Thursday, 26 April 2012

D&AD Don't cha know!

So, I got a really brilliant email this week from the hardworking, innovative & generally great gals at Laqa & Co letting me know that The D & AD have just announced this years winners and the packaging project that I am very proud to be a part of has won a book award! Huge congratulations to everyone involved!! Oh and while i'm on the subject of the wonderful Laqa, not satisfied with producing brilliant ways of getting colour on yer talons, they've now got lips covered too, so i'll be posting a blog about my new artwork for their brilliantly named 'fat lip' pens soon.
Screenprinting is a pretty simple process and like most things in life I've always had the best results when I've taken more time to prepare everything properly before starting. However, sometimes you forget to put the paper down and you end up with this - a printed vacuum bed. All those little holes carry air and when they're covered they hold the paper in place so once you've pulled the ink through the screen and onto the paper the paper stays where it is and the screen lifts upwards with ease. Without those little holes the paper would stick to the other side of the screen and once you've peeled it away you'd more than likely end up with a soft image, which ain't good! The image here is a brand new version of my little 'you complete me' prints - I wanted to make a more substantial print of it so I drew a border and decided that the words should be lowercase so they could have a more flowy feel - they're meant to look like ribbon and the border is a kind of hybrid of rikrak & pinking shears, if only I'd included a couple of buttons in there the print could have been a homage to my old friends from my sewing days.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Well, my epic eggventure has ended, it was a tough old journey and lots of hard work (along with tears at times) but i'm pleased to say it was all worth it as my egg sold for £2,300 - you can have a look at the lots which are still available to buy here .
This money along with all the other humungous sums from the sales of the other eggs & various merchandise will go to help two amazing charities - Elephant Family & Action for Children.
I'd like to send out a huge thanks to everyone involved in this incredible project, everyone I have met along the way has oozed enthusiasm, dedication & diligence, none of this would have happened without all their thousands of hours of grafting.
I feel deeply honoured that I was invited to be a part of it.
Pictured above is one of my favourite photos of my egg, if you have any of you standing beside it or if you know anyone that has please email me at as i'd really love to see them.