Twitter UK Header illustration

I was so excited to be invited by Ralph Creative to create 'A very British Summer' illustration for Twitter UK's header in July 2018 we decided to go with a Wimbledon plus Strawberries & Cream theme and I used an isometric grid to create the pattern as I wanted to capture those views over Wimbledon with all the courts and stands!

 The final pattern

The final pattern

 Work in progress

Work in progress

 Twitter's header artwork for July

Twitter's header artwork for July

Blogtacular

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Well Blogtacular has been and gone and boy was it a good one!!! After attending last year as a market place vendor I was keen to go as a punter and get the full experience! 

I actually managed to bag a free ticket by winning the goodie bag design competition; illustrating a bloggers 'tool kit' But the conference isn't just aimed at bloggers, it's really for anyone running a creative business online. 

I chose to visit talks on SEO, Pinterest and writing as those are my weak spots that need brushing up! But the conference started off with a light hearted photo walk gathering content for the ever greedy 'gram! :D

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 Irina Kirchuk; Cloudburst

Irina Kirchuk; Cloudburst

I was super happy to be in Emma Jane Palin's group as she'd put together a Photo walk through colourful Peckham taking in The Bussey Building Courtyard, Bold Tendencies at Franks & Peckham Levels 

I loved these fly-posters by Fandangoe Kid which felt very bold and feminist, also the installation on Franks roof by Irina Kirchuk which saw everyday objects painted wild colours and assembled unexpectedly! Plus the newly painted building in the Bussey Building courtyard by Katrina Russell Adams was the perfect backdrop for getting some colourful snaps of my products! 

We finished by grabbing a cocktail at Near and Far Bar in Peckham Levels which had a very retro tropical vibe which I enjoyed as I happened to be rocking some Hawaiian print myself!

 Fandangoe Kid

Fandangoe Kid

 Emma Jane Palin Demonstrating how you work a sofa AND a suit!

Emma Jane Palin Demonstrating how you work a sofa AND a suit!

 Katrina Russell Adams backdrop with growling tiger patch by Jacqueline Colley

Katrina Russell Adams backdrop with growling tiger patch by Jacqueline Colley

The following day was an early start as I needed to pop some finishing touches to the Paper cut, photo back drop I'd designed for the event! We were lucky enough to get sponsorship from GF Smith meaning I could work with their beautiful Colorplan papers  to make the display! I used a palette of Bright Red, New Blue, Sorbet Yellow, Candy Pink and Pistachio, echoing the branding of Blogtacular! 

The rest of the day was an inspirational whirlwind!!! I attended keynote talks by Anthony Burrill amazing graphic designer and typographer and host of 'Raise your hand say YES' Podcast Tiffany Han  plus workshops on; Pinterest by  @annasterntaler, SEO by @xomisse & writing by @greta.solomon (mind literally blown).

I was left with an information hangover BUT more importantly as the days go by I'm feeling more equipped and excited to tackle my business with fresh energy & new ideas! It's so important to invest a little time in yourself I reckon that you end up reaping the rewards further down the line! Watch out for more blog posts coming your way concerning making a living in illustration as well as balancing your mental well being when you work from home! 

 Paper Cut Tropical Flowers and Foliage by Jacqueline Colley

Paper Cut Tropical Flowers and Foliage by Jacqueline Colley

 Paper Cut Photo Back drop by Jacqueline Colley using GF Smith papers

Paper Cut Photo Back drop by Jacqueline Colley using GF Smith papers

New York City Guide

Check out my previous post for other details on our East Coast Road Trip, here I'm rounding up NYC highlights! We arrived in New york with a huge list of things we wanted to see and visit and worked our way through as best we could! We started off with a little shopping downtown, popping into Madewell (I ended up getting a yellow jumpsuit, as you do!) Plus Nathan wanted to visit Best Made Co as he's a long time fan! Then we took a tour round Racquel's Dream Home which was filled with iconic pieces of design and fun to explore; plus those stairs!

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Racquel's Dream Home

Next we skipped uptown to see the American Folk Art Museum, we've both always been followers of outsider art and the collection did not disappoint, discovering new artists and also seeing a huge collection of drawings by Henry Darger below is a piece I really liked by Paul Laffoley; The Telenomic Process of the universe, love love love!

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Paul Laffoley

We also checked out the current exhibitions at the Met and especially loved William Eggleston's Los Alamos Photographs and of course the obligatory 'selfie' from the rooftop was taken!

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We strolled down Madison Avenue taking in the local sites towards the Gagosian where one of our favourite artists Jonas Wood currently has an exhibition. I was entranced by the tennis ball wallpaper which I could not get enough of! But I also loved the new print editions especially this little one with the Wood / Kusaka Studios stamp!

Next we were hungry for both cake and Instagramable goodness so we hit Sprinkles who have a Cupcake ATM! Amazing, so we got Snapping and snacking! ;)

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Sprinkles Cupcake ATM

The following day we hired the city bikes for the day which was super fun as we went cycling over the bridges between Brooklyn and Manhattan stopping off in Chinatown to visit CW Pencil Enterprise which was a stationary addict's delight filled with the pencil goodness! Also there was a cute mural round the corner which I enjoyed practising my posing with! 

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CW Pencil Enterprise

We cycled over to ESPO's art world  Stephen Power's art Gallery where he constantly exhibits work and has prints for sale! After seeing his mural series in Philadelphia it was great to see more of his work and chat to his studio assistant!

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ESPO's Art World

We took a detour over to Industry City to check out Camille Walala's latest, largest and most amazing mural to date; Walalapopcitybuilding! Awesome colour pops and graphic goodness, totally punching my eyes a treat to behold!

Finally we had an awesome day out at Coney Island which I remember going to in my early twenties and being utterly hypnotised by; I'm sure it's changed in the 10 years since but there was still at lot of charm and beautiful hand painted signs, exactly what I was hoping to see! 

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Thanks so much for reading I hope that you enjoyed my roundup, if there is anything specific you'd like me to write about on here please leave a comment below! :D 

Lucky Dip Club Collaboration!

Lucky Dip Club is an awesome surprise subscription box full of fun and colour! I was so excited to collaborate with the lovely Leona of Lucky Dip Club! She had seen my plants illustrations and wanted me to create a design that would 'wrap' around the sock. The theme for the months box was 'Grow' and I was very happy that Leona also asked to use my Houseplant pattern to decorate the box! Check it out below! :D

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New Pin & Patch Collection

Love is Power; A new range of pins, patches and prints inspired by phrases of hope and love to combat the negative political climate we are currently living through! I used symbolism to convey the messages including a briar rose and tiger for love and power as well as olive branches
and a snake for hope and fearlessness. Neon highlights permeate the collection alongside bold typography!

If you're interested in the Manufacturing process behind the Patches head to the Aspinline Blog where you can read all about it! 

Also please get in touch if you are an independent shop and interested in wholesale, I will happily send over a product catalogue!

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Made in North Korea

I seriously recommend a visit to the House of Illustration to see 'Made in North Korea, Everyday Graphics from the DPRK' I absolutely loved this exhibition and it ends in two weeks! So interesting to see as the designers work in relative isolation from the rest of the world so there is a bit of a time capsule / vintage aspect to the graphics! I was so inspired!

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