Splatty Bats

The Guardian Cartoon and Family Art Day 2017

For this workshop, we used two pieces of A4 coloured cards to create patterns using POSCA pens. After that, some with the help of templates, we cut out wings and bodies from the contrasting cards and assembled them into ‘Splatty Bats’.

Prema Arts Centre

I held this mini-theatre family workshop at Prema Arts Centre, not far my home town. First I prepared sheets coloured card made from rolled ink, then everyone got on with the task of creating their own little worlds. It ran for several hours and by the end, each person went home with something really unique and beautiful.

Angel Droppings

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My other half is slightly addicted to marzipan. My kids hate it. So, for this years’ birthday treat I made him some handcrafted marzipan balls, dipped in dark chocolate, safe in the knowledge that no one else in the house will scoff them (except me). I created a bespoke logo, boxed them up and called them ‘Angel Droppings’. The kids quickly renamed them ‘Devil Dung’. Either way, I think I might be onto something! 

Odd Socks

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This year a friend taught me how to needle felt. It’s a really satisfying medium, somewhere between painting and sculpture, as the wool needs to be built up then decorated with colour.

So, with my newfound skill, I recreated two of my favourite woolly characters - Suki and Sosh, from Odd Socks. They now dangle together, hearts forever entwined in Michelle Robinson’s kitchen.

How to Train the Perfect Parents

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This is Mimi Lee. She takes the quirky leading role in my most recent, self-penned book  How to Train the Perfect Parents (Templar, 2018).

I’ve had a good time trying to recapture her character in 3D. Working like this suits me as I love collage so much. I didn’t have pattern or plan - just sketches and drawings to refer to. I did end up feeling a bit like Frankenstein, what with the inevitable amount of trial and error (and stitching of limbs), but she came to life in the end!