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Hand drawn leaf by Jessica Wilde

Summer Solstice | Reflecting on the year so far

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through the year already! At the beginning of this year there were a few things I wanted to work on regarding my creativity, business and general well-being. I’m always looking to grow and development my creative business, so here’s what I’ve been up to and why.

 

More creative time

 

Carving out creative time for yourself is actually really tough when you run a business, and generally makes up a very small percentage of your time when you factor in all the admin you need to keep on top of. This year I wanted to readdress this balance and allow myself more time for being creative. I also wanted to allow myself to create more freely, which isn’t always easy when you are juggling various projects or designing for certain products. So this year my focus has moved towards creating more art, I’ll still be developing products, but as having more creativity freedom was one of the core reasons for starting my business, I feel it’s time to literally get back to drawing board.

 

Floral Sketchbook by Jessica Wilde

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Summer Holidays! | Isle of Man

For our summer holidays, we went over to the Isle of Man for practice week of the TT. It was the first time I’ve joined my husband Toby on the trip, actually managed to both pack for camping for one week on the bike, woohoo! The weather was pretty wet and windy for most the week so not a lot of action on the track, but we did get to see more of the island.

We spent alot of time in Douglas, mainly because of the delicious baked delights at  Noa Bakehouse, got through a good few stacks of vegan pancakes between us! Also love the street art just outside their converted market hall.

 

Another favourite in Douglas for a serious cuppa was the The Tea Junction, the ultimate tea selection box and some lovely blossoming jasmine green tea! We made the most of our time with the bad weather and had mini adventure on the mini steam train to Port Erin. Great way to view the gorgeous countryside and Port Erin itself is a lovely small picturesque seaside town, and even finally managed to find some sun.

It’s a gorgeous island for exploring and one serious race track! Will hopefully make it back in better weather, with less thick fog, rain and wind on the mountain!

Inspiration | Dahlias

Following the launch of new art prints, I thought I’d share some of the inspiration behind my drawings. Living in Staffordshire, I’ve got some great National Trust properties nearby, and love exploring them all throughout the year.

 

Shugborough

Work in progress | Black Copic Multi-liner

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Recycled Bookmark by Jessica Wilde

Dragonfly Lily Bookmarks | Recycle & Reuse

We’ve made our new thank you cards handy bookmarks! We always like to say a big thank you for supporting our small business, but wanted to make sure we could do it in that was environmentally friendly. So with every order you’ll now get one of these and we very much hope you enjoy reusing them.

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Stylised Botanical Drawing Workshop at West Elm, London

A huge thank you to everyone who joined up for our Stylised Botanical Drawing Workshop at West Elm, Westfield London! We had a fantastic afternoon experimenting with drawing and watercolour techniques taking inspiration from fresh florals.

The 3 hour workshop included a goodie bag of black fineliners, sketchbook and pocket watercolour set, an ideal art set to take on your travels and creative adventures. We started by exploring various line making techniques for drawing the flowers, experimenting with different approaches and how the pens differed and suited individual styles.

 

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Plitvice National Park | Croatia

I finally got round to editing our Croatia photos, these things take time when you have 800 or so! Here’s a very small edit from Plitvice National Park from August, knowing how busy it is in high season we opted for the two day pass to get round the park, and definitely recommend it! The queues were a bit mad, even getting there at 7am when it opens, but thankfully a 2 day pass meant we could walk straight in on the second day. Also doing the boats and popular waterfalls super early is recommended to avoid getting stuck in queues during the peak season.

Over the 2 days we walked the perimeter of the main lakes as well as some of the quieter woodland trails and even had a row in a boat!

 

The turquoise blue of the lakes is striking and unbelievably clear, the colours and reflections are really quite unique.

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Biophilia | MA Textile Design

After a busy 2 years I’m excited to share I’ve completed my MA in Textile Design at Birmingham City University with Distinction. For the course I focused on Biophilia, the concept that we all have an innate need for nature. This term was popularised by Edward O. Wilson’s 1984 book of the same name, where he proposed our need to affiliate with nature and other living things is part of our biology.

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Stylised Botanical Drawing Workshop & Pop-Up at West Elm, London

I’m super excited to doing my first Stylised Floral Drawing Workshop at West Elm, Westfield London on Saturday 29th September.

Join me for an afternoon of stylised florals where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks for drawing modern florals and botanicals. As a designer and illustrator my style has evolved over the years from fun doodling to detailed botanical drawing, all the while with a trusty black fineliner by my side. I’ll be guiding you through different approaches to drawing in black fineliner with a splash of watercolours along the way, helping you explore your own style.

Sketchbook drawings by Jessica Wilde ©

Sketchbook peony drawings by Jessica Wilde ©

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Pulse Runner Up Award for Best New Product – Fashion

It was a great show at Pulse London this year, I was absolutely over the moon to be selected by Sarah Sevier, Head of Retail at the V&A for the runner up award for Best New Product in Fashion at Pulse London in May. Sarah especially loved the print quality and use of colour, so a big thank you to my suppliers for doing a fabulous job!

Read the full article on the Pulse Blog here.

You can also see the latest trade catalogue here and feel free to get in touch if you’re interested in becoming a stockist.

Handmade at Kew

Last month we exhibited at Handmade at Kew, as part of Design Factory, to launch the new luxury silk scarves. Thanks everyone who visited and supported us, and a big welcome to new followers!

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BCTF Newcomer 2016

Featuring my current range of botanical and nature inspired illustration & gift products by Jessica Wilde Designs.

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