Monday, 28 July 2014

shiny teeth and too much surfing

And yet again I've left it for weeks / months since my last blog post - can I use the excuse of being too busy to remember? It's actually the truth, although not all of it involved work (recent tropical sunshine weather and continuous fun little waves equal much time spent outdoors and in the sea). But the work front has been equally fun recently - projects just completed/on the go/in progression include various custom orders, a cafe wall mural, a homewares piece for Marks&Spencer, a couple of interviews and an artist event with footwear company Vans (another blog post to come on this v soon but I've had a lot of fun creating designs on a mysterious bag of single shoes which arrived in the post a couple of weeks ago).
Yesterday was interesting for a number of reasons but mostly for turning up to the post office to buy a paper and not being able to look at it for 5 minutes because my face was peering back at me - strange but true and unlikely to ever happen again, but the Western Morning News had kindly approached me for an interview & somehow I ended up on the front cover of West, the Sunday supplement magazine...I have professional photographer Mike Alsford to thank for my gleaming teeth & nice skin (thanks Mike!)


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Up in the Sky

A blog post at long last - its been a while!
Things have been happening - art courses, work projects, moving house, weekends away... but I seem to have had a fresh bundle of inspiration the last few months which is what we creative types love. As usual nature has a lot to do with things - up in the sky seems to be a consistent theme for me. Here are a couple of recent pieces...

'To the Moon'
by Emily Hamilton
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'Over the Rainbow'
by Emily Hamilton
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More ramblings to follow next week, there's a lot to catch up on!

Friday, 14 February 2014


Red roses, lovey dovey, carpets of petals, champagne bubbles - for all you Valentines lovers and haters....Happy Valentines Day!

'Jammy' by Emily Hamilton


Monday, 28 October 2013

Apples, arrows & stripes

Follow your heart & you will fly straight and true
Emily Hamilton
(ink & watercolour)
Last month I was racking my brains to work out how I could incorporate the striped style from my 'Surfer' series. I really like the way they look & have been attempting numerous creations, from wooly jumpers & fruit to sail boats and palm trees. Below is one of the pieces which I've added a snippet of typography to, along with some more wood block printing recycled from my pineapple & watermelon pieces earlier this year. 
'Stand Tall'
Emily Hamilton
(ink, watercolour & wood block print)

and to finish off, here's a share of the beautiful JF Shapes board I was asked to add a few lines to. It really didnt need anything to make it look better, but I just added some light, unobtrusive detail to the amazing wooden fins.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 pleut...

With the changing seasons I felt like throwing together a bit of sunshine, paint and rounded clouds...
Vintage paper, fineliners and taking a break from using it on furniture, the brilliant Annie Sloan Chalkpaint.

'Il pleut'
 Emily Hamilton

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Foxy little number

This little sleeping fox is part of some sketchy pieces working towards this years collection of Christmas cards. Nature, geometrics & pastely hues are the inspiration behind them - yummo.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Neon brights

Today is a grey day. A grey day where I got completely soaked in a torrential downpour with no form whatsoever of waterproof garmentation.
So what was a girl to do, apart from quickly buy a neon jumper then go home and get some neon paints out.
I love a bit of neon. Its pretty good at tarting up some nice hairy manilla, and giving something plain & simple a nice little bit of pow...
(Oh and it also happens to be the name of the very excellent wetsuits made by my talented friend Elsie Pinniger...)

 Apart from my obvious excitement at everything neon, I also had a very good morning meeting the lovely ladies at Nalu Beads headquarters. I spent it peering into their amazing ocean-inspired lampwork beads & getting excited with Lisa & Rae about all the potential ideas they had.
More on that to come soon...
Until then, I recommend getting some neon in your life (although note, please be careful when photographing neon paint. Josh doesnt know it yet but I managed to drop his iphone in some mid snapping. Oopsy).

Friday, 20 September 2013

birds and beasties

I've been back on the animal trail lately - nature is always one of my biggest inspirations, along with some intricate doodlings and so I always enjoy combining the two.
This week I've been working on some Christmas card designs (sorry, I know its too early to talk about Christmas). Needless to say, animals, birds and doodles are involved, but I got a bit side-tracked with this little robin. I liked him so much that he got his own piece of work and I think the other creatures will be following in his footsteps over the next couple of weeks...
So I'll save the Christmas card viewings for a little bit longer (its not even October yet dammit) and here's matey bird instead...

'birdling sing'
Emily Hamilton