Monday, 14 July 2014

Hummingbirds and Pussycats

Whilst traveling over the last couple of weeks I became friends with some little hummingbirds who had been fluttering around in my head. These rings are from one of the watercolours. You can see more on my Facebook page in the shop.  




Rings available in the Etsy shop. :)


I have been playing with hanging them so if you click the image below you can download and make one too! I am  making these available for a limited period, after which time they will be available to download in the shop along with others. I do suggest you use heavier paper than I have for this first trial above but you could experiment with lots of different sizes, I would loooooove to see the results!



Click on image, then right click from the enlarged one and save.

Not to be used for commercial purposes ©Ella Goodwin



Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Willow Gallery Exhibition - On until Mid July - Illustration and Pretties

Willow Gallery Exhibition - 15th June - 15th July 

Willow Gallery Octagon Farm,
Bungay Road, Norwich, NR14 8SA 01508 493627

I have my illustration adorning the walls of this lovely space out in Framingham Earl, Norwich. This beautiful barn also has a ceramics studio so you can go along and paint your own pottery as well as eat tea and cake, what more could you ask for.....


Zazen lady and her cat

  

The Hitchers




Bird Flowers, 'Bumbelina' and 'Let Your Fish Swim Away'



 

Fairy Ferris and Space Craft




See, told you there was cake!












Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Owl Sanctuary Bar Boot Sale - Norwich Art, Design and Craft Fair


Recently the old Marquee pub in Norwich reopened as The Owl Sanctuary, there's a great write up on it on the Life in a Fine City blog. (fab new blog about the local area run by two lovely ladies)

Every last Sunday of the month there is a Bar Boot Sale from 1 - 5pm where you will find a host of local artists and makers. I put together this months poster for it, appropriate as this months charity is The Stray Cat Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Norwich! :) So after this weekend I shall be a busy at fairs every weekend until the beginning of July when Barcelona beckons, yay!

 This little foxy fella was inspired by a story I heard on my endeavors to learn some Japanese - 

'Moshi Moshi' is used when answering the phone in Japan. I read that this may be because Foxes are crafty tricksters in Japanese fairytales, stealing and cheating in magical ways. Apparently a fox can't say moshi moshi back so this is a great way to find out if it is a sneaky fox calling you! How very useful! (there are some other possible explanations but I like this one!)



Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Shows, fairs and fish

So after a mud filled weekend at my first festival of the year it's been a super busy week! I finished off my 'Let your fish swim away' illustration just in time for it to be part of an exhibition I am in at Willow Gallery starting next week. (more about that in my next post when it's all up and I can show you pics!) My first solo show and in a lovely space so I'm really looking forward to taking all these creatures along...

This new print is available here :)

As with the  Zazen girl in my last post this is also inspired by an element of Ruth Ozeki's 'A Tale for the Time Being". That book had such a profound effect on me, I really can't recommend it enough. This particular bit is about letting your fish swim away, those fears that flip around in our bellies....

 

All prints are on heavyweight premium quality fine art papers and always blow me away with the how beautifully they pick up the detailed line and vibrant colour. Yummy!

 

I have also produced this as a limited edition (25) concertina book printed again on heavyweight premium quality fine art papers and available here.








I have lots of fairs coming up in June too.. first up is the Art Car Boot Fair, wow there are some eclectic artists showing at this one!  https://www.facebook.com/events/255911311253599/


The week after that I will be under a stripy canopy at the I Make Fun Stuff market in Ipswich, I also have some work in the new I Make Fun Stuff pop up shop in Ipswich so if you're nearby go take a peek(opening in June).

Saturday, 10 May 2014

So the exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre went down a treat, really well attended with lots of sales. Here are a few pics, it was lovely to see the work on the walls of such a beautiful venue.(tricky to do the venue justice in the pics though!)






It's all over now but another exhibition is coming up in June at Willow Gallery. More about that soon!

I have been working on further pattern designs for fabrics. This new 'Sleeping Sewing Box Cats' fabric is available on cushions from the shop here. Great for any sewing room or as nursery decor.

 
(Chewbacca is pretty partial too!)


As fathers day is on the horizon I put together some badge sets for any cat loving dads. These are available in the shop here. I'm also now stocked in The Gift Emporium on the Lanes in Norwich and soon to be in the I Love Fun Stuff pop up shop in Ipswich so if you're nearby pop in!

 I have fallen in love with a beautiful book called  "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. I am about two thirds of the way through and torn between gorging myself on page after page and not wanting to finish it for fear of having to leave that world and the revelations it holds. It's achingly touching with such strong reflections of ones own self and has that feel where you think you suddenly 'get it'(life) but then it's gone again in a flutter but it is a reminder of our own humanity and who we should be as a whole. There's a particular image that really stuck with me about the fish fluttering in your belly, but when you're at peace it will grow and swim away. It reminded me of the physical pain of homesickness as a child, never really feeling at home in one place or another until the realisation that you are your home.    

Anyway I won't spoil it! The image below is a lighthearted element in what is tragic in places but so tender in others. Zazen (seated mediation), holding your egg..... the cat of course found spiritual enlightenment many moons ago so he is just after some food :)



Saturday, 12 April 2014

Bumbelina

Bumbelina


So just 3 days until the show, all framed prints and limited editions are bubble wrapped and neatly piled so just the sundries to make and cat biscuits to bake! It should be a really fun evening at the Private View with scrumptious cakes from Mad Hatters and wine sponsored by Mellasat. There will be cat bunnies lurking in corners and crazy ladies flying around on bumblebees and wagtails.

