Her brilliant and fearless exploration of the meat industry and alternatives won the Food Book Award and the Investigative & Campaigning Food Work Award. I am so proud to have illustrated this thought provoking book and to have had a really inspiring wild camping trip with Louise where we chatted about some of the issues she was uncovering.
Go Louise! 😀
One of the things I’m working on at the moment is a collection of nursery prints. Inspired by our sky-themed nursery, they feature moons, stars, clouds and rainbows.
Creating Tristan’s nursery was so much fun and really therapeutic. It was a great way to displace any antenatal anxiety – I would just go up there, move things around, suss out storage, play with paint and add to my nursery Pinterest board. You can have a look at my Blue Sky Thinking nursery decor mood board here. It was also really healing when I got a bit of time (thank you grandparents) not long after Tris arrived to finish some of the things I’d been too pregnant to work on.
Our nursery is a converted attic room, and I created some fluffy ombre paint effects to play with the angled walls and corners and fade from sky blue into brighter and darker colours. Even if Tris hadn’t been a boy, our nursery would have had sky blue as it’s base colour, it’s just what I could see in my head from the very beginning.
I painted and drew a sun and a moon in different corners of the space, and added clouds onto the walls and blackout blind.
The rocking chair and stool my dad found on eBay, and my mum made new covers for them as a Christmas present. The hammock and most of the other furniture were also eBay finds.
The cloud lampshade and murals look really lovely at different times of day.
Post c-section, we actually set up camp downstairs for a couple of weeks, and then Camilla our wonderful doula helped me to get back upstairs and get the nursery in use, and took the photo below when we were all settled. Shadow the dog loves the cloud rugs. The useful drawers with baskets are from B&Q, and we have them in the bathroom too where they are the perfect size for nappies.
It’s very much an evolving space, and with Tris now almost a toddler, things have completely been moved around. From use every night, the cushion on the chair is looking pretty well loved. The nursery is the only room in the house that looks this pretty or gets this much attention! In the beginning I guess it was very much about us, but as its evolving it’s becoming more Tris’s space. The first time he noticed the sun and moon and the lampshade was magical.
One of the things that made me really happy in the beginning was how much Tristan loved my black and white illustrations. Babies are fascinated by black and white and high contrast imagery for a surprisingly long time, even as their sense of colour develops.
Tris loved my frog print – I think because out of the artwork I had around the house to show him, it was one of the more complex images. The first time I showed him he stared at it transfixed, and then it made him smile. We could use it to hypnotise him a bit, and he would spend ages staring at our black and white curtains.
You can find some baby-friendly artwork in my Etsy shop here, including the frogs. And I am really excited to be developing more prints and images to hypnotise small people. They are going to have a mix of pure black and white with splashes of colour.