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Thursday, 16 December 2010

New Eat Me Magazine Images

I was asked by the people at Eat Me Magazine to create some more images for their new issue, to be used on the recipe cards section. 

Chocolate Truffles:

 Persimmons with Pineapple Fritters:

Potato dumplings and stew:

Stuffed Roasted Turkey Legs and all the trimmings:

The recipe cards can be pulled out of the magazine, for you to keep on your fridge! Cant wait to get my hands on the new issue, which is out sometime this month.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

New Edu-Play Image

The lovely people at Edu-Play Theater asked me to do another image for their new play to show on their website. 
This one is about the Egyptians. 

It will be on their website in the new year.

Kate Slater Collage Extraordinaire

Ive been following the work of Kate Slater since I was at uni, always been obsessed with her use of paper to create her amazing works, sometimes in 3D, and have often looked to her as inspiration for my own creations. 
So I was very excited at the release of her first childrens book and couldnt wait to get my hands on a copy. When I did,  I wasnt disappointed! 

Titled 'Magpie's Treasure', it tells the story of a magpie called Magnus who, naturally, has a love for all things shiny and the adventures it takes him on. 

The spreads are amazing, take a look at her endpapers:

I cant stress just how amazing the detail is in Kate's work, you must check out her website to believe the amaziness! 

Its a beautiful story, with beautiful spreads to boot, a source of inspiration for me! 

You can check out her work at her website HERE.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Cracking interview with the brill writer Sophie Amono!

Ive been interviewed by the wicked writer Sophie Amono, over at her Fried Eggs Blog!
Ive been following Sophie's blog since she set it up a few months ago, when she was fired from her office job and decided to go back to uni to follow her dreams of doing fashion journalism! Her blog posts are a laugh a minute, and I feel honored to be the first interview featured on there!

I had such a laugh answering some of the questions, (chicken and chips or chicken chow mein??).
Hopefully its informative, so check out the post HERE.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Logo Designs

I mentioned a while back that I had been working on some logo's for several companies (see earlier blog posts for character designs), and I can now share the final product!

The first I created for Fancy Furries, a new company specialising in accessories for pets! I created two characters for them, a pretty kitty and smart looking dog.

I then set the characters with the type for their company logo:

I also created a logo for a partner company, Spotlight Locums, however at the last minute they decided to use another designer :-(

The company specialises in hiring out locum vet nurses, hence the uniform on our lovely dog!

I still have a few left to work on, will post once finished.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

CreativeBoom LookBook feature

Im very happy to see that Ive been featured on CreativeBooms LookBook today!

You can check out the website HERE, they have just given it a re-vamp so would highly recommend a look!

Monday, 22 November 2010

SketchBook @ The Design Museum

Sketchbook Magazine presents a night of live fashion events, as the white washed Design Museum becomes a canvas for a night of drawing, talks, exhibitions and interactive VJ-ing projection. Come and join us and be inspired by the calm minimalism of John Pawson and the breadth of style in Drawing Fashion and join the editorial team of Sketchbook Magazine as they curate a series of live events inspired by Hywel Davies’ new book ‘Fashion Designers’ Sketch Books’. Join in live illustration classes, blogging and interviews with designers including, Amy Molyenaux from PPQ, Richard Nicoll, Bora Asku and Fred Butler.

For tickets and more information visit the Design Museum Website:

6PM: Richard Nicoll
Richard Nicoll is a London-based fashion designer. He graduated in 2002 from Central St. Martins with an MA in womenswear, and his graduation collection was bought by Dolce & Gabbana. He was subsequently awarded a bursary to set up his own label. For this he has developed a distinctive technique that explores a method of twisting fabric combined with draping influenced by Madame Gres. This results in a sculptural aesthetic to his collections. Nicoll has collaborated with photographers Jason Evans and Norbert Schoerner and has worked freelance for Lanvin, and LVMH in Paris. He has shown his collections at Osaka Fashion Week, Japan and Fashion East, in London, finally showing on the main schedule of London Fashion Week in 2005, where he continues to show his own label. In 2009, Richard Nicoll was appointed Creative Director of Cerruti.


