Copyright 2013-2015: dona B.
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Bristol Pound Night Market - St. Nicholas Market, Bristol
To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Bristol Pound local currency being set up a Night Market was organised at St Nick's Market last Friday. Businesses that take £B were running stalls from 5.30 to 9.30 amongst a wide range of buskers, bands, and special street performers.
This was my first experience of an event like this and I created my suitcase stall just for this market to see what was involved. I met some lovely people, customers and traders alike, and really enjoyed the conversations and comments over the whole evening. And the rain only lasted 5 minutes!
Sadly I didn't take any £B this time but I hope to do so at the next market. See you there!
Bristol Doors Open Day - Various venues, Bristol
On this weekend each year buildings that are not normally accessible or have hidden areas open their doors to the general public of Bristol and share their wonderful architecture and culture.
This year to mark the occasion I set myself the task of drawing a door a day in the two weeks leading up to the main event. Three examples are shown above but I did manage to produce 14 drawings although I did need to use a few of my existing Bristol landmark drawings. I posted each image on Twitter and got a really lovely lot of comments and retweets. Bristol Doors Open Day even posted a selection on their Facebook page!
If you are interested in the other drawings there is a poster I produced of them all that you are welcome to print for your personal use. See the jpg version here.
World Record Colouring Book - Bristol Harbour Festival
As part of the Bristol Harbour Festival celebrations the RIBA Bristol & Bath office created a massive colouring in book in an attempt to break the World Record held in Poland since 2014. Hobs Reprographics printed the large pages and produced the small versions that were on sale over the weekend. The Guinness World Record team will take some time to verify the attempt but everyone was very confident we had broken the record.
I was lucky enough to be one of 12 local artists who submitted line drawings of buildings, landmarks or views of Bristol that were then enlarged to make the 5m x 2.2m colouring book. My drawings of Bristol Cathedral and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery made up one page in the book and were coloured in an amazing kaleidoscope of colours. It was really great fun being involved and I was so happy to meet a few of the other lovely artists representing Bristol. We even got to colour each others drawings in!
All proceeds from the sale of the smaller colouring books went to The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal.
British Dental Association 80th Anniversary Commission, London
I was contacted by the curator of the BDA Museum to explore the possibilities of drawing the BDA headquarters in London as part of their 80th Anniversary celebrations. After discussing several options I was commissioned to produce a canvas print that would go into the Museum collection, a framed art paper print to be given as a retirement gift, a range of greetings cards and Christmas cards to be able to sell in the Museum shop.
This was an interesting commission to receive as it combined much of what I had done previously on separate commissions but with the added element of marketing identity for the organisation itself. For the cards particularly the logo and branding guidelines needed to be incorporated. This resulted in very successful card designs that blended dona B. with the BDA.
At the official anniversary event in November my image will also be used as the topper for the celebration cake!
Little Wedding Space Pop-up Shop, Cabot Circus, Bristol
A wonderful idea of Kirstin Butler or Little Wedding Helper and photographer Ruth Garner to get a whole range of wedding suppliers together all in one place in a fab location for a pop-up shop. Much better than a wedding fayre as it ran for three weeks and clients could book meetings and come back time and again bringing friends and family along too.
I loved seeing what other wedding suppliers produce and how they displayed their products and services. It was so nice being included at this event even though my illustrations are not crucial to getting the big day organised but are just a lovely way to give a special gift. I had some really nice comments and lots of my flyers were taken so fingers crossed.
Looking forward to the next pop-up and hope to have some new products to display then.
28.11.2015 - 12.12.2015
Christmas Craft Markets
I had a fabulous time at my first Christmas markets this year meeting customers face to face and getting into the Christmas spirit nice and early.
Sharing stalls with Mark Worrall (photographer & potter) and David Robinson (oil painter) was a great way to test out how to manage a market and we all learned a lot. We also met some lovely people, customers and sellers alike, and are really looking forward to more markets next year. We'll be expanding our ranges to tempt our customers too.
If you spotted any of us why not follow us on Twitter or look us up on Facebook. It would be lovely to hear from you and I hope your cards and gifts were well received. Merry Christmas and see you in 2016!