Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Website

It's been nice going through old work to update my website (that sounds contradictory - but I guess some of the old stuff still seems relevant, and it's nice not to have it buried in my blog). 

I found this picture of Molly Ringwald, looking stylish as always... her character in Pretty in Pink was the reason I started sewing aged 15, and has been the longest running style influence in my life. I used to think about making myself a WWJD-style bracelet for when I was clothes shopping - if ever I was unsure of what to buy: WWMW - What Would Molly Wear?





Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hifest

I had such a lovely day at Hifest in Hastings yesterday. I went with Alice and Barney, and shared their table, and their snacks. I met so many great people. The organisers had done an excellent job of spreading the word and getting people through the door - it was a great turnout, especially for the first year.

As usual, Al and Barney were the best company. They were there with their new collective, Pinch Press - check out their stuff! And Barney's new graphic novel, Beetroot, is out any day now. I was lucky enough to see an advance copy yesterday - it is SUPER, and I can't wait to get my own copy!

Some of the wares I was selling 

 Setting up our stall! 

Al and Barney manning the stand


The quality of other exhibitors was really wonderful - I could've ended up spending any money I made, but limited myself to these great pieces - the vase screen print is by Melissa Castrillon, the house with yellow moons by Somin Ahn (I love it - where is that house? What's happening? Why are those pigs hanging around???) and this brilliant card by Benjamin Phillips - a real pet portrait! Lovely lady dog.


I'm already looking forward to next year, and will plan to spend longer there and see Hastings. I can hardly feel walking from the carpark to the exhibition hall crossed it off my list...!

**Soundtrack: Absolute Crock: Tush, ZZ Top**

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bits

I've practically finished the book I've been working on! So it's on to new things... this Saturday is Hifest in Hastings. I'll be there with half a table and bits and bobs to sell. Come along, O please do!

 I've finally worked out how to use my printer, thanks to a top paper tip from Emma Farrarons - so I'll have some digital prints, I think mostly on A5, with me. 

Some of these lizard guys for sure:


I've also given my website a good makeover, through Cargo. It's at the same place as ever:


and now has space for books and everything else that my coding wasn't quite up to including on the last site. Please check it out! 

And lastly, here are some ballet cats, for no good reason. A palette cleanser, maybe. 





Plus I've been trying to draw hermit crabs and those dudes are HARD.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Iguana make a riso

Of this guy... thinking about colours. Oh, which to chose! Should he even BE a riso??
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

He's looking at YOU...

and he's LOVING the view!


Drawing this guy MAY not have been the most constructive use of my time. But when you wake up thinking about a way to finish off the iguana head you drew a couple of weeks ago, and that way is to draw him sitting on a chopper - that's urgent work!!

"Don't leave me hanging!"


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sewing roundup!!

Still working to finish up this book - it will be done by the middle of next week, and then onto new things! Partly trying to get some more stuff together to sell at Hifest...

In the meantime, I've been carrying on the sewing. First up is the Miette blouse from Tilly and the Buttons. I made this for my mum, but in the end a blue shirt I'd made was a better match for her.

Front view

Back, with buttons from Mum's button box!

Copied from old Jaeger charity shop shirt - let's pretend those buttons aren't sewn down sans buttonholes.

Shirt outside Mum!

I also had a go with some cotton jersey, and with some flammable horrorfabric from Goldhawk Road. But I love the white dress even so, I feel like a powerful 80s lady in it - a feeling I enjoy very much. 

Sewing stretch cotton - pretty forgiving.

Powerful. Channelling Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.

I'm also working on some numbers cards... these are what I've managed so far. These are roughs, but I can imagine making a range from these guys... 



Need to work out a palette for them all that will really make the numbers obvious!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Bits of news

I'll be taking part in two events in the next couple of months. 

The first is Hifest, the Hastings Illustration Festival on the 6th of January, at which I will have a half table. I'm really looking forward to it - there are some great exhibitors showing and events happening. I'll be selling some (hopefully new) prints, cards and other bits and bobs.

I will also be taking part in an exhibition, A Long Way From Home. All the proceeds from this will go to Crisis. It runs from the 11th-14th of December, details below - it should be a great exhibition.


Olive giveaway!

Anorak Magazine are doing a giveaway on their blog today, until the 25th of November. If you leave a comment telling them the most embarrassing present you've been given, you will be in with a chance to win one of three copies. Yay!


Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Here are some old Halloweinie pictures. But don't be frightened, they're all just kidding!
Hope you all have super spooky days! 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bitty bits

I'm still working towards my book deadline and concentrating on that, fitting in some Cacahouète and friends too! And turning my thoughts towards cards again... was thinking about them today, and how my line perhaps doesn't work so well at that size, and that they should be more graphic... I've been keen on making cards for so long and yet somehow always feel quite seized up thinking of how they should look. Anyway, one day soon I hope!

He's actually Crocahouète in this issue! 


Bedtime for dogs and peanuts!


Cat-tus


Pencil cowgirls


Book deadline!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washi Dress!

I sewed up this dress last night - it's the Washi Dress pattern by Rae Hoekstra. It was really fun to make, and I got to attempt two new things - shirring and using bias binding. Both seemed to work fine for me this time. My sister was with me and commented while I was reading the pattern aloud (excellent chat by me) that it was another language, which I guess is a big part of what I'm enjoying so much (despite being a bit of a stinker at learning languages). Already, things that were utterly baffling four months ago are starting to take shape, slowly, in the ole bean. 

I haven't hemmed this yet, but couldn't wait to wear it! Naughty. The fabric is from The Cloth House, and was actually bought for a costume which hasn't yet had an outing... but I think this dress can still be part of it! 

My first PDF pattern experience - and it was a good one! Satisfied the impatient "but I want it now!" part of me.


Wistful in Washi.

What's happening down here? in Washi.

Shirring? Sure thing!

You can even read excellent comics while in Washi!

I loved making this, and think I'll enjoy wearing it - it's a great pattern for all the blissful quilting weight cottons you see... 

**VERDICT: The Washi Dress was better than "a wash" for me! Ha! Ha! Ha!**

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beautiful moth!

Karen Wall, who wrote that her sons like my book Ambrose Goes for Gold, shared these photos of the completely beautiful, brilliant moth that she sewed for them to play with. Isn't he incredibly great? I'm really inspired to have a go at making a character myself, although I'm not in this league of sewing! 

Also on her list is the caterpillar, the butterfly and the ladybird - if she does manage them too I can't wait to see! As a mega novice, I'm filled with admiration for Karen's sewing skills.

Thank you so much for sharing Karen, your moth RULES!

Check him OUT!

Lovely stained glass window wings.

Moth cuddles!

Original moth. Who could do with taking some sprucing-up tips from Karen's moth. Also, its nose is like that because it's a super cool hummingbird-hawk moth:


(Not because, as some may have suggested, I get confused between moths and elephants...!)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yoga Cat printing!

Yesterday I went for my induction at a new (to me) print studio. I absolutely loved it there - and had a great time printing up these yoga-loving cats. 

They are now available in my SHOP - for any yoga lovers in your life!


On the way to the studio - so much STUFF.


Cats on the printing bed!






Shake a tail feather!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Printing

I'm going to a new printing studio tomorrow for an induction and to have a go with these yoga cats. I will have half a table at an illustration fair in Hastings in December, so I'm thinking about what I should have for sale. 

Not yet sure how big or how many per page I'm going to have these guys... but I'm keen to do some printing before I forget again!