Monday, 19 October 2015

The 10th Manchester Artists' Book Fair

Manchester Artists' Book Fair is one of my favourite fairs I do.  The hall it's set in (The Holden Gallery) is just lovely, with a great big sky light giving everyone natural light to display their products in.  The people are awesome, sellers and shoppers alike - everyone is friendly and asks questions about my work.  It's really nice to think I'm helping to inspire todays art students - young and old alike!

Best sellers this year - book marks and magnets!  Lucky Dip bags went down well, and my buildings all got a lot of attention.

I've signed up for more Artists' Book Fairs next year so fingers crossed you might see me in a city near you!  If you have one to recommend, do leave a comment and let me know.

You can find more information for the fair on their website :

Monday, 5 October 2015

The Crafty Fox Market - Autumn

Photo by Tom W

My second time at the Crafty Fox Market in Brixton at The Dogstar and it was lovely!  I was on the middle floor this time and really appreciated the high ceilings and big windows.  I also had a super view of the cakes and sausage rolls at the pop-up cafe - woohoo!

Photo by Tom W

I had a small table this time and it was a challenge to cut down on what to bring with me.  BUT, it was great having a table full of my favourite items and seeing peoples reactions to my work.

Have you done a market recently, or is there one near you that you'd like to recommend for me?  I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, 14 September 2015

10 Handmade Holiday Postcards

My family hasn't had a proper big holiday with all of us together in years!  Life I guess has got in the way with each of us doing things with our partners or friends.   This year, we felt the need to change this and booked a big house in Turuc, Turkey for all of us to bring our partners as well.  Never done before, to have all of us for so long under one roof but it was a success and I can see it happening again soon!

Being the illustrator I am, it's always strange for me to not be drawing, painting or printing in my spare time so the idea of a two week holiday away from what I love doing was a bit daunting.  To balance it out, and not put any pressure on myself to work on certain projects or ideas I simply packed up my watercolour travel kit with the idea that I'd paint a few postcards.

It's great because you don't have to bring anything extra back with you - simply pop them in the post to send to friends and family!

I take my watercolour travel kit pretty much everywhere with me.  It's fab, and I add to it or keep it minimal depending on the journey.  I love it so much that I've put together a kit that you can purchase through my online shops - hurrah!  It includes a book of blank watercolour postcards, watercolour travel paints + mini brush, mechanical pencil, jar for your water and all comes in a lovely case sewed by myself and my Mum.  Fab.

You can find this in my Etsy shop :

Do you love to send postcards too?  Do you paint your own or seek out lovely ones from local shops?

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Sketchbook Project World Tour Book

The Sketchbook Project kicked off in 2006, and in 2011 fell onto my radar.  I paid the fee, got the sketchbook, got inspired, filled it out, and returned it to join the sketchbook library in Brooklyn NY.  What has come since has been a continual love for this great project.  The sweetest thing about this library is that it tells you when someone has viewed your sketchbook.  It's so nice to know that it is still being enjoyed by people who visit the library.

My sketchbook has been included in some cool stuff the last few years including being viewed by lovely people, going on tour and more recently being included in this bumper Sketchbook Project book.  This book documents sketchbooks from all over the world, but still only is able to include a handful (compared to how many sketchbooks and pages of sketchbooks there are!) of sketchbook page spreads.

This book is just amazing.  And whats more is that my work is featured (2 pieces) numerous times!  Not too sure how I managed that, but I'm feeling super proud of my little sketchbooks that I sent off to be part of this project.

You can find The Sketchbook project at The Brooklyn Art Library or online at :

Have you participated in the Sketchbook Project or one like it?  I'd love to hear about it.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Hand Painted Bespoke Cards

Mother's Day Cards

I've been painting and illustrating quite a few cards recently - which I love doing!  It adds such a personal touch to something that I love to do - send post!  Sometimes theres just not the right card for the occasion (or for the person) in the shop, so I have to get creative :)

A Card for a Travel Themed Wedding
New Home Card

Birthday wishes for a cocktail loving man.
A lovely friend of mine had BACK SURGERY!  Not many cards for that I can tell you.

Happy Grandpa's day to my Grandpa!  And Happy Fathers' Day to the best Dad!

