If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’ve been taking part in the 100 day project. I’ve committed to creating 100 animal illustrations, and though I’ve missed the odd day, I’m doing my best to stay on target!
Every 10 illustrations I’ve been running a competition to give away one of the illustrations. This is my first foray into giveaways, and to be honest I wasn’t sure my modest following would be interested, or would be actively annoyed by posts that appeared a bit spammy and self-promotional. So it’s made me step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there in a very different way than before.
Inspired by some other makers, I’ve also added the most popular of the illustrations to my etsy listings, just in case someone who didn’t win had their heart set on a sock wearing spider.
I’m currently offering to give away one of these beauties, from days 31-40. Go to my Instagram page for more details!
My stickers arrived while I was in gorgeous Zaragoza for a work trip (it’s lovely, visit!) and I got to use them for the first time posting my latest giveaway order. I’m pleased with the results though I think the colour balance might need a review.
I’m also planning on doing a mass polka-dot session on my kraft paper stash, because you can never have too many polka dots, and then I think my packaging revamp will be all done. Very satisfying.
Yesterday’s Myddleton Road Market was utterly gorgeous. All of the lovely locals were out in full force, and I met some very talented and clever fellow artist/makers.
Enjoying a cheeky half courtesy of Bohem Brewery and basking in the long awaited sunshine, I was hit with some inspiration; I’m going to FINALLY spring clean my stock, and spruce up my branding and packaging which I’m at it.
I love my multi-image business cards, but have long hankered after a logo, something punchy and bright and simple. I’ve been working on some in quieter moments but none of them were setting my world on fire, then when my Ink & Word paintings got such a warm reception at the market I had a proper lightbulb moment. The result were these:
I know I’m biased; but I LOVE this design. I feel like it really encompasses what I’m all about. Whales: check; ridiculous colours: check; ink: check check check.
These were made with painting scraps and a nifty white gel pen. But when I get home I’m feeling inspired to create a digital version and send off the design to the lovely people at Moo who can turn these into some spiffy stickers.
I’ll wait until those arrive to unveil my full revamp, as this blog post is beginning to ramble. Don’t forget I’ve got a couple of markets this summer, do come and say hi, it is so satisfying meeting internet people in real life!
11th June Duck Pond Market, Lauderdale House, Highgate
It has been a busy first quarter this year as they day job has taken hold, not to mention a renewed sense of urgency to keep chipping away at my picture book drafts. There’s been a lot of time spent on photoshop, which still boggles my mind, as I never thought I’d have a use for it. More fool me.
Anyway, I’ve booked myself into a few markets this spring and summer, I hope you’ll come and say hello!
Market dates and new card designs below 🙂
7th May, Myddleton Road Market N22
11th June, Highgate Duck Pond Market at Lauderdale House
2nd July, Myddleton Road Market N22 (this is the BIG one)
I’ve been having a lot of fun with ink recently, and have been trying to make inky, cloudy textures for collage. However, I became so enamoured of some of my ink blobs that I’ve been experimenting with adding lettering over the top. These have gone down very well at recent markets and I’ll soon be turning my favourites into prints. This foray into the more graphic arts has meant I can create some slightly more grown up work, although the downside is that I want to keep many of them for myself. Here is one of my faves, a bit tongue in cheek and literary to boot.
Happy 2017 everyone! Local and global politics aside I’m looking forward to more markets, more prawns and generally more arting.
I’m taking a break from the market circuit until March or so but watch this space for spring dates.
In the meantime you can see some of my work hanging in the lovely Step, on Myddleton Road, N22 – you might as well enjoy one of their fab brunches while you’re there… photos of my work in situ still to come.
I’ve also got some new cards in the pipeline, just in time for Valentine’s Day and other, more exciting, celebrations. Here’s a little preview:
Tomorrow I will be selling at the ever welcoming Sunday Artisan Market NW3 at the Hampstead Community Centre, my last Market of 2016. I’ll be there Tuesday too, 10-6pm both days, so if anyone’s lucky enough to not be at work those days do come along and snap up some Christmas cards and wrapping paper!
I wanted to thank everyone who’s come along to say hello at markets this year, as well as all of those who’ve followed me on Instagram and twitter. I’m going to take a bit of a break from markets in 2017, at least until the spring when I’ve warmed up again!
Some of my work will be up at The Step, on Myddleton Road N22, and of course I’ll still be posting my nonsense online. I will try to average more blogs per month next year, I have SUCKED at that.
The beginning of the school year always knocks me sideways, hence my silence since August. Bad blog person. However, I and the school kids have settled into our routine, and my fidgety fingers have been painting, sketching, glittering and most excitedly PRINTING.
I thought I’d share a few Christmassy things I’ve been working on for my upcoming Christmas markets (see below for dates and add them to your diary, I command it).
November 6th Myddleton Road Market N22
December 4th Myddleton Road Christmas Market
December 10th Tottenham Ploughman Winter fair at Bruce Castle Museum
December 19th & 20th Sunday Artisan NW3 Christmas Market at Hampstead Community Centre
This summer I’ve been mostly in safari jeeps looking for lions and missing my cat. Two weeks driving around East Africa were an absolute dream and now that I’m back I thought I’d have a go at painting something inspired by our travels.
Here are my finished paintings, in one of those mega frames. I will be taking this along with me to tomorrow’s NW3 Sunday Artisan market in Hampstead, to see if I can find these guys a happy home.