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Friday, 30 November 2012
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Double whammy this year - and looking mighty fine and full of treats: check out this year's Guardian interactive gift guide - it will solve all your Christmas problems!
Friday, 23 November 2012
Wednesday, 14 November 2012
After seeing the above roller fabric printing block at the Ethnographic museum in Krakow I was very pleased to come across a whole box of them at the Krakow Sunday fleamarket for a steal of a price (unfortunately hand luggage already crammed with books meant I could only buy one) - I have just tried it out making some (secret) Birthday wrapping paper and it is a brilliant graphic motif - very pleased!
Another date for your diaries, in just a month's time - the Designers/Makers Winter Market in Festival Village. 50 Designers/ Makers from across the UK will be selling their products along with affordable gift workshops, demonstrations and festive food and drinks.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
I just got back from a few days in Krakow, where I went to see the Function of Folk exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum, which I had the pleasure to display some work in (you can see my case above). The exhibition displayed a wonderful combination of traditional objects chosen from the museum collection alongside contemporary responses to folklore in illustration. Alongside the exhibition there was a symposium of inspiring lectures - I managed to catch day 2 - what stood out most for me was a talk by Pam Smy where she discussed her progress through her sketchbooks when responding to a children's book text. (You can see on her blog she is a prolific observational drawer - she has already posted sketches from her time in Krakow) I particularly enjoyed the fact she wishes she could've been an illustrator in the fifties producing lovely lithographs for puffin - I feel this way too! Also in the exhibition were great works/talks by Lotte Crawford, Melanie Miller and Tongyu Zhou, Amelia Johnstone, Jonny Hannah, Mireille Fauchon and Desdemona McCannon (who organised the whole event) to name but a few!
A little late, but the opening last week of 'The Artists of Spitalfields Life' at Ben Pentreath was a great one - as you can see it was rather packed, but drinks, talks and hot chesnuts were flowing! Photographs by Simon Mooney for Spitalfields Life. It is on till 24th November so pop along if you get a chance.
Friday, 9 November 2012
There is a lot going on this weekend that me/my work is involved in so I thought I would provide you with a few reminders!'Function of Folk' - Thurday 8th and Friday 9th November at the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, Poland... this is where I am spending my weekend so unfortunately I am missing out on the rest of these great events!'Folk and Fire' - Opening Friday 9th November at Lion Street Store in Rye.'Selvedge Winter Fair' - Saturday 10th November at Chelsea Town Hall in London.'Fry Art Gallery Annual Sale' - Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November at The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden in Essex.'Newcastle Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair' - Sunday 11th November at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle Upon Tyne.'Lord Mayors Show' - Saturday 10th November, London. This is nothing to do with me or my work, I just wish I was going because I have been planning to do a print celebrating the parade for sometime and have never got round to it!HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!