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

West Elm Pop up!

So excited to be popping up at at West Elm's stunning flagship store on Tottenham Court road on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of March! I'll be setting myself up in a cosy nook and decking it out with all my tropical goods! I'm so grateful to West Elm for supporting me and my indie business by including me in their outreach program! See the event on their facebook page here as well as all the other exciting workshops and pop ups that they are hosting in March! 

Live Drawing at Intimissimi Oxford St

I had a super fun time live drawing for a special event at Intimissimi last Sunday and I'm excited to be in store this Saturday; live drawing and hand decorating boxes for special silk purchases! If you would like to get your own box or drawing I will be in store opposite Bond st station on Saturday the 24th of February 2pm till 8pm! *Conditions apply

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The London Illustration Fair

I was so excited to exhibit for the first time last weekend at The London Illustration Fair The event was so busy with lots of lovely people stopping by to chat and say hi! I had a great time selling prints, cards pins and Patches to lots of new faces! I also enjoyed cutting out some of my signature paper cut leaves to Jungle-up my stand! If you'd like to catch me at another market I'll be at Renegade craft fair in the Truman Brewery off Brick Lane this Saturday and Sunday; the 9th & 10th of December and my final market is a Crafty Fox Night market at the Geffrye Museum on the 14th! Perfect events for shopping indie this Christmas!

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Christmas Markets

It's that time of year again! I'll be popping up at a couple of Creative Christmas Markets selling an array of tropical patterned products including my new zip purses. Alongside a growing selection of Risograph and Screen prints! I'm getting lots of new limited editions ready as I'm excited to be taking part in The London Illustration Fair at the Oxo Tower, Barge house on the 1st to the 3rd of December. It's an event that I've really enjoyed visiting for the past few years so I'm very happy to be involved. I'll also be at Renegade the following weekend and a late night Crafty Fox at the Geffrye Museum. I would love to see you at one or all of these pop ups so please come by and say hi! :D

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Teaching

I occasionally do a bit of teaching in 6th form colleges, universities and museums, it's not often that they are open to everyone but I have a couple of courses coming up at the V&A which are; Create is a programme for young people the course is one day long for 13-15 year olds. We will be working with photoshop and making repeat patterns, you can book your place here 

I'll also be running a two day course for adults which you can read about and book your place here Looking forward to teaching the wonders of repeat pattern and meeting some lovely like minded, pattern obsessive people!

Market time!

Holiday season is almost upon us and that means applying to lots of Craft Markets and Illustration Fairs! This year I'm excited to be taking part in a couple of Crafty Fox Markets which I always love! (You can see all my event listing at the top right hand side of my blog) I'm also applying to take part in Renegade Craft Fair which I've loved doing as an annual event for the last two years! Another fair which I've enjoyed visiting in the past but I'm a newbie to applying is The London Illustration Fair which has an awesome location! So fingers crossed for getting accepted to lots of markets and having a busy season! Here are a couple of snaps from events this summer so you can see what my market set up might look like!

 RHS Urban Garden Show

RHS Urban Garden Show

 House of Illustration Summer Fair

House of Illustration Summer Fair

 Renegade 2016

Renegade 2016

Competition Time!!

So excited to have reached 5000 followers on Instagram!! I am so grateful for the support and wanted to do a little giveaway as a Thank You!! There is one main prize and two runner up prizes so three chances to WIN! To take part all you need to do is go to my Instagram, find the image below and tag a friend who you think would like to win in the comments! For an extra entry you can repost the image or tag another friend!

*First Prize* Daily Journal by Oh Deer featuring my Rainforest print on the cover, Colouring book by Fab.com which combines the work of a selection of artists including me! A riso print plant set produced in collaboration with Geo-Fleur, a set of Amazon stickers and finally an iron on embroidered Tiger patch!

*2xRunner's up* Will receive an amazon notepad and a wrapping paper set!

The winner will be announced on the 2nd of May, Good luck!

Term's and conditions:  Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.