Lotti Brown Designs - Art to connect with the energy of the natural world...
Are you energised by colour?
Do you want to feel the sunshine and freedom of nature… even when you’re not outside?
Isn’t it strange how, when you focus on one thing, a flower, a shell or a leaf… I mean really look at it, study it… how the rest of the world just seems to melt away…
It’s just you and the flower – you start to see it more clearly, understand it, connect with it…
This is how I create my artworks – and it’s what I want to share with you through my art, too – a feeling of reaching out to nature – taking energy and nurture from our natural world…
Because don’t you think connecting with nature is absolutely the best way to relax after a busy day or week? A time to de-stress and re-energise….
I want my artworks to bring this feeling to you, whenever you look at them.
My artworks, patterns and designs are colourful, lively and intricate. They are inspired by, and try to connect with, the beauty and energy of the natural world.
I'm including our pets in this natural world, too. I love that the connection between us and our pets is such an amazing thing.
The bond is there. It's real. You can feel it when your pet looks at you - and your pet can feel it too. Two completely different species, but through body language and intuition we can communicate and create that special connection.
I think that our pets love to feel part of our family, just as much as we humans feel that they are too. We need each other! And I love that our special bond reminds us that we are a part of their world of nature, too.
In my art, I enjoy celebrating these special connections, whether with nature - through flowers and wildlife - or with our furry family.
I love how happy our pets make us, and how relaxed and calm we can feel while we're out in nature. And I enjoy that my art can become a part of these special connections.
A bit about me...
Hello I’m Lotti (Charlotte) the face behind Lotti Brown Designs.
I’m an artist and surface pattern designer. I create art as prints and canvases, and I also put my art on all kinds of things, like fabrics, wallpapers, cushions, bags, phonecases and more…
I license a selection of my designs, which means if you’re in business you can get a ‘licence’ which allows you to put my designs onto your products.
I'd love to share with you a bit about my process, and my story, so that you can get a glimpse behind the scenes, and get to know me, and my artwork, a bit better...
I like to draw from nature, and from life, wherever possible, and will collect fallen leaves, stones, cones and berries on my daily dog walks in the countryside around my home in Yorkshire.
I also draw from garden flowers, house plants or cut flowers, which I can draw al-fresco or bring into my home. I like to draw in quite a detailed way, but to keep a lively energy in my drawings too. I draw birds and pets from photos (always easiest as they are far more active than flowers!)
I’m inspired by creating a connection with the energy of nature, and looking at the seasons, and cycle of the year – how this influences us, and our emotions and well-being.
I’m also interested in how the changing of the seasons, and the events of nature, meant so much more to people in the past… How it made up part of their everyday lives, and their significant rituals.
I do think we have lost some of that connection with nature in this modern world of urban life and technology – and to our detriment. Certainly, for me, as a country lass born and bred, moving back out into the countryside from the city, with my husband, more than a decade ago and getting a dog to walk in the fields and woods around our home has allowed me to feel much more in tune with the natural world and the rhythms of the seasons.
I just love to draw, so I draw things - I like to draw with pens, on paper, so that's what I do.
I will nearly always also hand-color these drawings .
I find it very zen-like to spend the time drawing and painting on paper, rather than staring at a screen, so I love to do as much as I can in the time-honoured artistic tradition, before turning to technology.
I do love that technology can really assist the artistic process though...
I scan my drawings in, and put them into Adobe Illustrator, so that I can work with them in vector format, to resize, adjust colors and experiment with layout and scale to my heart's content.
I also love to experiment with painting with inks on fabrics or card... I love the way the ink flows, and the vibrant colors (see below right for one of my ink paintings, on fabric). I also try all kinds of stamping, paint and resist techniques to come up with different effects that I can use in my art and designs.
I haven't always been an artist and surface pattern designer, although I've loved to draw ever since I could first hold a crayon. Art is my way of looking at the world and understanding it.
Growing up I always longed to be an artist, although my parents encouraged me down more ‘academic’ and ‘practical’ routes instead.
I had a wonderful art teacher through school, who taught me how to really look at what I wanted to draw. At 16 I thought I was going to have to give up learning art, but he helped me continue, by mentoring me while I studied A-level art in my spare time, and as a result I won the school prize for art in my final year.
At University in Exeter, UK, I started doing a degree in modern languages, but after the first year I realised I’d made a mistake by not following my artistic dreams. It was too late to go to art school by then (or so I thought), so instead I studied art history and desk top publishing as part of a modular degree.
Soon after leaving university I had found a job I loved that utilised my drawing talents, and I was professionally trained to draw maps and plans. Initially these were hand-drawn and hand-tinted with inks, and bound up with card and fabric, and in later years created using a computer-aided mapping system.
After nearly a decade of maps, I found myself with a forced career change, after becoming ill with ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) which I had for several years. I lost my job because of this, and so started studying interior and garden design, and ended up becoming a design writer, home colour consultant, freelance writer and web editor, for several years.
I loved being self-employed, starting the day with a walk in the fields with my dog, a wonderful retired racing greyhound called Ginger. I enjoyed learning lots about flowers, and immersing myself in ideas on how to use colour, and how different colours gave different feelings and emotions.
I built up two big websites over several years. I also wrote design books and e-books that were sold on my site, and on Amazon. It was very satisfying being able to help so many people, (sometimes on the other side of the world!), turn their own homes and gardens into spaces that made them feel happy.
However, I missed being 'properly' creative - drawing ...and experimenting more with what I could do with colours, what I could create.
After losing two close family members in quick succession, a new awareness of death, and the preciousness of a life lived completely gave me a new realisation…
The thought that had kept me going for so long – that I only had to get to retirement before I could ‘indulge’ in creating art properly again – might not be my reality.
It dawned on me that I would consider my life a failure if I didn’t follow my artistic drive, and since the future has no guarantees, there’s no time like the present.
Starting to Design
My very first designs were of the retired greyhound I had then - Ginger - and they were created using Powerpoint.
These designs actually quickly became very popular, and led to me having my own range of collars with collar-maker MeggieMoo in Denmark. You can read more about this here.
Encouraged, I began taking classes in textile and surface pattern design, and learning as much as possible about the industry, and about the computer programmes (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop), and practising with my designing...
I completed the fourth and final module of the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design course in the summer of 2015.
I now specialise in floral, pet and wildlife art and sell prints and products with my artwork on them.
I also license some of my designs so that they can be used on phonecases, fabrics, wallpapers, cushions, deckchairs and more.
I combine my art and design work with my part-time 'day job' working from home on contract transcription work. Busy times fitting it all in!
The fluffiest member of my family is now my rough collie, Noah. I share his affections with my husband, Ian, and we all live together in a rural Yorkshire village in a little-too-small, cosy cottage where I create my art, too.
I’ve done a lot of learning in the last couple of years. Nevermind all the technical skills, one the most important things I’ve learned is that art is a path I need to follow. Just as art is my way of seeing and understanding the world, it’s also my way of communicating my understanding to the world.
My art makes me happy. I love to use my art to celebrate our connections with our pets and the natural world, and I love that my art can become a part of this special connection and a lasting symbol of the happiness of this very special bond.
Please stay and browse for a while in my store to explore my artworks and buy giclee art prints or check out additional stockists for more art products and fabrics.
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