Friday, 18 December 2009

Christmas cards, mugs and trips to Norfolk

Merry Christmas everyone! I'm finally getting into the Christmas spirit! Deadlines have been met, and the snow is finally starting to make an appearance! 



Here are two christmas cards, I designed a few weeks ago. I think my friends and family may have been getting a bit sick of receiving the last lot, and out of the three designs,  I have no idea who's had what, so... I thought I would do something new. I may sell them in my etsy shop next year, depending on the response!

 

Here is a mug I painted for my gran for Christmas. Since she's in her 90's I'm hoping that it's very unlikely for her to see this blog before christmas, and spoil the surprise!

Last weekend, I dragged my poor boyfriend, miles and miles to the amazing St. Jude's in Norfolk. It was their Christmas Exhibition opening, featuring the work of Ed Kluz, Angie Lewin, and Chris Brown. The day was full of mince pies, mulled wine, and lovely people. Ed Kluz had created some absolutely stunning mixed media collages and screen prints, which I believe have nearly all sold out! Boo! Definitely worth a peek!



This one, is a particular favourite! 


Monday, 7 December 2009

Winter finds...

 

Much to say today! I've just returned from a fantastic weekend in Brighton, where I have consumed far too much delicious cuisine, champagne, and spent a little too much money...the latter having something to do with the fact, I found, possibly the most amazing shop in the world! It's hidden amongst the 'Lanes', and it's called 'Utility'. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything on the internet about it. Luckily for you, I took many pictures... 



I'm not sure exactly how you would describe it's wares... I guess Vintage household/hardware, and retro design. It houses real feather dusters, enamel teapot's, brooms, ribbons, screen printed tea towels, vintage glass jars, original letter press posters; dating back to the early 1900's, and so much more! 



Some things are reproductions of classic household items, such as the feather dusters, and wooden scrubbing brushes. Other stock, such as table cloths, and letter press posters are original vintage, and since, I guess are in limited supply, will change quite frequently. The tea towels and ribbons are all modern day designs which carry, not only the logo of the shop, but uphold their simple, stylish yet practical ethos. I have to say, it is also ridiculously well priced... which is refreshing. They could have quite easily charged a fortune, for their retro hardwares, and vintage posters, but there is a real honesty about this shop, classic, simple and useful stuff, for not a lot...and lethal, because you spend more than you think! The people were super nice, and a must for anyone who ever goes to Brighton! BUY BUY BUY!


One final bit of exciting news...the Red Door gallery have put pictures on their blog, of their tree filled christmassy windows! The tree is covered in decorations, that have been produced for their 'Have yourself, a merry little christmas' project (a project run every year, where they get designers and artists, who exhibit in the gallery, to design some unique christmas decorations). If you look carefully you can see some of my baubles snuggled in amongst the branches! There are a few things on that tree I would rather like myself. If you are near by, go in and grab yourself a masterpiece. Ooo, and their are also some of my christmas cards hiding their too. If you aren't near the Red Door, and you would like some cards, you can also buy them from my etsy shop.


Just found the Utility website...it's at it's basic stages, but more pictures!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Baubletastic!



Here they are. At last, I hear you all say! A few of these beauties are about to wend their way up to the lovely Red Door in Edinburgh. Go and take a peek, and grab yourself a hand painted bauble!

 

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

The Bowery





My beautiful friend Ruth asked me to design a poster for an up and coming event at 'The Bowery' in Edinburgh. The Bowery is a wonderful venue set up by the brilliant Ruth and Jane, for us all to enjoy good music, jumper decorating, life drawing, craft fairs, ukulele playing and cocktails in teacups!
This event is not only commemorating the 1st Birthday of The Bowery!!!!!! But it is sadly one of their last events too. Boo... So go and enjoy while you can!

I couldn't decide which colour combination worked best...though I am quite liking the orange border, blue middle combo!

