Im pleased as punch to announce that Sweetie Pie, Gluten-Free and Vegan Bakery of Southsea will be supplying some delicious Banana Cream Pies especially created for my exhibition ‘Dear Little Menagerie’.
I am obsessed with banana flavoured things and I can tell you the taste testing process with Lucy and Dan has been wonderful!
This exhibition is more than just a chance for me to share my work with you, it’s a celebration of all that is good about this wonderful little seaside community. So I hope that everyone who attends the private view gets a chance to try a lovely banana cream pie and smile at some happy toys. What could be nicer?
As our little seaside community gets battered by Autumnal storms a merry band of crafters met together on a Sunday afternoon to collage animals. The workshop was run by the uber talented Lorna Apps-Woodland (ace name!) and was held at craft cafe Make.
We arrived to find an A4 envelope with our names on and inside everything we needed to get started including templates of a hare, fox, owl, bird and cat drawn by Lorna. The large table behind us was covered in all kinds of paper ephemera, vintage magazines, books and washi tape. For nearly 2 and a half hours I was in absolute heaven, cups of hot tea were supplied as well as yummy cake and relaxing music. If you have never been to a workshop before I thoroughly recommend it. Although I am an artist and make toys /illustrate most of the week you can never learn too much especially from other artists. Be inspired and make time to make.
I made two dachshund collages inspired by my beautiful dog Margot and can’t wait to make more at home
My partner and I recently started a new series of articles for Strong Island called Dwelling. Its about the homes of Portsmouth residents that are in some way beautiful, interesting or tell a story.
You can read the interview with participants Rudy and Anna here and view all the images on a blog we set up for Dwelling.
I think you’ll agree there home is unique and full of love.
I was really stoked to be asked to create a piece of work for a fundraising exhibition for the Seahorse Trust. It’s a wonderful thing to make lovely toy animals that in turn will be sold to help wildlife, kinda fitting!
If you would like to attend the opening it’s on Thursday the 15th August 7pm at Le Cafe Parisien. Lots of awesome artists are involved including Angela Chick and Rocky the Zombie.
I am so super lucky to have a fantastic craft cafe minutes away from my home on Albert Road. Make is a shop, cafe and offers tuition in a range of crafts from crochet to dress making in a relaxed and creative space. There is a good range of Japanese chino fabrics, designer prints and plains. I opted for some locally hand dyed fabric, beautiful trims and some plain cottons.
To have a play around I decided to make a hanging fish based on locals favourite catch the Mackerel. I also took some snaps of my studio space which is starting to fill up with toys and other handmade pieces. Expect more on Make soon!
Beautiful Southsea boutique Flo & Stan have moved a short distance for Albert Rd to the corner of Exmouth Rd. Lorna and Del the owners have been longtime supporters of my art work and stock my handmade toys. They also stock the most wonderful range of vintage, handmade, design and curios.
It makes me so happy to see my work alongside the likes of Rob Ryan and Phoebe Richardson!
The new shop is small, cute and very bijoux. Here are some pics I took on Saturday of the new space.
Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to Angela Chick a talented illustrator who is leaving the beautiful seaside city of Brighton to come and reside in Portsmouth. Portsmouth is my hometown and I guess its not as awesome as Brighton, we still have a long way to catch up with Brighton’s vibrant creative personality. We are getting there though and the more lovely creative people who move here the more we are able to increase our reputation as an artistic hub especially my neighbourhood Southsea which has a great reputation for such goings on.
image of Southsea beach courtesy of: Often Hover
Here is a little bit about Angela:
Angela has experience with print and illustration, and has produced works including limited edition prints, accessories, soft furnishing textiles, and illustrations for magazines – as well as writing and designing two books on introducing art in early education. Most recently, Angela has launched a line of children’s wear featuring her playful illustrations.
It is so exciting to see fellow female artists and makers doing what they love, making it work and being successful!
You can find Angela’s work for sale online in her store or via Not on the High street.
Today I was in the beautiful aspex gallery with some of the Southsea Sisters making flags to decorate Albert Road for Southsea Fest! With my trustee suitcase of vintage fabrics, and plenty of good company and tea we spent 2 hours sewing these beauties. Photos will follow next weekend when the flags are put up!
So tomorrow we celebrate the birthday of good friend and fellow blogger Charlie of Southsea Food Social. Naturally Charlie is throwing a superb BBQ at his Grans beautiful Southsea residence. Im really looking forward to seeing the garden which from what I have seen in photos looks wonderful. So aside from a birthday gift its customary to bring a side/salad/booze to such an event. I have decided upon making Cornbread (never made it before, eek) I think it will perfect, for one it has chilli in it, already a winner!
Just some random photos from the past week and my birthday yesterday…