Under the Willow Tree
Meet the Maker
I’m Natasha Aiken, born and raised in the hills of Gortin in rural County Tyrone. I grew up exploring forests, hills and rivers. Now living outside Lisburn, I am wife to Jonathan and mum to Abel, Eden and Willow. My influences growing up are evident in my love of all things rustic, I find beauty in natural textures, raw wooden grains. My art is clean/simple yet holds onto the natural flow that comes from colours blending into colours.
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Rachel Wright, Northern Ireland
Behind the Scenes
Let’s get messy
Long before a card design emerges, I create sheets of colour using watercolour powders. Each colour mix and each carefully chosen textured paper creates one-of-a-kind colours. This hands on approach makes the designs unique to me. Sheets of vibrant colours are left to dry before the next step.
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Using a process of cut paper montage, characters and images emerge from the coloured sheets. I am influenced by children’s illustration that surrounds my daily life with three little ones. I love the rough imperfections that come from simple cutting.
Cards are personal gestures and I want to create a range that not only evoke thought but bring back a sense of hand created quality that has become somewhat lost in our throwaway culture.
The techie bit
I continue to handwrite my typography because I love the feel of pen and paper. Maybe some day this will change, but there is something interesting to me about the slightly imperfect form of a handwritten message. The designs are scanned, cut and adapted to my desired sizing using Photoshop before being prepared for print.