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House of Illustration Summer Fair Round Up

House of Illustration Summer Fair Round Up

What an honour it was to have been invited back again to the House of Illustration summer fair the other week!

I’ve been a bit behind in getting this post written up due to some lovely client work I’ve been beavering away on, but still wanted to share some of my favourite illustrators from the fair who I had the pleasure of meeting.

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Eat Kind Tea Towels

Eat Kind Tea Towels

Well, as the young and trendy say nowadays, it’s been a minute hasn’t it?!

It’s been 8 Months since my last blog post, and suffice to say it’s been pretty busy!

Unfortunately my Eat Kind Kickstarter was a nonstarter, however I wasn’t going to let that stop me.

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'Eat Kind' Kickstarter Campaign

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After 3 months in the making, and with multiple hurdles to jump over to even get it launched, I am pretty excited to finally share with you my Kickstarter campaign for a whole new product range!

Some of you who may follow me on Instagram have probably seen my various InstaStories sharing all my cooking experiments. Thing is, I hadn’t ever really been a massive ‘cook’ until Ophelia was around 5 months old and was starting on her baby-led weaning journey.

I loved to try new things, and was always aiming for a balanced and healthy diet (especially whilst I was pregnant!) but once I started having to think about how I was going to give Ophelia a truly balanced and nutritional diet, as well as a fun and interactive weaning experience, I began to research and cook more.

Her weaning experience really made me look at the food I was making for myself and my husband, and the cooking just naturally spread to our meal times.

It was purely through this phase that I started to love being in the kitchen, and so, selfishly, wanted to create a collection to help me plan meals, cook and shop for all my ingredients. Not just that, I really wanted it to reflect our Vegetarian/Vegan lifestyle that was kind to the environment too.

And so the ‘Eat Kind’ collection was born!

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What’s included in the collection?

100% Screen Printed Cotton Tea Towels

Printed on natural and 100% cotton, these black and white tea towels will feature my botanical illustration surrounding a custom typeface that I have created for the collection, 'Eat Kind'. 

  • These are a nod to anyone who believes that the choices we make on our plate can help the world around us. 

  • A neutral addition to any kitchen, they will fit perfectly into any decor. 

  • Each tea towel measures 70cm x 50 cm

I will be having these printed with a British manufacturer, and they will be packaged lovingly with recycled card wrap in a biodegradable sleeve. 

 Weekly Shopping Planner 

Completely inspired by my weekday shop, this has been created to not only help with remembering the bread and milk, but to help inspire to try cooking something new or batch cook to save for a day when you don't feel like getting the pans out!

Key features:

  • Printed on 80gsm recycled paper, each pad has 50 sheets and has been secured by glue at the top on a hardback board. 

  • Each pad measures at A4 size: 21cm x 29.7cm

  • Each sheet features lines for your list, plus sections for planning meals for the week, a 'This week I'll Try' section and '3 pantry recipe's' section.

  • 'This week I'll try...' is there to inspire you! Be brave and pop a recipe on there that you never thought you could do. (Mine was sausage rolls and I overcame it!)

  • '3 Pantry Recipes' section is for noting down what you need to stock up in the freezer or cupboard; ours is usually peanut butter, scones (for lunch) and ice lollies but it can also be bread, stock, and overnight oats to name a few!

  • At the bottom of the sheet is also a helpful reminder to not forget your bags! It saves you money, and saves on plastic going out into the environment. 

Once printed, these pads will feature a recycled belly band (paper band) that will wrap around the pad before being sealed in biodegradable cellophane bag.

Screen Printed Fairtrade Cotton Grocery Bags,

Designed to help get your grocery shopping in order, each of these tote bags has been illustrated to help pack your Bakery, Fruit, Milk & Dairy and Vegetables. These are really handy for making sure that your shopping stays in tact (nothing worse than a crushed punnet of strawberries!) without wondering where you put everything! 

  • Tote bag dimensions are 27 cm wide x 37 cm high x 12 cm deep.

  • Tote bags are of 407gsm weight making them very strong and sturdy!

