Monday, 31 October 2011

My Weekend in Pictures | Autumn's Here

This weekend was not one of the greatest, but I've been slightly more snap-happy than usual ( honeymoon period with Instagram) so thought I'd share the results. I went for a delightful walk along the canal and around Waltham Marshes on Sunday and it felt like I left London for a time. As a country girl I pine (cone) for nature and natural surroundings on a daily basis, but I rarely seek it out in London. Now that I live in Walthamstow, Epping Forest is not too far away and is calling my name. It's the largest public open space in London, don't you know, and is an impressive 6,000 acres. 

It's on my to-do list.

I also visited Chatsworth Road Market for a crepe ( salmon, poached egg, asparagus, hollandaise - so delicious I momentarily forgot my Instagram addiction! ) and a browse of the stalls. I found this amazing vintage bird and animal feed carrier (pictured), which the stall holder explained was probably a custom made case for an animal feed tradesman. For some reason this fascinated me?! That job title would not exist today. It was such a beautifully crafted and original object - I should have bought it and hung it on my wall. 

Anyway, that's all for now folks, just a brief update. 
Those of you that haven't yet, should visit my NEW SHOP! (please) 

Thursday, 27 October 2011

SMUG Pop Up Print Shop Private View

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Smug's private view bash for the launch of their Pop Up Print Shop this Saturday. There was plenty of white wine sipping and chocolate mousse eating (YUM) and amazing prints to browse from the likes of Stacie Swift, Harriet Gray, Victoria Whincup, Sahar Ghanbari, Linus Kraemer, Donna Wilson AND Sam Wingate. And, of course, me! 
As well as selling a few of my more popular designs, Smug is also stocking 20 very special limited edition prints exclusively for the shop, depicting a collection of 15 wonderful objects associated with the boutique (above). You can even buy the painting itself from the shop, if you'd like your very own Holly Exley original!

For anyone looking to be organised this year and get the Christmas shopping done and dusted, then the Pop Up Print Shop should be your first stop. I feel very honoured to be stocked alongside such talented illustrators and artists, and, wandering around Smug last night, I seriously could have bought everything on sale! Beautiful homeware, accessories, stationary, kitchenware and even makeup - if you haven't already been to Smug - GO.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Etsy Shop Has Launched!

I have now joined the wonderful world of etsy. It's quite addictive isn't it?!
I hope to build on this shop and am also taking requests for prints (or originals) which you can purchase through my shop.
All my prints are printed on high quality watercolour paper (Somerset Velvet Enhanced at 225gsm if you want to be technical) and have a lovely quality to them - they could be mistaken for originals which is quite unnerving! Each are signed and dated.
Keep an eye out for my 20% discount code, which I'm offering to a lucky few.

Ah yes...and visit the shop here!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Back to Blog | Food Illustration

Hello again.

Well, I certainly feel a bit rusty with this! I've had a few months adjusting to full time work as apposed to freelancing and interning- it's been a big change, but I'm determined to carry on with this blog. I feel quite attached to it, this blog has got me through my tricky year as a graduate, and I'd like to record where it takes me next.

Firstly, I've been pretty lucky in that I've had a few illustration jobs since starting my new job (in social media by the way) but it's one of those situations where I'm not sure I'm allowed to talk about them just yet - isn't that annoying?! Let me just say, that I'm really excited by them, and can't wait to share.
Food Illustration for Russian Food Magazine (see here!)

Above is an illustration I completed for a Russian food magazine (don't ask me to translate their name to English - although if anyone can, I'd be interested to know!). It was a great little job, and FYI the Russian's seem to know how to pay their illustrators - English commissioners take note. It's for their October issue, and I hope to receive a copy of the magazine soon, which I will of course blog when I do.

From a little snoop around their website, it looks as though they have some pretty nice illustrations gracing their pages, and I feel very flattered that they found me and got in contact. I've had a few jobs and enquiries from overseas lately, and it's always very exciting. How did they find me?! It's strange I haven't had so much luck in the UK but I assume it's a much more overcrowded market.
AOI Images 35 Exhibition

My entry included in the Images Annual and the AOI exhibition

So, full time work. It's time consuming isn't it?!

Don't get me wrong, I feel incredibly lucky to have this opportunity, and in an area I feel interested in and want to pursue, but it's hard when I have this darned passion for painting and being creative. I am going to try to keep my "day job" (it's more important than the phrase suggests) separate from this blog however, as I want this to remain my haven for all things creative.

Expect a few more posts from me this week - as I have a private view to attend AND I'm launching my etsy shop. Thank you for being patient (and any full timers with any tips on keeping up the creative stuff I would LOVE to hear from you!).