Here’s a little behind the scenes glimpse into last weeks photo shoot in my studio. It was great fun making different coloured backgrounds for the greetings cards. Photography by the one and only Maik Reichert. Lucky mascot Llama got involved too!
Last week the brilliant photographer Maik Reichert took some photos of me at work in my studio. We later went on to take product shots of my greetings cards for the Just like Sophie website. It was such a fun day and I loved setting up the studio for the product shots, here are some of my favourites:
I’ve just finished this paper cut artwork called Optimism Vs. Pessimism. It’s a development of an idea from a couple of years ago when Brian and I made a stop motion animation on the same theme. The animation paper figures were very small then, so I have re-designed them a bit and made it much larger (it’s now A2 size) and it works much better. If you’d like to see the little animated clip (all 50 seconds of it!) you can view it here: https://youtu.be/MjOPGEPsakw I was approached by the Goldie Hawn Foundation (Mind Up) last year and asked whether they could use the animation as part of their teaching programme in schools, of course I agreed. I am delighted to share my work with such a great organisation. You can read about their work here: https://mindup.org/
Lately i’ve been inspired to create some new work. These paper cuts are quite abstract, leaving more up to the imagination. They are also a much larger scale than I usually work, around A2 size. I’m enjoying exploring this and seeing where it goes. The plan is to organise an exhibition later this year…exciting!
Towards the end of last year I helped create the paper cut stop motion animation for a promotional film for Living Legends, an international project connecting oral tradition and storytelling with new technologies and animation. The short film is now finished and can be viewed below.
Here we are making the paper creatures.
To find out more: http://www.livinglegendsproject.org/
Last week I took my Just like Sophie cards to Top Drawer in London. I painted the space and put up some shelves and this became my little home for a few days. It was fun having people pop by from all different places and I made some interesting new contacts so we’ll see where that leads. Just packing up some card orders now from the show 🙂
Hello! It’s been ages. I’ve been super busy preparing for my show at Top Drawer London next weekend. I’ll be launching my new name Just like Sophie and showing my latest card designs. The new leaflet has just arrived fresh from the printers, it’s printed on thick recycled card and looks pretty smart. If you are visiting the show, do come and see me on stand ZA47 in the greetings and stationary area. Ooh it’s all very exciting!
I’ve been thinking for a while that I need to give my card business a new name for a couple of reasons, firstly to reflect the style of the cards better and also to separate it from the other creative work I do. So, i’ve drawn a logo and the new name will be (drum roll)….Just Like Sophie. Simple hey?!
This summer I was approached by Amanda from the organisation ‘Somerset Against the Badger Cull’. She was a fan of my work and wanted to commission me to create an original artwork that could be used to make cards and prints to sell and raise funds for the organisation and to help the poor badgers. Here is a link to their website for more information: http://somersetagainstthebadgercull.uk/
Here is what I came up with…
Lately i’ve been doing some new work that is beginning to explore emotions and feelings, something i’ve not done for a long time. It is refreshing to step outside of the greetings cards world for a bit and try something different. Of course I am still doing my greetings cards as I love it and that is my business, but they are not the only thing I do. These illustrations are larger scale pieces. I am going to create a series of them. Please let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.
‘Let it Go’