  • My custom illustrations will be screenprinted onto the bags, and will feature a recycled swing tag with care instructions, hanging from the handles. 

Like the tea towels, these bags will be printed with the same UK manufacturer, and will come packaged in a biodegradable cellophane sleeve. 


The Kickstarter Campaign

So, like many other crowdfunding campaigns I am of course trying to raise the money to make this collection a reality. I’m looking to raise £4,000 by 10th November which will go towards not only the manufacturing of the products, but also printing of all the environmentally friendly packaging.

This collection will be my first ever to be made from 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging. It’s my hope that if this is a success, I will transition this huge change into all products across my shop.

If you would like to read more about my campaign, as well as to see what kind of rewards I have on offer for anyone who pledges money to the campaign, then you can see it all here.

And if you feel compelled to do so, please share this project with your loved ones! It takes a few moments but it truly does help to spread the word around.

As always, whatever you do, do it with kindness.

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Hawaaian Shirts From a Small Danish Island

Hawaaian Shirts From a Small Danish Island

One of the main reasons I love being a freelance illustrator is that I literally never know what I’m going to find in my inbox. I get a lot of requests, some bizarre, and some curious, and some just plain amazing. This project was definitely the latter.

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MediCity Mural

MediCity Mural

More and more often I'm getting asked to paint murals for many different building for many purposes; signage, decorative display and statement wall pieces. However my latest wall mural piece is by far the biggest to add to my repertoire. 

Measuring 6 metres wide by 3 metres high, this mural of a lush green British landscape has found a new home at the Grade 1 listed MediCity building in Nottingham. 

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Pint of Science Festival 14-16 May

Pint of Science Festival 14-16 May

About half a year ago the wonderful Creative Reactions team got in touch to see if I fancied creating some artwork based on scientific research, as part of the upcoming Pint of Science Festival, and of course my answer was a resounding YES. I am a typical 'right brained' individual however I love science and all it's amazing discoveries, especially anything to do with the brain! There is especially a beauty in marrying together those 2 hemispheres, right and left, to produce a little bit of magic, and that's just what myself and Dr. Martha Skinner did. 

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Cats in Wonderland

Cats in Wonderland

It's finally happened - I contributed to my first ever colouring book! And what better business to create artwork for than for Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium - London's top cat cafe where each of their cats have their own profile on the website that perfectly describes each of their unique personalities. 

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Illustrators for Mental Health

Illustrators for Mental Health

It's World Mental Health Day, and in celebration of a cause that's quite close to my heart I wanted to share something that combines two aspects of my life; illustration and mental health. 

Here are some of my favourite illustrators bringing to life how it feels some days to live with a mental health illness:

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Thought Catalogue & Brianna Wiest

Thought Catalogue & Brianna Wiest

It's been a busy old time in the studio working on lots of top secret projects, however I'm really excited to share with you some new work which I have created for Brianna Wiest's book, The Truth About Everything

I was commissioned to create the new cover for the books re-release, published through Thought Catalogue

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Adios Amigos!

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As I write to you this week I'm taking absolute pleasure in writing every kind of list as we pack to head off on our honeymoon! 

Avnish and I will not only be celebrating our 9 year anniversary together, but our 2nd wedding anniversary whilst in the balmy heat of Cancun, Mexico. This trip is actually going to be our honeymoon, a vacation that has been 2 years of planning and saving in the making. We haven't been on holiday in 3 years so needless to say we're extremely excited to be getting some sun and sand for 2 weeks. 

Because I will be off adventuring this is just a little post to let you all know that my Etsy and Notonthehighstreet.com stores will be closed from Friday 29th April until 12th May. All orders must be placed on or before the 28th, especially if you want to make the most of my Spring Sale which has been going on over in my Etsy shop.

