Not many people roll out of bed on Monday morning with sheer excitement to start work. But for Di Hocking, she lives and breathes stationary designing and illustrating. With a hot cuppa and 80's RnB pumping in the background, Di works on delivering beauty via her business Paper and Style Co. A scroll through her lovely feed on Instagram and Facebook, will instantly bring about a calming feeling. Di designs beautiful botanical creations using her two favourite mediums - pencil and watercolour. I'm sure you'll find it an absolute delight to find out more about Di Hocking - the Melbourne creative behind Paper and Style Co.
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Introducing - Di Hocking (Paper and Style Co.)
I may have been born with a pencil in my hand (haha)! I was always drawing as a young girl, making anyone who would sit still for half an hour so I could draw their portrait. But unfortunately, the pencil got lost for quite a few years, only to be picked up again over the last year.
I use mainly graphite pencil or watercolour to create my artwork. They are both very different mediums. Pencils allow a lot of control and detail, which I love to create in my work, whereas watercolour is sometimes very unforgiving, but allows you to be free and more creative.
Hands down-the beach! On our last family holiday last Easter to Port Douglas, something happened and I could not put my pencil down. Being in the warm environment and sea air just does something to me- I feel at home. It's when I am at my most chilled. But when I am not by the beach, it's got to be a clean table in the dining room with 80's R&B tunes in the background and a cup of tea.
I work from home and I am a one-woman-band. I conceptualise, design, draw, edit, style and photograph ALL of it. This one may surprise some but stationery lovers may relate...if I get any beautiful tags on the clothes I buy, they go up on a pin board, it's too hard to throw out quality design and paper!
I have two recent brag moments -
First one was when Longina Phillips recognised me and followed me on Instagram (dance around to myself moment).
Second is landing my first retail store Lonni Lifestyle in Seddon-a gorgeous independent store with an even lovelier owner.
Spare time activities
I really love hanging out at the beach/rock pools and going for bush walks so I can study our beautiful botanical fauna. I also love going to the Camberwell market, well any market in fact, catching up with friends and just being with my family.
A friend recently asked about my process and it really surprised her, to me it's kind of how I have always worked. I do lots of thinking (some call it procrastinating) and research, all before I pick up a pencil. There is no screwed up paper here. By the time I do put pencil to paper I know exactly what I want to achieve. Most of my art can take up to 10 hours to draw, so I like to be sure I don't need to re-do it.
Low-down on the minimalist print you've created for Hood Mamas
I really hope you love my new Weekly Planner. It is a new Jasmine design I have been painting just in time for Spring. I love Jasmine, the smell is just amazing and it reminds me of Spring. I hope you love using the planner and it helps you stay organised. Print out as many as you need, on an A4 sheet of paper.
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ABOUT PAPER AND STYLE CO.
I am a stationery designer and Illustrator. I design wedding invitations, create artwork, wrapping paper, stationery items such as postcards and for the festive season soon to come, handmade Christmas Crackers all featuring my artwork.
Creator: Di Hocking
Favourite café: Morris and Heath
Coffee order: No coffee for me, as much as I love the smell of it I can't drink it! So it's tea or hot chocolate for me.
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