There were so many amazing guests at my ACOFI launch who didn’t come down to the afternoon tea party that it seemed only natural to ask some of the illustrators who were also not present during the daytime to illustrate some of them. Which is how I wound up with this merry bunch of beautiful pictures.
A couple were unsurprisingly enamoured of 6 Day Riot: Natsuki Otani (above) and Erica Sharp (below) show just how differently illustrators can see things.
6 Day Riot by Erica Sharp.
Lesley Barnes felt moved to illustrate the cake, but not on a table, oh no. On a head, where I feel it belongs rather nicely.
Lovely Yelena Bryksenkova (who alas did not make it at the very last minute due to snowy conditions in New York) took up the challenge of illustrating my boyfriend Tim Adey… resplendent in Liberty print shirt and waving aloft a dainty teacup.
Gemma Milly – also absent on a prolonged trip to Canada (the poor thing) illustrated the whole of my outfit, from Joanna Cave earrings, through Beautiful Soul cape, via Monsoon dress (ahem) down to Nina Dolcetti shoes. Splendid.
Faye West as well took up the challenge of rendering me in all my illustratory glory.
Jo Cheung fancied herself a bit of Robots in Disguise action. Love their hair. So changeable. But never ever boring. It’s been a long and beautiful relationship. Theirs, ours. You know. (They appeared in issue 1 of Amelia’s Magazine a long time ago…)
And then came back to render the lovely men who run Principal Colour in Kent. Voila, I introduce to you Alan Flack and Martin Darby, my printers extraordinaire. I’ve been working with them for seven years now and I will never stop telling people just how lovely they are… Amelia’s Magazine owes an awful lot to them. Hell, they even talk me through existential crises (Alan has found me in tears on more than one occasion).
Lisa Stannard did my parents Bruce and Ursula – who I barely even ran into over the entire night. But I hear they had fun which is all good.
And then she also did me together with Nicola Woods of Beautiful Soul, she who designed my wonderful shrug.
Natasha Thompson came up trumps with pictures of earth contributor Hannah Bullivant and bloggers Ellie Loughran and Koral Webb. Read Koral’s blog here: much kudos to her for asking her tutors if I can lecture at her University in March. Which I will be.
I got wind that Navaz Batliwalla of Disneyrollergirl had made it along to the launch although I didn’t get to meet her myself. I then found out that she “outed” herself just days later… there seems no better time to get her illustrated on the web. Here she is, by Katie Harnett.
Who also could not resist a bit of Prince Cassius action. And why the hell not?
Ani Saunders of The Pipettes decided to create her own version of Andrea Peterson’s front cover for ACOFI. Just love it.
Finally, Karina Yarv couldn’t resist herself a little bit of the action even though she wasn’t there, this wasn’t done from a party snap and she doesn’t appear in the book. Though doubtless she would have done if I’d met her earlier. Karina is just one of many illustrators who have done so much amazing work for Amelia’s Magazine in the past months. Thankyou so much, all of you, for being so so brilliant.
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6 Day Riot, Abigail Daker, ACOFI, Alan Flack, Amelia's Compendium of Fashion Illustration, Ani Saunders, Beautiful Soul, Cleide Carina, Courtney Blackman, Cyprus, Disneyrollergirl, Ellie Loughran, Emma Block, Erica Sharp, Faye West, Forward PR, Gareth A Hopkins, Gemma Milly, goodone, Hannah Bullivant, Illustration Rally, Jo Cheung, Joanna Cave, Karina Yarv, Katie Harnett, Kellie Black, Koral Webb, Lesley Barnes, liberty, Lisa Stannard, Martin Darby, Miss Pearl Grey, Monsoon, Mystery Jets, Natasha Thompson, Navaz Batliwalla, Nicola Woods, Nina Dolcetti, Prince Cassius, principal colour, Robots in Disguise, Sketchbook Magazine, Tamara Schlesinger, The Lovely Wars, The Pipettes, Will, Yelena Bryksenkova
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