Tuesday, 30 August 2011


On Saturday I took part in a live art event called Pixelsynthesis the brain child of Glen Millington (Pictographik) a derby based Graphic Designer.

This involved me and another artist, Laura Vann, creating a piece of digital artwork live accompanied by music by Andy McAllister at Derby Quad

We were given the word 'Organic' to work from and were able to plan for the piece at home beforehand and do preliminary sketches (all the digital stuff happened on the night) Then we had 3 hours to get the piece finished in front of an audience. Me and Laura didn't discuss it before hand, but both ended up creating pieces that were similar, though in our own different styles.

I was quite nervous before hand, but managed to just about zone out and concentrate on the work, I was told my facial expression was pretty intense! The top image is the completed piece. Both of the pieces were available to buy on the night on a limited basis. The event looks like becoming a regular event, and I had great fun doing it, I'm looking forward to being in the audience for another one.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Lunartik- Mini Tea Tour 2011

While in London we were lucky enough to see the Lunartik-Mini Tea Tour exhibition, that was at the Forbidden Planet store until 28th August. It is a show of 70+ custom pieces of art all based on Matt JOnes' In a Teacup vinyl toy that start out in life looking like this

Some great artists took part including 'A Little Stranger', Felt Mistress, Gavin Strange, Jimmy Foo, Lunarbee, Squnik! and Paul Shih

Better photos of each custom can be found here 

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Drink, Shop and Do!

We have just got back from a trip to London for our 3rd wedding anniversary. We went away in our campervan and stayed at a campsite in Abbey Wood, and then got the train in. 

We had a fantastic time and expect several blog posts about things we saw and did when we were there!

First off I wanted to share about this place 'Drink, Shop & Do' 

Our friend Clare, who lives in London, took us there, and it's quite near King Cross Station.

It is a design shop and cafe bar. The shop sells work of emerging designer/makers and everything in the cafe is for sale (tables, chairs, cabinets) and is all vintage, so the look is ever changing. The place was so gorgeous and sold wonderful cakes and drinks. I had a yummy oreo and banana milkshake :) 
It had such a wonderful atmosphere and had stacks of games that you could play to keep you entertained.

It also holds workshops most of which are free. One was happening while we were there, as a table of women all appeared to be working on an interesting looking textile project.

I really wish there was a place like this near us! We will definitely be going back!

Friday, 19 August 2011

Air Monkeys Issue 2

We have completed another issue of Air Monkeys Magazine. An online magazine for the VW aircooled scene. There are lots of great photos of gorgeous VWs and ace features, there's some bits that aren't altogether car related too, including a feature on Loyal Dean, a company that makes amazing longboards and a music section.

If your a fan of nice cars go have a peek at issuu, it's Free!

Pet Portrait Commission

A few photos of the latest painting commission I completed.

Hannah Zakari goodies! :D

I had a wonderful parcel in the post today that really put a smile on my face!
About a month ago on twitter I saw a Rachael Lamb of 'Hannah Zakari' (an online boutique store that sells fantastic products from numerous independent designer/makers) ask if anyone could do an illustrated tutorial for her for a zine she was working on. I volunteered, and spent a several hours working away in the knowledge that it was in exchange for a bit of publicity and some Hannah Zakari goodies.

And I'm very glad I did, as below are photos of the awesome things I received!

 I received a copy of the zine that my work was in. Above is my contribution 

Ace Gemma Correll postcard

A mustache magnet!

Gorgeous acorn brooch

This will definitely come in handy!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

New dress!

Another great charity shop find that was shouting at me between the rails and was luckily in my size! Completed by a belt I bought in London a few years ago (excuse the hair, I'm due for a hair cut!)