Creativity and community!

Well, it has been a wonderful end to the week here in my studio... I have been working towards completing some of my #TinyTasks (a little initiative set up by some of the lovely people who are a part of the inspirational creative meetups at epanoui, it helps to keep us all accountable). 

One of the things that I wanted to achieve by the second week of August was to have a new print run of my cards completed (yes I am putting that in writing for all to see... no getting away from it now). This includes using a new local printer (gotta support local independents) and finishing up some new embroidered artwork (see below).

A tough task along with exhibition pieces, gallery applications and some freelance marketing work I have scheduled in at the moment, but I was up for the challenge...

Well in true Hannah style, the deadline sparked off some more ideas... some new pieces of Illustration art that I just HAD to include...

as well as a two brand new pieces of embroidery art and some tweaked pieces from my collection that I just couldn't leave out...

and some pieces from my initial positively pretty embroidery collection that jumped out at me and screamed to be included.

If that wasn't enough, I was inspired to try add a couple of new items to my popular cut paper collection... which then rolled over to cut paper cards for kids.  

So in short... my #TinyTask has lead to 38 greetings cards off for proof printing (12 of which are re-prints from my original print run or slightly tweaked)! So now, I need you, tell me all about your favourite independent gift and lifestyle shops as I want to get all of these new designs out there in to peoples hands, helping to spread positivity one piece of affordable art at a time!  Email me, DM or comment on social media to let me know where you would like to see my work! 

Keep your eyes peeled for more!

Hannah x

Where to start!

Well, it has been quite a while since I last posted properly, but there has been SO much going on behind the scenes (all good stuff)!

Homewares, it was good while it lasted... 

You may have seen a brand new range of homewares that came out at Christmas, these bright bits for the home were met with a great reception, however, unfortunately our supplier went in to administration last month. We were fortunate enough to have ordered lots so we were able to complete all current orders, but we have had to pull these items from the shop. 

Everything is an opportunity...even if it is hiding

This slight hiccup in our homewares range afforded me a great opportunity to play and create items for a fair that I had booked in advance to show off these very items! The space to create and knowing I had a show to work towards meant that I could dedicate some time to a huge passion of mine, hand and freehand machine embroidery! I have always loved this method of creating and have used my stitching in designs a few times, but due to the time consuming nature of the process, I haven't ever dedicated as much time to embroidery as I would like. Well this little opportunity resulted in me creating a whole collection of 'pretty pieces of positivity', which have had an wonderfully positive reception (see some of the pieces here).

On to bigger and better things

The fantastic reception to my pretty pieces of positivity embroidery collection spurred me on to create a whole new range of greetings cards and art prints, some using bright and bold cut paper designs, digital designs and for the first time, my embroidery. These were debuted at Sally Evans Artists and Makers Fair Bradmoor Farm in Haddenham and the reception was fantastic, lots of cards were sold and there was a great amount of interest in not only the embroidery but the positive messages and images that were being used! (See more about the weekend with this write up from Aylesbury & District news). 

So... what next...

Well, this is all a bit back to front as there was a little bit of exciting news that just couldn't wait and you can read the full story here but the short version is, these very greetings cards are now stocked in the beautiful épanoui in Bedford, which I am completely thrilled about, they are the first stockist of this new range and épanoui truly is a beautiful shop. Next, I am doing a little bit of a reshuffle on my website as I am now accepting wholesale orders (excited squeal)! The greetings cards will be available on the online shop to purchase directly shortly... so watch this space.