The Park

Lately, (well so far once, this morning, but I am hoping to make it a habit) I have taken to walking around my local park first thing in the morning. Its a pretty amazing time to be in the park as you see SO many different types of people, this morning I saw a man teaching his wife (who was wearing a full Shaw Kameez) how to ride a bicycle, the runners and the early dog walkers. Walking in the early morning sun makes you think about all the possibilities for the day (even if in reality you do just spend it lazing in the sun/the couch) 

In the afternoon we took a trip to our local supermarket to pick up some fruit, I turned my head for a split second and someone stole my jacket from my trolley! It didn't have anything in the pockets so I didn't lose anything valuable but it was still quite a horrible thing to happen. 
I tried to do a little sketch book work in the afternoon but I fell asleep shortly after..
And that was my Saturday! How was yours? Did you all watch the wedding yesterday? xoxo


Elephants Like to Swim

Trying to tidy up my lap top on a Friday eve (go wild!) and I came across a few illos I had done aaaaages ago. This being one of them, its interesting how people styles change isn't it!
I did this piece as part of a children's book I was doing for my degree show (back on 2007 eep!) It was called 'Iona and the Elephant' 
p.s did you all watch the Royal Wedding? I have to admit that despite myself I did actually watch it and yes her dress was beautiful. Afterwards we had a little party in our street with BBQ and scones and drinks. I love where we live and our neighbours. 


Checking in

Have you all been enjoying the lovely weather? I know I have, although we have been very lazy! Near where we live is a large park with a pond and swans and fields, we often walk there but have never really ventured further (as I am a bit lazy). Over the weekend we decided to walk down one of the foot paths and realised if we walked about 15 minutes longer we get to a beautiful gardens and tea rooms called 'Snuff Mills'. It is so pretty there! We walked along the river and looked at all the nice flowers and then Tom bought me a mini milk (vanilla). It was perfect.
I dont have any pictures as I was being spontanous and left the house without my bag. I did take pics of my newly cut fringe later though (I think it is slightly improved)

Also we got up super early the other day to travel to visit my granny and all the pidgeons were resting on the side of someones house in the early morning sun, it was kinda beautiful.

Thats it for now, will check in soon for a proper post! xoxo


Stokes Croft Riot

Well I know it’s been a fair few days since this occurred and I thought a few times about whether I should share my thoughts. I wasn't actually in Stokes Croft at the time of the event and awoke on Friday morning to hear about it. What surprised me however was the reaction to it, where as I thought any violent riot would be condemned I have seen very little blogs supporting this view which is why I felt the need to share. I'm sure it wont make me too popular. 

You may or may not be aware of the events that took place at Stokes Croft on Thursday night, If you are local to Bristol I'm sure you will have and if not then please indulge my rant. It seems the events started when the police attempted to arrest the squatters living in Telepathic Heights under intelligence that they were making petrol bombs to target the local Tesco. As far as I am aware from the recent news petrol bombs were taken from the premises but I am unsure of the following details in regards to this part of the story. If the police had this intelligence then I'm sure any rational person would agree that this is something they needed to act on. People are posing the questions as to whether the amount of police presence to make these arrests was appropriate. From accounts I can gather from witnesses that were actually there it seems that by the end of the event there were roughly 160 officers and 200 people, as to whether the 160 officers were there from the start to arrest four people I am unsure, but if this is the case then I am sure such a huge police presence would have caused antagonism to the local people. However this is a 'chicken and the egg' situation, the police turning up with such a huge presence does attract a large crowd, however if they are had gone in with smaller numbers and this riot had still occurred they would be under prepared and the situation could have been a lot worse.
Following these events a protest that turned into a violent riot in regards to the issue of the local Tesco began which lasted well into the next morning. 

Here are my thoughts about the matter:
If the police were heavy handed in their dealings with the 'protesters/rioters' this needs to reviewed, I do not think the police are above criticism but this being said I also do respect they had a difficult job to do that night. A lot of reports of the matter seem to have left out the fact that eight police officers were injured (teeth knocked out and head injuries due to being attacked with bricks and bottles) and their vehicles vandalised. I also feel extremely sorry for the staff in the said Tesco who must have been terrified as the violence started and who I believe were all led out safely out the back as it progressed. 
There is a great deal of Youtube footage of the people hacking up the street and throwing lumps of concrete at the police behind riot shields. I hope this in conclusive evidence to prosecute the people responsible for this. 

