Happy New Year!

Welcome 2015! After a busy end of year and so much celebrating, I am thrilled to enter the New Year and all the wonderful possibilities it affords. 

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who came out to see my stall at the Finders Keepers Market in Sydney before Christmas.  I had an amazing time across the weekend and met some very lovely people, and all the comments and support I received - Thank you!  To all my lovely customers, you are wonderful and I hope you are super happy with your wares, and a big shout out to Jade Suine and Laura Samperi for helping me bump in on Friday, hanging with me at the stall and packing up on Saturday evening - I love you both heaps!

Finders Keepers 2014
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On a more personal note, this year will see my daughter Belle head off to her first year of school, which is completely overwhelming and wonderful.  I am excited for her as she seems very ready for this new adventure, and I think she will transition smoothly to her kindergarten class.  Last year she attend pre-school lessons at the same school two days each week, so she is familiar with the school and the children in her class - the most exciting thing for her I think, is the school uniform - Purple!

With her big leaps forward, I think dear Arlo will be challenged as his big sister leaves to go to school.  I keep reminding myself that he will be learning to build friendships of his own at his daycare, away from Belle, and becoming a bit more independent is a necessary part of growing up, but it is hard to see him yearning to be with his big sister.  He wants so badly to grow up quickly!  I even measured them both on the wall the other day and he was so disappointed that he was not as tall as Belle, he cried and cried about it.  It is going to be an interesting February!

Professionally, I have some exciting projects that I am working on in the first few months of this year, and I feel renewed with energy for these.  I am working on a new series of illustrations in the studio at the moment, as well as a few projects under wraps that I can't wait to see to fruition.  My work will be a part of the upcoming Salon at Supergraph: Australia’s contemporary graphic art fair that celebrates design, print and illustration.   You will be able to buy signed A3 prints of my work at the fair in Melbourne across the 13th, 14th & 15th of February - I am sure it will be a fantastic event!  And I hope to see everyone in Sydney again for the autumn Finder Keepers Market in May.   

I really hope this year is your most wonderful yet - it has all the potential for greatness!  xx h

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Arlo 2014

Towels for tea

Many a day around here has been spent ironing and sewing up tea towels - my first foray into the digitally printed textile!  I am very pleased with the resulting mass of dish cloths that continues to grow in my sewing space.  The designs for the tea towels are based on my original illustrations and pattern designs, and are each printed in a limited edition on a cotton/linen blend fabric. 

While they are super absorbent and lovely to the touch and therefore perfectly okay to be used in the everyday cleaning of your kitcheny things, they are intended to be hung on the wall (framed of unframed) - an inexpensive art print with beautiful textile goodness!  You can find them in my shop over here!  I will also be selling these (along with a big range of art prints and other goodies) at Finder Keepers Market in Sydney in December.  

Finders Keepers S/S Sydney 2014

Okay, this might be a little early to start telling you all, but I am just so excited to have been chosen to exhibit at the Sydney Spring/Summer Finders Keepers Market in December.  I will have a debut stall at the markets, be hanging with my dear friend Dani Green of Nineteenth Hole - and I can't wait!  Expect an array of art prints, postcards, tea towels and one off artworks, with sneak peeks along the way.  If you don't already, you can follow me on instagram here for all the behind the scenes studio madness, and of course, if you think that you need to wrap up your Christmas shopping before the December markets, my online shop is always open! 

A happy happy spring is approaching so soon!  xxxx

A productive winter

It is mid-winter here in Canberra, and I am almost always waking in a cloud of fog, the garden all frosty, and ice on the back steps.  You can go into the garden and pick leaves off trees and watch them shatter like thin flakes of ice in your hand.  It is beautiful - and cold.

First thing every morning, I run out to put the heater on in the lounge room, and then get little socks to cover little feet.  Then tea.  By the time the kettle boils, the house is getting warmer and we sit and have weetbix together.

It has been a busy few of months, but I am excited to say that I have just opened up my new shop with a whole range of new products in the store.  I also have some new items coming in the next few weeks - limited edition tea towels and a gorgeous cushion, new art prints and a range of postcards.  Dormant winter has actually been a very productive time!

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Small offerings

The days are passing quickly now, rolling on towards Easter.  The mornings are dark and cold, and I long to stay in under the covers, but am woken by small children full of energy for the day. 

Belle came in to me early the other morning and whispered: "Mummy, can I draw on your hand?"

"Sure Darling", I replied and I pushed my warm hand out from under the covers toward her.  She is sweet and gentle when she wakes, all busy, with long hair falling everywhere and ideas coming faster and faster. 

She took a green texta and drew a small stem and a leaf on the palm of my hand.  She then showed me her hand, on which she had drawn the petals of a yellow daisy.  She held my hand tight and said: "Now we can hold hands and make a flower!"

I am in love with her beautiful mind and her strong love, and I am so grateful for her presence in my life.