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March 6, 2014#

OUR FIRST BEASTLY EXHIBITION!

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The Beasts! and I have been working very hard to make paintings and illustrations for our first group exhibition – and this evening is the private view! Come down to the gorgeous Cherryleaf Coffee House on St Giles Street in Norwich anytime between 6pm and 8pm and chat with us, drink wine and look at the pikchurs!

Our illustrations – fourteen in total – are inspired by some of our favourite books. They feature front covers and spreads of works by writers such as H.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf and Brothers Grimm. If you’re in the area, go and take a look-see! We’ll be selling A3 prints of the pieces  (limited edition – numbered and signed by the artist), as well as sets of fourteen postcards, containing all of the illustrations.

Hope to see you there!

 

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David Hurtado and Mark Standbrook of BEAST! framing their prints, after numbering and signing.

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Grace Sandford signing her gorgeous ‘Pinocchio’ prints.

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Lovely Mark helping with hanging one of my illustrations.

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It all got a bit too much for Karl (he was fine after a pint, I promise).

 

 

November 21, 2013#

NEW TO MY SHOP! SOFT AND SQUIDGY MOUNTAINS

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After having them in my head for ages. I finally made time to sew up these little fellas -soft-filled mountain ornaments. They can be used for your Christmas tree, or just around the house to give you a bit of mountain love.

This soft little mountain will decorate your home or workspace and remind you that every journey has a summit and reaching the top is easier than you might sometimes think. It would make a lovely gift for someone who might be embarking on a journey or working towards a goal.

Collect the set! They’re available in six different colours, and three different designs.

Available in my Etsy store right now, as well as at forthcoming craft fairs and makers markets in Norwich.

November 10, 2013#

OUR CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!

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It took six of us four weeks to make one original design each, complete the final artwork, send it to the printers, package it up and now – they’re available to buy!

So proud of my Beasts!

All profits from the cards (£5 for a pack of six, with envelopes) will go to The Hamlet Centre Trust, a charity in Norwich which supports children and young people with disabilities. We’re hoping to raise a ton of money for the centre, so if you’re feeling in the Christmas mood already and wanting to get a headstart on your card-sending, do please consider buying a pack.

They can be bought from my Etsy store, from one of the makers’ markets I’ll be selling at in the run-up to Christmas (the list of markets with dates and times is here) or you can send me an email and I’ll pack them up and post them straight out.

On behalf of BEAST!, thank you so much!

 

November 4, 2013#

COLOURFUL NEW NOTEBOOK DESIGN!

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Happy new week, friends! Hope you all had a fun/relaxing weekend – whichever one you needed most.

I started preparations today for my forthcoming makers’ fairs. November is going to be a busy month – I’ve a friend who I haven’t seen for a couple of years coming to visit this Thursday (yay!), and next week I’m going to stay with one of my best friends, whose baby is due at the end of the month (I’m secretly hoping for a healthy early delivery so I get first dibs on cooing).

In between those exciting things, I’ll be making a lot of time to put together new stock for the fairs. I’m almost out of notebooks, so I decided to make up some new designs today as a trial – what are your thoughts? It’s been a while since I’ve gone all-out rainbow, and this design makes me happy to look at (I have the original, which looks more like a bird’s wing than this design, pinned above my desk. It’s a nice antidote to the darkening days of Autumn).

I’ll also be making lots of new designs,  which I’ll post photos of along the way. I made some prototypes today and I think I’ve got one design in particular down, so once I make it for real, I’ll be putting photos everywhere!

I know Christmas is a difficult time of year for a lot of people (I include myself in that number) but I’m determined to make this one extra-special, extra-colourful and extra-happiness filled. And it all starts with making these new items, and then making Christmas presents to give to some special people.  I can’t wait. <3

 

 

November 1, 2013#

AS A THANK YOU – FREE DELIVERY ON ALL UK ORDERS UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY!

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Wow.

The past three months have been incredible.

To say thank you to everyone who has supported, commented on, retweeted, viewed, bought (!) and favourited my work in the three months, I’d like to say a very sincere, very profound thank you. Your encouragement means the world to me.

Until next Friday (8th November 2013) at midnight, I’m offering free shipping on all UK orders placed in my Etsy shop. And you never know, you might get the odd treat thrown in, too. :)

Just enter the code HAPPYWEEK when you get to the checkout.

Overseas customers:  I’ll be adding a little treat for you, too :)

October 28, 2013#

MY WORK AT THE JADE TREE, AND A BEAST! UPDATE

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They’re done! Last Friday, I completed all of the items on the order I received from The Jade Tree, Norwich.

At the moment, I’m packaging them up and adding labels, but I’ll be taking them over to the shop at the end of the week, ready for sale from early November. This has been such a productive few weeks, I’ve loved it! It feels amazing to work with such purpose, especially when it’s a new and exciting venture like this one. You can buy some similar designs as above from my Etsy shop too, of course.

And speaking of new ventures, I’m so happy to report that the BEAST! is growing in strength and greatness each week! We’ve now all completed our charity Christmas card designs, so we’ll be getting those printed pronto and out in local shops. I’ll report back on that very soon.