7PM: Fred Butler
Fred Butler is a props stylist and accessories designer based in London. She works with art directors, stylists and photographers to create imaginative one-off pieces for fashion stories to enhance the aesthetic of a shoot. Her work is characterised by the inclusion of everyday object to create a kitsch yet elegant aesthetic. She previously worked for As Four and Shona Heath. Her clients include Nicola Formichetti, Patti Wilson, Jacob K, Leith Clark, Susie Lloyd, Patrick Wolf, Selfridges and 3D Creative.


8PM: Bora Asku

London-based Turkish designer, Bora Aksu received his first acclaim when he graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2002. Quoted as “the star of the show” by broadsheets such as The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, Aksu’s collection attracted not just the press but Domenico Dolce and Stephano Gabbana who purchased pieces as inspirational items for themselves. This same collection also caught the attention of the ARG equation group where he won a sponsorship award from them, giving him the opportunity to make his debut off-schedule catwalk show at London Fashion Week, February 2003. With 10 shows under his belt, his collaborations and projects with various artists carries on. Bora also signed a contract with People Tree-Fair trade organization to design exclusive capsule collections to raise awareness on fair trade work shops


9PM: Amy Moleyaux, PPQ

In London, 1992, Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker launched fashion label PPQ creating the inimitable style that continues to set the beat for London’s fashion drum today. From the early days there were zeitgeist design moves; PPQ spearheaded the drainpipe jean revolution dressing music maker’s including Amy Winehouse and Peter Doherty. The label’s signature smocks and modern cocktail dresses soon became fashion insider staples. Fashion’s best kept secret inevitably rolled off tongues and on to London Fashion Week’s official show calendar to continued success. Today, the design duo craft cutting-edge collections in strong shapes and bold prints incorporating elaborate fabrics in a spectrum of directional colours.


Illustration Workshops (Workshops will run from 4pm!)

Stephen Stone
Stephen Stone will be celebrating the energy of a live fashion illustration workshop that explores fast paced drawing, expressing the subjects individual style and character using both line and block colour.


Tomomi McMaster works as an illustrator and professionally throughout the Fashion and creative industry, her clients including Vogue Japan. She also runs a short course at Central Saint Martins on Fashion in Film.”This 1 hour interactive workshop is suited to those who have ageneral interest in art but perhaps not have done any drawings in a while. It teaches you how to pick forms from every day objects for illustrations. This exercise can be helpful in influencing and developing ideas in abstract fashion as well as art.


Gabriela Mot - Fashion Sketch, Collage

The purpose of this lesson is to understand the Fashion Sketch (proportions, technique’s line, to page, movement, mood, attitude), how to use the collage, the development of their capacity to realise a fashion sketch, the development of plastic language and to make sure they use correctly learned notions.

To understand the basic elements of creating a fashion sketch
How to page the sketch on a paper
To be able to work with the pencil to create illusion of movement, to modulate the line, symmetry
Able to realise a sketch with the help of notions learned earlier
To prepare the collage for the sketch and to stick them on the paper, depending on what they are choosing to express
To evaluate their own work and colleague’s work


Hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Cat Characters

Following on from the dog character's posted yesterday, I thought I would also share several cat characters also designed. 

Monday, 8 November 2010

Dog Characters

I know I have neglected the blog of late, that is due to being extremely busy! At this moment in time im currently working on 2 logos, a restaurant brand, recipe cards for Eat Me Magazine, the SketchBook Book, and have several other projects in talks! Phew! 

But I can give you a sneak peak of what I have been working on lately with the logos, these were created for the pitch:

Aren't they cute!?

Although not used in the initial logo, look out for them coming on stationary from yours truly soon . . .

Something else im working on, as if I don't have enough to do!

