Author Archives: Katriona

Mail Art!

Mail Art!

I found out about Canadian artist Jessica Gowling’s artwork through Twitter some time ago, and became really interested in the Mail Art that she does. She creates beautiful packages of fun and interesting art and ephemera that she sends to other artists around the world, and in return they create packages for her. After doing a zine-swap with Jessica in April, I really wanted to make a nice mail art package for her and finally got round to it a few weeks ago. I have to admit to getting a bit carried away making my package… from worrying that I wouldn’t have anything to go in it, I ended up with way too much! Here are some pics of what I sent:

There were a few little bits of my artwork including a pencil drawing and some prints, some photos of my garden wildlife and my street, some 70s fashion, a letter, and various other odds & ends. Within the package there was also a little tissue paper parcel containing some ‘Loteria’ cards from Mexico, a flower, a doll from Guatemala, and some badges/magnets.

There was also a Mexican peso!

I included an envelope containing some postcards & cards by a few of my UK illustrator friends… and some tiny samples of Japanese handmade paper

Because Jessica often creates her own handmade custom envelopes, I wanted to do some work on my envelope. I decorated the front, and as there happened to be a trashy gossip magazine to hand… I decided to create a collage on the back with some of the funniest headlines and snippets from the mag.
Now on to Jessica’s package, which I received last week. I did indeed receive a lovely handmade envelope, with flowers taped over the sealed opening on the back:
Of course there were beautiful Canadian stamps on the front too (Jessica being a big fan of stamps, I’d made sure to get stamps with pictures on them when I took my package to the post office! But the UK ones I got weren’t a patch on these beauties…)
I felt very honoured to get one of Jessica’s hand-printed Moleskine notebooks in my parcel, with an illustration of an owl on it. It was especially welcome as I had been on the look-out for a new notebook
There were also various other owl-themed items, including a letter on owl notepaper, and this amazing owl-painting sticker:

There were other nature stickers, a bird illustration postcard, and possibly my other favourite item: an awesomely random advert coupon for a lawnmower catalogue!

I can’t wait to do more mail art… it’s so great to receive stuff in the post, and reminds me of the fun and silly letters I used to write to friends as a child. Jessica’s blog Nature’s My Friend is a fascinating read, and she (somehow) manages to post virtually every day! Do check it out to see what other creative projects she does with artists worldwide… from ongoing mail collaborations, to trout decals that get sent around the world and have to be stuck in interesting public places! Amazing stuff. Highly recommended.

Recent News

Recent News

Just a little update on my recent news! I’m partway through a commission for Oxford University Press which has been great fun… and also very exciting for me as they’re a publisher that I’ve always wanted to work for. I’ve created an illustration for them based on one of Aesop’s Fables… the story of the…Continue Reading

A sneak peek at some work in progress

A sneak peek at some work in progress

Here are a couple of pics from a project I’m currently working on. I’m about halfway through illustrating this Indian folk tale, and really enjoying it! My colour-scheme of earth colours and hot reds, yellows and oranges was inspired by Dulac, one of those classical illustrators who I really love. And also inspired by India…Continue Reading

Illustrated map of Mexico!

Illustrated map of Mexico!

I’ve just finished an illustrated map of Mexico for this wonderful website: www.theydrawandtravel.com Anyone can submit an illustration to this site… you might be familiar with their sister site They Draw and Cook which invited illustrators and designers to submit illustrated recipes. (Mine is here! http://www.theydrawandcook.com/recipes/roasted-butternut-squash-and-sage-risotto-by-katriona-chapman) The brief with They Draw and Travel is to illustrate a map…Continue Reading

Update!

Update!

I’ve been busy lately and haven’t updated my blog in a while… so here’s a little round-up of my news. I’ve just completed a children’s book commission for HarperCollins Big Cat, and as the book isn’t out yet I can only show you a few snippets. Look out for more pictures when the book comes…Continue Reading