Rocket 68 have just launched an exciting new card range entitled 'Windowbox' which I have to say I have fallen in love with! Happily Jill kindly let me have some of the cards to photograph at yay retro! headquarters, and here is the result.
The cards have a very printerly quality, having the 'just-pulled' feel of a freshly made artist handmade print (such as a lino cut or mono print). Jill hand draws the designs initially, and in this series of cards then scanned and enhanced the illustrations with the aid of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. She told me: "I work with lots of 'layers' so I can experiment as the design unfolds. The 'pulled' distressed print effect is actually done digitally".
Jill says that after a visit to Amsterdam in the summer of 2014 the window boxes were so amazing and vibrant, she immediately had a spark of inspiration for a new Spring/Summer range. The illustrations themselves were inspired by the 1960's illustrations in books she would read as a child. She says: "These vivid simple shapes which have been etched in my mind. Fabrics and tea towels from that era, feed into my designs, and I recall a pair of trousers my eldest sister had with the same colour ways as my red and yellow Dahlia design! Dahlia's are my favourite flowers hence they commonly feature also in this range."
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