I've been having a blast taking some of my recent art and turning it into really fun invitation designs for Greevelope. Now these aren't your typical invitations. These are evites, or "email invites" that look like beautiful paper invitations with matching envelopes that pop open on your guests computers and phones. They include RSVP tracking, and you can add other elements like Google maps, music, and more! Really great for businesses, birthday parties, bridal showers and eco-friendly weddings. Be sure to check them out!
Patrice Horvath is a New Jersey based artist who works across graphic design, illustration, painting, and pattern design. She has produced work for a variety of clients for years as a graphic designer working at design agencies, where she created everything from printed menus to websites. Last year Patrice went freelance, returning to painting and illustration and starting to sell her work online, creating lovely patterns to adorn items such as stationary, home decor, accessories, and clothing, as well as a line of invitations. She also continues to collaborate with businesses and individuals, helping them to create to visual world of their brands. We asked Patrice to tell us more about her interesting and inspiring career across the design and illustration worlds, setting up on her own, and the many forms she creates in.
How did you get started as an artist and designer?
My dad is an artist and mom is crafty, so art and creative expression were encouraged from a young age. In college, I majored in graphic design and after graduation I began working at a magazine publishing company, getting my hands on whatever design work I could. Afterwards, I spent five years at a boutique design agency, working on projects for print, web and animation. Those were really important experiences for me because I was able to wear many hats. My skill and experience grew tremendously and I learned what it means to work directly with a variety of clients.
You work in graphic design, illustration, and also sell your artwork and products with your patterns online. Tell us more about each part of your creative career.
A few months ago, I decided to pursue my freelance career. I continue to work with creative clients who appreciate strong branding. Painting is a meditative experience for me, and gives me a chance to be away from the computer. I started selling my work in my Society6 shop on all types of fun products like bags and pillows, and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback. I really enjoy the variety of projects I’m able to pursue.
Which of these skills and sectors is your favourite?
I love to paint, particularly with watercolour, gouache and ink. These mediums are most beautiful when you let them flow and allow ‘mistakes’ to happen. I don’t like when things look too perfect. I’ve been walking trade shows, participating in online art communities and reaching out to companies with products I’d like to see my art on. It’s definitely a thrill to see a stranger enjoying something with your design or pattern on it.
Is there a form you most enjoy creating for – be it designing for clients, creating products from your patterns, or producing illustrations, for example?I enjoy when my work fulfils my creativity while also meeting a need for someone else – whether it’s a logo for a client, an invitation for a wedding or bridal shower, or a pattern on a product that you use in your home.
What kind of briefs and clients are you drawn to?
I’m drawn to clients that appreciate working with professional talent. These clients collaborate with artists often, and value working with a designer.
Which commissions have you most enjoyed responding to?
Those where the client is coming to me because they know and appreciate my work. They value what I do and the project aligns both aesthetically and conceptually.
Do you have a favourite project or piece of your own work?
My favourite paintings are those that come to me subconsciously. When I’m falling asleep a lot of visuals come up and I have to write them down. Certain themes keep reoccurring in sketchbooks and sticky notes. These ideas come from what I like and have less outside influences.
Is there something you want to communicate or achieve with your work?
Joy, laughter, curiosity and youthfulness. Painting brings me back to being a child, when there was a lot of time to observe the world around you, play, and bring your imagination to life. I would draw hundreds of paper dolls and cut out every little accessory you could think of. Today, I’ll paint a small detail like a tassel on a handbag and it will make me laugh out loud. I hope others find enjoyment in it too!
What are you currently working on?
I just launched my first Etsy shop. Its focus is printable wedding and party invitations that incorporate my watercolour florals. The idea came from a friend I designed one for. Customers can instantly download, edit and print an invitation for a variety of events. It’s a great combination of design, painting and product!
What’s your dream creative project?
I have so many! Selling prints at West Elm, illustration for Anthropologie, illustration for children’s books, clothing, wallpaper and gift wrap… I could go on!
I really loved spending this Christmas at The Barrow House. Our family had it all to ourselves, as it was closed to the public, and we gathered in the barn. It was so beautiful with a huge tree and wood burning stove—I had to take pictures! My future brother-in-law, Dean Maroulakos, did all the holiday decorations. He's so talented! As the day went on, we took advantage of the photo booth and moved from room to room to sit by the different fireplaces and chat in smaller groups. It was very laid back and cozy, which is my kind of holiday.
Here's a wrap up Pinterest-worthy image of my Holiday Illustration Advent for 2016. I came up with this challenge for myself in order to add more holiday art to my portfolio for licensing. I really enjoyed the small daily paintings, based on prompts I came up with. I am proud to say, I did not miss a day!
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Do you struggle to have customers remember or notice you? Perhaps your business' personality and unique point of view is what's missing from your brand and all the important elements of it — logo, website, business cards, and so on. As a designer, I really enjoy meeting with clients in order to listen and get to know their business. My job is to translate that knowledge into great, clear and consistent design that communicates directly to their target customer so that they can begin to develop a relationship. Whether it's when they look up your website for the first time or pull into your parking lot, first impressions really do matter.
This is why I really enjoyed working on the branding and graphic design for The Barrow House. These owners have a strong sense of who they are and they understand the value of good design.
The Barrow House is a colonial-style Farmhouse located in Clifton, NJ featuring rustic american farm fare, a rotating 80-bottle wine list, handmade specialty cocktails & a robust craft beer selection. Following the success of their first restaurant, Cowan's Public, the owners wanted to develop a unique but equally strong brand presence for their new endeavor.
Based on the concept for the restaurant, I developed a logo and visual designs for menus, signage, business cards, T-shirts, napkins, coasters, matchbooks, promotional materials, and website. The drink menus were staggered onto a clipboard for easy browsing by customers. Signage and matchbooks featured witty illustrations to convey the brand's personality. A photo booth, styled like an old telephone booth, featured gold leaf graphics on the door's window. A responsive website continued the brand presence online.
Interested in talking about your business' brand and how you can improve it? Email me here.
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Megan Triolo, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years. She is a nutrition consultant dedicated in helping her clients achieve their health and wellness goals by incorporating three main aspects: meals, lifestyle and nutrition therapy. I worked with Megan closely to create a logo that represented her three areas of focus and felt friendly and approachable.
Designed a business card for promoting her services and driving traffic to her new website. Created a website that had a unique and modern approach to help her stand out from the competition. The website was set up in Squarespace so she would have access to update all of it's content on an easy-to-use content management system. Encouraged Megan to upload her healthy recipes and exercise tips to a blog, so she could continue to drive traffic to her website.