YESSSS!!!!!! 🦊⭐️ Some new Fox and the Star goodies for September this year! 12 Note Cards and STAR lined envelopes! Each box has a set of 12 Note Cards and Envelopes. Six different designs. I have to confess I have already sent a few out in the post. Not long till they are official though. Out at the end of next month (24th September 2019)
Clothbound alert! Sanditon by Jane Austen. This proof just landed on my desk the colour combination worked so well (I think) It was a risk but it paid off! Maybe my (dark) blue period is over.
Pub date: 26 Sep 2019
This edition also includes the early epistolary novel Lady Susan and the delightful fragment The Watsons.
I was surprised when I was asked to design the Christmas Card for The Foundling Museum. Surprised because I was on their radar, the artists they have worked with in the past are heroes of mine.
If you have not heard of the work they do here is a short summary:
‘The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. We aim to inspire everyone to make a positive contribution to society, by celebrating the power of individuals and the arts to change lives.’
This work resonates with me for a number of reasons, both personally and artistically. The projects that struck me the most were the ones in which they bring artists and children together to create art, this feels to me extremely valuable. For a child finding another way of communicating the things they might not be able to express with words can be a life line.
Our card is called ‘A Token of Love and Hope, 2018’ and here is a bit about the illustration:
In addition to the lamb from the Foundling Hospital’s coat of arms, Bickford-Smith’s design includes references to the Foundling Museum’s eighteenth-century ‘tokens’. These small everyday objects were left by mothers with their babies as a form of identification, should they ever return to claim their child. As such, the tokens are a powerful symbol of love and hope, and find resonance with the Christmas story.
I have been tidying my study and I found that I have 15 prints of the second print edition I did from The Fox and the Star hiding away. It is time to clear some space and let Fox go on some new adventures.
A3, (42cm x 30cm) two colour, signed and numbered, limited edition of 60, screen prints.
Printed using 2 inks by The Garudio.
Each print is unique due to the hand made nature of the process.
Please email me for further details if you are interested.
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This week my illustration is on the cover of COOK a food magazine free with Corriere Della Sera! Inspired by M.C Escher.
So here is a slice of The Fox and the Star. A clothbound (of course) journal! Also a set of gift tags or prehaps decorations for the Christmas Tree! Published with Clarkson Potter. Really beautifully produced and no detail spared!
Fox is very happy indeed. Go Fox!
I got to design not one but TWO National Books Tokens! Such an honour! Find them in a bookshop near you.
The Worm and The Bird was shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards in the Book category. To say I am proud is an understatement. Thank you for AOI for doing so much to support illustrators around the world. The work they do is invaluable to creatives at any stage of their career. Do go and have a look all the award winning work, it is stunning and inspirational. Congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist! The AOI website is here!
A few weeks ago I talked with the lovely Miranda for her podcast called Tea and Tattle. We talked about inspiration, creativity and books. It was such a pleasure, Miranda was a generous and attentive interviewer. Go check out her lovely lifestyle Blog and Podcast. Find Miranda on instagram at @mirandasnotebook and @mirandasbookcase. And the Tea and Tattle website is here!
Miranda has interviewed many fascinating people including the author Pen Vogler who wrote Dinner With Dickens and with whom I worked on the Penguin Great Food Series. Which ties in rather nicely as I had my first ever taste of syllabub last night (I learnt about this from the book called Everlasting Syllabub and the Art of Carving by Hannah Glasse) at a wonderful super club at @eastdulwichchef run by the incredible Suzanne James. I confess I had some dessert for breakfast that I could not leave behind and that with picture of a rainbow of classics has cheered up this grey old Saturday.
If you tune in to BBC1 for Countryfile on Sunday the 4th Feb at 6.30, you might just see me reading a bit of The Fox and the Star to some lovely pupils at Lingfield College. It was an amazing day filming and I made friends with the sound Boom. Check us out having our picture taken together.
YESSSSS!!! The Worm and the Bird has been selected as one of the Communication Arts Magazine 59th Annual Illustration Competition Winners!
I had been reading a really interesting article in Art Quarterly about the graphic designer Elizabeth Friedlander. I did not know that she was responsible for the beautiful patterns on the Penguin scores. There is an exhibition of her work at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft until the 29th April 2018. Click here for more information!
And on the 8th of March I am in conversation with Penguin Art Director John Hamilton. We will be giving a unique insight into the craft of designing a book cover. If you are interested in joining us click here for more information!
Le renard et l'étoile was shortlisted for the Prix Sorcières!! Fox was published in France by Gallimard last year and has been getting a lot of love. I was so honoured to be shortlisted for this award. Go Fox!
I designed a new cover for Carlo Rovelli's latest book, The Order of Time.
Due to be released later this year.
Stamp Garden is going to be released on March 20 this year!
I worked with the super Princeton Architectural Press to create a series of rubber stamps.
Grow your own garden with this charming box of twenty-five wood-backed stamps and two coloured stamps.
Click here to find more!
I have been busy writing a new book that is due out on August the 31st, 2018. This time I have been deep underground learning about earthworms and high in the sky learning about birds. This is a fable about being in the moment and how the smallest encounters in the day are often the most beautiful. I can be guilty of ignoring these tiny beautiful slices of time because I am too busy getting on with the next task. And like the worm in the story I need to remember to stop, look and cherish these moments before it is too late. This book is a timely reminder to myself and hopefully others to enjoy the wonders of the world around us.
Find the hardback here!
9 November 2016 to 29 January 2017
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; free
I Am Acrylic made a new range exclusively for the William Morris Gallery's Fox exhibition. The designs are based on the illustrations in my book The Fox and the Star. There are more Fox goodies available from book marks to note books.
William Morris Gallery Fox exhibition
This exhibition will tell the fascinating story of how The Fox and The Star was conceived and produced, with original illustrations and rarely seen proofs. Taking inspiration from William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, every physical detail of this modern classic, from the cloth binding to the carefully chosen paper has a ‘definite claim to beauty’.
The exhibition will appeal to all ages, from serious book lovers to families who will be able take part in hands-on activities. William Morris’s Kelmscott Press edition of Reynard the Fox, one of Coralie’s key inspirations, will also be on display.
Kindly supported by Fullers Builders, Walthamstow
Photography by Tom Lehman