I have talked a lot about my 2018 Northern Towns Calendar on social media but not all in one place. Therefore, I hope that this blog provides all the key information. So as to be as succinct as possible, I’ve used a Q&A approach.
What type of calendar is it?
It is a case calendar, ideal for desks and small spaces. It comes in a 116 x 135mm acrylic case. There are 14 cards (one for each month and a front and back) of 250gsm gloss artboard. They are full colour on one side and gloss laminated.
How have the images been selected
This year I have created a whole series of original painted illustrations called #ThisPlace and it is these images that have been used. You can read about them here: I am interested in creating a sense of place and occasion in my drawings and the images are all created in situ. This year I wanted to focus on towns rather than cities. Each month is a different Northern place, some are Cheshire, some Lancashire and some further afield but all are Northern Towns.
Several have specific stories associated with them. For example the image of Sale was created for the MadeForSale exhibition associated with Sale Arts Trail. I jointly won the Cave Framing prize with that one! GalleryOldham have bought my image of Oldham for their collection. The image of Bolton was provided to Paddy McGuinness for his Manchester Key 103 show on a Sunday morning. I have chosen the images for their fit as a collection and to cover a range of different locations and environments e.g. Hill Towns, market places, coastal location etc. The towns included are as follows:
Bolton, Clitheroe, Grasmere, Holmfirth, Kendal, Knutsford, Longridge, Oldham, Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall, Sale, Stockport, Todmorden and Whitby.
What type of illustrations are they?
All the illustrations are pen, ink and watercolour. I have created the majority of these by adding colour first then the ink linework. I do a lot of my work this way. A few, e.g. Whitby, Sale, have been done pen and ink first, with colour afterwards.
How much does the 2018 Northern Towns calendar cost
The Northern Towns calendar costs £15 Retail. If I am sending it to you in the post, then this is an additional £3 (UK) or please ask for international prices. If you would like a calendar sent as a gift then just provide me with the address details and information to be put onto the gift tag. I will wrap it and provide a handwritten note.
Where can I buy the calendar?
You can buy my Northern Towns Calendar (which makes a great present!) from me directly (please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can send you the calendar (or you can collect from my studio in Mossley). Alternatively, you can purchase from me at Sale Arts Trail Christmas bazaar on 9th and 10th December 2017 where I will have a stall selling #ThisPlace originals, prints and calendars. There are also several outlets selling the calendar. These include Royal Exchange Theatre Craft shop, St Ann’s Square, Manchester and Hearts for Homes, Ramsbottom. But hurry! These limited edition calendars are selling well!