Friday, 22 October 2010

HelloYou Creatives newspaper

I was very happy to spot one of my illustrations in design agency HelloYou Creatives first published newspaper spotlight, which they sent out to agencies and designers all over the world!

(middle left!)
They feature my vintage TV image, created originally for a 'Dont Panic' poster submission.

The newspaper looks amazing and I wish I could have been privy to a copy!

Luckily Ive been told they will be releasing a pdf version soon so can take a better look!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Knitted Socks!

Winter is most definitely here now, and I'm giving in and getting the thermals out :-(
So it was time I knitted something warm that wasnt for baby but for me! 

As I get REALLY cold feet (bad circulation apparently!) I decided on socks, and found this really great pattern which is knitted on 2 needles, not circular as most patterns ask! (Which, if you're a knitter would understand as not being the easiest needles to get to grips with!)

They came out lovely, and are very warm, perfect to go over winter boots/converse!
Here they are being modeled by my mum (who has now claimed these once I finish the pair!).

I now have many orders from friends who want some for xmas . . . . .

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Oxford/Cambridge Debating

I recently completed these images for a book about Oxford, which is due out next year. 
They focus on the Oxford Vs Cambridge debate, the top image has each universities motto in Latin as its bike wheels! 

As an Oxford girl myself, I know which side of the river im on . . .

Thursday, 7 October 2010

V&A Visit Part 3 - Peter Rabbit: The Tale of the Tail

Also currently running at the V&A is a small exhibition about the brilliant Peter Rabbit, created by Beatrix Potter. 

Full of drawings and notes, it gives a great insight into one of the best loved children's characters.

There are also several manuscripts, and tells the tales of the beginnings of the books, including the problems getting the story initially published.

(Info taken from the V&A)
Beatrix wanted her picture book to be small (to fit a child's hands) and affordable, with a black and white illustration on every page to hold the attention of even the youngest reader. At least six publishers, including Frederick Warne, rejected Beatrix's manuscript, they wanted a larger, more expensive book with colour illustrations. Beatrix, however, was resolute: 'little rabbits cannot afford to spend 6 shillings on one book and would never buy it'. She decided to publish the book herself. On 16 December 1901 Strangeways & Sons printed 250 copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit with black and white illustrations produced by the Art Reproduction Company of Fetter Lane. 

Meanwhile a family friend, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley (a founder member of the National Trust) encouraged Frederick Warne to reconsider Beatrix's book. On 16 December 1901, as Beatrix celebrated her privately printed edition, Warne wrote to offer terms for the publication of the 'Bunny Book', she would have to cut the text and colour the illustrations.
Beatrix used one of her privately printed editions as a working copy, deleting eleven illustrations and re-writing the text until the book was just thirty-two pages. She was interested in all aspects of the book's production, editing meticulously Warne's proofs for both the text and illustrations and designing the cover, title page and frontispiece. She even made suggestions for the colour of the binding.
Publication began in October 1902 with a first edition of 8000 copies, a further 12,000 copies were printed in November and 8220 copies in December. Within a year Warne was already planning a sixth printing. Beatrix was astonished: 'The public must be fond of rabbits! What an appalling quantity of Peter'. Widely considered to be one of the most popular children's books of all time, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has gone on to sell an astonishing 40 million copies worldwide.

The format of the book has changed considerably since its first printing in October 1902. The text of the first three printings is identical but in the fourth printing of April 1903 Beatrix changed just one word, 'Peter wept big tears' became 'Peter shed big tears'. By August 1903 Beatrix had already published a second book, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, with colour endpapers.
In order to accommodate the new endpapers in the fifth and subsequent printings of The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix reluctantly eliminated a further four illustrations and adjusted the text accordingly. Warne introduced white jackets to all the little books during the Second World War but it was not until years later that they became standardised to distinguish them from re-illustrated and pirated editions. The 1987 Original and Authorized Edition of the series featured rephotographed illustrations and green covers under white jackets.

