Possibly my favourite ever (so far! ) workshop at Unit 12 Gallery in Stafford was run by paper artist Jennifer Collier, we made experimental sketchbooks out of personal papers and I loved it! Since completing this workshop, I’ve made a few more of my own sketchbooks and decided to use them for my reportage work. Following the hugely enjoyable reportage illustration workshop with Rachel Lille at the House of Illustration I decided to put into practice some of the techniques and ideas that I had learnt whilst I was on... Read The Rest →
Emily Notman is a mixed media artist who works out of Unit Twelve gallery in Stafford and last Saturday she ran a ‘Manipulated Wall Hangings’ workshop which I attended. At Unit Twelve each of the contributing artists have their own studio space in which to work and also display the gorgeous items that they have made. This is part of Emily’s space where you can the see some examples of things she has for sale. I love the mussel shells; they remind me of eating mussels in Turkey from street... Read The Rest →
After waiting several years in excited anticipation for the House of Illustration to open it’s doors, an exhibition of Quentin Blake‘s work seemed to be an appropriate way to open the new site. I couldn’t wait to visit and see the original ink drawings and watercolours which I have seen so often in his books and I wasn’t disappointed! The exhibition wasn’t huge, but I thought it was brilliant. The first display case looks at how Quentin Blake works as an illustrator, while the rest shows various highlights from his... Read The Rest →
I was lucky enough to spend the last week of the school year in (mostly!) sunny Cornwall and Devon, I’ve wanted to visit the Eden Project for as long as it has been open and finally got the chance. Loved the branding, the products for sale in the shop, the biomes themselves and the patterns on some of the exotic plants were so exciting to draw and photograph. I experimented in my sketchbook with sections of some of the patterns that I saw on the way home and will re-visit... Read The Rest →
To celebrate the summer issue of Oh Comely magazine readers were invited to send in garden themed postcards. In preparation for the village open gardens my dad had laid a new lawn and was mowing it regularly, thus inspiring this green fingered fellow.
Working as an Art Technician at a secondary school gives me the opportunity to run many exciting workshop projects. This summer I was asked to work with one of our feeder primary schools to produce a piece of work to celebrate the 200th birthday of their patron – Father Faber. The workshops that I planned were based around a natural form theme to reflect the school’s rural location and historical schemes of work. Workshops encompassed drawing, printmaking and card relief collages. Working from primary and secondary sources the students produced... Read The Rest →
Thanks to the power of Twitter I discovered, a few weeks ago that Nottingham was planning an Etsy Craft Party as part of Etsy’s global celebrations on 6th June. ‘A one day celebration of meeting and making’ sounded like an excellent way to meet creative people in my local area and spend some creative time away from my inks! Plus with the theme :‘Recapture: Bring new meaning to your photographs‘ I’d found the ideal opportunity to use a few of the vintage photos that I bought years ago! The party... Read The Rest →
Having a spare day in London, I discovered the Make Good Festival via Twitter and decided to go in search of creative inspiration. The Make Good Festival is a ‘festival of culture, creativity and entrepreneurship’. It is the culmination of a year of training for students on the School for Creative Startups, which is a program devised by Doug Richard to help creative people build up successful businesses. You can find out more about the program on this website: www.schoolforcreativestartups.com I met some lovely people and discovered lots of different amazingly... Read The Rest →
A while ago I bought a book of mail art, as I have always enjoyed drawing on envelopes and consequently discovered the Mail Me Art project by Darren Di Lieto. When I found out about the call for entries for MMA 4 – Open All Hours I was really excited to take part. I am always sending things thorough the post and thought it a fantastic idea that the artwork for the exhibition and subsequent book would come from all corners of the globe. With an open design brief for... Read The Rest →
I love handmade, I love personal and I love to support makers and designers, so was delighted to discover the work of Peggy Wolf via her Etsy shop – Blackbird and the Owl. I’d been looking around for a clutch bag for a wedding and came across her handmade leather accessories. With simple geometric shapes and designs they are modern and fresh, yet produced using traditional screen printing techniques. The gorgeous colour and pattern combinations that she uses really appeal to me, they are interesting, bright and a lot of fun.