October 14th, 2014
Earlier this month I was in Paris for a couple of days for the launch of my latest collaboration with iBlues. It’s the second season they’ve made my illustrations into cute clothes and this time they went for a kind of streetstyle-sporty-luxe vibe. Which most importantly meant: sweatshirts. I love a sweatshirt. The one I’m wearing above – repping all the countries where iBlues has stores – is my fave. It’s made out of this cool futuristic fabric and the print looks ace. I was so impressed with the quality of the fabrics and printing of everything, they did the most beautiful job.
So for the launch, the super fancy store (which is in the Passy area, just over the river from the Eiffel Tower) threw a special event with My Little Paris and invited lots of people to check out the collection and get their portrait drawn by me. There were custom cocktails (an iAtomic among others!), amazing little snacks, a dj and a backdrop with my print and illustrated props for people to pose with. I was totally overwhelmed by how much trouble everyone went to. I spent the whole evening drawing french babes which was really fun and WAY educational (what I’ve learned is that if you’re doing live drawing you’ve got to be FAST). Thank god for brush pens! It was really interesting to chat to the girls while I drew them, especially as illustration is normally such a solitary pursuit. The passing trays of canapés were also a big help, drawing at home without scallops wrapped in bacon just isn’t the same.
Thank you so much iBlues and My Little Paris, I had a blast!
Thanks Andrew for the photos!
October 14th, 2014
I’ve had what can only be described as… a small break from blogging. You know how it is though, the longer you go without clicking publish, the harder it gets. The stuff you have to share starts piling up and then you’re like, well, if I’m going to post that I have to post THAT first. And then it’s: if I’m going to post something it better be really good so maybe I’ll wait until… And then you get out of the routine and forget about it until you get a comment notification on an old post and you start putting “update blog” on your to-do list, where it sits, making you feel progressively more and more guilty. So that’s where I’m at.
I don’t know, I feel like I’ve read this exact post on so many blogs I follow lately, especially from people I know from way way back on LiveJournal (Holla! All the best people are from LJ and you know this) who had blogs for years. I think a lot of it is that our internet presence is so fragmented now. There are so many places to share your stuff and it’s so easy, that by the time you’re sitting down to write a blog post, what’s left? It feels stupid to repeat yourself, to repost things that were shared live on Instagram days ago or whatever. I used to post ~inspiration~ which I now do on Pinterest, day-to-day photos (Instagram) and everything else is on Twitter. I guess I’m on Ello too? Not sure anyone even knows what to do with that one.
I’m not a pro-blogger. This isn’t my job. I don’t have ads and I don’t monetise my content. So it was super easy for me to go dark for months.
I don’t have the desire to share my life as much as I used to. When I started this blog (7 years ago!) and especially the LJ years before that (oh god) I wanted to blab about everything to everyone and now, I just don’t.
But I do miss posting my work, my drawings and photos and the odd long post about whatever I’m into at that moment. I’ve never apologised for my lack of blogging and I don’t intend to start now (the presumption that people are pining for your absent blog seems A BIT much), but there’s a whole world of content out there and I really do appreciate you giving precious eyeball time to mine.
So anyway, this has been a very long winded way of saying I’ll be posting some stuff and for the first time in ages I’m kinda psyched about it. Mic drop.
October 9th, 2014
Little Portraits now available in my shop!