On Saturday 23rd June, I attended the AOI talks on Illustration and the Children’s Book Industry. Talks were given by Chris Haughton, Claudia Boldt, Fig Taylor, Deirdre McDermott from Walker Books, Alex T.Smith, Philippa Milnes’Smith from LAW Writers and Artists Agents, and lastly Tony Ross.

The talks were inspiring, insightful and encouraging. I went away with pages of notes, and lots to think about. I also went away with a pile of books that I got signed by the author/illustrators, which I wanted to share with you below. You may have already seen an earlier post I did on my Children’s book collection, but if you haven’t I have provided a link for you here:

I also wanted to point out the wonderful Marloes de Vries who held a recent competition to win her book, That 17th Hat. Well, I was lucky enough to be one of 2 winners! It’s a beautiful book, and thanks to Marloes to sending it to me. The other book is Peepshow Collectives (not a children’s book, I know, but new to my collection). This one was signed by the entire collective too!

I have been working for the past few days on  a personal project illustrating old family photos and portraits. It’s been something I have intended to do for a while, and sifting through all the photos, and being inspired by a Charley Harper illustration, I decided to go for it. Currently, I am about half way through, but wanted to share the work in progress. It was also interesting to see another new idea come out of the work, which you can see in the last picture.

As part of stylist and author, Selina Lakes celebration at the launch of her latest book, Homespun Style, she is hosting a party and market on Friday 13th April.

The market will be made up of a selection of hand picked designer/makers, and I will be selling there myself.

The market will be at Hanbury Hall near Brick Lane, 2-8.

You will be able to buy copies of her latest book, and get them signed by Selina on the day.

I hope to see you there!

Good news! I will be back at the Crafty Fox Spring Market which is taking place on the 24th and 25th March at the Dogstar in Brixton. There is a selection of over 40 designer makers and crafters selling their goods over the two day weekend event.

I will be selling on the Saturday only, and will have some wonderful new products available, including my new large summer shopper.

The Market is open between 11-5 on the two days, at the Dogstar pub, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.

Click HERE for more details.

I hope to see you there.

You may have read that I will be taking a Textile Design workshop on the 24th March at the Shipshape Studios in North London. Well, I am happy to announce that I will be back there on the 15th April taking part in an Illustration and Design forum. The talk will be lead by myself, Emma Block, and Rachel Lewis. We will be answering questions, talking about our careers and marketing, as well as selling our work. Refreshments  will also be available. Tickets and information are available HERE.


Image via Shipshape Studios