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Indigo,Paris 2014 is live!

Indigo 2014, the creative textile and surface design show, is now live in Paris! This is what the past 6 weeks of my life have looked like in preparation. Creative chaos at its finest. Sketching, sketching and more sketching. Reviewing all my old notes for Make Art that Sells. Driving to the store to pick up more Sharpies! julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Dozens of  children's motifs all waiting to be patterned. I am amazed at the amount that just didn't make the cut. They will all have their time though. No art work is ever wasted, it will always find its place somewhere. I completed 20 mini collections in total for Believe Creative Studio. It look me quite a few tries to start, but I finally fell into my groove and the style that is mine and a style that worked well with the Believe Creative Studio style. There were definitely moments. Many moments. Moments of doubt, insecurity, and creative exhaustion. The belief that I didn't have another creative drop left in me.That frantic moment of "I got nothing!" Those were the times the music got cranked and  fun times were had playing in the snow. Anything to clear the mind. I have to admit that despite the highs and lows~ I loved every moment of it. I loved the challenge of following a brief. I loved stretching my imagination and trying to think like a child. [caption id="attachment_5235" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Still waiting for my Sharpie sponsorship....[/caption] As this was my first experience designing with a studio, with an end goal in mind, there were many lessons learned. A few of these I thought I would share with you. 1. Work around a theme and stick with it.Explore a subject and immerse yourself in it. I made the mistake of jumping around from brief to brief and had a few moments of confusion. 2. Finish one piece of work before you start another. This is a matter of personal preference of course, but I found I would sometimes get stuck and instead of working through it, I would just start fresh with a new pattern. As a result I have many pieces of unfinished work. I know that I can work through them, but I won't. I love a big, blank page of possibility. I like starting. 3. Turn off all social media. Learn what distracts you and get rid of it. Many people made comments about my lack of participation in my social media world this past month. (which also included blogging...sorry)  I just found that at the end of the day I was mentally exhausted.  Now, however I feel like I can whip off pattern after pattern. I have upped my pattern making stamina. 4.Explore your favourite kids store and see what they are doing. This definitely helped me with my playfulness and use of colour. It also helped me with the sizing of my motifs. Rosie also made a great suggestion - borrow a  piece of children's clothing to give you a sense of sizing. Your motif has to read well small. 5. Stop in moments of frustration. Don't push yourself to create. Walk away. I found that once I cleared my mind and relaxed, inspiration came flowing back. 6. Play happy music. Invite young friends over to draw. I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon babysitting Thomas,a young friend of mine. He was very quick to give advice and show me how a dinosaur is really done. He was also a little put out that I didn't have one light sabre in my collection...or a narwhal (a what?). I would have liked to post his drawings, but the smarty pants took them with him after I threatened to use them (with commission of course:) julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog One thing is for sure - designing for children makes you happy. I often caught myself with a smile on my face. Unfortunately, I cannot share any of the  designs until after the show, they are top secret! A big thank you to Rosie and Vincent of Believe Creative Studio for all of their hard work ~ critiquing, organizing and for being supportive and enthusiastic. I would also like to thank all of the guest designers who were very quick to offer support and answer questions.It is always nice to meet others from all over the globe. I wish everyone of you the best of luck! Thanks for the fun!
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Happy Valentines to you from the Believe Creative team!

Happy to be here today to wish you all a Happy Valentines! I am joining in with Believe Creative Studio today to participate in a lovely bloghop sending love from all of us....to you! You should be arriving here from MaryJane Mitchells blog. If you would like to start from the beginning, hop on over to Rosie's blog. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have really enjoyed the past two months spent as a guest designer for Believe- Creative Studio.The past 8 weeks have been fun designing for the children's market. We are all ready for the big show - Indigo, Paris Feb 18th -20th, 2014 It has has been quite the roller coaster ride of emotion preparing designs for the show.I have loved every moment of it. I will share all my lessons learned with you next week on the blog. Today, is just a glimpse into the lives of the other guest designers behind Believe Creative.

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Next up, Zoe Dieteren-Brenchs blog,  a designer all the way from the Netherlands. Have a lovely weekend! I will be back blogging on a regular basis next week. See you then!
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What does your creative process look like?

Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas? I do! I am creatively curious! I love to see the process of how one's mind works from start to finish. artistically afflicted, julie hamilton designs Rosie Martinez-Dekker is a Mexican designer based in The Netherlands.Rosie graduated in graphic and textile design in the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City .After working several years as textile designer, art director and in the business side of textiles and apparel she decided, with her husband, to form Believe Creative studio in 2011. Believe Creative Studio creates prints & patterns focused on design for baby, children and teens products. Rosie style is whimsical, colorful, playful and fun.She creates both digitally and hand painted.
Today, Rosie will be sharing with us the creative process behind the development of her logo and website. Ta-da! Here she is! artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
What inspires you to create? 
My inspiration comes from my everyday life, what I am feeling what I am doing, what is happening around me. For instance the illustration of the cats below was created a night that my cat, named Prunilla, was meowing in the studio,she wanted to go out for a night walk.So I added a little bit of my own imagination  and a new design was born.
I also like to find inspiration in pinterest, magazines and design blogs in general. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
What medium do you like to create in?
I love to create in watercolor and gouache, I love to design directly in paper and play with water and colors.
Just a year ago I started also designing in Illustrator, and use the drawing tablet (Wacom) for the free sketchy style that I love so much. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
Do you keep an art journal? How do you keep track of all of your ideas and inspiration?
I have a sketchbook but I have to confess that I am not very disciplined in sketching every time I create a pattern. I am a right in the moment kind of girl, so if I need inspiration I look for it in the moment and if necessary I sketch something right before starting creating. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
Do you work on just one design from start to finish or do you have a number of different designs on the go?
I  only go for one design, I do not do trials and colors ways, sometimes I just play with the background color, and that makes my design process easy and fast. [caption id="attachment_4579" align="aligncenter" width="560"]artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs Color Moodboard for creation of logo and website[/caption]
Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own personal inspiration?
I prefer my personal inspiration and my own briefs and mood boards. artistically afflicted blog-julie hamilton designs
What time of the day are you most creative?
After 2pm. Is weird, but I do not manage starting early, I normally start my day sporting, walking my dogs, doing stuff, then after I had a nice lunch is when I feel more inspired and ready to create! {artistically afflicted blog} julie hamilton designs
Thank you Rosie! Your branding totally suits you. It was interesting to see how it came about. Please be sure to have a look at Rosie's Look Book. The link is below. It's very impressive. You will be very inspired to make your very own Look bBook.I want her to make one for me!
Links website: www.believe-cs.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/believecstudio
twitter: @BelieveCstudio blog: http://believecreativestudio.blogspot.nl
linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rosamartinezdekker I will be back again on Thursday with another What does your creative process look like? blogpost featuring Femi Ford!
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