Long time no post. Since two major illnesses this year I’ve left London/work and am recovering in a lovely big house in Suffolk (until later in the year when I’ll be enjoying a much needed trip to Mexico). I’ve been sleeping a lot but also the peace of not living in London/working full time/trying to keep up with the fast pace of a big city has given me time to reflect, and gradually the creativity is re-emerging, after years of creative block.
Last week I started a series of altered Moleskine journals illustrating Haiku poems I wrote over the past few years. I found that despite being unable to get out of bed, my mind still needed exercise, so Haiku writing was a good way of condensing a thought or observation into 5/7/5 syllables. To communicate something with restricted syllables gives you the opportunity to delve into your vocabulary for just the right words to convey your message – like a human thesaurus.
Below are my new journals thus far. These are available in my Etsy shop for one month only (until November 5th).
“Stirring from slumber,
when the migranous drowning
slithered out of me.”
“Witness mind flotsam;
as blind, broken sleep-debris
enter night terror.”
“With good intentions
and mis-spent sleep nullified;
thousand eyes on me.”
If you like these, you can follow my work on my Facebook page and Flickr page too!
I was going to wait to post about my involvement until I received my own copy of the new book I Love Stationery by Charlotte Rivers; but yesterday the book was featured on The Guardian website, including my Goblin Market poem inspired Moleskine journal. I’ll post properly about the I Love Stationery book when it’s in my hands – I have seen a copy, and it’s lush.
Here’s a screenshot from The Guardian feature Worth its weight in paper: I love stationery, yesterday:
Also featured in the article are illustrators Gemma Correll and Thereza Rowe, whose work I adore.
Just listed on my page of Moleskine Artist Marketplace, a one-of-a-kind altered/illustrated Moleskine cahier journal depicting a scene from the folktale ‘The Old Man and His Grandson‘ by the Brothers Grimm.
The Old Man and His Grandson is a great moral story about treating others as you would like to be treated. My painting illustrates the hands of both the grandfather and grandson. You can read the story here.
It’s been brought to my attention that someone has been copying my journal concepts and designs and is selling them on Etsy. It’s taken years to develop my concepts and style, by working hard and digging into my imagination! So it makes me sad that someone has come along and copied the results of this. I’d appreciate it a lot if people support me by not accepting imitations
Imitation = limitation!
If you’d like to know more about my journal work, please see this post!
An ink-illustrated Moleskine cahier journal illustrating part of the fabulous poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, written in 1859. I studied & produced artwork based on this poem for my self-initiated illustration degree project a few years ago and continue to glean inspiration from it.
This one-of-a-kind journal depicts the suggestion of Lizzie being violated by the evil, cretinous goblins.
An excerpt from the poem:
“Lashing their tails
They trod and hustled her,
Elbowed and jostled her,
Clawed with their nails,
Barking, mewing, hissing, mocking,
Tore her gown and soiled her stocking,
Twitched her hair out by the roots,
Stamped upon her tender feet,
Held her hands and squeezed their fruits
Against her mouth to make her eat.”
Each of my altered journals is one of a kind because it is hand drawn (and cut) by me.
Available to buy from my Etsy shop.
Mmm I love the smell of newsprint on a Sunday afternoon…
Lovely surprise in the Observer ‘New Review’ newspaper today, page 7, a feature about Moleskine journal art. A friend Milena kindly informed me that one of my pieces is included. This journal based on the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti is still for sale! The Victorian poem is one of my all time favourites, and it has inspired a great portion of my illustration work from my degree course onwards.
The laptop journal pictured is immense!
Detail image from my journal:
Excerpt from the poem:
“Evening by evening
Among the brookside rushes,
Laura bowed her head to hear,
Lizzie veiled her blushes:
Crouching close together
In the cooling weather,
With clasping arms and cautioning lips,
With tingling cheeks and finger-tips.
“Lie close,” Laura said,
Pricking up her golden head:
We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”
I present one-of-a-kind Moleskine cahier journals for sale in my Etsy shop and in the Moleskine Artist Marketplace. You can view a selection of my recent journals in my Facebook album.
Some new altered and illustrated Moleskine cahier journals depicting scenes from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, and a couple of tales by the Brothers Grimm. All of these one-of-a-kind journals are currently available to purchase from the Moleskine website.
Illustrating the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
Illustrating the folktale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm
Illustrating the folktale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
Illustrating the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
I’ve been working on a series of Moleskine journals based upon quotes from books & songs. Please do let me know what you think?
‘People’s hearts are like deep wells’ (from Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami):
‘I wonder what ants do on rainy days?’ (From the book Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami):
Below is a Valentine’s journal based on ‘love spoons’.
Love spoons were popular in Wales from the 17th to 19th century. They were wooden spoons carved by gentlemen for their sweethearts as a token of admiration (as mentioned in the book ‘Welsh folk tales’ by Robin Gwyndaf.) Needless to say I have been painting wooden spoons as well!