The Banyan Tree in Brackley - home of Fair Trade products and artisan crafts.
Plus now some illustrated and photographic cards and hand printed fabric Kate Moby goods.
Plus they are connected to some pretty exciting workshop news coming soon... Watch this space!
Someone spotted my inky animal friends on my Facebook post about my recent greetings card success and wished they could be phone covers... I hate to disappoint!
Pretty ambitiously, I wanted to double the number of shops my products are in this year (a total target of 2...)
Aim low and you succeed!!
You can see and even purchase some friendly illustrated animal cards in the lovely tearoom and farm shop Limes Farm in Farthinghoe. I can personally recommend both tea and cake.
Although generally speaking, I'm fairly handy at the ole Photoshop, I've finally conquered my fear of the Pen Tool! Slow to the game no doubt, but it's opened up a whole world of curvy goodness! To celebrate, I turned some of my birds in Custom Shapes and plonked them on Etsy to spread the love.
I've submitted work to be considered for a series of travel books for children. As much as possible, I like to work for people who produce things that I would buy. Tick! The characters are already established, so I had to demonstrate that I understand their style. The colour images are existing books, and the line drawings are my interpretations. I love that they champion hand drawing! Wish me luck.
So far my Facebook business page has been a real encouragement and worth putting myself out there. (Those "likes" are addictive.)
I wanted to create a way of quickly showing newcomers what I'm all about, hence this header... What do you think? I think it demonstrates that I like blue very well.
A new children's shop came to me for a logo for their flourishing company. They wanted "it to stand out, a Katemoby origin-nally!" I happily obliged, with the usual process of creating a range of ideas, and then homing in on the favourite. It was great to have some graphics to get stuck into!
Homing in on the best solution...
And the final... Drumroll please!
A wee while ago, I wrote a screen print tutorial and a fabric label how-to to help out fellow crafters. In a brazen attempt for people to find me on the big wide world of the internet, I've created some "pinterest" style versions, pared down to be as simple as possible. Repin away!
I've been approved as a recommended supplier by Real Homes Magazine. Nice.
When I was learning to dive in an African lake the best part of a decade ago, we always made sure we had a "buddy" with us - a fellow diver. If we ever lost our buddy, you have to signal, "I've lost my buddy" even if you can only see fish. Most likely because they were above your head and they could then see you were a little worried about their absence!
In many ways, I'm finding being freelance is a little like that - you signal to everyone you can about what you do, even if only the fish can see you!
You never know who might hear you and be interested. So this week, I've been telling shops, magazines, studios, the internet, anyone who will listen, just in case they'd been looking for someone who can do what I do. It's so basic, but I've only just realised that being freelance is like being on a constant job hunt... So if it is me you're looking for, hi! I've tried to put some things up to help being found, and would love to hear if you've found me through them! Feel free to like, link, pin or whatever!
Oh and I can't really fathom twitter, is it a necessary evil, or am I missing out big style?