Here's to a little extra romance this weekend...

Ink wash illustration of two white rabbits in a hutch. Edward Underwood for Lisa Jones Studio


Edward Underwood's Illustration of exuberant bird splashing in bird bath for Lisa Jones Studio 

Being surrounded by kiddie-mess isn't always a drawback, the boy's Ikea felt-tips made perfect droplet shapes on this Bird Bath illustration last week!


Handmade drum lampshade illustrated with duck and chicks swimming in the rain

Handmade drum lampshade illustrated with fox and cub 
Sometimes I get so busy trying to flog things that I actually forget to blog things! Here are some of the new styles of drum shades we've been making recently. Huge gratitude to Jane Warren who invented the humble lampshade… okay, maybe that's a slight overstatement, but she certainly gave us the idea after crafting a super-cute shade from our Forest gift wrap.

Handmade drum lampshade illustrated with monkey in the jungle

Handmade drum lampshade illustrated with lion in the jungle


Half-built roof on postmill conversion, Malling Mill, Sussex Downs, 2015
As the roof rises on our home, so does the budget. Gulp!


Jump for Joy!

Old friend Matthew Bickley made the resurgence of our clubbing days even less likely with the birth of his gorgeous son, Cassius. Even when sending congratulations I kept one eye on business, making sure I took snaps of their card. Who knows, this kangaroo may just jump its way right into our range!


Spent the new year visiting much missed friends in the nation's capital and took in the Sigmar Polke retrospective at Tate Modern on a particularly quiet Sunday. It was every bit as good as I hoped. Odd to see the originals of works you've known so well in reproduction.


Extra pleased that these arrived from Melt Chocolates in good time for Christmas. The reindeer box is the latest in a string of fuss-free collaborations. A pity it got a teensy bit damaged in the mail, but it's nothing compared to the carnage we'll make of the contents tomorrow.

Season's greetings y'all!


Ply Guy

Laser cut ply and Earthborn water-based dye

One "great" thing about having your house turned into a building site is that you can go in at the weekend, make a right old mess and not even bother to clear up! What used to be our living space made and excellent place to drip-dry 100 dip-dyed robin's breasts. Laser cut from 3mm ply, they're this year's Christmas send out.

Plywood Christmas robin maquette 2014, side

Plywood Christmas robin maquette 2014, 3/4 rear

Plywood Christmas robin maquette 2014, package


I don't get to read as much as I'd like so sometimes a graphic novel can be pretty handy (let's face it, they're not as demanding as their wordy counterparts). I love Brecht Evens' sumptuous and inky gorgeousness, but lately I've had a craving for content that only women's work will satisfy!

Roz Chast's "Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?" and Vanessa Davis' "Make Me a Woman" both had their moments, but "Probably Nothing" by Matilda Tristram is simply wonderful throughout. Now I'm a full-on fan, I'd recommend it to anyone… loudly!


4 charity Christmas card designs: Partridge, Forest, Robins and Yule Log Shack
As the season gets into its full festive stride, it's been nice walking past our local Paperchase and seeing some of our commissioned designs in the window. None of Paperchase's in-house styles credit the artists though (I should hang around in-store, telling people 'til I get turfed-out).

The Sledging Penguin's still looking strong and the Resplendent Reindeer's survived a bit of extra bling to the baubles, but my favourites are these four woodcut designs for the cube packs… I mean, 24 cards, what a bargain!


Shady Characters

25cm drum lampshade with jungle pattern from Lisa Jones Studio

25cm drum lampshade with jungle pattern from Lisa Jones Studio

We're planning a couple of more styles of these drum shades and hoping to streamline the assembly stage (i.e. get a bit quicker at making 'em). Edward made the zig-zag base prototypes by hand and, even by his own admission, they took ages. First job for the new year: cost their properly mechanised manufacture!

25cm drum lampshade with strawberry pattern from Lisa Jones Studio

25cm drum lampshade with strawberry pattern from Lisa Jones Studio


Other Animals

Popped through the super-swish sliding door of Victoria Miro on Saturday to see a collection of Alice Neel paintings, My Animals and Other Family. I figured it'd be a child-friendly show, and it was. Almost!


Hang About!

Hand-printed Hedgehog character garment hanger from Lisa Jones Studio

Hand-printed Hound character garment hanger from Lisa Jones Studio

Hand-printed Mole character garment hanger from Lisa Jones Studio 
Some of the things we make have a ridiculous labour-to-profit ratio, maybe one day we'll find that UK manufacturer to make all our dreams come true. These new children's garment hangers are a pretty good example but, boy, do we love 'em... it's especially rewarding when someone notices the mole's Le Corbusier specs!

Hand-printed Hedgehog character garment hanger from Lisa Jones Studio


Confettii-like paper shards from spent firecrackers in the street. Lewes Bonfire 2014
I enjoy the aftermath of "Bonfire" here almost as much as the world famous mayhem which proceeds it. Every smoke stinky street is lined with the red paper of spent firecrackers and still smouldering stacks of discarded torches. You gotta hand it to the townsfolk, they know how to go collectively nuts on one night a year… or two, if you count the canon they discharged on my street at 6am!


I know it's Halloween and all, but I was still ill-prepared for the horror of seeing our little roundhouse without a roof today. That's me standing frightened among the builders who assure us that, from now on in, they'll be more and not less to look at. Pity you can't see my shoes though; they're wildly inappropriate!


I stopped visiting Frieze Art Fair when my generation started doing dinner after an opening instead of going dancing. Still, there's always a glut of great shows in the capital. Kai Althoff at Michael Werner is simply something else; if you're near marble arch you could do worse than check it out.

Also made it to our old friend's show at Hanmi Gallery, Maple Street. There's something so romantic about Tom Gidley's palette right now, though I'm not sure he'd thank me for saying as much. Here's his recent painting of Edward (Mr Lisa Jones Studio). Behind the ceramics, it even looks a little like him... must be that dark-ringed eye area.


With so many new styles in the range last season I thought I could maybe cool off on the card designs for a while. Still, here's a redrawn version of our ancient Pet Box and a cute-as-a-button inky sunshine for new babies.


Thanks to Bernard Lodge for forwarding comps to The Brighton Art Fair. I’ve never been before but I wouldn’t pass-up the chance to see more of his splendid work so I headed down with our truculent and restlessly wriggly toddler.

Last year we bought an abstract map print and we’ve got a keen eye to a couple of others, only right now we’re pouring resources into a build and heaping stuff into storage for six months!

Like his wife (the equally talented and prolific children’s illustrator, Maureen Roffey), Bernard is characteristically dismissive of his skills, but there’s still time for you to decide for yourself; the fair runs all day Sunday.

Please leave something for me!