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The Magic Bus
The earliest evidence of a sketch from my own fair hand was a felt tipped scrawled story and accompanying biro drawing of a magical double decker bus when I was aged six. Scribbled on a local company’s letter headed paper from the school’s scrap paper tray, my bus had many windows, even more wheels and it could fly.
As you can see this imaginative mind has been pondering the world and creating wild adventures, for some years now!
It's now a few decades later and I’ve decided to explore surface pattern design and illustration as I wanted to return to my artistic roots. I’ve always enjoyed creating things in 3D, be it a pop art inspired shoe from cardboard and milk bottle tops (GCSE art, oh the boundaries I loved to push), to elemental guardians and dismembered doll parts from clay (ahh those explorative college years). When I moved into my own home I bought a huge canvas, set it up in the spare room and painted a red and orange landscape, with dark black lines and figures bold. The dog also decided to help me out with this piece, by stepping in the black paint tray I had momentarily left upon the floor (my bad) and then proceeded to run around the house leaving black paw prints on the fresh as a daisy, new home, cream carpets. Acrylic paints and cream carpets mix well, as I’m sure you can imagine.
I've spent six years stitching and embroidering alternative designs as “Scavenger Annie” so I am embarking on a new but familiar adventure. With an array of watercolours, a plethora of paintbrushes, every pencil under the sun and multiple sketchbooks in varying sizes my travel kit is ready for any artistic inspirational moment that may hit. Yes, I'm kidding! A lady's handbag can only hold so many tins of watercolours before bursting at the seams. Oooh, there goes the zip on mine. I do envy that Mary Poppins...
Thank you for joining me here at Northern Bird Designs, if you like what you see and would like to work together on a project please get in touch. Meanwhile I’d love to hear what got you into your creative venture, so let me know below!