Musings on art and life.
I find that, after spending five years in art college, that the longer I am out of “school” the more I want to practice again.
For instance, one boring Sunday afternoon, while reading my Kindle, I was suddenly stuck my the inspiration to make my own cover. Having bought a really cheap, generic one on the internet, I had somewhat of a perfect template for my new cover.
I spent the next few hours dedicated to the exercise of creating my very own custom kindle cover design, and I have to say, even I was impressed with my first effort. I have since started my own business, Pretty Pinwork, which focuses on the customising and funkifying of kindles, kobos and iPads. Of course, I also sell pre-made versions on my Etsy, Facebook and Folksy pages. All my products are handmade, and I try my best to create one of a kind pieces every time, so that each customer has something that is unique. I cater for custom orders, and have even been approached recently to make a sketchbook cover and a laptop case. As I have never attempted either of these items, my success on this front remains to be seen..
Watch this space.
Below is a small selection of the designs I’ve worked on recently.
Here’s the first ever Kindle 3 cover I ever made, for my friend Anita. I’ve since perfected the method, so all the work looks WAY more professional, but I like the idea of showing where it all started.
Between the Lily cover and the Sketchy Inc ones below, I have mode a fair few others, including a comic book universe custom design (second prototype) for a friend. When I made the Lily cover, I realised that the formatting of the transfers, and the elastic securing of the iPad probably needed to be tweaked. The comic universe cover was a good exercise in fixing these issues.
I have also begun making iPad mini covers. All of my Kindle 4 covers fit on the Kobo e-reader, and I am currently working on a Kindle Fire prototype, as well as investigating the design possibilities of upcycling clothes into covers. Again, watch this space..
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to comment or get in touch via one of my websites.
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