Tuesday, 23 September 2014

commissions

As an illustrator, the majority of my work is commissioned, but I've done quite a lot of 'private commissions' this year, so work for just lovely people who want it rather than it being for some commercial or corporate use. These a few of the jobs…

4 teas 
a lovely piece to illustrate the 4 cups of tea that the client was bought by her husband to celebrate her 40th Birthday- her forties..her 4teas - get it? Very clever...





this is a picture the client sent me of the pictures all framed and hung in their home- hurrah!





















A special A-Z of Bristol
I was asked by a couple to customise my A-Z of Bristol to add a new image for J.
It was a present for their friend who's family business is 100 years old this year…

























Lastly, a slightly different kind of thing, but after doing a drawing of me, Felix & Ursula as our Happy New Year card this year, a few friends got in touch asking if I could do family portraits for them too- here are 2…


Friday, 27 June 2014

A wee bit of artwork on channel 4...

Nice to have a bit of artwork on the telly!
My 5 metre wide donor wall makes an apperance on C4's 'One Born Every Minute' - I've never actually been able to watch the programme- might have to give it a go now!..You know nothing like a bit of vanity to make other peoples' child-birth watchable... oh hang on a minute!

Here is Emma Bunton (baby spice) admiring my artwork at Southmead hospital- she bought a balloon  donor wall- good on her!


Thursday, 19 June 2014

May I BIG myself up?

Here I am look! A little feature interview with me in this months Clifton Life. Thanks to Made in Bristol for sorting it out for me.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Pictures for a new hospital

I had a lovely afternoon on friday being shown around the beautiful new Southmead hospital. I had a sneak peak at it all; the wards, the beautiful big light public spaces, the gardens and some of its new art collection!


The reason for the visit was to see some of my work in situ, they have recently bought some 25 pieces of my work to add to the collection (900 or works in total)  it was pretty exciting! 

I don't really know much about hospitals - because thankfully I haven't had to spend much time in one - but apparently with infection control the new thinking is for wards to all have single rooms- so with 500 rooms in this new mega hospital, its quite a specatular claim to say that EVERY room has a work of art in it!... Art makes you healthy - we all know that!

So if you find yourself on ward 9 - the rehabilitation ward - you will be able to enjoy some of my little things in life, if you work on that ward and want to chill in the quiet room, you can hang out with a few best combinations, or if you are in out-patients stroll down a corridor peppered with 'Hannah Broadway's'!



Many many Thanks to Ruth Sidgwick for her support, energy and of course great taste!


Thursday, 1 May 2014

new work : Books

Its a funny thing being a freelancer- sometimes its utterly brilliant, you can pick and choose your hours, work at home, eat sweets and not have to share them with the rest of the office...but sometimes when you don't actually have anyone to make you a cup of tea and pep you up a bit when thinks are a bit tricky its really blummin hard... also when you have work on, you are so busy just cracking on to meet a deadline you forget to pat yourself on the back and say, hey wow - look what I did!..

So this is me, taking a step back and looking at what I have been busy working on over the last few months...



















I have done quite a few commissions for Park That Bike, a lovely company that provide bike parking for councils and small businesses. It all sounds a bit dry, but the man behind it all is a very lovely man indeed and is passionate about cycling! Like the good bristolian that I am, I have taken to cycling over the last few years and when Peter asked me to do the illustrations for this book I just had to say YES!


 In the last 7 months, we have published 5 versions of the book.  Cleverly Park that bike, have been offering councils there own bespoke copies, with their own covers and a whole chapter dedicated to cycling in their area. Its been a brilliant project. I have illustrated the books through-out and have done the design and layout too- which have been a real joy to be in control of it all from start to finish.





As well as books about bikes, I have just done a rather special cook book.  


In celebration of my father-in-laws 70th birthday, we got together to create a family cook book. It was Em's idea and she took on editing and collating the project and did the illustration and design bit. I didn't want it to become a family scrap book, I wanted it to be a beautiful thing, so I had to steal Felix's lovely camera and attempt a bit of food-photography as well as illustrating some pages, while dropping in the odd family snap shot to keep it relevant. But I'm really chuffed with how it has come out and look forward to actually cracking on and making some of these very very yummy dishes. He seemed pretty chuffed with it too and now the 5 households that make up the Hayes Family are all proud owners of a very exclusive cookbook!










Friday, 21 February 2014

Jane Eyre

Felix is currently performing Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic - yesterday was Press night, and that is the official 'opening' of the show. Traditionally the cast and crew all give each other good luck cards on 'first night'. Fee asked me to design a bespoke card for him...




I should say - I went to see the shows (its 2 parts) yesterday and it was really rather stunning, a handsome, stylish, thoughtful, funny, telling of the epic story - just a hurt bit of theatre! And Felix is pretty darn brilliant as Rochester- even if I do say so myself!