Most recently, Warne redesigned the entire series of little books for the 2002 centenary of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, including a new typeface on cream paper and Beatrix's preferred plain endpapers. Most significantly, Warne restored the four illustrations removed from The Tale of Peter Rabbit in October 1903 and included two further illustrations produced by Beatrix for Warne's first edition but never used. Warne's latest edition of the tale follows 'faithfully Beatrix Potter's intentions while benefiting from advances in modern printing and design techniques.'

Its amazing to think that so much work went into producing the stories, but they are worth it as the illustrations are beautiful. 
The exhibition is on until January so plenty of time left to check it out.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Edu-Play Website Update

Im very happy that Edu-Play theater company have now fully updated their website and use of the images I created for them recently. 

'The Inventors' has now been released for January, and my image is now up on the website. 

'The Lady with the Lamp' is still running, and my image can be seen.

Their website is looking much better (check it out HERE) and I cant wait to work on more images for them.

Monday, 4 October 2010

V&A Visit Part 2 - Illustration Awards

One of the main reasons for my visit to the V and A Museum was to see the winners of the Annual V&A Illustrations awards. Held yearly, they are to highlight the best book and editorial illustration published in the UK. One of the best things about the competition is that it is free to enter, as many of the best competitions do come with a hefty entry fee, and if you are not as established as you want it does seem like a high price to pay.
There are four categories to enter:

Student Illustrator Award

This years winner is Hanshen Gu, with three pieces entitled 'How does transport kill my life?'

Holding a degree in Graphic Design, he is currently studying for an MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins.
He explores the uneasy but dependent relationship we have with the machines we use to transport us everyday. 'Most parts of my work are chosen from my sketchbook. There are many illustrations in it relating to public transport … I try to express my feelings and emotions when I spend too much time on it.'

Editorial Award Winner

My favourite winner, Matthew Richardson's Illustration 'Phantom Space Storm' won the editorial award.

The illustration accompanies a New Scientist article which explores the effects that storms in outer space have on the weather patterns within the Earth's atmosphere.
Matthew Richardson studied Graphic Design at Middlesex University (wooo!), Illustration at Central Saint Martins and more recently gained an MA in Fine Art at UWIC, Cardiff. He exhibits his work nationally and has won several awards from the Association of Illustrators. The artist is regularly asked to contribute editorial illustrations to the New Scientist for scientific concepts.

Book Cover Award Winner

Marion Deuchars produced a range of cover illustrations for Penguin's recently republished series of George Orwell titles and it was her cover design for Burmese Days that really won the judges.

The artist creates the cover's identity through a combination of collage and hand-painted elements. The large, imposing panel of predesigned typography that runs through the whole Penguin Modern Classics series is cleverly interwoven into the overall cover design. The cover also contains delicate elements such as the photo printed in pink to create the feel of a Burmese sunset.

 I also really like these covers, they seem so delicate yet strikingly eye catching at the same time.

The Illustrated Book Award and Overall Winner

The overall winner this year was Susan Carr with her innovative use of letterpress printing to form the illustrations for her book 'How to Drink'.

Using only two colours throughout, I loved her simple illustrations and her page layouts.

Carr took inspiration from the work of the Dutch artist and typographer H.N. Werkman: 'I tried to create images by abstracting the letterforms. The textured quality achieved in woodblock printing gives character and warmth to the print, which helps the illustrations feel lively and animated.'

arr graduated with a BA Honours degree in Graphic Design from Kingston University in 2003. She currently works within a small team of multi-disciplinary designers at Here Design agency based in east London. She has worked for a variety of design studios dealing with clients such as Waitrose, Green & Black's, Fortnum & Mason, Nude, and We Are What We Do.

The winning work is on display until January, so you have plenty of time to go check them out, although be warned it is a trek to find them in the museum, they are located on the 3rd floor!

Entry for next years awards is open until December, which I'm considering entering . . .