Sunday, 7 February 2016

Clifford & the Cloud of Fear.

I am currently laying out my portfolio for various jobs, and revisiting old work and I thought that I hadn't put on my blog. Here are some illustrations from a book I made during my MA in 2012, called 'Clifford and the Cloud of Fear'. It's a story about a boy called Clifford who likes dressing up as a beaver. It's a heavily illustrated book with a moral message about consumerism. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Aloe Magazine

 Everyone loves plants at the moment, right? They do make me happy, although I am not the most green-fingered of them all, hence the invention of the Knitted Cacti range that I hope brings joy into the lives of fellow plant lovers but unfortunate plant killers. Last year, I was asked to produce some plant-y patterns for a lovely magazine called Aloe, made in Huddersfield (more pictured below). I just got my hands on it and wanted to share the work with you: 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Fish n Chips n 20:20

 At the Leeds College of Art, where I run a Portfolio Development class on a Saturday, I am part of a print collective called The Short Print collective! I forgot to share this last year - I took part in 20:20 which is a yearly print exhibition/swop where you produce 25 prints 20cm by 20cm. You send them out and receive a box with 25 prints in ! It's fab. At the time, I was drawing lots of fish, so I decided to screen-print a fish n chip print. Above is the positive, ready to print and below are the stacks of prints, ready to be sent, all wrapped (as fish and chips are) in newsprint.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Make Art That Sells 1

As promised, here is my first Make Art That Sells (MATS) assignment outcome. 
The brief was to produce a design for bolt fabric under the theme 'vintage kitchen' 
based on observational drawings of pasta and Pyrex style dishes:

This was my first attempt and I took a week to step back from it and re-address it, something wasn't quite right. I did like the icons and the energy of the design - when I made it as a repeat it looked fun - but I felt that overall it was a bit cluttered and too many colours (even though I do like it!) so I decided to make some cut outs and add texture to them using printing ink and scan them in to create a 'mono-printed' effect. I wanted the shapes to be stronger, more refined and their to be delicious textures in the design: 

The colours I was restricted to in the printing inks determined the overall scheme. Although I did mix the colours to a vintage palette which I had previously decided - I wasn't distracted by the millions of possibilities that you have on photoshop or illustrator, which helped me a lot! Here is the final version: 

I particularly like the coordinates at the bottom! I might get it printed on to fabric and whip up a purse or something kitchen-y for my portfolio. Had a great time doing this Make Art That Sells assignment - although I didn't think it would take me as long as it did to complete the first one. Shows that I need to work harder and faster since spending two years writing and researching... but I'm happy with this outcome now and ready to start assignment 2! 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016


Goodbye 2015! Hope you all gave it a good send off and had a good year. For me, looking back, it's been a fine old year. Maybe I'll even look back and call it a vintage year. I completed my PGDIPE (and got a 1st!). It was hard at times, but rewarding to challenge myself academically with reading and writing. I also got FHEA status which is cool. So happy that now all my spare time can be spent making instead of writing assignments. I also ran my first (last? maybe!) marathon this year! I spent a lot of time training and spending so many Saturday nights hydrating and carbing-up and then off I went for a three - four hour run on Sundays. Phew! I completed it at the end of November in beautiful Florence, Italy and it felt AMAZING. 

So, despite all the time I felt had been taken up by pushing myself mentally and physically last year, I was pleasantly surprised that my best nine on instagram was lots of creations!

Lots of plants too. Knitted Cacti, patterns, notebooks. Most of this is available in my etsy shop right now if you fancy having a browse! Foot is on the accelerator this year. One Christmas present I received in 2015 was the Make Art That Sells course by Lilla Rogers which I'm loving! I'll post my creations from that as I make them, but so far it's really inspiring and such a great thing for me to get back into creating and making post-pgdipe and marathon training, which has just taken up all my time. I've been busy still though! Printing new characters to make homewares and new items over the next few months. I will blog about these later on, but here, have a glimpse of a few things to come: 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Earthy Roots Bee Movie

I made this animation for Earthy Roots bee keeping business! 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Badger Plate

Who else is watching the Pottery Throwdown? I'm loving it and learning loads! 
During my PGDipE, I spent a lot of time winding down at a paint your own ceramic shop in York. 
Which I loved! It was just a silly thing to do that helped my relax, 
above is a badger plate that I'd love to make a little collection from someday! 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Earthy Roots

 My brother owns a bee-keeping business called Earthy Roots. From the wax and honey he makes lots of different products. He asked me to make a little animation to promote his business, which I am itching to share, but must wait for him to finish making another video that he wants to go alongside it. Above is a still from that animation. Below are patterns I designed for his website and for a few products that he sells alongside the bee-based ones, including notebooks, postcards and tea towels. Check them out at Earthy Roots, and some are pictured a few below:

Above is me at one of his sites being a bee-keeper for the day! 

Monday, 9 November 2015

Vinyasa Flow

Yoga with Lydia! Flyer designed for a very talented yoga instructor 
- find out more here. 

Cat // Bike

Cat & Bike digital illustration for this blog. 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Hello October

It's almost October, and even though I have been yearning for summer to not end, I am starting to get excited as the seasons change and everything becomes crispy and orange. I still love listening to AFI and getting dressed up for Halloween, so make sure I spend some time making spooky crafts and decorations. This year, I have opened the Halloween section of my etsy shop and have added detachable collars, spooky skelly hands notebooks, happy halloween cards and temporary tattoos! All pictured here: