Hello and Happy New Year! This year I thought I’d do something a bit different and instead of sharing a round up of commissions this post is entirely made up of personal work from 2016. It’s interesting to see the work like this in order of when I made it and its clear to see my love of line and pattern remains unwavering. Read more
I’m thrilled to share this recent project I did with the Science Museum. I was commissioned to create a bespoke map of London for them featuring iconic London landmarks and of course the Science Museum. My favourite parts of the map are the little details: the jellied eels, the corgi and the teeny elephant & castle. The map adorns a whole host of products including an A3 print, mug, tea towel, tote bag, magnet, postcard and badges. I visited the Museum yesterday and I felt quite overwhelmed seeing my work in the museum shop with a little sign about me. I’ve always wanted to work on a range of products and having the Science Museum as my first step into merchandise is really exciting. Thank you so much to the Science Museum team for this opportunity :)
I’m so excited that the studio is finished! The inside is still a work in progress in terms of organising so I thought I’d share some photos of the outside alongside some pics of how it looked when we first bough the house in July. (There will be pics to follow of the inside too so if you’re interested keep an eye out for that post.) The inside was the biggest transformation in terms of turning the space from a big shed into a work area so I’m excited to share those soon. Anyway back to the exterior…this is the before……And the after! When we first moved in the studio was hidden behind a mound of greenery. Unfortunately a large area of the door and window were blocked so we had to dig up a tree and cut everything way back. (The above pic was when we viewed the house and the below was how much the garden grew in the time in took for us to buy it!) Digging up the tree turned out to be the best decision as there is so much light now and its nice looking out over the garden and seeing the house. Read more
I recently worked on this packaging project to create a set of speculative jam labels. I wanted the design to be seen as a series reflecting different flavours.
I focused on illustrations of fruit and wildlife subjects combining them with organic pattern and hand rendering.Above is the pattern for the Mulberry conserve – a very Autumnal appropriate colour for this season.
Last week I spent some time in Milan working on a live illustration project with story telling agency Make Believe. I have worked with them on various live illustration projects over the last couple of years and they are always fun yet challenging. You can see a post from my first project in 2014 with them here. I have travelled to Munich, Switzerland and now Milan with them illustrating as part of a small team. This time we attended the European Patient Innovation Summit where Martin and I worked together on creating x34 A3 illustrations over the course of a day and a half. The illustrations were created after sitting in and listening to patients discussing the effect migraines and heart failure had on their lives. While Martin captures the stories and quotes from the day in note form, I illustrate them, we scan them and Martin colours them in Photoshop. They are then printed and displayed on the day as a gallery wall for the attendees to interact with after the conference. The illustrations created are kept under wraps and used internally for pharmaceutical company Novartis. I don’t have anything I can share here from the project but I flew to Milan for a few days before the job and took my travel sketchbook along so here are some of the sketches I did whilst out and about in Milan, I hope you like them…
Wednesday on The Great British Bake Off it was botanical week. I particularly loved Candice’s show stopper – it was so creative and unique! Did you see it? There’s a pic here… I decided to create a new botanical inspired pattern this week, it’s not food related but it was nice to have a word prompt for a new illustration.
This afternoon I’m off to Milan to spend a few days with my mum, a few days working on a live illustration job and the rest of the time working on my travel sketchbook – I’m excited! Hope you have a lovely weekend too.
This month I’ve started feeling more settled in our new house. Some of the initial stress and overwhelming feelings are starting to subside and I’m feeling more relaxed and remembering all the factors of the house we fell in love with. I feel lucky that we found this house and the excitement is building again with all the possibilities it will bring. Read more
Happy Monday! It’s a rather bleak one with rain showers and grey skies but I’m not letting the weather get me down today. I saddled up the dogs in their matching waterproof dog coats for a refreshing walk under the raindrops earlier and I’ve since been sat at my desk editing and planning new work to launch in my etsy shop. I’m delving into the world of giclee prints and I’ve been excitedly testing out new papers and ordering proofs so watch this space for some new items coming soon. The above pattern was inspired by a Rose Lemon tea I picked up from M&S (seriously delicious!) I’ve had it printed alongside my GBBO biscuit week inspired illustration and I’m now selling them both as greetings cards in my etsy shop. You can purchase them here!
I hope your Monday is going well, stop by on Wednesday for my regular GBBO inspired illustration for pastry week!