Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The New Petals Floral Design

Hi all,

thank you for stopping by.

Today, I have been featured in Po Campo blog with a couple of posts about the surface design I did for them: "Behind the scenes of their New Petal Floral for their SS15 Collection" and also "Meeting Gloria Urech". I did really enjoy working in this project along with Robin Althouse, Design Manager at Po Campo and her team of talented women.
First sketches
FINAL Design

 Po Campo is a Chicago bag company in which a talented group of people works to create functional and versatile bags for bike, yoga, travel bags and accessories. Their products are fresh and casual for a great range of customers and clients and to fit anyone´s life.

The Po Campo line of bags and accessories was founded in 2009 by Chicago designer and owner, Maria Boustead, who couldn’t find a functional bike bag to match her stylish personality. An industrial designer ever on the quest for the next new thing, Maria decided she’d make the bags herself. Since then, Po Campo has evolved to include all aspects of an active lifestyle, grown to worldwide demand, and is sold nationally in the U.S. through multiple retail channels, as well as in Europe, where biking is like breathing and Po Campo bags get back to their roots.

Originated in Chicago, and named after its various neighborhoods and their essential character, the Po Campo line of bags include the proprietary CONNECTTM system. Maria’s vision for chic versatility is applied to every product in the Po Campo line. Whether a casual cyclist, a busy mom on the go, or a savvy fashionista, Po Campo accessories provide the freedom to realize life’s adventure - and look good doing it. For more information, visit online at

These are the products launched in the PETALS FLORAL Design.
Click in the images names to go to the direct shop link.

Bifold wallet

Six corners handlebar bag
Logan Big Trunk Bag

Please, leave a comment if you like this post :-) THANK YOU!!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Interview with designer Cristina Bartl from The Bartl Studio

Gloria Urech, founder and creative @Gukuuki, interviewed Cristina Bartl at her Studio. This is the work of this talented Spanish designer.

Cristina is a fashion and print designer based in Majorca, Spain. She has worked for companies such as Loewe, Pepe Jeans London and Zara among others. In 2014 she launched her personal collection for home textiles and stationery under her brand, The BartlStudio.

Gukuuki: What made you become a designer?
Cristina: In my family, Art has always held an important position. My grandfather used to paint murals and my grandmother used to make beautiful garments for all the family. My aunt is an interior designer and my dad does creative writing… So I guess I did inherit the artistic gene somehow. 

Gukuuki: Why fashion?
Cristina: I don’t really have a good explanation for that… I just followed my heart. Since I was little I have always known that I wanted to become a fashion designer. I would sketch little girls wearing all kind of clothes. A while ago I found one of these sketches and my mom had written down the date. I was four years old when I drew it!


Gukuuki: You are a fashion designer, however an important part of your career is about print design. What do you like so much about it?
Cristina: The versatility and possibilities in creating your own prints becomes the key to make your garment collections really unique. In Fashion, most of the times, you have to adjust your creations to the fabrics available for that season. So, when you design your own prints, you give that extra special to your collections to become really exclusive.

Gukuuki: How would you describe your work?
Cristina: I would say that I have an eclectic style. I like many different shapes and color palettes, but I would say that I am usually not afraid of colors, my personal work is a little Dadaist and I am very fond of the handmade style. Because of that I usually sketch and draw using watercolors and pencils and then scan it. That gives a certain uniqueness to your work that’s impossible to achieve otherwise.

Gukuuki: What inspires you?
Cristina: Most of the times, I get inspired by nature and animals. These themes allow me to use a wide range of colors and organic shapes that I am very fond of. If I work on commissioned projects, I try to research as much as possible about the trends that I am working on, understanding better which shapes and colors I should use.

Gukuuki: Could you mention three people that really inspire you and tell us why?
Cristina: I love Modern Style, so I have quite a fond for Gaudí. His crazy, infinite imagination, use of colors and passion for details drive me kooky.
I am also a huge fan of Alfons Mucha. Probably because of his style and because I love illustrations and paintings of women. 

I have quite an attraction with the pre-raphaelite style too. Those color combinations mixed with the realistic portraits fascinates me. I would say artist John Everett Millais is one of my favorites, if not my favorite, and his masterpiece Ofelia is just breathtaking.

Gukuuki: I have found that your work has been published in TEXITURA pattern books. Could you tell me more about this experience?
Cristina: Of course! Publishing in Texitura has always been a great experience. It is quite a challenge too because you have to design for trends a year and a half ahead of you. They send you a selection of trends in which they are interested in and you work with that, not knowing if your work is going to be published until they receive it and go trough it, and they have quite a few technical requirements too.
However, it is super fun and totally worth it, and it’s great to see your work and your name published in a magazine like Texitura.

