Thank you for all the pregnancy congratulations. Especially the congratulations on the impending arrival of twins. I did think it was completely hilarious that when I wrote I had some exciting news, that the first conclusion you would come to is that I’m pregnant. Tut tut. Didn’t I tell you that six children is truly a delightful number? I always imagined I would like 11, but we have decided that 6 is just perfect! My cup truly over-floweth etc etc…
So, just to clarify: I am not pregnant. But thank you: I basked in the delight of congratulations for an imaginary pregnancy for a few hours 😀
Now my REAL news! (It involves creating, just not miniature humans. Hope you aren’t too disappointed…!)
1: The Journal/Book of Days for 2016 is continuing apace. (Last year, I designed and printed a small print run of journals as Christmas presents for all the girlies in my life. I did a short post about it here. The printing and putting-together was all a bit hasty in the end but worked out fine (thanks to my beloved husband and children for a Trojan effort and datapoint.ie for the printing and dealing with my last-minute crazy) The journals were a phenomenal success and I have been getting orders for the 2016 version since last January!)
I’m a bit behind, what with all this moving house and so on, but I’m hoping to get all the illustrations finished within the next two weeks. After that, I will do a test run (rather than print blind as I did last year and hope that it works out!) and start taking orders, then post out the Journal/Book of Days at the beginning of December. Thanks for all the orders already: I’m beyond honoured and delighted!
And my second piece of news (incredibly exciting stuff): A few months ago, I was talking with a friend and fellow artist, Rosemarie Langtry, and she mentioned she had submitted a design for this years Jack and Jill Foundation “Hares on the March” public art initiative. Another friend of mine, Ness, was involved last year and designed and painted a pig for the “Pigs on Parade” exhibition. The Jack and Jill Foundation sent all chosen artists a large pig and they painted it with their design. This year, the chosen artists had to design for a 3ft hare. So, last minute as always, with every electronic device/camera, phone failing on me, and on the week we were physically moving (why not throw in every possible curveball?), I submitted my design. Not in the detail I had hoped, but a design nonetheless…:
And it was accepted! Hurrah! My plan is to make a clay Art Doll that sits on the hare, which is painted with a night-time landscape, inspired by nocturnal ramblings, full moon and Wee Folk. I will be blogging about it here, of course, and will chart my progress as I go.
Hares are arriving in less than a fortnight… Exciting, exciting! You can read more about the Jack and Jill “Hares in the March” here, and join their Facebook page here. Wish me luck!
Excellent news Emily, exciting times and beautiful work. I am expecting great things for 2016 as I hope to have one of your beautiful diaries to record it all in!
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squeeeeee!!! So exciting. The journal looks so amazing can’t wait to order!
The hare though, wow! I adore your idea and no surprise it was accepted. Reminds me of the Welsh legend of Taliesen too, which is similar to our salmon of knowledge story. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. You are so incredibly talented and all this while moving!
Wow that really is exciting! I can’t wait to see it. I love your design, Emily.
Also, I will definitely be gifting your book of days to all my girlies this year so make sure you put the pre-order details up soon. x
Well done! That’s really cool, a beautiful design. How do we order a journal, Emily? If I just have to say it here then please put me down for one.
Congratulations! And I really want a journal – they look beautiful. My current diary has a plain black cover – I think I need something more inspiring!
I can help you with that Office Mum 😉 😉