I think that people are welcome to 'protest' about subjects they care about but in an organized way and NOT when violence is concerned so I condemn any people involved in taking part in these acts of violence. 

Tom and I until recently lived on Cheltenham Road (where the Tesco is) and I was born on Thomas Street which is literally 2 mins away so I do feel I have a good sense of the community in Stokes Croft. The videos you can find on the event have the crowd shouting 'our streets, our streets' but it is 'our streets' that are demolished and littered with glass and burned bins from the fires they started, funny how the same people had no intention to clear this the next day..no that would be the local council then. The local bike shop and Salvation Army were also smashed up in the process by these rioters. 

The decision to carry on with the planned Tesco on Stokes Croft was made by the council (where surely people should be protesting?) and it was obviously of the displeasure of lots of the local residents. Surely now it had opened the next plan of action should be to boycott it? If no one shopped there it would close within 6 months. Since the riot Tesco will have no choice but to reopen or they will be seen to be giving in to violence and it will promote the message that as long as you get angry and smash up enough things you will have your way. I signed the petition a while ago to appose the suggestion of a Tesco on Stokes croft simply as I thought the space could be used for a local shop but since the riots I have little interest in being involved anything to do with these protestors. 

Claire Milne, co-coordinator of the No Tesco in Stokes Croft campaign, said: "The homogenisation of the high street is the antithesis of the creativity that exists here. There is also a strong sustainability and organic movement here." hmm well I find this a little puzzling only in the fact I know Stokes Croft, there are approximately three local newsagents, two of which are highly overpriced and sell mostly the worst kind of white bread, cigarettes and alcohol and one of which has the hugest amount of porn I have ever seen in a newsagent, all at floor level so definitley not a family friendly place (but that is beside the point). The third is the local Post Office which I agree is a great asset to the community but I'm sorry it still sells the overpriced low quality items none of which are organic. If we are on the subject of promoting organic eating surely an organisation such as Tesco should be targeted as getting on board with the organic movement? People are more likely to buy organic if there is choice and if the prices are reasonable? I try to buy local as much as I can but yep I do shop in supermarkets and if there is a organic option and it is near or similar in price (or sometimes cheaper) to the non-organic alternative I will buy it, this is where the local shops sometimes fail as they sadly do not have the buying power.
If I am to think about it yes there are a couple of organic shops in the area but they are up on Gloucester road next to the newly opened ‘Sainsbury’s’, which oddly no one seems to have an issue with?!?!? Surely the issue wasn't the food quality but the backlash against big corporate companies taken over local shops, in which case things seem to have got a little confused.

Another issue people seem to have with Tesco opening is that Stokes Croft is Bristol's Cultural corner, like I said we have lived in the area and like it very much. It boasts cafe's and galleries (like lots of places in Bristol) but it also boasts three brothels very close to the new Tesco (one that has just recently opened), I know its not productive to say 'your against such but your not addressing about such and such' but a lot of the reports on the events seem to romanticize the area and the protesters but Tesco is surely only one offender where exploitation of people is taking place? 
A lot of the people involved in these riots are played out in the media as heroes, the police as the villains in reality it is a lot more grey. 

I think what has become clear to me after this event is the winner of this outcome is not the protesters (lots of people who were previously supportive are now distancing themselves) not the police, not the local people who had to deal with glass on their streets. Not the Tesco workers (who are only trying to do their job in this climate are they really to be persecuted for this?!) and who are now temporarily out of work. Nope Tesco will undoubted open up again with more security proving that this entire ugly scene really achieved nothing.

I'm sure my views are not going to popular with everyone, haters gunna hate :)


Away We Go - Something funny

t'other day Tom and I watched 'Away We Go', I thought parts of it were quite moving but this little clip cracks us up. We keep saying to each other 'You're sneaky but I'll try again' Enjoy!

