I’m sharing some artwork from my school and college years. See all the posts here.
Let’s finish off my college years. For my second year we studied A Level Art, which was kind of weird as that’s usually only in England. We had to submit a portfolio of work plus a timed exam piece and a written project. Here’s one of my final paintings – a dried up leaf. All of the pieces in this post are huge by the way – A1 size.
And here’s a self-portrait. Don’t ask what’s going on with my hair – I was 17 and a riot grrl.
Above is some of my prep work for my exam piece, which I was doing in coloured pencil and watercolour.
And here’s the not-quite-finished piece since I ran out of time. I’m still quite fond of this.
My written project was on the artist Paul Cannell, who I visited in his studio at Creation Records in London. I’ve written about this before. He took this photo of me – I look so young and art-studenty! Unfortunately, because I was developing and printing all the photos myself, they’re all in black and white, which is a shame since his work is so colourful (as is my outfit).
I found this press clipping from the Northern Scot too, where we are standing in front of my work at the class exhibition. They must have been hard up for news to send a photographer and everything.
Next time – I go to actual art school.
So, I had a stall at one of the bigger markets here in Helensburgh at the weekend and it was basically a complete waste of a day. I didn’t even make £10! It was some comfort that everyone else was having a bad day too – nothing worse than watching everyone else rake it in while you sit ignored.
I’m tired of spending days sitting behind a stall bored out of my face and trying to rationalise the lack of customers with talk of weather and dates and not enough promotion, while watching orders roll in online. I haven’t been to a successful market since probably Renegade London 18 months ago, and while that was amazing, it cost us a fortune in train fares and hotels. There’s just nothing suitable for me any more. Glasgow is vintage-obsessed, Edinburgh’s are non-existent and the local markets just don’t have a big enough, and kawaii friendly, audience. There’s loads of great markets in London, and I could try anime and comic cons, but they’re so much more expensive and risky.
The sensible thing would be to give up on markets altogether, since I sell enough online not to need to, but I really enjoy doing markets and meeting people and making a nice stall display. I’m certainly going to give it a rest for a while though, so don’t expect to see me selling anywhere this year.
In the meantime, why not watch a little video of my stall.
I’m writing this on Friday since I’ll be at a market all day Saturday. It’s a bank holiday and Memorial Day weekend so there’s lots of great offers – I’ll add any more that turn up over the weekend so check back if you’re after something specific. This week has involved a lot of packaging and photographing – it’s always nice seeing a big pile of product!
News, Offers and Reminders
- New Pear & Carrot brooches are just £2.50 for a limited time.
- 20% off selected products and free worldwide shipping at my Society6 shop all weekend.
- 25% off everything in my Zazzle store through Monday with the code READY4SUMMER
- 20% off everything at Hannah Zakari this weekend. Check their Instagram for the code!
- 15% off a different category every day in my DaWanda shop until the 27th.
- 50% off my stickers at Redbubble if you buy any 6 designs.
- If you have a customer account in my shop, there’s 15% off all 5 A Day products throughout May. Just login and check the cart page for the code.
While May is barely Summer at the best of times, and certainly not this year, it is the annual Summer Food and Craft Fair tomorrow here in Helensburgh tomorrow and I will be there selling my wares.
I know there’s not much crossover between my blog readers and Helensburgh residents, but if you are in the area or fancy a day trip, I will have lots of new things and some bargains too. It’s at the Victoria Halls from 9:30am – 4pm.
The one problem with my monthly character thing is that often it takes a lot longer for me to get things made, but this time I actually have new matching products in the same month!
Say hello to two new acrylic brooches – Carrot and Pear! I’ve wanted to add some more brooches and these two were my favourites to try next. As always, they come in some fun packaging ready for gifting.
While these turned out great, there are some tiny changes I want to make next time so these are in my shop at a special introductory price of just £2.50! Grab one now as I only have a few and they’ll be £4 next time.