Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
Monday, 1 August 2011
Wednesday, 22 June 2011
As part of my degree I decided to write and illustrate a children's book. My brief was simply the folowing - 'Visualise the development of creativity and drawing within children.' This left my options quite wide open...
The inspiration for my book came from my initial research into children and creativity - when speaking to a social worker I discovered that 'Art Therapy' is a technique used by professionals to help children either tell their story, or relieve their emotions through art activities.
My book aims to encourage children to draw, paint, etc and escape the real world for just a short time.
Although it has been written with children with a history of abuse in mind, it can also be enjoyed by all children irrespective of background.
An assignment set at university, I had to create a backstage pass suitable for a bluegrass festival.
My finished piece is simple but effective - the design is focused around the banjo, and the strings work as both a decorative feature and a practical one as they loop around to create a neck tie.
I was recently asked to illustrate a poem written by a local author, as a contribution towards an anthology based on my hometown of Blackburn that will hopefully be published this summer.
The poem itself is about an encounter with a drunk in the library, so I felt that a collage of book pages, covers and library stamps worked well to suit the theme.
Friday, 17 June 2011
Monday, 28 February 2011
Friday, 25 February 2011
So I spent the last day of my half term as well as I possibly could - after a very long train journey I found myself in Leeds waiting to see Rob Ryan do a short 'informal talk' (I can't really call it a lecture) about his work.
The talk was more chatty and relaxed than I expected, and I enjoyed every minute. I learned many things about Rob and his work, and found him to be a really down to earth guy. They say you should never meet your heroes, but I'm really glad I met this one.
After his talk the questions came and I found it hard to think of one due to the detail he went in to, but nevertheless I plucked up the courage to ask if he had any tips for me with respects to the children's book I have been asked to illustrate, and he gave me some very valuable information.
I managed to get my book, 'This Is For You' signed by him at the end which made my day, and then went to counteract my nerdiness by visiting the Spice Girls exhibition on at Leeds Museum - I can not believe how infatuated I was by those girls when I was younger...
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Taken from Rob Ryan's blog:
As you all know, just over a year ago on 12th January 2010 Haiti was hit by a catastrophic earthquake and 13 months later, the country is still in need of so much help. To try and do my bit to raise some money, I’ve designed and printed a brand new limited edition screenprint which will be sold on Etsy and in my shop, Ryantown on Columbia Road. The price will be £200 and with Paypal and Etsy fees from the online sales subtracted, this leaves at least £186 going straight to the Haiti causeper print sold. If we can sell the whole edition of 200 of these, we could raise over £37,000.
The print reads: ‘We are all part of each other and this is my promise, I won’t pass you by and I won’t ignore you and look the other way but I’ll help you build your nest again. This is my promise’
Prints will be available to buy from Etsy on Friday and Ryantown on Saturday.