Tuesday, 31 December 2013

New Year, New Moon, New New New!

I've decided that for the first week of January I'm going to offer an even bigger saving on my prints in my ETSY Store!

Get 20% off all items in my shop until the 8th of January, and 15% throughout the whole of January!

Use this coupon code to get your 20% off- NEWYEARNEWMOON2014

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/stephanieayres


Happy New Year, New Moon everyone, this is going to be super potent!

Much love,
Steph
xxx


Friday, 27 December 2013

Guitar Strap Esta Terminado!

I finished hand weaving my guitar strap, with nothing but my fingers! No loom, just a stick, which you hang from a height, or in my case, another stick which you jam under the base of your bed. 

It is using the design of the arrowhead sash that the people of Assumption in Canada used to make. 
Being part Canadian, and working at a Canadian muffin company, I felt it was a good choice.

The big ones that the women used to make for the men to portage equipment and trade goods with, used to take over 600 hours to make.
I lost count on how many hours this took me, but I doubt it was that long. Thankfully mine is thinner and shorter than the traditional belts.

Now just to get the guitar to go with it!








Sunday, 15 December 2013

Permaculture For Peace

And back into the fray with a good dose of graphic design

I've been working away this past week on a logo design for an awesome project in Ghana called Permaculture for Peace run by Transcend International Ghana. They're planting food forests using permaculture methods to try and stabilize the economy somewhat, provide food locally and re-green places that have been deforested to sell the wood. A wonderful bunch of people and a great project, I'm proud to say that I've played my little part in it.

So, from sketches-








Then to Adobe Illustrator



To the final product!




Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Koi Kites

The Koi Kites are finished, scanned and now you can even order it as an A3 print in my Etsy Store!

I even accept credit cards and Etsy gift cards now, just to make it easier for you guys!

Enjoy, and keep your eyes open for more new prints turning up in my online store over the next few days.

x

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Shop is Restocked!

I finally just got on with it!
My shop is now restocked thanks to a wonderful lady I met in the coffee shop the other day who expressed her disappointment in there being nothing for her to buy on my shop!
Her kind words forced me into action, and as of today you can order some of the good ol' favorites.
I will be adding more prints in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye out!

I may also try and work some magic via etsy and make some gift cards available to use in my shop. Then your loved one that receives this wonderful gift can choose their print for themselves!


I hope you are all well as we go into this crazy consumerist time of the year. Generally I'm against it, but I'm a sucker for art. 


Instead I would opt for lovely family time, and spending time with friends and other wonderful people. I went to kirtan in Totnes last night, which was just a nice warm bundle of love. I even went to the Willow café for a meal before we started, and it was just so warm and inviting in there... I wish I had longer to sit and relax before the gathering! 

Anyway, enough about me.

If you order your prints asap, then they will arrive before Christmas 
(shipped via royal mail for the UK customers so keep an eye on how they're keeping up with the demand on their website)

For international shipping please allow 3 weeks for your parcel to arrive (normally 2 weeks but with the Christmas rush, best to add on another week)

Thank you to everyone who decides to buy my work this year, as all of the proceeds are going towards enabling me to work with a couple of shamans in Peru this coming year. This adventure should hopefully bring a whole host of exciting new illustration to your doorstep so keep a watchful eye on this blog, the website and anywhere else you might find me!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Weaver Bird

I'm continuing to weave away in any spare time I have (which isn't much right now!)
I'm busy finishing up the presents for my permaculture course supporters, finally! 

Here is the progress and my interesting weaving set up comprising of a ceremonial walking stick jammed into a gap under my bed and a carved stick which holds the weaving in place.

I also fixed my handmade yoga bag, whose strap decided to break on the way home from yoga the other night. This one is 100x stronger! And includes 10% more pandas.









This is the puppet I made from random things laying about when I was in Wales over the summer. His name is Q'ayis Chikop, which means Moth in Tzutujil Mayan. He is a moth deity who brings depth to the night, bringing all of the stars with him as he sweeps his cape across the land. His curly nose picking up messages from the cosmos, and relaying them to those people who listen out for him.
 




I haven't yet gotten around to scanning some new work that will be turned into prints (because I am terrible at organisation and I'm awaiting a new printer) so alas, my etsy shop will not be refilled before Christmas with brand new shiny things, or anything for that matter until after Christmas when I have the funds to foot the bill for the printing. 

