23 Nov 2010

They Draw and Cook - Bilberry Pie

Here is my submission for the fantastic website they draw and cook! I had so much fun creating this recipe illustration. Bilberry Pie is one of my mum's specialities, wild bilberries grow on the moors where I grew up so me and my sister used to go out collecting them (coming home with purple stained hands and mouth where we'd eaten more than we'd collected) mum now buys them in a jar which means we can have bilberry pie all year round!

Thanks so much to the extremely talented Nate and Salli for letting me be part of this great project.

What's a bilberry?? N.B  "The fruit is smaller than that of the blueberry but with a fuller taste. Bilberries are darker in colour, and usually appear near black with a slight shade of purple. While the blueberry's fruit pulp is light green, the bilberry's is red or purple, heavily staining the fingers and lips of consumers eating the raw fruit".

1 Nov 2010

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2010

Last weekend was Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinning Fields in Manchester. Here are some of my favourite designer/makers from the fair.

Samantha Bryan

Samantha Bryan makes these delightful little characters from her studio in Wakefield. This is the first time I have seen her work first hand and I have to say I was taken aback by these delightful, playful intricately made figures. I would love to give one of these little fellas a home.

Oh golly gosh

Elaine Hughes creates visual stories depicting scenes from her imaginary topsey-turvey world called Oh Golly Gosh. Her work involves stitched paper and fabric collages with a vintage feel.

And Made

What I couldn't resist coming home with................

Andrea Lord makes these beautiful cactus pin cushions from her studio. As it's my mum's birthday on Wednesday I had the perfect excuse to buy one and I couldn't resist getting one for myself as well! And Made has a studio/shop in Manchester's Craft and design center so next time your there make sure you pop in and have a look .