Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas? I do!
I am very happy to have Femi Ford on the Creative Process pedestal today. I love her beautiful, bold and vibrant printed patterns.Femi is a mixed media artist with a background in art and printmaking. I have always been a bit curious as to how she incorporates her art into surface pattern design.
Today we get to see how her creative mind works!
Inspiration usually finds me when I’m working in my garden or in my studio. Most often it is a natural pattern that gets my brain going rather than color. Color excites me, but it’s usually the last thing I decide on. My most exciting moments are when I don’t have a plan and I create a wonderful, accidental texture that I just know will make a great pattern!
What medium do you like to create in?
Printmaking is my favorite medium, followed closely by painting on canvas or drawing loosely with ink on paper.
Do you keep an art journal?
My sketchbook is really a rambling, mess of experiments that are connected by a fine thread of inspiration. I look back at it to remind myself of how I arrived at my current projects. I use my phone to grab quick reference pictures while I’m out and, OH BOY, do I love Pinterest!
Do you work on just one design from start to finish or do you have a number of different designs on the go?
I always have a number of designs going at once. It’s a challenge for me to focus on one collection at a time, but I’m working on it! My work is slowly evolving in style because I like to work in different mediums…but I’m happy with where I am.
Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own personal inspiration?
I do like to work towards a particular trend but with the freedom to interpret it on my own. For the most part I’ve stopped doing competitions because I feel like companies are trying to get something for nothing. While the exposure might be good, I think it devalues our work as artists.
What time of the day are you most creative?
I’m most alert from 9am – 1pm. But I do pull the occasional all-nighter if the kids are asleep early and the music is flowing!
Beautiful mock ups. I love seeing the patterns created on actual product. These beautiful designs are for sale on Society 6!
Beautiful work Femi! You have inspired me to try something new.
Here are a few places you can find Femi:
Thank you Femi!
Guess what today is? The last day of school-yippee! School out for Summer!
Bad parenting is already in full summer mode – late nights,missed meals,no rules.. I can barely get my son out the door this morning, late for school on his final morning!