches.
The thing is I love trying new activities. This is my passion and my nature. And I love learning. I find so many fields interesting, useful and with potential that I sometimes dream about living a few lives (not only my own - the only one I have) to try all of this. Why not to master in fashion drawing? Or in architecture design? Or in online marketing? Photoshooting? Fabric painting? This is why you can see so many different categories in here. Because I'm simply passionate about all of them! It means as well that I'm not a professional in any of them. But with every single post I try to make some progress and show you better and better content.
A few days ago I found the quote which describes me entirely. Those words was said by Peter Clifford "I'm learning. I'm doing the best I can right now, and I'm getting better with it every day"
My watercolor adventure began years ago and had it's ups and downs. I concentrated on this technique about a year ago and I fell I learn something with every single painting. However, supported by the words of encouragement from people I appreciate, I decided to exhibit my artworks and to sell some of them. That's why I work on opening my shop on Etsy. Preparing adequate description, scanning and shooting good quality photos take quite a lot of time. Especially the last one.
I don't want to talk about taking photos as such, the lighting, shutters etc. but about styling. My primary aim is to catch the eye of my potential client and to make him feel comfortable with my painting. That's why you can notice that I avoid positioning from one side (and wide angle lenses as well). So I was working en face. Bright background and dark frame with passepartout gives the contrast and shows the most important area on the picture. Interesting and complementary basis needs to match the painting with the intensity and the hue to determine the correlation with surrounding. Some additional accessories are very important too. Thanks to them we have the feeling of a whole situation - that someone just created some doodles of the drawing mannequin or just put down a fashion magazine. It makes us imagine the artwork in our own apartment. And that's the point!
I hope that my tips will be useful for you and I hope I'll master my photographic skills some day to be able to present you amazing and inspiring photos.
If you find this tips useful please share them with others. If there is still something unclear, please leave a comment with the question - there are no inadequate questions - so I'll answer all of them!
This weekend I focused on my watercolor skills again. Developing my concept of the union of a human race and the universe is really fascinating and awakens my creativity in an unexpected way. Still having my imagination of human entrails and distant galaxies I'm trying to unite them using infinite possibilities of watercolor. It's amazing how my vision develops to find the connection and the perfect solution.
Above you can see my sunny workspace. I like to use St Petersburg watercolors Wite NIght in pans cause I think It's often easier to mix colors directly on the palette than outwardly as it happens when using tubes. I can easly find the best proportion for the color I need, unfortunately violating the principle of the clean palette, I honestly admit. Fun fact is, as you can easly remark, there is a plastic eggs container serving me as a mixing palette. It's really meant to this function! It doesn't absorb the dye, distributing the watercolor is really easy and there are small concavities (made for a single egg) where you can save the color for use in a while. I think the rest of the equipment is rather ordinary but if you've got any questions I'll be happy to answer.
The more I learn how to use the watercolor the more I like it.
Lately, I've been working on a watercolor project for an exhibition which I'm willing to have by the end of the year. Inspired by human inner body and the outer space I'm painting my imagination of the union of both which means that I'm trying to find the place of man in the universe. It's going to evolve and create something very special to me. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
It's been one and a half months since I was in here for the last time. And it was incredibly busy period in my life! Apart form my removal which obvioulsy took a lot of time and energy, I was simply sinking in the immensity of projects... I had to sadly admit that it was my failure with organising the time. I suspected that some of my projects won't take a long and I committed myself into some more errands. I think I don't need to explain how it ended. I truly promise myself that it was the last time I did that. No more overworking! Or only enough, to be able to share with you what I'm doing, because it really gives my so much motivation and energy and it makes my work more purposeful and valuable.
But there is a good part of my absence too - after this six weeks of hyperwork I have so much to share and to relate! At the beginning of May I showed you the first sketch of the print which I started to develop. It is my first approach with mixed media and firstly I was a bit afraid of the combination. But I'm so glad I took the made up challenge. I definitely paid off because I've learnt how to work with this kind of technique and I really like the upshot. I'm sure it's not the last time when you see me doing this kind of stuff.
Still in the subject of fruits and developing my watercolor skills. I'm working on my project of textile print and I'm making most effort to explore my idea as much as possible. This sketch shows my mixed media experiment and it's amazing how diverse and quaint is the result! I'm so glad I gave it a try!
I'm learning. I'm doing the best I can right now, and I'm getting better with it every day - Peter Clifford