Friday, 28 June 2019

Introducing Gabriella Tagliapietra Designs

So glad to be here just about to share some progress with this little venture that has yet to get off the ground. I'm glad too to finally be making slow but steady headway with my creative pursuits in general... with Pinch River being my main goal. I've put a lot of time and energy into getting that website right, and while there are some products stocked the rest are yet to come. If you read my blog over at Pinch River you'll learn a big focus for me has been decluttering and getting organised. The latter has seen me going through my old design library and shifting the discontinued Pinch River designs to a new platform as they are still lovely designs but no longer what the vision is for Pinch River. In doing this I came to realise that some of the designs, done in slightly different ways, really lend themselves to children's designs. This new platform is also a playground for me... a way to be more general with what I design, as Pinch River will always draw its inspiration from Australia, such as our flora and fauna - with the aim to always have these as screen-printed yardage.

The platform for Gabriella Tagliapietra Designs is Spoonflower and you can find me there by following this link: There are so many great things about Spoonflower, one of which is the option to have the designs available on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap... but also through their sister company Roostery​ you can have the designs made into cushions, bed linen and table linen! The fact that it is a print-on-demand model means it is also environmentally friendly... as is the digital printing process. I also encourage customers to choose the eco-friendly base-cloths to print the designs on.

I've added some screen shots of my designs that are now available for sale through Spoonflower and Roostery, as well as images taken of sample swatches to show the actual fabric (though you can order the designs on many different base cloths!) Currently there are no plans in place to sell these designs through any other channels, so head on over and check them out for yourself. Needless to say I'll be adding designs as I play and experiment and will share here as new designs are added.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

New logo / branding

About this time last year I posted this new logo / branding. Yet here I am again with another logo variation. Every now and then I experiment with different options in an attempt to land on the keeper... hopefully this is it. I like this one as it is much more relaxed and organic with the handwritten name and Australian native plant motifs.

The reason I started mucking around again with this is because I am in the process of setting up another little creative outlet, which needed branding, and as the overall aim is to 'create' I wanted to keep the branding consistent across the board. I will still have two main creative outlets: 'Gabriella Tagliapietra' and 'Pinch River', the latter of which has a very specific focus, whereas 'Gabriella Tagliapietra' allows me to play and experiment - creating designs that can work independently or sit alongside the 'Pinch River' label.

My intention is to be back soon to share more creative goodness - always hoping to gather momentum and keep forging ahead... but as you can see with the long silent pause between blog posts that is not always the case. One can only hope...

seek :: a textiles exhibition and curated retail event by Gabriella Tagliapietra

New directions - blending my studio practice and production wares to create these artworks that celebrate all I love about nature. I feel this is the beginning of the process, the experimentation as I am already developing new ideas on how to execute these artworks differently.

In February this year I had my first solo exhibition. Held at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, responding to their 2017 exhibition theme of 'animals'.

Exhibition Statement:

It was from interactions with nature from a young age that the great outdoors became a central part of my life. I am constantly seeking out places of unspoilt beauty to immerse myself in... I find great comfort in the solitude and majesty of such places and see an endless source of artistic inspiration in our native flora and fauna. 

A passionate animal rights advocate, the subject matter of animal rights and ethics is limitless as it crosses over to domestic animal welfare, factory farming, animal testing, live export, racing, hunting and generally the exploitation, harm and mistreatment of animals in any way, shape or form. My work aims to depict the peace and tranquility of animals fortunate enough to exist in their natural environment - even if these are within urban backyards - referencing my belief that all animals deserve the right to exist without experiencing exploitation, harm or cruelty from humans. To see all the images from the exhibition visit my flickr photostream.


attempt to find

When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable, and to the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter the swamp as a sacred place – a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow of Nature.
- Henry David Thoreau -
desire to obtain
The wooing of the Earth thus implies much more than converting the wilderness into humanised environments. It means also preserving natural environments in which to experience mysteries transcending daily life and from which to recapture, in a Proustian kind of remembrance, the awareness of the cosmic forces that have shaped humankind.
- Rene Dubos -
to go to
Up in this high air you breathed easily, drawing in a vital assurance and lightness of heart. In the highlands, you woke up in the morning and thought: “Here I am, where I ought to be.”
- Isak Dinesen -

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Exhibition flyer - 'Songbird'

I created this exhibition flyer for one of my good friends for a solo exhibition she held in 2015.

I am sharing it here now as I want to start building up a portfolio of graphic design work.

Exhibition Flyer - 'Great Southern Land'

I created this exhibition flyer for a collaborative exhibition I did with one of my good friends back in October 2014. Even though I shared images of my work from the exhibition at the time I never shared the flyer.

I'm doing so now as I want to start building up a portfolio of graphic design work.

Logo Design - 'DG - life through the lens'

Logo design.

I created this logo for a private Tumblr blog for two friends who live on opposite sides of the world to be able to share their love of photography as a way of keeping touch when no words are needed.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

New logo / branding

I can't believe my last post here was on 4/10/2014. I really don't know where the time has gone, except to say I have been working on something rather basic, tedious and drawn-out but necessary. I feel like I can finally get back to my creative projects which have all been utterly neglected and on the back-burner for way longer than I care to acknowledge... (except, there is one more hurdle to face... but I'm hoping it won't disrupt things too much and from here on in and I can start to chip away at all the catching up I have to do).

My creative projects are many and varied.

The first one I will talk about is this blog and associated Facebook page... the longest neglected of all my creative projects. I knew I wanted to re-brand as I wasn't ever really happy with the few attempts at logos / banners, etc I started out with. After playing around yesterday afternoon with about 12 different variations on the above theme, I settled on this design for my logo and branding. This blog and Facebook page are for the overall creative projects I undertake as an individual - kind of like the umbrella for all my creative ventures. The plan is to also create an online portfolio as I want to start gravitating toward freelance graphic design work in the future... and I want a place to showcase my surface pattern design, graphic design, illustration and art.

Then there is Pinch River - my main passion and focus - with a re-vamped website underway, an Etsy shop I try and keep stocked, the Facebook page, Pinterest, Flickr, Issuu, LinkedIn and now on Instagram too (but no pics posted yet)... so plenty to keep me busy there while I start on the journey to inject some fresh products and eventually fresh designs in to this project... keeping on top of the social media and not leaving it as dormant as it has been.

There is also a new little venture called Pennefather {Vintage} Wares on Etsy where I am selling beautiful second-hand wares (and also on eBay under Pennefather Wares - so as not to restrict me to vintage on that site).

There have been some collaborations but I intend on ramping this up more... and there are at least two more online projects and one or more community-based projects on the back-burner that I want to move forward with this year, as time permits.

I have done a couple of other logo designs lately that I will share here shortly. I really enjoy this creative process and would love to do this sort of work on a freelance basis.

I'm feeling really excited and so happy to be back to my happy place... my little creative world where everything is good and life's challenges cannot get a foot in the door.
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