Last month I headed over to Manchester for Blank Media Collective's 'Masterclass' talk by illustrator Chris Haughton.
Chris is an Irish illustrator, widely known for his 'A Bit Lost' and 'Oh No, George!' picture books and his venture into illustrated fairtrade homeware with Made By Node.
It was a cosy affair - with a ton of illustrators snug on floor cushions, basking in candlelight with glasses of wine and cocktails in mugs. I even scribbled down some notes in my sketchbook.
Chris gave a really good talk about his illustration work, writing process and adventures across the world setting up Node. I had a nice chat with Chris after the talk too, it's always great to get to know other illustrators when you can! Currently Made by Node has 18 very talented illustrators who have each designed a simple illustration which was handwoven into a gorgeous fairtrade rug - very pretty, and a really great ethos! There's some fantastic designs, including one by the very talented Lesley Barnes who I exhibited with in the Enchanted Forest show last Winter! You can find out more by taking a look at www.madebynode.com