Welcome to the my blog. My name is Lucy Farfort i'm a freelance illustrator & designer maker. This is where you can find out what i've been up to of late, read my attempts at a decent post & the rantings of a visual addict. Hope you like it. You can contact me to say 'hi' by email on lucy@lucyshappyplace.com
If you would like to take a look at my work (& i would very much like you to) please visit my site:

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Celebrate in style

The Make and Mend Market is now the grand old age of two and to celebrate we’re having an extra special market event this Sunday 28th March. This will be at the new time of 12noon - 5pm in our homeland of the Star and Shadow Cinema, Ouseburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2NP, UK.

We’ll have 20 stalls of goodies for you to feast your eyes on from some of the best creative local talent as well as a host of vintage and 2nd hand traders offering you some retro bargains. Heres a sneaky peek at some of the sellers we’ll have this time round:

  • Black Flame books will be in residence with a huge variety of 2nd hand literature for all you book worms out there.
  • Pinnies for Hinnies will be offering their handmade retro chic aprons for the domestic goddess in your life.
  • Dolls and Molls offering their super-cute kitsch accesories and jewellery.
  • Artist Emma McClaughlin offering her beautiful original artwork.
  • Alan Edge will be bringing his great taste in music in the form of all things vinyl.
  • Louise Bradley will be setting up shop with her enormous array of uber-cool retro and vintage homeware.
  • Vintage fashion from Coco Love Boutique.
As well as the usual fab stalls we’ll also be bringing some nibbley snacky things to get you in the party mood. Plus we also have a number of guest musicians playing which we're really excited about. Phil Tyler & friends will be serenading us with their beautiful brand of alternative folk and we've just had confirmation that Emil Friis from Copenhagen, a wonderful Folk / Blues / Country artist who is currently touring the UK will also be doing a set.
Also we have some members of the Monster Ceilidh Band giving us a tune as well as Staggering' John Lee and his guitar. The bands will be on some time after 2.30pm.

Entry is free as always so people can come see some fantastic bands as well as scope out the local creative talent an grab a 2nd hand retro/vintage bargain.

Visit our Facebook group for more info: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=8254673140&ref=ts

Sunday, 21 March 2010

New t-shirt design and Ammo magazine submission

Yippee! I've finished my new t-shirt design and potential Ammo Magazine submission (just in time for the deadline tomorrow).
The design is called 'Work Together' and i guess the moral is its not the size that matters its what you do with it that counts....ha ha (oo er Mrs).
I hope it doesn't need explaining but in case it does - basically all the little monsters have come together to vanquish the bigger monster who's trying to eat them...or something like that ;)
Hope you like it. Feel free to leave comments i am especially interested to know whether you think the message in the illustration is clear i.e. do you understand what's going on without an explanation.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Sneaky peek at my unfinished tee design

Couldn't resist putting up this preview above of my new t-shirt design which i'm still working on. This is also going to be a submission to Ammo magazine (if its finished in time anyway).

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Exciting things to come

These last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I've been doing so many things-
  • Finished a pencil case tutorial which you can see on: Folksy.
  • I've set up shop on Etsy (click to see) which will mainly be selling artwork and my t-shirts.
  • Had a stall at Make & Mend Market which was fab. You can see more about it on Facebook.
  • Working on a submission for ammo magazine which will also be a new t-shirt design. There will be more info on this to come.
  • Done the poster for the next market which is (if i do say so myself) very cute. Here it is:

AND most importantly i'm almost ready to launch my first giveaway which i'm very excited about. There will be a chance for everyone to win the pencil case in my tutorial (mentioned previously) along with a beautiful glossy print of my 'Whale and Me' illustration shown below and a very funky shopper bag which i've customised with my Robot Love design. I actually thought bout keeping it myself ;).

In the next few days i will be posting info about this so keep you eyes peeled and find out how you can be entered into the prize draw.


Thursday, 4 March 2010


Images of me posing like a muppet....oh the things i do for art:

Inspired by some photos of Twinkie Chan modelling her t-shirt (check out her fab work on Etsy), i decided to re-take pictures of my t-shirts with me modelling them properly rather than the headless shots i'm currently using on my website
Hence the above photos of me pulling silly poses whilst modelling my tees.

Okay so its not as cool as Twinkie Chan but hey I think it works much better and gives a better idea of what the t-shirts look like on.
Thanks to my dear old Dave for taking the photos on my crappy camera and putting up with me umming and arring and generally being indecisive over the million & 1 (well it certainly felt that way) different shots he took. It was worth it i the end.....it think :/

I would love to hear what you think and whether or not you feel these shots work better than the ones on my site. So please feel free to comment.