Monday, 31 October 2011

Manchester and Salford Illustrated

Hello everyone!

I had a busy and brave few days last week!

Last Thursday (the twenty-seventh day of October to be exact) I was involved in the Manchester and Salford Illustrated / Wood Street Mission charity exhibition.  

The main premise of the exhibition was for illustrators to create a piece based on the phrase 'What does Manchester mean to you?'. 
I, sadly, missed the deadline for this but good old Jez from Riot Clean Up Manchester phoned them up and asked if they'd like one of the Riot Clean Up screen prints that didn't sell in my previous charity auction. (More info on that here)

They, kindly, said yes and the print was put up in the exhibition as a slightly aside thing, but with all the money raised from the sale of it going to Wood Street Mission charity.  

There were pieces of work in the MASI exhibition was incredibly gorgeous like this print below by Robert Shadbolt.

Some of the prints had fantastic stories behind them, in particular Emma Reynold's piece which was inspired by a busker she met in Burger King writing what she thought was a letter.  She offered him a stamp and he told her that infact he was writing a sci-fi novel!

There were lots of lovely people milling around, a ton of sparkly cupcakes and many glasses of wine!

Towards the end of the evening one of the organisers Steve, made a speech about my print and the reasoning behind it, which made me rather bashful, but hey - I managed to speak loud enough when I was asked questions about it with everyone listening!

Straight after the speech the print was sold for a respectable £50, adding to the £2000 raised for Wood Street Mission that night.  Apparently there'd been a lot of interest in it throughout the night!
The lovely lady who bought the print came up to me after the speech and asked me more about the print and it's back-story.  She was thrilled to have got it as it was the last one available.  She said 'We came in and as soon as I saw it I knew that was the one I wanted' (vague quote).

It was really flattering and it's fantastic that the print could go on and help out another Manchester based charity aside from the roughly £1k we raised for Leap Confronting Conflict and Reclaim Project Manchester with the original screenprint auction.

The exhibition's on from the 27th of October - 10th November so if you're in Manchester pop down to 52 Princess Street and have a nosey.

In other news...

Last Tuesday I went to the first Draw North West illustrators meet up event in Manchester organised by @thatmadden .
I didn't know anyone there (well, a few people through twitter but not real life) so I felt very brave biting the biscuit like that and meeting everyone.
It was fantastic to meet lots of very lovely and very talented illustrators, a few of which were in the MASI exhibition too!
If you're in the North West I highly recommend you come along next month :-)

That's all for now peas.

Emmeline x

Friday, 21 October 2011


Hello lovelies.
I'm feeling a bit blue today but I wanted to come and say hello anyway.

Yesterday I finished off a lovely paper doll illustration for PetalPetal/VintageChildModern, a handmade clothing  company for children.  The game will be shipped out with each order so the children can play!
Brianne from VCM absolutely loved the illustration, saying that me illustrating her designs somehow fulfilled her childhood dream of illustrating her stories - naw.

You should take a minute to go and look at the gorgeous clothes on the website - they really make me wish I could fit into them! 

I've not had very much work on recently, which although it's hard on the pennies, it does mean I have some time to work on children's book idea's of my own.  I've started a top secret project of a children's book teehee :-) I've written the manuscript, storyboarded, character designed and started a dummy book - so it is all coming together and I'm quite excited.  Here's a sneak peek of some of the main characters-

I'm sure you all know about my chidlren's book 'The Flyaway Blanket' coming out in less than a month now (15th November) but, did you know that it was given a good review in Publishers Weekly?!
Here's what they said about me and my artwork - 

 'Pidgen’s cheerful artwork is reassuring, with a bright palette, loose, sweeping lines, and plenty of attention on mother-child tenderness, human and animal alike.'

A fantastic testimonial hehe! I'm still incredibly nervous about the book going out though.

Did you see my new website? I spent so many days and nights trying to work out how to code it all, and of course everything went wrong, then got fixed, then went wrong, then got fixed.
It's all much simpler for me to update now, which is good as the old way was such a pain that I wouldn't add new work to my online portfolio for months at a time! 
D'you like it? I'm rather proud that I managed to do it all myself :-)

In other news, I recently ran a competition on Twitter to win one of my new prints - which the lovely @Mellybeeblog won for her collection.  I also won a Twitter competition ran by YouMeTheRoyalWe and will soon be the proud owner of a gooorgeous (signed) world map by Oliver Jeffers! Hurray!

You can buy my newest print (and my sticker sets) in my shop!

Have a really good rest of your day, and don't forget to come and say hello.
Your friend, Emmeline x