Thursday

Featured in new book

Hiya

Hope all's good with you, I'm working on my big public art projects at the moment (with lots of new REALLY fun - but currently secret projects coming soon.) I am itching to show and tell you all about them but can't just yet. For more regular updates, I share peeks of what I'm up to over on Instagram, so have a nosy here

For now I just wanted to share a quick film of my work featured in the new book "Graphics can be Managed" published in Oct 2016.



Here's my favourite spread from the book:
Yesterday I went to Brighton to see Eleanor at Dig For Victory to organise a new winter coat. Now I just need to work out the pattern design and get the fabric printed ready for her to make it! Whilst there I also made the short trip to Ditchling to visit the Museum of Art and Craft which was WONDERFUL - I highly recommend it!

Here in the UK it's a bank holiday weekend so I'm off to Eastbourne to explore, I hope that your weekend is full of friends, cake and drawing! x

Featured in new book

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Hiya

Hope all's good with you, I'm working on my big public art projects at the moment (with lots of new REALLY fun - but currently secret projects coming soon.) I am itching to show and tell you all about them but can't just yet.

For more regular updates, I share peeks of what I'm up to over on Instagram, so have a nosy here. For now I just wanted to share a quick film of my work featured in the new book "Graphics can be Managed" published in Oct 2016.

Yesterday I went to Brighton to see Eleanor at Dig For Victory to organise a new winter coat. Now I just need to work out the pattern design and get the fabric printed ready for her to make it! Whilst there I made the short trip to Ditchling to visit the Museum of Art and Craft which was WONDERFUL - I highly recommend it!

Here in the UK it's a bank holiday weekend so I'm off to Eastbourne to explore, I hope that your weekend is full of friends, cake and drawing! x

Sunday

Sneaky peek


Hello!

Just a quick post to show you a sneaky snap of some current work in progress - this is brass laid in granite. I'm currently creating work for HUGE projects in the public realm and architecture including 
1. designing a block of apartments and 
2. creating furniture, paving, underpasses, lighting, gates etc for a new development. I can't show you much yet BUT I'm really looking forward to the green light to show you lots more soon.

Have a super weekend, mine's been full of my sketchbook and our new waffle maker HURRAH! x

Thursday

Book Cover




Hello!

A M A Z I N G week... on Monday I had the (super scary) Pre-App meeting to test the planning waters for the apartments I've designed in Essex and it went REALLY WELL! Phew. I'd hand bound the presentation into big A3 books, and found both the planning and conservation officers really supportive and excited about the project. Long way to get yet, but I'm really starting to imagine it will look (and feel!) once they're built. 

Here's a new book cover for Hodder & Stoughton I worked on last year, I really loved this project - it's published on the 14th (next week) and I'm looking forward to seeing it in the shops.

OK, off to see more samples for another project today so I've got to run.

Have a lovely week and I'll be back soon! xxx





Hello!

Here's a new map for the beautiful Palace Hotel in Manchester, commissioned by the lovely folk at Colt. I'm having a lovely week, it's all getting very exciting as I'm starting to see the samples for some of the public realm work I'm creating and I'm really enjoying the opportunity to work in so many new materials. Next Monday will be the first planning meeting for the apartments I've designed in Essex, so I'm currently creating hand bound books ready to show the building concept and initial designs.

OK, sorry to be so brief but there's a stack of work to do before dance class tonight! 

Be back soon, follow me on Instagram here to see what I'm up to xx

New dress!!!

Hiya, mad week... worked extra hard so I could take today off and run away to the seaside (Brighton) to collect a new hand made dress from clever Eleanor at Dig For Victory

Last October I went to Jaipur in India (find out more here) it was an amazing trip, and on the very last day I bought a VERY old, VERY heavy and VERY battered skirt that I found at the back of a cupboard rolled up into a ball in an ancient antique shop. I knew that Eleanor would be able to transform it into a dress for me on my return, and we discussed lots of options to make best use of the fabric. In the end she recommended keeping the skirt intact to create a long dress, so I sourced additional blue silk from Berwick St in London and she did her magic. The hem has the names of Indian cities embroidered in Hindi and is my favourite part.

Perfect for twirling!



