My Ameo shop is now open selling a variety of giclée cards, prints and melamine coasters. More products and designs are in the pipe line and I will update you as soon as they are in but for now - drop by, have a look and if you can, please would you share the link with your friends and family?
The cards have a beautiful print quality to them - I have invested in a wonderful printer so that I can produce giclée prints from home. Essentially, giclée is a term for an inkjet digital printing process that uses pigment inks and archival paper. The result is a museum quality fine art print with a life of over 200 years. This is perhaps more than is necessary for a greetings card(!!) but any of these designs can be printed on a larger scale as a framed print - just email me with your request.
The printer may be the size of a piece of furniture but the advantage of it is that I now have total control of the production of my images including the final colour matching. Unlike any other form of digital printing, giclée gives me the genuine satisfaction of having created a piece of art work.....ok, let the "geek mist" pass by....
As you can see, I have had heaps of fun styling my products for photo-shoots. It is at this point that I am reminded just how beneficial the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course has been for me. It was equally tethered with regards to teaching practical skills for pattern design as well as the business side.
The course taught me brand new artistic skills, 2 software packages, the importance of brand identity, it got me thinking about the value and purpose of a website, blog, on-line shop (.....and etsy shop, but that is very much in the making). Off the back of it I have attended EU funded business course in Belgium, submitted work to companies, had my work shown at Trade Shows and started to manufacture a few of my own products....I am just so impressed with the structure of the course and the motivating power of the tutors. It was great!
Above are a couple of my cake stand designs. The original pen and ink drawings have been done using my "wrong" hand. This gives a more illustrative and quirky result. Likewise with the cameras below.