Shoshy Cadoodle

Shoshy Cadoodle is an illustrator & artist. Here you'll find her work plus other interesting bits & bobs.


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London Local Pop Up At The Hackney Shop

From 2nd – 14th of August, 2016, I’ll be featured at a pop up shop run by The London Local Team at The Hackney Shop.

The store will be full of London based designer-makers’ goods, carefully curated by the team’s leaders and captains. (It was a very tough choice, as our team has now grown to 850 amazing members!)

To celebrate, I made this illustration, highlighting just a few of the many talented designers that will be discoverable at the pop up.

*Edit 3/8/16* Our opening hours have been changed to 12-6pm everyday, except Thursdays when we open 12-8pm.

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Donut cushions – The Cute Quipster, Concrete planter – PASiNGA, Dog’s bowtie collar – Hiro + Wolf, Spiky three footed planter – Kabin Shop, Knitted top – Pluck’d Designs, Necklace – Mustard and Mint. Illustration by Shoshy Cadoodle

If you’re not already following me on Pinterest, hop on over, click the follow button, and check out even more of the local artisans that you’ll see in The Hackney Shop, on this brand new board I’ve created.

Hope you’ll pop by!

Details:

The Hackney Shop
99 Morning Lane

London E9 6ND

Nearest rail: Hackney Central (5 minute walk)

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 12-6pm
Thurs: 12-8pm

 

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Etsy Made Local: It’s A Wrap!

Etsy Made Local took over cities all over the UK last weekend. It was an incredible event and I was so excited to have been asked to organise the Wrap Party at the event’s flagship venue in London. The Etsy head office staff did a fantastic job in co-ordinating so many aspects of the event, it was pretty mind-blowing to witness! Shoppers told me all weekend how lovely the atmosphere was; from the yummy hot chocolate to the live music; getting to meet all the talented makers/designers and free gift wrapping. Win! It was very different to manic Oxford Street and even Carnaby Street.

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Photo credit Yeshen Venema.

Louise, from Super Duper Things having a good old chat!

One of my favourite things about it was that it felt like a carefully curated exhibition but without all the pretentiousness that the fine art world can occasionally emit. It was wonderful to see all the shoppers having a giggle with the makers/designers and even a cute little pooch having a mosey round!

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“This is woofin’ amazing!” Photo credit Yeshen Venema.

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Me, getting into the swing of gift wrapping! Photo credit: Yeshen Venema.

The whirlwind of a weekend started off with a press preview on Friday. I was excited to wrap up Lucie Ellen’s design your own bunting necklaces; Jo Heckett’s gorgeous ceramic decorations and the other lovely items the press snapped up. It was also a pleasure to get to meet some awesome bloggers and magazine editors!

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Lucie Ellen’s Design Your Own Bunting Necklace concept was very popular. Photo credit: Yeshen Venema

Once we opened on Friday afternoon to the public we had an AMAZING team of wrap party volunteers from the London Local Team.

(Photo credits: Yeshen Venema.)

Pictured just a few of the amazing team of wrap party volunteers:

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Photo credit Pluck’d Designs.

And another special thanks to my BFF, Saima (from LDN Shopaholic) and my wife, Meredith who were so supportive and energetic all weekend!

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Meredith made her famous American mac ‘n’ cheese on Sunday night to celebrate the awesome weekend – I am SO lucky!!!

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Quick Update! Giveaway Competition: Win a Shoshy Cadoodle® card or gift tag

Hello there!

Fancy winning a card or gift tag of your choice from Shoshy Cadoodle®?

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Well, you’re in luck, because we are super excited to announce that we’ve just launched our first ever competition. More details of how to enter are in my guest post over on London Local Team. I’ll give you a hint though, the competition involves snail mail and instagram… Two of my favourite things!

There are also tips on how to get started with Modern Calligraphy in my guest blog post, so that you can make cards/envelopes to your family and friends extra pretty and extra special!

Good luck! (I can’t wait to see your entries.)

PS. I have given you a head start if you go over directly to my instagram feed @shoshycadoodle

You’re welcome!


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Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine

Weddings are beautiful, happy events. And while some grooms may relish in rose-covered-cakes and lace encompassing every corner, for many, this look simply won’t cut it. This post is for all the grooms out there who want to keep their wedding stylish and masculine.

Gay Wedding Planning: 3 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Manly and Maculine

1. Skip the Flowers

Instead focus on foliage. Greenery can give your wedding a chic and modern edge, incorporating nature into your big day without going waaaay overboard on pink peonies and frilly lilies.

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Photography by Christian Oth via Adorn Magazine.

2. Put Your Own Twist On Tradition

We LOVE this cake inspired by a Mark Rothko painting, brought to life by The Whipped Bakeshop in Philadelphia.

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Gorgeous Mark Rothko Wedding Cake by Whipped Bakeshop, Philadelphia

We also love the idea of not having a cake at all and instead having a stack of delicious artisan cheeses!

This one is beautifully presented and by The Cheese Market.

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Those are just two examples of how you can take a tradition and put your own twist (and personality) onto it.

3. Invitations + Stationery

Whether you go clean and minimalist or add a bit more colour into your stationery, invitations and stationery are always a great way to set the tone of the day and show off your own styles.

Shoshy Cadoodle does stationery that is either ready-designed and customisable or can be totally bespoke and unique to you.

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Minimalist, monogram, monochrome wedding stationery invitation set by Shoshy Cadoodle

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Wedding Stationery / Invitations by Shoshy Cadoodle. Natural Henna Design Inspired

What do you think of these ideas? Would you incorporate any of them into your big day?

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LGBT Homeless Youth and News About Shoshy Cadoodle

An alarming percentage of homeless youth are LGBT – a whopping quarter of them. They are much more likely to end up living on the streets than their hetero peers. Almost 70% of those LGBT homeless youth were forced out of home by their own families. Shocking, isn’t it?

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Albert Kennedy Trust Statistics

The Albert Kennedy Trust provides much needed support and shelter to 16-25 year olds who are either homeless or living in a hostile environment where they are often physically and/or emotionally abused.

Since this charity is doing so many amazing things for homeless LGBT youth, I’d like to tell you about absolutely everything, but that would mean we’d be here until next year! So I will limit myself to listing just three fantastic things they do:

  • making sure the youth have food and clothes
  • helping with exam fees that couldn’t otherwise be afforded for a person suddenly in crisis
  • maintaining and improving mental health of those struggling by providing mentorships

After being so inspired by the Albert Kennedy Trust, I’ve decided to donate 10% of profits made on all Shoshy Cadoodle cards. You can buy them here.

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If you’d like to know more about the Albert Kennedy Trust, information is available here: www.akt.org.uk


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Three Amazing Israeli Ilustrators You Need to Know About Right Now

Inspired by my recent trip to Israel, here are three amazing Israeli Illustrators you need to know about right now.

  1. Noa Snir
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    Noa was born and raised in Jerusalem but now lives and works as a freelance illustrator in Berlin, Germany. Her inspiration comes from looking at older art rather than contemporary art. Outsider art  – art by people who don’t necessarily see themselves as artists, is particularly important to her. She loves colour and often has to restrain herself not to use every single colour that exists! A problem I can completely relate too as a fellow colour addict.
  2. Asaf Ben Harroch
    Assaf trained as an animator but found himself drawn to the world of illustration (excuse the pun). His work is often influenced by his experience of the environment of growing up on a kibbutz in Israel – the silence and the wide open spaces. He says he often uses colours inspired by the light in Israel – as if he is looking through the world with a sandy golden filter.
  3. Sari Anne Cohen
    Sari is a bit of a wild card, because she was born in France and grew up in America, but now lives in the vibrant city of Tel Aviv in Israel.
    Sari says, “When I moved to Israel suddenly writing didn’t have the same communicative power anymore (since I couldn’t write in Hebrew) and I naturally started drawing more and more. After a few years I decided to go back to school to study illustration, which is a thrilling mix of narrative and visual.”
    I agree that communication is a huge part of illustration and it’s definitely one of the things that makes me adore it so much. Sari’s mix of bold colours, interesting patterns and crisp edges go beautifully with the stories told in her work.


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WHY MAKE US FEEL AWKWARD?

Everyone likes receiving cards, they’re more personal than email or text and they show you’ve gone to so much more effort. Plus, they can contain pictures and phrases that really represent the giver/receiver in a way that modern communication like email and text has limitations on.

So if everyone likes them, why am I focusing on developing cards for specifically for LGBT people? Isn’t that a bit silly?

Well… uh… no, not at all.

The problem is, when I go to a card shop on my local high street and I look at the collection, I’m struck by the lack of choice, and often there isn’t really a choice or any options at all. I don’t want to give a “Mr & Mrs” card to my gay friends getting married… I don’t want to give an anniversary card to my wife with a picture of a man and a woman on it! That would just be weird. I want to feel represented and I want other LGBT people to feel represented too.

We struggle enough as it is feeling accepted and valued in society sometimes… So why does it have to be this way on really special occasions when we want to go to the effort of finding the right card and celebrating with people we care about?

So, that’s why I have made Shoshy Cadoodle with the intent on developing more and more, worthwhile LGBT cards and will continue to do so. This journey is just getting started. I’m curious what kind of cards would you like to see in the future?

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