September Blot Blog & Chatter

King’s Cross

A new map, this one of King’s Cross, has joined the map family in September.
It’ll see it’s first official outing at the Pop Up shop in November, although it did join me on a recent trip to Eastbourne!

Haddenham

We had fun at the Turn End Open Studio, which was part of the Haddenham Feast. Heather and I even managed to do some printing while sitting outside in the garden!

The gardens at Turn End are lovely and I recommend a visit to the gardens and house on one of it’s open days next year. If you’d like to more about Turn End you can read about it here.

My stand at Turn End Open Studios

My stand at Turn End Open Studios

Eastbourne

Ink, Paper + Print’s illustration and print fair at the Towner Gallery was another success this year with 2,400 visitors and given that the Towner was between exhibitions that’s all the more impressive. By the end of Sunday evening I felt as though I’d spoken to each and every one of those 2,400 visitors! Once again my fellow exhibitors were lovely and it was a thoroughly enjoyable event on so many levels. Great to see some familiar faces from last year’s show visiting again too.

My stand at Ink, Paper + Print, Eastbourne

My stand at Ink, Paper + Print, Eastbourne

Studio Tucktite

I had a very small, teabag size drawing on show at the Studio Tucktite Idiom Home Show (near Old Street tube station), part of the London Design Festival. The brief set by creative agency’s Michael Czerwinski read:

“Surely it’s time to question rather consume. We are increasingly programmed to accumulate and we look at the home as a validating repository of objects.  But sometimes we regret the loss of something we have thrown away. To try to understand the value of what we have it’s an idea to consider the value of the stuff we feel we have lost.”

My first drawing on a teabag!

My first drawing on a teabag!

Ruby Violet Window

My lovely client Ruby Violet, that I’ve worked with for the last four years is Crowdfunding and I’ve just written the window for them letting everyone know!

Head over to the Ruby Violet website if you’re interested in finding out more.

Ruby Violet’s Crowdfunding window

Ruby Violet’s Crowdfunding window

Violet & Frederick Blackboards

Violet & Frederick at the Tufnell Park kiosk opened after their summer break this month. I also put up the flower of the month blackboard; Dahlia when the kiosk was open.

Violet & Frederick’s blackboards

Violet & Frederick’s blackboards

New flower drawings

Talking of flowers I’ve been creating some new work in the studio. My small paintings and drawings of flowers and some larger pieces combining words with drawings. Some of these will be on show a the Inkpot & Pen Pop Up Shop in November.

New flower drawings

New flower drawings

Printing new business cards

It’s certainly busy with fairs at the moment so I’ve been down to my lovely friend’s rather wonderful studio to letterpress print some business cards. It’s a very hands on process, hand cutting the cards to size and then printing them on old Adana presses. It’s one of my favourite things to do!

Sketchbook drawings

When I’m out on my own, waiting, inevitably the sketchbook comes out.  This time I was in Frith Street waiting for the doors to open at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Balan’s Cafe in Frith Street

Balan’s Cafe in Frith Street

Meanwhile this time I had half an hour to spare in Little Gaddesden, a village in Hertfordshire, north of Berkhamstead, close to where I great up, one sunny but windy evening. It has a rather lovely church tucked away so I settled in to the car and sketched. It’s a good way to lose time, inevitably I get involved in what I’m doing and then end up almost being late!

Little Gaddesden church and the view looking the other way.

Little Gaddesden church and the view looking the other way.

Allotment Residency

I’m now in my fifteenth month of my allotment residency and there’s a new blog post. Why not make a cuppa, find somewhere comfortable to sit and have a good read here.

Have a great Autumn and see you in a month.