Family is a funny old thing hur? xo

10 Things I love Friday 22/04/2011

Its the bank holiday! I think we are doing house stuff today with a break for a picnic in our garden, we would have a picnic in the park but our picnic set is a little heavy to carry! ha 
Tomorrow we are going to visit my granny and then I am going to set aside the following two days for illustration! I want to start entering competitions again which I have stopped doing of late (just because I have been lazy if truth be told!). The first I am going to enter is this one from Tigerprint, I am quite interested in this brief as I love typography. Their website is also a good one to bookmark as they often run competitions on various briefs and even if you don't win its good to try new things to build up your portfolio!
Anyways here are 10 things I am loving this week! 
Just amazing, I want SO bad
This beautiful illustration by Brett Manning 
Oh hi there, if anyone would like to buy me this I could probably exchange for my everlasting love?
or this
Isn't this picture just the prettiest? 
haw haw
Lovely Birds
love these creatures 
Hope you all have a lovely weekend!! xoxo


oh my gosh

oh my gosh I am a bad blogger, I haven't even logged in since Monday :( this is bad for me..
I love writing my blog but this week had been a bit of a weird one..
Arguments (yes we do have them) illness and general meh-ness has meant last night I was fast asleep by 9!
Bank Holiday weekend I LOVE YOU

I'm so thrilled that the two original illos I put up below have sold out already. I think I may do a bunch more as it is so much nicer to get an original illustration rather than a print sometimes, its just a bit more special. That being said please head over to my shop to check out my new prints, ha! I am thinking more and more about getting my biz lady head on in regards to selling my artwork, I think wearable art is maybe a bit more exiting and so when I get a few pennies together I am going to get busy with making pendants (with illos inside) tote bags and pocket mirrors. What do you think? Would  you like to see some of those products?

Anyways if you are in the UK you will know that it is the long easter bank holiday followed by the royal wedding bank holiday. I was one of the sillies who didnt take off the days inbetween :( but Tom did so we are going to try to get alot of DIY done..mixed with outdoor-ness I hope as it is going to be sunny! We are also going to visit my Granny and I can introduce her to Tom for the first time, she is a lovey lady.

(my granny in South Africa in the sixties)
speak soon lovelies! xoxo


Original Artwork for sale - Both Now Sold

I havnt really drawn from my imagination for a while, as in lately I have always had a brief to draw to and not just a *pick up the pen and let your mind wander* type thing. 
Over the weekend I did two little A5 original illos like so :

and this one

Its nice to draw like this once in a while!
I am selling these A5 illos as cards for £4 each. If you are interested just email me at frithastrickland at hotmail dot com. I'll probably wait a few days before putting on my shop so its an exclusive! :)


what I wore 17/04/2011

What I wore today :
Dress : Numph
Shrug : New Look
Tights : Primark
Sunglasses : ASOS
Wedges : Charity Shop (Office)

Today Tom is out helping with the painting and gardening mentioned in my post (a few posts down). I have been feeling a bit rubbish the past couple of days so am not up for much painting or gardening..I did bring them all Pineapples, Bananas and Oranges though! I didn't really photograph the skate park area as there were people there and was too shy. They also had a lady on a bike generating music, they all are very nice (as you would imagine from people helping out in the community) but I was too awkward to really say anything other than "I brought you fruit".

Happy Sunday! xoxo
oh yer I almost forgot to mention that my soundtrack today have been mostly 'Death Cab For Cutie' 'Sia' and 'Regina Spektor' but then this came on my itunes shuffle and i couldnt help but laugh and dance around my room. I defy you not to!


Tavi Gevinson

Cast your mind back to being 14 years old..for me it was cutting my hair short for the first time, plastic butterfly clips in my hair and ying and yang studs in my ears. It was getting a game boy colour as a leaving present from my friends and moving to another country. It was tie die dresses and silk shirts and my favourite puma pumps. It was knowing nothing about fashion and only starting to get into good music (not including the terrible Eimenem and Linkin Park phase). My god it was 11 years ago! If I were to read anything I would have written back then (and I did keep a diary of sorts) it would mainly detail the comings and goings of my two pet rats, my addiction to the 'new' computer game 'The Sims' and maybe something like how I had decided to become a jewellery maker/rare stone collector/artist/poet/writer...
I certainly was no where near as cool as this girl.
I first read about Tavi when she was spotted at the recent NY fashion week and meant to check out what the fuss was about. I only got a chance to look at her blog today, for a 14 year old I am pretty much astounded by all she has achieved! To be on the cover of POP magazine at 11 is pretty much cool enough but I love how unfazed she is about the fashion world. I was impressed reading this post that whilst sitting next to Anna Wintour (who for the record I think is a terrible person) instead of gushing about it actually reflected that the adult world is alot like high school. She seems totally grounded despite being a fashion darling. I also love how her clothes styles are completely mental without being 'I'm a fashionista, I'm going to colour block or wear some geek glasses or a massive fur coat' she just seems to want to dress up as she pleases and people are loving her for it! 
What do you think of her?

