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Today is the last day of the Surtex show in New York and what better way to celebrate than with cupcakes.
I am a big fan of cupcakes whether that’s making them, eating them or painting them!
They don’t last long in our house so painting them is always more satisfying and longer lasting – not to mention calorie free.
One of my alter-egos would be to become a patisserie chef whipping up dainty delicacies in Paris.
But I am happiest painting them first and eating them second – it’s a good workout of the self-control muscle to see how long you can observe, record and not consume!
All my designs are available to purchase or license through Advocate Art who are on stand 416.
Surtex continues today and having just seen The Great Gatsby, I’m in the mood for a dress.
This design collection is called Lollipop Flowers.
It’s fresh and Spring-like and makes me want to twirl around in a fancy dress.
All the designs are available for purchase or licence through Advocate Art on stand 416.
Surtex has opened it’s doors today! Cutlery Drawer was one of my first designs and remains an olde favourite.
I spend a lot of time in the kitchen so I had a vested interest in making it more picturesque!
These designs came about after I found a box of vintage cutlery at a car boot sale.
All the designs are available for purchase or licence at Advocate Art on stand 416.
Christmas has come early today!
I named this Christmas wrapping design: Bouncing Bauble’s. It makes me smile.
It always foxes me that you have to think of Christmas designs during Spring in production terms. So I worked hard in Dec and Jan while I was still in the festive groove.
I love these Christmas roses, they came out just right and I like the colour palette too – so I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that a buyer will too.
One of my new design collections at Surtex 2013 is called Bright Garden.
This project began when I saw some beautiful lace and after close inspection drawing it I could see a garden of flowers in each tiny intricate piece of lace.
It was fun to play around with different pens and brushes to make fine lace-like lines.
Sunday is the first day of the Surtex show in New York.
Surtex is the biggest exhibition linking designers and manufacturers together to buy or license designs.
I so wish I was actually there but the next best thing is knowing that my agents Advocate Art are – on stand 416.
And one my designs that are in the portfolio is Collaged Flower.
Been playing around with pattern designs inspired by some of my holiday photo’s.
I have found it really refreshing to abstract shapes and just use blocks and lines to resemble an idea.
I love how unknown corners can throw up colour combinations.
On another note, I really need your help – please head over here and help me answer this question – thank you.x
I’ve been a bit shy about sharing some really good news here. Back in December I submitted my work to an artists agency called Advocate Art and was lucky enough to be signed on with them. That means that they market the images that I give them for licensing opportunities for card, wall-art, stationery etc and offer me other commission opportunities. This past week I have worked on some ideas that Next are commissioning for their interior products.
They are based down in Surrey where I met Natasha who is my contact within the firm. They represent at a lot of the major trade fairs too such as Surtex and Paperworld. I went to visit when they had a stand at the NEC in Birmingham for Spring Fair this year, where they showcased all their artists in the huge Greetings Card hall ( a hall full of companies devoted to all things greeting card related.)
I’m hoping that it will prove to be a good compliment to my painting work and give me a chance to see some of my pattern designs out in the world. Fingers crossed!
This morning I woke up feeling fragile after some sad news yesterday – the type of news that makes you feel grateful for your loved-ones, anxious about the fragility of life, the kind of news that makes you appreciate the smallest things…
I logged into my email account and was greeted unusually by loads of emails telling me my Facebook page was being ‘liked’. Jenny ,unprompted and not knowing of our sad state, had encouraged her followers to come on over to my page just because… It was a small ray of light today watching my ‘likes’ rise. It never ceases to amaze me how much community and encouragement can be found through like-minded spirits on the internet. Jenny - thank you for throwing out the invitation, thank you to all those who took up the call. It may have been a simple gesture from your end but your timing was exceptional and lifted my day. Thank you.x.
I’ve added a link to the left-hand side-bar if anyone else wants to connect. I will feel more accountable to keep it up to date and interesting now
Here’s two new e mags out ready for weekend kick-back reading
The second issue of Moyo (from the girls behind The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design) is out today. You can find it here.
And Amy Butler has published her first e-magazine called Blossom, she says “Blossom” is a visual journal that’s all about loving your life and living it fully and authentically. Filled with loads of creative ideas and inspirations, Blossom celebrates our creative expression and passions; our mantra is “Create Love, Be Kind and Express Beauty” and you can find it here.
Have a lovely weekend.