Monday, 27 June 2011

Monday Brights

Here's a pattern which I was thinking of using for the Chelmsford Arts Trail, but I just couldn't really get it to look right, the colours and placement just seemed all wrong today. Ah well, more for later! Hope everyone's enjoying the sun - with my pasty complexion I'm staying in I'm afraid, but am enjoying the yellowy tinted glow on everything :-)

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Tigerprint Competition

Last minute entries for the tigerprint contemporary Mother's Day competition, I was trying to go for the vintagey trend which I thought might work well for Mother's Day. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Walker Books Talk & Hansel & Gretel

This evening I went to the illustrators group at Just Imagine to see a talk by the amazing Walker Books Team. Was so interesting, and really inspiring too, we heard about how they find illustrators and team them with writers and just the whole process of making a book really. Got to look through some of their new books too which was pretty exciting, they've published some of my favourite childrens books, so was so pleased to be there. I definitely have few more book purchases that I have to make very soon!

Anyway the brief set at the last group was to design a banner for a book. I decided to do Hansel & Gretel, which was really fun to draw with all the sweets! The format for the banner had to be long and thin, and I thought this really lent itself to being like a chocolate bar. In the end we didn't show our designs this time, which I was really glad about - think I'm going to play around with a few other ideas. I don't mind this one, but really feel that I've focused too much on the pattern - how could I not?! Anyway, might try to get out of my comfort zone a bit for the next one and got for a more illustrative feel. What do you think?

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Some pics of me and my Dad in honour of Father's Day, just get a load of these jumpers......

I'm the one clinging to my Dad's leg!

I had to put Dad's guitar on his card. Happy Father's Day!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Me and Ian decided to have a bit of a sort out at the weekend, and slowly start to do something with the endless drawers of pieces of paper, postcards, leaflets etc from our weekends away or just nice places we've visited. Thought I'd share a couple of pages with you....

Pages torn from the Magritte musuem in Belgium..

Butter lids and pages from a tourist info leaflet about the Observatory in Copenhagen...

Monday, 13 June 2011

Lionheart Magazine

Morning everyone! Here's a pattern I designed inspired by Lionheart magazine, which will feature in the magazine as a pull out along with another design by me. It's also featured as the background of the magazine's twitter background.

The new magazine is created by Helen Martin, whose writing I always love, it's always really inspiring and uplifting. Here's a little bit about starting the magazine written on the blog:

'This magazine will be co-ordinated entirely by myself, starting from nothing but the pure and simple faith that it shall be created – and hopefully be read. Maybe even loved? Then stacked somewhere for safe keeping and inspirational viewing for years to come. This is not about the throwaway, this is about you, me and everyone wrapping our arms around what we HAVE, and CAN DO! Blimey, there are so many inspirational people in this world, let’s celebrate them, discuss them and have loads of fun! Life’s FAR TOO SHORT for mulling over the details that confine us.

This is my dream. This here is a blog, dedicated to this dream. At a time when print is out, the media is going through a transition and we’re all assessing our bank balances, it’s on, the dream. It’s on. I may never have a mortgage, but I’m darn well making this magazine.'

I'm so happy to be involved in it, the magazine will encompass all of the types of things I love, to visit their blog please go to:

Sunday, 12 June 2011

New Facebook Page :-)

Hope you're all having a lovely Sunday - mine's lovely so far despite being such a gloomy old day in Chelmsford. I've been having no end of problems with my old facebook group this week and suddenly realised that is was going to be wiped because it hadn't been upgraded, so have eventually made a new 'like' page. If you haven't seen it already and fancy keeping in touch please click on this link:

Friday, 10 June 2011

Chick chick chickens!

Here's my chicken pattern for the Illustration Rally's pattern rally this week on pets (a chicken could be a pet right?!) Please click on the link to see some of the other entries, they're
all so lovely!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Here Kitty Kitty

Some cutesy cats for yet more childrens/babywear textile ideas. Will move on to more grown up things soon :-)

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Thursday, 2 June 2011