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Mapping out Bristol

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by Dawn 1 Comment

I’ve recently had some new work featured in Bristol’s official 2013 visitor guide, a handy little booklet that you can carry around with you if you’re new to Bristol. I’m not sure you can capture quite how brilliant and unique each different area of Bristol is within a map illustration, but hopefully it will point you in the right directions! You can pick them up at various locations around the city, order a copy here, or view it online here.

Summer Holly Day

Posted on: January 27th, 2013 by Dawn

Allow me to introduce you to my lovely friend Holly. Probably one of the most cheerful people I’ve ever met, Holly adds colour wherever she goes, and is a collector of all things beauty related and polka dotted. She’s also a bit nifty with a pen and paper, so she’s harnessed her writing and spending powers and created a wonderful blog called Summer Holly Day where she writes engaging reviews about the products she finds on her travels.

Holly very kindly invited me to design a bright and blooming new header for her blog, so here it is! It’s a lovely, relaxing read, so I urge you to check it out.

Twenty-thirteen reading list

Posted on: January 19th, 2013 by Dawn

For the seasoned book reader, this little pile of paperbacks would pose little obstacle. But for someone who reads as monumentally slowly as I do, this new year’s resolution is going to take some doing! I’ve vowed to read five, but I’m hopeful I’m going to conquer this stack well before the year is out.

Nicholas Drayson: A Guide to the Birds of East Africa

This was given to me by my beloved as a birthday present, as we often joke about the fact that I’m going to be a twitcher in my middle age (the truth is it’s already started. There’s a Garden Bird book poised on the windowsill). I’m about forty pages in and I’m already charmed by the characters, and the fact that there’s a little bird drawing to look forward to at the start of each chapter.

Colleen McCullogh: Tim

Another gift, but this time from my mum. This book is where the inspiration for my name came from (there is a character called Dawnie who I’d like to be acquainted with).

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice

This purchase, I’m afraid, was largely born out of my current obsession with the Keira Knightly film adaptation.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind

I’ve heard all sorts of good things about this book from several different people.

Aminatta Forna: The Memory of Love

The title doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, but from what I can gather, it’s a dark and brooding novel set in 60s Sierra Leone, which sounds just like my sort of thing.

Aravind Adiga: The White Tiger

My friend Kat’s house sort of serves as a library whenever I visit, and this was her latest suggestion, based on my love of Preeta Samarasan’s Evening is the Whole Day.

Have you read any of these? Can you recommend them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Handmade Christmas

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Dawn

In an attempt to save some pennies this year, I thought I’d have a go at hand-making some gifts, so I donned my apron and conquered my screen-printing demons (the last time I did screen-printing was particularly traumatic…I broke two screens…I know). I printed a nice leafy design (which I’ve called The Forager), and a bird design onto some lovely Muji notebooks. The white and black contrast ones worked particularly well, so I’ll be making a fresh batch of those in the near future, which will be available to buy from my shop.

I’m also a bit of a dab hand in baking rock cakes, so I made a few variations and got crafty with a Posca pen on some Kilner jars. If I’m feeling generous, I might post the recipe!

New year, new website

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Dawn

I realise I’m a little late, but…happy new year! And what better way to start the new year than with a new
website; I hope you like it. It has taken a fair bit of meddling with, but thanks to my good friend Mike Babb it is finally here! It is also home to my new blog, so I will endeavour to keep you updated with new work or interesting things that I’ve seen in this space here.