Saturday, 16 August 2014

Berlin

Hello! I've realised that I have been so busy this past (almost!) year with lecturing and studying for my PGDIPE that I have neglected my blog and also my 'creative practice'. For the next academic year, I have cut down on the amount of hours I am lecturing so that I will have more time to complete my PGDIPE without having to work huge blocks, 7 days a week and sometimes 16 hour days, but also have more time to continue the momentum of my own design work. At the end of 2013 I was feeling incredibly positive with the steps I was making on the freelance road - I had managed to get my designs into big high street names and was regularly being comissioned. I want to make sure that I have a better balance with lecturing/making this time around. I have decided to be more committed to my blog posts, making sure that every Saturday I will share what I have been making and looking at during the week! This might be students' work, a gallery visit, a peep into my sketchbook, a bit of texture on the ground, an interesting flyer at a gig - anything that makes me go 'oooh'. Hopefully it may inspire and interest you too! 

So, a couple of weeks ago I went back to Berlin! I visited Berlin about six years ago in the winter, and have always wanted to go back in the summer and experience the city again. So many people I know completely fall in love with the city, I'm fond - but not in love. However, even though it was my second visit, I barely feel as though I have scratched the surface of the city. We rented bikes which was a fab way to get around - and to not feel so guilty that the gym was miles behind me! Here's some snaps from our adventuring of things that caught my eye: 


The Berlin Wall.



Bears are everywhere! 


Mcbess on the wall - we also went to the Dude's Factory which is based in Berlin and is super rad. If you are unfamiliar with Mcbess's work check it out here. One of my favourite illustrators. 









So many amazing book shops (where I could have easily spent thousands of euros) loads of galleries and exhibitions that were great - also so many memorials, tributes and reflective parts of the city. In many parts of the city I felt sombre, thinking about conflicts past and present...


One of my favourite things in Berlin are the photobooths or photoautomaten! They are dotted all over the city and for two euros you can mess around and be silly! 



It was a great place to play with my new Fuji Instant camera too! 



My boyfriend snuck into the spreepark - an abandoned theme park alongside the river - I was too chicken to go in! I sat by the river, guarding our bikes and doodling but he went in armed with his SLR and took some great snaps! He's going to put them on his tumblr, when he does I'll link up so you can see them! He did get caught by a security guard though! However, she was nice and actually gave him a guided tour of the park ! 


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Knitting Nana.

Check out these amazing big cacti that my Nana made! I am going to visit her soon and she said that she will help me make some of my own!


I haven't seriously knitted since I made my cat for my stop-frame animation for my degree a long time ago now, so it will be good to get back into it. I have been tidying up my blog today - doing lots of editing and re-arranging, I'm going to make it into more of an inspiration/adventures/sketchbook and work blog from now on :) My poor blog has been neglected as I have been studying for my PGDipEd which is pretty demanding - and tutoring up and down the country. No excuses from now on - I'm back on it and I am determined to make the blog bigger and better. Stay tuned for much more sneaky peaks into my sketchbooks, looking through my eyes from my adventures and lots of new projects. 

Hedgehogs.


Practising. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Busy Bee






I have been involved in the website re-design and promotion for Earthy Roots. A sustainable business from Cambridgeshire who make amazing products all from their own bees! Check them out - they are just launching. These stills are from an animation I made, which will be on the website in the next few months! I'll let you know when it all goes live. 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Young Artists' Fair.








I currently am teaching... loads! I work at Leeds College Of Art and Nottingham Trent University. I love it, as every day I am inspired, sharing experiences, helping students, inspiring others and making art! For the last eight weeks I have been running a Portfolio Development Course for students aged 15 - 18, which is held every Saturday morning at the Blenheim Road site of the college. In two weeks' time - we will be bringing the course to an end and celebrating the work of the students at the Leeds Young Artists' Fair. I hope that lots of people will come down and see the work that we have created over the weeks. 
Above is a sneak peak of some mark-making playful work that will be on display.
Some of these students will be the stars of the future. I guarantee it. 


Sunday, 22 December 2013

Backyard Burners






I was asked to make the art work for Leeds based bluegrass rockers - Backyard Burners. This is their self titled debut EP and it's ace! You can check them out here ! I drew the image out from sketching them when they played live. I really wanted the opportunity to paint - so I then painted the drawing with gouache on to textured paper. I scanned the original painting and digitally touched it up adding more textures and use hand drawn type for all the information. So the finished product is more or less completely hand done! However - they've got a fiddle player now! Maybe next time I'll get to do another one for them! Hope you like it. 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Gurgle Magazine





I was delighted to be asked to illustrate a very festive Christmassy article in the latest Gurgle Magazine! 







Pretty Nostalgic.


The latest issue of the most beautiful magazine called Pretty Nostalgic came through my letterbox yesterday. Have you ever seen it? It's available nation-wide and is printed on the most beautiful paper stock and is filled with crafty ideas, celebrating vintage, traditional and sustainable living, recipes, creativity while it champions British handmade artists and creators. Basically it's brilliant and is gorgeously laid out and printed on delicious paper. 
I was so happy to be asked to illustrate a piece of creative writing in their magazine; a deeply metaphoric story called Parabola written by Welsh writer, Jack Smylie Wild.  

I don't want to give too much away about the story but I really liked it because, 
I love the theme of reflection within the story.  I enjoy drawing characters and was drawn to the mystery and significance of the bearded man. He is at the centre of the mystery and has an air of something other worldly. 

Check out my original below and then the illustration in context in the magazine! 





Sunday, 22 September 2013

WYPW




Yesterday, I had a little stall at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield. It was my first time visiting the space, which offers studio and gallery spaces and lots of great workshops for all types of printing. I was selling a selection of items from my online shops, Etsy & Folksy. There was such lovely and inspiring work I saw at the studios - they were preparing for an exhibition for the Flourish Awards where print makers in West Yorkshire could submit a piece of work and the winner would have a solo show at Huddersfield Art Gallery. I am super inspired to pick up my squeegee! I have so many buzzing-around-my-head ideas for some paper prints... especially to incorporate into some briefs I am working on at the moment. One is a flower pattern commission and the second is some Christmas Character design work for a maker on etsy to transform into sewn Christmas gifts! While selling work there at the craft fair, I was delighted to be asked if I would like to permanently sell my Greeting Cards there... so I am pleased to announce that I have a lovely new stockist which will be selling a range of seasonal cards and prints from now on! 


The West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

I found a new artist that I really loved there too! Lisa Stubbs prints beautiful screen-prints, I brought this card below as I couldn't leave without taking a little keep-sake, I love the use of colour and the textures in the work. I was told that she had been working on a picture book recently and I can't wait to see it. 
I found her on Folksy and Etsy too! Check her out. 


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Happy Halloween Cards

As promised, here are some Halloween Cards - or you could have them as mini-prints if you like, 
depends on how much you love Halloween. 
I, for one (you may have gathered this) LOVE it. 
The visuals, the colours, all things spooky and AFI Black Sails on the stereo! 

These are all in my shop right now! Check out my Halloween section here.