Hope you all have a great week. Thanks so much for visiting me here. :)

October 10, 2013#

MY FIRST STOCKIST! MY WORK WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE AT THE JADE TREE, NORWICH!

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I am SO excited to announce that, as of the end of October, my work will be available to buy on one of the prettiest streets in Norwich, in one of the very prettiest shops in Norwich – The Jade Tree.

Perched at the top of historic Elm Hill, “The Jade Tree is an art and craft shop with its own gallery, run co-operatively in the heart of Norwich.” It sells only handmade work by makers from the local area. I love the ethos of The Jade Tree, and when I first moved to Norwich just over four months ago, it was (genuinely) THE place I dreamed of selling my work, but I kind of put that hope on a shelf in my mind, not being sure if it could ever be a possibility.

Imagine my total delight when – out of the blue, after seeing my stall at Clutter City in September – The Jade Tree approached me and asked if they could sell my handmade items! I was knocked sideways.

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After some lovely emails, and a meeting to discuss my pouches, brooches and notebooks, The Jade Tree placed an order for some bespoke items based on my current deisgns, which I’m busy working away on at the moment! I can’t wait to see them displayed in the shop. Being artists themselves, they have a gift for tastefully showcasing the work of other artists, and I’m just over the moon that my work will soon be featured.

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I’ll write an updated post to give a final date from which you’ll be able to buy my work from The Jade Tree closer to the time, but for now, if you’re in Norwich, do go and visit them! They’re situated on Elm Hill, which is just by the cathedral, in the Tombland area. Follow the cobbles up to the top of the hill. In the meantime, you can follow them on Twitter @jadetreenorwich.

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Signing off, one very happy gal. :)

Photos © Lisa Sterling as featured on www.thejadetree.co.uk

October 7, 2013#

RELEASE…THE BEAST! OUR NEW ILLUSTRATION COLLECTIVE IN NORWICH

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(Above image of Karl Beast by the lovely and super-talented Grace Sandford.)

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Last week was an action-packed, illustration-tastic week – SO much happened that it would make me queasy with excitement to write it all in one post, so I’m going to spread the news out on my blog over this coming week.

One of THE most exciting things to come out of last week started on Twitter, as these things often do, and grew and grew, then became an untamed BEAST! so large that we had to contain it by starting an illustration collective here in Norwich!

The ‘we’ of the thing refers to:

me (ahem!)

Grace Sandford

Fiona Gowen

Karl Newson

David Hurtado

Mark Standbrook

BEAST! was formed over beers and drinks at the Norwich Playhouse, a most excellent setting for conceiving such a thing.

Our first order of business is to draw avatars of each other as beasties and bears – you’ll see these popping up as our Twitter profile pics over the next few weeks.

Our first proper project will be to each design Christmas cards for charity and sell them in our online shops and in shops around Norwich. I can’t wait to get started on my designs!

You can follow us on Twitter – we’re BeastNorwich and look out for more online soon (I’ll report back here, of course!).

UPDATE: Here’s my picture of Bandstander (Mark Standbrook) as a beastly lion (he’s smiling though, as usual).

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September 27, 2013#

AN INTERVIEW WITH ME ON ANNA SIMMONDS’ ACE BLOG!

annablogI feel really honoured to be featured on Anna Simmonds’ awesome ‘Crafting Fingers’ blog today! Anna is a prolific and very talented artist and maker, who has undertaken the mammoth task of learning a new skill every month. I’ve been a fan of her site for a while now and have picked up more tips than I can count. It was such a pleasure to be interviewed by Anna and you can see the whole Q&A along with lots of photos of my process, studio and work here. Enjoy the rest of Anna’s site, too!

Tomorrow I’m off to Clutter City at Norwich Arts Centre to take part in my first makers’ market. I’m nervous and excited, and very, very tired (the amount of work I’ve done every day for the past month has finally taken it’s toll today!), but I can’t wait to talk to people about what I do and find out about them, too. If you’re in Norwich, come on by! The show’s open between 11am and 5pm, and no doubt I’ll be tweeting and Instagramming the heck of it.

I hope your weekend is a happy, fun and creative one, too. :)

September 23, 2013#

CLUTTER CITY AUTUMNAL MARKET, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28th, NORWICH ARTS CENTRE – JOIN ME!

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If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve no doubt seen me chart my progress on making new items for my stall at Clutter City in Norwich next Saturday.

I’ve spent the past few weeks preparing for the show, making new pouches, and other items to sell, and doing all of the other peripheral work that’s just as important – designing and making packaging, ordering bags, punching holes through things (artistically, of course). This will be my first market and I feel like I’ve come a long way in the past few years – from spending hours at my desk imagining people liking my work, to selling it online and then feeling confident enough to sell it in person!

I’m so grateful for the support of some lovely people around me for getting this far, particularly that of sweet M, with his encouragement and support and endless cups of tea and listening to my ideas,as well as his awesome design expertise and guidance. Thank you my love. To my sweet friend Heidi, sending encouragement across the Atlantic, always, and  to my dear friend Hass for his invaluable help, too. I’m a lucky lady.

So! If you’re in Norwich next weekend, come along and say hello! I’ll be in the foyer along with a few other stallholders – it’d be lovely to meet you there!