July saw the beginning of a new, different kind of project. It is that time of year when I start preparing for Eco-create exhibition; and this year the theme is 'masquerade'. Eco-create is an organisation that prides itself on promoting Eco-friendly products/art through recycling and up-cycling which adds a whole new dimension and challenge to the piece I am to create. I settled on the idea of up-cycling an old jewellery box (with it's key missing) into a music box decorated with my illustrations. The first thing I thought of when I heard the word masquerade was Pierrot, an old obsession of mine from my younger days. I love the melancholy of Pierrot and the story of unrequited love surrounding him and Columbine, with the interference of Harlequin! I have a list of illustrations that I am currently working on and so far I am extremely pleased with them. I have other ideas that I want to develop them into too . . .