My name is Diane and I'm a freelance editor based in Melbourne, Australia. Notes to a Further Excuse is a design and lifestyle blog that brings together my love of design, illustration, homewares, stationery, photography, travel and all manner of other other lovely things.
Run by Gina Houseman, Papersheep Press is a letterpress studio based in Brooklyn, New York. I love Gina's cute selection of cards, especially her knit letterpress card printed in icy blue ink, which has produced a really lovely, tactile effect.
These Papersheep Press cards are available individually or in sets of five via Gina's online shop and Etsy shop. Also check out her website and blog to see more.
SusyJack* is an independent stationery label based in New York City and run by designer and artist Susan Connor. Susan'sinspiration comes from the world of textiles, fashion and art, as well as trips to the hardware shop, and all of her items are proudly created and produced in the USA. With SusyJack*, Susan wanted to create a truly contemporary collection of paper goods that individuals would feel great using; something that was designed rather than decorated.
Susan launched her brand new collection of stationery goods (called Near and Far) earlier this year at the National Stationery Show in New York. There are four designs - Ikat Chevron, Lace Blockprint, Kilim Weave and Rosette Dot - each available on notebooks, note sets, memo cubes, pencil cups and magnetic clips. I think my favourite has to be the yellow Kilim design, which was also the best seller at the stationery show.
Check out Susy's website and online shop for more. The new product range is available in her online shop for preorder now, with products being shipped soon. Stay tuned to the HeySusy* blog for details.
Hello there, did you have a nice weekend? I am very glad to be back in Melbourne, even if it does mean cold weather and having to go to work! Anyway... I wanted to kick of the week with these lovely prints from textile and stationery designer Eloise Renouf, who is based in Nottingham, UK. Eloise has designed prints for studios in London and New York as well as running a stationery business with her parter, and now juggles designing commissions and running her Etsy shop alongside caring for her two little boys.
Eloise specialises in giclee prints, which all start life as something hand created - either painted, printed or drawn - which are then digitally arranged and coloured. As a trained textile desiger, much of Eloise's work is decorative and usually includes surface pattern or repeated elements. Eloise also likes to explore shape, texture and line, and her subject matter tends to be drawn from the nature - flowers, trees and clouds are recurring themes, and a mid-century influence is also evident.
I really love Eloise's use of colour and composition, and my favourites have to be her cloud prints. If you'd like to see more of Eloise's work and purchase her prints, check out her Etsy shop.
I wanted to end the week on a bright and colourful note with these fantastic prints from Renee Garner of Wolfie & the Sneak. Renee’s work is so cheerful and I really like her botanical-style drawings. She uses pencil and ink to create her drawings, which are then transformed into prints on archival quality paper.
Renee is a fan of good eating, and her range of seasonal prints (above) showcase a range of yummy vegetables.
To see more, check out Renee’s website, Etsy shop and blog. I’m off to QLD for a long weekend of family gatherings (eep!), but will be back here on Tuesday. Have a lovely weekend and see you then!
Printerette Press is a boutique design and letterpress studio developed in 2009 by Catherine Polacek, a former clothing designer. Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Printerette Press offers custom printed goods as well as a small collection of lovely cards and stationery. All Printerette Press items are hand printed on Catherine's 100-year-old vintage Chandler & Price platen press using cotton paper.
Such lovely bright colours! I love the jams and pickles recipe/greeting cards above. Check out the Printerette Press website, Etsy shop and blog for more.
A little more illustration today, this time courtesy of Matte Stephens, an artist living in ustate NY. I stumbled upon Matte's art the other day and was immediatley in awe. Matte is inspired by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, George Nelson and Irving Harper, which is really evident in his modernist style. Looking through Matte's portfolio of work, you also start to notice certain characters popping up, such as owls, foxes and cats.
Matte's favourite material to work with is gouache on illustration board and plywood. He has done illustrations for a huge range of clients including Herman Miller, Chronicle Books and Uppercase magazine, and has also done shows all over the place.
Not surprisingly, Matte's home is also a reflection of his art and mid-century inspirations - you can check it out over on Design*Sponge here and here. And to see more of Matte's work, check out his website, Etsy shop and blog.
Hello there, did you have a nice weekend? I don't know about you, but I can't seem to be able to get on top of things at the moment (maybe it's a mid-year chaos?), so today I'm not going to say much and just let the lovely images from New Zealand illustrator Devon Smith speak for themselves.
Devon's style is of the whimsical and feminine variety, and is inspired by fairy tales, cartoons, taxidermy and scientific illustrations of flora and fauna. She often works in goauche and watercolour, and produces giclee reproduction prints, which are for sale in her online shop. Isn't her work ever so dreamy?
UK designer Clare Nicolson has just released her fab new collection of cushions. Titled Pull Shapes!, the collection has been inspired by all sorts of shapes - triangles, rectangles, circles, hexagons, petals and of course, Clare's iconic birdie design that she is so well known for. Aren't they lovely?
Clare started producing her range back in 2004, and has been creating textiles, home accessories and stationery ever since. Her designs are heavily influenced by vintage textiles and beautiful patterned paper and ephemera, and Clare herself is a collector of all things vintage. I've been an admirer of Clare's work for a whilel now, and I for one can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve! You can check out the new designs in Clare's fancy new online shop here. And have a lovely weekend all!
Hi all, just a quick post to let you know that I have a couple of guest posts - a Beci Orpin mobiles post over on Lottie Loves and a post about mid-century nursury furniture from Ubabub over on Little Lottie Loves. Check em' out here and here.
Small Talk is the creative venture of Baltimore-based artist Alyssa Nassner (with Christopher Muccioli). Alyssa specialises in handmade accessories, paper goods and prints featuring her original illustrations. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Alyssa has quickly built up an impressive list of clients including Chronicle Books, Dwell Studio and UPPERCASE magazine.
Alyssa strives to keep her products colorful, fun, and affordable, and her ultimate goal to brighten someone's day and add a bit of fun to a home or workspace. And this is immediately obvious when you take a look through the Small Talk online shop, which is full of Alyssa's lovely, bright and cheerful prints. I really like Alyssa's illustration style as well as her subject matter - there's a good mix of animals, nature and homewares!
Check out the Small Talk website here and online shop here.
Hello all, did you have a lovely weekend? Even though there was an extra day thrown in I felt like mine flew by! But if there's one thing that helps with the back to work blues it's lovely stationery, and today that comes in the form of these new Linda & Harriett notepads. It's been two years since Linda & Harriett offered notepads, but have decided to bring them back with some stylish summer designs, including an anchor, fish, sailboats, crabs, stripes and sandpipers. Pretty!
You can check them out for yourself over here. And while you're at it, pop over to the Linda & Harriett blog for more.
The other week, in my review of Toy Cameras (over here), I mentioned that I had a very small collection of lomo cameras, so I thought I would round off the week with some of the results from the first roll of film using my Diana Mini. Seeing as how it was a new toy I was pretty slow to get out there and start experimenting, but I'm glad I eventually got around to it, as there were some nice surprises from my trips to Hobart, Phillip Island and the Dandenong Ranges.
I hope you enjoyed this little photographic trip around the southern corner of Australia and that it might inspire you to pick up your camera this weekend and start shooting. It's a long weekend here in Victoria (thanks Queenie!), so I'll be back here on Tuesday. See you then!