Solo exhibition at Anchor Gallery

‘I found that running an exhibition is a great invitation for the audience to take the time to really ponder about your work’

In the fall of 2018 my work was accepted as the first female solo exhibitor at Anchor Gallery.

The Gallery
Anchor Gallery had already successfully ran pop-up art galleries across Birmingham, with most notable the Anchor Gallery Harborne (at Peel and Stone) for emerging artists and now opened a space for established artists in Digbeth (The Warehouse Cafe).

My work
I have been making political art since 2013 and have experimented with different styles, materials and approaches to themes. Over the past two years I felt I have started to really develop my own, distinctive style. I realised now was the time to show a larger body of work. Together with the gallery I selected 12 pieces for the exhibition, selecting 4 pieces from the most popular works from the last few years combined with 8 new pieces I created this year (2018).

Pretty political artist solo exhibition

The exhibition opening
My exhibition opening on 12/10/18 coincided with the actual opening of the new gallery space, which meant the night had a really good buzz of excitement. With over 80 visitors the space was packed. More work was on display and there were some good talks from different artists and a poet. I loved meeting people and, as always, being able to see people’s responses to my work first hand. The most magical moments are when people are touched by the work in one way or another, and keep being drawn to one specific piece. 4 of my works found a new home on the night, which felt fantastic.


The value of an exhibition
What I found really added value was that an exhibition allows people to take the time to look at your work, read the background information, ponder about it. When I occassionally set up stall at an arts market I find that people get a bit more nervous or feel awkward if they take too much time to look at your work, so an exhibition is a great invitation for the audience to take the time to ponder about your work. Since my work aims for the second impression (and not the first), this ‘ponder time’ is essential!

And ofcourse… a bit of audience participation
I like to think I make ‘conversation starters’, so what better way to start a conversation than through art? In true PrettyPolitical style I created a table for visitors to express their own political ideas… through the medium of cupcakes. Are cupcakes harmelsss and cute? Are they the ‘infantilisation of the adult woman’ (a quote I once read in a feminist blog)? Well, these cupcakes have been made Pretty and Political by contributors on the night:

To conclude
The exhibition runs from mid September until the end of November 2018. Drop by for a (really good!) coffee and the most delicious food, whilst enjoying the art.

Anhcor Gallery at The Warehouse Cafe
54-57 Allison street
Birmingham B5 5TH

Read more about Anchor Gallery and how to apply as an artist here.

Publications: (maga)zines

What better way to reach diverse audiences than to share your work with zines and magazines? Some thoughts and examples on publications.


The Scribe
The first step in sharing my work

My uni (University of Leeds) happened to have a great little arts zine called The Scribe, which were supportive of students who wanted to submit writing and art across a broad spectrum. This was probably the first place I ever shared my work, so it was great to test the waters to a relatively small and appreciative audience.


Three of my early works ‘Drawings on the existence and absence of revolution’ published in The Scribe. I made these drawings during and in the wake of the Arab Spring (2012/2013)

The publication helped to build my confidence into sharing my work further.

Slaney Street
Non-arts publications with same ethics

Another way to go about sharing your work is to find publication channels that are ethically on the same page as you. I found that a lot of themes I made political art about (global justice, structural inequality) resonates with the critical pieces in the more underground newspaper Slaney Street (published in Birmingham, UK).

The great thing about this magazine was that my art was carefully selected to be published alongside written articles, to enhance or illustrate them. Due to the strong ethics behind the magazine they also decided to pay me for my using my drawings, which was much appreciated.


Two of my political drawings published in Slaney Street in 2015: ‘Drawings on the existence and absence of revolution’ (top) and ‘On Bankers’ (bottom). Published under my first artistic project First World Aid.

Illustrated Women in History 3
A tribe of like-minded artists

I came across an Open Call from the Illustrated Women in History, a fantastic project run by Julie Gough of ‘A Pale Landscape’. Julie started the project to emphasize the achievements of great women throughout history. Julie: ‘I realised how little I know about women in history, and how we are not taught much more than the history of wealthy white men in school. I am attempting to illustrate one women a week to learn more about women in history, celebrate their accomplishments and hopefully educate others in the process!’ (From: Illustrated Women in History)

illustrated women in history 3

I submitted my portrait of Mary Lou Williams, a great jazz musician and composer. I made this piece as a commission (read more here). The great thing about this project is that I got to share my work alongside Julie and lots of other amazing artists, who had all taken to sharing the beauty and greatness of women in history who have made an impact. Also, the quality of the magazine was incredible, and Julie even run an exhibition of all the portraits.


