Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Hello Again

Hello again! I'm sorry about being so rubbish in blogging recently! It's shocking really and to be completely honest, I just forgot! A lot of things have been going on in the little world of Joanne Hawker. So, what has been going on?

I've made a new blog more geared towards my own work so that I don't bore everyone so much on here. Its also a place where I can upload PDF's etc to allow me to produce free downloads of various bits and pieces. There were a few over Christmas and hopefully some more over the coming year. I'm also in the process (currently just the thinking stage) of making a new online shop! But knowing me it will take forever to make. If you fancy having a nose at my new blog you have a looksy here:

I've also been working on various projects for people. The biggest perhaps is/was for the International Bee Research Association. I have designed an Education Pack for Primary School Children! And recently attended the Bee World Launch Party where it was finally released to the public and to the schools! That was a very exciting and scary day! Seeing all those hours of hard work come to life was pretty amazing and the size of the banner blew me away! It was huge!

Over Christmas, I had bit of a reshuffle of my shop too. I decided that I didn't like the prints in my shop anymore and so I designed some new ones... 9 in fact! They are all full of positive messages and just happy happy happy. I do intend on designing a whole range of prints for children too but I've found some other products that seems to have taken priority first.

Over the past week or so I've managed to hit the 100 order mark on etsy, which, for me is incredible because I gave up on that little shop and tried to close it not once but twice. I signed up to Etsy mentor month and have completely turned it around. Its only little steps still but I'm so happy with how its come along. To celebrate this I am actually having a giveaway! You can win one of the prints above, its your choice which! All you have to do is pop over to my page and use the Rafflecopter app to register your entry. The only requirement is that you're a fan of my facebook page. Its pretty simple really. And considering Valentines day is only just around the corner its a pretty good deal if you win, free valentines day present right there! Here is a link incase you don't know of my little page:

I will try to be better at this blogging lark and try to get back into it as much as I used too. I can't make any promises but I will try not to leave it this long again! I hope all of you lovely people are well and thanks for sticking with me for this long :)

Friday, 15 November 2013

Market Night

Hello lovely folks of Origami Chicken! Here are the details about the Market Night and the raffle! Market Night will be on the 21st November at 8pm! All you have to do is pop along to my facebook page ( at 8pm time to take advantage of some great bargains, discounts and freebies. To enter the raffle to win one item of your choice from my shop for free all you have to do is share the image pinned to the top of my facebook page! I will then take all the names of the shares, pop them in a hat and pick a winner the following day! Its as simple as that! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 11 November 2013

John Lewis Christmas 2013 - The Making of the Bear and the Hare

John Lewis 'The Bear & The Hare' - The Making Of from Blink on Vimeo.

Did you know that the new John Lewis Christmas Advert was actually created using a painstaking long technique called stop motion? (a filming technique in which successive positions of objects (such as clay models) are photographed to produce the appearance of movement). These guys sure are talented and no wonder it cost them an absolute fortune to make. Take a little peek behind the scenes and see how they brought the magic together.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

John Lewis Christmas Advert - The Bear and The Hare

Its fair to say that John Lewis REALLY know what they're doing when it comes to making adverts. I just fall in love with them because they're so thoughtful, heart warming and just make you feel good inside. Clever marketing or what? Anyway, this advert is no different as its just wonderful plus it features my favourite things... Woodland creatures! If you haven't seen it already have a watch and see what you think.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Can you help?

I realise that at the moment I run the risk of becoming super boring. I decided that I no longer have a chance with the competition as a competitor managed to rack up over 350 votes in less than 24 hours and its far to say that I don't even have that many friends on facebook.

Therefore I have entered something that is a bit more meaningful to my small business. For the last few months I have been toying with the idea of purchasing a badge machine which will allow me to create a whole array of new products. Not only can it make badges but it can make fridge magnets, pocket mirrors and bottle openers. The main reason I want to buy one is so that I can make personalised badges for childrens birthday cards. I've wanted to get into the greeting industry for some time and I think that this is a lovely way in. When I was younger the best cards always had cool badges.

