Thursday, 24 November 2011


Yes, I've been working on a new linocut of pigeons. Some may love them, some may not. I think they're pretty elegant (and slightly amusing) beasts. Here are some pics of the print in progress. I'll have some copies of it for sale at the upcoming markets, and eventually in my folksy shop. 
An updated list of events I'm selling at in Nov/Dec are a bit further down...

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

New works..

Just thought I'd put up a few new pieces that I've been working on.

Firstly, a view of Whitby. I went there camping for the first time this summer, and totally loved it.

Secondly is a linocut that i'm using currently as a card-design. I may create some hand-printed versions in different colours in the near future. It is called 'Donkey & Bird'.

Lastly is another donkey linocut (I'm getting mildly obsessed). It is called 'King Of The Donkeys', and I've produced it as a poster-print. He is in charge, but I'm not sure he's that happy about it.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Oct/Nov/Dec Happenings

Hello people

Well, the busiest part of the year is here. Lots of fairs, markets and events (and hopefully not as much snow as last year!).

Here are the events I'm selling at during this period:

1. Crucible Craft Fair - Sat 22nd October, 10am-4pm I'll be selling my work at this event for the first time. The Crucible Theatre has started hosting craft fairs and workshop over the latter half of 2011. The fair will feature handmade art and craft from the region, and the possibility of spotting a luvvie or two on site!

2. The Art Market, Holmfirth Sun 6th November 10am-4pm

The renowned art market strikes again. 50 artists, painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints and more. I attended this in May and was blown away by the quality of the arts, and the enthusiasm of the browsers and organisers. So, looking forward to this one!

3. The Menagerie at The Cross Scythes, Monday 7th November 7.30pm-11pmA pop-up gallery/shop for one evening, at the Cross Scythes in Totley, Sheffield. As well as my work, there will be sculptures by Fenella Noble, Red Bear Jewellery and Panga Designs woodcraft.

4. Mary's Marvellous Vintage & Craft Fair, Sat 12th November 10am-4pm
Following on from the success of their first fair, St Mary's Church on Bramall Lane, Sheffield hosts a festive fair, packed full of quality craft and vintage items, and some really nice cakes too!

5. Winter Craft Fair 2011, Saturday 19th November 10am-4pm
A new fair in Sheffield Uni's Students Union, and a pretty big one too. Be prepared studentsville..

6. Wentworth Castle Festive Fair, Sunday 20th November 10am-4pm
45 stalls of festive gift, craft and farm produce in a pretty impressive location in Barnsley.

7. Carfield Primary School Christmas Fair, Saturday 26th November 11am-4pm
Annual festive event in Meersbrook, Sheffield, with plenty of locals craftspeople in attendance.

8. Reetsweet@ The Millenium Gallery: Christmas Fair, Sunday 27th November 12pm-4pm
Reetsweet comes to Sheffield! 'No ordinary craft fair', this one comes as a successor to the Craft Candy fairs, and will bring some pretty special crafts along.

9. Kelham Island Victorian Market, Sat/Sun 3rd/4th December 10am-7pm
In its 19th year, this Sheffield event should be pretty exciting! All stall-holders have to dress Victorian for the occasion, so that'll be fun! Probably the mostly Christmassy event you can imagine. A big market, enough said.

10. Elsecar Christmas Craft Fair, Sat/Sun 10th/11th December 10am-4pm
A right-whopper of a craft event, with textiles, art, homewares, books and food, oh and a brass band!

11. Union Christmas Craft Market, Sheffield University, Tues 13th December 11am-3pm
On the traditional students' Christmas Eve (not the real eve, but the day before the students finish for christmas), a craft event held in the Students Union. 

12. Saltaire Handmade Fair, Saturday 17th December 10am-3pm
To finish off my festive fairs, an event in the town that seems to live for art and crafts! Handmade crafts, artwork, photography, traditional home baking, textiles, jewellery, gifts, knit & crochet, and more.

I might sneak another event in this list somewhere, so watch this space!

Oh, nearly forgot..I have just made some plates with my designs on ('The Crow' and 'An Uncomfortable Silence') with a little help from Lianne Mellor. I will have a limited supply of these at the forthcoming events, and they won't be in my Folksy shop.

(Stop press - all plates sold out now, sorry!)


Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Beady Eye...

