Monday, 19 October 2009

Out and About

Some of us will be promoting the Menagerie book at artist's book fairs and art fairs around the country. Karoline will be exhibiting a range of books and prints at the Spike Island Artist Book and Zine Fair 2009 in Bristol on Saturday October the 31st.
She'll also be at Handmade and Bound in London on Sunday the 1st of November.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

New 'Girls Who Draw' lineup

It's time we introduced the lineup of this years Girls Who Draw postcard book. Anke Weckmann has designed the cover as well as 2 postcards, she is joined by 5 other new contributers including Mary Kilvert, Kate Hindley, Ruth Green, Amy Timms and Michelle Turton, each of whom has designed 2 postcards. 5 of the original group featured in the Misfits postcard book have returned to each do 2 new postcard designs, they are Gemma Correll, Sarah Ray, Yee Ting Kuit, Jane Anderson aka Currentstate and Karoline Rerrie. We've posted short biographies with Menagerie postcard designs from all of the girls. If you want to know more about any of the girls most have their own websites, blogs and online shops which we have listed.

Sarah Ray

Sarah Ray is an illustrator based in Birmingham UK but originally from the dark depths of Herefordshire (fondly known as the Shire). She completed a degree in Illustration in the lovely city of Cambridge and since has been working freelance, drawing for clients such as Orange, The Artgroup and Friends of the Earth. As well as doing commissioned work, she also likes to exhibit and sell handmade things. She likes tea and dancing (not necessarily at the same time) and she likes to smile a lot because it’s nice to.

Mary Kilvert

Mary Kilvert graduated with an illustration degree from Kingston University in 2004. Her illustrations are characterized by fluid line, decorative patterns and a whimsical style. She creates her images using fine line pens, watercolour, collage and digital colour. Mary
works for clients in advertising, publishing and editorial. She is inspired by patterns, animals and folk tales. She works from herstudio in London which she also shares with her black cat and is represented by Lindgren and Smith in the United States.

Amy Timms

Ruth Green

Ruth Green is a printmaker based in Birmingham. She makes screenprints, linocuts and etchings. Her work is inspired by design from the 60's and 70's and by the British countryside. Ruth also has work published as posters and greetings cards. She has worked for Ikea, Woodmansterne and The Art Group. She regularly exhibits at galleries and art fairs throughout the U.K.

Kate Hindley

Kate Hindley
is a freelance illustrator currently working in Worcestershire. She graduated from Falmouth University in 2008 and since then has developed a whimsical style inspired by all things woodland and folksy. Her work combines pencil doodling with a bit of digital tinkering. She will be holding her first solo exhibition throughout December at the Artrix in her hometown of Bromsgrove.

Yee Ting Kuit

Yee Ting graduated from University College Falmouth in 2006 with first class honours and has been working freelance since. She has taken part in various group exhibitions throughout the U.K. Her work is produced digitally using a combination of Photoshop, Illustrator and hand drawn components. Her style is influenced by graphic design, icons, patterns, typography and printmaking techniques. Clients include the Guardian, Tigerprint and Runner’s World magazine.

Anke Weckmann

Anke Weckmann is an illustrator living in London where she spends her days drawing, drinking tea and listening to audio books. She likes spring, elderflower cordial, little birds, cats and making all kinds of pretty things.

Karoline Rerrie

A long time ago Karoline worked for Matthew Herbert and illustrated most of his Doctor Rockit album covers with various paraphernalia including rockets, coffins and flamenco dancers. This helped develop her style, in particular the use of quirky characters, hand drawn lettering and humour. Karoline now uses these elements in the artist's books she illustrates and self publishes. She prefers to work by hand and sees her illustration as a craft which lead her to start making images and books using a Japanese Print Gocco as well as screen printing.

Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll is based in the 'fine city' of Norwich, UK, where she has stayed since completing her BA (hons) degree in Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration, in 2006. She works as a crafts person and freelance illustrator for clients including Virgin holidays and Primary Teachers magazine. She also likes making her own zines and other goodies such as handpainted mugs and shrink plastic jewellery, which she sells in various retail outlets online and in 'real life'. Gemma’s inspirations include body builders, Butlins holiday camps and small, furry animals.

Michelle Turton

Michelle Turton is a freelance contemporary illustrator based in the sunny Midlands working with both hand rendered and computer based illustrations. Michelle graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2005 and has since worked on a variety of projects from editorial illustration to logo and website design. Michelle is one half of the inkygoodness duo and her weapon of choice would have to be the pencil.


Currentstate is the work of Birmingham based designer and illustrator Jane Anderson. Working across a range of media including illustration, print & design. Jane has showcased her work across the UK, including exhibitions in Selfridges and the V&A – London as part of Channel 4’s Creative Industries Party. Her work has been featured in publications such as Ten4, Computer Arts, Frieze, Fused, Blink and Chroma Magazine.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Hitting the shelves...

Only 600 of the Menagerie books are available to buy, over the next few weeks we'll be keeping you updated on some of the shops, galleries and websites who will be selling the books. This week they went on sale at the Ikon Gallery shop in Birmingham, and Anke Weckmann is already selling them from her website, Some of the girls will also be out and about selling the Menagerie books at art fairs around the country, we'll have more news about them soon.

All new Menagerie Book

It seems like we've been working on the Menagerie postcard book for months, putting it together over summer was problematic because many of the girls were away on holiday. The artwork didn't make it to the printers until just before the August bank holiday, always a really busy time. Despite that Tuckey Print made us a handful of copies especially for the launch of the Inky Goodness 'Wonderland' exhibition at the Vaad Gallery in Birmingham. Michelle Turton, who has contributed 2 postcard designs to the Menagerie book, is also one of the organisers of Inky Goodness and the 'Wonderland' exhibition included 5 other illustrators from the book. Over the last few weeks Tuckey Print have been busy gluing and taping together the rest of the 800 books, it didn't look like much fun and we owe them a huge thanks for all their help and patience. Thank you Ian, Stewart, Richard, Mike and the rest of the team at Tuckeys.

Anke's cover design

Anke Weckmann has designed a beautiful cover for the new Girls Who Draw postcard book. We are very lucky Anke could fit the book into her busy schedule especially as she has also contributed 2 postcard designs. This year the theme is Menagerie and alongside Anke are some of the original group of girls who featured in the Misfits book, including everyone's favorite illustrator Gemma Correll. Sarah Ray has taken a break from screen printing to come back for a second time with Jane Anderson (aka Currentstate), Yee Ting Kuit and Karoline Rerrie. But the fun doesn't stop there because Anke isn't the only new girl, we have artwork from the very talented Kate Hindley, Amy Timms, Ruth Green, Michelle Turton and Mary Kilvert. We're particularly pleased Mary has joined us as she wasn't able to last time so we've waited a whole year for her.