Last night we came across a blog post by the incredibly talented illustrator, Frances Watts. So impressed with what we saw we went straight onto her fab and very unusual website and was not disappointed! What set her apart for so many other illustrators was her subject matter, which quite frankly is right up our street.
Take a look for yourself……..
Our favourite, of course have to be the beetles, but we’re pretty partial the the ‘Be kind to Bees’ too.
Frances, (not to be confused with the Australian Children’s Book Illustrator) or Franny to her friends lives in deepest Somerset with her photographer husband (also not to be confused with the wildlife photographer with the same name), her little son and lovable hound which is obviously where she gets much of her inspiration. However, she is happy to take commissions too.
Check out her website and latest blog post for more examples of her work, ways to contact her and the chance to buy one off prints. We’re busy trying to think of an excuse for a party (not such a difficult task) for her to design an invitation for us!
Yes, it’s been a long old time since we’ve managed to write a post and keep you up to date with our goings on – and what a lot there is to tell you!
When we last posted back in November we were furiously making up and dispatching all of our Christmas orders and then December disappeared in much the same way too. Once all the festivities were over it was time to organise the dreaded tax return – my most loathed job in all the world.
But no sooner had that been filed when planning had to start to organise my mother’s 60th. We’ll write lots more on that another time as we particularly want to tell you all about the amazing team at Pizza of Dreams who came to feed us all and helped make it the rip roaring success that it was with everyone dressed in silver platform boots and psychedelic bell bottoms.
In between all of that, it has been business as usual with orders to keep on top of, the drawing new designs and playing with pantone books…
having bolts of fabric printed up….
and working on several bespoke projects.
Including designing the table decorations for a wedding & making up napkins for a super cool, eco conscious graphic design company.
And as if that wasn’t enough to keep us out of mischief…. we have had a wedding to plan, a ceremony to get through
and a quick honeymoon to go on…
Oh, and to top it all off, we’ve moved.
Yes, 2013 thus far has been pretty action packed indeed!
This weekend I went to stay with an aunt in Belfast. We don’t visit her often enough and quite frankly we should. Not only is her company fab but her house is like an Aladdin’s Cave of fascinating artifacts.
My favourite were these beetles which I found in my bathroom. As you all know we love a bug or two so they were rather appropriate don’t you think??
This weekend we decided to take a little sneaky peak at our latest stockist – Waddesdon Manor. So on Saturday morning we popped in to the Plant Centre to discover a wonderful display of some of our goodies.
You can imagine how thrilled we were to watch one lady trying to decide if she wanted a green or black beetle tea towel. She couldn’t and ended up taking both – a lady clearly, with great taste!! 🙂
A couple of weeks ago I went on a little trip to the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens and decided to head to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery where there was an exhibition showing some of the stunning work by Rachel Pedder Smith.
I was unfamiliar with her work until that chance visit and really wonder where I have been all this time never to have seen any before?? It’s particularly bizarre because here at Warbeck & Cox we’re rather partial to insects, bugs and any other items that you’d expect to find at the Natural History Museum (as if you didn’t already know)!
Anyway, the botanical illustration exhibition was called ‘Pressed Plant’ and showed the intricate and detailed watercolour pieces of exotic seed heads, leaves and flowers from around the globe. It was really quite amazing.
I picked up a whole selection of postcards which I have sent to various friends and family… but kept my favourite for my pin board shown here below.
Section of Herbarium Specimen Painting 2006-2009
I thought I’d also share (with Rachel’s permission) some of my favourite images which I found on her site
Check it out to find some postcards to send your friends & family… or maybe even grab an original!!
Bees (5 cm x 6.5 cm)
Seahorse (2.5 cm x 6.5 cm)
Swallowtail butterfly (7 cm x 6.5 cm)
So.. now I’m off out to enjoy this sunshine and draw some more of my own!