Today I’m very excited to share with you another piece of work I created for the organisers of Shetland Wool Week. The annual, week-long event that promotes the textile and farming industries of the Shetland islands, started on Saturday and this year is their 10th anniversary. To celebrate, they asked me to create a full colour illustration of a Shetland sheep, which features on all their merchandise currently available to purchase in person this week. Any items they have left over once this year’s Shetland Wool Week comes to a close, will be made available in their online shop.
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.
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Just before Christmas I decided that I wanted to create an illustration for each of the 12 days in the song. When I looked it up I discovered that there are quite a few different versions, so depending on which one you sing, you may have 9 dancing ladies or 12 pipers piping, or even ships sailing or bulls roaring.
I decided to go with the version I was most familiar with, which turned out to be one of the oldest versions, although probably less common than others.
I also started creating patterns that would co-ordinate with each image but as I started this series quite close to Christmas the patterns fell by the wayside. I hope I can get back to working on those but we’ll see. For now, here are the 12 images I created for the song The 12 Days of Christmas.
I hope you’ve had a fun festive season and a peaceful start to 2019.
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A bear I painted in my sketchbook a few weeks ago. I’m thinking of making more drawings of animals in knitwear and more animals in general. Are there any animals in particular that you’d like to see me draw/paint?
Earlier this year I worked with ME Action to create a gold shoe pin, which they used as part of a fundraiser. I’ve been working with ME Action again recently and together we created 2 holiday cards based on the same shoe design.
One features this repeating pattern on a red background and inside the message reads ‘Seasons Greetings’. The other is a single pair of shoes on a blue background and contains the message ‘Happy Holidays’.
Both designs are available to purchase through the ME Action shop and all proceeds go towards the work they do campaigning with and on behalf of people with ME.
Right now the ME Action shops ship only to the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK but if you’re in one of those countries there should still be time to receive your cards before Christmas.