Wednesday, 15 July 2015

July - The Underground Gallery Norwich

Having never worked big I thought I should take on the challenge when asked by Life in a Fine City if I would do a board for the Underground Gallery at St Stephens Underpass, Norwich. Funds were tight so I used emulsion tester pots, quite a test as they dried within a second of putting them on the lumpy boards. However I can't wait to play with some decent materials after this which will feel like utter luxury! 

I used a projector for guidelines from a sketch I'd drawn up onto acetate, however most of these came off when I painted the first layer so it ended up being quite freehand.


My hair also changed from pink back to blonde during the painting :)












Getting a full picture has been tricky so for now here it is in it's entirety. I do wish I had filled the space a bit more but it was a great learning curve and I look forward to doing more. If anyone needs any flowers or cats painted onto their houses I'm your wo-man! 

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Some of the other fabulously quirky and varied street art. There is so much more so do go and take a look if you're local :)










  








Monday, 1 June 2015

June... yes June!

I thought it was time I did an update and a little summary of what's being going on. I update daily on Facebook and Instagram which sadly does mean that this poor little blog gets a little neglected. Do follow on those other networks though and you can see all sorts from my autocratic kitties enjoying a bottom tickle to new work, special offers and general day to day doings :)

Since February I have created a fair bit of new work and also had an exhibition at the Norwich Gift Emporium Gallery as well as the Open Studios Taster Exhition at The Forum. I took part in a couple of fabulous markets; I Make Fun Stuff in Ipswich and BUST Craftactular in London both of which were full of so much eye candy it was hard not to spend all of my earnings on the day! I also have new stockists in Portland, Oregon, and other parts of the US, Belgium and Australia since going wholesale too so please do drop me a line via the website if you're interested in stocking any work and seeing prices. Speaking of which the website is looking much prettier now so do go see!

New illustrations -

Foxley Wood was inspired by Bluebell woods of East Anglia which were throbbing carpets of colour a couple of weeks ago and the plight of the foxes and badgers against crazy humans forever angry at their presence.....



Belljar Mermaid Kittens inspired by Carrie Anne Noble's fabulous new fairytale and YA book "The Mermaids Sister". A glorious and oh so innocent classic.

  

A trip to Paris in April galavanting in Montmartre led to this little Carousel Cat stitching her way around the fair :)


Lastly a zen cat light as a feather sleeps in that enviable tranquility that cats always manage. I have plenty of other new work too which can be seen in the shop alongside all of these which are available as prints. 



 I also created a range of Alice in Wonderland cushions in celebration of her 150th Birthday this year which you can see here. They're available as made up cushions in the shop but also as a DIY kit is you want the cheaper craftier version! The Cheshire cat is a little bit special because he is reversible to leave just his smile :) You can see the video here.







 Myself and my husband have also taken over Norwich Makers Market and we had the first event last Saturday to great success(and relief!). I was so nervous about this and whether people would come but lovely shoppers were queueing at the door well before our 11am opening time and the continued to come and see us throughout the day with the cafe from Deerly Beloved selling out of cakes and pastries by lunchtime! They promise to bring double next time!  Thanks heaps to all the traders and shoppers who made it such a lovely day! It was such a whirlwind that I managed to take zero photo's, gah!

I made goodie bags for the first customers through the door consisting of cactus kits and lots of offers from all the traders. I'm already thinking about what we can make for the Christmas ones! Here are a few pics and the Christmas Market will be on the 28th November, see you there! - 






I am currently doing Open Studios until Saturday 6th June (inclusive) so if you're local do pop along and see my kitsch work area! I will also have lots of work for sale at some slashed special prices just for Open Studios.  Here are my details and opening times - http://www.nnopenstudios.org.uk/artists/details/738.




I can't fit everything in here of what has been and what is coming up but I am very excited about painting a really big piece over the next 4 weeks which will be a part of the Underground Gallery . This is being organised by the fabulous Life in a Fine City. Do follow their Blog and  Facebook for details on all the artist. I'm also finally getting my head into organising the spreads for a graphic novel that has been on the boil for far too long now alongside getting excited about upcoming jaunts to Barcelona and Corfu. I really hope Summer arrives soon!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

February!

Oh my! How wrong was I when I told myself I would have time for all those pressing things in January. Things would quieten down... Ha and now it's mid February and I am only just getting time for a post.

The run up to Christmas was super hectic with orders, fairs and a hugely successful exhibition at House in Norwich. Thanks so much to all who came along and said hi and also bought little pieces of me :)

I have an exhibition throughout March at Cherryleaf Coffee House in Norwich. New work in the exhibition is based on local Folklore including The Dead Moon (below). A tale of how the moon came to fall to earth and ended up in a bog surrounded by witches on cats ..... (yes you can guess why this story appealed to me, the moon AND cats!)




I was also playing with Capybara in January (not literally, sadly) and this was the final illustration resulting from getting to know the pair via daily watercolours. 


