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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 fun places like Whistler, Canada and Oxfordshire, England.

 

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 and prints for sale in my shop.

By Ginette, Nov 20 2016 08:32AM

The other day I went on a really fun hike to the train wreck near Function Junction. We followed the Cheakamus river with dramatic forest and waterfalls then found the old wrecked train carriages in the woods, covered in always-changing colourful graffiti. My friend Hannah has written all about our hike on her blog Bear Stories with lovely photos and lovely words, plenty more adventures to come on there.

By Ginette, Aug 1 2016 08:01PM

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Lake Nakuru viewpoint
Lake Nakuru viewpoint
Screen printing at Mabinti, Dar es Salaam
Screen printing at Mabinti, Dar es Salaam
The paper ladies at Wonder Workshop, Dar es Salaam
The paper ladies at Wonder Workshop, Dar es Salaam
Screen printed greetings cards
Screen printed greetings cards
Old Town, Zanzibar
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!

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