Making a Sketchbook

Over the past couple of months I’ve not done very much drawing. Partly because my energy’s been very low for a lot of the time and partly because I felt that I needed to do some different things after drawing every day for the 100 Day Project.

Even so I’ve still been working on some creative projects and one of them was learning some basic bookbinding. I’d made a simple accordion book but more “Making a Sketchbook”

Shetland Wool Week Hats

Shetland Wool Week hats Illustration

Today I’m excited to share with you some work I did for the lovely people at Shetland Wool Week. As the name suggests, Shetland Wool Week is a week long event that celebrates the Shetland wool, textile and farming industries. It takes place once a year, during the Autumn and the organisers approached me earlier this year to ask if I would be interested in creating a celebratory print for 2019 – their 10th year.

For the past 6 out of 10 years a designer has created a knitting pattern for a hat that anyone anywhere in the world can use to feel a part of the celebrations, whether they’re attending the event in person or not.

My illustration of these 6 hats has been made into a beautiful A3 giclee print and is currently available to purchase through the Shetland Wool Week online shop but numbers are strictly limited so if you would like one, please order now to avoid missing out.

Hats designed by:

Summer Sale!

There’s currently a sale on in my Etsy shop for the next four days. All orders of £15 (just over $18 USD) or more will receive 20% off.

There’s free shipping of almost all items in my shop within the UK and any orders of $35 or more from to the US also receive free shipping now.

Loads of original paintings, prints, notebooks and stickers are waiting for you!

A Slow Summer and New Fabric Designs

4 repeat patterns of kiwis, wild flowers, vegetables and cars

August has been a necessarily slow month. After finishing my 100 Day Project and another big piece of work I decided to take a short break from drawing and painting, to catch my metaphorical breath.

But that short break turned into a longer one because my energy levels crashed and, as anyone with M.E will know, all you can do when that happens is rest, take care of yourself and trust that things will improve again.

Thankfully, I’m starting to feel better and in between resting and napping, I’ve done a tiny bit of work, mostly for fun.

I took a few of my botanical drawings and created a couple of new repeat patterns – one of wild flowers and one of kiwi fruit slices.

Then I decided to do something that I’ve been intending to do for a very long time. I uploaded these designs, along with 2 of my older repeat patterns to Spoonflower, and ordered some fabric swatches. Now that I’ve done that I’m able to make these 4 designs available to purchase as either fabric or wallpaper in my new Spoonflower shop!

The shop is a bit of a work in progress but for every sale of my designs I will earn a small commission. I’m hoping to add more designs to the shop over time so if there’s one that you’d like to be able to buy, please let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

100 Days of Botanicals

Yesterday was the last day of this year’s 100 Day Project, which is an annual global art project, free for anyone to join in. All you have to do to take part is choose a creative project that you can work on every day and do it every day for 100 days. If you choose, you share your work online with the hashtag #the100dayproject.

I’ve taken part twice in the past, making patterns and hand lettering. This year I decided that every day I would make a small drawing with a botanical theme – flowers, fruit, vegetables, leaves… These are the 100 drawings I made and as you can see, I played around with different mediums and styles and I really enjoyed it.

There were times when it felt difficult or like I really didn’t want to draw another flower ever again but I kept going and I’m glad I did. It’s been a really good way to create a new body of work and be playful at the same time.

I have some ideas about what I want to do next but for the moment I have a big piece of work to finish and then I think I’m going to have a bit of a rest from making new drawings for a bit.

In the meantime, I’m slowly adding all of these 100 drawings to my Etsy shop. Some have already sold but if the one you like isn’t there yet it will probably appear over the next couple of weeks.