Pushing the Envelope, celebrating 175 years of the Penny Black at the House of Illustration, London.

It’s been a busy Spring illustration wise, I’ve completed an amazing residency with the National Trust at Acorn Bank Watermill and Garden exploring astro-herbalism, during this time I hung out with beautiful herbs, met a lot of volunteer gardeners and ate an enormous amount scones.  Now I’m at the tail end of a project for a fun activity booklet for English Heritage featuring one of Queen Victoria’s favourite border collies and in the interim, I am part of a wonderful group exhibition called ‘Pushing the Envelope Celebrating 175 years of the Penny Black’ which is the brainchild of Neil Hadfield. You can see the fascinating exhibition this week in London at the House of Illustration then it goes to Hay Literary Festival thereafter.  David Gentleman opened the exhibition at the House of Illustration with a wonderful inspiring talk. I used to collect his Battle of Hastings stamps as a kid and am always staring at his amazing artwork on the walls at Charing Cross station.  This is one of my entries for ‘Pushing the Envelope:’


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