2017 has been something of a 'rollercoaster' of a year for me on both a professional and personal level. There have been some sky-soaring highs and some bollock-low blows, but all in all I feel very lucky and priveleged to end the year with a body that (vaguely) works, a growing creative business and a very long to-do/draw list! I couldn't have got through it all without my incredible friends: nor some of the
AWESOME PEOPLE I'VE MET!
From customers to creatives, I've met some incredible people this year: all of whom have inspired and influenced me in different ways. I've also discovered a lot of amazing artists, makers and women who are BOSSING IT at doing their own thing: all of which has kept me motivated to keep building my business and making shit happen!
So, before 2018 kicks in and I get swept up in new faces, projects and plans, I wanted to say a big YOU ARE FABULOUS to:
I met Kayti after stumbling upon her fab mag (Caboodle) on Instagram and can safely say that her friendship is one of the biggest and best things to come out of 2017! We had so much fun shooting my product photography back in September and I'm totally in love with our 2018 Rainbow The Shit Out of It wallplanner: which pretty much sums up her whole rainbow-faced approach to life! If I could just figure out a way to extract some of her unfaltering goodness and positivity I bet I could make a fortune down Sainsbury's! Love you girl xxx
I was super-excited to meet legendary Fashion Illustrator Sue at her House of Illustration masterclass back in April. I've been a huge fan of her style for years and can safely say that she's every bit as effortlessly fabulous and chic as her illustrations are. As well as sketching live from the FROW, I've seen Sue pop-up at some exciting events over the past few years, including drawing portraits at the premiere of the Absolutely Fabulous Movie: surely the ultimate Fashion Illustration gig! She's an awesome tutor too: those London College of Fashion students are very lucky indeed.
London is bursting with incredible illustration talent and to me Ilu is one of its biggest! I first spotted her at The House of Illustration Summer Fair back in July and I've been following / stalking her on Instagram ever since! I basically love EVERYTHING she does and am utterly in awe of the way she captures urban scenes and cultural icons with such character and skill. (Her Pink Ladies and Amy Winehouse rock!) She makes it look so effortless and understated, and yet her work punches out powerful, bold statements at the same time. Hats off!
Judy Andrews of A Spoonful of Sugar & Co
Ever since I saw the words "no one is you - that is your superpower" beautifully emblazoned across the back of my AW17 issue of Caboodle mag, I've been totally hooked on ASS (A Spoonful of Sugar!) As well as being a hugely talented designer, its creator Judy is a TOTAL SWEETHEART who is all about spreading positivity and good vibes: vibes which people are understandably lapping right up! We were both trading at Renegade Craft Fair earlier this month and have been chatting a fair bit since - mainly about growing up in the 1990s! I'm really hoping to work with her in some way next year... watch this space!
Fitzygogo! (AKA Kymberly O'Carroll-Fitzpatrick) is the Aussie-born Essex-based chick turning the world RED HOT with her funky retro-inspired designs! In her own words, Fitzygogo! is all about "creating art that is wearable, usable and just nice to look at": a mission which she's absolutely NAILING. I met her at BUST earlier this month and she's an absolute sunbeam. You gogo girl!
I don't know where I'd be without this girl's Instagram feed to inspire me! Her observational and drawing skills are second to none and I love the way she captures every day scenes with such character and humour. Despite all the best intentions and the fact that we're both based in East London, we've still not met: so a new year sketch-off is right on top of my 2018 to-do list!
Last but not least, I want to say a big thank you to all the awesome people who've stopped by my stalls or attended one of my workshops over the past year. An especially MASSIVE SHOUT OUT to Amanda Dawson and her daughter, who I met at the Peckham Festival in September and who has been keeping me highly amused ever since! It was so fab to see a mum and daughter take to my creative challenge with such gusto and excitement at all things pink: it's moments like that which motivate me to keep on keeping on!
And so I go, on with the sketch show and into 2018: armed with massive bag of pencils, a gallery full of ideas and a very, very long to-do list!