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One of the reasons I enjoy ‘on the spot’ sketching is that it takes away your options. No time to overthink, to decide if the composition is correct or to adjust light … you’ve got no choice but to swiftly sketch what you see. Blink and the moments gone. So when John Hall asked me if I’d sketch his shop on Shrewsbury High Street it was just a case of finding the time.write here people

Write Here is one of the leading fountain pen shops in the UK, with an unmatched selection of fine and everyday pens including brands such as Visconti, Yard-o-Led, Lamy and Sailor Pens from Japan. They also stock stationery from Leuchtturm1917, Paperblanks and Crown Mill.


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In documenting what you see acceptance plays a big part… I was chatting when a theatrical looking lady with an equally distinctive hat passed by. For the most part people were kitted out in Scarves, hats, hoodies and a surprising amount of ruck sacs. Some of my pens ran out of ink so I was forced to use a marker pen until ink was replenished, you can’t ask people to wait while you refuel. As is often the case ‘mistakes’ or unintentional events can prove to be the making of a drawing.  I did manage to capture an array of characters out shopping on this sunny / chilly Saturday in February. Holed up in the ‘Write Here’ shop window facing inwards I had a nice little spot and a warm cup of tea, access to some of the best pens and paper… what more could a sketcher ask for.






Initially I was worried that sketching people browsing in a shop would prove more tricky than my usual coffee house … where quite often people remain relatively still for a moment or two. It was a pleasant surprise to discover people hover over the card section at ‘Write Here’ for some time … smiling, laughing and sharing the cards with the person stood next to them. There was a repetitive process of taking the card off the shelf smiling, turning it over and passing it to a friend. This gave me a warm fuzzy feeling knowing some of the cards were from the ‘Cherie did this’ range.


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I had taken my own selection of Lamy pens, at present I’m enjoying Lamy Joy with the 1.1mm nib because the nib makes slightly heavier lines plus the long shape of the pen is nice to hold and sketch with. John who owns ‘Write Here’ also entrusted me with Sailor King of Pens with the Eagle nib (Kiwi Guru) which was an amazing experience. I also used my Molotow water brush on occasion. Having used all my paper I switched to Clairefontaine (sold at Write Here) Graf it 90g…  I will definitely be using this paper again.


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Why do we consume ?

In a time when so many of us are tightening our belts why create more stuff. This has been playing on my mind since I launched Cherie did this. Everyday life can be tough…if I can bring a little happiness into our 9-5’s through a smile when the post arrives or by brightening up a chore like the dishes then that’s got to be a good thing right? A beautiful print to gaze at while you’re in the bath, something stupid next to your bed, something given by a friend to wear on your coat to work (I love seeing my mates wearing their pin badges). All these things mean something more than stuff. And it’s not because of me, it’s because of the act of giving. I have a favourite mug because it was from a friend and that makes me happy when I use it (and slightly cross when I see my boyfriend using it – hint).

When I design or illustrate the ‘Cherie did this range’ I am thinking about the person who is giving – either as a gift to themselves or a friend. How can they add a bit of themselves into the mix ?

The best feeling is the one you get when you know someone has taken the time to think of you, lets be honest, life can be shite sometimes … it’s the silly scribble stuck on the fridge door or the picture next to the Loo than can make it all ok, it reminds us that we are not in it alone.

This is the concept behind the ‘Cherie makes it personal’ range.

If you have already got involved I love seeing it … tag your DIY cards or patches with the hashtag #cheriemakesitpersonal on instagram / facebook / twitter and  @cheriedidthis to receive a pin badge.

Cherie Makes it Personal range consists of these gems:

Pimp my Poodle – comes with stickers for pimping (any leftover can go on phones / ipads)

The DIY card for budding typography / logo type designers – or the rest of us who just want to doodle. It comes with a neon pen and stickers.

Patch cards / pick & mix patches – add these patches to your stuff.

Coats, bags… denim works well. The ones shown below where cut up, bleached and drawn on.


This Autumn I collaborated with ‘I Love Shrewsbury’: a local project about the people, for the people…

The Shrewsbury Social Tea Towel

On the spot sketches of local folk


I Love Shrewsbury (ILS) is an exciting new photography and magazine project sharing stories about local people and everyday lives. It is about bridging community gaps and connecting people.

As part of the project, specially-illustrated, limited edition charity tea towels of Shrewsbury Coffee House have been made.

They are being sold in aid of homeless charity The Shrewsbury Ark.  All profits go to ARK – you can buy them from the ‘Cherie did this’ website by clicking here

For more info and to keep up to date follow @Ilove_shrewsbury on Instagram and like the page on Facebook

What a wonderful day we had the day we went to … Church Stretton ! Longmynd Press launched the first book in the series of Zig Zag the Stripey Spotosaurus books.

Zig Zag and the Giant Adventure went down a storm in the lovely rural Shropshire town. We had drawings and baby grows all Zig Zag themed. You can watch a film of the day thanks to The Shropshire Star !  View it here

For more info on self publishing visit the authors blog : click here

How exciting to see our first book finally in print …

Book launch on Oct 28th at Burway Books – Church Stretton.

Nov 11th at Waterstones – Shrewsbury … limited amount of signed copies will be available.

For full info see click here




First of all apologies for the silent treatment. Don’t you hate those blogs that show no sign of life. During my absence, besides undertaking various commissions,  I’ve been beavering away on a couple of projects which will shortly come to fruition. In September I will launch a range of stationery & gift cards under the ‘Cherie did this’ heading. At Design Junction I will be working on a collaboration with Enigma lighting doing the artwork for their stand and exhibiting as ‘Cherie did this’.




Secondly this summer will see the children’s book ‘Zig Zag and the Giant Adventure’ get published … It’s top secret until the pages hit the press and then I look forward to sharing it ! It’s been great fun illustrating the first in a series of books by author Barbara Townley. Although I’ve never seen myself as a children’s illustrator once you tap into your inner child it’s not so hard… perhaps because I never actually grew up.








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