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I was recently asked by sweet friends of mine (T&K) to create a special print for their friends’ upcoming wedding. They had the perfect phrase in mind, a little reminicent of one of my favourite songs “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” byThe Shirelles. They wanted something a little swirly, a little girly, and it had to be TIFFANY BLUE! A delicious choice of colour.

I usually do some sketches, get down the right track, and make a few edits when doing these type of commissions. I can personalise every stage of the process, even include framing, but T&K requested an A4 print and they framed it at home. My prints are all on smooth, matte white 230GSM archival paper.

This was my first sketch, which I then coloured. I suggested perhaps adding the special date and the newlywed names.

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T&K couldnt decide on how traditional the design should be, so I mocked up a super swirly option, which divided opinion!

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I found a compromise with some printed type instead- a perfect mix of traditional and modern. Here’s the final product.

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Luckily I was told the print ‘went down an absolute treat’ with the newlyweds (hooray!) I’m chuffed they’ll have a special image to always remind them of their big day.

Drop me an email if you are interested in commissioning a special and unique image at katieallenillustrator@gmail.com!

I was lucky enough to exhibit with some great artists at The Quarry at St Luke’s, in celebration of Bedfringe. The Circus of Illustration and Animal Studio joined forces to put on an exhibition entitled Stages. 

I envisioned getting messy with some lino and printing ink for these designs, but with time against me (what’s new?) I did some faux-printing with photoshop, using a selection of handmade textures. I kept it simple, working as I would using printmaking tools. 

Stages is being transferred to Animal Studio and Gallery and will be there until late August. 

  

  
    
    
 

 

I am excited (and a bit scared!) to celebrate my first solo exhibition, hosted by the great people at Dot to Dot gallery in Letchworth. The exhibition is a mish-mash, a hodge-podge, a jambalaya of my favourite work- hence the name alphabet soup!

I even had loadsa fun hanging the show, with the help of Pete and Frances. A private view (and my birthday celebration) will be on 10th April, and everyone is invited 😉

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Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 17.26.20“ART SCHOOL DISCO are a collection of 6 multi-disciplinary (primarily) illustrators, artists, VJ’s, milliners, do-da’s and gangle pins hailing from Southampton Solent University in 2010. They’ve exhibited in biscuit factories in London, shoeboxes in Shoreditch, shops in Southampton and back alleys in Bedford.”

(and I’m an official Disco-er!)

We are lucky enough to be ehxibiting at the awesome Animal Studio / Gallery in Bedford. Below are some snippets of what we have been up to…

and here’s an invite!

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KLV’s oceanic headwear….

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Ben Phe (aka DongoCraft)’s lino print…

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