‘The New Adventures of Mr Toad’

I am so happy to finally be able to tell you about a book I have just finished illustrating called ‘The New Adventures of Mr Toad. A Race for Toad Hall’ , written by the very clever and amusing Tom Moorhouse. It’s the first in a series of four books and it’s my first young chapter book.

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I’ve worked on the book with the lovely team at OUP of Helen Mortimer and super designer Sarah Darby. They’ve let me show a couple of pictures, this one shows the ‘kids’-Teejay, Mo and Ratty.

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And here’s Mr Toad himself.

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And last but not least, a scene from the race track..

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It’s got 75 illustrations and was great fun to work on. It will be published in March 2017.

 

 

 

 

It’s Christmas Fair time…

Yes Folks, its that time of year again. The fairy lights are dusted off, my boxes of products are packed up and I will have a stall at the wonderful Artists and Makers Fair in Lewes, this Saturday.

I’ll be selling lots of the products that are in my shop, but also some extras that you can’t get online, such as special Christmas Tattoos and a small number of Badger cushions.

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Do come and say Hi.

 

 

 

 

 

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Knitwear and Badgers.

Crikey where does time go?? Clearly a New Years resolution ought to be to blog more…

So here’s some new work. It’s portfolio pieces imagined for a young chapter book, they’re loosely based on the idea of a girl whose jumper has shrunk- Oh no! Who would she ring for help?? Badger of course!

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Badger, of course, comes straight over

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Measures up..

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Badger gets knitting.

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Hmmm, somethings not quite right.

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Third time lucky!

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Mr Rabbit.

I don’t have fairies at the bottom of my garden. I have a rabbit.

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I was playing with building up different washes of colour to add texture and depth. I’m hoping there will be more to come..

More Open House.

As I said in my last post, we’re half way through the open house season in Brighton. Here are some more detailed pics of what I am selling..

Some greetings cards,

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Some woolly bear badges,

 

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Some lovely bear notebooks,

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or how about a mermaid temporary tattoo?

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or has Mr Sausage Dog tattoo taken your fancy??

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My smashing Bird House stamp, stamped on everything!

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Go on, come and see us!

If you can’t make it, it will all be available on my Folksy shop very soon..

Open House

Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted, I’ve been busily getting ready for our open house, www.thebirdhousehove.co.uk. Open houses are part of the Brighton Festival, open for four weekends in May, with over 200 houses and studios being open to the public. Look at some art, have a nose at a house, what’s not to like..AND lots of them have cake!!

We have 5 artists showing in our house. We have the amazing Chrissie Davies, ‘Little bird creations’ whose machine embroideries are stunning.

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Helen Locke (also my sister-in -law) screen printing whizz

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Anne Maxfield, beautiful handmade bags, cushions and quilts (and my mum).

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Leigh Hodgkinson illustrator extraordinaire, showing prints, spoon dollies,snippy sew kits and badges.

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And last, but not least, me. I am showing some screenprints, giclee prints, badges,notebooks, cards and temporary tattoos!!

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Come and see us, we have cake!!