Get an M.E Action Shoe Pin

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This week I’m really excited to share with you some work I recently did with the M.E Action Network. To support their current fundraising campaign we worked together to make this special gold shoe pin. On 12th May, people with M.E place pairs of shoes outside to represent the millions of people who are missing from their lives because of this illness.

Like those shoes, this pin also represents the Millions Missing and it can be worn/displayed all year to help raise awareness of M.E.

These pins are available to everyone who makes a minimum donation of $25 to the M.E Action 2018 Campaign and all proceeds go towards funding the important work that M.E Action is doing. This work includes building community, increasing advocacy, educating doctors and scientists, and inspiring new people to work in this field.

Please help to spread the word by sharing this post and more importantly, sharing links to the fundraising campaign on social media.

April Favourites 2018

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Last month I shared my first ‘favourites’ post and I’m aiming to do this every month. As it’s the beginning of May I’m sharing a handful of the things I really enjoyed during April so here we go:

  1. Watermelon!
  2. Rice Krispies (but not for breakfast – I have them for supper before I go to bed).
  3. The Creative Pep Talk Podcast by Andy J Pizza
  4. Crochet. I’ve been spending a lot of my creative energy on crochet lately. I recently made myself a black jumper/sweater and I’m now working on a cardigan using Sirdar Baby Bamboo in the colour Skittle.
  5. Sheet face masks – especially the Garnier Moisture Bomb tissue masks.

Is there anything that you’ve particularly had fun with recently? Books, music, podcasts, art supplies, food…? I’d love to hear what you’re enjoying!

MATS Bootcamp: Sewing Storage

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For April’s MATS Bootcamp assignment we were asked to design organisational trays/cups on the theme of sewing accessories, or sewing notions. I tried a few different ways of drawing and colouring my ideas and eventually decided on these designs for a tray, some trinket dishes and 3 different storage cups.

For the design of the trays and cups I was inspired by a few things I’d spotted on Pinterest and also in online shops like Anthropologie. With the drawings I decided to stick with simple line drawings in ink which I coloured digitally.

Making patterns is one of my favourite ways to play around with my drawings so I also created 2 repeat patterns using the same images – one using all the drawings I’d made and another that used just the buttons.

This was probably my favourite assignment so far in Bootcamp because the work I made felt very ‘me’. I felt like I was learning new things but at the same time using a style that is familiar and comfortable. We have one more month to go and I’m curious to see what that assignment will be, but in the meantime we have an extra week before that work starts so I’m enjoying a little break and resting as much as possible.

New Redbubble Shop

Today I wanted to let you know that, as well as Etsy, I’m now selling on Redbubble. My Etsy shop is still the place to buy prints, cards and original work but Redbubble is where I’m selling things, like mugs, phone cases, cushions, duvet covers and even leggings(!) featuring my designs. Unlike Etsy (where I personally handle all orders), Redbubble deals with all the shipping so if you live outside of the UK your order will probably ship from somewhere within, or closer to, your home country.

If there is one of my designs that you would like to be able to buy through Redbubble let me know and I’ll add it to my shop. In the meantime, head over to my Redbubble shop and have a look around. I’ll be adding more designs over the coming days and weeks.

MATS Bootcamp: Sylvia Pankhurst

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In March our MATS Bootcamp assignment was to create a portrait of a Suffragette and my Suffragette was Sylvia Pankhurst. I’d never heard of her before but she was one of Emmeline Pankhurst’s daughters.

Sylvia was born in Manchester but spent a lot of time working in east London, championing the working class, who she saw as instrumental in bringing about real change in terms of voting rights. This was one of the things created tension between her and her mother, and her older sister Christabel. Eventually Sylvia became estranged from her family after having a child outside of marriage.

In the 1950s she moved to Ethiopia after becoming friends with Haile Selassie, and she is buried in Addis Ababa.