Monday, 30 July 2018

P&C at Printsource 2018

Woop wood! It's Printsource time again!

The 7th & 8th August we'll be hanging out with out collection
at the Hotel Pennsylvania NY and we'd love to see you.

Come say hello at booth 36/38 and have a chat about the latest trends,
newest illustration techniques and exciting print designs.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Bec for Anthropologie!

It's safe to say we're more than a little it excited to share this new commission for Anthropologie!

 As a dream client of Bec's, we couldn't be prouder to see how amazing her artwork looks on this gorgeous kid's bedding collection.

We thought we'd take this opportunity to ask Bec a little bit about her working process on this project...

Hi Bec, we absolutely love this collection! How did this particular project come about?

Thank you! For Spring/Summer 18, Paper and Cloth has been working on an 'Abu Dhabi' inspired trend - think ornate buildings, decorated animals and rich, opulent colours. After looking through the Portfolio at Surtex, Anthropologie commissioned me for the artwork based on my handwriting for this trend.

What was the inspiration behind this design?

This collection was influenced by the souks, buildings, patterns and characters of Abu Dhabi and the Middle East. I am a magpie for any delicate and intricate details in design and so I felt inspired to take all the beautiful imagery and colours from this area and create artwork that was totally fun and quirky yet still contemporary.  

This involved taking reference from the modern and angular characters of Charley Harper and combining them with the intricate shapes of old Middle Eastern architecture and tiles.

How did you go about creating the artwork?

I always start with a good moodboard! This collections board included character references for pose and shape, rich colour palettes and images of architecture and tiles.  

As a true doodler, my signature style of illustration is always completely hand drawn with fine liners and brush pens. I had a rough sketch of shapes and patterns in pencil, before using my Lightbox to trace over assets with a fine liner pen. The pens are primarily a 0.05 or 0.1mm, allowing me to ink up super dinky details and elements.  

Once scanned in, I then played around with layout and colours in Illustrator, layering up doodled line work over textured characters and shapes. Hand drawing illustrations allows me to really capture as much of the detail as possible.

What was your favourite part of working on this project?

Well Anthropologie has always been my DREAM client so that's tough because my favourite part was honestly the entire process from brief to literally seeing the products online!  

It was really lovely that as they liked the handwriting of my portfolio and the way I had interpreted this trend initially, I had quite a lot of creative freedom with the brief!

We hope you love this collection as much as we all do!

(Product images copyright of Anthropologie)

Friday, 29 June 2018

Studio Life: Getting to know... Laura

Hi Laura! Can you start off by telling us a little bit about where you gather your inspiration from?

Instagram is probably the platform I check most regularly, as well as good old Pinterest, which is so good for collating inspiration.    

Scouring through my favourite shops is always a good bet too and it feels less like researching and more like shopping which is always a treat. Shops like Oliver Bonas and Anthropologie always get a visit!

And how does your working process usually start?

It almost always starts with some inspiration references and a pencil! I like to sketch out rough ideas, then use the light box to refine the layout and composition. Then it’s either time to paint it out or scan the sketch in and work over it digitally. Things don’t always go to plan once colour is added, so things get tweaked and improved along the way.

What design tools couldn't you live without?

A pencil and some paper! Hand-drawing is where I feel most confident so I always like to sketch things out by hand first rather than going straight to the computer. 

I also love to finalise things with indian ink, brush pens or gouache, so a selection of paintbrushes in different sizes come in very handy.

Photoshop is also pretty essential as things don't always turn out perfect on the first go, so it's great to be able to scan in and edit hand-drawn or painted elements and make them look their best.

Who are your Illustration heroes?

There are sooooo many, and with the constant sharing that goes on online I think I must find a new illustration hero every week!

It’s so hard to choose, but at the moment I am a bit obsessed with Megan Galante (below) her clean, paired back fashion illustrations and hand-painted florals. I also love Alessandra Genualdo's slightly moody girls - they're always rocking such beautiful florals outfits!

I’m also love a bit of crafting, and two of my biggest heroes are fibre artist Sally England and weaver Marianne Moody, who create amazing macrame wall art and weavings respectively. If I was ever to splash out on something for my walls it would definitely be some of their work.

Who would be your dream client?

