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New Year Catch Up

Dearest Pigeon Fanciers,

Happy New Year ! I’ve got lots to show you, from what I’ve been up to during the festive season, to more recent work I’ve been steadily pecking away at.

Collages

As you may have seen in my previous post, I’ve been having lots of fun making collages in the past few months.

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When I get the chance, I love to screen print in the Drawn in Bristol studio in Hamilton House.

I made a series of two-colour Happy Cactus and Platypus cards:

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I also worked on a much bigger scale, making A2 prints of a group of canopic jars I’d previously drawn in Bristol museum. I tried making the detail as minimal as possible – one colour per jar:

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I also made a two-colour screen print of a drawing I’m working on for a picture book:

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Shops

My screen printed cards and prints were then displayed in the Print Shop, a pop-up by shop filled with only hand-printed products, in Quakers Friars, Bristol. They also did a lovely Meet the Printmaker blog on me and the work I had in the shop.

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I also had my work in Objets de Desir, a pop-up shop in Cabot Circus, Bristol, with a range of hand-made products, over the Christmas season. They also did a nice blog, Spotlight On…Pigeon Illustration, on me and my work.

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Exhibitions

I teamed up with Hare Raising Designs in December to do a joint exhibition at the Parlour Showrooms on Park Street, Bristol. Sadly it was one of the last exhibitions there before they closed the space at the end of the year.

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My work is currently hanging in the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bristol for their exhibition Let Me Illustrate II, which will be up until the 1st of February:

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Current Work

During the last week or so I’ve been working on some Wild West themed pieces, experimenting with different techniques and colour palettes:   GunslingerIMG_4990Cacti-and-Bird
That’s about all for now, thanks for visiting and you can keep up with my work on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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Back from Hibernation

Hello again!

I have a lot of catching up do!

I haven’t posted for a while due to being forcibly occupied with the real world, as opposed to the world of Pigeon that exists in my head. In this world I imagine that anyone who is reading this, (or even knows I exist – Mum are you still reading these posts?) believes that there really is a city-pigeon sitting at a desk typing away with it’s beak after a hard days work scavenging and sketching.

So! Here is a rough round up of everything I have been up to in last few months.

In August I was part of an exhibition in Hamilton House, Bristol with Bethan Buss aka Boodle, Jenny MacKendrick aka Stitch Ink and Rebekah Leigh-Marshall.

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Our pretty stall in a sunny corner

Our pretty stall in a sunny corner

Pimms and cake for the opening night

Pimms and cake for the opening night

You can see the full exhibition here.

In September got to exhibit with Stitch Ink again in the Grain Barge in Bristol through Drawn in Bristol.

Beaver and Finches

Winged Beaver and Finches

Goldfinch

Hand Screen Printed Goldfinch

Hand Screen Printed Brambling

Hand Screen Printed Brambling

Winged Beaver

Winged Beaver

In November I was in an exhibition in Bristol at the Parlour Showrooms with Rachel Falber of Hare Raising Designs and Tina Altwegg of Winged Fox Designs

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View from Park Street, Bristol

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Setting up

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My wall of work

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I’m an Elephant Shrew, how do you do?

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Swinhoe’s Pheasant

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Goldfinch. Hand screen printed

You can also see the full exhibition online here.

Meanwhile I had been working on some drawings:

Birds…

Kakapo

Kakapo

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Kakapo penned

In the process of being coloured

In the process of being coloured

Great Crested Grebe

Crested Grebe

Smew

Smew

Coot

Coot

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Swinhoe’s Pheasant

Little birds

Little birds

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Seabirds

Seabirds

Skylark

Skylark

Woodlark

Woodlark

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Shorelark and Lapland Bunting

Cirl Bunting

Cirl Bunting

Cirl Bunting in the process of being coloured

Cirl Bunting in the process of being coloured

Experimenting with an idea I had of Photobombing animals…

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And various other drawings…

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Then there was Christmas where I had stock in Paper Scissors Stone through Made in Bristol and saw my last month in BS8

Stag

Stag

The stag's conversion to a Christmas stag

The stag’s conversion to a Christmas stag

Christmas stock

Christmas at BS8

A Pigeon's Alternative to The 12 Days of Christmas

A Pigeon’s Alternative to The 12 Days of Christmas

Ducky Goosey T-shirts

Ducky Goosey T-shirts

Christmas at Paper Scissors Stone

Christmas at Paper Scissors Stone

More recently I have been developing sketchbook drawings…
ceramic chicken crop eskimo seagull crop Mexican skull crop Ugly chicken crop Ugly patterned bird crop bird with mans head crop

