Tuesday, 20 November 2012

New Stock!

I've finally updated my sorely neglected Etsy shop and added some new items to my website shop. New in are Fancy Dress Chihuahua totes and Christmas bunting, plus some old favourites in the popular Bluetit tote and lino print tree decorations (there's only one pack of these left, available on Etsy).

I'll also add my screen printed Christmas Carol and wood engraving Robin cards just as soon as these rain clouds stop darkening my favourite winter photography corner and give me a chance to take some good pics.

My website shop is here and Etsy here.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Leicester Market Winter Food and Craft Festival

This Sunday, 18th November, I'll have a stall at the Winter Food and Craft Fair at Leicester Market. It's a huge celebration of local foods, arts and crafts that fills the covered outdoor market place with delicious sights and smells. Alongside arts, crafts and food stalls there'll be cookery demonstrations from professional chefs and just round the corner, in Town Hall Square, the big Christmas lights switch on will start at 4pm, so there should be a real festive atmosphere.

I'll be selling original linocuts and wood engravings, handprinted cards, screenprinted bags and bunting alongside the talented Claire of Dragonfly Lane with her gorgeous jewellery and crocheted delights. We'll be positioned next to Cafe Bocca on the corner by Market Place South. I was especially excited to see that we're going to be sharing our little cube with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, who Rowan and I do conservation volunteer work with every other Sunday.

We'll be there from 10:30am - 5pm, so why not head down to see us and sample some of the treats on offer - and maybe join the Wildlife Trust while your here!

Click here for some foody pics from last year's Festival

Thanks MOO!

I've just received my very first order from moo.com, and I can see why they're so popular. Gorgeous finish, high quality card stock, speedy delivery and great service. And it was extremely easy to use. I'll definitely be ordering from them again next time.

These little beauties were made using two new winter-themed wood engravings of a robin and a snowdrop. They'll be getting their first outing on Sunday at the Leicester Market Winter Food and Craft Festival, where I'll have a stall. More about that once I know exactly where my stall will be, but for now, here's a quick snap of my new cards.

Friday, 9 November 2012

James Thorne Photography

I may have mentioned this before, but my younger brother, Jamie, is a rather talented photographer. He's currently got some of his photographs for sale on ebay, with 10% of all sales going to Epilepsy Action, a charity campaigning to improve services and raise awareness of epilepsy as well as offering advice and support to the millions of epilepsy sufferers is the UK (of which my brother is one).

Above are just three of the selection available; the two on the left are both from his Beautiful Dead series, which looks at the beauty and life that can still be found within the bodies of dead animals. Burnt Seat, on the right, reminds me so much of some of Warhol's car crash photos - dark and intriguing, so much less graphic than Warhol's, but no less macabre.

All the photographs are available professionally mounted and framed and can be found here.

Jamie is also currently exhibiting at Taurus Crafts, in Gloucestershire and you can see more work on his website.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Cards and Craft Fairs

Yesterday I printed up a new wood engraving onto some nice, crisp white cards ready for the next two weeks' craft fairs.

This little fellow will be on sale - along with my larger, screen printed Christmas cards, bags and bunting and original prints - this Saturday, 10th November, at Stokes Wood Allotment Society Christmas Craft Fair in The Pavillion, Stokes Drive, Leicester LE3 9BS.

I'll also have a stall at the Leicester Market Winter Food and Craft Festival at Leicester Market next Sunday (18th November).

Come along! There'll be loads of other artsers, craftsers and cake makers (I'm particularly looking forward to them) for you to peruse and may even indulge in.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Witches In The Dock - BBC History

This year marks 400 years since the infamous Pendle Hill witch trials in Lancashire and 300 years since Jane Wenham became the last person in England to be convicted of witchcraft. BBC History Magazine asked me to create the illustration below to lead an article called Witches In The Dock, covering these and eight other notable cases of witchy persecution from the 1441 to 1808. It features in the December issue, out tomorrow.

Could you have been accused of witchcraft? Take the BBC History online quiz to see how you'd have fared against the witch hunters www.historyextra.com/witchtest