Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Can't keep away!

I'm delighted to say that I'll be heading back down south to lecture at Goldsmiths again in January! I'll be teaching a five week Illustration elective module for Single Honour students studying Media and Communication.

T-Shirts go on sale through I Dress Myself!

You can now buy my winning t-shirt design through the I Dress Myself website.
The ladies tees come in a range of sizes and are printed on organic cotton jersey tees using only water based inks so are all good for the environment. They are £25 and can be ordered in time for Christmas if you're quick!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Barn Owl

I had to show you this chap I recently created, I think he's rather marvelous! He is a sneak preview what you're likely to see at my collaborative exhibition due to happen in the new year with fellow illustrator and doodler Amy Blackwell.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Back at Goldsmiths

I've now started teaching a five week Illustration course at Goldsmiths. Here's a photo from my first day back on a chilly winter morning. Brrrrr!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Work selected for Images 34!

Yay! I have just found out that my work has been selected for the AOI's Images 34!
The illustration that made it was "Bird Talk" a piece created earlier in the year for I Dress Myself. The work will feature in the illustration annual which will be published next year.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Busy times

I've been a busy bee lecturing in various places including Coventry University over the past month. I'm also delighted to announce that I'll be heading back to Goldsmiths in afew weeks to teach a five week Illustration course! Exciting times.

Preview of Eskimo Foe Commission

Here'e is the final proof for a project I've been working on with Shefield based Graphic Design company Eskimo Foe. The project is a collaboration between Youth Music, Toot Hill School and us to promote music making amongst young people in schools who would not normally get to experience worrkshops due to their geographical disadvantage.
The publication features photos and testimonials from the project accompanied by Futurism references by myself and Eskimo. Take a peek!

Work taken on by Nottingham Contemporary!

After a meeting last week I'm pleased to announce that the Nottingham Contemporary (due to open 14th November) will be stocking 6 of my card designs! My cards will feature alongside the likes of David Shrigly and Jon Burgerman- very exciting.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Evening Post out today!

Here is a cutting from today's evening post. The article features and myself at Snienton Market's Apples and Pears and Crafty Wears Market. Take a peek!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Photo in Evening Post!

Here's a photo soon to be featured in the Evening Post! It was taken from the Apples and Pears market last Saturday (a market aspiring to be a nottingham version of Spittlefields in London) An article will be featured with this with interviews from myself and the market founders "Curiosityhaus".

Monday, 28 September 2009

Website launching soon!

Its been a long time coming but my website is nearly ready for lift off!
I'll keep you all posted.... to celebrate the launch I'm having a giveaway for one lucky person. More info coming soon.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Beautiful and inspiring exhibit.
This museum is AMAZING! Well worth a visit if your heading to Bethnal Green.
The exhibition "Make do and Mend" combines the talents of local designers and school children. Jon Male, Lou Rota and Max McMurdo rework salvaged domestic and industrial waste to create stylish, quirky new products. Pieces featured range from lampshades to teacups and saucers to sock bunnies. Absolutely love these plates.

Crazy month...

My god what a crazy month! Apologies for the lack of posting recently, I've been ridiculously busy!
Here is a shot from the Apples and Pears market in Snienton on Saturday. I'm pleased to say the weather was very kind to us and lots of people showed their support. I had a cake stall next to me too- a pretty good position I think!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Craft Mafia Website Design

The Nottingham Craft Mafia site has been tweaked and looking tip top!
I created the illustration to form the top banner for Summer/Autumn theme which the updated website has been based around. Go to the Craft Mafia website to see the full site in action! Thank you to Belinda for putting it all together- Belinda will also be building my website in the next few months too.

Bird Talk Tees!

Bird talk tees for sale!
Bird Talk tees are here! I have just 2 left for sale- a woman's and men's (size medium). You'll be able to buy womens tees through the I Dress Myself website very soon. But if you cant wait for then grab one off me! They're 4 colour eco friendly prints on organic cotton tees and £25 each.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Eagerly awaited Images 33 arrives

My copy of Images 33 has finally arrived!
It's a beautiful annual directed by Adrian Shaughnessy which I'm hugely proud to be part of. The annual will be sent out to 4000 commissioners and can also be bought from the AOI website

The Images 33 exhibition is open from 29 July - 12 August 2009 at the London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6SB. It's open 10 – 5pm weekdays, 10 – 4pm Saturdays and closed Sundays. Admission is free!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

AOI Images 33 Awards Night!

Last night I had the honor of attending the annual Images award ceremony at the LCC in London. There was some amazing pieces and it was a hugely inspiring night. Here's an extra cheesy pic of me by my two selected pieces "Teapot man and friends" and "Good bad conscience".

