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Feathers & Fur exhibition

Posted on: September 10th, 2016 by Dawn


This summer, myself and nine other Bristol illustrators teamed up with local writer Emily Koch to illustrate her beautiful haikus celebrating the diversity of urban wildlife.

The exhibition is currently on show at the Grain Barge until 11 October.


I was given Emily’s kingfisher poem to illustrate, which was lots of fun. The kingfisher is joined by a fox, a duck, a playful dog, a squirrel, some sneaky seagulls, a beautiful toad, some ally cats, a robin, and a butterfly. The illustrators on show are:

Dave Bain, Dawn Cooper, Sarah Dennis, Anna Higgie, Harriet Lee Merrion, Lindsay McDonagh, Bett Norris, Laurie Stansfield, Rosanna Tasker and Amy Timms.

If you can’t make it to the Grain Barge this autumn, you can view and purchase all of the prints on Etsy, here.

Now Showing: Over Land & Sea

Posted on: March 11th, 2014 by Dawn


{Download the full flyer here}

Just over a week ago, Lucy Davey and I spent a gloriously sunny morning on The Grain Barge (calmly) wrestling with cable ties and propping up images for our exhibition, Over Land & Sea, a medley of mythical landscapes and things from the sea.

I am a big fan of Lucy’s work, in particular her bold and brightly coloured screenprints, so I was thrilled to be sharing some wallspace with her on one of my favourite Bristol vessels (their puddings come highly recommended).


The exhibition is up until Sunday 30 March, so there’s plenty of time to take a look. I have prepared three new pieces for the show, including this quote from American philosopher, William James.


For more details about the show, hop over to the Grain Barge’s website here.

Join us for a ‘ferry creative’ evening!

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Dawn

My little whale is showing tonight at the Ferry Creative exhibition in Creative Common (Temple Quay), Bristol. Grab yourself a cheap drink with this coupon, and have a browse of some lovely iconic, illustrated Bristol ferry boats!

You can also visit the exhibition is style, by hopping on a Bristol ferry boat for an extra special discounted rate of £1, at 6pm tonight from Cascade Steps. It’ll drop you at Temple Meads stop, which is super close to the gallery space!

See you there!


Posted on: October 12th, 2013 by Dawn

Well then, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

It’s been a busy month of screen-printing, guest blogging and exhibiting, but sitting next to a sunny window with a steamy cup of freshly brewed Clipper, I think it might be time for a little blog update!

I was very lucky to be involved with COLOURS this month, a super illustration and design exhibition in central Bristol, exploring colour theory, colour in nature and creative ways of communicating scientific information. I contributed this piece, depicting the lifecycle of a butterfly.

I was hugely impressed with all of the work that was on display, so I’m pleased to share with you that it may be making another appearance…watch this space!

I took a few pictures of the opening, which you can see here.

Epic! A show about mountains

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by Dawn

I have gone a bit quiet on the blogging front, while I’ve been penning pictures of booming mountains for a new show that I’m taking part in with two very fine Drawn in Bristol illustrators, Katy Christianson and Martha Ford.

I’m really super duper excited about this show, as mountains are among my favourite things to draw, and I’m sightly in awe of the work these two ladies produce. The exhibition is appearing at The Sho, a lovely gallery in Cardiff. The Dear Leaders are going to be performing an exclusive acoustic set for the exhibition opening on Saturday 17 August, so be sure to come along! More info on the gallery website and Facebook event page.

I thought I’d share some sneaky thumbnails of what I’ve been busy working on. I’ll write about these in more detail soon!

Reasons to be cheerful #1

Posted on: April 15th, 2013 by Dawn

1. good reads…

I have a brand new set of shelves in my studio! Can you recommend me any good design or illustration books?

2. not to be missed…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is on the iPlayer! I’m relatively new to Wes Anderson, but I’m already a huge fan. I thought this film was marvellous.

3. all the way from iceland…

Sigur Ros have announced a European tour, including several UK dates! I’ve got my ticket, get yours here.

4. from the woods…

After its London debut, the WildWood show is having a second showing for all of you Bristol folk at the Grain Barge this month. I am exhibiting a few woodland themed pieces with some very talented ladies. Definitely worth a look! More info here.

5. all aboard!

The new issue of Bristol’s harbourside mag Shipshape came out this month, and I had the pleasure of illustrating a city map for the centre spread. It’s packed full of interesting articles about Bristol, Bristol people and brilliant what’s on guides. And it’s free! Pick up a copy.

6. spring is here!

I know I talk about this a lot, but it’s warm!! At long last! I took a sneaky trip to the beach last week to celebrate.

7. wedding favours…

Two of my favourite people in the world are getting married in the next couple of weeks, and I’ve been tasked with making three lovely prints to give to guests as wedding favours…more on these soon!!

8. more good reads…

Head over to B.A.B.E (Bristol Artists Book Event) at the Arnolfini on Saturday 20 April for a whole host of goods from Bristol artist bookmakers. I will be helping LOAf with their stall, so come and say hello!

9. seeing red…

RED is a new exhibition soon to be coming to Bristol’s Tobacco Factory from Wednesday 1 May to Monday 13 May to raise money for the Red Cross. It will feature lots of talented Bristol illustrators, who have produced work around the theme of ‘red’. More info very soon!