Saturday, 15 December 2012

Roker...
This big beasty made a return to the Wear today, it's currently being used in the installation of wind turbines off shore.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Rainy Roker...
Providing me with the perfect excuse to stay indoors and carry on with a couple of commissions. 

Hurray...
Just got tickets to see Neil Young in concert next June, extremely excited! Can not wait to see such a beautiful talent live in person!

Burl...
That time of year again! Little Burl with his advent calendar on the countdown to Christmas!
Roker...
I caught this entering the Wear the other morning when opening the curtains! It reminds me of a giant fish, with huge lips!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Tuesday...
Tuesday of this week I assisted my future sister-in-law during a fashion shoot. It was the first time I had been involved in such a task, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the cold!!! The final outcome is to be a 3 minute video, I was on hand to document the shoot and help out where I could. Also my beautiful bike made its debut performance on film...







Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Richmond, North Yorkshire...
A few things that caught my eye on a crisp day out with t'other half in Richmond, North Yorkshire.





Rex and Simba...
Two recent pet portraits, both acrylic on canvas.


Finally on display...
My work on display as part of the MA Design 2012 show at The Design Centre, Sunderland. Although I loved the course I cannot express how much of a relief it was to finally finish!!! Now what's next...?


Long time no speak...
Oh my poor neglected blog! Since my last post I graduated from MA Design: Illustration at The University of Sunderland with a DISTINCTION! I was thrilled to achieve such a result, but also exhausted, hence my absence. I decided to treat myself to a bit time off to calm down and recover from such a hectic Summer. Below are a few images from my Degree Show, twas a lovely evening with some lovely people...













Thursday, 23 August 2012

Roker...
This kind of makes working all night an absolute pleasure. So beautiful and such a joy. Just me, my sketchbooks and Roker.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Poppies...
Acrylic paint, masking tape and thread!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Preview Night at Tynemouth Station...
A few photographs from the opening of the Traces exhibition, held in the beautiful setting of Tynemouth Station, with live music from The Acoustic Smugglers, featuring my very nervous self on banjo! The evening was a great success, organised by curator Kathryn McCandless, and a great opportunity to relax after all the hard work! 



Traces...
My Book Apothecary submission, 'On the sands at Roker' 2012,  photograph courtesy of Dawn Felicia Knox.
Traces: A Book Apothecary Exhibition...
For the past few months I have been working on a slightly different project. Usually working to create a 2-Dimensional illustration I was approached to create a piece of work within the bridge space at Tynemouth Station, as part of the Traces exhibition. In keeping with the theme of my suitcase piece I again worked around the idea of found items collected on walks along the beach and their own journey's onto the Roker coast. I created a driftwood wave and hung the found items over a bed of sand. It was a great experience to work alongside some lovely people, and I really feel that I have learnt a lot from this project!






Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Photographs...
Been taking lots of photographs in the studio today in preparation for tomorrow's interim assessment (I use the word studio lightly, what I mean to say is a make shift construction in the corner of the sitting room!). Pretty scared as this semester I've faced a few setbacks, but I know exactly where I'm going with my project now, so maybe it will all be ok! I guess I'll find out tomorrow! GULP!



xXx

Monday, 9 July 2012

T'other 'un...
Another little piece for the 'Sea the See' exhibition, three of the ladies in the photograph are my Gran, Aunty Doris and Aunty Lilly on a visit to Roker/Seaburn in the forties.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Sea the See...
Another piece of work for the 'Sea the See' exhibition at the Washington Arts Centre. A collage featuring a little verse I wrote inspired by an old photograph of my Gran, Aunty Lily and Aunty Doris at the seaside, also included within the collage. The exhibition will run from Saturday 14th July - 1st September 2012.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Quarter of a century...
Today is my 25th birthday, and above is a photo of all my lovely gifts from the people who mean the most to me. :) xx

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tiny ants...
Little ink ants waiting to dry.

Burl...
Little Burl lying next to Boris the Spider,letting out an almighty yawn! Not quite work related but thought I'd share him with you!

In the Garden...
Brown paper tree, patterned paper boots, pin-pricked vines. A section of a spread (minus type) from within the children's book I am illustrating.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Sewing Trees...
Another day to be spent sitting in front of the sewing machine, creating all sorts of little things to be used in my book.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Puss and boots and butterflies...
A little illustration from the book I am working on as part of my MA. Collage, sewing and pin pricks x

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Flowers...
Third day of playing on the sewing machine, the fact that it is still working amazes me! Three days under my control has to be a record, I even managed to change the bottom thread without any problems! Hurray! Finding it quite a nice way to create backgrounds for my illustrations. As the book is set within an overgrown allotment I am attempting to recreate foliage-like forms, and am finding that the fact that I have very little control over the machine is actually working to my advantage.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Leaves...
Been sewing leaves and I have to say I have fallen deeply in love with this sewing machine! Allows a certain freedom I think.

Ready to go...
All set up and ready to stitch some pictures. Figured this might loosen my drawings up a bit! Watch this space...

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Traces...
Sorting through some found items to take along to tomorrow's 'Traces' meeting, held in preparation for this Summer's exhibition in the Bridge Space at Tynemouth Station.


Monday, 18 June 2012

New Books...
That WILL prove invaluable and WILL make this essay flow a little easier! Fingers crossed.

Out on the beach...
I found a hearty rock, down Roker of course.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Recently...
Life has been consumed by MA work, the Critical Evaluation in particular. Still loving every moment, just ever so tired, a feeling I am putting down to a recent bereavement. Finding it difficult to concentrate at the moment, I'm guessing that's why this essay is taking so damn long! I did however manage to steal a few moments away from writing. Using my time wisely I decorated some biscuits, ginger bread ships, a gift from Scotland off my Mam and Dad.


Monday, 11 June 2012

Birds on a Fence...
A little silhouette I created whilst trying to simplify my work.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Craft Markets Newcastle...
I was lucky enough to be the winner of a recent competition to win a copy of 'Craft Markets Newcastle, An Illustrated Guide' created by the wonderfully talented Katie Chappell. Produced as part of Katie's Illustration and Design Degree, the guide comes beautifully packaged, tied with a charming gingham bow, the sort of packaging one opens slowly, preferably whilst seated in a comfy armchair! Over the past few months I have began making a few bits and pieces with the hope of building up enough stock to maybe take to market, as a bit of an amateur on the craft market scene this guide couldn't have come at a better time! With a concise list of local events, recommended travel and some handy tips, alongside a lovely set of illustrations this guide really does tick all the boxes! The guide has a real warmth with a personal friendly feel to it, the amount of time, effort and care that must have gone into it's production is clearly evident. I am thrilled to have my very own copy, complete with a CMN canvas tote bag! For more information or to purchase a copy you can visit http://www.newcastlecraftmarkets.co.uk/, alternatively to see some more of Katie's work go to http://www.katiechappell.com :) xx
Thanks again Katie!