Frome Art Fair

May 4th & 5th I took part in Frome Art Fair, the fair was spread across 3 venues in Frome, and I was lucky enough to be in the beautiful Silk Mill venue. I met so many lovely people over the weekend, Frome locals are so friendly! It was great to see how diverse the artists were, I had photographer Ruby Hyde to my left who creates the most surreal, beautiful scenes, amongst many other fantastic creatives.

I exhibited some new products including fox cushions, and some new limited edition prints of my new illustrations. Its refreshing to get away from the studio and actually interact with customers in person! I am keen to do more markets, I hope to do some more in the South West including Frome later in the year.

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modern calligraphy workshop - white stones gallery on portland

I will be running my first modern calligraphy workshop on the beautiful Isle of Portland on Saturday 8th June, 2.30 - 4.30pm, taking place at White Stones Art Gallery.

White Stones Gallery is an inspiring arts cafe with great food and refreshments to enjoy, filled with art from local artists, which is a renowned tourist location to recharge and enjoy art. They have recently built some eco B & B’s, as well as a new workshop space, which I am really excited to try out!

If you would like to book into this workshop do email me for more information : mclean.francesca@gmail.com

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Foliage Stickers!

I love when I see my illustrations in print, whether it’s on a sticker or a beautiful piece of fabric, its so satisfying to pick up a design as an object that can be enjoyed.

I’m really happy with these custom shaped stickers of my foliage illustration. I am going to give away a free sticker to everyone who places an order on my Etsy shop as an extra thank you! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FrancescaMcleanShop

I got them printed with a company called Awesome Merchandise, I’d definitely recommend them for fun merch ideas, like badges, stickers etc!

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Avebury Tea Towel Design

Here is one of my designs in response to the ‘Frames of Reference’ project, aiming to engage the community of Amesbury with Wiltshire’s heritage sites.

I went to Avebury stones and spent time sketching and observing how people and every day life exists with the ancient stones in a modern day context. I wanted to create a colourful design that illustrated Avebury stones in a way that local people could relate to, and a tea towel design seemed like a big blank canvas which also has a function in the home.

The Red Lion pub seems to be a hub of activity and socialising within Avebury, so I thought it would sit well within the middle of the design, it is such a beautiful building too. Anyone who has been to the Avebury stone circle will know how the sheep happily graze away around the stones too, it’s such a unique setting, and the stones themselves have such a presence, people spent minutes gazing upwards infront of them at their beauty.

It was fun to create my own hand lettering too, I put my skills learnt to good use from the sign writing ‘Better Letters’ course I went on last year.

Below is an image of me holding a printed sample, I’m happy with the quality so should be getting some more printed soon!

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Frames of Reference - Artist Bursary

Im really happy to announce I have been awarded an Artist Bursary from Gingko Projects, funded by Bloor Homes as part of the public art commissioning programme for the King’s Gate development in Amesbury.

I will be working on some new surface pattern designs until December 2018, with the aim of creating work with a narrative celebrating modern day life co-exisiting with the Heritage sites here in Wiltshire. Of course, I will have strong influences from our natural world, and I'm excited to conduct some research into the unique wildlife to this area and create designs in response.  

I intend to screenprint the final designs onto fabric, wallpaper and produce limited edition prints. 

First stage: research, sketching, research, sketching!!

 

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Salisbury Life Q&A

Thank you Salisbury Life magazine for featuring me on your Q&A for 'Salisbury Lives' in Junes issue! 

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Greetings cards

New greetings card designs along with some spring designs now back in stock! 

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Stone Panels

These handmade stone panels will soon be on my etsy shop, do keep an eye out! My illustrations are digitally printed onto the stone surface, encased within bespoke wooden frames. 

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new Modern Calligraphy workshop dates

New workshop dates for 2018! my first two workshops of the year will be on Thursday 1st February & Thursday 15th February, 6-8pm at Fisherton Mill Gallery in Salisbury. Do email me for more information or to book a place. 

New workshop dates for 2018! my first two workshops of the year will be on Thursday 1st February & Thursday 15th February, 6-8pm at Fisherton Mill Gallery in Salisbury. Do email me for more information or to book a place. 

Christmas cards and mugs!

My Christmas cards and mugs are now available to purchase. I'm particularly pleased with my new Christmas mugs 'Joy to the Natural World', its safe to say you can enjoy a good cuppa out of it as I have tried and tested it! The bone china means its nice and thin. Do get in touch if you would like to purchase any, cards £2.50 each and mugs £10 each. 