This time you don't even have to like the page doing the competition. All you have to do is the click the big fat blue 'Vote for us' button like you can see in the image above. You can do this once a day if you like but I'd be super duper grateful even if you only do it once. I'm trying to do the best for my business and I'm really really sorry if I bore you in the process.

This is the link should you wish to help me hopefully move forward!
Many thanks in advance :) xx

Monday, 28 October 2013 Christmas Competition!

I know I've been really naughty and have neglected this blog a little bit but I kinda need your help please! I've created these lovely little foxes licking the snow as it falls down. Yum yum yum! If you could spend one moment voting that would be rather wonderful :)

All you have to do is click on the link below this text. You will have to like's facebook page and then you can click on the vote button to the right like you see in the image above! Make sure its the vote button and not the like button below the image because that doesn't count :(

See heres the link!

Many many mannnnnnnnny thanks if you do decide to vote for me, it means a lot!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Interview - Sue Forey

As you may or may not know, back in September I took part in Etsy's mentor month and was paired with the lovely Sue Forey. Sue is a textile artist who lives in rural Wales on her own farm. One of the great things about Sue is that she makes her own felt from the fleeces of her own sheep. Everything about her work is completely her own is properly hand made which not everyone can boast about!

Here's a little more about Sue:

1. Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I've always enjoyed drawing and 'making things' but actually it never occurred to me that anyone would want to buy something I made until about 10 years ago. So the answer really is no.

2.How long have you been running your own business?
I have been selling my work locally for about 9 years but only full time for 2 years.

3 What inspired you to open your online shop?
When my youngest daughter got to an age that she was independent I had more time and decided to give it a go.

4.What part of your business to you enjoy the most and the least?
I enjoy the creative process and interacting with customers the most. The worst parts are the paperwork but I think my real bug bear is wrapping things up to be posted.

5. How do you get inspiration for your images?
Most of my work is inspired by the landscape around me. I like to portray it in a playful manner to put a smile on peoples faces. Sometimes though it can be a memory or just a colour.

6. Do any other artists inspire you?
Yes my favourites are Helen Elliot, Moy Mackay and Deanne Fitzpatrick.

7. Which is your favourite item in your shop and why?
I think I like the picture of a ginger cat running past a stone cottage and a sheep trying to climb over the wall best.
At first glance it just looks like a naive landscape but when you look more closely you can see the humor.

8.What would you like to be doing 10 years from now?
Exactly the same as I'm doing now but better!

9. Where else can you be found on the web?

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Digital Arts

I completely forgot about this and just discovered my little foxes over on the Digital Arts page! To read all of the other tips pop across to Digital Arts on this page.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Owl and the Pussy Cat Seconds Sale

I promised another seconds sale and so here it is! Many of you will know that I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect paper for some time and in doing so have done a lot of printing. I have a selection of my latest Owl & the Pussycat print up in this seconds sale. These prints vary quite a lot. Some of them are on matt and some are on gloss. Some have small ink bleed marks, some have slight glue marks and others have tiny lines on them where the wrong print settings were applied (see the image for examples) All have a white border around the edges. If anyone would like to take one of these off of my hands they are only £4 each with FREE Delivery (free delivery for UK only). These are non returnable/non refundable and of a limited availability. Please message me with questions or to purchase.

Pop over to my facebook to message me! :)

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Save our Royal Mail

Have you found time to sign this petition yet? If you can spare a few moments to have a little read through the page and sign the petition I'd be ever so grateful. The privatisation of this service is a disaster waiting to happen and could have a dramatic impact on small businesses living in rural areas. We have already lost our post office and I don't fancy losing the daily collections either. Lets face it, who ever buys into it will only want the most profitable areas such as towns and cities. Why mess with something that already works?

Click the image above to go to the petition page or just click the link below: