One of the things we’ve really enjoyed about setting up Too Wrapped Up is working with the creative peeps that make the lovely gifts we sell. We thought we’d put the spotlight on a few of them over the next few weeks with a little Q & A so you can find out a bit more about the artists behind the products.
First up is Katie Leamon…
Katie, can you tell us a bit about your designs…
My designs are largely inspired by my love of typography and vintage curiosities. There is always something in the design, from the illustration or the packaging with a touch of vintage charm about it. I love the written word, stories and to combine that into my designs is really important for me, I love to experiment with scale, weight and style of line across my written designs as well as combining that with illustration or pattern.
The subtle colour palette that runs throughout my work is instinctive and a good summary of my wardrobe! I love pastels but the running theme of monochrome design that supports all the soft colours was a deliberate attempt to create products that were true to me, whilst also being timeless. I think the colours, or lack of, is a key thing people notice and seem to love with my work and although I will continue to dabble in complimentary colourful designs I will always keep the monochrome hand printed range at the forefront.
Which other designers inspire you?
I think there are a lot of stationery brands out there doing amazing things that I constantly look up to, like Rifle Paper Co, they seem to be at the top of their game and are always producing hand drawn and hand finished products which is important to me.
I also get inspired by artists and designers in other fields, like fashion and interiors or fine art. I still love the timelessness of William Morris work and the playfulness of Picasso, I hope my work falls somewhere in-between! I also love any form of design when typography iOS incorporated, I love work to tell a story. I also get inspiration from the fashion world; fashion week has always predicted the colour palettes for the season ahead and I think that translates to all areas of design. My latest marbled collection seems to correlate well to the wealth of pastels in all the shops at the moment! I would love to say that was planned but it was actually a bit of a happy accident!
When it comes to gifts, do you buy in advance or leave it to the last minute?
I wish I could buy in advance and I always plan to, but inevitably I’m buying a last minute present 90% of the time! I am better at Christmas where there are so many to get, but generally I am a bit last minute! Its the danger of having nice shops on your doorstep, I think if I wasn’t based in London I would probably have to learn to be more organised!
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Ooh this is a hard one. I love an ‘experience’ present, like a voucher for something nice, or a trip somewhere…. My friends recently gave me and my boyfriend a voucher for a meal in an amazing restaurant in New York, it was such a nice treat and something we would never have done ourselves! I love giving presents more though – I love designing a nice voucher and putting it in a nice big box to confuse them!
We’re currently featuring Katie Leamon’s beautiful stationery & wrapping paper on the site…