Friday, 24 June 2011



Well I’m getting excited about Set of Drawers new

 group project.  We are making beautiful bunting for the Newcastle Gateshead Bridges

 Festival over the weekend of August 13th and 14th and have

 some great themes to work with.  We’re

 interested in using recycled clothes but we'll not be going with ‘Drawers for the Drawers,’ as i suggested… I found out somebody has already done that!...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14008620@N03/4611505030/

We’ll be opting for a more traditional flavour.  My quest for great fabrics to recycle has led me to a great resource for artists in the North East. 

The House of Objects has lots of inspiring items for Children’s workshops an

d collage projects... I'll certainly be joining and getting some fabric!

The Soul Soup recipe book is at the printers and I’m (impatiently) awaiting the proof, so thought I’d put up some of my favourite images that act as bullet points or section headers.


Friday, 17 June 2011

Well It's been more than a year since I last blogged, just before finishing the Newcastle City Library 1st Birthday card and then wishing a Happy Birthday to my beautiful baby girl, Charlotte.

Even though it feels like I’ve only been on maternity for about a week, iphoto tells a different story!  I’d love to share my trillions of baby photos, but think some Illustration related maternity highlights will have to do... and we all know a picture speaks a 1000 words…

It was interesting handling this at 9 months pregnant but I was delighted to see it finished in the library and I love the book typography.







 

 









How many patterns can you fit on a baby I wonder?













Why aren't grown up clothes this happy!











I love this print I did for the “What Are You Like" exhibition At DLI, with Set of Drawers... Charlie's first preview at 3 weeks old.


 






Another great thing about having a baby, is all the wonderful opportunities to acknowledge my illustration heroes

Eric Carle bedroom and pj's










 Gruffalo cuddles and beautiful picture books...you forget how great all the classic kids books are.
















 ...And it's not just the nostalgic classics...this beautiful wee dog toy is wonderful.  I love the mismatching patterned ears.















With this cheeky, wonky look she looks like one of my illustrated characters!














I'm well and truly back to work, illustrating and doing design work for a recipe book and must admit being back in the studio feels like home... But going to pick up Cheeky Charlie for family life at the end of the day feels like heaven.