Sadly the weather has taken a turn for the worse. But Londoner’s don’t let pesky things like temperature stop their enjoyment of the summer. If the calendar says June, dress for June!
At a cool 20°C London is *sort* of summery but not half as hot as I’d like it to be. So here’s some summery drawings to create the illusion.
An excerpt from a mural I recently designed. More soon!
The House of Illustration held an exhibition in celebration of the anniversary of the first stamp and my envelope made it! Through the perils of the Royal Mail system no less. There was a really nice collection of hand decorated envelopes, you can see some of my favorites here: on twitter.
The new issue of Golly Magazine is out and I have some illustrations in it! It’s a really great new magazine, beautiful large format, great paper stock, awesome photography and some really great content. So if you’re into writing that’s female centric but actually interesting, photo shoots with women that aren’t just blonde, skinny and white and all the more beautiful for it, not to mention lots of colour and pattern check it out: gollymagazine.com.
Emma Block and Stacie Swift host regular talks on how to run your own illustration and stationery business and I recently filled in for Stacie at one of these talks. If you are an aspiring illustrator I’d really recommend booking one, there’s a lot of great practical advice from taxes to how to network and write emails. Also: Emma’s local florist provided a great backdrop. Thanks for having me Emma! A write up of the event can be found on Emma’s Blog here: Studio Sessions Talk.
Secret7 is an annual exhibition of 700 record sleeves, some crafted by amazing and famous people such as Yoko Ono and some designed by mere mortal illustrators such as myself. Who has done what remains a Secret until after purchase but now that all records are sold or being auctioned, I think I am allowed to show my sleeve design for this year. The track I chose this year was Sledgehammer and having grown to love Peter Gabriel because of his seminal and innocently romantic classic In Your Eyes, I cannot tell you the shock I felt when the brief revealed that Sledgehammer is at it’s heart only a thinly veiled metaphor for sex. On re–listening I did realise that there are only so many other interpretations of “open up your fruitcage” so there we go. For their 2015 incarnation Secret7 took over a gallery in Somerset House and this year’s record sales will benefit Nordoff Robbins. A few sleeves are still available on Ebay and a big thank you to this gentleman who purchased mine. More information on Secret7 can be found on their website: www.secret-7.com
You guys. If anyone had told 19 year old me that ONE DAY my work would grace the walls of Jaguar Shoes I would a) not have believed them and b) freaked out about my future anyway and wasted what other people refer to as the ‘carefree’ time of their lives regardless. But I digress. All my first year illustration dreams are coming true! The Ride Journal are currently exhibiting a selection of work at Jaguar Shoes and one of my illustrations is included in the show. If you are into bikes and illustration or both you can find out more here: The Ride Journal.
Simone Simonelli is an Italian designer who has created a furniture collection designed for small spaces ( excellent for big city dwellers) These designs are actually from 2012 but news to me. While researching (wasting time) on Pinterest, I was pleased to encounter the use of Critical Cities Vol.1 (designed by yours truly!) as a styling prop in the product photos. You can buy your own copy of Critical Cities and use it as a styling prop in YOUR home (or you know, read it, it’s a very good collection of non fiction essays on urban life) here: www.myrdlecourtpress.net