Gukuuki: What would you recommend to a recent graduate that wants to make it into the fashion business?
Cristina: I would advice to be patience, work hard and to create their signature style, to compile a strong portfolio. At the beginning, it can be very hard to get inside the industry, especially when you don’t have any experience at all, although once you make it, you have to show your best. Fashion is a very dynamic industry, hard still though with amazing opportunities that will come by. Make sure you are ready to grab them!


You can follow Cristina Bartl work in the following links:

Monday, 19 January 2015

The Black and White project - Week 2

Thanks for stopping by :-)

This week 2, has been busy and with lots of happening, including my birthday yesterday. So the "The Black and White project" has been a bit neglected. I have tried a bit of home-made stamping and had lots of fun with it. 

Here are my sketchs of this week 2, hope you would like them and leave a comment. Thank you! 

I also wanted to share with you my top 5 cool designs for Valentine´s Day, as it is just behind the corner! Use this link and ***Get $10 off your order with code Y3A8DB*** 

Happy Days!!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Black and White project - Week 1

Thanks for stopping by :-)

As I mentioned last week, I am taking part of  "The Black and White project", launched by a friend and artist Deborah A. Velásquez, in which us, and the people that join along, will be creating pieces of art, in Black and White media. The purpose of this project is to create a 30 minute sketch every day and to share it in our social media under these hashtags #artdaily2015 #sketchaday #sketchbook

So if you would like to join us in this venture, you need to add the hashtags above, either you post in facebook, instagram, pinterest, your web, etc..

Here are my sketchs of this week 1, hope you would like them and leave a comment.

And tonight, nothing comes, I am afraid! Need a proper sleep :-)
Thank you! My best wishes for a great week ahead.
Happy days!!

Monday, 5 January 2015

The Black and White Sketchbook project.

Happy New Year 2015!
And thanks for stopping by :-)

Last year I dedicated most of my time to rise and care about our new daughter Zoë. Life has been a huge challenge for me since because I barely had any help and so far so good, inside of me, I have the feeling of success as a mother. If you are one of us, you will know how many sacrifices you need to do in order to rise a good, healthy and happy child. If you didn´t join yet motherhood, the only thing I can advise you is to make sure that your partner have the same thoughts as you in rising a child or becoming parents, otherwise, you will face many critical moments.

When I was younger, I used to draw often and I used to enjoy quite a lot.

Gukuuki was created to fulfill projects in full colour and so I think, I deliver this during the past years. However, lately, something inside of myself urge the need to come back to my "roots of drawing" and allow me the time for myself to do create that space in my daily routine.

As everybody says: "NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!" 2015 is here with a new challenge, goal, name it as you want...

It happened recently, that a friend and artist Deborah A. Velásquez has launched "The Black and White project " in which she will be painting and or sketching everyday. She will be using black and or white media leaving the substrate open as a color option. Deborah was inspired by her friend and fellow artist @augustwren who does a 30 minute sketch daily. She have done a few sketchbook projects in the past and they are a wonderful way to create daily.

So here we are!! I decided to join Deborah in this project and donate to myself those 30 minutes a day to draw or paint, just as a medicine for my soul!

I have to thanks Deborah for creating her challenge because it has become my challenge too ;-)

Today is my start, so here is my first sketch - Day #5.

I will be posting my sketches in my Facebook page and weekly in this blog.

You can follow Deborah in her Facebook page here:

Happy days!!

Monday, 3 March 2014

sketch-a-day > week 3 & 4

Dear and welcome all,

I thought it was going to be easier to commit and sketch daily but is not always that easy. Not being able to sketch in the past couple of weeks I feel a bit disappointed with myself!

Zoë, our daughter is already 4 months old and full of life and character. She keeps me really busy plus all the unpacking that we still have after our recent move. Crazy times!!

Last week I only committed to one design for a new competition in two free nights that Zoë allowed me. Here is the entry and link to vote if you would like to support my design for the new Mii SEAT by Mango. Voting starts March 5, 2014. THANK YOU!!

Bye bye for now, time for a feed ... These are the days!! ;-)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

sketch-a-day > week 2

Dear and welcome all,

This week I have no sketches to share as my daughter Zoë has been feeling a bit poorly last week as she start teething and yesterday she had the jabs for the 3rd immunization and some fever came along last night.

I have still things to share.

One of my friends, Alice, a jewelry designer at Harriet Kelsall, recommended me an amber necklace to help and release the pain of teething and it seems to work, after all that pain last week!
Here are the details for the necklaces and now there are on sale ;-)
PURPLE LABEL by Harriet Kelsall. Image from their website.

Image from Amazon website.

I started to read a very nice book about COLOUR, which tells the remarkable story of Victoria Finlay´s quest to uncover the many secrets hidden inside the paintbox. On her travels she visited remote Central American villages where women still wear skirts dyed with the purple tears of the sea snails... and much more!

Part travelogue, part narrative history, 'Colour' unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple.

Victoria Finlay worked as a journalist in Hong Kong for eleven years, and was arts editor of the South China Morning Post for five of those. She now lives in Derbyshire.