22nd January, 2016
Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that on the 22nd January?
Christmas now seems like a distant memory. It was my first year selling retail (as well as continuing client projects) and I'm very happy with the result. It's a wonderful feeling when someone chooses to spend their money on something you've created and hang it on their wall or send it as a present so a BIG thank-you to anyone who bought one of my prints and/or cards last year.
January is proving very busy for me as I continue working on the Canal & River Trust maps project. Last year I designed 4 maps for the London region of the CRT Maplet. I'm very pleased to say that this maplet was so well received that the CRT commissioned me to produce maps for another 10 maplets covering the 10 remaining Canal & River Trust regions of the country. I've been working away on these since November and it's gradually all starting to come together. Watch this space for upcoming information.
Meanwhile the original network map I designed for the London region in addition to appearing on the London region maplet has now been added as a vinyl print to the side the the CRT London Narrow boat 'Jena'. I'm hoping that next time I go up to London I'll get the chance to see it for myself.
In other news my 2 other projects are coming to a close which means I'll be able to share them soon and........ I'm finally getting round to putting together a wholesale brochure for 2016.
All in all a very busy and productive start to the new year.
1st December, 2015
Christmas is almost upon us and I'm very lucky to be busy, busy, busy working on lovely, interesting commissions as well as posting off prints and cards I've sold.
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2nd November, 2015
Wow, 2 posts in 1 week, it's a miracle.
I'm very excited to announce the arrival of my latest personal project - an illustrated map of the British Isles aimed at children, although many an adult is already very excited about the map :).
So far it's been very well received and is now available to buy online
30th October, 2015
This month I've finally got round to the important business of a sending out a promotional mailshot - as in real postcards, not an email. Yes, this is more hassle and cost than an email, you have to design them, print them and write them - not to mention trogging down to the post office to fork out x amounts of cash to actually send them but I believe the benefits are greater than just sending an email.
The reasons I've sent actual physical cards are really down to my feeling that they are less likely to be forgotten, filed into a digital folder and hidden away - after all if you receive something with a nice picture on it through the post what do you do with it - you pin it up next to your desk where you can see it don't you ?
I'm embarrassed to say I have multiple digital folders with 'important' emails I filed for a later date. Guess what, I always forget about them and I don't want my lovely cards going the same way.
Also it's just too easy to send an email and easy = looking like you're not putting much effort in. I don't want to look like I'm the sort of person who doesn't put in enough effort - certainly not in front of any Art Directors who may be looking for someone to design them a lovely illustrated map.
Of course I could be completely off the mark and as my cards arrive at offices around the country people will be reeling with shock at my lack of respect for trees, but hopefully not. Fingers crossed my postcards will be pinned up & admired and next time a project comes up that needs a cool, quirky hand-drawn map my card will be a reminder that I'm ready & waiting.
As we get closer to the end of the year I've been trying to spend as much time out and about at the weekends before the weather gets so horrible that I'm forced to go into hibernation mode until spring. The leaves and autumn flowers are beautiful at the moment so I've been up at The Vyne, North Hampshire taking pictures, sniffing in the autumn air and admiring some of the decorations they have ready for the Halloween weekend.
As part of inspiration gathering for my ongoing work with the Canal & River Trust I've also been down on the local Basingstoke Canal at Odiham a few times this autumn - both on a boat and on foot. We hired a row boat from Galleon Marine for the afternoon - it was great, we even saw an adder swimming across the canal and amazingly none of the children fell in.
29th September, 2015
After coming across this article about selling at Christmas by The Design Trust and with only 86 shopping days left until Christmas (and counting) and orders already popping into my in tray I've decided to launch my Christmas 2015 cards. There are 4 complementary card designs (two of which can be seen below) all featuring a digital print of an original hand drawn illustration by me.
The cards are all made using a thick 340gsm, sustainably sourced paper stock with a light satin coating on the outside. The inside is left uncoated, making it easier for you to write your own message.
All four designs are now available to buy through my online shop. Each card comes with it's own brown recycled envelope, both cellophane wrapped and can be purchased individually for that special person or as part of a set.
Also this month I've been busy updating my popular Illustrated map of Cornwall print inspired by the warm sunny days we've been having. This is now available again through my shop as a signed print and can either be purchased unmounted or mounted and backed, ready to frame. A perfect gift for surfing beach lovers of Cornwall's beautiful coastline or as a memento of happy times on holiday.
After my retail flurry, it's now back to business as usual, working on some new & existing client commissions.
3rd September, 2015
The end of summer is almost upon us - the end of the school summer holidays anyway, but hopefully there will still be a few warm days before it's time to light the fire and settle down with a blanket.
August has been a good month & I'm very proud and happy to announce that my Illustrated map of Southwold & Walberwick is now available to buy at the Serena Hall Gallery in Southwold.
The signed, limited edition print is B4 in size (250mm x 353mm) and comes backed and mounted so it's all ready to frame. Please pop down there for a peek if you get a chance and to browse all the other lovely things on offer.
We managed to fit in a last minute (and slightly damp) break on the Isle of Wight before the end of the school holidays. The beaches on the south coast near Compton Bay are beautiful and full of inspiration.
I can also recommend visiting the Botantic Gardens at Ventnor, they're warm and sheltered with easy access to Steephill Cove and the coastal path.
Meanwhile, work continues on the new visitor maps I'm designing for the Port Lympne Animal Reserve in Kent & I hope to be able to share the finished designs soon.