Monday, 13 July 2009

New Eco Friendly Screen Printed Tote Bags!

Be the first to grab your Cowchap or Birdman Limited Edition Screen Printed tote bag!
There are a limited number of 20 bags per edition. Once they're gone they're gone! The bags are fair trade and made from organic cotton, also the inks used are all water based so have no nasty chemicals in them. They also have extra long handled and a gusset for extra carrying space!
Bags are £12.50 and can be bought through myself, Kathleen & Lillys, Recreation, COW or Craft Mafia "Get Made" shop in Nottingham. Contact me at to order yours today!

Monday, 6 July 2009

Illustrations for BAFTA Screen Lit Festival

Here are a series of illustrations I was recently commissioned to do for BAFTA in association with Rocliffe Writing Forum and Broadway Arts Cinema, Nottingham. I created 3 illustrations which formed the backdrops for the 3 plays. The plays were selected by BAFTA for up and coming writing talent. It was a fantastic evening and quite exciting for me to see my work on the cinema screen! Thank you to the wonderful Ursula Kelly for these beautiful photos taken on the evening.

This month I have mostly been.... printing with musical instruments!

A project commissioned by Sheffield based Graphic Designers Eskimo has led me to be printing with all sorts of weird and wonderful things of late! Everything from musical instruments to circuit boards. I've been really interested in the quality of the print I can get from various objects which I'll incorporate into the larger picture of the illustrations. Big thanks to Dave Mann's musical donations and electronic devices from Nottingham University- they've gone to good use! Thought I'd post a few pic's of me in action.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Mini Badge Packs!

In preparation for the BAFTA Screen Lit Festival, I've been maKing lots and lots of little promotional badge packs. After 100 I was starting to go a little googley eyed but I think they were worth it!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Make Tea Not War

Come down to Snienton Hermitage Community Centre this Sunday for Craft Mafia's "Make Tea not War" event. Full of crafty goodies and tea & cake!
It starts at 12.00 and ends at 4.00 so pop on down! Poster designed by Amy Blackwell.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

New Msg Card designs for Urban Outfitters

Here's a sneak preview of some generic cards I've illustrated for Nottingham based card company New Msg. They'll be pitched to Urban Outfitters in the coming weeks so I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

New Village Fete a huge success!

The New Village Fete went off with a bang in Liverpool last weekend!
Liverpool's creatives came together for a day of music, craft stalls and a jolly good time! The event saw over 1000 people through its doors and all in all was a huge success for everyone there on the day. Thank you to all that came down and supported, see you next time!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Selling in COW nationwide!

The lovely vintage shop COW has just taken on my eco friendly organic cotton tote bags and badge packs! Shops can currently be found in Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham. Its a great shop for hidden gems and bargains.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Gemma joins the Craft Mafia!

I am very excited to announce that I am the newest member of the Craft Mafia Nottingham!!
The Nottingham Craft Mafia is part of the larger Craft Mafia familia founded in Austin, Texas. The Craft Mafia serves as a model for independent business owners to assemble with other like-minded folk in their own communities to amplify their vision through the power of a collective. Visit for more info. The Craft Mafia shop is based on St. James Street next to the Malt Cross.

I win I Dress Myself Competition!

I'm pleased to announce that I am the winner of the "Birds" T-shirt design competition!
My design will be sold through the I Dress Myself website, keep your eyes peeled for a short write up about me featured on the site
I will also be producing a limited edition badge set for them too. A huge thank you to all those who voted for me!

Monday, 4 May 2009

Photos from Slash Slash Event

Thank you to every one who came down and showed their support!
The event was a huge success thanks to Liz and Amy- well done girls.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Slash Slash Event

Come on down to the Rescue Rooms this Saturday!!!
There will be DJ's, BBQ, screen printing, live illustration and lots of beautiful craft stalls (including me!)
Will be a fun packed day. Starts at 12.00pm and ends at 6.00pm, be sure to pop on down!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Badge Packs ready to go go go!!

Here's a shot of the packaging for my badge packs ready to hit the shops! The badges can be bought through myself, Kathleen and Lillys or Receation in Nottingham and take a look into my weird and wonderful world!
My photo
Inspired by Circuses, Victoriana, and Surrealism I create collage’s combining the past and present through a mixture of found imagery, illustration, photography and drawing. Working with collage and my trusted photocopier I create all of my work by hand, frequenting second hand shops, car boot sales and markets to build up my ever growing archive of second hand books, magazines, photographs and postcards. I always create my work by hand, only using a computer for layout at final stages. I like my illustration to have a certain tangibility, a quality that cannot be captured by digital means alone, even if that is as small as a blob of ink or a smudge on a photocopy.