Thursday, 28 February 2008

The Courtship Of Mr Lyon

This is an image for a very quick project we got this week. The task was to create a kind of poster image (predominantly using lettering) for one of the stories from Angela Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber'. I chose 'The Courtship Of Mr Lyon' and took a quote from it to work from. Its a bit on the basic side but I think it almost works. Almost.

Monday, 25 February 2008


My book project all bound and printed. The cover looks grey on thick grey stock. Sadly the inside doesn't merit a photo. I'm going to keep working on it though as I'm yet to make a book I feel completely happy with but I think this one has potential. At least because of the nice cover.

Sunday was my 21st and it was lovely. I am particularly taken with my shiny, racing green ukulele (and the two chords and i can now play on it) and these matroishka pencils courtesy of Sarah (of the splendid Come On Gang!) which are far too beautiful to ever use (and also a bit too big!).

Friday, 22 February 2008


This beautiful bird was made by Abby Glassenberg. She's made loads of these, each with their own endearing character. I am quite enamoured.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008


I really badly want to get this for someone I know but I fear it may not be met with kindness. Clocky is an alarm clock with superpowers! If you hit snooze the clock will jump (yes! the clock will jump) to the floor and wheel around your room beeping until it finds a spot away from your bead so you HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off. To me this is literally the most amazing thing ever. And pretty cute too.

The Way You Yell...

This is the cover image for a little book I've been making over the last week.

Monday, 18 February 2008

New Work!

I finally have a new piece of work over on my site which is a relief. I haven't just sat down and done an aimless drawing for a while and it was nice to draw the new one and know it had no purpose whatsoever.

Today I was trawling through Blow Your Horn Hunter! (which is a lovely thing in itself) and decided to check out the work of one of its contributors John Klassen. I am so glad I did as I would never have come across this amazing drawing called 'Adventures of Ship (One Hundred Years Ago). Below is just a small snippet from a lengthy image. Visit his website to see the full thing and plenty of other wonderful work.

Sunday, 17 February 2008


Out of my window this evening the sky was the weirdest colour. Kind of brown. It doesnt show properly in this photo though.
I've been trying to think up colour schemes for a little book i've been making. Someone who always seems to get it right is Jim Houser whose paintings and installations are endlessly interesting and consistent. Despite re-using the same motifsin his work he somehow manages to keep in interesting and varied. Amazing.

Saturday, 16 February 2008


My fete flyers all gocco'd up and ready to go. Lovely.

Friday, 15 February 2008

Stephanie De Armond

Check out these beautiful ceramics by Stephanie DeArmond. A great mix of really delicate paintwork with wonderful lettering that somehow seems robust and sturdy. Lovely stuff.

Thursday, 14 February 2008


Little Olf is my Valentines present and I like him very much. More like him can be found here
though he is easily the best one. Hurrah for Little Olf.

Other than fawning over felt toys I also drew these patterned lines for Jez. I'm not entirely sure what he needs them for exactly but I quite like them anyway.

Finally! How nice are these Matreshkas by Irina Troistkaya? I've had a set of blank nesting dolls for a year now just waiting to be painted but everytime I see hers (or similarly any of these at the Wurst Gallery from a few years back) I know that I can never make them as lovely as they should be. Sigh.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Walls and Portfolios

This is what it looks like when I try and sort out my portfolio. Shortly afterward everything was bundled back into folders to be dealt with another time.

I got an email earlier today from the lovely folk at analogue books about me maybe doing a bit of work on their outside wall. This is the most exciting and simutaneously terrifying thing ever.
I guess it'll be like this only a thousand times shoddier and with a hint of my trademark flappiness. Oh dear.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008


The work from the collaboration ECA illustrators did with the University's creative writers is in an exhibition that opens tomorrow in the Andrew Grant Gallery in college. There is also a blog where you can see and read all the work involved. Visit the Two Heads blog to have a look.

Also here are some lovely peg dolls courtesy of The Small Object via Lena Corwin because I was mocked when I said I used to play with Peg Dolls. And also because they are cute.

Monday, 11 February 2008

Villages and Fetes

This weekend we decided to live in Dean Village. Because it's perfect.

Preparations for my unwise venture are now well under way. The Village Fete is going ahead and hopefully it'll be splendid. There are some lovely artists on board and I'm really excited about the hand printed flyers. If they can come out even a fifth as wonderfully as the poster below by Jonny Hannah and Mark Hearld then I will be deliriously happy.
(from St Jude's)

Wednesday, 6 February 2008


Here's the first of two pieces i've framed for a collaborative exhibition that starts next week at ECA. This is actually a fairly old image that I had always had a soft spot for and really wanted to use. I'm really glad that it'll see the light of day, it makes me sad when works spends all its life shut up in a portfolio. Hopefully I'll get the other piece finished and framed tomorrow. Thats the plan.

This evening I have been writing an essay. Mainly this means that I've been trawling the internet for things to do that are not my essay. In doing so I found this. Things will never be the same knowing that this cardigan exists. It's flawless. And expensive.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

the Selfish Giant

This is a poster I did last week as part of a College Brief for a Chicago based puppet theatre. Type isnt necessarily my friend but I think I just about managed.

Today I have spent a lot of time thinking about this.
I have also been helping out someone important by voting for this