Monday, 16 October 2017

Paper, scissors, glue!

I've been enjoying making very simple images with paper, scissors and glue - they started off as ideas for brooches, but now I'm thinking maybe an ABC poster or greeting cards. I'll keep playing around and see where it takes me :)

Below are our 6 year old's creations with paper, scissors and glue, which I love! I also got inspiration for my butterflies from his lovely drawing.



Sunday, 15 October 2017

pop-up peeps


video





It's been a loooong time since my last post. This is due to loss of nap time by our littlest one, and I think it is affecting both me and him immensely. I am much more disorganised, frustrated, impatient and exhausted than usual, and I think he is too (apart from the "disorganised" bit - I don't know what a toddler needs to organise other than maybe his gem collection or toy cars). 
It's become a bit of a mission to do anything other than the basics of looking after family and home.

I have been playing around with some pop-up card ideas though, and have managed to put together a rather silly video voiced by our very own non-sleeping but lovely huggy boys! This is partly in preparation for an art and craft workshop I will be giving as part of a "Wellbeing Day" for staff at a local school next week. I'm looking forward to it :)



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Good Luck Jam!





My bezzie mate of over 30 years is moving to Edinburgh. 
We lived opposite each other all throughout our school years and shared a house in Brighton for a couple of years. We've laughed and cried and partied and danced and talked so much over the years - admittedly less and less since our boys came along but we've always had such a giggle!

I decided to send her a handmade silly fun pop-up card, as I'd been experimenting with pop-up card ideas lately. She's holding up a map of Scotland and a list of essential Edinburgh slang words - a very entertaining and educational bit of research! The card was cobbled together whilst wrangling 2 boys so there are plenty of mistakes and room for improvement, but it was really good fun putting it together and I felt like I learned a few things :)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

BookFest 2017 poster!!




A little over a month to go until the fantastic children's book festival BookFest in Bedford! Last year I took my boys to see Julia Jarmanwhich they loved, and I ran a drop-in arty crafty workshop "Make your own poster book", which produced brilliant results, yay!

For this year's BookFest, I was asked alongside the Circus of Illustration by David Litchfield to illustrate a favourite children's book character for the poster. Ooooh decisions decisions! So many to choose from but I soon realised that some characters were really hard to re-imagine as their original image was so strong. 

In the end I decided to go with Cat in the Hat and Moonface from The Magic Faraway Tree. Although inimitable, I thought there was quite a bit of room for interpretation when reading Cat in the Hat and so I created a completely different version of him. Moonface, on the other hand was a fairly recent discovery for me so I had a blank slate, which made it a little bit easier.


The characters (from left to right) are:

Mr Toad by Andrew Foster
Moonface by me
Peter Pan by Kristina Bullen
Aslan by Katie Allen
Cat in the Hat by me
Gangsta Granny by Marisa Straccia
Alice by Emily Ross

The poster was put together by the wonderful David Litchfield, the type by super talented Katie Allen!




Thursday, 17 August 2017

!



Explaining to the toddler what an "!" (Exclamation mark) is in a game of "Dobble", and he came back with the excellent "Extra-bacon mark"!



I turn my back for 1 second...


...and find him playing with a bit of chewing gum he's peeled off the pavement. 



(This is what happened the last time.)

At Bromham Mill






You can now find some of my hand sewn toys for sale at Bromham Mill in Bedford.



Here they are in fine company :)