My portrait of Mary Lou Williams published in ‘Illustrated Women in History 3’ (2017)

Read more here

A5 zine
Industry focussed fine art portfolio zine

After selling and exhibiting my art for a while, I realised I really wanted to share it with more people, especially since my body of work was growing and I felt I had discovered the identity of myself as an artist. I submitted two pieces to the A5 zine. This zine is industry-focussed and aims to draw attention to self-representing artists.

When I was on holiday I received an email from A5 magazine: ‘CONGRATULATIONS! After receiving hundreds of submissions for Portfolio #14 of A5 Magazine (May) we are pleased to inform you that your submission has been chosen to be featured in the magazine.’

This felt like such a compliment and recognition of my style. What’s great about this magazine is that they put ins erious effort to promote your work by sending the magazine to arts organisations, but also by promoting you online.


My art work ‘Games of Losing Hope (3)’ published in A5 Magazine, May 2018.

What’s next?

For me, I would love to get paid to publish my work in a leading non-arts magazine or newspaper that deals with the same political and societal issues that my work deals with. I like to think that my art tells a story on its own, but could also see some pieces published alongside articles. I want my art to be accessible and reach as many people as possible.

Some final thoughts…

Publications come in three types when it comes to the financial side:
– You get paid for your work (mainly in magazines or newspapers with a non-art focus where your work serves to illustrate, either profit or non-profit based)
– It is free to submit and get published and you get a complimentary (maga)zine for yourself (often in projects that are funded or self-funded and aim to highlight an issue)
– It costs money to either submit or to receive a (maga)zine (often when the main aim is to promote your work and when a lot of work is involved behind the scenes)

When you submit your work think about how precious you are about your work’s specifications. Sometimes the publicizer decides to make adjustments in terms of colour, background colour, size or proportion. Or, in case of illustrating an article, your work can be seen in a different light depending on the article where it’s published alongside.


I want to share some smaller and bigger art commissions with you that I have done in this past year. I mainly make my own art, but if it’s for an ethical or inspiring cause I am well up for it!

Influential Female Jazz Musician – a portrait of Marie Lou Williams


I made this portrait of Jazz musician Mary Lou Williams as a commission, to celebrate this great woman in Jazz in a music world where men seem and seemed to dominate. Mary Lou Williams was an influential pianist, composer and vocalist, who wrote and arranged for other big names like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

As seen in the exhibition and zine ‘Illustrated Women in History’ by A Pale Landscape (2017).

Centrala – 2x customised designs for Digbeth art gallery

When you create a design and pinbadge for your favorite urban art gallery… ‘Those Light bulb Moments’ & ‘Centrala’ pinbadge.

Centrala Art Gallery (Digbeth, Birmingham) have been supportive of my art from the moment I moved to Birmingham, by exhibiting and selling my prints, mugs and pin badges. It was about time I made them some designs, which they liked so much that they asked for a whole bunch of handmade pin badge (for sale in Centrala).


Tiny Acorns – Sustainability blog


This commission was so much fun to make! Journalist and Sustainability activist Tara Craig commissioned me to draw her Blog logo, and ‘hero’ and ‘villain’ banners for her amazing blog which deals with personal challenges and inspirators to live more sustainable.

I loved doodling, sharing ideas with Tara, and working out her final choices… and they are now live on her website. I’m particularly pleased with my Hero design, where the ‘H’ wears the superman cape! Have a read:

Little Girls Power
– customised pin badge

I met a lovely lady the other day who, upon seeing my Fly earrings (‘Your Bug Me’ series) told me about the children’s book Ruby Redford about a girl who wears a fly pin.

She asked me if I could turn the design into a pin badge for her daughter’s 10th birthday so she could wear one just like brave Ruby in the books!

Now mum and daughter will be wearing their own fly pins soon

Interested in commissioning me?

Firstly, have a read of my biography. Like what you read? Contact me on or through my Facebook or Instagram to discuss your ideas.


Holiday at the Seaside

I recently spend a lovely Holiday at the Seaside. After days of relaxing I finally found inspiration to make some new pieces of political art.

I started by experimenting with flower pigment, directly onto paper:


The result was beautiful with very subtle colours, which worked great with my typical inc lines.

Then I did some high resolution scans and worked on the pieces digitally.

22 Conscience clearer

Conscience Clearer’ (2018)
You can scrub all you want, but some things are too dirty.

