It’s very exciting but Jo and I will be exhibiting Playrama at the Spring Top Drawer 2015 Trade Show 11/13 January at Olympia in London. What is even more thrilling is that Freya is joining us with an exciting range of greetings cards, wraps and children’s sewing kits. If you are attending we would love to see you on stand Q44.
My latest printable Playrama is here! It’s Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole where everyone is busy making presents for Christmas. You can download the play set, print and cut it out to play with or use as a delightful Christmas decoration.
The set contains the following:
Santa (Of course!)
A decorated Christmas Tree
Rudy, Santa’s red nosed reindeer. (sister reindeer to the famous Rudolf who sadly is in bed this Christmas with a slight snuffle. Santa saw him sniffing and sneezing and thought he looked a bit peaky, so he suggested he have a nice hot honey and lemon and go to bed).Santa’s workshop. (The workshop is kept lovely and warm with the kettle on the stove ready for tea break. Santa’s little dog, Scooter, is fast asleep despite the banging and drilling noises of Santa’s hard at work helpers)
Lots of Helpers. (The Helpers are all busy packing presents and carrying them hither and thither, except that is for Peeps who is sitting on a bench. She got so excited about Christmas that Santa felt it was best if she took a few moments of rest, which is difficult because inky the cat wants a stroke.)
The set is very easy to cut out and represents fabulous Christmas value. If you were thinking you wish you had something unusual to send to distant relatives and friends this Christmas but were only confronted with the usual corporate tat, I reckon this Playrama is something special.
You can get it here
Have a great Christmas!
I’ve been working on new Playramas. Here’s a peep at Santa’s Workshop. We won’t have it ready for this Christmas (I know, but lead times are very long!) although I’m hopingt o get it up on my Etsy shop as a printable download in the next day or two.
Phew! I’ve just finished designing a Playrama poster to go into shops. Many thanks to Paul Leyland for his photo. I never realised but getting the right photos of children is fantastically difficult. Of hundreds shot just one or two really work where the subject is properly lit, has just the right expression, posture and all looks genuine, rather than staged. It’s all so much more than just pressing the shutter button. I take my hat off to photographers the world over!
It’s just creeping into September and we can just see Halloween and Bonfire night on the horizon. I thought about it because I came across a photo of the rough drawing for the Witches – Hovel, Playrama set. The shame is that in my process the roughs get rubbed out when I ink over them, and are generally lost to time as I usually forget to take a record scan. The Witches are my favourite Playrama set so far, mainly because I love spooky things, not totally hairy-scary, just funny fun. An example of this are some films by Tim Burton, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.
Here is the finished Witches Hovel Playrama just waiting to be opened up and played with. Some of the character ideas come form drawings I did as a child, such as Ben the spider. I think it was because it was easy, you just draw a black hairy ball, put some eyes and fangs on it and 8 hairy legs. Ben looks scary, but he isn’t really, in fact I imagine he’s just like a big puppy dog, who gets very excited when Dizzy and Jet are whizzing around the hovel on their broomsticks. I believe that he has been very useful spinning webs between trees so the witches can put their washing up to dry!