I think Anthropologie is definitely up there. I would also absolutely love to illustrate a book cover or a collection of classic children's stories - books like Grimm's tales or Hans Christian Anderson were always my favourite as a child, so it would be amazing to reimagine these now as an illustrator.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently working my way through “Animal” by Sarah Pascoe (I’m a very infrequent reader these days) which is a really fascinating look into different aspects of being a human, told in a really hilarious way!

In terms of kid's books I am loving Cannonball Coralie and the Lion" by Grace Easton - beautiful fun illustrations from start to finish and packed with great characters.

What is your favourite piece of artwork you have on display at home? 

My favourite at the moment is my “Tibi Gal” print by Isabelle Feliu (below). I love the minimal colour, the cool proportions and the fine line work. It has pride of place in the living room. I also have lots of amazing artworks from some very talented friends - artwork is that bit more special when you know the artist.

What are some of your favourite things outside of work?

Some weekends I volunteer at Brinsley Animal Rescue - They’re a great sanctuary for former commercial animals and wildlife in need of rehabilitation. It’s really nice to get outside and hang out with some lovely people and all the amazing animals, even if it does involve a fair amount of shovelling manure! 

Yoga is also a great way to relax, I go to regular classes and find that it really helps stretch out my back after a week hunched over illustrating.

And I couldn’t not mention my furry little studio buddy Susie (below) - we love our animal friends here at P&C and she is my little ray of sunshine!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Mini Trend: Plant Goals

There's been some serious plant love on social media for a while now, so 
naturally this has led to a similar trend in illustration.

We can't get enough of these lush tones of greens and blues, and layer upon layer 
of plants of every kind. 

We have a few self-confessed crazy plant ladies ourselves, so we're more than happy to
add more greenery to our homes in print form as well!

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If you love this trend as much as we do, we might have an artwork for you!
Get in touch here to view the portfolio.

Monday, 4 June 2018

In-house Illustrator Position!

We are looking for an utterly amazing and highly versatile Illustrator, with huge imagination
and lots of creative energy to bring to the team.

They must have an insatiable love of drawing and be able to execute their ideas to a professional standard. Proficiency in Photoshop and Illustrator are a must, as is breadth of style across 
character, print and typography.

The position will be working from home, however team members are expected to travel to our Northampton studio every 6 weeks for studio days.

Applicants should send their CV and examples of their work to

Closing date : Monday 18th July

Monday, 30 April 2018

Paper & Cloth at Blueprint

Woohoo, it's show time!
Paper & Cloth will be back at Blueprint in New York from 17th - 19th May,
bringing our latest collection of illustrated treats.

We'll be hanging out at Booth 17 on the ground floor if you'd like to come and 
view our portfolio, we'd love to see you!

(image above copyright of paper & cloth design studio)

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Colour Me Happy!

Soft candy pink with a shot of cobalt blue are cheering us up this morning 
in this pretty but cool colour palette.

We love the way this palette is used with painterly and inky textures - there's just something so nice about brush strokes in blue, don't you think?

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If you love this palette as much as we do, we might have an artwork for you!
Get in touch here to view the portfolio.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Studio Life: Getting to Know...Louise

Today's Q&A is with our lovely studio manager Louise. Lou juggles the day to day running of the studio whilst also being a tip top illustrator - we don't know how she does it!

Here's a little look into her inspirations, working process and what makes her tick...

Hi Lou! Can you start off by telling us a little bit about where you gather your inspiration from? 

I'm a huge Pinterest, Instagram and general blog addict, and I love a daily scroll through for inspiration, whether it be a new colour palette idea, an emerging trend, or seeing something new from a favourite brand or designer.

Some of my current blog loves are Little Gatherer, Petit & Small, Artistic Moods and Paper Crave. I also find children's picture books hugely inspirational, and I like to keep up to date with favourite kidswear, homeware and stationery brands.

Plenty to help stay inspired!

And how does your working process usually start?

Every design I create starts with a rough sketch. Depending what look I want to achieve sometimes I'll refine them, so the paints, brush pens and fine liners come out. Other times I'll simply scan them and take them in to Illustrator and/or Photoshop to develop.

 I usually have an idea in mind as to what the finished piece will look like, but I also enjoy the experimentation stage that naturally happens when working digitally; playing with composition and layout, colour tweaks, character development etc... It's a process that can change the original plan for the better.

What design tools can't you live without?

