Grandma’s House on TV
Grandma’s House made an exciting foray into the world of television and appeared on Playschool in Australia. It was a charming reading and quite a surreal experience for me to see my drawings and words on the small screen! I can’t stream the recording due to rights issues but here is a cheeky screenshot! Thank you so much Playschool!
I was delighted to lead a special workshop at the Edinburgh International Book Festival helping Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launch her Reading Challenge
(and helping her with some book making too!)
The Reading Challenge is designed to get Scottish school children reading for pleasure and you can read more about it here
Wedding Stationery Commission
I’ve recently returned from celebrating the wedding of an old friend. I was delighted to be asked to design their wedding stationery, it’s always very special making something for a good friend. As they now live in New Zealand I created a paper cut repeat pattern of Piawakawaka birds for the main design.
Alice’s 2016 Sketchbook
Since the start of 2016 I have been taking a break from commissioned work and instead working in my sketchbook everyday. Juggling my illustration work with motherhood means that my creative time is very scarce at the moment and I realised that it had been years since I’d given myself the time and space to really experiment with new ideas and make mistakes. It’s been challenging and liberating but I’m excited by what I’m coming up with and where it might take me. You can follow my progress on my Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #alices2016sketchbook
Time for Tea
As someone who is very fond of a cup of tea (or three!) I was thrilled to license six of my designs to McLaggan Smith mugs. The mugs feature both my repeat pattern as well as three illustrations from my mini-card range. Full details can be found here
Coasters and Tablemats
I’m delighted that Castle Melamine have just released a new range of coasters, table mats and pot stands (perfect for this illustrator with a pot of tea constantly brewing!) The new range features the repeat patterns from my greetings card range – it’s fabulous to see the illustrations in this new format. The full range can be viewed on the Castle Melamine website here
NEW SEWING KITS
I had such fun working on a new range of sewing kits for Tate. Sew your own children’s apron, bunting or bears-in-a-bag, have just been added to my existing children’s Tate range. My favourite part was working out the patterns, my studio steadily filled with trial bears and pinnies – much to my young daughter’s delight! See my Tate range here
Littlest Library Review
I have been very touched by the lovely reviews that Grandma’s House has been receiving including this delightful one from The Littlest Library. I’m just so pleased that people have related so well the sentiment that inspired the book.
Welcome to Grandma’s House
I’m delighted to announce that my latest book, Grandma’s House, has just been released by Tate Publishing. After two years of drawing it was so exciting to finally get to peep inside the covers and see the book in print. I’m delighted with how well the cut-through doorways work, allowing you to peer through from one room to the next and discover a new part of the house each time you turn the page.
Bratislava Illustration Awards
I was very honoured to be one of 15 illustrators chosen to represent the UK this year at the prestigious Bienniel of Illustration in Bratislava. Original screenprints from my second book Counting Birds were selected for the exhibition and it was lovely think of the birds getting to strut their stuff again!
To be showcasing my work alongside so many talented illustrators was very humbling, the full line up from the UK can be viewed on the Guardian website here
I am absolutely thrilled to announce the arrival of baby Hannah into our household. It’s been a very tough pregnancy and I am deeply indebted to family, friends and the wonderful care of the NHS for getting me through it. We’re now enjoying some lovely quiet time together getting to grips with being a family of four!
Count Me In
I’ve been very honoured that Tate has chosen Counting Birds as one of three books to launch their new paperback range of children’s books. It’s great that the book with be available in paperback to a wider audience.
Brand New Cards
Hooray! I’m delighted to announce that I’ve put the finishing touches to a brand new range of stylish cards all featuring repeat patterns of some of my favourite things, from teapots and cakes to flowers and presents. I’ve also added 6 further designs to my very popular mini-card range. Both ranges (and some old favourites) are available in my online shop.
A Crafty Commission
I’m just back from a visit to London to discuss a new range of cut-out-and-sew products with Tate. It’s always very exciting to be at the ideas of stage of a new project when the possibilities seem endless. I’m now back in the studio to start working on the prototypes. Will keep you updated on how they develop!
Phew! I’ve finally finished all the artwork for my latest book for Tate, Grandma’s House. After two years of drawing it was a relief to post off the finished artwork to Tate. Now a long wait till spring 2015 to see it in print!
I received some exciting post this morning in the form of the Korean edition of The High Street. It’s wonderful to see Sally’s shopping trip has become so international and fascinating to see all the shop signs translated into Korean script.
A Lovely New Stockist
I’m very pleased that Peapod, a lovely new children’s bookshop in North Yorkshire, are now stocking my work. Alongside a range of my cards, Peapod are also selling many of the items I’ve created for Tate, including books and cut-out-and-make kits (and many other lovely products beside!)
I’ve begun working with McLaggan Smith to develop my first range of mugs! They will be exclusively licensing 6 of my illustrations for this brand new range. I’m very excited at the prospect of getting to drink my daily tea from a cup with my drawings on!
Work has begun at Tate to develop Counting Birds into an eBook and app. It’s really exciting to see the book imagined in a brand new format, though as someone who mainly works with paper it’s a learning curve to get my head around the possibilities of the technology.
Wigtown, Here I Come
I’ve very pleased to have been invited to take part in this autumn’s Wigtown Book Festival. I’m going to be running a children’s book making workshop on Saturday 4th October for children 6 years and over. Scissors and paper at the ready!
I’ve been very busy making preparations to attend my first trade show, Top Drawer, this month. I’ve been drawing up plans of the stand, creating endless to-do lists and designing some exciting new things to launch at the show. I’ll be at Stand N21 so if you’re going, please pop by and say hello!