Again, thanks to Twitter, I discovered the lovely work of an illustrator from Leicester, Chloe Hall. I adore her work, especially that she adds embroidery on her illustrations. I thought it is very clever and bold thing to do.
Hey Chloe! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! My name is Chloe Hall, with help from De Montfort University’s Enterprise Inc scheme I have been able to do what I love and start a business as a freelance illustrator! I live in Leicester, and have recently turned my shed into a little studio to do all my drawing, making and tea drinking.
How did you become an artist?
I didn’t really have a set plan to become an artist, I studied graphic design & art at A Level, enjoyed it a lot so decided to carry it onto a foundation course, thats when I realised I really wanted to do art as a career and went onto complete a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration, which was really fun! I was then fortunate enough to get a place on the Enterprise Inc Scheme through De Montfort and I haven’t really stopped drawing since I finished uni!
How would you describe your art?
My art I would say is quite delicate, hand crafted and often humorous, I like adding textile elements into my work to give it more detail.
nikon D700, 35mm f/2
I finally upgraded my DSLR after months of researching and deciding which DSLR I should go for. I don’t have a lot of money so I needed to be 100% sure before spending.
I had Nikon D80, which was a really great camera for me as a beginner but now that I know more about photography and as always, keen to pursue a photography career, I wanted a better camera.
So I got the lovely second hand Nikon D700 from eBay. I was also eyeing on some Canon DSLRs (I enjoyed using Canon EOS Mark II on my trip to Columbia Road Flower Market) but it made more sense for me to buy a Nikon because I have three Nikkor lenses already and buying new Canon lenses as well as Canon DSLR would be too expensive.
This weekend, I’ve had an opportunity to test it and I LOVE it already. I am cat-sitting at the moment so when Remus got up from his morning nap and came to me asking for food, I grabbed a chance to take pictures but it turned out the 15 minutes long sweat-inducing exercise! Who knows photographing a cat is so hard!
I also hunted for wide lens, wider than my usual 50mm f/1.8 and snapped up an affordable Nikkor 35mm f/2 from eBay, again. It is absolutely a beautiful lens, very fast too.
I am very pleased with my D700 and new lens. I am excited to use it more, collecting memories.
Discovering Shedquarters on Twitter is one of the best things I’ve ever done. I am borderline obsessed with stationery and this little online shop is right up my street. I am not just loving their stationery, but their style and consistent branding. They also has accessories, homeware and prints sections.
I went to buy a pocket sized planner, Minimal Planner for my business. What is brilliant about it is that we can start using it anytime because there are no fixed dates. While the paper is obviously good quality, it is also lightweight and will be easily to be packed into a bag if you need it when you are out.
It comes in three colour options: Navy, Coral and Green. I chose Coral but excuse my slightly poor photography, the colour somehow came out more orange than it really is.