Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Give Up Your Day Job

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Me at Give Up Your Day Job!

On Sunday 10th December I had a table at Give Up Your Day Job, which is a D.I.Y. art fair “and punk rock flea market kinda thing” held at The Junction, Plymouth.  This event is really focused on Plymouth’s indie and punk makers, with stalls selling t-shirts, zines, embroidered items, ceramics, cards, prints, and lots more.

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Zine by South Coast Rats

I like this event a lot, the diy giveupcommunity seems really close and friendly and there was a great atmosphere all day.  Dan of Il Pleut Screenprinting and South Coast Rats, who was one of the organisers of the event, came over and gave me a copy of this zine, full of photography and collage, which made me feel very welcome.  There was even a stall selling fresh homemade vegan cakes and snacks where my brother got a chocolate brownie which he says was really good.

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Embroidered t-shirt by Jasmin Griffiths

I was offered the opportunity to exchange art with my table neighbour Jasmin Griffiths which I was pleased about as her embroidered t-shirts are really cool.  I like her sweet but sour minimalistic designs.

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Zine by Paige Nicholas

My neighbour on my other side was Paige Nicholas, an illustrator who draws punk inspired portraits, and I got a copy of her zine.

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Rachel Hall’s table

Rachel Hall is a Bristol based illustrator who makes prints based on lyrics, space and science fiction.  I thought her postcards based on Star Wars and The X-Files were adorable and quirky.

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Lalala Pompom comics

Benjamin Wright and Isaac Lenkiewicz from Lalala Pompom comics were also there.  Ben is an illustration tutor in Plymouth and one of the team behind Drink and Draw Plymouth and Tiny Mart, and he and Isaac publish lots of funny but twisted risograph comic zines.  This time I got a copy of Turtles Fighters Live to add to my growing collection of their work.

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Comic zine by Isaac Lenkiewicz and Benjamin Wright

My dad was helping me out on my stall, but I only live around the corner from The Junction so the rest of my family also came down for a visit.  My mum bought herself a book from Blind Spot Distro, who specialise in vintage sci-fi and fantasy, which she was quite pleased about.

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Book from the Blind Spot Distro stall

I took my badge maker with me so visitors could create their own badges, here are the ones I managed to get photos of.  The top left one is one of mine.

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Badges created at the event

This was my second time at Give Up Your Day Job, but my first as a table holder.  I came earlier this year and met Max from Shake Bristol and Lize Meddings from The Sad Ghost Club, so I felt proud to be able to take part myself this time.  It is a really chilled out event, small in size, big in heart and full of independent and alternative local makers.  Watch their Instagram for details of the next one!

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Events and Exhibitions, Professional Work

Tiny Mart

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Me at my Tiny Mart table!

On the 7th December I had my own table at the Tiny Mart Xmas Fair, where local maker-sellers gathered to offer their zines, comics, art prints, and more.  The event was organised by the Plymouth Drink and Draw team. Drink and Draw is a social drawing event which happens monthly on the first Thursday of every month in Boston Tea Party, Plymouth.  This is the second Tiny Mart event they have organised this year, I went to the first in May as a visitor and was really excited to be able to take part in this one as a table holder myself.

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Casting Call zine by Alice Kensington

There were lots of awesome illustrators there who I admire, including Alice Kensington, LJ Durose, Cath Garvey, Adam Endacott, and the 2 Plums collective.  Check them out (the links are to their Instagram accounts).  I wasn’t able to buy much this time as my funds were short and I was busy at my own table, but I did manage to get the newest zine from Alice Kensington, Casting Call.  I really wanted to offer swaps at the other tables but was too shy, I really need to work on that next time!  If you see me around and want to swap anything, please ask me because I’m really up for exchanges with other artists!

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My haul of zines from May’s Tiny Mart!

Make sure to take a look at the #tinymart and #drinkdrawplymouth tags to get a sense of what Tiny Mart is all about, hopefully there will be another one soon, and if you like to draw and illustrate then I really recommend coming along to Drink and Draw, it is a lot of fun and a really friendly environment.

 

 

 

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Events this week!

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Some of my badges
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My Gurt Noodle zines

 

I will have tables at two events next week in Plymouth so come along and say hello, check out my zines and other cool stuff and see what other unique items are on sale from lots of local artists and illustrators!  Both events are free entry and there will be lots of awesome things to look at and people to talk to, more details below:

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Tiny Mart Maker-Seller Xmas Fair is on Thursday 7th December, 4.30-8.30pm at Boston Tea PartyFollow Drink and Draw Plymouth who organise Tiny Mart on Instagram.

