Crafty Fox

This time next week I will be in London getting ready for my very first Crafty Fox Market!

If you live in the UK and have a passion for all things handmade, you will have heard of Crafty Fox. It is one of the best Arts & Crafts fairs in the country. I have been a fan for ages and now for the first time, I will be there as a trader. I’m so excited, I can’t wait!

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I have been putting lots of illustration goodies together for the market: greeting cards, postcards, Art Prints of various sizes, etc. I will also have a couple of framed originals, which I think is always a good idea.

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You can see the full trader listing here. There are lots of cool stuff and very talented people. If you’re around on Sunday 5th October, come and say hi! I will be on the second floor, so come and find me. :0)

See you there!

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The Blogger

My “Blogger” illustration is now available in my Society6 shop.

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She can be purchased as an art print or on various cute little objects such as pillows, iPad skins, tote bags, etc.

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I had originally illustrated her when I was living in New York, 2 years ago. I wasn’t blogging very frequently (It was my first time in New York, you see, and there was so much to do!), but I was drawing a lot, all the time and everywhere!

One of my best friends from there loved this illustration and she would always mention it in our emails and chats. I had forgotten about it for a while until this morning. For some reason, I woke up thinking about it! It took me a while to find it among my several back up folders, but here it is! :0) Looking at it makes me happy. It brings back a lot of good memories.

See it in my shop here.

Lots of love,

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Gingerbread town

I have been walking around Stockholm this summer. The city was warm, sweet and delicious. Here’s the evidence as seen through my eyes (and phone).

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I have been to Sweden quite a few times over the years (I have relatives and many friends over there), but it never gets old. The cute buildings, the pastel palette, the beautiful Swedes with their cool and impeccable sense of style, gorgeous design everywhere, the seafood, the fresh air coming from the islands… I could go on forever. Stockholm is a very interesting and very exciting city. Looking back, I actually think that one of the reasons why I loved Hamburg so much was because it reminded me of Stockholm. Either way, totally worth a visit. I recommend it!

Lots of love,

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Mummyhood after Adland

I LOVE doing illustrations for personal blogs and small online businesses. From the early days of Wardrobe Mistress a few years ago, to So Many Lovely Things recently, and quite a few interesting projects in between, it will always be one of my favourite things to do! It’s fun and the result is immediate: after you deliver the artwork, you’ll see it live a few days later, probably sooner. In a few hours, perhaps! – This is definitely one of the benefits of being an illustrator nowadays: instant reward.

Anyway, this is the header I illustrated for From E to ABC.

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For those who don’t know, “E” refers to e: A Novel, by Matt Beaumont, about the everyday life of an advertising agency.

Like me, the blogger, Mrs W used to work in advertising. In fact, we started our careers together as graduates in the same agency in London! I quickly realised that she was bright (exceedingly so!) and hilarious, so we became very good friends.

Her blog is about her journey from the Ad world to motherhood, and she tells it like it is, in her very own brilliant way.

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Judging by this header, you can tell that I am going through an objects phase, right? Anyone who knows me or my work, knows that I love drawing girls. (Girls, girls, girls, always girls!) I still do, of course, but I am trying a couple of different things at the moment. Mainly objects and patterns. I’ll post them here very soon!

Read From E to ABC: Mummyhood after Adland here.

Lots of love

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Glastonbury – Day 1

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Hello everyone!

I am sorry I have been absent for the past few days. I just got back from Glastonbury. Yes that Glastonbury! One of the biggest music festivals in the world! It was everything you would imagine it to be, and everything everyone has ever said about it. The mud, the good old Peace and Love vibe, the sun, and then the rain, and then sun again, and then more rain, amazing music, crazy people, the list goes on. I absolutely LOVED it. I can honestly say that it was one of the coolest things I have ever done.

But why talk about it? Words won’t do it any justice anyway. Let me show you what I saw.

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I could see the Pyramid Stage from my “house”.

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Lots and lots of people.

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Cool art and sculptures everywhere.

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This parrot & shark duo.

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Pirates! – And some tall dude walking past, thinking that this is the most normal thing in the world.

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This view…

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And the music, of course. Always the music… Here is De la Soul on the Pyramid Stage.

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Foster the People

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Interpol

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Elbow

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And Arcade Fire!

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I also saw Blondie (Yes, Blondie! Debbie Harry!) and Gaz Coombes (as in Supergrass Gaz Coombes).

Glastonbury is absolutely huge. There are more than 100 stages which means that you are constantly hearing a band or a DJ playing something somewhere (and the crowds cheering). On the other hand, this also means that it is not physically possible to see everything. I had my favorite artists in mind (Hello, Jack White! Hello, Black Keys!), so I planned accordingly, but due to certain inevitable clashes, I missed a few sets that I really wanted to see (Manic Street Preachers, for example, and Kaiser Chiefs). Oh well… there is always next year! :0)

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Stay tuned for Day 2. I’ll show you more madness, more art, more people, Lana Del Rey, Robert Plant and of course, Jack White.

Lots of love.

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