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Woodland Nursery Mural

I had great fun working on this woodland nursery mural for baby Casey. We decided to go for a reduced colour palette which adds a quirky twist to the owl, leaves and mushrooms. The solid white trees stand out against the grey which creates a lovely feeling of depth, hopefully Casey will enjoy this in his first few years of being in the world! 

Do get in touch if you are interested in having a mural commissioned. It also doesn't have to be on such a large scale, just a little animal or single tree can be a great edition to make any room unique!

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Modern Calligraphy Workshops

I'm happy to announce dates for Modern Calligraphy workshops taking place at Fisherton Mill Gallery in Salisbury. Do you fancy learning this beautiful art form based on traditional calligraphy? If so do get in touch! Dates are as follows:  Tuesday 17th October -  Introduction to Modern Calligraphy  6 - 8.30PM £35 (includes starter kit)  Wednesday 25th October -  Introduction to Modern Calligraphy  6 - 8.30PM £35 (includes starter kit)  Tuesday 14th November -  Modern Calligraphy for Improvers  6-8.30PM £35 (kit included)  Saturday 18th November -  Christmas themed Modern Calligraphy workshop  2-4.30pm £35 (kit included)  I hope to see some of you there! if you are interested or would like to book a place please email me: mclean.francesca@gmail.com    

I'm happy to announce dates for Modern Calligraphy workshops taking place at Fisherton Mill Gallery in Salisbury. Do you fancy learning this beautiful art form based on traditional calligraphy? If so do get in touch! Dates are as follows:

Tuesday 17th October - Introduction to Modern Calligraphy 6 - 8.30PM £35 (includes starter kit)

Wednesday 25th October - Introduction to Modern Calligraphy 6 - 8.30PM £35 (includes starter kit)

Tuesday 14th November - Modern Calligraphy for Improvers 6-8.30PM £35 (kit included)

Saturday 18th November - Christmas themed Modern Calligraphy workshop 2-4.30pm £35 (kit included)

I hope to see some of you there! if you are interested or would like to book a place please email me: mclean.francesca@gmail.com 

 

Sesame Drawing Club

I'm super excited to tell you about the collective I am part of, Sesame Drawing Club. We are 6 illustrators who met on our MA Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts.

We've been working on lots of exciting projects, including risograph zines and taking part in markets and fairs.

Sesame is a collective of visual artists based in London. It was created out of a need to combine our many interests with strong, fun and peculiar storytelling. Sesame is made up of a diverse set of women illustrators from different parts of the world trying to nurture a space that echoes and celebrates that diversity.

Sesame are Anja Susanj, Hammer Chen, Gitanjali Iyer, Francesca Mclean, Hannah Redpath and Georgie McAusland.

 

Tall Tree Theatre 'Shackleton'

I have been working with the talented writer and founder of Tall Tree Theatre Anna Harriott, to produce the promotional material for their new play 'Shackleton', and also for the illustrations to be published as a short story. Here is the illustration I have designed for the play along with the logo for Tall Tree Theatre. They are currently touring performing magical shows for children and their adults, do check them out! www.talltreetheatre.co.uk 

MA Illustration Private View & Show

Today has been a weird mix of emotions, we have taken down the show, which was sad as I have realised its all coming to an end. I also received my MA mark, I'm ecstatic that I got a Distinction! This has really given me a boost in confidence, and I'm excited to go onto the next stage, produce lots of new designs and products and get my work out there. 

The Private View on thursday was great - the building was packed, and we had great feedback on the show. The great thing about the MA graduates this year is we are all so diverse, and this was reflected in the publics engagement and enthusiasm for the show. 

It's sad to say goodbye to Camberwell, but I have made some great illustration friends in my peers and the tutors. Onwards and upwards!

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MA Illustration Show at Camberwell

I can't believe it has come around so quickly, but the Private View for MA Illustration is tomorrow night! The show will run from Friday 15th - Wednesday 20th July, if you would like to see what I have been up to over the past year, plus amazing work by other illustration graduates please come along! MA Book Arts and MA Printmaking exhibitions will also be on display, its going to be a great event. 

Printed Fabric Sample

Hi everyone, and thanks for reading my first blog post on my brand new website! As some of you know, I am coming to the end of my MA Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts. I have always loved illustrations relationship with products and different surfaces, so to print on fabric for my final show seemed like the natural thing to do. I was recommended a company called Hatley Print by a friend, and I have just received a printed sample of a section of my final design. The material is a beautiful cotton duck, with a nice heavy weight. The colours are vibrant and the print has picked up all the detail, If anyone is looking for bespoke printing I would definitely recommend this company. I have now placed an order for the full design to be printed plus a few other designs, which I will display as a wall hanging for the final MA show, (14th-20th July if anyone would like to come and visit!)