I also wanted to keep you all up to date with some really exciting projects that I've been working on this month: 

Collaboration with Mr Panesar Design
Fittingly enough the first of my new projects has been a collabotayion with my husband Avnish - together we've created gig posters for legends Led Zeppelin and of course The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. These designs are available as prints in Avnish's shop

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New Pattern: A Llama Folk Tale
You may have seen my vibrant llama pattern at the top of this post, which I'm really excited to say is now available to purchase on products in my Society6 shop. I've loved creating this new summery pattern as it's pushed me out of my pencil drawing comfort zones to dabble with painting; a medium I'm not usually too confident in. 

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Submission for the Spoonflower x Sprout Pattern competition 
Last but not least (and this is kind of my favourite) a Japanese Garden inspired print for Spoonflower's April design challenge! Voting closes tomorrow 6pm EDT (10pm GMT) and what's better you can vote for more than one design! I voted for 10 because there is just so many lovely designs! 

I'm excited to share with you all my Mexican experience when I return next month, perhaps in a bumper visual blog post! If you can't possibly wait till mid May then be sure to follow me on Instagram (@deborahpanesar) and Snapchat (dbillustrations) as I'll be documenting some of our adventure.

Until next month! 

Deborah x

Draw it, Print it, Ink it Publication

Draw it, Print it, Ink it Publication

It's been pretty exciting here in the studio this weekend as I received my own copy of Draw it, Print it, Ink it by Pepper Baldwin, a new temporary tattoo book which features one of my custom temporary tattoo illustrations! 

When I opened my Etsy shop back in 2010, temporary tattoos were one of my first initial products to hit the shelves, and you guys have been loving them ever since! Whilst launching and running my own lines, I have worked on a few temporary tattoo designs for other companies such as Pepper Ink, run by Pepper Baldwin, one of which you can now see in her latest publication!

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1st April - New Things!

1st April - New Things!

April is finally here which means a lot of things here in the studio; Firstly, that today is the day that I launch my first ever downloadable wedding invitation range on Etsy, and secondly that it is exactly one month until my husband and I fly to Mexico for our 2 year delayed honeymoon! 

Needless to say it's a very exciting month ahead, but today I am most excited about my new wedding stationery range which has been 5 months in the making. 

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5 lies you shouldn't tell yourself as a freelancer...

5 lies you shouldn't tell yourself as a freelancer...

Working for yourself is an absolute dream. It can be all of the stereotypes that people associate with it such as working in your PJ's, having your own schedule, being able to get up whenever you want but it can also have it's downsides like any good job. 

I've been freelancing for 6 years now and these tips are just my own observations and experiences, all of which I've learnt to work with in order to thrive. I hope they help you too! 

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The Revenant

The Revenant

The Oscars goes live this weekend on the 28th, and all I keep thinking is that I sincerely hope Leo get's one because I truly feel it's long overdue. 

Most of my favourite films are ones he's starred in; Shutter Island, The Great Gatsby, Inception...I mean come on, Titanic. But, last month myself and Avnish went to see The Revenant and that then booted all of these off the top spot. Everything in it captivated me. The cinematography, the story, the filming style, the colours. My mind was quite creatively blown when I left the cinema, so much so I felt like I had to create a pattern to release some of that creative overflow. 

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Keeping that fear 'edge'

Keeping that fear 'edge'

For the past week or so I've been working my way through my HUGE box of business cards which I've been collecting for 4 years, inputting each and every one of them into a new spreadsheet database. You might think I'm a little mad for doing this time consuming, and let's be honest, inanely tedious job but it's all part of the process I've started since reading Alex Mather's e-book How To Get Illustration Clients

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New Kitty Pattern!

New Kitty Pattern!

Back in December 2015 I decided that it was long overdue to draw up a cat pattern! I find cats have such individual personalities that it seemed so wrong to just draw from getty reference images - so I did an international call out on my Instagram to which I had an unprecedented influx of tags as people sent me photos of their gorgeous kitties! 

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Top Pin Picks - Wall Art

Top Pin Picks - Wall Art

There's something really satisfying about seeing illustration being translated onto different forms and surfaces; textiles, pottery, metal and wood are some of the surfaces that you will find illustrative work on today. But, when it's transformed by size, then it becomes something more exciting!

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