Friday, 30 November 2012

things

A little look on various things I have been working on recently...

East x West

Some of my staffordshire figures for the clumsy are going to be in this KK outlet organised pop-up in chinatown LA...unlikely - but if you're in the area pop in to check it out - lots of great Christmas present ideas!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Guardian Christmas Gift Guide 2012


Double whammy this year - and looking mighty fine and full of treats: check out this year's Guardian interactive gift guide - it will solve all your Christmas problems!


Friday, 23 November 2012

The Artists of Spitalfields Life

Last day tomorrow! The Gentle Author will be at Ben Pentreath from 3pm to sign copies of Spitalfields Life - it's been a great show so if you have a chance make sure to go!

CSH - 2013

It's that time again! The 20143 season brochure for CSH- you can download a pdf HERE and see what's on the cards next year!

The Print Block Christmas Studio Sale

Make sure you go - there is sure to be some treats!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Krakow










Printing


After seeing the above roller fabric printing block at the Ethnographic museum in Krakow I was very pleased to come across a whole box of them at the Krakow Sunday fleamarket for a steal of a price (unfortunately hand luggage already crammed with books meant I could only buy one) - I have just tried it out making some (secret) Birthday wrapping paper and it is a brilliant graphic motif - very pleased!

Designers/Makers Winter Market



Another date for your diaries, in just a month's time - the Designers/Makers Winter Market in Festival Village. 50 Designers/ Makers from across the UK will be selling their products along with affordable gift workshops, demonstrations and festive food and drinks.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Notebook

Looking back at quick sketches in my notebooks always amuses me...

Ethnographic Museum, Krakow











Just a glimpse of some of my favourite things from the brilliant folk collection at the Ethnographic Museum. I'm desperate to use crepe paper for absolutely everything now.

The Function of Folk- Krakow






I just got back from a few days in Krakow, where I went to see the Function of Folk exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum, which I had the pleasure to display some work in (you can see my case above). The exhibition displayed a wonderful combination of traditional objects chosen from the museum collection alongside contemporary responses to folklore in illustration. Alongside the exhibition there was a symposium of inspiring lectures - I managed to catch day 2 - what stood out most for me was a talk by Pam Smy where she discussed her progress through her sketchbooks when responding to a children's book text. (You can see on her blog she is a prolific observational drawer - she has already posted sketches from her time in Krakow) I particularly enjoyed the fact she wishes she could've been an illustrator in the fifties producing lovely lithographs for puffin - I feel this way too! Also in the exhibition were great works/talks by Lotte Crawford, Melanie Miller and Tongyu Zhou, Amelia Johnstone, Jonny Hannah, Mireille Fauchon and Desdemona McCannon (who organised the whole event) to name but a few!

V and A Christmas Cards



I had a nice delivery over the weekend of a big pile of my Christmas cards for the V and A. If you want a set you can buy them instore at the V and A shop or online HERE.

The Artists of Spitalfields Life




A little late, but the opening last week of 'The Artists of Spitalfields Life' at Ben Pentreath was a great one - as you can see it was rather packed, but drinks, talks and hot chesnuts were flowing! Photographs by Simon Mooney for Spitalfields Life. It is on till 24th November so pop along if you get a chance.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Lots of reminders!

There is a lot going on this weekend that me/my work is involved in so I thought I would provide you with a few reminders!'Function of Folk' - Thurday 8th and Friday 9th November at the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, Poland... this is where I am spending my weekend so unfortunately I am missing out on the rest of these great events!'Folk and Fire' - Opening Friday 9th November at Lion Street Store in Rye.'Selvedge Winter Fair' - Saturday 10th November at Chelsea Town Hall in London.'Fry Art Gallery Annual Sale' - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November at The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden in Essex.'Newcastle Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair' - Sunday 11th November at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle Upon Tyne.'Lord Mayors Show' - Saturday 10th November, London. This is nothing to do with me or my work, I just wish I was going because I have been planning to do a print celebrating the parade for sometime and have never got round to it!HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012