A Series of Interesting Happenings...

Category: Current work

Sunflowers for Ukraine!

I’ve been planning to open a Redbubble Shop to sell designs for quite a while now; the final kick up the bum was the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I’d done all the obvious things – donations etc – but I’ve now produced some designs featuring sunflowers, across a number of small items at the moment. All profits will go to the Red Cross to support them in their work with victims of war, but these designs are particularly relevant to Ukraine:










And the link to the shop is down below; the images you’ll see are those of a mouse mat and a desk mat, but if you follow the ‘Shop all products’ link below the images, it’ll bring up others. Happy hunting!

Cathy Simpson’s Redbubble Shop


The End of the Tail


Amy Johnson Festival – the moths are flying!

You’ve seen the tantalising glimpses of moth design; they’ve been up and flying all summer, and now my creation, Earth Moth-er, has been photographed in her natural habitat!



Located at Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull.

© Images copyright Ian S and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

I’m now in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery!

This was THE most fantastic commission as part of the Big Read… King Edwards Schools Foundation had sponsored the Book Bench featured in the photo, and Denis Ramplin, their Director of Communications & Marketing contacted me to see if I could paint a mannequin for their bench. He’d been inspired to track me down after he met our Happy Hospit-owl, produced by me on behalf of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity… so he knew I like a crowd!

Many stories are featured on here, and rumour has it that there’ll be a competition to name him. We’ll see.

He’ll always be ‘Mannakin Skywalker’ to me!

The work will be on display in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery until 13th September 2016, when it will be moved to King Edward VI Schools Learning Hub at Birmingham Airport.


Amy Johnson Festival

As part of the Amy Johnson Festival, artists were asked to submit designs to decorate fibreglass moths which would form a sculpture trail around the city. Like The Big Hoot, but with owls’ prey really. I love these projects, and was delighted when ‘Earth Mother’ gained a sponsor – a local, family owned travel company. I’ve just finished my moth, and the journey back to Bromsgrove.

More about the festival here.

Anyway, we have been asked not to reveal too much of the moths prior to the launch on July 1st, so here are some tantalising glimpses:

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Illustration for book cover

To illustrate a novel about a dysfunctional relationship…

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

web version

Drawing and painting so you can see what they’re meant to be!

Every now and then, it’s fun to do work which is purely representational. No messing about with stylisation, composition, the emotional quality of colours an’ all that – just telling it like it is. So here are some Socialist Realist seagulls, looking forward to the Brave New World: