Wednesday

Konnichiwa from Tokyo!









Konnichiwa from Tokyo! I finished the 10m mural today so I just wanted to do a super quick blogpost to share some images so you can see what I've been up to!

I was asked to create a hand painted mural for the restaurant of the new Ekoda campus of Musashino Academia Musicae. I wanted to explore the important history of Musashino in Japan and so made the organ from the Beethoven Hall central to the design, and I was also inspired by the architects desire to save an old cherry tree as a symbol to connect the university and the region, and so my design is book ended by cherry trees. I'm so proud of the final piece, and I've had SUCH a wonderful time painting it. Once the restaurant is completed - furniture installed etc I'll show you the final thing but I couldn't wait to show you some snaps for now. I've now got 5 days to explore Tokyo before I return to Steve and the cats (who I'm missing TERRIBLY!) tomorrow I am doing an Ikebana workshop in the morning and the lovely client is taking me to an exhibition in the afternoon!

p.s..... Before I left for Japan I recorded a podcast (ep. 48) about my career with the lovely Ben Tallon of Arrest All Mimics fame, you can listen to me giggling and jabbering on here.

OK, that's it for now - follow me on Instagram to see more Tokyo adventures xxx


Friday

Mould making

Hiya!

Hope you've had a fun week, mine's been great, lots of meetings in London, Cardiff and Bristol but all interesting and exciting! Today I was at Setworks turning the clay sculptures I've made into moulds, which was A M A Z I N G (see the images below...) Keep tuned to Instagram as I'll be back at Setworks next Tuesday for part 2 where we'll be actually casting the bugs in resin. Eventually they will be cast in solid brass as part of the street furniture I've designed for a public art project, so this is my chance to properly test and check the design before they go to Mexico for brass casting.

I'm all set for Tokyo and really cannot wait! I leave next Thursday and I'll be out there for three weeks hand painting a mural at a University. I've been working long hours, travelling to meetings and getting all my projects sorted before I go, so I'm looking forward to a weekend with family eating far too much food, watching Strictly and playing with my nieces.

I hope you have a brilliant weekend - the next time I blog will be from Japan eeeeeeek! x








Mould making

Hiya!

Hope you've had a fun week, mine's been great, lots of meetings in London, Cardiff and Bristol but all interesting and exciting! Today I was at Setworks turning the clay sculptures I've made into moulds, which was A M A Z I N G (see the images below...) Keep tuned to Instagram as I'll be back at Setworks next Tuesday for part 2 where we'll be actually casting the bugs in resin. Eventually they will be cast in solid brass as part of the street furniture I've designed for a public art project, so this is my chance to properly test and check the design before they go to Mexico for brass casting.

I'm all set for Tokyo and really cannot wait! I leave next Thursday and I'll be out there for three weeks hand painting a mural at a University. I've been working long hours, travelling to meetings and getting all my projects sorted before I go, so I'm looking forward to a weekend with family eating far too much food, watching Strictly and playing with my nieces.

I hope you have a brilliant weekend - the next time I blog will be from Japan eeeeeeek! x








Alder Hey Children's Hospital


Hiya, super quick blogpost as I'm frantic in the studio getting everything finished off before I leave for Tokyo (YIPEEE!). The image above shows the atrium of Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool (check out Lucy Casson's superb 100 bird sculpture on the left hand side). I visited on Wednesday as I've been shortlisted to create a range of work for the hospital. It's an incredibly exciting project, vast, challenging - right up my street! So between now and mid Jan I'll be working on my proposal for the spaces.

This weekend I've got brunch with my GLORIOUS nephew, and then I'm heading over to the Jerwood Space to see the Open Forest show and Sunday will be pancakes, walks, scrapbooks and movies. Next week there's lots more meetings London, Cardiff, Bristol PHEW! with a ton of work to squeeze in between.

Have a brilliant weekend full of tea and hugs xx

(Image credit BDP)

Cove Park Residency


Hello

Super quick post today but I've had some FANTASTIC news that I just had to share...

I've been selected for an artists residency in January 2017 at Cove Park in Scotland - I cannot believe my luck! It's the most incredible place with beautiful live work spaces for contemporary artistic practice for artists from all over the world. I've already started making a list of all things I want to make whilst I'm there as I want to make the most of every second!

OK, have to go and catch a train (another long day of meetings today) but I was too excited not to post about my news!

Have a great weekend, mine will be cake + films + walks + drawing 

(Photo credit Cove Park)

Sunday

Squam Drawing Class

AGHHHH I'm SO EXCITED that my online drawing class filmed at Squam HQ in June has now... officially... launched!


Squam offers the most AMAZING creative retreats in New England, and I've been lucky enough to teach at the July sessions in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 (see my most recent Squam adventure here). Last year Squam founder Elizabeth got in touch to find out if I'd like to design an online drawing class, fly out before the July gathering and film the class at Squam HQ in Providence and (of course!) I said YES!


I really enjoyed all the stages of the process, designing the drawing activities, working out how best to demonstrate them whilst in the UK and then spending time in B E A U T I F U L Providence filming each of the lessons. I wasn't sure how I'd find teaching on camera but I LOVED IT! the entire team made me feel really at home, relaxed and confident. I've always loved teaching and this class gives me the opportunity to teach drawing to people ALL OVER THE WORLD, in their own homes, at what ever time suits them!


I'm so proud of this course, the lessons are loosely based on the ethos of my book 'Fearless Drawing' but with lots of new activities and tips. The ENTIRE PURPOSE of the class is to have fun, try lots of new things, build confidence and make drawing part of your daily life. Head over to this link here to watch the trailer and find out more. 


I'm so excited that I'll get to see people working on the lessons, so please share what you're up to using the hashtag #squamdrawingwithkerrylemon on Instagram 
(All photos used in this blogpost by Forrest Elliot)

In other news...
Still manic in the studio trying to get all my projects sorted before I head off to paint my mural in Tokyo (less than a month now!) I've finished the projects for Eton Natural History Museum and The Garden Museum so it will be great to share those soon. Next week is a mix of studio time (working on the public art projects) and lots of travel for meetings in London/ Glasgow/ Maidstone - wish me luck ! x

Thursday

Marks & Spencer Autumn Range

Hello you

Here's some new mug and tea towel designs created for Marks & Spencer last year and hitting the shops right about now,  I always LOVE drawing plants so this was right up my street!

This week has been pretty crazy, lots of project meetings each day and so I've been yearning for time in the studio so HOORAY for tomorrow's full studio day! 
I'll be up early to work on my:
- mural design for Tokyo (I'm heading out there to paint it in November)
- Tree trail for the Garden Museum
- Timeline for the Eton Natural History Museum
I've also designed the pattern for my new winter coat (to be printed at The Centre for Advanced Textiles in Glasgow on velvet and made by Dig for Victory in Brighton) so I need to get a sample printed as I can't choose between mustard or emerald - thoughts please!

Have a great weekend, my Saturday plans are for London Galleries and Sunday for walking, reading books and eating pancakes xx