I did a little calligraphy job this week, for Van Cleef & Arpels in Hong Kong, for a press launch of their new collection. I hand-wrote place-cards for the invited journalists in a pretty, delicate style.I was also on location during the event, to write any cards for unexpected guests, and while I waited, I sketched the pretty PR ladies.

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Hong Kong

I’ve just arrived in HK and am loving being back in the warm weather. I spent a day wandering in Causeway Bay and Wanchai, soaking in all the sights and sounds, especially in the wonderfully noisy markets…Here’s how it looked on the day!

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This week, just a little sketch I did of an astroemeria flower I have on my desk.I was trying to concentrate on work and got distracted and thought I’d do a little drawing to get focussed…

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Jack London Park

This week I visited the Jack London State Historic Park near Sonoma. It was a beautiful day spent wandering along green paths and poking around in the museum and cottage. I went to the museum first, admiring all the artifacts the Londons brought back from their world travels……and then wandered into their farm. I loved the wide sweep of the green.I saw Jack’s studio where he wrote in their cottage, and their pretty garden. I bought a copy of one of his plays, and painted and sketched in it during my visit.I went to see the pig palace (!) and painted the delightful view of the vineyards.A lovely day, the only scary part being these signs everywhere. Luckily I didn’t see any snakes!

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wood paper box website

The collaborative printmaking and book arts project I’ve been working on with my friends Katie Baldwin and Yoonmi Nam has finally got its own website!It chronicles our two complete projects, the titular ‘wood paper box’, our most recent endeavour ‘alabama california kansas’, and our brand new project ‘(un)fold’.There are links to process blogs for each project,where you can read in depth about each artwork, and see photographs of shows we’ve put together and the meetings we’ve held. The chapter illustrations are my very own pen drawings, of our work and our portraits. Hope you’ll take the time to visit and let us know what you think!

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Japan map

I’ve been planning some trips for the year, and trying to decide where to go, so I’ve been looking through some of the old maps I did for Conde Nast Traveller for inspiration. I found this full page map of Japan in the cherry blossom…04-11ExpertsitineraryTR34110.pdfand am thinking it might be just the ticket!

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kung hei fat choi

A very happy Chinese new year of the rooster to you all! rooster

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women’s march

I want to share my love and support for everyone who is out this weekend marching, all over the world, showing that they care, about equality, diversity, and inclusion, and most especially about the future of the planet itself. We really all can make a difference.abigail for zine

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women who draw

I’m very proud to be a part of the women who draw website, an open directory of female professional freelance illustrators, artists and cartoonists. It was created by a group of women artists in an effort to increase¬†the visibility of female illustrators. You can read all about it here and in this VOGUE article and in this one in the Huffington Post.

This is my little lady illustration (recognise her from the Miss joker playing card?) that represents me on the site.ladyShe was even featured on the BBC news website this week, in an interview with the women who set up the site. I hope it will be a huge success. Thank you Wendy and Julia!

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Hope the year has started out well for you all. We had our Japanese New Year osechi meal at home…osechi-1and I made extra so we could have it again with a different set of friends…osechi-2Hope this year will be bountiful!

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