A round up of my 2015 highlights

Glass of sherry in hand, here are my personal 2015 highlights...

Being a Global Talent Search semi-finalist

What a thrill it was to be one of 50 artists that got through to the 2015 GTS Semi Final Round. I'll be entering again next year, not least because of the fantastic brief you get from Lilla Rogers and her team. Here are my Round 1 and Round 2 entries.

 Sneakers for Antoinette, my Round 1 entry © Emma McGowan

Sneakers for Antoinette, my Round 1 entry © Emma McGowan

 Antoinette's Boudoir, my Semi-Final piece © Emma McGowan

Antoinette's Boudoir, my Semi-Final piece © Emma McGowan

Illustrating a book

One to tick off my bucket list. The Science of Everyday Life by Marty Jopson is a great read and a perfect Christmas gift. It was loads of fun collaborating with Marty on the illustrations even if it did mean reliving school science lessons.

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Joining up with artists around the world to launch the Four Corners Art Collective

It's such a privilege to be a member of the Four Corners Art Collective. We've become great friends since we starting talking about forming a collective and I love the support and encouragement we get from each other, despite being in different timezones! 

Taking Instagram by storm

We launched Four Corners with an Instagram challenge and were completely bowled over by how many artists and designers joined in. Over 1,800 images were created and posted under our hashtag adventcalendarart. So a big thank you to everyone who joined in. Here's one of my posts from the month of festive images.

 Christmas Wreath © Emma McGowan 2015

Christmas Wreath © Emma McGowan 2015

I hope you've all had a restful and festive holiday. Roll on 2016 and SURTEX in May. Happy New Year to you all, wherever you are.