Sketchbook and pencils... everything starts with that! A Wacom obviously goes without saying and I love brush pens. I enjoy playing with texture in my work so I'd include watercolours, inks and paints too.

My most recent addition is an iPad Pro and Apple pencil so I'm enjoying learning and experimenting with procreate at the moment!

Who are your Illustration heroes?

Ooh, that's a difficult one, the list is literally endless!

Some current faves would have to be...

Lara Hawthorne - the delicacy and amount of beautiful detail in her work is just stunning, and I adore her book "The Night Flower"

Emily Rand would have to be another, and how she creates her illustrations using such gorgeous textures and mark making.

Hannah Tolson would also have to get a mention too... her wonderful characters, the mixed media quality to her art, all those lovely paint and crayoned textures, and she manages to create scenes that you just want to jump into!

Finally Susie Hammer's bold, playful characters always make me smile!

There are sooooo many more, but we'd be here all day!

Who would be your dream client?

I've been extremely fortunate to have clients such as Lilipinso, Land of Nod and Paperchase use my designs on their products, but looking to the future, I have some really exciting projects that I can't share as yet. And it's not a dream client as such, but it'd be great to be involved in illustrating a children's book.

What are you currently reading?

My current read is 'The Keeper of Lost Things' by Ruth Hogan and next on the list is 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' by Gail Honeyman which I've heard great things about.

I'm also partial to a good cookbook!

What is your favourite piece of artwork you have on display at home?

I have a few bits and pieces dotted around by various designers; Clare Owen, Studio Violet, Hannah Cole... but my favourite would have to be my lovely 'Pirum Parum' print by Fine Little Day. I love it's simplicity and subtle texture, and the little pear is oh so cute, even if a little sad!

What are your fave things outside of work?

I'm a huge foodie so I spend a lot of time looking at food blogs and cookbooks for new recipes I want to try, eating out and cooking at home.

Spending time with my family is pretty high up on the agenda for me, and plenty of long walks with Alfie, our Lhasa Apso, especially holidays in the Lake District... perfect with a four legged friend!

I'm also a keen "photo taker" and enjoy creating content for my blog, Love Print Studio, where I curate and share mood boards, colour inspiration and other design related topics.

Oh, Alfie, what a heartbreaker! 
Lou, we love seeing your sketched ideas and are definitely going to be checking out those blogs, thanks! 

We'll be catching up with another of our Illustrators for some more tea-break reading very soon.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

As spring begins to peek it's head out from under a blanket of snow,
we thought this pretty pastel mini trend was just what we needed.

With a focus on hand-drawing, this look is all about the new seedlings of spring, 
with birds tweeting and bunnies loving life in the meadow 
- perfect for the Easter Bank holiday! 

Anyone else as excited for the four day weekend as us?

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Colour Me Happy!

 We're in love with this palette of purple tones with teal and deep green,
and as Pantone of the Year is "Ultra Violet" this year, we think it's bang on trend!

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If you love this palette as much as we do, we might have an artwork for you!
Get in touch here to view the portfolio.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Studio Life: Getting to know... Gemma


Today we're having a catch up with our lovely illustrator Gemma, to find out more
about her loves and working process...

Hi Gem! Can you start off by telling us a little bit about where you gather your inspiration from?

Many places! Instagram is a great platform for daily inspiration. Visiting bookshops always inspires me (especially in the children’s book section!). Wondering around museums & art galleries, discovering patterns and colour palettes in old ceramics and textiles. Flow magazine & Frankie magazine always have lots of lovely illustrations and interior inspiration in them.

And how does your working process usually start?

Usually my ideas start with a very rough sketch or a rough painting and then I will use the light box to neaten things up & experiment with the layout. Depending on the technique, either the light box is used to transfer the design onto watercolour/cartridge paper for painting or I’ll scan it in and edit on the computer - when working digitally, a lot experimentation happens before deciding on the final outcome!


Who are your illustration heroes?

This could be a long list, but to name a few favourites…
 Isabelle Arsenault creates the most beautiful textures and compositions, Laura Carlin has such a unique style and her take on ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes is still one of my favourite illustrated books.  Oamul creates wonderful illustrations and little scenes that are often animated - something that I’d love to learn how to do!

What design tools can't you live without?

