Tuesday, 29 May 2012


So glad this is finally finished!  After a few minor disasters in the screen printing realm, I have completed my piece of wooden bunting for Bristol's BUNT exhibition, which will be hosting around seventy of these exciting triangles across four venues (Arnolfini, At-Bristol, Colston Hall & M Shed) from June 9-17.  I've seen some rather spectacular ones, and can't wait to see them all together!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

and the winner is...

Thank you to all who entered my bag giveaway and left lovely comments!  
I was delighted to send the first of the two screen printed tote bags to caro's cakes, my one hundredth follower, whose blog is well worth checking out for the many delicious looking cakes and recipes gracing its pages!

After giving my favourite yellow hat a thorough shake, and pulling out one of the small bits of folded yellow paper, I can declare that the winner of the second bag is...

Well done Holly!  If you send me a little message with your address details, I'll stick one in the post for you!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

taking shape...

Currently designing a piece of wooden bunting for Bristol's forthcoming BUNT exhibition, for Bristol's Big Green Week.  Each wooden triangle, designed by lots of different illustrators, will depict an endangered or threatened species found in the South West.  I have chosen to screen print the Cornish Chough, and am looking forward to giving him a glorious red beak...if I can only get the drawing right!!  I will update you with my progress...(eek).

In other news, it's your last chance to enter my little bag giveaway!  Just post a comment here for your chance to win a hand-screen-printed tote bag.   I will be deeply flattered.

I hope you're all having a glorious sunny day!  I will be getting a taste of the sunshine at the recycling centre (exciting, I know.  It is worrying how much I am looking forward to ousting the huge mound of recycling that has been slowly taking over our kitchen while the car has been out of action.  We cannot move for empty plastic bottles).

Friday, 11 May 2012


I may have neglected to mention that I've moved into the wonderful little creative hub that is the Drawn in Bristol illustration studio in Stokes Croft (pictures to follow, as soon as I can find room in my bag for my camera!), nestled inside Hamilton House (a big melting-pot inhabited by lots of talented and creative artists, designers, musicians and filmmakers).

One of the lovely ladies on my floor initiated a Bake Day as incentive for her to leave the house and do some work on a Friday.  Well, today the oven gloves were passed over to me, so I thought I'd share a recipe with you (I may have had a helping hand from the Asda mag).

1) Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius (I couldn't find the little circular symbol).
2) Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric whisk for around five minutes, or until the mixture has a thick but light consistency.
3) Mix in the mashed bananas (I used a mixture of slightly spotty, overly-ripe bananas and just-right bananas so that the loaf was flavoursome, but not too over-powering), milk, honey and vanilla extract.
4) Sift in the flour*, cinnamon, ground ginger and baking powder until just combined.
5) Stir in a handful of chocolate chips.
6) Spoon the mixture in a non-stick loaf tin and place in the oven on the middle shelf to bake for one hour, until the loaf is golden brown on top.
7) Put the loaf on a wire rack to cool it down.
8) Enjoy with a nice hot cup of tea.

*The recipe actually specified that the wholemeal flour should be plain, and not self-raising, but I bought the wrong type, and therefore also abandoned the bicarbonate of soda.  It didn't rise terribly well (none of my loaves do), but was perfectly delicious and generous in size!

Also, I was reminded of this today, and thought I would share it with you.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


...Almost!  As a token of my appreciation to all of the current 99 people following my blog (and an apology for being a little bit slack with my updates), I would like to give away two screen printed tote bags featuring the above design (minus the 100 followers bit).  All you have to do is write a nice comment below, and I will randomly pick a number to determine the winner.  The other bag will go to my one hundredth follower.

In other news!  I have been working on lots of exciting things, which, unfortunately, I can't mention yet!  But please keep watching this space and I will update you with some lovely images.  In the meantime, I'll leave you with this feller, to give you a hint as to what my busy hands have been drawing!