Pigenvelope

A bit like  a pigeon but more like an envelope. My MA class have been sending each other illustrated envelopes and mostly I have been drawing on mine or cutting bits out of them but then I got carried away whilst screenprinting. Haven’t decided who this is for yet. I found it is hard to register variously-sized envelopes in the middle of an A3 print.
Screenprinted envelope Also I have just started printing the (photo-emulsion) line layers of my prints at college like a proper person, which may mean the days of the roasting-tray/daylight-bulb arrangement under my desk are numbered. Phew. However, if you feel like turning your desk into a dodgy exposure unit, here is the personable man explaining how to “Go ahead and use a pie tin.” To be fair the photo-emulsion is dodgier and more to blame than the pie-tin.
How I expose my screens

Pigs win prizes!

I entered The Runaway Baby, which is very much work-in-progress, in the Macmillan Prize last week, and am very very happy to hear it’s won the Lara Jones Award.
Hilda and the Runaway Baby

This is a new part of the Macmillan Prize in memory of the creator of Poppy Cat, and is for illustration for babies and very young children. So the Runaway Baby, and Hilda, will be in the gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road from May 29th until the 1st of June (Tuesday-Friday), with all the winning and highly commended entries, including work by four other people from the Cambridge MA. There may well be a beautiful whale and some very impressive moorhens.

Oh my giddy aunt Bologna

I think I have got the bolognese out of my dress, but not the Bologna out of my head.  Before unpacking or doing anything useful, I thought I would turn some doodles from queues to see publishers into a screenprint.Screenprint of portfolio queue at Bologna bookfair

So, sometimes you queue for hours with two pigs and a sausage dog and then the Editor or Art Director says “ISNOTFORUS”, and sometimes you don’t queue at all and they say much more positive things. And this year we had a stand for the MA and the publishers really did come and see us and read our books.
CSA stand at Bologna Bookfair

And there were giant Sizos on the wall, and Elena‘s Toucan, and all manner of things.Rough for Sizo and Dad on a wall panel of our stand in Bologna
The fair was even more manic and mind-boggling than last year, but whilst running around the four aircraft hangers between queues, appointments, exhibitions and our stand, I did manage to purchase some beautiful things: I particularly recommend Amiga Gallina which features some very fine willow-pattern cows.

Parrot-head is done

Well not really done as in finished, but I handed the prints and a dummy book in for marking. I’ll put a couple more prints on the Persons page. I think a smidgen of winter might be appropriate some time soon, so here is a print showing the seasonal weather which currently we do not have:

The girl with the parrot on her head, winterI also made some bags with birds and yo-yos or monsters on, to raise money for our stand at the Bologna bookfair. Don’t really know what to do for my next thing, I will need a New Plan.