My tiny paint brushes -  I usually paint things very small in various sketchbooks and these help with adding tiny details! Gouache paints - I’m relatively new to using gouache, but the Holbein colours are so vibrant and make experimenting with colour palettes and patterns very satisfying
 Lightbox - it’s so useful when piecing a design together or trying different layouts.

Who would be your dream client?

Anthropologie is definitely one! This isn’t a dream client as such, but it’d be brilliant to illustrate a children’s book - after admiring them for such a long time.

What is your favourite piece of artwork you have on display at home?

A print of Emily Sutton’s painting ‘Cheval’ in our living room, which I treated myself to whilst visiting her exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, her work is beautiful and is filled with so many interesting textures - I love the different characters sat chatting and watching the day go by.

What are you currently reading?

I’m just finishing David Nicholl’s novel ‘Us’ and next on my list is Grayson Perry’s ‘The Descent of Man', which I’m looking forward to reading.

What are your fave things outside of work?

Climbing, I love the challenge that rock climbing gives you, both mentally and physically - we’ve started going climbing outdoors, which I’m looking forward to doing more of in the spring!

I often take time to paint and create little personal projects, it gives me a place to experiment with new ideas and techniques.

We love the teeny tiny paintbrushes you use to create such pretty, delicate paintings.
And we're seriously impressed by the outdoor climbing skills, thanks Gemma!

We'll be catching up with the rest of the team over the coming weeks
so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

We love Barcelona!

We visited the beautiful Spanish city of Barcelona recently for some much needed inspiration. Spending a few days meandering around the Gothic Quarter and up and down the Rambla de Catalunya and Passeig De Garcia, we discovered some wonderful childrens boutiques, concept stores and beautiful bookshops along the way.
With the obligatory snack stops, we ensured we had time to indulge in the local delicacies whilst we were there.
Here are a few of our favourite hot spots...

A brilliant opportunity for a 'shelfie' if ever we saw one; the curated concept store Chandal housed a rather beautiful selection of childrens  picture books aswell as a fantastic array of toys and gadgets.

With a hand picked selection of brands such as Aden and Anais, DJECO and Noe & Zoe Berlin, the concept store Konfetti Kids is a little hidden treasure trove of gorgeous clothing, decor and books.

A favourite for brunch/ lunch was the chic Taranna Bar & Cafe. Veggie friendly, with lovely looking cakes and fresh food prepared in their super cute kitchen, we can highly recommend a visit.
The baked eggs with guacamole and sourdough went down very well, so too did the quiche!

After spending a good hour in this amazing bookshop, we can honestly say LA Central probably had the biggest selection of beautiful childrens books that we came across on our trip. A definite treat for the eyes!

One of the last stops on our visit was the stunning design market La Nostra Ciutat. Supporting the local design community, selling an array of products from cards and stationery to jewellery, baby gifts and ceramics, and an absolutely amazing display of wall art.


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Colour Me Happy!

With the addition of those gorgeous earthy tones, this pink and blue palette is the perfect update for 2018. It conjures up desert adventures and hot hazy days in a calming oasis - a million miles away from what we're currently experiencing here in the U.K!

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Colour Me Happy!

Valentine's day is in full swing, so what better way to show our love to you than 
this perfect pink and red palette.

We love the mix of peachy tones with that amazing bright tomato red. 
We're definitely feeling the love for this one!

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Paper & Cloth at Premiere Vision

It's show time again and we're diving head first into the Paper & Cloth world, this time 

We'll be at Stand 5V69  from 13th to 15th February with our
wonderful whimsical characters and brand new prints for you to view.

Come say hi and take a look at our shiny new Spring/Summer collection.
See you there!

Friday, 2 February 2018

Mini Trend!

The start of a new year is a great excuse to pair everything back for a fresh start... and this
clean and minimal mini trend is just the ticket!

Quirky line drawings with limited pops of solid colour make for the perfect gender neutral trend to carry us into 2018.

Time to get those fine liners out!

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Sneak peek!

Here is a shot from the studio table...
We love seeing the collection coming together, and this season the wanderlust trend continues, seeing travel and exploration still high up on the agenda. No doubt eased along with those amazing instagram travel shots and our desire to escape the world.

Pop along and see us at Printsource, New York, 16th & 17th January.
We'll be at Hotel Pennsylvania, booth 36/38, waiting to say hello!