Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Exhibition

This weeks card is Blooming Allium card to celebrate what is looking to be the start of spring!

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Blue flower spring card

I am really looking forward to exhibiting my work in Cambridge amongst lots of talented artists at the Williams Art Gallery.  With great thanks to the Cambridge Creative Network for organising such a fantastic opportunity to exhibit with a fabulous group of local artists.

Cambridge Creative Network Exhibition

The exhibition at Williams Art is a celebration of the work of the members of Cambridge Creative Network and will run from Friday 23rd March until Sunday 1st April.

On Friday 23rd March, we will be hosting a Preview Evening from 6.30-9pm, where we hope you will join us for a drink and soak up the atmosphere. And if you cant make that one, join us on the following Friday 30th March, 6.30-9pm. A great chance to meet some of the artists to talk about their working practice.

Works will be for sale, including etchings, ceramics, paintings, prints, jewellery, cards and textiles, and much more. With so many works on offer, we guarantee you will find something a little out of the ordinary.

Find us at Williams Art, Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street,just off Mill Road.

Do check out the cafe next door, Hot Numbers, for delicious coffee too!

More details can be found at http://williamsart.co.uk

Participating artists:

Karen Jinks – http://karenjinks.co.uk
Mandy Knapp – http://mandyknapp.co.uk
Andrew Roberts – http://www.andyrobertsdesign.com
Aurora Cacciapuoti – http://www.nekocherry.com/
Garance Monfort – http://newt.ultra-book.com/
Celia Bartlett – http://ailecphotography.co.uk/
Sara Masterson – http://cambridgecreativenetwork.co.uk/users/sara-masterson
Philip Lowndes – http://www.lowbot.co.uk/
Philip Cornett – http://soundcloud.com/philipcornett
Jo Clark – http://www.joclarkdesign.co.uk/
Katharina Klug – http://www.katharina.klug-art.com/
Tiina Burton – http://www.tiinateaspoon.co.uk/
Tony White – http://www.tonewhite.com/
Rebecca Scambler – http://www.rebeccascambler.com/
Rachel Thompson – http://about.me/rachelthompson
Martin Stephens – http://www.martinstephenarts.blogspot.com/
Lauren Rowden – http://www.ellieair.co.uk/

Spring is just around the corner

This weekends wondering was much different to last week, the snow is melted and the sun was shining. I went out looking for inspiration and I found it in the textures of the beautiful trees and some precious antique finds!

This weeks greetings card is this subtle and simple illustrated card Purple Stalks which captures the essence of the early signs of spring. Simple budding wild flower design with a touch of colour.

jo clark design purple stalk illustration

Some shots of some of the patterns and shapes that caught my eye, enjoy.

Shaddows on concrete photo jo clark design

Branches of buds and beauty jo clark design

fence jo clark

Blue Sky branch jo clark

Old book on birds

One of my favourite places to visit are the antiques shops on Gwydir Street, I go there in search of inspiration and this time I most definitely found it. Two fab books one on ‘Baby Birds’ complete with beautiful colour book plates from 1940’s and a poem on each bird as well a description of each of the birds their habitats and individual traits. I just love the way the pages have aged with tea colours spots and fluffed edges to pages, even the spine has gone but someone has taken the time to stick it back together.

Scrap book of tea cards

lovely scrapbook full of tea cards

Then we spotted the second book, a stunning scrap book.  It is full of beautiful ‘Brooke Bond tea cards’ all different subjects and about forty pages full of cards, thats a lot of tea! Lovingly collected over many years and carefully stuck into the pages of this book, I can’t wait to sit down with a cuppa sometime soon and turn the tactile fragile faded old pages, which you can’t do with an ebook! I may have to start my own a scrapbook!

british bulldog drawing

There is a lovely page with a collection of dog breeds, I felt inspired and just had to draw this chap!

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Cosy night in!

Happy Valentines day! It’s looking likely to be a chilly Valentines day and a good excuse to stay in this evening and have a romantic cosy night in.

