Saturday, 20 October 2012

Born and Bred exhibition

On Thursday 13th September I went to the Born and Bred exhibition by Rowan Arts Project on Holloway Road. When I finished University I interned with them as an Arts event organiser for 7 months raising awareness of arts within the community helping with different projects and events. I joined when their exhibition Making Inroads had just finished which was about bringing people from different communities and hearing their stories.

They asked me to produce an illustration for their project born and bred to contribute to getting planning from the arts council. I Illustrated the building of Chris Stevens Ltd using watercolour for half and pencil and pencil for the bottom half of the illustration.

Here is my illustration in the book

Here are some photographs of the night and some of the stories

It was such an interesting project and was glad to be apart of it.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Your Indies book

Recently I was approached by Andrew Topping from the online shop Your Indies which sells beautiful, unique gifts from independant shops called. The front cover below looks beautiful and has some great shops featured inside.

Below are my two pages featuring my work inside the book. Showing 3 of my illustrations and a photograph of me with my dog Jake in Cornwall.

Here are a few of my favourite pages from the book
Caro from Predomiantly Print designs unique fun jewellery

James Harvey makes these loving carved rocking animals

I absolutely love the designs from Artwork by Angie!

Please do have a look and view my shop at your indies to find some great gifts

Friday, 14 September 2012

Thames Festival

 Had such an eventful weekend, we was lucky enough to get tickets to go to the paralympics athletics stadium on the last night on saturday 8th september. It was fantastic all the athletes were amazing and took some beautiful photos of the sunset whilst in the stadium as well!

On the sunday I was up bright and early for a long day ready for our stall at the We Make London section of the thames festival. The mayors thames festival was on the 8th and the 9th and there was lots of entertainment throughout the weekend including live music, fireworks and a carnival. The weekend had a great atmosphere and I'm glad I was apart of it.

I took a few photos of my stall and was happy with the display selling my new buntings which will be available to buy in my etsy shop very soon.

Another photo of my stall with me hiding in the corner behind my display :) It was such a friendly vibe and was surrounded by lovely stallholders with some amazing work. To name a few Helen from Frances & Francis makes beautiful paper flowers, Grace & Firefly made lovely jewellery, Matilda Rose is super talented creating charming textile art.

At night all the lights looked very pretty although my photography skills aren't the best.

It was my first time having a stall at a festival and I would definitely do it again!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Jack Pet portrait

A little blog post about a recent pet portrait commission. I was commissioned to draw the dog below called Jack and add an extra detail of bunting across the top for a gift.

If you would like to commission me for a portrait or another illustration you can contat me via my contact form from my website  or email me direct on

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Paw Palace banner

I blogged recently about my illustration for Paw palace of their gorgeous bichon frise called Coco. They used the illustration for their banner at a recent dog show. I thought I would share these photographs with you :)

Here is it close up

Friday, 10 August 2012

Olympics Discount code

To celebrate the Olympics - especially being local and how well team GB are doing - I have a code available for my shop. Use code OLYMPICS2012 to get 10% off everything.
The London 2012 Olympics have been a huge success, and I am very proud of team GB's success.  However, I must confess I have been abit of a hermit recently these past two weeks, what with working and watching/going to the Olympics and supporting our team.  

Below is a photo, posted by Andy Murray, of him and his two Border Terriers with gold & silver Olympic Medals.

I am available for commissions of pet portraits, and this image above would be a lovely example of a memory to have with your pet of the London 2012 Olympics. Custom pet portraits are available here.

~ Alexandra Rolfe ~

Paw Palace logo design

I was contacted by the online pet boutique Paw Palace to design their logo. I was very pleased with how it turned out and so was Paw Palace. You can find Paw Palace online shop here and on twitter @paw_palace for pampered pooches.

Paw Palace also commissioned me to illustrate their gorgeous Bichon Frise Coco wearing a crown as well. Which has proven to be a popular design in the jubilee year

If you would like a pet portrait or a logo design please contact me on

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Pet Portrait commission

Recently I was commissioned by the lovely Amber weinberg to illustrate her gorgeous two dogs a bichon frise and a long haired dachshund as royalty with a crown and tiara and the white frame was included as you can see in the photograph below.

