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My new designs are packed full of storied patterns and intricate detail. These artworks gave me the opportunity to completely absorb myself in the creative process of illustrating stories within stories. I love the process of using detailed patterns, and fitting together the many different, but interconnected, elements of the designs. Limited edition prints will be available very soon.

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‘Wildside’ is a new venture into textile art for me.  I have collaborated with Pru Bolus of Langa Lapu Fabrics and her team of hard working women from the local Kurland Community to produce a new range of textiles inspired by the floral diversity of South African Fynbos (meaning ‘fine bush’), the smallest but richest of the world’s floral kingdoms.  My original designs are screen-printed by hand and then made into colourful cushions and tablecloths, all with a botanical theme.  The process of creating the range has been a very creatively stimulating process. The collaboration has been an energizing experience for me as I usually work on my own, and it has been rewarding seeing the range come to its fruition.  I am itching to do new designs now….

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Endemic Stamps sheetlet

 

I have recently completed working on a new stamp series illustrating the endemic plants of the Falkland Islands.  It is such a fascinating part of the world with it windswept hills and storm thrashed coasts.  The plants have adapted to cope with these harsh conditions and it is a marvel how well they thrive in such a challenging environment.  One of my favourites is the bizarrely shaped Snakeplant (Nassauvia serpens). This unusual plant is a true survivor, growing in the inhospitable rocky habitat of stone runs - a jumble of boulders and slabs of rock that cascade down the mountains.  The Ladies Slipper (Calceolaria fothergillii), another favourite, is a stunning bright orange and yellow orchid. It is a rare delight to discover these bright little slippers bobbing in the wind amongst the low growing shrubs and grasses of the heathlands.

 

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Summer is finally on its way and I have designed some new illustrations to welcome the sunshine:  a spring bouquet of the flora of the Falkland Islands. Also, I couldnt resist a new take on favourite themes, Stanley and Camp carried on the back of an obliging Fin Whale, and a chorus of robustly calling penguins.

 

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My latest linocut designs are inspired by jigsaw puzzles and decorative repetitive patterns. Using marine animals as my inspiration, the traditional black and white of a classic linocut is combined with chosen elements of bright colour, the linocut technique allowing me to use different colours in one print, interchanging the various elements between designs.  Creating them has felt rather like knitting together a jigsaw puzzle of intersecting and interwoven patterned animals and shapes, fitting one marine inspired element into another. 

 
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