what I wore 16/04/2011

We were meant to be doing all sorts of things today but I am not feeling 100% if I am honest with you. The community project is running for both days though so we are going to head on over tomorrow. I think today will be - Tea, blog reading, cat cuddling, film watching, house tidying. This is what I wore (in bed).
I think I look summery and vintage..Thomas thinks I look like I want to be in 'Big Love' . Fair point and I did really love that show...
or at least be living in America
Then Rockie came along..he doesn't like the photo taking so much..
but I do..he's such a silly!
I wore :
Dress - Paisley Midi by Mango
Hat - Primark
Boots : Fly London
Cat: Models own

Fashion Desires

Sorry I have been seriously lacking in illustration posts of late. I honestly havnt done all that much new work recently which is a bit of a shame but I'm hoping to organise my craft room/study this weekend in the hope it will make me more productive! I was commissioned by a friend to do an illustration for one of her blog features 'fashion desires' and this is what I did :)


What I Wore 15/04/2011 and other stuff

What I wore today..um ok maaaainly Primark :s and my bracelets made me go all jingle jangley as I typed! Its only bliming Friday mon pals! Best day/evening of the week.
We went on a date night and I didn't even take any photos (progress) although I did tweet (when T was in away from the table) but either way I think I am improving my 'enjoying things for the moment' a little..maybe..however I am talking about it now..hmmm
What else happened this week? WELL Tea and Crayons are only going to be published in one of our absolute favourite magazines (more to come on that one). SO exited! I will show and tell as soon as I can!

I also met up with a pal and we talked about her recent engagement, she is having a Christian/Hindu wedding (morning Christian - afternoon Hindu) and I cant wait to see how pretty and colourful it will be. Tom and I live in a multi cultural area which has a multitude of creeds and colour and I really do love it. As a vegetarian there are SO many amazing places to eat around here including Cafe Maitreya which is the top vegetarian restaurant in the UK (as judged by the Vegetarian society). Our local shop is the Sweet Mart which is pretty much amazing if you love fresh organic produce, delicatessens and home made breads,pies,yummy stuff. Tom's favourite bit is the aisle with jars (sooo many jars of interesting things) we take pot luck as pretty much everything in there is vegetarian and then see what we get when were home! 

We live in a little cul de sac (is that how you spell it?) and have met everyone of our neighbours, occasionally the family across the road will knock on our door with their little kids and give us some of the cakes they have made over the weekend. And five minutes away there is a huge park where Tom sometimes plays football with his friends (against the Somalian kids - who beat them ha!) and both Tom's sisters live about 15 minutes walk away.
All the above reasons are why it really really bugs me that people look down on the area we live in. Yes there is poverty, yes if you walk ten minutes in the other direction from our house you may see someone who is quite likely a prostitute and yes there is crime. BUT I come from a picturesque welsh seaside town that has the highest rate of drug use in wales and there was prostitution and crime there too. I also know people who have been mugged in the wealthiest ares of Bristol. We bought a house in an 'up and coming area' and we realise its not without its faults but I am proud of where we live. Tomorrow Tom and I are helping our neighbours to garden and paint an area that has been unused for a while so that it can become a place people and children can play in and I think its community spirt like that that makes a place special, not the price of the cars on the street. 

I wore: OK lets say basically everything Primark apart from the cardigan (Fever London) and the boots (Fly London) eeep thats bad isn't it! They should pay me for this advertisement! haha

Also just for fun (after that rant an a half!) I made a silly little video of Maddie. This is what she does as soon as she see's us everyday. Sniff shoes, do that fainting cat thing, get up, sniff shoes, faint...go eat her crispies. Enjoy! xoxoxo

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