New Books!

I just realised (possibly very belatedly of me) that July is a super special month – with two of my books out, and BOTH FEATURING ECHIDNA/HEDGEHOG GUYS!! What the….?!

Dreaming of Australia A to Z was actually finished a long time ago, but is finally here and celebrates all of my favourite Australian flora, fauna and colours… It was so much fun to create and out with Windy Hollow very soon.

There’s Only One Dad Like You is my follow up to TOOMLY with Affirm Press and is all about the brilliance of dads. I’m so proud of it and can’t wait to share more soon too!

Still wondering how I ended up with two of my own authored books both featuring similar animals on the cover! Ha! I hope you enjoy reading them…

Tis the Season

Gosh it has been a whirlwind of a year – books, kids, all sorts of goings on, and it doesn’t look like things will calm down any time very soon! However, on the weekend I did my first Big Design Market and I had a ball launching new products I’ve been working on over the last few months – tea towels and silk scarves! These are now available on my Etsy shop and I was so chuffed to have them on my stand on the weekend.

 

New Booky – See Hear

Hullo! In April a new book is coming out,  a book all about the senses, written by my pal Tania McCartney and published by EK Books! It features all the same characters of the first book Smile Cry – and that same clever flip-over format. Fun! My lovely partner and kids made a soundtrack for a little video about the book you can see here, and here are a couple of my favourite images from the book…

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You can purchase the book from your local bookshop or from EK Books. Thank you!

Updates!

I have been a busy monkey this past month, but I just sent out a newsletter with all the latest. You can read it here if you are so inclined… here’s a little slice.

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New Covers!

My poor bloggy has been a bit neglected, but not through me not having anything to write. IT’S BEEN A MANIC FEW MONTHS! But in a good way (although many colds and flus – not so good too).

However… Two new book covers have been released, with the books coming out with Windy Hollow both in September!

First of all is If Baby Could Talk, written by the wonderful Michael Wagner. I’m so excited about this book, it was just so fun and easy to work on, and can’t wait to see it in person. Windy Hollow shared this sneak peek….19905369_1306276566116469_3862770035840146537_n

And following that in late September will be my first Christmas book, with my dear pal and colleague (having now worked on three books together!), Tania McCartney. I didn’t realise until now how the covers are similar colours! But the content is quite different, this one all about animals rather than kiddos, and it’s a really fun concept Tania created.

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I am just sooooo happy that I have been able to keep creating kids books… A dream I’ve had since I was a kid. Looking forward to sharing these in more detail soon. x

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A Quote to Live By

This year as part of a wonderful group I’m involved with we decided to find a quote for our studio wall and create an artwork based on it. I’m interested in finding out my purpose with drawing, find out why I’m here, and what energizes me to keep going. I found this quote by Susan Sontag,

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” Susan Sontag

Here is my artwork, which I’ve also made into a giclee print for anyone else that would like it for their wall too….quotejessracklyeft

By coincidence while I was posting this, I’ve been listening to this inspiring podcast by Andy Pizza: http://www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/2017/1/12/116-unlock-your-true-potential – have a listen on your next art making session to get revved up for the year.

Erstwilder Summer Tiki

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-12-50-05-pmI’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Designing for Erstwilder is one of the best jobs in the world! They’ve just launched my new range of Tiki designs – pineapples and toucans, super fun and I’m enjoying wearing something that was a sketch to a digital file to a resin brooch so much!screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-11-42-40-am