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Give Up Your Day Job DIY Art Fair is on Sunday 10th December, 12-5pm at The Junction.  Follow Give Up Your Day Job on Instagram.

Creative Writing workshop poster

We (YEA and PAC) have also been able to open a couple of extra spaces at the Creative Writing workshop for 11-19 year olds on Saturday 9th December so book a place quickly if you haven’t yet and want to!

 

Professional Work

I won a Design Competition!

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My entry for the Design Competition

My local art shop, The Art Side, opened a competition last month to find the new design for their shopping tote bags. After finding out all of the details I needed and what my limitations were, I drew some sketches for different ideas, mostly based around art supplies and local landmarks. From those sketches I chose to do a selection of artists materials because (a) their previous bag (by Diana Mazuru Hooper) was illustrated with a picture of Plymouth’s beloved turtle Snorkel so I didn’t want to do a lesser local-based idea and (b) because I’m always looking for accessories that are decorated with illustrations based on illustration as a topic. 

Because I wanted to do illustration as the theme, I thought it would be great to use a hand-drawn rather than clean digital style.  I drew lots (and I mean lots) of different individual materials, from spray cans and markers to sharpeners, erasers, paints and glue.  Then I scanned and cleaned up my images a little, keeping the sketchy style.  I played with my images and came up with different compositions, sketching thumbnails as I went along to find balance and a good assortment of items.

Finally I found an arrangement I was happy with, and I entered it into the competition.  I waited for the results with excitement and nerves and guess what?  I WON!  (Slight spoiler in the title there..)

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My prize, as well as being the designer of the shop’s new bags and getting to see my work being carried around by people (and I will definitely get one for myself!) was a Daler-Rowney Screenprinting kit.  I have tried screenprinting before at a short Saturday Art & Design Club workshop and have wanted the chance to try it properly by myself for a while, and now I can play with my kit at home and learn more about the process.

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Collecting my prize from The Art Side!

I have also been wanting to get some of my designs screenprinted for a while but haven’t had the money to do it, so now I can practice and make test versions at home which will help me to make better decisions about whether to get any designs printed professionally.  I have tried lino printing on bags before but the results didn’t last well through washing, unfortunately.  Now I just need a couple of days in a row free to play with my new kit..

Professional Work

Pattern design

Usually when I make a poster for an event I use a central image with text around it.  I wanted to do something different with my poster designs for the new YEA workshops so that they would stand out but still be recognisable as my own work.  For this project I was also able to use colour which is new for me as with my previous posters I have mostly had to keep printing costs as low as possible and that has meant working in black and white.

 

I decided to try using pattern design to create simple but colourful backgrounds for the new posters.  Each pattern is based on the workshop theme it is promoting.  Here from left to right are the themes:

1 Writing/Reporting on Art and Culture – For this I have used illustrations of an old style microphone alongside a notepad and pen, with small speech bubbles.

2 Mobile Photography – Here I have used illustrations of an old clamshell type phone next to polaroid style photographs and small modern mobile phones.

3 Creative Writing – In this one I have drawn bottles of ink and a dip pen alongside an old book (The NeverEnding Story! that is the Auryn on the cover) and a castle in a cloud.

I have tried to use a colour scheme that is smooth and pretty and my goal is for all six of the posters (I have three left to do) to fit together nicely as a set.  The patterns above are all in test colour schemes, the posters themselves are below.  I’m really enjoying making patterns and I think my work would look really good on retro Summer/skater dresses and skirts.  I wrote about how I made my patterns in Photoshop here.

 

I have also been trying different lettering styles for the titles of the workshops on the posters.  From left to right:

1 Art Writing – this is inspired by the header of The New Yorker and the tv show Stranger Things.  The New Yorker is famous for its editorial cover illustrations and the Stranger Things title is inspired by the covers of old Stephen King horror novels.

2 Mobile Photography – this style is inspired by retro-futuristic typefaces used in 60’s tv shows and films set in the future.

3 Creative Writing –  this style is inspired by curly storybook writing, I wanted to give the impression of an old fairy tale.

I used the internet and the book Hand Lettering by Thy Doan Graves for research and inspiration in lettering, but I am really looking forward to learning more about lettering in our January workshop!

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Workshop poster designs

Here are two new poster designs I have created for workshops that I have helped set up in Plymouth.  There will be six of these altogether and my plan is to design them as a set that look good together.  I wanted to do something different to my usual posters so for these I have chosen to create patterns based on the workshop topic.

If you are interested in the workshops you can find more info on the YEA Plymouth blog, and you can book places at the Plymouth Arts Centre website:

Book a place on the Art Writing workshop

Book a place on the Mobile Photography workshop