Sunday, 29 November 2015

A Christmas themed post... in November

Meow! (Also available as a nifty little card through the Thortful app)

I know it's not even December yet, and I am a little sorry that I'm posting this now, but the countdown officially starts on Tuesday and I really love Christmas! I've had a very relaxed Sunday and decided to draw a little christmas cat to celebrate these soon to be festive times. 

I love it when all of the lights are up and it's acceptable to have lots of hot chocolate and listen to christmas songs (currently playing the indie christmas playlist on Spotify because that's how I roll.) I want to do a very chatty post about things I've gotten up to recently but it's so difficult when I don't really have anything to share except the mountain of uni work I'm working my way through. I finished a festive themed print which I can't show fully but here is a sneak preview. Now I'm working on something with flamingoes! 

Leeds Christmas market and pretty lights at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Festive print

I've had this week off from uni (sort of- we can't go into the studio when they're assessing our work) and I can't blooming wait to go back tomorrow. Whilst Im usually a pretty motivated person I've been incredibly lazy this week and I just want to get back into a studio environment and start designing new things!

Also, I made a facebook page which I'd love for you to like. Have a great week!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Deadline and Jonny Hannah at YSP

Concept board and sampling presented for hand in

The life of a second year student has finally dawned on me and I am up to my knees in work. My first deadline was on Monday and the last few days running up to it were severely hectic through no fault but my own; I put a lot of pressure on myself but I'm happy with how it's gone and I love what I've created during the time I had. Today I've been researching for the next module and have spent so many hours just looking at print design. I feel like I deserved a little break for blogging!

Jonny Hannah at YSP
Main Street
Jonny Hannah at YSP

Last Saturday me and Jake visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and were joyfully greeted by the wonderful whimsical world of Jonny Hannah! It was my first time visiting YSP although we were running a bit late and didn't have as much time there as we wanted so it was a nice suprise to have this right at the start. The exhibition invited the viewer to "take a stroll down main street in Hannah's vintage-inspired homage to the independent trader." His works remind me of being at a carnival; vibrant and lovely with so much going on and many stories to discover. I adore the painterly attributes of his work and I'm sticking this in my "future projects" folder as a little reminder of the themes I want to delve into next. 

The Christmas market has been up in Leeds for a couple of weeks now and I love being surrounded by twinkling lights as I walk home from the shops. I'm currently working on a festive print for an external brief too which makes me even more excited. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

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I've added more projects to my website. Take a look! 

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Art Haul: Thought Bubble and Leeds Print Fair

Hey! I've bought a lot of lovely arty things recently. There was the print fair last weekend and Thought Bubble festival this weekend so I obviously couldn't not buy anything- especially at Thought Bubble which was overwhelmed with art! I thought it'd be nice to share everything here on my blog.

Above is a sweet little collection of things I bought from Amber Hsu; as well as beautiful A4/A3 prints she also produces tiny little prints and writes poetry too. I absolutely loved the small prints and the zine of one pound poems- I went back to her stall multiple times as I was in so much awe.

A mini zine by Seekan Hui

I picked up this really cute zine about having 'me time' by Seekan Hui - it has a cut out in the middle which allows it to stand freely so I was super happy I can display it on my bedside table. Sometimes I get put off buying books and zines because they end up shoved in a drawer or on a shelf and I kind of forget about them after a while. 

Screen printed card by Mister Charlesworth and print by Julia Ogden - it was lovely meeting them at the print fair

 Everything ♥

I've been a fan of Ellen Stubbings' (So Cute Company) work for a while now and I was happy when I found out she was going to be at Thought Bubble! I purchased the really cute Donkey print as this was my favourite page from Weird Cat. The funky dancing rabbit man is a digital print from Hollie Smith who is studying Illustration at LCA and the creepy one armed girl is a postcard gifted to me from Laura Jayne

There was a mixture of more "professional" artists and independent illustrators at Thought Bubble but I love supporting the smaller stands; these are usually my favourite because everything seems much more loved and handmade. Now I just need to find some wall space for all of these prints... 

Friday, 13 November 2015


Playing around with print methods and manipulating different materials

Monoprinting experiments

Embroidery and foiling

A mixture of acetate, flocking, and screen printing

 Shannon posted an interview with me as part of her creative series. 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Leeds Print Fair

Hello! Leeds Print Fair was held at the Corn Exchange yesterday and I shared a stall along with two lovely ladies from my course. At first I was completely riddled with nerves but eventually they disappeared and I sold more than I expected! I am really thrilled with how positive the day went and I managed to speak to a variety of creatives too which was all the more exciting. Everyone was absolutely wonderful to work around and now I am eager to start planning for the next one. I've added things to my online shop if you are interested in taking a look! 

The most popular items to go were the cushions (cats in particular) so I really want to screen print a few more but maybe add some dogs in there too. I can't wait to draw up some ideas. Yes I'm going to attempt to squeeze this in with the uni work... wish me luck! 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Mini Exhib: Priceless and Worthless

(I can't believe it's actually Christmas next month. I can't believe how quickly my uni life is going. It feels like yesterday I was begging for time to go faster in a deep desperation to move to Leeds.)

Priceless and Worthless is a mini exhibition where the second and third years on my course take something 'worthless' and make it 'priceless' by altering it in an interesting way. It's pretty much an open brief and it doesn't get graded or anything- just a little bit of fun (amidst all the stress) and a chance to mingle, eat cake and drink tea. Another reason to love my course I suppose! For mine (above) I took an old coat I was going to throw away and appliqued, screen printed and painted onto it. I really like the contrast of the vibrant colours against the black... I feel like this coat is now very me!

Some of the pieces. I loved the toast shirt and the fruit holder thing.

Awesomely cute illustrations by Katherine Welsh and Lucy Sheldrake

Handmade notebooks made from a range of unwanted raw materials by Isabella Solito

Recycled chair made from pallets and magazines by Grace Roger. The prints are hers too!

Considering this was across two years there were so many amazingly cool things; these were just my favourites. I think the tutors are supposed to pick a "winner" but if I was them I would struggle a little as everything there was unique and beautiful in it's own way! 

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