Following the success of my 2021 ‘Pole to Pole’ calendar, my self produced 2022 edition featured work from my series of illustrations produced digitally, brought to life in printed form. Intended to raise awareness of some of our favourite native wildlife, which are now listed on the IUCN ‘red list’ of endangered species.
My illustrations were drawn during the winter ‘lockdown’ as a self-initiated project using completely digital methods, trying to emulate 1950s era matchbox aesthetics, with a simplified colour palette and hand made traditional print making techniques.
After an agonising selection process, 12 illustrations were finally selected and printed on a heavyweight recycled card, the first run of calendars was sold locally at ‘Pop up Art Cambridge’ and at Snape Maltings’ Lettering Arts Trust gift shop.
I was approached by the Mammal Society to collaborate and donate a portion of sales of the calendar, and other works from the range (greeting cards and prints) featuring mammals. I was absolutely thrilled to oblige, as conservation is a subject very close to my heart. The charity and their outreach efforts are absolutely crucial in educating people in the need to save our native species, with numbers in rapid decline. This can only be slowed, and hopefully reversed by encouraging people and businesses to reconsider disruptive and destructive actions which are destroying crucial habitats in the UK.
With enormous thanks to friends, family and shoppers at trade stalls over Christmas, these calendars sold out in early 2022.