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A little update…Top Drawer SS17 & hobnobbing with celebs!

Hi Guys,

I’ve been super busy and haven’t managed a blog update for a while – so I thought it was high time I filled you in on what’s been happening here at TM HQ…

Last week I headed to Olympia in London to return to Top Drawer for their SS17 trade show.

 

 

 

 

Top Drawer – Adventures in Design for Creative Retailers 

It was a brilliant few days – it was so nice to chat to loads of potential and current trade clients, as well as tons of other fabulously creative retailers. Anyone who has ever been to Top Drawer before will know that it can be a bit of a whirlwind experience, absolutely exhausting (especially when you’re a preggo like me!) but totally worth it!

I was blessed with lots of orders, commissions and bespoke commissions – which means you’ll be seeing 25 new prints between now and baby Cross’ arrival in May – no rest for this pregnant lady!

Excitingly, this season’s Top Drawer turned out to be a star studded one too – with the lovely Rick Stein visiting my stand and admiring my brand new Padstow print. It was really brilliant to chat to him, as I have admired his cookery programmes and restaurants for many years…coincidentally I had posted a personalised Padstow print to him just the day before Top Drawer, and he was chuffed to learn one would be winging its way to his flagship restaurant The Seafood Restaurant within a few days.

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As well as Mr Stein I also had a visit from Anthea Turner who showed lots of interest in my work and very kindly said “These are really beautiful, well done!”…I may have blushed just a little bit…and had a little pregnancy-related hormonal cry on the way home!

So folks, I’ll be giving the autumn/winter Top Drawer a miss in September as I’ll be knee deep in nappies, bottles and baby grows, but I’ll be back at Top Drawer in January 2018, so I hope to see you there!

In the meantime, make sure you sign up to my mailing list so that you don’t miss my updates, and give me a follow on my social media platforms too!

Tabitha x

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New prints, Top Drawer, MK Handmade & Vintage, PLUS exciting Press Coverage for TM!

BRAND NEW PRINTS….

Tower Bridge London Print by Tabitha Mary
Tower Bridge London Print by Tabitha Mary
Shoalstone Lido, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary
Shoalstone Lido, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary
Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London by Tabitha Mary
Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park, London by Tabitha Mary
Fishcombe Cove, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary
Fishcombe Cove, Brixham, Devon Print by Tabitha Mary

 

Berry Head, Brixham, Devon by Tabitha Mary
Berry Head, Brixham, Devon by Tabitha Mary

I’m so excited to introduce 5 new prints to the Tabitha Mary range this week…

Tower Bridge – London
Shoalstone Lido – Brixham, Devon
Pembroke Lodge – Richmond Park, London
Fishcombe Cove – Brixham, Devon

and finally,

Berry Head – Brixham, Devon

I hope you love them as much as I do – they’ve been so fun to create and do watch this space as there’s more newbies on the horizon…!

HANDMADE & VINTAGE FAIR – THIS WEEKEND! 

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Mr Tabitha Mary (Paul) and his lovely Mum will be holding the reins for me at this weekend’s MK Handmade & Vintage fair (10th & 11th September) in Middleton Hall in the MK:The Centre shopping centre, opposite John Lewis.

Be kind to them won’t you?

I’ll be busy in London at Top Drawer, Olympia…

TOP DRAWER, OLYMPIA

Top Drawer Olympia London
Top Drawer Olympia London

I’ll be exhibiting my prints at the fabulous TOP DRAWER in Olympia, London from Sunday 11th-Tuesday 13th September.

You can find me on stand SP220 in the Spotted section of the show!

I’ll look forward to seeing some of you there!

IN THE PRESS…

The Lady, 12th August 2016
The Lady, 12th August 2016 – featuring my Rio print!

 

 

 

My Rio de Janeiro print has been getting all the love recently…it was featured in the 12th August edition of The Lady magazine!

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Living Edge RIO print sept 2016
Living Edge RIO print sept 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Rio de Janeiro print was also featured in this month’s LIVING EDGE MAGAZINE… How exciting!!

WE HAVE A WINNER…

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#mytabithamary winner post

We have a winner for our latest #mytabithamary prize draw!

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to @JoMidgley72 who has been notified and will be claiming her prize soon.

