15th February, 2019
Welcome to my latest and the first Blog post of 2019 which finds me in much reduced circumstances...I've had to relocate out of my office to another part of the house because of building work. This has some advantages - a lovely view of the garden & closer to the kitchen, but the downside is that I am now in the coldest room of the house and having to work with at least one hot water bottle and a blanket strapped to my person at all times.
Towards the end of 2018 I was commissioned by Propeller Design to create a large-scale illustrated board game for UK Power Networks that could be used in UKPN internal training. The illustration had to reflect the diversity of the main activities & responsibilities of UKPN and be suitable to be viewed from all four sides at the same time by multiple groups of players.
Usually I'm commissioned to draw places that exist but this was different as I had free reign to use my imagination.....a very exciting prospect. You can see the completed design below.
I'm please to say that the completed design, my first toe-dip into the world of board game illustration was very well received :)
19th December, 2018
Well, it's almost Christmas & what a very busy year I've had - hence this being the the first time I've had a chance to write any news since May! There's been lots of news, just no time to write about it.
I've been pretty much working flat out on commissions and just about managed to eak out a small amount of time to work on my own projects.
Many of the commissions I've been working on won't be published until 2019 so no sneak previews I'm afraid, but the one thing I can show is an upcoming range of new maps for my Etsy shop. I'm starting in my northern homelands...can you guess where this is?
Happy Christmas & best wishes for the New Year.
25th May, 2018
After many months of prevaricating due to illness, tight commission deadlines and the general busyness of having 3 children I've finally got my new Wholesale Catalogue finished and ready to send out. As anyone who has ever put one of these together you'll know the amount of blood, sweat & tears that goes into it and that's before you come to finding the appropriate busnesses to send it to and then lovingly crafting an introductory email to each and everyone.
I feel I've earned a couple of drinks this evening.
If you would like a copy of my latest Wholesale Catalogue and price list please contact me and I'll be delighted to send one.
In other news...if you are ever on the look out for a good cattery and live in the North Hampshire area then look no further than White Lane Cattery. It's set in beautiful countryside and your cats will have lots of birdlife to look at while they are very well cared for. I've even designed a little map so you can find it easily.
12th March, 2018
I can't believe it's March already. I've been busy, busy, busy since my last post and my family have been sick, sick, sick with various colds, flu etc hence the late Happy New Year post :)
The big news is that I've now completed my wonderful commission for the Balmoral Estate. Back in mid-November, on my birthday, I was contacted about designing a new illustrated visitor map to accompany the existing Balmoral Audio Tour - what a fantastic birthday surprise. A few weeks later I flew up for a snowy tour of the grounds & to take lots of pictures and notes (with accompanying husband - he was never going to let me visit the Highlands without him).
We then stayed in Ballater for an extra day to climb Lochnagar. I had forgotten just how totally amazing the Highlands are. The feeling of being miles from everywhere is wonderful. Last time we walked up Lochnagar was 17 years ago, Millenium New Year, we camped and it was blowing a gale - obviously we were younger and more wreckless :) This time the weather was perfect - very cold but still, sunny weather and the views were amazing.....and we stayed in a hotel.
These pictures don't really do the place justice.
Balmoral is well worth a visit I absolutely loved being shown around the grounds. It's such an interesting place & set in the most beautiful surroundings. If I could just persuade our 3 children that being outdoors & climbing up very big hills is fun I'd be straight back there.
12th November, 2017
To celebrate my upcoming birthday I'm offering a 10% discount on everything in my online shop. All Prints, Illustrated maps, cards and badges are eligible for the discount so what are you waiting for?
* Offer ends 18th November 2017 *
3rd November, 2017
Welcome to my Autumn news update – lovely autumn with all the beautiful colours and hearty food.
It’s been a busy time here recently…I’ve completed my new illustrated London Map, the fantastic Londonist Mapped book has been published and I’m looking forward to starting work on 2 new exciting commissions that I’ve got coming up, but I can’t share any news of those two just yet. Meanwhile November 1st marked the launch of my 2017 Christmas card …and I have a new furry muse in my office.
So here we go…
After a lot of stopping and starting due to commissions I finally completed my latest personal project – a funky and brightly coloured illustrated map of interesting places to see in Central London.
The map will be available to buy very soon as an A2 print - the perfect souvenir of any trip to London. In the meantime here is a preview of what you can expect and a little bit more information and pics here.
October saw the publishing of the wonderful Londonist Mapped book – the book is about London and everything that happens in it and includes some beautiful work by an eclectic mix of different illustrators.
There are some absolutely fantastic maps included in the book – a real eclectic mix ranging from Secrets of the Thames by Lucie Conoley to the more mathematical looking London's Longest Roads by Matt Lancashire. I’m very proud to say that one of my maps is also featured in the book – an illustrated map of Londons Lost Victorian buildings.
As it’s the start of November I feel I can allow myself to mention the ‘c’ word…Christmas. This year I've designed a bright red, retro Christmas card inspired by those kitsch 1950’s cards of old. This card is available while stocks last from my online shop.
Finally, I have a new small, cute furry muse in the shape of Hammy, my oldest daughter’s hamster. Hammy is currently residing in my office much to the glee of silky cat – believe it or not Hammy also snores, very quietly, but she definitely snores.
That’s it for now :)