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm taking part in a pop-up gallery organised by Beady Eye Art. It will be on 5th-8th October 2011 at Artisan Restaurant, Crosspool, Sheffield. There will be a selection of prints and paintings from local artists (inc. the immensely talented Zoe Badger). 

You can find out more about it at and at their facebook event page.

Should be fun!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Upcoming Aug/Sept events


I thought 'd post up a few events that I'm taking part in over August and September. 

1. Devonshire Market - Sat 27th August 2011
On the bank holiday weekend, there will be a sizeable market happening on Devonshire Green in Sheffield; lots of art, craft, food, gifts and, apparently now, live music too! The last market there was a lot of fun, so I'm looking forward to it!

2. Art In The Gardens - Sat 3rd/ Sun 4th September 2011
I'll be selling my work at this event for the first time. An established art-only fair held in the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Sheffield. It is apparently the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England! My pal Lianne Mellor (Mellorware) will also be selling there.

3. Saltaire Makers Fair - Saturday 10th September 2011
Part of the famous Saltaire Festival, a one-off quality fair based in Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Yorkshire. 

4. Crucible Craft Workshop - Sat 17th September 2011
The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield have decided (in their wisdom!) to host a series of craft workshops from September. I'm running the first one, on 17th Sept, 10.15am-4.15pm. I'll be teaching linocut printing. The class will be suitable for beginners and also people who have dabbled a little in printing before. If you do want to book a place (only 8 available), call the Crucible on 0114 201 3831 or email

5. Mary's Marvellous Vintage & Craft Market - Sat 24th September 2011
A new market in Sheffield, held in a really great location; St Mary's Church on Bramall Lane. 50 stalls of quality arts, craft and vintage items, plus some seriously tasty cakes. This place has a reputation for such things!

Thats it, for now. Oh, I have made some more printworks mugs, so will be taking those along to the fairs/markets!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

August events

Howdy. So the years whizzes on. Can't quite believe we're already over half-way through it! I'm on the case with a fair few new prints and some exciting events...

So to August. I'm selling at two fairs/markets.

Firstly there is 'Reetsweet' in Leeds. Its a 2-day craft extravaganza at the Corn Exchange on Sat 6th and Sunday 7th August, 11am-5pm.

Secondly there is the Devonshire Market in Sheffield on Sat 27th August. It is a Farmers Market type event, with all sorts of art, food, clothes and other goodies.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tramlines Festival commission

Thought you might like to see a recent commission I've had from Sheffield's Tramlines Festival. It is for a folk-ish event taking place in Endcliffe Park on 23/24 July called 'Folk Forest'.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Leisure Painter Magazine

I've been commissioned to write an article about the basics of linocut printing for 'Leisure Painter' magazine. The featured issue is out now (Summer 2011). It explains what equipment you need, how to compose your image, printing methods and hints and tips. 

I'll be following this up in the near future with an article about more advances linocut techniques.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

July fairs


Just a bit of info about upcoming fairs in July. A busy month!

I'll be selling my prints (and maybe some mugs!) at the following:

Cliffhanger Outdoor Festival, Millhouses Park, Sheffield - Sunday 3rd July 10.30am - 6.30pm. Its the UKs biggest outdoor event, and there will be a craft market there.

Craft Candy Summer Fair, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield - Saturday 16th July 10am - 4pm. This is sadly the last Craft Candy event, but no doubt it'll go off with a bang!

Sharrow Vale Market, Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield - Sunday 17th July 12am - 4pm. established farmers market with tons of arts, crafts and music too...

Hope to see you at one of them!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Pheasants and The Corner Gallery

Just completed a new poster-print. Its of a couple of pheasants I chased around the countryside in North Wales a few weeks ago. Nifty fellows they were too.

It is available in my Folksy shop, and also at my future fairs.

Corner Gallery
Secondly, there is a new gallery opened up in Sheffield which is displaying a selection of my work. It is called The Corner Gallery, within The Emporium (just off Broadfield Road, S8). Its a small, but perfectly formed, space with lots of interested contemporary arts and crafts, worth a visit!

Thats all for now!

Monday, 18 April 2011

The Art Market - Holmfirth - 5th June

This weekend I'm taking my work to Holmfirth's Arts Market. It is on Sunday 5th June, 10am-4pm, and features 100 artists and craftspeople, housed in Holmfirth Indoor market. It has been running for a fair while now, and has a great reputation. I'm very much looking forward to it!