Have you made any cards recently?  I'd love to see them!  If you'd like to commission me to paint you a bespoke card, just get in touch - prices are very reasonable.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Crafty Fox Market

I'd been hoping to participate in this market for ages!  It's so popular with stall holders and buyers a like that in the past I've not been accepted to sell.  But this time, I was successful and very happy to join the other sellers at the Dogstar in Brixton.  It was quite a quiet market - the weather got a bit chilly outside, but the cafe serving tea and coffee and lovely food, along with the bar, kept up a great atmosphere inside.

I love it when a market really makes me get my thinking cap on - this time it was signage for my products.  As my favourite pieces I've created are my building watercolours, I decided to focus my signage around this and created little folded cards with 'road sign' style signs to display prices of each product.  Really happy with the overall look that these give my table at a market now.

Have you been to the Crafty Fox Market?  Who is your favourite seller?  I had such a fab view of the other sellers work from my stall, however didn't get such a big opportunity to take a proper look around.

You can find out about the next Crafty Fox Market on their website or by signing up to their news letter :

Sunday, 14 June 2015

BUST Craftacular, Bethnal Green

What a market!

My first time with BUST Craftacular and while I started out a little nervous, it was fab!  It helped having some friendly and familiar faces - Claireabellemakes, Ladybird Likes, Ceridwyn Hazelchild - around to have a quick chat and natter with.  I also had my awesome sister and her husband helping me out and keeping me company, which I wouldn't of liked to be without!

 My 'Bookshops of London' and 'Amsterdam' ranges got lots of lovely attention.

 New and old products alike were out for all to see.

There was so much going on at this market, I'm sure people made a day of it and enjoyed everything that there was on offer - market stalls, workshops and a cafe for refreshments.  Well I hope people made a day of it!

There was a £3 entrance charge - if you were in the first 100 in, then you got a free goodie bag! - I was unsure what to make of this charge, as I've not done a market with one before, but it didn't seem to hinder people, and the market seemed busy nearly all day - winner.

Contact me at for more details.

For me this market was a success, and, it even got me into gear to produce some much needed flyers for my bespoke watercolour house illustrations.

The above cheesy photo is a still from a video that the lovely Claire from Claireabellemakes put together!  You can watch the whole thing on her YouTube page here:

Did you see me at the market, or were you selling?  Share your thoughts and links below if you were!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Wild Strawberry Cafe events Posters

After having done some lovely postcard flyers for the Wild Strawberry Cafe @ Peterley Manor Farm, I've also been creating some sweet events posters for them too.  More to follow soon but for now, here are the posters I've done so far.

We kicked off this project with a Mother's Day Floristry Workshop, which challenged my flower illustrating skills but ultimately produced something really lovely to help advertise a great event.

The success of this workshop quickly spurred on the second - with an updated poster.  'Teacup' Floristry Workshops are good on any day of the year!

And coming up soon we have Father's Day!  Hopefully we have some nice weather to celebrate our Dads in style, with a hog roast and a nice cold cider.

You can find all the information on the Peterley Manor Farm website - and doesn't it look good?!

You can follow them online on Twitter @peterleyfarm and the cafe has it's own Instagram to @wildstrawb_cafe

If you're interested in your own poster for an event, please get in touch in the comments section or email me directly at - the above posters are not available as they are bespoke to Peterley Manor Farm, but I'm able to create something just as lovely for your event.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Siblings Home

16 Hemdean Road, Caversham, RG4 7SX

This sweet shop - come - cafe opened earlier this year and I happily illustrated the new shop front for it's lovely owners.  Gavin approached me at Renegade Craft Fair back in November 2014 with lovely kind words about my watercolour illustrations and soon got in touch about creating a bespoke piece of their 'soon to be' open shop.

You can find them on Instagram at @siblings_home where you can see glimpses inside the lovely shop and peaks at what the cafe has to offer.  It's a bit far for me to go on a regular basis but I'm looking forward to being in the area so I can pop in for a coffee!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Wild Strawberry Cafe

What a lovely bespoke commission this was, and for such a unique venue!  Katy, who is the lady behind this fabulous cafe, got in touch for my to design a logo and postcard to advertise her cafe, in a yurt!

I drew inspiration from visiting the farm and shop that the cafe is part of, pick your own fruit, crates and flowers everywhere.  2015 will see workshops, events and much more come to this picturesque cafe and the farm it's on. 

We decided to stick to the recycled feel that Katy already had in practise with her menus, and had the postcards printed on lovely kraft paper.  It really compliments the design, and we're super happy how they turned out.

Find them on the Peterley Manor Farm website:

If you'd like a bespoke illustration and design service for your own cafe, shop, bar, please get in touch!