AOH and Illustrator Fair with House of Illustration

Hi all! Yeah I have been reaaaaallly bad with updating my blog – I am so sorry! The last few months work at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft has been manic with our big summer exhibition, I’ve been completing a new Make it in Design course (Module 3, which has been fantastic but overwhelming!), and I have participated in the famous Brighton Artists Open House, which was an excellent experience. For those who aren’t familiar with it, basically every weekend in May artists open their houses to the public so people can visit artists’ houses, see how they work and, hopefully, buy stuff direct from the maker! It’s a really fantastic event that’s gathered so much momentum, it’s really popular now in Brighton and attracts a lot of locals and daytrippers. For the artists, it is also a valuable opportunity to gain exposure and instant feedback about your work from a huge range of people (although it feels a bit nerve-wracking to begin with!) I exhibited my work with the lovely Izzie Roffe-Silvester, a silversmith and jeweller, her artist mother Charlotte and talented Claire Cullen of Kitsch Religion. It was great to be involved with such a creative group of women.

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In more recent news, I found myself a fella who has been taking up a lot of my time and headspace (squeeeeeee!!) AND preparing for this Illustrator’s Fair with one of my favourite galleries in London, the House of Illustration.

I started volunteering with House of Illustration when I first arrived in London in 2014 and I’ve always loved it – they always have really interesting and diverse range of exhibitions, as well as a supportive network of creative volunteers, often jobbing illustrators or art studetns themselves, who love getting involved. I’ve gotten involved in their Christmas fair before and I thought this would be a brilliant way to keep up momentum from the Artist’s Open House in May.

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I loved being able to see other illustrators I knew through volunteering or through other fairs exhibiting their creations, finding creative ways to sell their art on a range of products, from cards to pins, tea towels to mini zines, candles to temporary tattoos. I also experimented with some new postcards featuring original watercolours and patterned pocket mirrors, which I think went well.

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Definitely planning to do some more craft fairs soon, I’ll keep you posted!! And hey if you think of any interesting new things I can make for the next one, please let me know!! I love suggestions xxx

Baby Steps

It’s been a long long time since I’ve written anything, and now I have so much to tell you. Mainly the reason why I haven’t written anything has been because my life has been in a crazy whirl of turmoil and changes, one of the biggest being packing up my life and finally moving to London. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but just hadn’t made the courage to take that leap – let’s just say that I knew now was the right time to say goodbye to my friends and my life in Melbourne and start on a new adventure back in the UK. I’ve been here about four months now, and I’m still not close to sorting myself out, but I have a job-for-now and some exciting stuff on the horizon, so the sun is shining behind the clouds!

IMG_4532Most importantly, this move has allowed me to recalibrate my focus on what I’ve always wanted to do, which is make a living out of being creative, rather than spending my days in the ever-rotating hamster wheel that is customer service. I’m drawing all the time now (which I found impossible in Melbourne) and I’m finally getting to explore some of those creative ideas that I’ve been squirrelling away in the back of my mind for ages. I’m volunteering at the House of Illustration, an awesome new museum founded by Quentin Blake dedicated solely to illustration in all it’s forms. It’s so exciting to be a part of something this new, a place that’s still finding it’s feet and still willing to experiment and take a chance on people.

So to reflect my new beginnings I’m revamping this blog as well. Sure I’m still going to be obsessed with cake and travelling (though the cake is now absolutely gluten-free like my body and my travels are smaller-scale like my bank account) but I want to use it as a place to put out my work out into the world and try and make something from all the piles of sketchbooks I have collated over the years. I like to think that it’s all been working towards this: my small little step towards my ultimate goal of being able to draw (and maybe even write) for a living. Wouldn’t that be something?!

When I first moved my Mum and Dad left a postcard on my bed. It said ‘She decided to start living the life she imagined’ – and every baby step gets me closer.