Approximately 3 years and 100 illustrations in the process, I have finally finished my Inky Wildflower alphabet! Celebrating British wildflowers with my usual bamboo dip pen and ink, each print features calm typography with dainty floral hand-drawn illustrations matched to the letter and the option to add botanical information so you can tell your Hawthorns from your Hellebores.
Now that the whole alphabet is complete, I can also offer my personalised name prints in this design, perfect for a new baby, to thank a flower girl or for anyone who loves botanical beauty. I'd love to hear what you think and if there's any products that you'd like your floral name or initials to adorn!
Floral Wedding Illustrations
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.
Due to exhibiting at this beautiful event for the first time in the Newcomer's Market, (eek!) I've got bundles of tickets to give away!
You can either win general admission tickets or late night shopping tickets for the Thursday evening. There are a few ways you can win them. Just follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and comment to let me know what type of ticket you'd prefer.
I look forward to meeting you there!
(The Country Living Magazine Spring Show runs 16th - 20th March 2016. Prize is for admission tickets only, not transport or accommodation. Winners will be picked out of a hat and notified by the 2nd week in March. The hats decision is final!)
It's been on my "to visit and photograph" list for a long time, and was the perfect opportunity to try out my new wide angle lens.
A Victorian tame rainforest, prancing peacocks and a tree top walkway - what's not to love? It was a wonderful day (storm sheltering in deserted glass houses included) and gave me lots of inspiration for new designs! Watch this space...
Just a few photos from the day below, I tried and failed to be restrained! Neil and I shared the camera, so if you think any of the photographs below are outstanding, they're probably his.
Modern Vintage Stationery
When friends of friends would like bespoke wedding stationery, I'm only too happy to oblige. As usual, I created a range of ideas for a bride that didn't know exactly what she wanted, once ideas and details were finalised I got to work!
One of my favourite designs to date I think, translated onto both day and simplified evening invitations.
The Photography Show
This weekend my creative husband and I visited The Photography Show (previously called Focus) for the first time.
Partially swayed by the photographer at MOO who said it was worth a look, and partly by the free trade passes. Woo! It was more petite than I expected for an event hosted at the NEC, but that made it very manageable to get around without show fatigue!
Highlights were the live action stages, especially when they involved brummy sounding storm troopers on a power trip. Also, slightly surreally, there as a garden staged by the International Garden Photographer of the Year for people to practice floral shoots. It was quite amusing seeing people crowded around an indoor garden, shooting like they’d never seen ferns before, even though they could pop outside and do the same! A nice feature though. Altogether nicely done, recommended!
Autumn Screen Printing Workshop
I enjoyed working with a lovely group of ladies on Saturday, teaching my simple screen printing method, and was very impressed with their beautiful results! Seems as though they enjoyed it too.
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Beautiful New Camera
As a treat for staring at the summer through a train window, I treated myself to a new camera and went out to capture loads of summer textures. Enjoy, I did.
I've just come back after a week of rural enforced radio silence in beautiful Springtime Cornwall. Part of the reason for the trip was to teach a Food Photography Workshop for The Hedgecombers, which was great fun. The rest of the time was spent soaking up the sun, beach bbqs of steak and roast veg, surfing, visiting a captive rainforest (less mosquitos than the Amazon - win!) and generally unwinding. Oh and a touch of sunburn. I know I'm sufficiently pasty, no pun intended, to singe in April, yet it takes me by surprise every year.
The Hedgecombers had this to say about it:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! SO much for yesterday!
It was just what I needed, and I feel so much more in control of my camera and pictures now. Your teaching style is awesome, and you clearly know & understand your subject perfectly, as you can put it across in real simple terms.
Thanks again Kate xx
If you have any workshop requirements, drop me a line - I love a one-to-one learning sesh!
A lovely lady spotted on my Facebook page my technique of painting in acrylic and using a craft knife to carve back to the white paper beneath. She set the theme and colour and after some back and forth, I happily created it.
And how I got there...
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