TOP 5… Birdy Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine’s Day is coming… it’s inescapable! Love it or hate it it’s somewhat hard to avoid it and although I don’t think it really signifies what love is truly all about, I suppose it’s nice to have an excuse to give and receive presents. You have to admit it makes February a little more exciting than what might otherwise be just another cold and mundane month. So since I’m a big nature fan and as you’ve probably noticed I just love a good bird design, I’ve collated a TOP 5 list of ideas for Valentine’s gifts to give to bird loving girlfriends like myself.

TinTrunk Gold Flying Bird Earrings

1. Gold Flying Bird Studs by Tin Trunk on Etsy

These vintage love bird earrings are 9ct gold but won’t break the bank! What a treasure, catch them while they’re still available.

2. Swan Lake Wool Scarf by Karen Mabon

Just discovered Karen Mabon’s amazing designs today and it’s safe to say I’m in love with her quirky and delightful style. This one is inspired by the romantic tale of Swan Lake but there are loads of other fantastic designs.

Nathalie Lete Placemat

3. Birds in the Dunes Table Mat by Nathalie Lete from Amara

Nathalie Lete’s illustrations are so wonderfully whimsical and often have a slight narrative which I love. I reckon this placemat would go down well with any homeware loving lady.

Skinny Dip Flamingo iPad case

4. Flamingo Ipad Case by Skinny Dip

Skinny Dip is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Everything is so shiny and sometimes downright gaudy even yet I can’t help but be drawn to it all like a magpie. These flamingos may be a bit on the kitsch side but they’re just so much fun, what better way to jazz up your iPad I say?!

Sky Siouki Swan Mug

5. Mute Swan Bone China Mug by Sky Siouki

Last but not least I thought I’d give my own brand a sneaky feature in this one too. Seeing as swans are known as monogamous birds I thought my mute swan mug would make a rather fitting Valentine’s gift. Romantic, but pretty practical too!

NEW… Recycled Greetings Cards

Now available in the Sky Siouki online shop, my new recycled cards each printed with the Flight collection bird illustrations using white ink! Available to view and buy here, these cards use 100% heavyweight recycled card which has a lovely natural texture and feel to it. The white ink means that the drawings stand out really well against the brown background and I hope makes the collection a little more unique than your everyday greetings card too.

Barn Owl Greetings Card

Flamingo Greetings CardThere are eight designs in total so be sure to visit the online shop to see them all! Apologies I’ve been a little absent from the blog recently whilst stuck in a Summer haze of holidays and new products but I’ll be posting more about new stuff and such very shortly! x

Tropical Paradise Exhibition

I have recently designed a new A3 print design called Caribbean Flamingo which is currently exclusively available in the Paper Arts Tropical Paradise Summer exhibition in Bristol city centre! It’s on for another two weeks until 29th June and features a wonderfully colourful and varied mix of 50 artworks. I’m very proud to have had my submission selected to be in this show in which all of the prints are available to buy either framed or unframed.

Carribean Flamingo

The new design uses an illustration I drew from a photograph taken by my dad when we visited Slimbridge Wetland Centre together so I feel particularly proud of this piece. The Paper Arts gallery is right in the centre of Broadmead here between Debenhams and Vodafone so be sure to drop in if you’re visiting Bristol!

The print will soon also be available to buy via my online shop and stockists as part of a new selection of waterbird designs I am adding to my Flight collection so watch this space for updates on that!

Tropical Paradise Exhibition

Tropical Paradise Gallery

 

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

A couple of weeks ago I went for a little day out with my dad to Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire, not too far North of Bristol. My dad has become an avid wildlife photographer of late and I am always inspired and excited to see wildlife so it made the perfect activity for us to do together, and my dad has kindly let me use his photographs for this post.

We were amazed to see the masses of flamingos they had there which included flocks of all six existing species. My favourites had to be the Caribbean flamingos as pictured below just because of their incredible neon colour and flamboyant plumage! It was interesting to learn that their colour is due to the carotenoid in the crustaceans that form their diet.

Flamingos

River Otter

I expected there to only be birds there but they also had an enclosure with a family of three playful American River Otters there. They were so delightful to watch and have already inspired me to draw an otter which you may have seen on my Instagram feed here.

I was also surprised by how beautiful the wide variety of duck species they had were. My favourites were the Ruddy Shelducks as pictured below. Their markings are very subtle but they’re just such a lovely soft caramel colour and were very cute to watch too. The gentle white patches around their eyes made me think of deer markings which perhaps explains why I liked them so much.

Ruddy Shelduck

A big thanks to my dad, Robin, for sharing his photographs which you can see lots more of on his Wildlife Photography Facebook page here. I think I’ll be doing lots more drawing in the coming weeks and Slimbridge has left me full of inspiration so I can’t wait to see what I manage to come up with. Keep up with what I’m doing on my Instagram and Twitter.