My poster design for the August zine workshop is a vegetable kebab on a pencil. I often feature pencils or scissors in my zine workshop designs to refer to the handmade DIY aspect of making zines. I went for a barbecue concept because of the heat recently, but going by the last couple of days an umbrella might have been more appropriate! If you’re interested in the workshop see the details here!
July was International Zine Month so I made this Summer themed poster advertising that as well as the zine workshop. It is black and white to accentuate the black and white DIY photocopy style of many self-published zines.
I have started using the same header and text on the workshop posters to save time as all my work on those and the Zine Library is voluntary, and they were taking too long to make when I was personalising the header on each one. I have been so busy recently at The Clipper and organising the YEA Plymouth exhibition, as well as other illustration work, that I had to cut the time I was spending on these posters unfortunately.
This afternoon I went to visit the PCA Graduate Show 2018. I only had a chance to visit the Game Arts and Illustration exhibitions, but I plan to go again tomorrow (the last day!). I’ll try to post about the full exhibition later, but for now, below are some of my favourite pieces that I’ve seen so far.
Last year in November, I won a design competition for an art shop in Plymouth, The Art Side.
I was told that my design would be printed on bags that would be on sale in the shop. They have now been printed and are in stock!
It’s really exciting knowing that people are walking around holding something that I have designed (as well as wearing my badges)! The chance to create a design for a local company has been an immensely awesome experience, and the fact that an arts shop liked my design best out of all the entries is really flattering.
The bags are printed on both sides, and are pretty strong, even though they’re made of plastic. I hope that at some point they’ll print my design on a reusable cotton tote bag.
Today me and my colleagues at Plymouth College of Art Pre-Degree will be putting on a show with our final project work for our first year. It’s open from 4pm to 6pm, and all are welcome. Spread the word, come down to the Palace Court centre and have a look 🙂
Plymouth College of Art – Pre-Degree Campus
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.
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!
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.