Wednesday

Flora Bhattachary illustrations

Hello all

Cor, twice in 2 weeks eh! Finally back in the saddle of this blog posting malarky now.

Happy to share these illustrations for Flora Bhattachary, it was a lovely brief inspired by some of my sketchbook work and a real pleasure to complete (they were released a little while ago but I'm only just getting round to sharing them with you now!)

Here's the initial roughs...



And here's the final artwork...




Finally starting to feel a bit more caught up from my Mexico break, it was FABULOUS and the heat, colour, inspiration (and break from social media!) was just what I needed. Trying to keep in the holiday vibe with lots of Mexico inspired craft projects (I'll show you some of the results soon!...)

The big news is it's all change in the studio, I've moved back to my Wiltshire hometown for now whilst I sell the flat and then I'm planning on an exciting move to Brighton in the New Year WHOOP WHOOP. For now (as ever) I'm juggling a range of projects - some I can talk about and some I can't, the things keeping me busy include...

- Designing the consultation project for my public art commission with Barratt Homes and Studio across new housing development 'Riverdown Park' - Bishopdown Farm, nr Salisbury.
AND
- Working on the final artwork (eeeeek!) for my commission for Bellway Homes and Studio Response inspired by birds for a new housing development in South Gloucester 'St James' Mews'
AND
Designing some cards for the wonderful Coworth Park (think heavy card stock and foiling!) I'm off there for a spa break with my sister next week and we are RIDICULOUSLY excited.

OK, that's it for today

Be back soon x

Friday

Mexico trip

I'm back from beautiful, colourful Mexico City/ Oaxaca full of ideas - here's a sense of what I saw....

I loved the folk art museum (Museo de Arte Popular - Mexico City) in particular, the colour was INCREDIBLE so I've returned with LOTS  of beautiful hand woven textiles (they're currently draped over EVERY surface in my bedroom) and so the colour inspiration continues x















Sunday

Charbonnel et Walker - Summer

Hello!

I just wanted to share this new summer packaging for Charbonnel et Walker, illustrated boxes with my design on the top, inside lid and hand drawn lettering around the edge...

 



 



  


I'm dying to share some proper photos from the launch of my public art project at The Lexicon Development so I'll be in touch again soon.... Until then,  have a lovely week, it's starting to feel a lot like Autumn now which means, crumpets, DVDs and blankets x

What I've been up to...


Hello! 

Just a quick (deeply belated) update on current projects. Things have moved really quickly for me, shifting from a practice that was mostly illustration, to one which is almost totally public art. I'm having such an exciting time and learning SO MUCH! 

Current jobs include...

- The Lexicon - creating integrated artwork for the new town centre including gobos, paving, lanterns, street furniture, light sculpture, gates, cladding.

- St James' Mews - commissioned by Studio Response to create artwork for a Bellway development of 64 new homes in South Gloucestershire inspired by British birds (hence the goldfinch above that will eventually be a sculpture)

- Riverdown Park creating artwork for a new Barratt development of 500 homes in Salisbury alongside a new country park

- Collaborating with Lynas Smith commissioned by GS8 to design a block of 7 luxury apartments in Essex

- Conningbrook Lakes - lead Artist commissioned by Francis Knight to work with them on the consultation and writing the Arts Strategy for a new development of 300 homes and a country park

There are other exciting things in the pipeline also, but I can't talk about them yet!

I am loving the complete artistic freedom these new longer projects allow, the chance to research and find my own themes of interest to build the work around, and most of all, the chance to work at scale in such diverse materials.

As always, to keep up with progress day to day please follow me on Instagram here

Have a lovely weekend (a long one for those in the UK!) x 

Tuesday

Ideas Island

WOWSER! I wanted to write a blogpost about how A M A Z I N G my art residency on Ideas Island was, but I'm really struggling to find the words...

First let me explain... Ideas Island was created by Fredrik Haren, it's a simple, generous and kind concept. You complete the simple application here explaining what creative project you want to work on and if selected you are given exclusive use of a beautiful 7,000 sqm private island in Stockholm Sweden for one week to work on your project.

You reach the island by rowing over to it (my partner Steve aka Lazy Chief was the official captain)


You have to bring all your supplies for the week - food/ art equipment etc etc and tie up the boat so it can't sail away without you (although it is THE BEST place to be stranded).


Then first thing I did was to fill up my flower press (this is the first thing I do wherever I travel to)


I found lots of bird feathers and made quills to draw and paint with...




You stay in a really beautiful Swedish summer house, the island is FULL of birdlife so I was really pleased we brought the binoculars!


It was such a great opportunity to make mistakes, learn new marks, push myself and stop being so precious and careful with my drawings.


This was my favourite room in the house (although we were so lucky with the weather we were rarely indoors). A highlight for me was sleeping out on the dock in our sleeping bags, as we were there for the summer solstice it never really got dark.



I spent so much time drawing the trees on the island, and the one's I could see on the bank.




Being away from the studio, creating drawings that were not commissioned by anyone was really exciting. I pushed myself to explore, not make safe drawings, try new things, and frequently made bad work or spoiled things that were initially nice, which WAS GREAT as I learned so much!


I kept drawing snippets of different parts of the island so I could take them home with me  - they're now propped all around my studio (drawings are the best souvenir of any place).



The focus of the week for me was to make new marks, I found the constant movement of the water really helpful in inspiring new ideas and ended up with pages and pages and pages of painted marks...


....so spent a lot of time collaging.


My time on Ideas Island was magic, I swam every day, slept out under a sky of colour, had giant bonfires and BBQ's, watched the birds, rowed the boat, read books, listened to music, ate A LOT of liquorice, had a dance party on the last night and of course had time, space and permission to push myself and develop my artwork. It has made a big difference to me, and I want to hold onto the feelings, directions and ideas it's provoked for a very long time. THANK YOU FREDRICK (and if you are still reading congrats and I suggest you IMMEDIATELY apply for your own stay on Ideas Island x

Saturday

While I've been gone...

Hiya

So sorry for the absence, it's C R A Z Y in the studio at the moment combining all the little jobs that keep popping up with my three big projects which are...

- Collaborating with an architectural practice to design a block of apartments in Essex
- Designing all the integrated artwork for a town centre redevelopment in Berkshire including paving, lighting, underpasses, street furniture, cladding and gates
- Creating integrated artwork for a new housing development in South Gloucester

I just wanted to share some student artwork from the recent workshops I led at Royal Holloway University to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2017. I worked with six different groups aged 11-73 and had a fun and inspiring time working with them on their beautiful drawings. Here's a small selection of the work created that day...







OK, thats's all for now BACK TO WORK! x