Monday, 28 September 2015

Blogger Event: London Graphic Centre


Last Tuesday London Graphic Centre hosted a blogger event at their flagship store in Covent Garden so me and Jodie travelled down from Leeds and decided to stay for the night. It was very much worth it as I was able to meet so many #cbloggers. Finally - an event just for the creative bloggers!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Ten designers in the west wing

Two Part installation by Arik Levy and Tabanlioglu Architects | Selfie at the Patternity/Paperless Post playground

I had the most lovely exciting time in London the other day and at the LGC bloggers event and although me and Jodie were only there for a short time we managed to catch a glimpse of the London Design Festival at Somerset House. I've never been to this place before but it's gorgeous and huge and a really cool building for them to exhibit major international designers.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Win a screen printing workshop with Print Club London!*

For me there's something about print which makes your designs more sincere and heartfelt. Not that I'm against anything digital; I just love that hand made feeling and the process of seeing my designs come to life right in front of my eyes. 

*Not sponsored. Just a fellow lover of screen printing!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

I made a bag

Handmade by yours truly

So the other night my house was burgled. I won't go into too much detail but it's pretty obvious what was stolen and how everyone feels about it. Thankfully everyone is safe so that's the most important thing! Amidst all the sorting stuff out and trying to make everything better I decided to turn to my creative side and make a bag with the metres of calico I have lying around and the binder I have left over from uni. 

I painted the stripes on first (they follow round the back too!) added on the eyes, painted up the straps and stitched on the sequins to add the little bits of shine. Sewing up the bag was easy, a little rough (though that was my own fault… I'm not very neat sometimes) but I think I'd like to make more and "perfect" my technique. What do you think? I'd also love to try screen printing some too rather than painting although I quite like the messy brushstrokes!

Quick drawing. I messed up his nose but he's still pretty cute!

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Ignoring the bad part of this post my summer has actually been great! I've accomplished loads and created so much. I've sold work at my first art market, saved money so I can go to London and Paris, accepted my first commissions, opened my online store and website, been invited to my first blogger event and had my first real exhibition which was a great success.

Yeah unfortunately my house was burgled. But sh*t happens, right?

Friday, 11 September 2015

Blog designing + other news

Colour studies

Hello! I've been pretty busy recently but then again I am always busy; that's good in my mind because at least I'm never bored. I've been creating lots of things ready for my return to uni and also for others too! Kasia and Victoria both recently commissioned me to help redesign their blog headers as well as a few other things:

Illustrated blog header for Victoria

I helped Kasia with the coding as well as designed a header, social media icons, background & handwritten bio

If you ever wanted something illustrated for your website email me at amyhodkin@hotmail.co.uk with your ideas! My blog and portfolio are full of examples of my work so if you like my style then please feel free to get in touch. I understand that for some people blogging isn't their whole life so I keep my prices fair. (It also depends on what it is you're wanting of course!)

Megan recently featured me over on her blog in a very lovely post called Colour Collective: August and you can read it here! She also creates lovely artwork too and you can see that over on her Facebook and Website.

Thanks to Natasha I managed to grab myself an invite to the London Graphics Centre blogger event this September... so after much persuasion and plucking up the courage to go I booked my coach tickets and a little room in Covent Garden; I'll be heading there at the end of the month along with Jodie from A Textile Perspective. (Also my IRL friend and someone I met through uni!) I can't wait because I'll get to meet so many creative people I've been following through blogs/social media and we'll be able to chat about creative things. I know it'll be a lot more relevant than my first event anyway. 

The prettiest fruit ever (dragonfruit) and a few kiwi drawings

What else is there? I still have my shop open; I won't be adding anything new to my store anytime soon as it's not my main priority what with uni coming first, but those little plushies are still there if anyone is interested. On top of my London trip I decided to say yes to the uni trip to Paris which will be some time in February- a bit far away from now but of course I'll blog about it!

That's about it from me! Thank you for all of the lovely comments left on my blog recently, it's very much appreciated and I always look through all of your wonderful blogs too. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Sketchbook pages

Drawings from my little seaside adventure

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Colourful snaps from Cornwall



Pictures from my recent holiday to Cornwall. I love the seaside.
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All of the pretty coloured houses gave me inspiration for my future home (I'm going for pastel pink)

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Little room tour

Throws and pillows - Primark | I just had to buy a tsum tsum too

Happy September - hasn't this year gone crazy fast? I've finally fully moved in to my student house in Leeds and my bedroom is the best bedroom I have ever owned. In halls the horrid red curtains ruined everything, you couldn't really stick stuff on the walls and it was way too big for me (that sounds like it was great but having a large room can be a problem when you've had the box room all your life) so this is perfect. I said I would share a few pics when it was finished so here it is! 

Desk details - concertina book from The Printed Peanut
Postcards, photographs and magazine tears

I love being in here because it feels so me. I love how light it is, I love how it's not too big and not too small. I'm overwhelmed with colour and arty things so it's a great, inspiring place to sit and work; I love having stuff to look at whilst I draw and paint! My bed is extremely cosy too but that was all thanks to the throw and unnecessary amount of pillows I added into the mix.


I've always wanted my own plant so I visited the market and picked this one up. I hope I don't kill it too soon because it's a lovely addition to my room. I also added a little bit of a 'washing line' to hang up pieces I need to work with, like these painted papers, that way I won't forget about them!

I don't know if i'll be in this house till the end of next year or the end of my course but it's really grown on me and it feels like home. We do get lots of spiders and it does have it faults but what student house doesn't? I'm happy here and I really can't wait to start university again... it's been tooo long!

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