I am a graphic artist and designer/maker and my handmade work is one half of a small creative business called Raw Mixture - a small independent publisher.
I create work using a mix of analogue and digital techniques: I love print, paper, natural textures, bold graphics, white space, inky marks, wild landscapes and perfect details!
I am a quiet, concentrated worker and my pieces begin with marks, scribbles, collages, inky printing, and photos which I scan. I use my technical brain as much as my creative brain, collaging the images in a design package on my laptop.
Digital design and print requires a lot of patience but once the files are ready I can print all the work myself and then comes cutting, folding, gluing and packing! Creating is a way of life and the passion you put into the work means long hours to get it right. It is job satisfaction and pride in a beautiful product that matters.
I love making work with a deeper message too, an eye catching image in the first instance, but then more thought-provoking. I love great design that strips everything back to a sparse image that somehow captures the emotion and energy you want it to.
Creating work for a giveaway, challenge or print exchange has inspired a lot of new work this year, and made me think differently. A deadline is good for creativity, pushing me to finish work that might otherwise not progress!
Much of my creativity is inspired by the landscape that we live in, on the north Pembrokeshire coastline: the unspoilt beaches and headlands, mini-mountains, crazy birds, and huge skies full of clouds. My work includes unique boxes of cards and card collections, prints, postcards, folded zines, artist’s books, paper graphics and giveaways, and is made with love, soul and humour.
Many people buy my cards to frame, and I love that!
IG @rawmixture Link to wholesale catalogue available on request.