Can't thank Amelia Bowman enough for putting on such a fab exhibition and giving me the opportunity to show in such a lovely venue alongside herself, Janet Bowman and Gavin Robbie. 

Amelia works with a combination of collagraph printmaking and digital pattern design. Describing her work as ‘fun with a hint of vintage’, Amelia’s inspiration comes from the landscape and artifacts of the world around her.

Janet Bowman is a sculptor who works with clay and wax to produce original pieces that are then cast in bronze resin. Her work focuses primarily on life-size animal studies inspired by many trips abroad.

Gavin Robbie is a local photographer whose passions are landscape, long exposure and low light techniques. By capturing several moments in time, Gavin’s describes his photographs as depicting reality, but not as we see it.

Colourful, fun and nostalgic - an exhibition designed to make you smile!

Wymondham Arts Centre
15th - 27th April
Mon - Sat - 10 - 5
Sunday - 12 - 5







Saturday, 5 April 2014

Hokusai, cushions and exhibitions...


I have just finished my Hokusai inspired illustration.."Making the Great Wave". Apart from cats knitting waves and sewing rainbows of capybara unicorns my favourite part was the kittens afloat in sewing boxes which you can see in the detail below. Quite a crazy one this one but I am so excited about an upcoming trip to the land of futuristic fairytale in September I couldn't resist an extra sprinkle of kawaii.

This giclee print is a limited run of 100 and available from the shop here.




 There are also cat print cushions available in the shop too, nice and large to make for a lovely centre piece on the sofa!







I have a crazy schedule coming up over the next two weeks. Wednesday sees me at the private view of the Illustrator Members Showcase for the SCBWI alongside the London Book Fair. I am really proud to be a part of that exhibition with my circus cats! I am also organising my work to go in a new shop opening in Norwich Lanes in a few days. The Norwich Gift Emporium looks like it's going to be great.. I shall update once ribbons are cut, it opens on Good Friday!

Next weekend it will be time to hang work for the show at Wymondham Arts Centre! I will be showing 20 pieces alongside Amelia Bowman, Janet Bowman and Gavin Robbie.... and there will be all sorts of other goodies for sale too! Come along it will be a feast of colourful goodness to warm the soul.




The weekend after the show opens I shall be at Norwich Makers Market with my wares alongside a plethora of lovely designer makers and their quirky goods, it's a lovely venue with a fab cake stall too so come down and save me from myself!  -




The week after that I shall be at the newly opened Owl Sanctuary in Norwich for another art fair which should be a great day (27th April) with yet more eclectic artists and makers. We are so spoilt in Norwich lately as the Norfolk and Norwich festival starts a couple of weeks later too!




Saturday, 22 March 2014

Update... bird flowers, fabrics and tattoos

I finished the last in the series of three bird flowers inspired by the North Norfolk coast. This final sleeping family are Sandpipers. You can see the three together below.(click on the images to zoom)





My fabric samples from Spoonflower arrived this week too, really pleased with how successful the tiling was. A little scared to chop it up! But new products using these rockabilly cat fabrics will be available in the shop soon. You can also buy the fabrics via Spoonflower.


I was at Clutter City on Saturday at Norwich Arts Centre,  a lovely day and it was nice to be in the foyer for a change. There was a cake stall opposite which was a bit dangerous but oh my, cheese and chilli shortbread, what a treat. Check out Mountain Bakery.

After Clutter City we jumped in the van for a music weekender in Northampton, Bedlam Breakout. My friend had her stall there for Last Gang Emporium so I spent most of my money before I even got to the bar. Lovely new Sourpuss dress though and went very well with my ears! (excuse the glamorous travel lodge backdrop!) We saw some great bands including The Black Cat Boppers and The Moonshine Stalkers who were ace.



This was also an amazing week for cancer charities with over 2 million raised at this point. I saw a lot of lovely ladies miss the point a little and post pictures of themselves looking beautiful as always but forgetting to add the number to text and donate so Percy stepped in for a little reminder!




My mother has been asking for a standalone illustration of Tattoo Lou from the Circus Cats print so feeling a little under the weather yesterday all I was fit for was doodling tattoos all over pussycats. A welcome break from a hectic week of working on a ton of illustration for Zambian education.


I also received an invite to the  Private View for the SCBWI Illustrator showcase which I am really proud to be in and coincidentally this is the circus cats again.(you can see Candyfloss Joss peeking out from the second row down!) If you're in London come along, it's alongside the London Book Fair so there will be lots to do!





Thursday, 6 March 2014

Spring time Exhibition

 Next month I shall be in an exhibition at Wymondham Arts Centre which I am really looking forward to! Here is the flyer and if you're in the vicinity please stop by!


 

It's a collaborative exhibition with Amelia Bowman who makes beautiful collagraphs, Janet Bowman's wonderful sculpture and Gavin Robbie's magical photography. Amelia describes it as an exhibition to make you smile and it really will be a wonderful way to really feel it's Spring at last!



Above is just a taster of some of the images, I am working on a new piece on the theme of the bird flowers as well as some more craftscapes.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/181710428/cat-art-print-audrey-hepburn-breakfast?ref=shop_home_active_1 

Oh and this is Holly Golightly pussycat lady Hepburn!  I adore Breakfast at Tiffany's and couldn't get this daft lady out of my head after revisiting it recently. It is available in the shop here as a high quality print on lush Hahnemühle fine art paper for any Audrey fans.