One of the perks of being an artist is getting to hang out with other cool artists and/or connecting with them via things like Facebook and Instagram.
On a daily basis them sharing their work makes me feel genuinely happy and i want to share it with you dear reader.
First of all is Jfivetwenty, his graphic style is super awesome and his illustrations always make me smile. He also has a great Instagram feed you should follow!
Up next is my dear friend, collab buddy and tattoo teacher Samo. She has a great new website and you can find links on there to her Facebook and Instagram.
I have a real affection for my home town. Portsmouth is on the up at the moment but I still love the faded charm of Clarence Pier. The Wimpy, the arcade, funfair and pebbled beach.
My best friend Josh and I went for a photo walk together, played some arcade games and ate burgers.
Phew what a crazy few weeks it’s been? I can’t even begin to describe how fantastic, hectic and beautiful the summer was.
The Liberty interview went really well and I’ve gone away from it being asked to design a child friendly toy for Liberty which I’m so happy about!!! A lot of alcohol was consumed post interview and a few tears of joy and tiredness were shed.
Southsea Fest happened on Saturday and it was my first time DJing all day for Pie and Vinyl with my gal pal Rachael under the name ‘Death Bitto’. Watch this space as we will DJing a party for the launch of the Girls DIY art zine in November, all the fun! I also designed a rad poster for Southsea Fest which all the bands signed, yippee!
Also to add to the creative chaos I have started my tattoo apprenticeship with the uber talented Samo White. It’s such a challenge but I love it.
Im also pleased to be included in the Creative Cargo project and book as well as being featured by Niji Magazine. Starting to feel a bit cool, only a little bit though.
Yes you should totally ACCEPT badgers.
Hi it’s Lou here from Ooh la Lapin, I have a big announcement to make. Due to increased love for my toys I have welcomed Emily Neale to become part of Ooh la Lapin. You have probably seen that recently Emily has accompanied me to lots of events and adventures and it just seemed right that now she has graduated with first in Illustration that I snap her up!
I never imagined how successful Ooh la Lapin would become and in the past year it has surpassed my dreams. Having a solo exhibition, working on wonderful community arts projects, making beautiful creatures for lovely customers, getting my first London stockist at Tusch and Egon in Boxpark and of course being given the opportunity at Liberty of London at the end of August.
I would like to thank everybody who has supported my work in one way or another (you know who you are).
On Sunday Emily and I went to visit Liberty of London as I have been selected to give a presentation about my work on August 30th. Fingers and toes crossed they might like me enough to stock me. Along with my wonderful friend Riella (a film maker for The School of Life) we wandered around Liberty wide eyed at all the many wondrous beautiful things. I came away with some fabric, trim and some pretty dachshund cards from the stationary section. I also feel a bit more confident about going back at the end of the month with my toys!!!
Emily and I visited my favourite label Lazy Oaf.
After Liberty I was really excited about visiting Boxpark in Shoreditch and delivering some work to my first London stockist Tusch & Egon. This was beyond exciting as I now have an outlet for my creatures in such a beautiful, contemporary space as Boxpark. It was all a bit overwhelming so we went for a drink down Brick Lane before returning to Southsea.
My toys safely arrived at Tusch and Egon.
Yesterday Emily Neale and I visited the charming historic city of Chichester. The main attraction for us is that there is a huge fabric and craft shop there called Eternal Maker. Emily hadn’t been before and I couldn’t wait to show her the sheer array of fabric, haberdashery, notions and other tempting crafty bits.
After fabric heaven we decided to visit cake heaven and made our way to bakery ‘Whipped and Baked’ which lies in the north of the city on the edge of the gorgeous Priory Park. I’d heard so many good things about the hand baked breads and especially the decadent oreo chocolate brownie. We plumped for a fat squidgy cinnamon roll, an oreo chocolate brownie and a gorgeous garlic, sun-dried tomato and mozzarella focaccia. Clutching our paper bags of baked goodies we sat in the sun soaked park and watched the world go by. Sadly soon it was time to return home but we will definitely be making our way back for more!
Delicious and delightful record cafe Pie & Vinyl have now taken delivery of some new little friends! Fear not if you don’t live near by they are also in my Folksy shop.
However I thoroughly recommend a visit to P and V as it is one of the most magical shops ever dreamt up. Where else can you eat pie, ice cream sundaes and drink ginger bear out of tea pots and buy records?
On Saturday 19th July you will be able to join me at Make for a toy rabbit workshop.
The workshop has been especially developed for Make with an exclusive toy patterned designed by me for you to keep and use again. The class is suitable for ages 8 and up, but can be enjoyed by all ages. I would recommend if a young crafter wants to come that they team up with an adult partner as we will be using sewing machines.
Apart from it being heaps of fun as you get to bring to life your own Ooh la Lapin bunny you will also learn skills like hand embroidery, basic machine sewing and toy design.
Here are the details:
Cloth Bunny Workshop
Saturday 19th July 10am – 12noon
Cost – £20 includes all materials and toy pattern.
Make – Southsea Craft Cafe, 4 Albert Road, Southsea, PO5 2SH
Places are limited so book by calling Make on 023 9282 2026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
I am pleased as punch to announce I now have a shop on Folksy!
If you haven’t heard of Folksy then in a nutshell it’s just for UK makers and no ‘vintage’ tat or mass produced stuff masquerading as ‘craft’. Here is there kind of mission statement:
Why do we ‘do’ Folksy? We mainly do it because we believe in:
Craft skills. We love craft and design skills, the process by which people use their creativity and talent to make beautiful work. Most of all, we love making.
Strength in numbers. Professional, portfolio and hobbyist designer-makers can reach a mainstream audience, test markets and grow their business more effectively on Folksy rather than through costly galleries and boutique shops.
Cottage industries. Small scale production and handmade goods offer ways to be creative, manage resources effectively and support local economies.
Meritocracy. Any designer-maker can list their work as long as it is hand crafted (no vintage or mass manufactured work is allowed). This creates a meritocracy where great work from hobbyists can rub shoulders with the best from established professional crafters. The work should stand for itself.
David not Goliath. :)
This is me and my lovely friend, collaborator and artistic pal Emily Neale. We sometimes sell our stuff together like at Crafty Fox (pictured above) and we hang out lots, walk our dogs together and dream up lots of creative plans! You should check out her work, its great!
Some of mine and Emily’s toys.
Photo by Josh Knill
I still can’t believe how amazing this year has been so far! Ive moved studio twice!!! I’ve just been offered another work space which is top secret at the moment and i’ll reveal all soon. I’ve had some fabulous commissions too.
My next big project is working for Portsmouth City Council and with the residents of Somerstown to create public art work for their new community hub. Im so happy they liked our idea and that we get to work in a part of our city that deserves wonderful aspirational creative work.