Posted by Stephanie Campbell on 6th Jul 2022

Sketchbook: Emily Dickinson inspired paintings

Sketchbook: Emily Dickinson inspired paintings

If you caught my monthly newsletter earlier this week, you'll know that I'm currently working on releasing some new designs inspired by the works of my favourite poet, Emily Dickinson. I just love the relaxedness and rhythm in her prose, I find her poems very uplifting and relatable. Two in particular that make me smile, are The Bluebird and Bee! I'm Expecting You! 

Here are two of my design development spreads taking ideas of colour, texture and form from both poems. These will also be the first designs I've done which include typography. Consider this a sneak preview of the print designs on their way!

The Bluebird by Emily Dickinson

Before you thought of spring,
Except as a surmise,
You see, God bless his suddenness,
A fellow in the skies
Of independent hues,
A little weather-worn,
Inspiriting habiliments
Of indigo and brown. 
With specimens of song,
As if for you to choose,
Discretion in the interval,
With gay delays he goes
To some superior tree
Without a single leaf,
And shouts for joy to nobody
But his seraphic self! 

Bee! I'm expecting you! by Emily Dickinson

Bee! I’m expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due—

The Frogs got Home last Week—
Are settled, and at work—
Birds, mostly back—
The Clover warm and thick—

You’ll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me—
Yours, Fly.

I am working on releasing the completed designs for fabric and stationery by August - keep a lookout!

Steph x

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