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Minimalist Brighton Designs

Brighton is full of inspiration of things to draw! Recently I have found a style of drawing having in mind screen printing, keeping the look stripped back to basics.

Starting with the West Pier, I cleaned the chaotic look of the burnt pier to a few clean lines. The Pavilion is so decorative it is hard to make minimalist! The i360 has satisfying clean lines in real life so works quite naturally.

The iconic can-can legs on the Duke of York’s cinema and Komedia were my first one colour drawing in a screen print style.

The murmurations of starlings that fill the sky on the sea front in Brighton is one of my favourite things about living here. I drew each simplified bird individually to create a sense of movement.

All of the designs are now on 11RugbyRoad.com

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The Bright Craft Fair

Brighton craft fair 2017

Continuing to sell my designs through 11 Rugby Road, in the past 2 years alongside our yearly Artist Open House I set up our online shop, ran pop up shops and gallery shows and now myself and Adam are starting our own craft fair in the heart of Brighton!

With the Bright Craft Fair we aim to bring our stylised Open House feel to all the stalls involved. Focus will be on fellow designers, gifts and homeware makers with less WI more Wow!

We have planned 3 shows this year, the first just in time for a Valentine’s surprise on the 4th of February. Then a summer fair on 15th of July and a winter date tbc.

Attached is a small gallery with images of our craft shows in Brighton, which show the love and attention to setting up is just as important to us as the goodies we sell!

 

 

Find out more about the Bright Craft Fair on Facebook

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Artists Open Houses May 2015

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I’ve been working on 11RugbyRoad.com for the past month or so turning it into a functioning site to sell mine and Adams design and art! In May during the Fringe Festival we are taking part in another Artists Open House even in Brighton, where we get to sell directly from our flat to anyone who comes by over the weekends. It’s a really nice event where you get to chat to all sorts of people and see behind closed doors of residential streets.

Visit our Facebook or Twitter to be kept up to date and come by in May to say hello!

Artists Open Houses 2015

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Valentine’s Day Cards

doctor Operation board game card love

Late to the feel the love this year, I’ve come up with 4 different cards to sell online. Avoid the colour red and trying to offer something different that the cards in the shops, I’ve taken inspiration from board games, Instagram, playground petal pulling and trusty geometric shapes.

 

All are available to buy online for £2.50 with only small batches in stock at danmackey.bigcartel.com

 

 

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11 Rugby Road Open House

Brighton Open House 2014I’ve been working hard on getting our Open House in Brighton to open its doors to the public. Myself and Adam have produced a whole range of gifts and treats which can only be found here. I have built a website so people can get a good idea of what’s on offer, which can be found at 11RugbyRoad.com

If you are unfamiliar with the Open House concept, their website describes it well as..

Christmas Artists Open Houses create a special atmosphere, where you can chat to the artists and have a sneaky peak around some of Brighton’s most interesting homes, whilst viewing an amazing selection of individual, unique arts and crafts. What better way to do your Christmas shopping than by sipping mulled wine, eating mince pies before blazing hearths, whilst selecting gifts for family, friends and the odd treat for your self!

Visiting the Christmas Artists Open Houses is a great way to discover the diversity of creative talent that exists in the city and offers work from some of the country’s top makers in the fields of ceramics, jewellery, print-making and home-wares, as well as handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and foodie gifts.

We are open every weekend between 29th November and 14th December 11am-6pm and hope to see you there!

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Christmas cards 2014

Selection of my Christmas card designs 2014

Selection of my Christmas card designs 2014

I have been working on Christmas in some shape or from since July, and am really proud to finally show the designs I have made for Christmas cards this year. Including geometric winter animals, typographic jolly songs and and old favourite from Christmas past. I would love to hear what people think! They’re finished in various ways, including hand hole punched boarders and special pearlescent paper. These are available to buy online at danmackey.bigcartel.com and also in person at the Brighton Artist Open House where I’m selling at 11 Rugby Road weekends from 29th Nov – 14th Dec. They’ll be lots of posters, prints, gifts and festive treats! Also keep an eye on the website as it expands in the new year. Good Typography Christmas Card 2014 Cool xmas design Christmas animals by designer to buy

I’m supporting Just a Card, for encouraging independent designers and card makers.

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Ohh Deer Competition: Call for Likes!

Pixelated graphic animal

I’ve been busy preparing for the Artist Open Houses in Brighton where I’ll be selling all sorts of pieces. From candles to mugs, prints and cards. But most recently I’ve found time to enter Ohh Deer’s latest competition to get my designs printed and sold in stores (they can be bought online now from the website!) I chose to make clean and colourful geometric graphics of classic stag and rabbit shapes.

Bunny Hare print 2014

Facebook likes and tweets count as votes! So any I could get would be hugely appreciated.

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Christmas Cards 2012

I’ve been busy making Christmas cards with a unique little feel.

My Yeti Christmas cards use clean, minimal design to show off the furry coat he has on. Each one has to be cut out individually which means each looks unique and appears to have a different personality. These aren’t just Christmas cards, you’re adopting a new family member when you receive these!

A limited number are available to buy now on danmackey.bigcartel.com. See how they are made in the gallery below:

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Now submitted to the ‘Christmas Card Off’! Give it a like on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/moneysupermkt/christmas-card-craft-off/

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Paper Jam

Paper jams are my least favourite type of jam. I’m sure I get them more than anyone else when printing…  My take on a paper jam transforms it into a craft piece that anyone can put together. Three different versions in magenta, cyan and black, these Paper Jams are not like the ones you are used to.

The templates for these are available to download, print and make up below:

Paper Jam (cyan)
Paper Jam (Magenta)

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Lonely Hearts Club

I created a recruitment poster for a ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ inspired by a Marina and the Diamonds song on the album Electra Heart.

A quick simple project for fun that plays on lyrics from other songs. No new members as of yet.

(spot the typo…)

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