Not much to report from the studio this week but here are a few snapshots from behind the scenes.
As well as grabbing as much painting time as I can between all the Other Things, I’ve been working on lots of shop updates and improvements, and I’ve put aside the guilt (mostly) and made time for a few sketch/walks out in the Peak District for some autumnal sunshine and inspiration.
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I have been drawing a lot of trees lately, inspired by the woods and trees near where I live. I’m working on few things which I’m hoping to enter into Art in the Gardens in Sheffield later in the year. I’m also in the middle of various commissions and potty training my 2 year old. One of these things is going much less successfully than the others. If anyone has a simple formula for potty training, that would be appreciated too.
Something a little different. I recently licensed my work to be used on a lovely locally-made artisan cheese.
Sophie and James from Cow Close Farm in Hathersage got in touch before Christmas because they wanted some new artwork for the labels for their Stanage Millstone cheese. Their old label was really nice but, when the time came to reprint, they decided they wanted something which reflected a bit more strongly that their cheese is handmade at their farm below Stanage Edge, and that the cheese itself is shaped like a Millstone, with a hole in the middle (which is an absolute stroke of genius). The artwork also had to work with their existing branding.
They had seen one of my sketches of Stanage which they liked, and I was able to rework it for them with the iconic image of toppled Millstones in the foreground.
The labels have now started going out on the new Stanage Millstones and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
The cheese is delicious too! You can buy it online here, or from these stockists.
This winter, Folksy have put together a lovely little festive newspaper showcasing a selection of the wonderful makers and work for sale on folksy.com. It is beautifully designed and a real celebration of British craft, so I was super chuffed to have one of my pieces included.
You can see my ‘Rain over Win Hill from Ladybower’ ink sketch, representing Sheffield, in the top right of the centre page spread:
I love the Fossil Finding Map by Hannah Bailey used in the centre of the page, isn’t it beautiful?
There are lots more gift ideas, Christmas inspiration and interviews with makers and illustrators, so it’s worth a look!
You can read it online (with extra content and tutorials not included in the printed version) here:
Well, my maternity leave is almost over. It went so quickly :(
I’ve got lots of new things in the pipeline though and I’m a bit excited about it. Firstly checkout my new look blog/website! I know right?! It’s not like me to spend loads of time faffing with my blog instead of listing new stuff for sale. Ah, it’s going to be just like old times.