Meet the Poster Maker: Leigh-Anne Hiltz

May 3, 2018 | Halifax Crafters Society

Chickadees? Check. Pussywillows? Check. Rad colours? Check.

What else do you really need?

This Spring’s eye-catching poster is designed by none other than Halifax Crafter’s Society organizer and vendor, Leigh-Anne Hiltz. If you’re digging this poster as much as we are, make sure you visit Leigh-Anne at La-La Land Handmade’s table and check out her other awesome designs at the show! We absolutely love the fresh feel of this design and took some time with Leigh-Anne to find out more about her poster process.

How did you come up with the concept for the poster?

I thought a lot about what spring actually feels like in Nova Scotia and
it’s usually a slow and tentative season. Most of my work is a little bit
narrative so I came up with the idea of these little chickadees carefully
preparing for the spring market and hanging up their banner. I wanted to create
an image that felt like spring, but flowers and greenery aren’t really my
style. I felt like grey of the pussywillows and birds against the blue sky
captured those first hints that spring is on its way.

Can you explain your process from start to finish?

I always draw by hand in my sketchbook and I feel most comfortable
working in black and white. Designing a colour poster was a fun challenge.
After my sketches were complete and I had inked in a full size version of my
design, I began working with it digitally to finalize the layout, choose the
colours, and add logos and show information. Halifax Crafter’s always produces
a digitally printed and hand screen printed version of the poster, so that
dictates the way the artwork is prepared.   

How long have you been with Crafter’s?

I have been a volunteer organizer with Halifax Crafters since 2016, and
a vendor at several markets prior to that. I’ll be selling at show this weekend.

Has your work on the poster inspired any new ideas?

I really enjoyed the process of designing the poster and I am going to be doing some more poster design in my own work. I mostly screen print on fabric and design in one colour for accessories, but I am going to be adding some more color and working on some paper prints and textile art pieces in the coming months.

Cool! How can people find out more about you?

I sell my work at Made in the Maritimes, online through Etsy, and
several events each year. For event updates, new products, art and inspiration,
check out my Instagram: @lalalandhandmade & @lahiltzdesign or on Facebook:

Thanks so much Leigh-Anne! Hope you have a great show this weekend!