Inspiration

Illustrator Alice Melvin

August 27, 2010

I’m delighted to share the work of English illustrator Alice Melvin today. Alice grew up in northeast England but today calls Edinburgh, Scotland her home – a place I long to travel to since Scotland has long fascinated me. Her work is inspired by a love of creatures both on land and in the sky along with text and pattern and everyday objects like teacups. How nice.

Illustrator Alice Melvin

Alice adores paper and the process of screen printing images by hand which is still an integral part of her work — in fact the entire production process is her “thing” and so she produces lots of her own work from start to finish. She even makes fantastic cut-out kits and sells them in her online shop. I’m guessing that Alice is trying to promote the process of making through such kits, it only makes sense that she wants to share the act of creating something by hand with her adoring fans. There is so much joy that comes from making something with your own two hands and the best thing about crafting something is that your self confidence grows the more you practice and produce. In addition to her online store, Alice also sells her work in shops like Plaisir, where I originally learned about Alice.

Illustrator Alice Melvin

Aren’t these bird stamps wonderful? I want to order some to stick on journals and cards.

“Her first book An A to Z Treasure Hunt was published by Tate in 2007 and was an interactive alphabet book for children. Since then she has worked with the Tate on a second children’s title, Counting Birds, and two children’s merchandise ranges. Alice continues working with a range of clients as well as developing her own products and prints. Her hand printed artists’ books are held in private and public collections including: British Library, Tate, and Centre for Fine Print Research at University West of England Bristol.”

I hope you have enjoyed examining Alice’s portfolio with me for a moment — you can see lots more on her gorgeous website.

(images: alice melvin)

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21 Comments

  • Reply Stratos Bacalis August 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I wish you had posted this before my trip to Edinburgh!

  • Reply Tina August 27, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    This is wonderful, love the colors and the illustrations! Will jump to her online store and take a look! :-)

  • Reply laura trevey August 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Lovely teapots and birds…
    Thanks for sharing these!

    Happy Friday too!

  • Reply Sarah Fox August 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to a new Scottish Artist. I love Alice’s work, and I especially love Plaisir. I grew up in the small village next door to where this shop is when we moved from the states, and I am so envious that they have a shop like that now. Nothing much more than a fish and chip shop, newsagent and gas station when I loved there…

  • Reply Andreia August 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Beautiful illustrations! I love the shoes and the tea-pots!

  • Reply Shones August 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    The cat in the window with the birds on the roof is my fave.

  • Reply gina August 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    her work is beautiful; i love those teapots/ watering buckets :)

    have a great weekend

  • Reply Jacilyn August 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m in love! That illustration with the lamp turned on in a darkened room is so fabulous and those bird stamps….to die for. Off to look at more of her stuff. yay!

  • Reply Justina Blakeney August 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    If only all stamps could be so lovely! Those birds are beyond! Love the mix of the fine lines with the bold flat colors.

  • Reply Linda August 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I love all her delicate attention to details and use of color.
    She captures a real warmth and sincerity in her work. Beautiful!

  • Reply Clare August 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the lovely mention of Plaisir! We were delighted when we discovered Alice – her work is marvellous and our customers love her kits, cards and owl bags just as much as we do.

  • Reply Anna August 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    What an awesome retro feel with the colors and shapes! Very cool.

  • Reply Diana August 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing…I love her work. Always a pleasure to stop by.

  • Reply Evie Zaccardelli August 29, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Wonderful illstrations – and the make yourself is an inspired idea.

    Alice, if you read this – I’m in Edinburgh too!!

  • Reply Alice Melvin August 30, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Many thanks for the review of my work – what a lovely surprise. Your comments are very much appreciated. Thank you!

  • Reply Rambles with Reese August 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    These are absolutely lovely. I love this type of art process.

    Thanks for the info about her.

  • Reply Bridgette at Picked Fresh Daily August 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Lovely work! The bird stamps are so pretty and I adore the teapots!

  • Reply Ruedevamp August 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    so pretty! I am such a bird nerd

  • Reply picnipic September 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    thanks for sharing… i love her work!

  • Reply Monica Lee September 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring illustrators on your blog. Sometimes we 2 dimensional artists appreciate a shout out in a 3 dimensional world!

  • Reply Claire Senior July 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve always loveed Alice’s work so much!

    Have you seen her “Cut Out and Make” range? So many different animals to cut out and joint together using split pins :-)

    You can find them on her website as well as The Curious Pancake (link above).

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