Paradise is here on Earth, brightly coloured and full of cats, butterflies and friendly parrots. Ladies and gentlemen – Key West!
Probably the most amazing holiday I’ve ever been on- heaven for a cat lover with a passion for old American houses. The food was excellent and the caribbean vibe was made all the more exciting by the wildlife wandering free in the streets. There were strutting cockerels and swaggering iguanas, a holiday of surprises and beautiful sunsets. It felt like being in an old movie with it’s waving palms and ceiling fans and there was many a sun-bleached wooden porch where I could spend my days lazing in the warm evening breeze.
Leaving was quite an emotional experience, but I’ll be back one day to play with Hemingway’s six-toed cats and sip some rum at sun down.
Categories: Cats, Photography, Travel, Vibe Monitor, Video
Tags: Ernest Hemingway, Island life, Key West, USA, vacation, wildlife, wooden houses
The perfect gift for any Mancunian, 12 fine art prints of Manchester through the seasons, bound into a calendar for 2017. From the winter sun winking through the Barton Arcade to swans in the sunset at Chorlton Water Park, these colourful illustrations will brighten the dampest of days ahead. Available from Chorlton art Market and online from markwallisdesign.com
Here’s a travelogue of a crazy vacation in the City by the Bay. My favourite place on Earth, I’m never happier than when I’m tearing about trying to see everything at once. Such a handsome place, bursting with character and charm, inspirational and romantic. And if you’ve never seen a zebra crossing turn into a coy carp then you’ve never been to The Haight…
Categories: Photography, Random, Travel, Vibe Monitor, Video
Tags: Haight and Ashbury, iPhone 6s, Mark Wallis Design, psychedelic, San Francisco, The Haight, travelogue, USA
http://www.chorltonartmarket.com is a new site which I’ve designed to showcase the most colourful shop in Chorlton, Manchester. There’s a wellspring of talented artists and craftspeople in our city as you can see from the framed art, prints, cards, gifts and homeware. Chorlton Art Market also has some of the most eclectic vintage clothing in the north of England, featuring unique dresses, coats and accessories with occasional couture classics. Come and explore!
My first ever market stall was a big success yesterday at The Post Box Cafe Market in Chorlton, Manchester. It was a shabby chic affair – more chic than shabby! There were jazz singers, kittens and sangria in the sunshine. I’m launching a new range of feline flavoured cards which you can buy from markwallisdesign.com as fine art print greetings cards or framed prints. If you’re in Manchester, why not call in at the Chorlton Art Market to buy a card or a print in person.
Categories: Art, Cats, Design, Photography, Random, Vibe Monitor
Tags: Chorlton, framed prints, greetings cards, Manchester, Mark Wallis, Mark Wallis Design, market Stall, shabby chic, The Post Box cafe