Tuesday, 13 December 2011
i have had a commission from a local business who fix Aga cookers. he was very open to whatever i come up with as long as i kept the clientele in mind and as long as it featured an aga!
it was a really lovely challenge and i felt ever so festive! i tried to keep a traditional vein throughout which i actually found quite difficult, as it's very easy to go mad and weird like i do.
I collaged the most of it and scanned it all in individually including the dog (every aga should have a dog in front of it!)
this is what i ended up with which i am quite pleased with really...
Thursday, 24 November 2011
so have just been uploading photos onto my computer and came across these hilarious snaps! On yet another creative venture kate and I found ourselves face painting at Staffordshire young farmers ‘Twilight ball’ at Keele Hall which was of course on Halloween. We started off doing pretty, very lady like flowers on the girls but as the night progressed it was very easy to convince the boys that a full face painting of a vampire (or in kates case; spiderman! My favourite!) was the way to go. It was a great deal of messy fun and, as always the creative duo (me and kate) are up for hire (for face painting that is..!)
Monday, 21 November 2011
Had an absolutely fantastic weekend at the English winter fair at Staffordshire county showground this weekend. I sold out of the ‘christmas cow’ collection of cards and the hand knitted scarves went down a treat!
It was lovely to know that all the hard work was worth it and to make it even more brilliant I got second place in he stand competition!
A big thank you to all my friends and family who helped out!
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
i now have prices for the two collections of christmas cards.
the 'christmas merriment' collection comes in a pack of the 6 different designs at £5.50 or £1.20 each.
the 'Christmas Cows' collection comes in a pack of the 4 designs which are £4.00 or £1.20 each.
i have added another range of cards called the 'christmas cow collection', for my stall at the English Winter Fair and for general sale. i thought i should stay true to my roots and do a range featuring some of the cattle on our farm.
so i wrapped up in my wellies and dads coat and ventured outside (for anyone who knows me knows that this is a once in a blue moon moment!)
they are so nosy and soft that photographing them was no problem at all.
Friday, 21 October 2011
i have set myself the challenge of having a stall at the English Winter fair at Staffordshire county showground on saturday 19th nov and sunday 20th nov, i want to sell christmas cards and occasion cards, my initial ideas were to hand make all of them which is going well but much slower than i thought.
i have also taken up knitting scarves which my brilliant mum has taught me and i am actually really enjoying it and is actually quite therapeutic!
however as i have been doing some freelance work for Woodmansterne publications i got a go to try my hand at a range of christmas cards for them which drove me to do some designs for myself that i feel really reflect me and my style and not so commercial....anyway this is what i have come up with so far for the stall...!
they are quite humorous and fun with a bit of a mix of the photographic elements.
i have already had a few orders from people wanting to have them for their christmas cards (we'll ignore the fact they are orders from family..!)
if you are interested in buying any for christmas please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my stall at the Winter fair at the Staffordshire county showground on 19th and 20th november!
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
So new mission…
To paint a mural on an 8 year olds bedroom wall, I have started the task with my good friend Kate, our biggest challenge yet!
He wanted a pond scene and has a particular interest in reptiles and creepy crawlies but we wanted to ensure the painting could grow up with him.
Wish us luck!!
as the house is quite old and the walls are all lovely and wonky we started by priming the wall with white emulsion using inspiration from Zack's nature books and illustrated story books, especially 'Alice in Wonderland'. from which kate did the most amazing spotted mushrooms.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
my new mission of today is to produce an invite for a 2 year olds birthday party for a good friend of mine. i have found this a really enjoyable challenge as it is not really something i have done before.
henry is obsessed with jcb diggers so i started with doing some simple line drawings of good ol' jcb diggers...
one of the requests was to keep colour blocking to a minimum due to printing costs. i wanted to keep my style in the invites whilst having henry's personality with fun happy font.
i kept to primary colours but made focus on the classic jcb yellow and included a fun photo of henry.
i went for graph paper in the background to break up the plain background and give a bit more of a 'boyish' theme.
i did two designs with the same imagery which i think worked really well, (obviously ive blocked out the party details as we don't want a rave turning up at the party!)
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Well I have just got back from New Designers in London and it has been an absolutely fantastic week! My cards featuring my dog illustrations and hidden pop-ups had quite a bit of interest, which I was so pleased about. At first I only kept them in my portfolio but liv persuaded me to put them out in my show so I was lucky she did!
Staffs uni in general got a great deal of interest as a whole so fingers crossed we all go on to long and happy careers!
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Last week was our degree show and it was fantastic, some of my friends got a bit of interest and even managed to sell some of their work, which is very exciting!
We all manned the show in shifts, which was great to see visitors admire all the work as well spending time with friends while we kept an eye on things.
I think there is some brilliant work in the show so I thought id feature some of my own and other peoples work and show you what you have missed out on seeing! Below is work from Lisa Hart, Olivia Turner and Chloe Georgina Foster.