During my degree, I rebranded Neighbourhood Festival MCR and discovered I have a passion for creating brand identities. This encouraged me to create ‘The Emporium’ ( a Blackpool-themed Speakeasy bar) as my final project.
I don’t have one particular aesthetic; my work varies from brief to brief. But colour is an important aspect of my work I enjoy clashing colours and experimenting with different combinations. I work both hand-drawn and digitally often merging the two. This can be seen through all my projects whether that be my screen-printed festival posters, my hand-painted calendar or my embossed cocktail menus, I love combining handmade with digital.
After graduating, I plan to build on my portfolio as a freelance illustrator, whilst I work towards my dream of being a brand designer.
For my final project, I decided to brand my own fictitious Blackpool-themed Speakeasy Bar ‘The Emporium’. I wanted to look at the history of the town and its link to Art Deco through its architecture.
As part of the branding, I have created toile wallpaper featuring, Blackpool landmarks, donkeys, a hen-do and much more. These pattern designs also feature in my textile designs. I also created printed branding such as foiled coasters and embossed cocktail menus. I enjoy experimenting and decided to create bespoke ‘tiki-style’ ceramic cocktail glasses inspired by the seaside.
Keywords: illustration, branding, bar, speakeasy, blackpool, cocktail bar, menus, ceramics, surface pattern design, wallpaper
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