Really not, in any way at all, doing Clovember

Every first of November, I have to decide whether I’m going to join in with Clovember again. Clovember (clothes + November) is a tradition in my small corner of the internet, whereby one photographs what one is wearing, every day in November, and blogs about it. If that sounds dull, you’d be surprised at howContinue reading “Really not, in any way at all, doing Clovember”

A Bath holiday sketch diary

We’ve just returned from a family holiday in Bath, Somerset. One of the things I enjoy most about going on holiday is having the luxury of time to draw – I kept a sketch diary while I was there. Click each page to see it at a readable size. Day 1: The journey Key learning:Continue reading “A Bath holiday sketch diary”

Meeting Gudrun and the women who wear her clothes

Yesterday, I had the very singular experience of sitting in the London Gudrun Sjödén shop, sketching away while customers came to greet Gudrun herself, who was in town for a flying visit. As I listened to the women who queued up to speak to Gudrun, and as I chatted to her in between times, itContinue reading “Meeting Gudrun and the women who wear her clothes”

Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition

We’re lucky in Brighton: the city is home to Myriad Editions. Few British publishers really champion the graphic novel form as much as they do, nor take such delight in stretching the definition to embrace techniques such as embroidery and lino cut. I’ve just come back from a talk, chaired by its Creative Director CorinneContinue reading “Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel competition”

The Perfect Storm

Remember that film where George Clooney grabs an unexpected eBay bargain, finds a sketchbook with unusual dimensions, and follows an Instagram account that suddenly gives him an idea for an art project? It’s called ‘The Perfect Storm’. Oh, wait. That wasn’t a film, it was real life. And it wasn’t George Clooney, it was me.Continue reading “The Perfect Storm”

November 2012: clothes project

In November 2012, I decided to draw the clothes I wore, every day, for a month. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, I also drew my daughter’s clothes. At the end of the month, a good friend commented that the illustrations would make a great comic. She said one thing that reallyContinue reading “November 2012: clothes project”

A surprising thing

All right, so this lovely thing happened. I’ve had this Gudrun Sjoden dress pinned to my wish I could justify that Pinterest board for.. well, for 25 weeks, according to Pinterest itself. Something about the pattern and the colours really appealed to me, and the cut is one of the few that actually suits myContinue reading “A surprising thing”