Material: Inc, flower pigment, digital colour
#wordleaders #scrubbing #howdoyousleepatnight 

23 Gosh

‘Gosh’ – Another day of not exploiting people (2018)
How was your day?

#globaljustice #equality #consumerism#postcolonial #isntitrelaxing

I also found inspiration in elements in the environment: the russling palmtrees, the trail of ants that came to collect the crumbs we tried to feed the birds, the waste plastic on the beach, the small church, the many birds, my new bikini.

25 Trash pink blue

‘Holiday at the Seaside’ (2018)
I spend a lovely holiday at the seaside and found beautiful things on the beach.

#environment #beachholiday #footprint #waste #trash  

28 Les Ants

‘Les Ants’ (2018)
We’re all trying to reach for the highest, aren’t we?

#consumerism #followtheleader #socialpressure #society #neoliberalism #capitalist


‘Unemployed’ (2018, left) & ‘Let’s Pray’ (2018, right)

After having eaten a lot during my holiday, a little voice in my head was starting to talk about dieting, so back home I made this:

24 We're on a diet

‘We’re on a diet’ (2018)
What are we slimming down?

#compassion #individualism #neoliberalism 

Thanks for reading & stay PrettyPolitical!


Feminist Art workshop

Aren’t we all in need of a bit more feminist protest art? The Women’s Institute (Balsall Heath & Moseley division) definitely agreed and asked me to run a workshop for them.

Last Sunday I ran a Feminist Protest Pin workshop during the WI monthly meeting. I arrived at the beautiful St Columba Hall in Moseley and was greeted warmly by the organisers and loads of cakes…


The turn-out was great with 30 members and visitors keen to get stuck in. After a lovely introduction by Rebecca Dawes Lea I spoke a bit about my work and the plan for the day…

We started with a brainstorm about topics that were at the forefront of the women’s minds, by mindmapping their different ideas. Topics included equal pay, women’s bodies, influence of social media on perception of your identity, racism, ageism, sexism and environmental concerns. Then I introduced the concept of ‘metaphors’ and how to use metaphors to make a statement about a concern. A bit of a challenge, but after some converstaions and examples the ideas started flowing!


Time to get creative! Doodling, writing, changing, swapping… anything to get that perfect design for the pin badge. I asked the participants to especially think about metaphors or symbols that would make great shapes for the pins.

Then the scary part… drawing the design on to the plastic with permanent markers, and trying not to make a mistake!

The designs turned out so well! Then it was time to bake them, and have a cuppa! The results were fantastic and the shapes incredible. What about a mermaid, beating heart, female symbol, bank note, eye, cupcake, robot or uterus for a pin badge?

I love them all ladies, wear them with pride!

Jorine xx

W! april 2018 pins

Open Studios

After the succesful first edition of ‘Open Studios’ 2017, I have decided to sign up to the 2018 ‘Open Studios’ again.

I had such an amazing time at The Old Print Works, making new art and meeting lots of different audiences. It was the first time I publicly sold my pin badges, which were very well received. Also, the responses of audiences to my art prints were amazing. As an artist you often work alone and even though people buy your art, there’s nothing like seeing the initial response interest- surprise- smile- emotion of an art work that resonates with someone.

Organised by photographer Owen de Visser of ArtsBrum, the Open Studios is a great way for audiences to meet artists directly. ArtsBrum says:

‘In 2017, ArtsBrum coordinated its first ‘Open Studios’ event. 29 artists across Moseley and Kings Heath opened their doors over 2 consecutive weekends in September, and the public followed a freely available map on a journey of artistic discovery. The public response was fantastic and the event was hugely successful for the artists involved. This year we want to repeat and grow the event in success, participants as well as geographically. We are branching out to also include Selly Park and Stirchley in the now named ‘South Birmingham Open Studios’’ (read more on ArtsBrum)



Brum pin badge hotel take-over

Since I made the first ‘Brum, City of Makers’ pin badge back in the Summer 2017 this little pin has really taken over in the city…

Last week I spent a great morning at the fabulous (and dazzling high!) The Cube Birmingham with the amazing Hotel Indigo Birmingham staff who bought my ‘Brum, City of Makers’ pin badge for all their front of house and restaurant staff. The hotel had been searching for over a month for a good way to show their love for Birmingham and decided my pin badge suited them.

What a big compliment! Thanks Lucy and all other amazing staff for being so enthusiastic.

Also… concurred some of my anxiety for heights on the 25th floor in the Marco Pierre White restaurant… Skyline pin meets skyline!