Monday, 12 October 2009

When Katie wore my necklace




I've been following the wonderful blog, What Katie Wore, for a little while now. Katie wheres the clothes, (a different outfit, every day for a year!) and boyfriend Joe writes the blog. I have to say, she has an absolutely incredible wardrobe, of which I am very jealous! The other day, I decided to send Katie a little heart shaped present, and here she is wearing it, very exciting...

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Shiny hearts and twinkling baubles



Hello all. Here they are, those new hearts of mine. All glistening and ribboned up, and ready to be worn...




...and here is my first practice bauble. I have to say it has sent me into a rather festive joyous mood. I shall have to get on with some drawing now, for my new book at Serafina Press. Bauble painting shall have to wait, boo!



Friday, 14 August 2009

Binoculars...



O.K. I've been rubbish at posting my work up, but I have been drawing! Here is a quick worked up doodle today...I will post some more pictures from the last few days a bit later...but right now, I need to go and collect some fabric and tin filled parcels! Hoorah! 

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Forgot the teapot!


I almost forgot mr teapot. He is part of a set of drawing I am going to do for a series of small books. Hopefully more of these soon!

Day two

festival

There are a few bits and bobs to show you today! I've been painting some more hearts, there are some new designs for the winter (shown unglazed). There is also todays drawing, which has taken the form of a pattern...I think my lazy mood may be passing!




Monday, 10 August 2009

A drawing a day



(nectarines in a bowl)

I have seen a few illustrators now doing a drawing a day, and posting them on their blogs...brilliant idea, and just what I need to get me out of a bit of a lazy mood. Here is todays drawing (for some reason much duller than it actually is!), as well as some pictures from the Borders Book Festival, in Melrose. I have been meaning to put them on here for ages!


It was a rainy day, but the gardens at Harmony House were full of flowers and huge marques!

It was much drier inside our tent, and full of children playing with feathers, and ribbon, and stickers and crayons, and chocolate, and listening to stories...



...even Rory Bremner popped in with his children...



... and Julia Donaldson, and the Gruffalo came to play!


Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Tea for two


 

Hello all! I've been ridiculously busy with book festivals and storytimes...more exciting photos from these events to come! Anyhoo, it just dawned on me that I haven't been keeping you all up to date with some of my other work, in particular my recent ceramics! Above is the belated wedding present to my lovely friends Lucy and Pete (Tea for two teapot) and below an Art Deco style tea set, which was a commission for a Diamond Wedding Anniversary!


    

As you can see, the teapot has been strangely blackened! A complete mystery to us all in the firing process, especially since the rest came out all shiny and bright! Damp glaze is our only idea ... any thoughts on this, do let me know! I am now just completing a replacement pot, so all will look bright and shiny together. I've decided I quite like the odd black melted effect on the original pot, and may just use it myself! All for now, book festival photos coming soon...

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Fuzzy Felt Fun



I would like to say a big thank you to the lovely Red Door for mentioning the new book on their blog, and also reminding me of the wonder of fuzzy felts! I used to love those things. It's no good, I'm just going to have to hunt mine down and fuzzy felt once more!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Big Launch




Hello all! It's been a busy few weeks. I've been working away on tea set commissions, and taking long and stormy train journey's up to Scotland, for the launch of The Sea Dancer at St Abbs! 

The day of the launch was a very misty day indeed, but it cleared out into beautiful sunshine, and was a great day all round. We sold lot's of books, and met many interesting and lovely people. It was so exciting seeing the book in large towering piles, and stacked up on shelves. The Smokehouse Gallery seemed to be festooned with Sea Dancers! People world wide were grabbing copies to take home to relatives! 



If you missed out on the book launch, then do not disspare! We are going to be at the Border's Book Festival in Melrose on the 20th of June. Jennifer will be doing a reading of the book , and afterwards, I will be helping the little ones to make Sea Dancer headdresses, and there will be poster's to colour too. It is a family event, and to get ticket's, go to the the Border's Book Festival Website

The latest exciting new's is that the book will now also be for sale at the wonderful Edinburgh International Book Festival! So if you are in Edinburgh in August, you can pick up a copy then.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Book Launch!





