I’m so excited to tell you about a new product that I’ve been developing over the last little while as I think it’s the only one that exists on the whole interweb! So we all know that single use plastic is a terrible idea and we need to be cutting it out. Beeswax food wraps are a great alternative to cling film and plastic food bags, but I wanted to go one step further - my brand new Make Your Own kits I’ve created are using BAMBOO fabric in a choice of 7 different designs. Unlike the bamboo pens that I make, I didn’t grow this in the garden, but used a super eco friendly U.K. printers to supply the fabric for me, and I’ve extensively tested the recipe to ensure maximum cling and washability, which was an excellent excuse to buy naughty treats as photo props 🙊 Each kit includes enough fabric for up to 4 wraps, all materials, instructions and templates and is available in a bunch of new patterns using my Inky Animals and Botanical hand drawn illustrations. Check out the New In section for more details (pretty please, otherwise everyone will be getting bamboo napkins for Christmas!)
I'm keeping my Christmas Show schedule a bit more manageable this year, rather than the usual traipsing all over the country! First up is the Westonbirt Charity Fair on 23rd and 24th October. Proceeds go towards seven very deserving charities, including Marie Curie, a local Hospice and Gloucester's Intensive Care Unit. You can find out more details including booking tickets here.
Not only has this autumn stormy wind given me lots of easy access photo props, it's even brought badgers into my Herefordshire garden to enjoy an easy snack! I was so excited to see this on my wildlife camera. Browse all new products here.
I've been tinkering with this project on and off for the last few months, as much for my own enjoyment as anything, working on each tiny illustration using my usual method of pen and ink using my hand carved bamboo pens. From Anteater to Zebra via Hammerhead Shark, Narwhal, Flamingo and Sloth! Reproduced on luxurious archival watercolour paper, this art print will hopefully stir up imagination and curiosity, help learning and be a thoughtful finishing touch to a little ones nursery. Find your own here.
A very thoughtful Bridesmaid commissioned an illustration of a Bride's wedding bouquet and the Bridesmaid's matching hairpieces as a gift to make their wedding flowers last forever. Lovely.
It was my pleasure to create a suite of wedding stationery incorporating lots of elements of the couples personality and interests. This was also an excuse to create a new bespoke product - personalised cake toppers. Just shout if you'd like your own!
So happy to see this lovely press feature in Gurgle Magazine. Find your own aprons (made proudly in the UK as always) here.
Learn how to carve your own bamboo dip pen, with all the tools and guidance needed. We will then learn some photographic theory using our smart phones and put it to practice by photographing nature in the hotel’s garden. After a two course lunch, we will be selecting our favourite photos and drawing from them, using your freshly-crafted pen and ink. Combining ancient and modern techniques, this inspiring and creative workshop will cover technique, composition, and how to use the latest editing apps.
You can find more information here, or as a Facebook event here. Call 01432 356321 to book.
Castle House Hotel, Castle Street, Hereford
£40, include two-course lunch at the hotel.
11th May, 2017 - 11am to 3.30pm
It was an honour to create a bespoke pet portrait that someone commissioned as their wedding present to their blushing bride on the big day. Such a handsome pup too! Fancy your own? You can find more info here.
Bottom right image courtesy of the shiny new Mr and Mrs Thomas!