Exhibition is up!

Smaller-framesPhew! Sunday was a busy day of framing, kerfuffle, pondering heights, wrestling with string and losing the scissors (where are they now? WHERE ARE… oh wait here they are), but the exhibition is finally up!

It will be running from today until 4th August in The Press Room cafe in Surbiton. Seller of lovely cakes and tea (and I believe rather nice coffee too- alas if only I could drink it). A couple of minutes from the station, which is just 20 minutes from Waterloo.*

The Press Room staff were all rather lovely and understanding about me bumbling around, trailing bits of bubble wrap, tape and string and generally getting in their way while they were trying to clear up- thanks guys!

Working

Here’s a picture of me wrangling the pictures up onto the hooks. Yeah that’s a whale cardigan. I am very fashionable.

It’s been a lot of work but great fun. I’m pretty happy with this group of beasties and I hope you get a chance to come meet them!

The framed prints are all available for sale in the Cafe, or unframed through my website shop. Ooo colourful monsters to brighten up your wall!

Give me a shout on Twitter (or email!) if you do pop by, I’d love to hear what you think of the exhibition or if you have any questions about my work. Ok so here’s one more photo from the shop- couldn’t resist putting up one of the lonesome monster, my poster boy!

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* 20 minutes! Dang, that’s really no time at all, you should totally pop over, maybe get some cake, it’d be ace.

Getting ready!

Newt illustration by Lara CrowDespite a head cold that’s doing its best to ruin my week, I’ve been busy getting ready for my first solo exhibition: Beastly encounters! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the little blighters now.

It’s at The Press Room in Surbiton, a little place where they sell excellent tea and cake and is therefore in some sense my spiritual home. Starts on the 14th July. Oh crumbs that’s quite soon…

Now I just need to send some files off to the printers, work out which beasties will play nicely together and wrestle them into their frames… eek! Stay tuned for more updates.

Shop is open!

prints I’ve been beavering away this weekend and just added a shop to the site! Phew! Very exciting all round.

I’ll be selling prints, papercuts and mirrors, with new items coming soon, so stay tuned.

If you’re looking for a beastie print to brighten up your wall or a papercut present for your favourite person- have a look! It’s up there in the menu. Nice.

If there’s anything you don’t see in the shop but wish that I sold, drop me an email! It’s always nice to hear from you.

Illustrators Fair

PrepSo it’s been a little quiet around here recently…
Where have I been you ask? Busy watching Indy films? Well… yes, but that’s beside the point. Last Sunday I was taking part in the Illustrators Fair at the House of Illustration! Ooph, I’ve been super busy and this is the first chance I’ve had to post about it!

With only two weeks to sort stuff, things got a little manic. There was a fair bit of rushing about and fun last minute games like oh wait, I don’t own a tablecloth! and where the hell have all my scissors been spirited away to? Steve got over-enthusiastic and ordered enough bubblewrap to post a small elephant.

Packing up my prints, papercuts and cards into a little wheely suitcase was an interesting bit of Tetris. Ouch, how did I lug all that to Kings Cross on the tube?

stall

My super-talented friend Jennie and I shared a stall, which was great fun (if a little nerve wracking, it’s the first time I’ve done this sort of thing). Ah look at that lovely stall and its giant disapproving moon.

The fair had a great atmosphere- so many people showing interesting work and generally enthusing about illustration! It was good fun sitting at our stall, chatting to people and soaking up the cheerful vibes. The organisers did a great job making the place welcoming and easygoing!

There were also various talks and workshops throughout the day which I am kicking myself a little for missing- dah, next time I’ll have to be more organised!

I sold a few prints and cards which was a happy bonus. I’ll be adding the rest to a store which will be coming to the site SOOON. So come back and have a look!

Things I learnt:

  • Wear comfy shoes. I love my trainers so
  • Bring tea. More tea. All the tea… why is there no more tea?
  • People like to chat, so say hello! I’m not the most effortlessly extroverted type, but I really enjoyed seeing people respond to my work and chatting to them about their own stuff

Things I did not learn:

  • How to wrap small round mirrors neatly
  • To put the key to the cashbox somewhere sensible
  • How to sit on a tiny stool without looking like a strange gnome

Maggie approved of the free postcards (thanks Marcus!) with pictures of her on them.

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Maggie, aka Gozer the destructor!

Here’s that doodle of some of the things Maggie has decided would be good to eat. The library book was a bit embarrassing but the librarian was surprisingly cool about the whole thing!

The only item that seemed to cause Maggie any problem was the nectarine stone. We had to take her to the vet and they gave her something to make her throw it up, as apparently nectarine stones contain arsenic- huh.

We still haven’t bought her a new basket.

Cartoon of things Maggie the dog eats by Lara Crow

A happy ending

mags

I just added the last page to my Canada diary.
Hope you’ve found it vaguely entertaining!
Despite stressful times at the start when Maggie was missing, it was a lovely holiday (but I was glad to get home and see the troublesome beastie too)!

Here’s the happy little (well, quite big really!) runaway hound- untroubled by her adventures and looking pretty cheery in the park!

I’ve also just started a little cartoon of all the things she has chewed up that she shouldn’t have. Can’t decide if she just loves the taste of cardboard and plastic or if some of them are comments on my poor taste in films. Will try to put it up soon.

I spent most of today decorating the flat, M was unimpressed with this and my failure to post her picture sooner! Apologies disapproval hound.

week 2 of diary- thinking about werewolves!

14 days of nonsense for you to read about are now in the diary. Not much more to go! On day 14, Steve and I saw some ridiculously turquoise lakes and had conversations about loup garou
(loup garous?). Digging your jean-shorts there dude.

doodle of a werewolf by Lara CrowI find the idea of werewolves quite interesting. I’ve got a couple of books about monsters called Beasts (which are so beautifully illustrated, you should definitely ask someone to get them for your for your birthday) which have lots of different monsters from around the world. A lot of them are cautionary tales for children- don’t wander alone near the lake or the lake monster will get youuu etc etc. But I find it interesting that so many of these beast tales involve a human becoming a full-blown monster for doing something ethically monstrous. I like that it sort of ties the two ideas of ‘monster’ together like that. I’m sure there’s a thesis in there somewhere.

Anyway they’re great books- here’s a pic of one (open at a cheerier beastie!) on my scruffy desk.

Photo of Beasts book