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In August I have my first exhibition of print and illustration work at One Cafe in London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea. Amongst other pieces, I’ll be exhibiting a series of water colours of ‘The Weeds of St Leonards’ and this is the first weed – very visible at the moment, growing happily in the mortar of most front garden walls. Others will follow, including Green Alkanet and Herb Robert (aka Stinking Bob)!

Every year there is a construction challenge held in Alexandra Park for local school students to work with local building companies to create a mini-building in a day. I was asked to refresh the logo for the event and create a flyer and posters to encourage people to come attend the event and watch the teams build their structures. This year a french team is also involved, as part of an Eco Fab Interreg project.

I have worked as a designer for the Sara Lee Trust for several years. The newsletter comes out twice a year and is always jam packed with information. This edition has over 8,000 words in 8 A4 pages – it’s no mean feat to get it looking attractive and pleasant to read! You can look at the whole newsletter here.

I also worked on the re-design of the Trust’s website, working in WordPress. This was my first major website design commission, and I worked collaboratively with Sarah Macbeth and Two States web development. We produced a simple content managed website and trained the admin team at Sara Lee Trust to manage the site. It was a brilliant example of a low-budget but highly effective web site. Check it out here.

 This is an illustration from a pack of playing cards I designed a few years ago. It was the jacks that inspired the pack: Jack-in-the-Green for Spades; Jack the Lad in burberry for Diamonds; Jack the Lady Boy for Hearts and, appropriately, the Jack of Clubs was the Cerne Abbas Giant. This weekend, Hastings goes mad for Jack… find out more by visiting the official Jack-in-the-Green website.

Designer Erica Smith, Editor Cath Tajima-Powell

Well, here’s my first attempt to share an Issuu digital magazine – let’s see what happens – can you see anything if you click here?

Not specifically a professional commission, but an illustration piece that I like. Drawn in response to BNP candidates standing in Hastings in recent local elections. I’m delighted to say that they got nowhere special fast. Even though I did this illustration several years ago, it’s still topical – election day is today!

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