To commission me for a pet portrait prices start at
                                                           £50 for A4 in colour
                                                           £70 for A3 in colour
                                                           Extra £20 for an added pet
                                                       .. Added background from £15

                                                           postage and packaging not included

Just send me a good quality photograph of your pet.

Contact me on

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Alice in woofland

For the canine games I was asked to design illustrations for their alice in woofland section. I illustrated 6 characters based on the book as dogs. They are also available to buy here

Alice as an Afgan dog

 Dormouse as a chihuahua

George a french bulldog

March Hare as a papillion dog

Mad Hatter as a siberian husky

White Rabbit as a westie

Lilac and the Blues

I sell my work on, and recently made a Treasury Lists which showcases other sellers products. I based my theme on the seller All The Adorables social network buttons below.

I really liked the colour combination, and it inspired me to make my new treasury list, Lilac and the Blues .

Below is a vintage, 1970s dress from Southern Dropout; which I think is rather elegant.

I also found these shorts from the STEEL Age, which are just awesome.

I also have to give a mention to 2DancingDogs for their cute elephant rag doll, and Fizzy Claret for their clay bear; both items too cute not to be included in the treasury.

My favourite piece has to be this silver pendent from A Cup of Sparkle. I just love the design.

There are plenty more stunning pieces in my new treasury list from many different Etsy sellers, so please have a look.

~ Alexandra Rolfe ~

Monday, 16 July 2012

My time at the Canine games

My Time at the Canine Games

Well, the Canine Games have been and gone (Saturday 7th July), and I feel very honoured to have been able to take part in this wonderful event.  Unfortunately the original venue, Haggerston Park, had to change at the very last minute.  Due to the adverse weather warnings, it was decided it was perhaps best not to hold the event outside; fortunately, thanks to Bethnal Green Working Men’s club kindly supplying us with a new venue, everyone was able to keep dry should the weather have turned.

Despite being indoors and now in a smaller venue, this didn’t dampen the atmosphere.  The event was londons first dog festival  and was great meeting all the wonderful people who helped make this festival happen, hopefully will be many more to come.  I also loved seeing all the dogs, and will no doubt be using this inspiration in my work.

My work was featured in Alice in Woofland and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party for this event.

 As was this stunning piece by Cake Doggy Dog.

I also had a stall selling my work too.

The whole day was a lot of fun for dogs and dog owners alike.  There were many stools, contests, and fun events to be had.  There was even an opening ceremony where many dogs were dressed up in some amazing hand-made costumes.  We even had an appearance from superstar, Mugly!

And at the end, my dog, Jake, got married! (He's the Airedale)

This was a superb event which raised money and awareness for many dog charities.  I would love to be part of the next one.

Please also check out some more photos from the Dog Reporter & the Canine Games on Flickr.  Both of who got some great doggy photos of the day, and some of my work too.

~ Alexandra Rolfe ~

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Canine Games

The Canine Games

As you may remember, I mentioned in a previous post I would be taking part in the Canine Games, Saturday 7th July at Haggerston Park, Hackney, East London.

The Canine Games is a festival celebrating all things doggy.  There will be numerous events and contests, plus lots of advice for your doggy needs.  This festival is an independently run festival to fundraise for many well known dog charities; the Dogs Trust being one of the many few.  For full details of events and charities aided, please visit here.

I will be displaying my Pet Portraits and working on Alice in Woofland and the mad hatter tea party for this event.  So please come down, with your doggy too, and check out this fantastic festival and help support your favourite canine charities.

For more news and announcements on the Canine Games, please like the Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter.

Craft Juice Tuesday

Craft Juice Tuesday:

It’s Craft Juice Tuesday today, and here is my Craft Juice promotion of some products I love.

I went with the Cute Animal theme.

Thanks for checking out my Craft Juice Tuesday.

~ Alexandra Rolfe ~ 

Friday, 29 June 2012

Advocate art agency

Over the last three weeks I have been interning at advocate art agency. I have learnt alot from working here and an overall better knowledge of the ins and outs of an art agency and some great portfolio advice. It has been a hectic couple of weeks but expect to see more illustrations with all my new inspirations, lots more exciting things to come. I also finally got to read the book My Escape from Venice Prison by Giacomo Casanova while commuting, great book would throughly recommend it.

As well as interning I have been very busy with pet portraits, other commissions and illustrations for the canine games, londons first dog festival next saturday 7th july. Will be posting very soon :)