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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

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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.

A Real Interview

Hello loyal Pigeon-fanciers!

I’m sorry to say I have been neglecting my blog recently, but I have been doing lots of drawing and arty, crafty things, so if you want to see more regular updates on my work and what a Pigeon gets up to from day to day, then make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (search ‘apigeon’)
And make sure you say hi! I always like to hear from you.

Meanwhile, in Pigeon land, I managed to get myself a real interview! It’s all about the new pop-up shop my work is featured in, in Bristol. It’s full of great makers, besides my own work, so if you are in the city pop in and say hello, but you better hurry as it will only be around for 13 more days.
I pasted the interview below, but make sure you visit the Made in Bristol website who run this pop-up shop and do lots of other good things too.

Hope you like!

Meet the Team: Pigeon



Pigeon (real name Abi Ponton) is an artist and illustrator living in Bristol. She describes her own work as ‘honest pencil scratchings’ and draws her inspiration from all sorts of sources, but loves drawing animals and pattern in lively line-work. The illustrator’s images are bursting with colour and her folky style stems from her natural way of drawing, often joined with hand-drawn patterns and eccentric comments.

We spoke with the lovely lady behind these creations, and you can read the mini interview below!


Hi Abi! Which artist also involved in Paper • Scissors • Stone have you been particularly inspired by – and why?

Sarah Dennis. I’ve never come across her work before and I was instantly drawn to it because of the beautiful colours she uses and the warm, dreamlike atmosphere she creates. I also like her freedom in using different techniques and materials.

What do you think makes Paper • Scissors • Stone stand out from other boutique shops?

It is firstly unusual to have an independent shop within a purpose built high street shopping complex such as Broadmead/Quakers Friars/Cabot Circus, so a lot of our customers are pleasantly surprised to see local, handmade and unique products being sold in the area. Secondly we have a great response from shoppers when we explain that the artists/makers run the shop. They often ask to see and hear about your own work and it’s really satisfying when a customer is as excited about our products as we are.

Pigeon’s illustrated wares.

What is the best thing about being a creative in Bristol?

Coming from Essex I am used to the hostile competition of the London creative crowd, but whenever I meet creatives in Bristol they are always friendly and supportive. There is a real community spirit and I have met a lot of lovely people through being part of projects like Paper • Scissors • Stone.

Describe the Paper • Scissors • Stone Temporium in five words.

Fun, happy, inspiring, quirky, quality.

What tips would you give other “makers” for getting their work out there and seen? 

Find out how you can take part in events that interest you, book a table at a craft fair/market, make a website/online portfolio for yourself, write a blog, network online and in person at events, fairs and markets, e-mail other artists/makers whose work you admire and tell them what you like about their work, use your initiative and be brave.

If you could collaborate with one other Paper • Scissors • Stone maker, who would you choose and why?


Stephanie Sarlos aka Fräuleinwunder. Her work is very different to mine, but I have a great love for print and a great love for abstract art and I would really like to see how she works and how that could affect my work.

We love her quirky animals!

What’s the most challenging thing about your chosen discipline?

Keeping my work honest. It is easy to get caught up in trying to make work that you think other people might like or forcing a different style, but the best responses I get are always from my most ‘honest’ work; the work I have created out of pure passion or inspiration.

If you where a biscuit, what biscuit would you be and why?

A milk chocolate Hobnob. They may seem a bit lame at first, but once you give it a chance the whole packet is gone in one sitting. Like the milk chocolate hobnob I feel that once people start talking to me we will often end up chatting at one-hundred miles an hour and laughing our heads off, generally whilst munching on biscuits.

How/where would you spend an ideal day off in Bristol?

An ideal day off in Bristol would probably consist of visiting a couple of my favourite shops on Gloucester Road like Fig on the way into town, browsing the Harbourside Market and checking out any exhibitions in the Parlour/Showroom at the bottom of Park Street before walking up the hill to pop my head in atUpstairs at BS8 to see how my products are doing. Then I’d take the views in at Brandon Hill then head toBristol Museum and Art Gallery to get some inspiration and do some drawing. Then have tea and cake in a hot-air balloon on the way home!

Pigeon’s work is currently for sale in the Paper • Scissors • Stone Temporium. Pop by and say hi!

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