Wishing you a magical Christmas and a happy 2013! This year, my little boy learnt to walk and talk and dance and sing, and is growing and changing each day! He started nursery, which meant for me enjoying a little slice of freedom and getting back to my other love - making pictures, hooray! This was one of the first images I made, inspired by a certain carrot loving little boy :)
I will be having an art & craft sale at my house next Friday. Here's a little flyer I've made for it. There will be original artwork, limited edition prints, greeting cards and handmade toys for sale, as well as myself and my boy (not for sale :P) and tea and biscuits, yay! Please pop in if you're in the area. Maybe you can pick up something for Christmas :) I'm also available for commissions all year round, whether it's personalised greeting cards, original artwork for your child's room, family portraits or handmade toys. Hope to see you on Friday!
Here's a couple of pics. Top: "What I wore today"on an autumn day's walk in the park with my little boy. I know it looks similar to my last one, but I'm just warming up, exercising my cutting and pasting skills after a loooong break, looking after baby. Bottom: My two favourite boys on a summer's day outing :) Oki has started nursery now, which means I get a little slice of my old life back, making pictures again HOORAY! I'm a little overwhelmed by my 2 free (well, not free exactly) days a week, after having no time at all for myself since he was born. There's so much I want to do, I don't know where to begin! So many ideas swimming around in my head... My little boy is a constant source of inspiration now. Amazing how such a little one can teach me so much :)
HOORAY! I finally managed to finish my Rainy Day Jumper for my little boy :D
I don't know how many attempts it took - he kept on growing and growing, and I kept on making mistakes, so I had to start over. I loosely followed a jumper pattern and made up my own rainy day pattern. Lots of mistakes but lots and lots of fun, and I'm so happy to finally see him wearing it, even though it will probably only be for one season.
I'm already thinking of his next jumper pattern :)
It's been so long since I've done one of these...almost a year in fact! You can see my last wiwt picture here. He was teeny tiny back then. Now my boy is walking, albeit in the style of an orangutan! Today he gifted me with a mammoth 3 hour snooze, so I got busy and made this picture, which made me very happy :)
I finally finished knitting a jumper for my little boy, and typically, it's been much much too hot to even mention the word WOOL without breaking into a sweat these last couple of days. I've started and unravelled so many since he was born last summer, as he grew so quickly that I could never keep up. That, and the fact that I can't seem to follow patterns too well sometimes. It could have something to do with a certain little boy depriving me of sleep since the day he was born :P
I just hope he can still fit into it when the weather becomes a little cooler.
I'm taking part in an artists open studio again, this time in Peacehaven, as part of the Brighton festival Open House trail. It's a little bit out of Brighton but well worth the visit. The beautiful studio is set on top of a cliff! I dream of working in a studio like that.
It's called Box 2, at Lighthouse Point, 33 The Highway, Peacehaven BN10 8XL, and will be open every Saturday and Sunday during May 2012.
These little felt toys will be there, along with a few knitted toys, original artwork, limited edition Giclee prints and greeting cards.
And of course, beautiful works by Box 2, Grahame Baker-Smith, Owen Davey and David Ellwand.
I received copies of my picture book "Trips with my friends" the other day. It's an English reading book for a Korean publisher, and was my last big illustration project I worked on before our little boy was born last summer. It's funny how I'd totally forgotten the madness of this project; 7 spreads illustrated over 7 days, whilst being 7 months pregnant! You can see pictures from my old studio here.
Long time no blog...my baby boy has been keeping me busy! Some happy news! My piece "Being followed" has been selected to be shown at the Pan Macmillan Art Space, hooray :D It's not open to the public unfortunately, but if you are a member of staff, or a guest, you'll be able to see it when it launches in March. Hope you are all keeping warm!!
Happy new year! I hope you had a good winter break :) We have some new residents in our house. The moustachioed 2 on the left are byBobby Dazzler, and the 2 stripy fellows on the right are by the wonderful Donna Wilson. A funny little motley crew to keep us entertained! I received a surprise package from Japan, which included beautiful handkerchiefs spelling Oki's name in Japanese, and a fantastic book by Bruno Munari. This lovely package was put together by Nishiyama-san from children's book publisher Froebel-kan, who I met in Japan nearly 3 years ago. Oki and I enjoyed the book very much :D
A couple more beautiful picture books we received this Christmas...oooh very inspiring stuff!! It makes me want to make pictures!
I make pictures with paint, scissors, paper and glue. I love colour. My studio is messy, with paper trails often leading to the kitchen. I used to be a night owl until I became a mum. Now I am just a little bit of a night owl, with big bags under her eyes, yearning for just a few more minutes in bed.