It was wonderful to see such a huge number of artisans and creatives in one place, real experts in their field. I'd heard about the festival for years but never had the chance to go and I'm so glad I did. It had wonderful summer vibes as well as artists at work outside creating installations or demonstrating their craft, it was fab to see Kirstie too. Working closely with Hobbycraft means I'm made aware of the latest craft trends within the industry and getting to meet the people behind brands such as Cricut and Mollie Makes magazine was a great experience. Although art is my passion I love crafting too and I'm always in awe of the stunning pieces created, the festival showcased every artists work beautifully and I cant wait to visit again next year.
I was thrilled to be invited to the Handmade Festival at Hampton Court Palace by Hobbycraft this year. The festival is hosted by Kirstie Allsop in the palace grounds, showcasing artists and designer makers as well as offering workshops over the weekend too. I headed down to London on the Saturday of the festival and explored the marquees in the sunshine. I was lucky enough to attend the watercolour workshop held by Katharine Wright which was fantastic, very relaxing and informative.
I was incredibly proud and happy to support the wonderful event 'Postcards from The Edge' this year by donating a piece of original artwork for their 17th Annual Benefit. This year the event was hosted by the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City and featured stunning artwork by artists from all over the world. The benefit raises money to support the organisation Visual Aids and gets bigger and bigger every year. The artwork I donated titled 'Dragon Skin' is a postcard sized mixed media piece which is the start in a series I will create over the coming year.
It was so incredible to see a piece of my artwork up in a gallery in New York and I will continue to support Visual Aids anyway I can, please pop over to their face book page to see more of the beautiful artwork from the exhibition!
- Visual Aids Facebook.
It was lovely to see a collection of some of the books I have illustrated at the Bedford Waterstones on Saturday at a book signing with author Ruth Whenham. Lots of lovely comments about the illustrations and just after one of the books 'My Crazy Purple Pen' reached no.3 on the Amazon children's ebook charts! Currently working on the third 'Captain Sillyvoice' book and then I will be illustrating a new Christmas book, very exciting!
Author Ruth Whenhams blog - www.whenham.com/blog/my-day-at-waterstones
Just before Christmas I had the pleasure of designing a suite of wedding stationary for a Christmas themed wedding. I created designs for the invitations, Menu cards, Name place cards, order of service and a large seating plan display. All of which featured illustrations inspired by a valentines card but with a Christmas twist. I was also able to use photos of the wedding dress detail to base my designs on. I have to say I really enjoyed creating these illustrations for the wedding of marketing professional Claire Lake ( now Rose ), she had fabulous ideas which I loved bringing to life through my illustrations. This was the perfect project to work on leading up to Christmas!
Above: Development work
The illustrations combined ornate swirls dripping with delicate Christmas ornaments, organic elements such as leaves and flowers were incorporated into the swirls to create the 'Vines' reminiscent of something from a fairy tale. Traditional Christmas themed designs such as mistletoe, baubles, doves, reindeer and snowflakes tied in with the vines and gave the designs the 'Christmas twist' we wanted to conjure up.
I was also delighted to receive a selection of photos from the wedding showing the wedding stationary as well as the wedding cake which was inspired by my illustrations and looked absolutely stunning! I have added the photos below I'm sure they wont mind me showing them as the wedding looked so beautiful.....
"Emma created my suite of wedding stationery - invitation, menu cards, name place cards, table plan and front cover of the order of service. She has been incredibly attentive and patient. More, she created some fantastic illustrations for the wedding - all of them sit together as a whole piece of work beautifully. I would highly recommend Emma"