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Hi Vanessa
Gosh you have been busy!
The exhibition looks good - wish I lived nearer!
Looking forward to seeing the knitted dress soon
PS any updates on the Coats/Clarke projects yet?? enjoy your knitting group!


Busy girl! I love your turquoise top and orange watch together- complimentary colours.

Sue x


Congratulations on the exhibition, it's nice for you to get a bit more exposure. As for the dress, I am guessing that it is no longer a dress!



Hi Vanessa,
The exhibition looks great, you must be very proud. You know, I never realised that the pictures you paint for the books are so big, thought they'd be just sort of A5 - no, I don't know why I thought that!
Hope you have a good weekend (wishing it a bit early as we're off away tomorrow). Sorry for the delay with your you know what, will definitely get down to finishing it and sending next week with Harry back in school.
Hen xxx

Marion L

Looks like a fascinating exhibition. We're usually on holiday in Northumberland at this time of year and I'm sorry not to be there this year, as we'd definitely have headed to see this. We discovered The Gymnasium art gallery last year during a walk round the walls.

Kate Bruning

I wish I could come... and bring the boys with me. How fantastic to see the way they all come to life. I love how you paint magic with your fairy dust sparkles. Lots and lots and lots of love, Kate xxooxxooxx.

Isabelle (from France)

Congratulations on the exhibition Vanessa! It sounds and looks very interesting, a bit like being allowed into rehearsals before a show.
A vendredi!

Erica K

Hmm, I'm intrigued!

The exhibit looks lovely and very interesting...I'd love to come see it.


Congratulations on the exhibition Vanessa, it looks great!
Vivienne x


Vanessa, it's grand to the see the photos of the exhibit and to read your words about the various parts of the exhibit.

I so hope that this show will bring your work to the attention of many folks, and that those folks will ... have to have at least one of your paintings in their very own home, soon.

It's amazing to see how you have been able to get back to your home/work situation so soon after your visit to Turkey. I surely do hope that much of that Turkey visual spell is still clinging to your inner eye.

And...of course I am curious to the the transformation of The Knitted Dress. xo

Congratulations! I saw a really nice coffee table type book on John Burningham recently - a sort of retrospective of his work so far - if you're interested in him. Claire x

Janice Perkin

the exhibition looks great - how long is it on for? - we are up at Seahouses the last week in June - can't imagine what you have done to the dress!!!

Puppet Lady

That turkish delight looks yummy. Hope you brought back a good supply! Congratulations on the exhibition - I'm too far away to come unfortunately, as it looks very interesting.


Margot K of VA

Seeing the process behind the work of an artist is so very helpful. Many years ago I saw an exhibit at the Baltimore Art Museum on the making of the Babar series. Fascinating how the illustrator build up the story and drawings, as well as instructive. This is how books are made. They don't just happen with out a lot of thought and trials. But diligence is behind the work.


Wow Vanessa,
I wish i lived near Berwick on Tweed cos i would be at that exhibition in a shot. I hope it proves fruitful.
Oh can`t wait to see what`s happened to your dress, cos i`ve told some friends at my knitting group.
Love Carole from Rossendale xxxxxx


Your watercolour colours again with your shirt and the delicious looking turkish delight! The exhibition looks really wonderful. You must have been thrilled to see it all up on the wall. I so would love to see it all, maybe one day!It is so interesting too to see the illustrations for your books. You have been amazingly busy, I can't berlieve how much you have achieved since getting home, and this is apart from all the daily living chore... and knitting! Love Aubrey


I know how much work goes into an exhibition, no wonder you've been busy. Wish I didn't live so far away! Can't wait to see the dress transformation! P x


Gosh, you and Hockney exhibiting together, how fantastic!! My dad had a huge 6 foot square collage he'd done, hung next to Hockney at the RSA in Edinburgh years ago and the excitement was such I think he had to go and lie down for a couple of hours!! WOOOOW!


What a lovely exhibition! I love to see the process and would be so inspired by going to see this, well done!xx


Fascinating post - I love how you are exhibiting your process, rather than just the finished product. It feels more personal somehow. I hope it's a great success for you.

Jenni at Baa-me Kniits

Wow Vanessa that is fantastic....I love your illustrations! How nice to be able to show the process you go thru to get to the end result. I wish I didn't live so far away, I would have loved to see the exhibition :-( BUT I can't wait to see your dress :-)


hello Vanessa

I had to pop in and say how inspiring I find you and your work. I am still waiting to illustrate my first children's book, but I'm getting some really positive feedback from publishers so I hope it won't be much longer before I can get stuck in too!
Its always wonderful to see the process and the work of other artists such as yourself, and I wanted to say well done on a lovely exhibition.

Much love
Julia x x x

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon