Tuesday, 7 March 2017

5 Fab things so far...


Sooooo much to celebrate this year so far and it's only the beginning of March!

Firstly,
this is my first year with a clean bill of health, which is blooming marvellous!

It seems a lifetime ago I was writing posts like this and this.

It feels like the end of a long journey and the start of adventures new,
never ever take your health for granted, and grab life by the goolies is my advice!


Secondly, 
this happened!


being able to put 'Lily and Bear' in the Albert Hall search engine!

yes, I know! how fantastic is that!

Lily and Bear was made into a children's theatre production by Boxer Books and Lily and Bear Productions Ltd. ...

nip me, did that actually happen?


yes it did!

The wonderful AndrĂ© Refig as Bear and gorgeous Emily Yarrow as Lily!

Puppets and narration by the very lovely Katy Bingham-Best.
Just fab!


It was an amazing experience,
I couldn't believe how wonderful the show was and the feedback was so positive.

I feel incredibly grateful to all involved for making the Lily and Bear production so brilliant and all the hard work Paula Chitty and David Bennett put in, and there's more to come!


Thirdly, 
a well deserved Big family holiday courtesy of my gorgeous
Mum and Dad!


We have a lot to celebrate as a family this year,
Dad turns 70, my brother turns 40, my Lily turns 18 and I've finished my remission,
Life's good in the Stubbs family!











Sunshine, family and quality time,
it cures all!

Fourthly,






Lily and Bear has been Long listed for The Book Trust, time to read campaign,
WOW!
so very happy and grateful to be chosen as a possible candidate!


and finally,
fifthly,
I'm so lucky to be represented by the wonderful Watermark Gallery
They stock some of my Lily and Bear screen prints,




... and they are responsible for selling all of my 'Golden' prints!...
(need to do another edition!)


... and have encouraged me to develop and experiment with my work which I love doing, 
and it's taken my illustration and printing down another creative path.




So all in all not bad year! 


...and this is just the start!

After one of the Lily and Bear performances a lady came up to me to sign a book for her children, 
she congratulated me on the book and the show and then said,

" and well done you, for doing this whilst bringing up three children"

There was real admiration in her voice when she said it, 
not for the book and the show but for me being able to manage being a  Mum and have a career. 
It was the nicest compliment I had, because I knew she knew how hard it is to juggle life, and manage the balls you drop from time to time!

So here's to all the working Mums, and Dads! who manage to... 
wash, iron, cook 'healthy' meals, taxi around, volunteer, do the supermarket dash, study, work, clean, vac, feed the cat, fund raise, have uniform ready for Monday, read, encourage, pick up random items around the house constantly, pull Nerf bullets out of the washing machine, support, buy emergency birthday presents, Oh lets face it, I could go on forever! and
manage to look effortlessly gorgeous and 
work.

You're amazing xx


Hope you're having a wonderful start to the year too,

Happy Days :)







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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Happy 2017



Happy New year!
May your year be filled with good health, 
exciting times and happy days,
here's to a creative 2017!
xx

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Creating artwork for screen printing workshop!


I'm taking a lovely creating course as a little taster into screen printing.

We will be experiment with different ways of generating imagery for screen print by hand! 
In this fun, experimental day workshop you will be encouraged to use different methods of black mark-making and shown a variety of techniques to create positive artwork ready for print. 





To illustrate the screen printing process you will then create a collaborative screen print using these methods which you can take home at the end of the day. 
The focus of the workshop will be on the creative process of making images, rather than the technicalities of the screen printing process. By the end of the day you will have learnt various skills and techniques in producing artwork for print, and be fuelled with inspiration to take your skills to the next level!


This short course is ideal for beginners as a taster, or those who already have some experience of screen printing but would like to experiment with new ideas.

 You can book on here!
Lets get creative!




Sunday, 2 October 2016

Autumn Joy and Marmalade


Here's the third print in this series of floral vintage pots which started with the Golden print for Holmfirth Artweek.

I was inspired by the graphics on the old pot Dundee marmalade jar we have in our kitchen. 
I love the nostalgia it conjures up of old fashioned breakfasts of 'door stop' toast with butter and marmalade. 
We use our little pot as a vase for small flowers 
which today holds the tiny starts of pink Autumn Joy.


Here's the print after three colours screen printed,









I'm loving doing these prints, 
such a change from my graphic works and book illustration.
 I'm learning so much from the process of doing them which I can then use in my book illustration.
Can't wait to do another one!

Autumn Joy and marmalade is listed in my Etsy and Folksy shops.


Hello October!