More info is at:

They have kindly done a blog feature on me at:

Monday, 11 April 2011

April/May activities...

At the end of April/start of May I will be taking part in Open Up Sheffield, an annual event whereby artists and makers in the region open up their studios for visitors to have a nosey and maybe buy some works.

i'll be 'opening up' on the weekends of 30th April/1st May and 8th May/9th May. Info on how to find me are at the following link:

In between these weekends I'll also be taking part in a new exhibition entitled 'Sheffield Craft City'. It is the first of a series of showcases of local artists and crafters, hosted by the foodies at PJ Taste. Their venue on Glossop Road will be home to a selection of my artwork, as well as china-ware by Lianne Mellor and silver jewellery by Jessica Flinn. The exhibition starts on 6th May 2011.

There is going to be a launch night on 5th May 2011, with food and drink. If you'd like to come along you'll need to register for a free ticket at For more info, go to the official facebook page for the event at:

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Back from the BCTF!


Well, back now from my first visit as an exhibitor to the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. Truly a 3-day crafterama, with some stunning work there. I met a lot of very friendly people, and some useful art and craft contacts too. I'll put some pictures up when I get a mo..

Monday, 7 March 2011

March/April Fairs!

Things hotting up this month, what with the Craft Candy Mini Fair on Sat 12th March..

I've been beavering away like a nut for the last two months coming up with a load of new prints, posters and cards in preparation for an interesting cluster of fairs coming up (that i'll be selling at):

Firstly there is the Craft Candy Spring Fair on Saturday March 26th, at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. This time it is in conjunction with the Galvanise Metalwork festival, so there'll be lots of interesting metalwork as well as art/craft goodness.

Then, the very next day (Sunday 27th March) there is the Spring Nether Edge Farmers Market. Always very busy, this one...12-4pm...full of fancy food, art, craft and possibly morris dancers...

In April (3rd-5th) I will be showing my work at the British Craft Trade Fair 2011, in Harrogate. Its the first time I've done this one. Apparently its the biggest trade event in the UK, so I'm a little excited!

More stuff to come in May onwards, including Open Up Sheffield...



Monday, 21 February 2011

new print 'Meersbrook View No.2'

yep, done another 2-colour linocut...another view of the city that i live in, and am a little fond of..i'm intending this to be one of a series of sheffield city views...

getting to like this 2-colour process too...hard to do, but worth it..phew

its now in my Folksy Shop

Monday, 7 February 2011

Lino Workshop 5th Feb 2011 - Thanks!

Had my first lino workshop on Saturday. Big thanks to those who came and lino-ed (and to Craft Candy for organising it)! It was a lot of fun, and I was mightily impressed with people's results. Heres some snaps from the day:



lots of concentrating going on..


Monday, 31 January 2011

new Otto linocut print

hello. i've just done a new linocut of my cat Otto, in his usual daytime occupation. it is a 2-colour linocut, and my first real attempt at two colours/plates. I'm pretty happy with the result (even if i say so myself!). tricky, but worth it...i've printed an edition of 100 of it...

its now in my folksy shop, and will also be available to buy at the forthcoming fairs i'm attending.



Otto Sleeping - Folksy Shop

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

2011 Fairs!

Hello and good day...

I'm signed up for a couple of craft fairs in Feb/March, in Sheffield.

The first is a Fifi's Market fair, at the Workstation on Paternoster Row in the city centre. Its on Saturday 12th Feb, 10am-4pm. Take a look at the link for more info...

The second is the Craft Candy Spring Fair, Saturday March 26th, 10am-4pm..No introduction needed to the Craft Candy events, I'm sure..

Should be fun! Lots of ace arts and crafts, as usual...I should have a fair few new items on my table too..poster, prints and cards..2011 is getting busy!

Oh, in April I'll also be showing my work at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate. Its a pretty huge trade event...can't wait...

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Linocut Workshop, Saturday 5th Feb 2011

A happy new year to you all!

I'm running a linocut workshop on Saturday 5th February 2011 in Sheffield, at Eccleshall Library. It had been arranged through Craft Candy, the sheffield craft collective that i'm part of, and you can book a place on it through their website:

On the day you'll learn how to create a linocut printing plate, and how to make a print. You'll just need to bring along an image to base your design on (ideally a tracing of it too), some old clothes (printing gets messy sometimes) and a pencil!

There's more info on the website. Maybe see some of you there..