One of my newest cards ‘pigeons in love’ hope you like these cheeky little guys.

jo clark illustrated card pigeons

 I love how the snow completely transforms the places you see everyday, so I had to take a few snaps of the sights around Cambridge, all a few minutes walk from my front door, I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful inspiring place.

foot prints in snow jo clark

snowy park cambridge jo clark

tennis court foliage plant

train tracks cambridge

snow dots and patterns

cambridge plant tennis courts

lovely sunset

So how do you take photos or draw outside and keep your hands warm? Well you need some of these amazingly cute Baby Owls gloves. I am totally smitten with my new mittens…(sorry)!

Take a look at Olivia Kovacs beautifully designed and handmade creations there are lots of gorgeous animal designs to choose from.

owl gloves

cat in the snow jo clark

A very unhappy Daisy this week, don’t be fooled by that cute face…she is so upset about the cold snow and really did not want to go outside. I think she blames me for the weather, so sorry Daisy.  If only she had some mittens then she would of been just fine.

daisy jo's cat

…ahh thats a very happy Daisy snuggled up next to my Valentine…I can see its going to be tricky getting to the best spot on the sofa!

Teapot and mugs

 

Snowdrop Season

 

How time flies when your doing your tax returns, ah I’m glad thats over.

I had a lovely visit from Ella Walker of the Cambridge evening news, who interviewed me for a feature on their website. I must admit I was so nervous but Ella did such a fantastic job of putting me at ease, and wrote a lovely article even makes me sound like I knew exactly what I was talking about ..hehe, I’m not sure I do, I just like drawing things. You can read the article here

As the weather continues to get colder this week, makes it impossible to imaging flowering plants emerging in the gardens. Well already snowdrops have been spotted poking through the ground at Anglesey Abby  So the obvious choice of card this week is my brand new ‘Snowdrops’ card. this design also features in the Floral 2012 Calendar.

jo clark design snowdrops greetings card image

Its been a very busy few weeks and lots of things are happening, all at once! I’ve just received my copy of the gorgeous little book by Charlotte Rivers called ‘I Love Stationery’ which is (as you might of guessed) filled with beautiful examples of stunning stationery and a little bit about the artists and makers too.

Book feature jo clark design

 

This lovely book is packed with inspirational and contemporary examples of bespoke stationary and appeals to a wide and varied audience from designers to craft fans and collectors. Read professional advice directly from the artists on techniques, tips and breaking into the stationery industry.

I heart Stationery pages

The left page features the work of Anna Fewster from Brighton who works with letter press techniques and produces beautiful crisp prints book plates and invitations. Anna’s work has a real art deco feel and I love the flat block colours throughout her work.

On the right page shows the work of printmaker Katherine Watson who resides in Washington DC. Katherine’s work has a lovely tactile feel enhanced by carefully chosen papers for her woodblock prints.

 Hello Mole

I managed to put together a Animal Calendar after I had several requests to make one. The 2012 Calendar features many of my little animal characters baby rhino, field mice, little fox and a few brand new ones. A little late but hey its here! If you would like to buy one of these please drop me a line and I will make one just for you!

jo clark feature house beautiful

Even more exciting news…(by the way this has been an exceptional week for being in things, I’m sorry to go on about it, but I am very excited) my Seed Spheres print has been featured in the March issue of  ‘House Beautiful Magazine’ its is very tiny but its there. I’m so very flattered to have my work shot in the same room as the beautiful St. Jude’s fabric covered furniture, I am a big fan and truly made up about it! Thank you ‘House Beautiful Magazine’.

jo clark cambridge

This is a photo I took walk through beautiful Cambridge, its getting cold the river Cam is trying to freeze over. A lovely bright day but bitterly cold and I couldn’t wait to get back indoors.

goodbye students

Its a farewell to the two english language students who have been staying with me for the past few weeks, they both have long journeys returning to the sunshine in Brazil and Taiwan. They had to suffer through my vegetarian cooking for long enough. Good luck guys!

Jo Clark design framed print birds

 Finally I’m now pleased to offer framed prints for sale in my online shop, and this is a photo of my little Daisy wanting to be in on the photo shoot of my framed pine tree birds print.

Bye for now, stay warm and remember to feed the birds!