April 2011

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This is a rough idea I have for a new pattern, based around pencil drawings of various species of Tits. I think it needs another element added to it, and I want to try it in colour too, which means re-drawing. I really want to get some of my patterns made into wrapping paper as well. I have seen some amazing designs by nineteenseventythree and want to do my own. If anyone has any tips on how to achieve this please let me know! 
Thanks πŸ˜€ 
P.S. Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend (again!)

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There is just one full day now until the Crafty Fox Pop Up Market, in Brixton, and all this week I have been printing, trimming, packaging and pricing items.I have little piles of greeting cards and artwork all over my room. On top of that, I have been drawing some originals which you can see in the bottom picture and which will be available to buy on the day. I might even be turning up with one or two more if my fingers will allow me to hold a pencil again πŸ˜€

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I had a nice surprise today when I was checking my website. I noticed that I had hundreds of views and they were all coming from Print & Pattern, a blog on the world of surface pattern and design in industry. It was also nice because just below me was also featured Bonbi Forest,whose work ethic and style I love, and admire. 
Consequently, I have had a good day, with lots of views on the website and shop, and one or two sales that have occurred directly because of the feature. 
Lastly, I am still preparing everything for the Crafty Fox Pop Up Market this Saturday 16th April, at the Dogstar, Brixton. I have artwork to print out and package, a stock list to make, and probably other things which will transpire over the next few days, but I am very excited. Come along if you are in the area!
Also, I have been given the task to design something, and I was thinking it might be nice to really document the whole process for you all to see. From sketches, to the final product, so keep a look out. I might even tell you what it is for.
P.s. Readers of Computer Arts Magazine might like to know that I am featured in Issue 187 ‘The Great Ideas Issue’. I can be found in the Exposure Section of the magazine.





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This is one of my favourite features on Etsy, and with the addition of Circles, I really love to see what other people are liking. It is these tools which I think are really opening up the Etsy community.It used to be quite hard to get your items seen, without continually re-newing items in an attempt to keep at the top of the list. Now, people who might never have even thought of a shop like yours, are coming in, taking a look and liking what they see. I also notice that I am getting a few sales via the Circles tool, so it has to be good. Anyway, these are some of my faves, many of which have been found via Circles. To have a good look either click the images, or click HERE. That way you can have a look at the amazing shops these items come from too πŸ˜€

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I just thought I would let you know of a collaborative project I am working at the moment with Mr Brightside aka Liam Smith. It is on the subject of Native American Indians, and because I love that subject, I took myself off to the library to find some source material. Since then I have been reading a book called ‘Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee’ by Dee Brown, and if any of you get the chance to read it I think it will truly affect you.
So with all this research soaked in, I have finally started putting together my ideas which I am going to show you here. These are just black line drawings, which will (when finalised) be sent off to Liam who is a master of colour choice and textures. It should be really interesting to see what he does with it.

P.S. I hope to be designing my very first wallpaper collection next month, for a company in Mexico City. I hope to have more details soon!

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I have just taken part in the very fun project A Tale To Tell project. An illustrated, collaborative storytelling project’ devised by illustrators Jamie Mills and Jane Richardson
The story, now in it’s 12th chapter, starts with the beginning of the Jungle Book, but as each illustrator and artist takes it the story has taken on a life of it’s own, becoming an intriguing narrative both visually and in it’s text. Please, if you haven’t seen it all yet click HERE to go and have a read.