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Where I’ll be: events and markets

15 Nov

November is a busy month for the illustration work I do (more on that soon) but I’m also looking forward to emerging from my drawing cave to show my work and sell prints, stationary and homewares at two festival fairs.

Humble by Nature Open Evening and Exhibition

Open Evening: Friday 22nd November 2013, 7pm – 9pm

Humble by Nature is hosting an exhibition of local artists in the Long Barn at the farm. All the artists have a strong connection with the farm, either living, working or teaching there. The artists include Sarah Edmonds, Beca Beeby, Amanda Rayner, Farmer Tim Stephens and Leigh Griffiths. Find out more about the artists here.

The artists work in a variety of media based on the natural world. Whether it’s wood, willow, cast iron or prints inspired by nature, the exhibition will encourage viewers to reconnect with their environment. Visitors will be encouraged to touch the exhibits and feel the beauty of the natural materials as well as appreciate their visual aesthetic.

The exhibition will be on display for course and event attendees at the farm. It is open to the public for the Open Evening event on Friday 22nd November from 7pm until 9pm.

For more details please call 01600 714595 or emailinfo@humblebynature.com.


I’ll also be having stalls at the following seasonal markets, in Cardiff and Monmouth. I’ll be launching some new stationary products, bags and prints (previews coming next week). Accompanying me to both events will be the wonderful Catkin Boutique, run by my talented school friend Nicola Barter.

Rhiwbina’s Handmade Market
Sunday 24 November, 12 – 5 pm
Rhiwbina Memorial Hall, Cardiff

handmade market

click here to visit the Facebook page for more information about the event.


The Boutique Christmas Market
Sunday 1 December, 11 – 3 pm
Shire Hall, Monmouth

The Boutique Christmas Market

I’m donating a Dish and Spoon screen print to the raffle in support of fantastic charity Sands.
Also heading to this market is The Welsh Gift Shop, do check them out!

click here to visit The Boutique Market ‘s Facebook page for more information.

Shop online

If you’re unable to attend either market, I have prints etc for sale in my online shop here

The dish ran away with the spoon – new screen print

5 Dec

I’m pleased as pie to reveal my newest screen print, featuring a cast of a little laughing dog, a mustachioed, torch-wielding spoon, closely followed by a scampering dish with a penchant for vintage satchels. Inspired by the nursery rhyme, this was designed on a train, as much of my work is at the moment as I to and fro every other weekend to lovely Brighton, where the other half lives. Then I’ve spent the last couple of days screen printing them – 28 in total.


Dish web

Spoon web

Dish and Spoon prints

Not normally working in shades of blue and grey, I found this print a refreshing change although it still features my signature orange, found in lots of my prints.

This set of prints is the first edition, and I’m planning on developing the image further next year, trying out different colourways and effects using photoshop.

The image below began life as a papercut design. The paper was sourced from Lidl, coming in an array of bright colours. I’m going to play around with this technique quite a bit over the Christmas holidays and see what other things I can come up with.

Cabins and Hares Papercut

Last but not least, if you haven’t already please vote for my Dala Horses mug design for Pedlars Product of the month – there’s just a few days left now! See the previous post for all the details.

Right, now to create some packaging for everything in time for the weekend…

Market day

17 Apr

Thanks to those of you who came along to the Art Carbootique at Chapter Arts Centre on Sunday. ‘Twas great to catch up with everyone and find enthusiastic homes for my prints / books. The girls on the pitch next door were painting faces, so once the queue of kids started to tail off I had them paint an owl on me!

Here are a couple of action shots, for those of you who couldn’t make it –

Top photo by Matthew Simkins, bottom by Chapter Arts Centre. You can see more pics of the day on their Facebook page.

The Gorilla’s Guides (to Guerilla Kniting) went down well, as did the owl canvas bags and my friend Emma Levey‘s screen printed cards and illustrations (above you can see a man pondering her snazzy spaceships) which I had on the stall as well. Also sold a few of my new print below, entitled Reykjavik. 

I only decided to do 3 colours after I’d made the screen, so ended up embarking on a fiddly masking business with parcel tape to create the separate areas. This print is in a limited edition of 9 so I’ll soon arrange some giclee prints of it.  The same goes for my Gorilla’s Guide – once these prints arrive, I’ll get them up on the Big Cartel store.

Next I’ll be working on some colour experiments of the owl print, in 2 colours, some wedding stationary for an old friend, the brief being ‘Pigeons’ and a deck chair collaboration with Matthew. Sketchbook snippets coming soon!

On Saturday I’m teaching the Letterpress Course at Howard Gardens and I think there’s a few spaces left, still, if you fancied having a go at a classic printing technique. Often, what people spend the most time over in class is deciding what to type set – a quote,  a headline, a greeting… so for this class I’m going to bring some snippets with me to start sparking ideas…

And now for some recommendations:

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. Here is one of my favourites, a mechanical, folky number with vivid yellows and deep teals which sit upon oatmeals, a bird in control.
Their website: http://www.marimekko.com/ 

Laivakoira fabric

SMUG is an independent shop in Islington filled with 1950s furniture, handmade toys, gorgeous stationery, quirky kitchenware, and chic ceramics. Their animal of choice is a guinea pig, featured as a screen print on this beautiful canvas bag and there’s a Pop-up print shop upstairs. Have a browse through their online shop: http://www.ifeelsmug.com/products

Also in London is Ray Stitch, a stunning haberdashery which also has a delicious looking cafe. This Friday night, Janine of Uppercase Magazine is holding a meet & greet at the shop… I’m unable to make it, but feel a trip to London / Islington is certainly on the cards soon. So much to investigate and be inspired by! I bought my copy of Uppercase Issue 13 today from their website, can’t wait for it to land on the doormat.

Here’s the link to the news page on their website… http://www.raystitch.co.uk/news.html and there’s some rather natty bicycle cotton from Birch Organics on there that I’m eagerly eyeing up!

Speaking of sewing, I came across a project very much worth sharing called 100 acts of sewing. The aim is to create 100 dresses over the course of 2012 in attempt to revalue and nurture those skills required to make garments, which are very much displaced from the point of purchasing clothing on the high street. These designs are all so thoughtful and just the tunic-style I like to wear.

May well get the sewing machine out and work my way though the archive of fabric building beneath the table…
That’s all for now! More soon.