Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Okay, so I haven't braved the wobbly steps up to the attic but I did remember that I had this old photo of me and Alice...

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Lovely Tilda

Check out my lovely friend Jane's blog, featuring her silk screen printed Tilda doll. She reminds me of a clothkits doll I had from my baby days, called Alice. Every night my mum would sing me a song about her:

 'Alice, was very slender, Alice, was very slim.
Alice, went to the bathroom, filled the bathtub and jumped right in.
Someone, was absent minded, pulled the plug out before she was through. 
Oh pussyfootjohnson save my soul, there goes Alice down the hole. 
Alice, where art thou roaming?'

Anyone know where that song comes from?
Anyway, now I've thought of her I'm going to have to head up to the loft to find her. When I do, I'll post a pic. In the meantime, check out Jane's website. I'm a huge fan of her screenprints.


Sunday, 27 March 2011

Finally finished Cuthbert and friends...

I've been squeezing in an hour here and there in the evenings to work on these chaps and at last they are finished!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

Meet Fifi

Fifi is one of the characters I'm working on for the latest Tigerprint competition to design a children's vehicle character. Check out the competition details here:

and watch this space to meet Fifi's three friends, Freddy, Cuthbert and Auntie Izzy, very soon!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Books we love (No.6) - Dear Zoo, and a lovely exhibition

It's an obvious one, but I wanted an excuse to post this cute picture of Laurie roaring!

Plus, if you get a chance, try and get to the lovely new printmaking exhibition at the Devon Guild of Crafts in Bovey Tracey.  I went today and came away with resolutions to find some printmaking workshops. One of my favourites was a lovely print called Poorman's Mistletoe by Anita Reynolds (who lives around the corner). I'm not sure about the etiquette/permission required to post an image so I've linked to it instead.

I will be posting some new stuff I've been working on very soon. Just been really busy with the boys and the usual washing/playgroup /housework/school runs/trips to Morrisons etc etc. I usually just about manage an hour of scribbling in the evening before I stumble into bed. So more of that soon...

Friday, 11 March 2011

Phew and vroom vroom

After a few busy weeks I've finished the BeastQuest annual I was designing for Orchard. Just in time, I think - I was on the verge of dreaming about beasts and wizards and swords and dragons. I also managed to squeeze in a 24 page Peppa Pig storybook last week which I was quite chuffed about. It always happens like buses... no work for ages and then a week of working til the matches propping my eyelids open pop out. But it also means I haven't done any more of my own stuff for ages, and I'm itching to get cracking on another book thats brewing away in the background.

So no scribbles to post but I thought I'd show you a photo-montagy thing I've just started for Laurie. Can't quite decide whether it is pretentious or inspired, but I think he'll like it anyway. I've been noticing recently that he often leaves little formations of his beloved cars around the house. Just like a cartoon I'm always tripping over them. So I thought that I'd start to photograph them as I find them and build a big picture full of little cars in funny places. Tempted as I've been to cheat a little, I'm sticking to the ones I find, and I'm not going to pose any. Does that make it proper art?? Here's the first four:

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Books we love (No.5) - Skippyjon Jones

Holy Guacamole! Try reading these books to your child when you've had a glass of wine! You'll need a tune in your head, a spanish accent and a twisty tongue! They are all about a skittish siamese kitten who thinks he's a chihuahua. He dresses up in his mask and his sword and becomes Skippito Friskito (he fears not a single bandito), who adventures with a band of chihuahuas called Los Chimichangos. Great fun, with very cute illustrations! Just don't try to read them after more than one glass of wine!