I also had the chance to meet up with a Twitter friend, superstar illustrator Tilly AKA Running for Crayons which was totally brilliant. She brought a second lunch guest in the form of the worlds cutest miniature sausage dog, I was besotted! So nice when you get to meet internet friends in real life, lucky me.

OK, enjoy the rest of your week, I'll be back soon with more gossip x

Saturday

Boston - Providence - Squam

Woweeeee! I've had THE BEST trip to America, get ready for some jet lagged ramblings...

I started off in Boston and went straight to the Harvard Museum of Natural History to see their collection of glass flowers. It's the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, over 4,000 models, representing more than 830 plant species, created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. They are astonishingly realistic and I found them really inspiring (see my snap below - it's so hard to conceive that it's made of glass!).


I then travelled on to Providence to stay at Squam HQ with the SUPER LOVELY Elizabeth and Forrest ready to film a seven part drawing e-course (that will be available online later this year, watch this space...) They were so kind, and welcoming and it was such a treat to spend time with them (and of course Elizabeth's superstar dogs Daisy and Oliver!) Film maker Ryan Sheetz (below) was great, he made me feel completely relaxed and confident and I had SO MUCH FUN - I can't wait to share the films with you. 


I LOVED Providence, we did lots of filming around the city, my favourite bit was the RISD Nature Lab, an unbelievable museum of natural history specimens surrounding long tables where RISD students can pop in, select an item of interest and draw it.  I really couldn't believe my luck, when we were given permission to visit and I had the chance to spend time drawing there! 

The day after filming I explored Providence a bit more, taking in the Wildflour Bakery (amazing ALL vegan cafe), the Farmers Market (HUGE including a band playing, antiques, crafts, and produce stalls) RISD Museum and RISD art shop. The next day we packed up the car and drove on to New Hampshire to get ready for the Squam Art Retreat. This was my 4th year teaching at Squam, it's a completely magic place full of inspiration, creativity and friendship, and it was such a treat to arrive early and have the opportunity to spend more time in my favourite place. It's based at Rockywold Deephaven Camp that was created over 100 years ago. It's based around a large lake and we live in wooden cabins with private docks dotted all around the lake.

My cabin was Point Comfort, shared with a group of wonderful teachers. My room was on the first floor with a wonderful porch overlooking the lake (pictured below)


And here was the view from my bed each morning...


Our wood cabin had a huge open fire (with new wood delivered each morning) and a wooden ice box (containing ice harvested from the lake each winter and refilled each day). It also had lots of beautiful drawings on the walls including this loon (below). The loons at Squam sing you to sleep each night with really amazing and ever changing tunes. 


It was all SO BEAUTIFUL and deeply relaxing to spend so much time in nature...



I was so glad that I remembered to take my flower press so I could take a little bit of Squam home with me (and use it in future paintings!) 




The class I taught at Squam was called 'Drawn Together' it's a collaborative sketchbook class exploring colour, mark making and introducing lots of different materials. We spent the morning working across everyone's sketchbooks, and then spent the afternoon working in our own sketchbooks using, collage, colour and repeat motif to draw everyones contributions into one cohesive and highly personal work. The students were brilliant, completely open and inspiring and they made really wonderful work...




The big news this year was that although I didn't see a raccoon (I am OBSESSED with Raccoons as we don't have them in the UK)...

 I saw 2 BEAR CUBS!!!

.... I do not have photographic proof of this I was too astonished/ excited/ scared but you'll just have to trust me and if you don't I have 3 witnesses!

This year I even had the chance to take a class! I took Natalie Miller's weaving session as I had never done anything like it and it was so great to have the chance to try something totally new. She had come all the way from Australia and had brought looms, beautiful hand dyed yarn and roving, and raffia. The morning of my weaving class a group of us decided to hike up Rattle Snake Mountain, and we found lots of amazing things (including birch bark and tiny pinecones) which I added to my weaving. The views at the top were wonderful, and I learnt a huge amount about the local nature ...



My time at the lake was full of chatting, laughing, snacking, drawing, swimming, s'mores and hanging out with with the lovely creative people that Squam always attracts, both old and new friends.



I had the best time and although it was hard to leave, it was great to get back to Steve and the cats and to be back in the studio, drawing (literally and figuratively) from all the amazing things I've seen.

Have a great weekend and I'll be back soon (hopefully less jet lagged!) xxx