Friday, 9 November 2012

Wildlife Photos

Some gorgeous photos of my Wildlife at Lost and Found Festival in Manchester.
A long overdue post!
Photos are by Sam Ryley -

Sunday, 23 September 2012


Getting ready for Lost and Found Festival.


Lost and Found

Lovely little mention of my show 'Wildlife' in CityLife's article about Lost and Found Festival.

Check out the L&F shows here:

Follow @lostfoundfest on Twitter!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Ready and Waiting

This is just a quick post about a collaborative project I'm working on with Leap (Lancaster Emerging Arts Platform). 'Leaping Out' brings together a dozen or so artists (including visual artists, performers, producers, a sound engineer and a 'crazy computer man') to create new work over the course of one week, culminating in a public event at The Dukes theatre on Saturday 22nd September.

The theme is 'Ready and Waiting'.
Which is pretty much how I feel about my life/career right now. Bring it on.

Find out more about Leap here:
Or book free tickets for the event here:

Facebook event:

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Lost and Found, Victoria Baths, Etsy

I'm very pleased and excited to be working on developing a performance for this year's Lost and Found Festival in Manchester. Not giving too much away just yet, but keep an eye out for some very peculiar animals out and about around the city on the 27th September!

Lost and Found Festival runs from the 26th to 28th of September and there will be all sorts of exciting happenings around the city.

After a short break to... well, graduate, panic and relax, I hope to crack on more with my 'Wildlife' book from now on, so watch this space!

Ill be leading a craft workshop at Victoria Baths in Manchester on Sunday 5th August, at the open day. If you're in the area, do pop in and say hello! It's a beautiful building and Olympic highlights will be being screened, and you can make a special felt medal with me! Details can be found on the Victoria Baths website.

I also have a new Etsy store up and running, with a few rather nice items you can purchase if you are so inclined! It can be found here and features these handsome fellas...

Monday, 16 July 2012

Animal Stew now available on Amazon!

Animal Stew is an anthology of short stories about animals, from MA writers at MMU.

Myself, some of my lovely coursemates and a few other artists created the illustrations and the book was launched at Manchester Children's Book Festival.

It's now available to buy online here: and it's rather lovely!

My illustration for Turtles Don't Tap by Iris Feindt

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Painting of The Dresden Dolls to get rid of!

I'm trying to get rid of some old work. Much of it has ended up in the recycling, but I feel this painting is better than that.

If anyone is interested in buying it, please contact me via laniirving[AT]hotmail[DOT]co[DOT]uk

Monday, 2 July 2012

New drawing

New drawing, pencil with acrylic paint on paper. Bits of face and geometric shapes. 
My first attempt to unite my love of drawing and my love of pattern.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Life After Embroidery

So, I handed all of my coursework, portfolio and journal in for assessment on the 30th May. Following that, Rosa (Zoo Case Theatre) and I had a last-minute push with 'The Creature Chronicles', performing at Strummercamp on the 2nd June.

So, between handing in and putting up my degree show next week, I have a little time to reflect.

I think the biggest surprise for me has been feeling like the hand in isn't the end of the project - there's a lot more I want to do leading on from the work I produced. I always assumed that by the end of third year I'd be ready, with work that was ready, to say, "Hello World, this is what I do!". But I'm not, and I'm happy about that. I still have a lot to figure out, which is great because it means I'm fully intent on developing my practice further, pushing myself and seeing what else I can apply myself to.

It feels like a starting point, but a really promising one (unlike starting points in more minor projects). There's a lot I want to do, and that excites me.

  • I want to look at applying my work to print design. All this year I've been looking at kimono designs a lot, and there's a really narrative and playful quality to a lot of the print design (particularly for children's kimonos), and I can imagine my own work being applicable to this.
  • Painting. I've dabbled a little in painting this year, but in previous years I've done more and I used to love it. But I've never delved deep enough into it to even get reasonably good at it, so I'd like to invest some time in that.
  • Drawing. I love drawing, and it features a lot in my work. But lately it's always been part of something else, and I think it would be really beneficial to immerse myself in just drawing for a bit, spend some quality time with pencil and paper and focus on portraiture and architecture - things I've often wished I was better at drawing.
  • Theatre. I think Zoo Case Theatre has unrealised potential, and I'd like to spend some time developing this.
  • I'd also like to do some more hand embroidery, because I know I'm pretty decent at it, but I've neglected it lately.
Hopefully I will find some time to do these things, but I have to find a way of making a living. I have a summer job coming up, working with 16 year olds on the NCS project, which should be amazing, and will hopefully lead to more opportunities.

Reaching this point feels so different to how I imagined it would. I thought I'd be terrified. I'm not. 
I see all my shortcomings as opportunities to better myself, as opportunities for future achievement.

Basically, what I've realised, is there was never any rush to get everything done before graduation. I hopefully have a long life ahead of me, and I intend to fill that life with learning.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Degree Show!

Apologies for the flyer, I made it in MS Paint this afternoon...

Click the image to enlarge and read all the details. More info also at

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A Walk in the Park

Now extended! The quality is poor, but this is a fun exercise and another way of doodling character ideas. I think I'd like to try and learn to animate properly in the future. But for now, this will do!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Duck animation

Short and scruffy, as usual! Been animating with paper again. I think I'll probably add another scene tomorrow.  Also, accidentally got my hand in one of the frames, so must take that out!

Monday, 30 April 2012

Mister Hope, and I have a cold

Feel like I haven't been posting much work of my own lately - perhaps because I haven't done much since Weds as I am a groggy disgusting beast with tissue permanently fixed to my face. Ohhh welll!

So, here's someone much more productive than I am: Mister Hope! I met him at Thought Bubble last year and he's a nice chap with some rather marvellous work, which you can check out here on his website!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Rhino Escape Practice

... that would probably be a good name for a band.

Anyway, we all wonder how zoos must prepare for terrible instances such as rhino escape, don't we? Don't we?! Maybe not, but I'm certainly glad I found out anyway.

Tokyo zoo staff did a rhino escape practice run with a massive paper mache rhino! I hope that this is a common thing amongst zoos, with a variety of animals, so perhaps I can put my paper mache animal skills to good use and forge a career in fake zoo emergencies.

I watched this video on mute whilst I was listening to 'Waterloo' by Abba. It was a match made in heaven.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ducky display

Work in progress! Idea for mask display.

The owl for the Zoo Case Theatre show is pretty much finished.