Retro Sunday: 1

Sundays are so pleasantly laid back. I've just updated my CVs (general and art), floated around looking at new blogs and the like, and I've decided to add a feature to this blog that will (hopefully) make me post even more regularly. It's called...


and in this corner...

I was doing this illustration when my Photoshop CRASHED and refused to save!
glorified doodle

And so now all I have left of it is this teeny tiny (partly unfinished) screen-capped version of it. I just hope whatever the problem was with Photoshop isn't a recurring one.

I'm going to be quite a busy bee today as I've got a lot to be working on at the moment. Competitions and exhibitions to enter as well as Cardiff's Monthly Boutique Market Day to prepare for and I'm actually really excited about starting third year!
I haven't been able to comment on as many other blogs and things as I'd have liked to recently. There's just so much exciting work coming from people these days. It's very inspiring! And it makes me want to be part of that :)

But it can be a little overwhelming as well...

P.S. don't forget to visit the new shop page!


Milgi, Northcote Lane

I have been preparing for Cardiff's Monthly Boutique Market Day!

The next one is 3rd October and I will be there with a whole slew of new purses AND (hopefully!) fresh new screen prints! Dan Hamilton will also be there with some goodies, as well as Helen Murdoch and Daf Jones. So if you can make it out, that'd be great!

However, if you can't make it and you want a purse or one of my (currently mysterious) screen prints, no problem. I'm also selling them online*! Screen prints won't be available until October, but purses are ready and waiting to be loved. SO if you want a purse, just scoot on over to the brand new page I made just for them.
*they will be sold at a discounted/promotional price at the market, though!

*click for shop

And I don't know if any of you remember that lovely Toyota sewing machine I wanted so badly, but my cousin and her husband decided to be super awesome and buy it for me for my birthday and it is so good! It just sails through everything(!) and is just generally a joy to be around.
And it looks so at home amongst all my clutter! haha


Sacrifice in a Time of Recessions

I had a summer brief to do a few posters about the recession. Here's a peek at one of them at 20% original size.
Yes. They are all pirate themed.

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Rationale (boring thinking-behind-the-piece bit)
To me, the more enjoyable a poster – whether that is due to a narrative element, skilful graphics or clever poster concept – the more effective it is. The very idea of the recession is so commonly (and understandably) centred on money, business and general unhappiness; none of which are particularly uplifting. So with seemingly tenuous links, I infused the recession-influenced posters with pirates; fun and adventurous and spontaneous!
Foregoing what could have possibly been an arguably more poignant and serious angle with Somalian pirates or focussing on information piracy, I chose to keep it light-hearted as that type of recession poster seems rare and challenging: speaking about such a topic in such a manner without being inappropriate. Not to mention, doom and gloom is not the best hook for people (particularly not young people).
None of the posters directly reference the recession as I don't think using buzz words (which "recession" has become) is very effective. And each poster has very few words to allow the viewer to concentrate on the image and grasp a big idea in one concise sentence.

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Painfully relevant to my poor self at the moment. Siiigh. Someone find me a job. Or buy stuff from me... Or just give me free money...