Still, I wish you all a beautiful season, and I hope that you get to make some wonderful memories together.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Yoga Loft

I've been beavering away, helping a friend of mine design flyers for her wonderful yoga studio- 
The Yoga Loft.

There's an awesome array of classes available, from beginners hatha yoga, to invigorating ashtanga vinyasa, iyengar and many more.

They also host a great series of day and weekend workshops on all manner of exciting things! 
I designed these flyers to show them off!

Coming up in November & December




So if you're in/around Plymouth, or even if you fancy making the trip down, it would be well worth your while to book yourself onto any number of these top notch workshops and guarantee yourself a place! You won't want to miss out.

You can book online via www.yogaloft.co.uk under the workshops section, or call to reserve a place on 01752254724 and ask for Jo.

Any Questions? you can also email info@yogaloft.co.uk


So happy to be working with such an amazing independent company that values community!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Happy Birthday Mum

Its my mother's birthday today, so I drew her a card
She's on vacation for a week, which I hope she manages to relax into!


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The Melting Pot & The Land of the Fish Kites

I said I would produce some artwork for you soon...
So I did. Aren't I lovely?









I've been working on this for a while, here and there but I finally got up the courage to just get down to it and finish it. 
I hope you like it, as I'll be getting a limited edition of 25 giclée prints done, £40 each. Snap them up quickly! They might just be a great christmas present for someone you love... or yourself! That should be someone you love too! 

Please note that the above are just photographs of the final piece. When it is printed the background will be crisp and white!

If you are interested in purchasing a print, please email
 stephanieayresillustration@gmail.com

If you're interested in buying more than one copy, then perhaps we can do a deal!
All prints will be hand signed and numbered, and popped into a tube for posting so that your shiny new print won't get damaged on its way to you.

In other news, the weaving is coming along alright, I think I'm getting the hang of it


When I returned from Wales, I returned with several pieces of wood from an Ash tree that had been struck by lightning... so, what better place to use them other than to decorate my tea shelf and use it as a tea cup stand. The beautiful energy held in the wood has got to give that extra boost to serving the tea!
 

And here, my pride and joy in its new home... so glad to have a double bass at last!
 

I recently took a trip back down to Falmouth to see some buddies, and went for a lovely coastal walk among other things, like 5 rhythms dancing (2 hours of non-stop improvised dance to 5 themes, I loved staccato, there were a few super bassy numbers)


On our walk we found this rather large hairy caterpillar, I think we named her Harriett le Tigre



So nice to be soothed by the sounds of the sea again. I want to go for a swim! 

So, thanks for being patient whilst I actually do some work... don't forget to get your orders in soon! Pre-order by emailing me and when they become available they will be going up on my Etsy shop. If you pre-order you'll be the first to get yours, and I'll be sending them out before it gets put up on Etsy.

If you're lucky I might put a little extra something in your parcel!

Love you all xxx

Monday, 30 September 2013

The Midnight Bass Weaver

As life goes, sometimes you just end up taking up double bass and weaving within the same week. I'm learning to play and also learning a particular type of weaving originally used by the Metis people of Canada. They created 'ceinture flechee' which translates roughly to arrow sash. The women wove this for the men to wear, and when they were portaging canoes and other goods from the trading post, then they would place them over their foreheads and attach the heavy load to the ends of the sash. I'm not making it for any man, and I'm making a considerably thinner version of it, which will be used as a guitar strap. Its going pretty well so far, but considering it takes someone who has been doing it for a while, roughly 600hours to make one, I reckon I could be here a long time. Still its worth it to learn a bit about your heritage and be that focused on something.

Sadly most of my activity starts at around midnight and carries on til 5 or 6am... weaving at least. I'm sure I'd get a telling off if I was playing bass at that time in the morning!

Also, I picked up my double bass last week, and I'm so so pleased with it- as you can tell!





I'm looking forward to getting stuck in, boosting my music theory knowledge and getting back to basics. Such a beautiful sound!

I also attended a couple of yoga workshops at the yoga loft in Plymouth recently, and had fun bending over backwards rather extremely!





Soon there will be more of an illustration based update, I promise, but all of this creativity manifesting in different ways feeds into my illustration practice in unfathomable ways I'm sure!

Hope you've all had a fantastic summer, and are ready to cosy on down as one of my favorite seasons comes around the corner; Autumn is such a wonderful time of year, I get to wear all of my knitwear and all of my clothes tend to be autumnal colours, so I blend in rather well! It also means I can start to wear my big ol' army style coat at some point!

One day I'll be crooning with my beautiful bass, watch out world!