New website design

I’ve been busy re-designing my website. The old one was a bit dark and cluttered, so this time i’ve gone for clean and simple.

I’ve also removed a lot of the old work that was on here, such as my laser-cut jewellery which I just don’t have the time to make anymore. I’ve refocused all my efforts on illustration as that is my true passion (it also happens to be what all of the work i have coming in at the minute is, which is nice!)

Let me know what you think of the new site design, it’s always good to get feedback…
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HiFest, Hastings – 3rd December

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Just a quick note to say that I’ll once again be attending HiFest (Hastings Illustration Festival) on the 3rd December 2017. I’ll be sharing my table with Zoe Jackson Illustration and will have copies of my new book, Space Adventure Activity Book, along with prints, notebooks, Christmas cards and much more!

Please note, HiFest is a two-day event but I’m only able to be there on the Sunday this year.

From the organisers:

Join us for  a superb array of workshops, talks, live drawing, exhibitions and all thing illustration happening around Hastings!

HiFest 2017 will once again be held at The Printworks – situated in the historic America Ground area of Hastings.

Just a short walk from Hastings Train Station and town centre, and 25 metres from the seafront.

The event will take place over two floors of this fantastic building, with additional events in the surrounding area.

 

Space Adventure Activity Book

For the last year I’ve said things like “I’ve got a big project I’m working on” or “I can’t talk about it at the moment, but all my time is being taken up by an exciting job”… well I can finally talk about it!

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I’m delighted to announce the Space Adventure Activity Book by your’s truly. It’s a fun-filled book which includes activities ranging from spot-the-difference to word searches, from baking to making, from sticker pages to drawing tutorials, all aimed at children from 5 – 11 (though with 3 pages of stickers and lots of colouring-in, I think slightly younger children could enjoy, too).

Without further a-waffle, here are some peaks inside the book…

The Space Adventure Activity Book is published by Button Books and is available now from Amazon and all good bookshops in the UK. There is a US edition which comes out next year and will be available from Barnes & Noble and other bookshops, so keep your eyes peeled.

P.S. some eagle-eyed readers might have noticed that I’ve gone and changed my name… I’m now Jen Alliston as I got married in October, right around the time the book was published – not a bad month all-round!

Lino printing

I wanted to try something a bit different with my lino today by making a couple of pieces but that were made up of more colours. Here’s the end result. Pretty pleased! These are both now available on my etsy store here.

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Patterns

There’s not much from my big freelance project i can post yet (sorry). It’s very nearly there! Hopefully i can show something from it soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on some patterns in the quieter periods. I’d like to start getting some new items made with these, like notebooks.

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Looking forward, looking back

New Year is always an interesting time, a time to look to the future at the possibilities the year ahead brings, but also to look back at what went before.

Personally, 2016 was in equal measures hard, fun, wonderful, horrifying, sad and exciting. I broke yet another bone thanks to Roller Derby (the sport that I love but that hates me) and had to retire from the sport. I completed the purchase of my first flat (with my OH), which is something we’ve been working towards for so many years. Some political stuff happened. David Bowie died, who is a hero of mine (my cat’s name is Ziggy and we have a Bowie shrine in the flat…) and so did Alan Rickman, and so did Carrie Fisher, and so did Prince. I got the biggest and most exciting illustration commission of my career so far (can’t say much more now). A lady read The Human Next Door whilst standing at my table at a fair and was brought to the edge of tears (good ones, I think).

So it was a mixed one.

2017 is looking bright, though. I plan to restock my Etsy shop (it is looking bare at the moment due to some very successful fairs in November) along with lots of new designs. I also plan to go paddleboarding more, which I’m certain will become the more sedate and less dangerous way of filling the void that Roller Derby has left in me.

I hope you have a wonderful year…

Beast x