Thank you to everyone who has been shouting about their Tabitha Mary purchases online, keep up the good work everyone and don’t forget to use the hashtag #MYTABITHAMARY to be entered.

THE COUNTY MAP PRINTS ARE BACK!

And there’s a new kid on the block…
North Riding of Yorkshire

As well as the old favourites:
Dorset
Buckinghamshire
Anglesey
Bedfordshire

North Riding North Yorkshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary
North Riding North Yorkshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary

Dorset County Map print by Tabitha MaryDorset County Map print by Tabitha Mary

Buckinghamshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary
Buckinghamshire County Map Print by Tabitha Mary

 

 

 

 

Anglesey County Map Print by Tabitha Mary
Anglesey County Map Print by Tabitha Mary

 

 

 

 

Bedfordshire County Map by Tabitha Mary
Bedfordshire County Map by Tabitha MaryThat’s all for now folks…
I’m off to finish prepping for Top Drawer and MK Handmade & Vintage this weekend! Busy! Busy!
TM xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annapurna, Nepal: A magnificent trip

In October 2014 I went to Nepal taking in the sites of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhuktapur, The Annapurna Massif and Chitwan National Park.

I begun the trip exploring Patan and Bhuktapur. Ancient areas of Nepal where the most traditional buildings, values and ways of life can be found. I was mesmerised by this beautiful country from the second I got there. The people are enchanting and friendly and the architecture is just absolutely stunning.

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I couldn’t believe it when exploring the jungle of alleys in-between the houses in Patan (truth be known, I was very lost and getting a little bit worried I wouldn’t find my way out!) I stumbled across a printers, screen printing the most wonderful papers. I just couldn’t believe my luck, how this lost print designer found a fellow printer in Nepal! Just one of those memorable moments.

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Other than exploring the major towns of Nepal my trip really evolved around the 4 day trek into the Annapurna foot hills, staying at the basic and wonderfully traditional tea houses along the route. From the moment our Gadventures group walked into the park the views were spectacular but the further we went in they just kept getting better! The route was undulating and at times really tough going; compared to my Kilimanjaro trek it was a walk in the park! But I hadn’t gone for a physical challenge but to simply explore.

The morning views had been fantastic throughout the trek, but on our final morning of the trek we woke up to the most spectacular view:IMG_9353IMG_9377

What a way to end our time in the mountains! The trip didn’t end there though as we set off for Chitwan National Park for a short safari tour.

I could write forever on my time in Nepal, the smells, sounds, views, culture, just everything about it is enchanting. My trip also signified a massive change in my life, it saw me quitting my full-time job as a Graphic Designer and stepping into the unknown world of self employment with my business ‘Tabitha Mary.’ A horrifically scary decision and step to make, but one I will never regret. I’ve had just the most fantastic year being self-employed and felt it was finally time to capture the place that focused my mind onto my new and exciting challenge ahead. The people I met there and sites I saw will never know how much they touched my life. I hope everyday that they are safe and well after the horrific natural disaster that struck in April 2015. The print captures that stunning view we woke up to on our last morning in the Annapurna National Park.

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If you have trekked in Nepal then like my Kilimanjaro print I can personalise this print for you, just drop me an email tabitha@tabithamary.co.uk to find out more.

TM x

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Escape to the Countryside & Explore our Coastlines

I am very excited that I am finally able to share these 2 new prints!

Back in November I was commissioned by Art Marketing who sell artwork to high street retailers to create two generic prints inspired by the old travel by rail posters.

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So… here they are! I hope you love them. I’m super pleased with them.

TM x

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The Suspension bridge print commissioned on Social Media!

The power of social media never fails to amaze me! But yesterday the most astonishing thing happened.Suspension Bridge, BEdford copy

I received an email from Katie who wanted me to do a print of the Suspension Bridge down on the Embankment in Bedford. She couldn’t afford to commission me, but was determined she wanted this print! So she went on Facebook and advertised the idea… After an astonishing response she came back to me with a list longer than my arm of people who also wanted to purchase this print and so I agreed to do the print for free.

As the demand was so high I got to it right away and today have barely stopped to breath! But the print is done! I’m super pleased with it and feels it sits alongside my Bedford Pavilion print perfectly.

I’ll pop up to the Pavilion tomorrow to display it there along with the rest of my exhibition, which is still up for 5 more weeks.

You can buy the new Embankment print HERE!

TM x