I am also compiling the looser watercolours into a zine as so many have requested a copy :)

So this week is filled with finishing off work for the show which will include the story of the Bell Tower off the North Norfolk Coast and Black Shuck. I am also in Cambridge next Saturday between 11 and 5 at the Round Church with Etsy Cambridge. Please come down and say hi if you're local!

 I also now have work in We Make London's Kentish Town Gallery and Ceri Jam in Warwick, both are gorgeous venues housing a plethora of great illustrators and designers.










Saturday, 27 December 2014

Bye bye 2014... Japan and Zodiac Cats....

I've been a little slack on the blog these last few months due to living in hectic land in the lead up to Christmas! I was pleased to see orders go past 1000 at the beginning of December and quickly whizz up to approaching 1300 now so on top of fairs and commissions it's been a whirlwind!

It's been a fabulous year though! The highlight of which was Japan which I fell in love with to the bottom of my heart this time. We're currently saving for a big trip back in early 2016 via Shanghai. I've put a few pics of my highlights but the trip was so incredible in every way there is too much to document here!

Day one took us to the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, an overwhelming experience. No photos are allowed and that made it all the better to keep those memories special! Inside there were three floors with all sorts of animation paraphernalia, reconstructions of the animation studios with storyboards, desks overlowing with inks and ideas and beautifully made dioramas. A life sized cat bus (only children were allowed on sadly!) sat upstairs and a film shown in the theatre which only those who go to the museum will see. (so my lips are sealed but it was beautiful!)



A cat cafe in Tokyo filled with the happiest cats :)


Fabric Haul at Nippori


The foxes of Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto. These red dressed foxes (to ward off evil spirits) lined the mountain, all with their own characters. So so beautiful. The shrine is to rice and sake and many of the red gates (below) were sponsored by businesses for luck. So it has grown and grown as more torii are added to become a truly amazing sight and my favourite place that we visited.


The Red Torii gates covering 4km of pathways around the mountain of Fushim Inari Taisha, just breathtaking... literally.




Hattifnatt in Koenji, a kitsch as anything treehouse style cafe serving cute food whilst you listen to nursery rhymes :)



Cats in Shibuya. I.. have... no... idea!


Memory Lane in Tokyo with the most fabulous street food!


Feeding the deer at Nara. Even when they were biting my belly and sticking their stilletto like feet into mine they were still the most wonderful creatures!




We went to a host of other magical places, met the most gracious people and had a truly life changing experience which I am sure will lead to many more.

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Once back from Japan it was back to the real world, well if you can call immersing oneself in drawing pictures of cats and foxes in fields made of sweets the real world! I attended so many fairs the wheels of my trolley's have all but melted. Renegade at the Truman Brewery was great as always and BUST Craftacular which was a new one for me was really successful although there were so many awesome sellers there I did a little more Christmas shopping myself than I had intended! 

Clutter City in Norwich and Norwich Makers Market were both hugely successful which bodes well since I have now taken over Norwich Makers Market and am currently designing new branding for it and organising the Easter and Christmas markets. 

So it's looking like another busy year coming up! To help with the planning of the year I have put together a downloadable Zodiac Cats Calendar which you can buy in the shop here.


This one below is me, Capricorn cat!



My birthday is on Christmas Day and what a lovely day it was with lots of lovely pressies from family and friends and a ridiculous feeding frenzy leaving one feeling very slothlike. I was truly spoilt though and feel so blessed to have such a wonderful husband who knew that getting me a yellow plastic cat on wheels and a pink plastic jingling bunny would make me so happy :)

Have a great New Year and here's to another year of misadventures :)


  


I should also just mention I am far more regularly active on my facebook page so please do follow for updates on new work and offers and probably a lot of pictures of my cats, a few capybara and the odd French bulldog :)









Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Free downloadable printable cat and french bulldog gift tags....

To say thank you for all the support I have made some free downloadable gift tags for you to print and use as you please! 

You can also buy downloadable cat angels and bunting in the shop!
 

So just click on the image below,  then right click and save to your desktop and print. Voila kitsch kittens and pooches for your pressies :)


Thanks! I would show some photographic examples of pressies wrapped using them but I still haven't done my Christmas shopping so I'd better get cracking! 



Monday, 10 November 2014

Once Upon a Time


Yesterday was the opening for my joint exhibition with Julia Groves at House, St Benedicts St, Norwich. The show is up from now until the 7th December and is looking lovely on the walls. House also serve amazing food so I highly recommend going down for brekkie, you may even get to sit with Percy the Cat eating his!



 


Percy eating his House breakfast. The Fry Up Inspector would be proud. 

 

"Let your  Butterflies Float Away"


"Day of the Dead in Wonderland" 


"Fox Cat Dreams" 



Not the best pics and the reflected lamps are not part of the image!



Julia Groves' Seahorses


Julia Groves' Owl and the Pussycat, aren't they fabulous!

  

I would love to see pics of anyone who gets to sit at the table here and chow down with Percy! There will be a prize :)

There is lots more to see down at House as well as cards and sundries so I heartily recommend popping by!

House Cafe
52, St Benedicts St
Norwich
NR2 4AR