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The Crooked Style

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My name is Alodie and I first launched The Crooked Style as a business in 2012. I gained a BA in Painting and Printmaking from Falmouth School of Art, but ended up doing something completely different and became a singer in a band instead. I fell in love with songwriting and really enjoyed creating music. It wasn't until later, that I decided to combine the two things, words and imagery, and so I applied to do an MA in Illustration at Camberwell Art College under the tutelage of Janet Woolley, a brilliant illustrator and artist.

After gaining my MA, I began to sell my illustrations as high quality digital prints and incorporate them, along with hand painted work, onto jewellery, cards, picture frames and boxes. It has all gone amazingly well so far ... touch that proverbial wood. I feel I am still on a huge learning curve, but it is so rewarding when I get helpful feedback and lovely comments from customers. 

I have mostly sold at markets and craft fairs, but I also supply a small range of prints, cards and jewellery to a few independent shops, the details of which you will find on the stockists page. I will be looking to make more one-off pieces and limited edition prints very soon, so do look out for future listings. Some items will only be available through the website and will be unique.

This year, 2016, I have had my first book cover published, which I am very excited about. I also drew the interior illustrations as well. I worked with a lovely and talented author called Sarah Gray and the book is called Surface Tension. The book is available through Amazon or Waterstones online, or can be ordered from your local bookshop. I am currently working on the cover for Sarah's second book.

I love quirky and unusual things and want my work to reflect that side while having a bit of fun with it too. So that is why everything I sell is designed by me, even down to logos and packaging, as I think it is all important and adds to the product. I really care about the things I make and so I hope you enjoy the work.

Many of my ideas and themes are based around folklore, fairy tales, old wives tales and sayings. I also take a lot of inspiration from the art of the theatre, fairgrounds and historical costume, especially from the Georgian period up to the 1950's. Some of my favourite Artists, who have also been a massive influence, are Goya, Hogarth, Edward Gorey, Ronald Searle and Paula Rego. I also want to acknowledge one of my favourite authors when I was growing up. Joan Aiken, who inspired me beyond anything and whisked me away to another world.

I really hope you enjoy my work and get alot of pleasure from the items you buy, whether they are for you, a family member, or are a gift for a friend.



Biog as provided for City Showcase in 2016

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