November 2011

A Great Big Happy Welcome to our New Artist

added 11th November 2011

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our newest artist, Lucy Monkman.

Lucy hails from lovely Yorkshire and her work largely involves line drawing and collage. Lucy has created a beautiful counting design especially for Happy Spaces and can be seen and purchased here. It is jam packed full of gorgeous things to look at and is certainly a statement piece - so go on have a look, we think it's pretty special!



Here Lucy tells us how she got started designing for children and who helps create her special designs:

"From childhood I have always loved drawing animals. This has increasingly led me to work on more projects for children. When I had my own children I really enjoyed creating images for them. From the artwork that I did for them I received commissions for the nurseries and bedrooms of other boys and girls. Now whenever I draw or collage a new animal I always ask my children if they can tell what it is and they are generally very patient in telling me the answer. They can also be quite diplomatic when a rabbit looks too like a mouse."

You can view Lucy's counting design here.

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Interview with an artist - Carla Daly

added 2nd November 2011


Every few weeks we’ll be interviewing one of our talented artists to give you a glimpse into their world of art and find out what, where or who provides them with that all important inspiration.

We’ll also be giving our customers a special discount on all designs by the featured artist at happyspaces.co.uk.

This week, we kick off our first interview with artist Carla Daly (pictured above) from Dublin. As a way of introducing this special feature we are offering a very, very special discount of 50% off all of Carla's designs for 2 weeks only (offer ends 16 November).

How would you best describe your style of art?

Fun, bold, colourful and childlike.

What is your most loved childhood memory?
My Mum telling me stories at bedtime. The best stories were always the ones she made up!

Who or what was your biggest influence in deciding to become an artist?
My Mother, she was an artist too. She created daily; creativity was just a way of life in my house.

Which artist do you admire the most?
Too hard to say, I really like a lot of artists, more recently I love the illustration work of Allan Sanders.

If you could recommend just one book for everyone to read what would it be?
For kids, I would recommend a series of books I illustrated with Roy Apps called "The Twitches", I read them to my kids and we all laugh so much.

If you could be a cartoon character for a day who would you be?
Fireman Sam, my kids would be soooo impressed with me!!!

What was your favourite toy as a child?
My Dad travelled a lot when I was a child and came back from America with a Big Bird from Sesame St. It was quite a unique thing to have back in Dublin in those days. I still have it and my kids play with it now.

What is your HAPPY SPACE?
My art studio. I recently moved house and converted my attic to an art studio, I have a balcony where I can see the river Liffey, the river that runs through Dublin city. It is a small studio but I love it.

View Carla's designs here and save 50% off her whole collection!

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