As part of my honours year, I spent time working in handmade, crafting and illustration techniques. I wanted to investigate the importance of creating tangible pieces of design, and the importance of print in an ever more digital industry and world around us.
As part of this I created a series of portrait illustrations using embroidery. I wanted to create portraits, as these are something so regularly represented online and social media in 'seflies', and thought this would emphasise the use of an alternative method, and make people engage with the final pieces. The final embroideries have a beautiful handmade quality to them and are relatable because of the portrait subject matter.
Print and handmade techniques are important to me as a designer, as I feel they convey a feeling of care and quality, something so often overlooked for quick and cheap delivery. I love to incorporate these techniques into my graphic design work, and feel they would add a new dimension to any branding or advertising brief.