Tuesday 9 December 2014

Sunday 30 November 2014

Colour-in christmas cards

Colour-in christmas cards now at the Make It shop, Chorlton.
Cards designed by me in collaboration with Danielle Lowy. Featuring Danielle's quirky handmade Mousevaark and Sock-bunny characters from her 'How to Make Monsters and Monkeys' booklet.
Just waiting to colour-in (and maybe add glitter to) ...

Saturday 22 November 2014

Chorlton Library Centenary Cake

A cake cut yesterday as part of Chorlton Book Festival to celebrate 100 years of Chorlton Library. With my mug design on top!

Friday 21 November 2014

Grumpy-in-the-City pop-up shop, Manchester

Grumpy-in-the-City pop-up shop in is now open every day on the Manchester christmas markets route (on Brasnoze Street, off Albert Square, 5 mins walk from Town Hall). Limited ed prints of my work for sale plus mugs. A great place to shop for christmas.

Friday 7 November 2014

Large Beech Road print for sale

Limited edition framed giclee print  now available exclusively at Framing Manchester,  Chorlton and is on display in their window as from yesterday. Length 102cm plus mount, limited run of 10.
entire image

Sunday 19 October 2014

Chorlton Library centenary print

Chorlton library will be 100 years next month, and long may it continue! I have made some limited edition prints (10 only) to celebrate, and one will be a prize in Chorlton Book Festival's raffle.@ChorltonBF. Mugs of the library for sale at the book festival, too.

Ltd ed prints of library for sale at Manchester Framing, Chorlton.

Details of the Chorlton Book Festival here:-

Monday 22 September 2014

Big Ears and Sticky Fingers

Big Ears and Sticky Fingers (Oxford Reading Tree, Infact level 9 non-fiction, OUP 2014) has been published this month. Great to see the map and stamps I illustrated in print version! The book has a postal theme with animal stamps from around the world, the continents cut from parcel paper and the ocean waves made up from postal marks.
map in book

animal images

Friday 12 September 2014

Featured Illustrator SCBWI (British Isles)

I'm thrilled to be featured illustrator this month with Society Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (scbwi) on their online magazine, Words and Pictures!
and gallery is here
I'll have to change my blog banner to mark the occasion...

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Manchester and Salford Illustrated shop

Prints (A3 size) celebrating everyday Manchester and Salford are now available to buy online (http://manchesterandsalfordillustrated.mysupadupa.com/collections/masi-2013-collection)to raise money for Wood Street Mission. My flying pig image is one of the prints for sale, shopping over a well-known street in south Manchester (http://annavioletillustration.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/if-pigs-could-fly-trip-to-shops-poster.html)

Craft sessions

Some sample creations I prepared last month for playgroup sessions, using stuff from Grumpy's scrapstore (http://www.grumpy.org.uk/scrapstore). Pipecleaners, white stockings, foam, thread, curtain blinds, sticky-back plastic, balloon-holders, gaffa tape, string and cardboard.

Monday 25 August 2014

New image Wilbraham Road

New image of Wilbraham Road shops, Chorlton, now available at the fab new Make It Shop (ltd ed prints, just 20). Includes Out of the Blue fishmongers, Simon Dunn Chocolatier, the Make It shop, Little Angels, Bar 4 Eighty and Oxfam shop.

More mugs, some with pink!

Pink versions of Beech Road available from The Make It Shop on Wilbraham Rd and Hurricane on Beech Road. Also new block of shops on Wilbraham Road, including Out of the Blue fishmongers, Simon Dunn Chocolatiere and fab new Make It shop.

Saturday 16 August 2014

Orkney sketches

Spent a week based in Stromness (Orkney mainland) last month with plenty of sunshine. Here are some of my quick sketches.
Berridale, island of Hoy

diving boat

ferry boat to Hoy

Scara Brae


view south towards Hoy fromabove Scara Brae

Saturday 2 August 2014

Exhibition at Grumpy

I've just helped to hang an exhibition at Grumpy pop up shop in Manchester, with many thanks to Lydia Meiying.
It will run from 6th Aug-5th Sept at Grumpy in the City, Brasenoze Street, open Wed-Fri 12-5pm.
Please call in if you're in town wed-fri over August.
Manchester City (football) Parade 2014 mugs and prints available too.

Thursday 17 July 2014

SCBWI Illustrators Showcase at Seven Stories

Thrilled that the SCBWI Illustrators travelling exhibition has moved to Seven Stories (National Centre for Children's Stories  http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/) in Newcastle.
It will be up until 14th September.
My hedgehog and mouse print is now hanging on the wall there, along with the other showcase entries. http://www.scbwishowcase.org/

Friday 27 June 2014

A townie's trip to the Cheshire Show

I had a townie's trip to the Cheshire Show last week. 

Middle-whites & Saddleback pigs, Shirehorses

I was fascinated by the judging of the farm animal breeds. The shire horses looked magnificent with their rosettes, plaited manes and well-groomed hair, while the shire foals were all legs and tiny curls. The Jersey cows were surprisingly bony, but their udders were very full. The Saddleback pigs and Middle-whites were being guided around a small ring with the curved end of a walking stick, and a big board was  used to block them from going the wrong way. Suddenly, it was all action in the neighbouring ring, when a large male duroc pig reared up against its handlers! This breed has long legs and looks quite fearsome. Afterwards, the judge made hand gestures suggesting the pig was only fit for slaughter, so no rosettes for him.
Suffolk & Jacobs sheep, Jersey cows

It was very calm in comparison in the sheep rings. The black-faced Suffolk and Jacob's sheep were waiting patiently while they were examined by the judges. They looked very neat and chunky with their close-textured wool. But it was the black and white Alpine English dairy kids that I fell in love with, with their way of half-climbing up the bars to get a better look at each other and any passers by.

Here are some of my sketches of my favourite characters.
Alpine English

Monday 23 June 2014

Exhibition at Arison Gallery

An exhibition of my work starts tomorrow at Arison Gallery in Chorlton (512 Wilbraham Rd) and runs until 19th July. It is a joint exhibition with Sue L Scott, who is also exhibiting local scenes.
The Meet the Artists evening is on 7th July, 6-8pm.
Arison Gallery in shop window at Arison Gallery


Beech Road original above arch

images by Sue Scott above table

I have a new batch of mugs with local scenes for sale in the gallery, too.
Hope you can visit!

mmu degree show

Some gorgeous work that really caught my eye!


Becca Hall

Charlotte Cotterill

Steph Coathupe

Jessica Ip

Kristapps Butlers
Fine art.
Alison White
Phoebe Mills

David Hickling
Aimee Barrow

Aimee Barrow

Aimee Barrow
Clare Florey Hitchcox

Clare Florey Hitchcox

Clare Florey Hitchcox

Also some super images at Stockport College Illustration Travelling Show last week at NQ2022 in Manchester.

Celia Hume
Catherine McConnell

Emma Johnson