Two Exhibitions

Last week I visited two exhibitions of illustrators’ work. The first exhibition was at Mottisfont Abbey 7th July – 2nd September 2018 of original illustrations from ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and the Mog books.  The exhibition was organized by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books

Great to see the originals of these books that my daughter grew up with.  Admiring the 29362735967_86774819d0_osimplicity of Kerr’s characters and the very expressive faces, feeling of movement and ‘catness’ she achieves.  Much more simplified characters than Kathleen Hale’s (which I have been looking at this week).

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My sketch

He’s such a kindly looking tiger. I’ve just noticed how the stripes over his eyes give him eyebrows.

The short film of Judith Kerr at the exhibition was interesting. She showed her sketchbooks and talked about drawing things a lot of times before she got them right. She also mentioned drawing tigers from life at the zoo and using the internet to find images when she needed to draw tigers yawning (as the real ones don’t keep still with their mouths open).

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 12.01.38Shopped.  Bag and postcard images are from “The Tiger Who Came to Tea.” (Kerr, J. 1968). “Bombs on Aunt Dainty” (Kerr, J. 1975).  My photo.

(Above) Doorway image from “Mog the Forgetful Cat” (Kerr, J. 1970). My photo.

 

A lovely exhibition if you are anywhere near.  Got home and listened to Judith Kerr on Desert Island Discs, which is available on iplayer if you’re in the UK.

The second was Edward Bawden. Dulwich Picture Gallery. 24th May to 9th September 2018

I went to see this exhibition yesterday. I wasn’t very familar with the work of Edward Bawden but several people recommended (raved about) it.

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Fig 1. Brighton Pier 1958. Linocut on paper.

The range of work was beyond what I had expected.  Some of my favourite pieces were the large lino prints of Brighton Pier and of Lindsell Church.   I loved the large amount of black and strong overall feeling of these.

 

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Fig 2. Map of Scarborough (detail) 1931. Pencil, silver foil, watercolour and paper.

 

In contrast to these were finely drawn copper plate etchings and delicate watercolours. I loved his use of collage.  The Map of Scarborough was another favourite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new favourite artist.

 

 

 

 

New Things

There are a bunch of  new greetings cards in my shop this month, including these dinosaur and space cards, which come with any age badge you like (I sold a 95 years badge last week).  You can check out all my new cards designs at BearsGetCrafty: there’s one for lovers of GIN (with the choice of a super badge or magnet), something naughty,  something nice, and bears, of course.  😉

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Mr Fox Sewing Kit Prototype

As usual, I also have lots of ideas and work in progress. 🙂   Greetings cards with stickers and sewing kits will be arriving soon!   I’m also thinking about cards with moving parts and pop-ups.

Over at BearsGetDigital there is lots of new art to download, digital drawings and watercolour paintings to use in card making, on websites….whatever you fancy. 🙂

I have several new illustrations, for poems by Dom Conlon, on www.inkology.co.uk.  universe_boxEnjoy his darkly funny stories while you’re there too.

 

In between all of that, there have been a few fun things appearing on my work desk:

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To see more of what I draw and make you can check out my Instagram account BearsGetCrafty or follow me on Twitterbers

Merry Christmas…

 

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Wishing you all a very jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I was pleased to have this picture in the SCBWI Advent Calendar this year alongside Christmas illustrations from some super talented artists.

Lots of micro stories were written to go with the illustrations, you can read them on Twitter.

Thank you to the lovely SCBWI writers who wrote words to go with my illustration:

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Finally, thank you all for your support during 2016.  Hoping 2017 will be peaceful and marvellous.

Jools x

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New Stuff…

I’m busy working on a new project that will be revealed soon…ish. Well, not soon. Sometime.  In the meantime, I’ve made a few new things, had some things made, and drawn lots of silly things.

You can keep up with all my nonsense on Twitter or Instagram…this sort of thing:

I’ve had lovely teatowels screen printed:

And made a couple of illustrations for Inkology.co.uk

….click on the link to read fun kids poems by Dom Conlon.

Animals in Jumpers…Free Colouring Sheet to Download

This week I’ve been drawing animals in jumpers…

…using pen, coloured pencil and watercolour pencil.  I thought they would make fun brooches..

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I’m going to use the images for prints and cards and a few other things. The brooches are available on my Etsy shop, BearsGetCrafty.  Also, as they I enjoyed colouring them in so much, I thought I’d share the fun… Click here to download the colouring sheet.

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Summer is here…

…and my thoughts have turned to the garden with birds, bees, gardening and sun-photography.

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Page of designs and ideas for gardening brooches and earrings. Below: Some of the final results.

I’ve also experimented with cyanotype photography, using garden flowers and drawing on glass to make the images…

…and using the images to create jewellery.

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I’m looking forward to finding other ways of applying this technique.

There’s an explanation of Cyanotype photography here.  I bought ready to use paper, which is extremely easy and fun to use.

Items shown above are available to buy from my Etsy shop, BearsGetCrafty.

Have a lovely weekend in the garden. x

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