Oyster Gardening: Growing Pearls from Small Projects.

The life of an illustrator is often varied and some jobs are smaller than others. Currently I’m slap bang in the middle of finishing a lengthy picture book and about to start a large gallery map commission – news of them later. Instead, while I can’t talk yet of these other projects, I thought I’d…

Rapping and Mapping: A Tour Poster

The words ‘hip-hop’ and ‘nature’ aren’t what you’d usually expect to see in the same sentence but that’s what I was asked to think about when I took on a recent map commission. Sometimes it’s good to mix things up and challenge expectations I think. To be honest, this project was all about challenging expectations…

New Journeys with The Place Collective.

I am posting this a few days after the traditional celebration of Spring on the 1st May and a few days before the inaugural meeting of a new artist collective which I’ve been invited to join. Perhaps then, this is the perfect week for beginnings. The PLACE Collective is a group of, let’s call them,…

‘Escape from Coronaland’: Allegorical Mapmaking Workshop.

Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been unable to give mapping workshops due to the closure of the museums that usually employ me. However, I’m pleased to announce I ran my first online workshop for The Brighton Chamber of Commerce on the 30th April. The workshop was part of the Chamber’s Brighton Basecamp: En…

Chalk Streams and Wetlands: A Story Going Forwards, not Back.

I told you a story once. Perhaps it was last year, perhaps longer ago – I forget….  It was about how a small urban stream, locked up underground for almost a century, was realigned and released once more into the light and how it started to flow with clean water, to grow marsh marigolds and…

Finding Good in Nature: Prayers Around the World.

I’m not a traditionally religious person but I do believe there’s a force for good. Perhaps I see it in the seedling bound with so much hope and promise springing from dark earth. Perhaps I find it in the kind touch of snowflake on cheek in an otherwise bleak world. Perhaps I find it in…

Garden Plans: A Year Full of Flowers with Sarah Raven.

Last year, during the first Spring lockdown, I started to grow a garden. I’ve always had a small yard at the back of my Victorian terrace but I know very little about gardening. It was tired, uncared for and nothing much grew there apart from ivy and straggling shrubs. Suddenly though, being outside became super…