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Slumberland Fabric Design

Slumberland Fabric Design

Yay, my submission for By Hand London’s second fabric design competition made the shortlist! The competition theme is Once Upon a Dream.

Slumberland Fabric Design

My design was inspired by the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. It has a central image of a sleeping kid, with various slumberland-inspired images surrounding him.

Slumberland Fabric Design

There are some really cool entries in the competition. I love Hannah’s abstract design and Tor’s fairies. Go check them out here; voting closes Friday 13th February.

Slumberland Fabric Design

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Fritillaria Easter Card

I was a bit slow making Easter cards this year, but finally got around to making some – just in time! I opted for a fritillaria design. The fritillaria image is a linocut print, which I’ve tidied up & added text to in Adobe Illustrator.
Home-made Fritillaria Easter Card


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Ice Crystal Chrismas Cards

Last weekend I completed six designs for Christmas cards. These will be printed on the cards I send to my family and friends this year.

Each design is based on an actual ice crystal (more commonly known as snowflakes) photographed by W. A. Bentley in the early 1900s. Bentley was the first person to photograph a single ice crystal, and went on to photograph more than 5000. You can see from my illustrations the complexity and intricacy of some of the snowflakes photographed by Bentley.

The cards are also available for sale in my etsy shop.

Handmade Snowflake Christmas Card
Handmade Snowflake Christmas Card
Handmade Snowflake Christmas Card
Handmade Snowflake Christmas Card
Handmade Snowflake Christmas Card
Handmade Snowflake Christmas Card


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Shrinky Dink Brooches

I’ve been playing around with shrink plastic over the last couple of weeks while working on a few designs for badges and magnets.

Two of my initial designs are printed below. These were printed using Shrinky Dink Inkjet, after an initial unsuccessful attempt using the (not inkjet friendly) Shrinkles paper available in the UK.

The first is a still from the Hong Kong film Rouge, and features the actress Anita Mui.

Handmade brooch featuring actress Anita Mui from the film Rouge

The second features a Japanese Kasa Obake or umbrella ghost. My drawing is based on a toy my friend Emma bought back from a trip to Japan a few years ago, which is pictured below my badge.

Kasa Obake Umbrella Ghost Brooch

Japanese Umbrella Ghost


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Alice Potter Illustration

Alice Potter very generously donated one of her prints for the craft fair me and colleagues held at the University of Birmingham recently. Along with the print she included the adorable postcard pictured below with a personal message written on the back. Since it was addressed to me I thought it would be ok to bring the postcard home:), and it’s now taken pride of place on my fireplace. I’m thinking it would look even better if I were to decoupage the frame – so that may be a little job for the weekend!

Alice Potter Postcard
Alice Potter Postcard