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ikea pitch

This is from sometime last year… for a (winning) pitch to Ikea, to turn unused and run-down urban areas in London into communal eating and relaxing areas, using their furniture.

E G Y P T

Cambridge isn’t great for art and museums (in my opinion… if you love old crockery and swords then it’s probably heaven on earth) but the Egyptian section of the Fitzwilliam is EXCELLENT. I am always amazed by the incredible patterns and also how they’ve stayed intact for thousands of years. Here are sketches of some hieroglyphs and a wonderfully intricate sarcophagus.

Boots part deux

Following on from my last blog post, my illustrations are now online at Boots.com too!

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Boots magazine

I’ve had a full page illustration and spot illustrations published in the spring issue of Boots Health & Beauty  magazine, for an article called What’s your trigger?. It features little things that wind us up wayyy too much in everyday life, including my personal favourite nemesis, the spinning beachball of doom. You can pick one up for free in Boots stores.

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website update

Hello folks! You can find my new updated website at nicfarrell.com – more recent work, more relevant work, and a vicious culling of old work, one of my favourite pasttimes. Here’s an illustration of shop signs from Berlin from last year. As ever, to get in touch, email me at nclfarrell@gmail.com.

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films

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I am pretty lousy at a) watching films and b) remembering anything that has happened in them, so in 2016 I vowed to up my game and watch a ‘new’ film every week, which I nearly achieved. If you’re interested – She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a great documentary about the second wave of feminism, Goodnight Mommy is creepy and terrifying in a Funny Games kind of way, and Tale of Tales is a massive waste of three hours. Out the way Peter Bradshaw! I’ve got some THOUGHTS.

Illustrated map featured in They Draw & Travel’s new book!

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I’m pleased to announce that my map of my hometown Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire (see below) is featured in the new book 96 Illustrated Maps of the UK, Ireland and Iceland by the wonderful Nate and Salli at They Draw & Travel (see also They Draw & Cook – illustrated recipes aplenty). You can buy it on Amazon. Oh look, just in time for Christmas.

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Christmas fair TOMORROW!

Hello Cambridge folk,

Tomorrow I will be selling my wares/making awkward chit-chat at the Christmas fair held at the big fancy new C3 Church, Brooks Road/Coldhams Lane (opposite Sainsbury’s). Come along! I’ll be selling cards, prints and a selection of Hot Yoghurt t-shirts, Christmas jumpers, tote bags and sketchbooks. It’s on from 1-6 and there’s mulled wine and food vans outside in case you’re a heathen who can’t set foot on holy ground.

email down :(

My usual email (hello@nicfarrell.com) is temporarily unavailable – please use nclfarrell@gmail.com for the time being.

bye summer

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a little summer pattern that I might turn into cards/wrapping paper when I get the chance.

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TAKE ONE / Cambridge Film Festival 2016

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This year, alongside producing what felt like a million tote bags, I had the pleasure of designing the Take One review zine – a departure from my usual work and an odd sensation not to be constantly drawing and scanning. Three different sixteen-page editions are produced over the eight-day festival with contributions from reviewers, Cambridge 105 film critics, student writers and weirdly a film-themed sudoku.

Cambridge Film Festival 2016

My illustrative/screenprinting side project Hot Yoghurt made this year’s Cambridge Film Festival tote bags – currently on sale at Festival sites around the city. There are only 50 and each one is painstakingly lovingly printed by hand so pop down before they sell out!

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found this in an old sketchbook from a trip to italy, 2010

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For those of you local to Cambridge, my greetings cards are now stocked in Urban Larder, Mill Road.