Hello I'm Ginette, I do graphic design, art, illustration and surface pattern design.
Here on my blog you can see the pictures i've been making, stuff I've been up to and the inspiration I found in my current home Whistler, Canada.
You can also view my portfolio for more of my design work, find out about bespoke wedding stationary and take a look at the cards for sale in my shop.
By Ginette, Nov 17 2016 07:30PM
Last week in Whistler I went with chums to the Re-use It Centre, an amazing thrift store with anything you could want or need; retro ski gear, niknaks, cooking utensils and plenty of crutches for injuries on a budget. But what we really needed was exact change for the bus fare to get there, so the first purchase was a change collecting pot for future bus journeys. So we got the Sharpie markers out and I decorated mine with the forests and mountains and lakes that i'm going to visit when I collect lots of change. It turned out quite well so I made a little pattern collection too called 'Ticket to Ride'.
By Ginette, Oct 16 2016 09:43AM
Shhh, don't mention Christmas in October but... I have designed some Christmas cards and they are for sale! These cards are fun and modern and feature my kaleidescope patterns in festive colours. All proceeds will go to charitys helping homeless people have a better Christmas.
By Ginette, Sep 13 2016 09:50PM
Here are some of my patterns available on Society6, on bags and useful zipper pouches, printed on lovely thick fabric which is really satisfying to hold. They are going to make excellent presents because I can't keep them all for myself.
By Ginette, Sep 9 2016 04:04PM
Here is another pattern collection I created on the Make It In Design Summer School. I went out into the garden and drew tomatoes, cucumber plants and green beans. It is inspired by SS17 trend for summer botanicals and designer Josef Frank who created glorious, colourful floral and botanical patterns for Swedish design company Svenskt Tenn in the Mid 20th Century.
By Ginette, Aug 12 2016 08:53PM
Here is my first pattern for this years Make It In Design Summer School. The brief was inspired by the SS17 trend 'Modern Pop Art' as predicted by Patternbank, who provided moodboards full of really cool images and research. I wanted to make a really graphic, geometric pattern and looked at modern stained glass windows with black lines.
By Ginette, Aug 2 2016 02:50PM
Last summer I worked on some trend-inspired pattern design briefs as part of the Make It In Design Summer School, and two of my patterns made it into the Surface Pattern Lookbook from Moyo magazine. It was a really fun challenge and it's lovely to see all the other beautiful patterns in the book.
My Reworked Classic pattern was inspired the kings and queens in a pack of cards and also by Castell Coch, near Cardiff. It's an extravagant Victorian recreation of a gothic castle, designed by architect William Burges. The interior is wildly over the top; it's full of classical and medieval patterns on the woodwork and tiles, but also bright colours, and the walls and ceilings are handpanted with woodland animals, starry skies and scenes from Aesop's Fables.
Reworked Classic pattern collection - Ginette Guiver
Castell Coch, Cardiff
By Ginette, Aug 1 2016 08:01PM
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Lake Nakuru viewpoint
Screen printing at Mabinti, Dar es Salaam
The paper ladies at Wonder Workshop, Dar es Salaam
Screen printed greetings cards
Old Town, Zanzibar
A while ago I worked on a poster and social media campaign to promote a charity bike ride for Plan. I created these African inspired patterns with a cycling theme which was really fun to reseach and create. The brightly coloured kanga is from East Africa, and often made into beautifully tailored outfits, the wax resist dyed fabric came from Indonesia orginally but became very popular in Africa, and the geometric mudcloth is hand dyed in West Africa.
Several years ago I went on an amazing trip to Tanzania and Kenya, I saw markets full of the bright kanga fabric with bold patterns. I went on safari in Kenya, the warthogs by the side of the roads were my favourite animals to spot. I stopped off at Kenana a wonderful knitting workshop near Nakuru. I also went to Zanzibar and had a feast at the night market in Stone Town, highly recommended! While I was in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania I had the chance to volunteer my screenprinting skills. Firstly at Mabinti Training Centre, which teaches women screenprinting and sewing skills (in a room full of glorious old Singer sewing machines) so they can start their own business. I knew about three words of Swahili so teaching printmaking involved a lot of hand gestures! Then at Wonder Workshop, who employ disabled people to make art and homewares out of recycled materials, including welded metal sculptures, recycled glass jewellery and screenprinting on recycled paper. I designed some Christmas cards and wrapping paper and had the best time printing them with the paper ladies. Needless to say, I came home with my suitcase full of brilliant handmade things!
By Ginette, Jul 28 2016 09:44AM
here's a pattern collection called Let's Stay Here, featuring tiny houses and cosy knitwear. It's all very wintery which is possibly not appropriate for July, never mind. And below are a few books I've collected from charity shops which are full of 'glorious' pattern inspiration.
By Ginette, May 15 2016 09:26PM
I have been working on some pretty patterns inspired by lovely scottish views on my recent trip to sunny Inverkip on the West coast. We went on a day trip for ice creams in Largs and a stroll around Portencross with glorious views of Arran in the distance, the shining sea and hazy shades of blue. We finished the day with a very tasty homemade burger at the Inverkip Hotel. The nice collection of lobster pots, buoys and piles of rope was spotted in Rothesay harbour on another day trip to Bute, on the ferry from Wemyss Bay.
By Ginette, May 1 2016 05:55PM
I am currently in Inverkip, a very pretty village on the west coast of Scotland. Following on from the yellow Oxfordshire countryside in the last post, the gorse bushes here in Scotland have glorious bright yellow flowers right now. I got the watercolours out and made a gorse flower pattern, there is a hint of granny-chic about it, like it maybe belongs on a hanky or some crockery. I thought about picking some gorse to put in a vase but quickly realised it's far too prickly so didn't bother.