It's here boy's and girls! At long last, the launch of 'The Sea Dancer at St. Abbs'. If you are in the Scottish borders on the 16th of  May, come along to Eyemouth, and the Smokehouse Gallery. There will be all sorts of fun, and you can meet me and the author, as well as getting your very own signed copy! I guess the poster say's it all really. It would be lovely to see you!

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Swaps + Finds




Finally, I've got round to photographing my finds from the Flea market I went to a few weeks ago. 
1. I loved these old wooden bobbins with the pretty silk threads. I wish they still made them of wood. 
2. The heinz bag was a must have, and at £1, I also felt a complete bargain! 
3. The mosaic brooch was my most expensive purchase of the day, but I love it. I have a few mosaic brooches, but I have never seen one like this before. So summery and floral. Brilliant patterns! 
4. Lastly, I got some letterpress trays. I bought one 3 years ago in Edinburgh. Recently, I decided I would like one for our bathroom, so I have been on a bit of a hunt. (They are all ridiculously expensive these days.) Well,  I ended up with 4 slightly moldy looking ones! However, I do like a challenge, and at £5 for four...who could say no! Old and moldy...to clean and beautiful with a lot of wire wool, arm cramps and bleach mix in between... But they are finally clean, hoorah! 




My lovely swap came from Lizzy Stewart. She is a fourth year Illustration student at Edinburgh College of Art, and producing some fantastic work. Here are a couple of the prints she sent me. She also has an etsy shop where you can buy her lovely work. 

From what I have seen of this years fourth year, I have to say they are all very good, I'm impressed. Lindsay Gime is another one to look out for! She has also illustrated a book for Serafina Press, 'The Pirate Kings of Eyemouth'.

Which reminds me... the pages have been scanned, colour tests done, and discs sent to the printers. I am hoping in the not too distant future to be seeing a copy of 'The Sea Dancer at St. Abbs' in it's full technicolour illustrated glory!

Bookhou



I love this company! Bookhou are a Canadian based duo I found through Poppytalk a while ago. I think I may just have to treat myself to a moose. They are just too amazing!

Monday, 23 March 2009

Jeff Josephine Designs now has it's very own etsy shop!





Finally! I now have my very own online shop. Here you will find egg cups, ceramic hearts and 'Sophie's Impossibly Perfect Garden Party' poster. Soon I am hoping to also have cards and ceramic door knobs, as well as 'The Sea Dancer at St. Abbs' (the children's book I have been recently illustrating!). Please do come and have a peak, and tell all your friends!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Sunny Days



It's been busy, busy, busy around here. The book is almost ready to print, and my online shop is soon to be up and running, and full of goodies for you to buy (more on that later!). I am now one year older, and the sun is very shiny indeed! At last! I have also been in a baking mood for a few days now. Last night I finally managed to find some time to put on my piny. I thought I would share my culinary success with you all! 

I went to a fantastic flea market last weekend where I picked up some super finds. I shall share these with you in the not too distant future. However, now I am going to get on with a bit of work. I have had a very naughty day and popped to Bristol to have lunch with my lovely friend Jecca. Oops!


Sunday, 22 February 2009

Drawing Paper Pendants


I had a need to draw tea cups the other day, and here is what happened...



As well as sketchbook sketches, I drew this little chap. It's a Mason's 'Queen's Silver Jubilee' mug. He has always been a little source of inspiration. The image was so mini and sweet I felt it needed to be incapsulated in a pendant. I think I will have to do more of these, it was fun.





Thursday, 19 February 2009

Egg cups and hearts and all things shiny!



Today I collected my ceramics from the lovely ladies at Paint-a-pot,who have kindly let me fire all these happy hearts and egg cups. It's extremely satisfying to see them turn from matt and pastel shades to their full technicolour shiny glory! Some came out much better than I had anticipated too, top banana! I would like to say a little thank you at this point to Doodles in Edinburgh, for getting me into this ceramic painting malarke in the first place!)





If anyone is interested in owning their very own Jeff Josephine Designs egg cup or heart, then do send me an e-mail. Sadly my online shop is still not up and running as yet, but they are for sale none the less!