And making cover artwork for the Cheltenham Poetry Society and Armchair Committee…

Initial drawing for poetry book cover

Initial drawing for book cover for The Cheltenham Poetry Society

Final artwork

Final artwork

Initial song artwork

Initial drawing for Armchair Committee

Line layout of song artwork

Line layout of song artwork

Final artwork

Final artwork

And finally two pieces I made this week…

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Mexican Skull

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Owl Teapot


That’s about all for now, I’m looking forward to being inspired by Spring and the promise of warmer weather!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my work, lots of prints and products are available in my Society 6 shop. And you can keep up to date with regular posts on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages too.

Screen Printing at Drawn in Bristol

Hello again!

In the last few weeks I’ve made some nice new prints, all hand screen printed by me! So I thought I would give you a little peek into the Drawn in Bristol print studio to see how it all works.

First you need a pretty black and white image:

Expose your images onto a screen and print each colour separately:


(Lining them up and leaving to dry between each colour):

Sort the rejects (send them to friends and family):

And trim the rest to size:

And voila! a beautiful selection of feathered friends.

Thanks for reading and see you next time when I blog about my addiction for museum and gallery drawing.

Find out more about the Drawn in Bristol print studio here.
You can find the featured prints in this entry in Upstairs at BS8 and Paper Scissors Stone Volume 3.

Skulls in Store

Hello again Pigeon-fanciers!

Recently I visited Bristol Museum’s Natural History stores with my drawing buddy Rachel of Hare Raising Designs to pick out some skulls to study and draw.
We were greeted by a lovely lady who showed us through hidden doors to the underground Natural History store full of taxidermy and skeletons for study or out of display.
It’s a fantastic (and odd) place to explore, with rows of cabinets and draws filled with weird and wonderful preserved creatures.

I managed to get some drawings of a man-eating tiger skull, two huge elephant skulls (in chalk and charcoal) and a bear skull.


This was a great drawing day and I got a load of inspirations and ideas from it, and I recommend that artists make use of these free facilities – available at all publicly owned museums and galleries – for inspiration and to justify the collections being there. After all, we own them!
(I do recommend that you treat the staff and artefacts with respect (my tiger specimen was shot in the 1930’s!) and make sure you give a generous donation on your way out)
Find information about visiting Bristol Museum and Art Galleries here and say hi if you spot me sketching in there!

Butterflies and Birthday Cards

Hello again!

Over the last few weeks I have been busy making lots of new images. I have been drawing from life:

 


(Sketched at the Bristol Museum and Galleries)

From imagination:

And sometimes from the internet (which can be a useful tool when you don’t have a baby tapir to hand!):

But I think most excitingly (for me at least) is that I have sent a couple of new cards to print:

These will be available in our section upstairs in BS8, Park Street, Bristol and in my Etsy shop by the end of next week hopefully.

That’s all for now, but you can catch up on what else I’m up to on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, hope to see you there!

Pidge x

Spring is Here!

Welcome back Pigeon fanciers.

I have had a little holiday from blogging and I have been busy flying near and far and eventually returning home, as homing Pigeon’s do, picking up a lot of adventures on the way…

To start off with I entered the ToDryFor competition, to design a tea-towel. I didn’t win, but I got a nice happy sloth out of it. I think I’ll use him in the future, may need a little tweaking though.

Secondly I have been making some cheerful spring embroideries to hang on the wall and hopefully bring a smile to your face.

And this one is unfinished…

I have also been making some little fabric cats to make into decorations…

Lastly I held a stall at The Crafty Fox Market at the Dog Star in Brixton at the weekend. It was my favourite craft fair yet because of it’s quirky location, fantastic atmosphere, great stallholders, good music and the fact that the tea-room was on the same floor as my stall (from which Mumma Pidge and I filled our beaks with lots of lovely tea and cake!)

Llamas and New Ventures

Welcome back Pigeon fanciers!

In Pigeon news today; Pigeon’s creations will be available upstairs in the shop BS8 on Park Street, Bristol in February. This will include framed and unframed prints, pocket mirrors, tote bags, cards and maybe some other goodies.
I have some new greetings cards in the process of being printed (which will be available on-line and in BS8).
Hope you like!

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