Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The big draw







I just wanted to share with you the amazing fun our little family had at the V& A Museum of Childhood over at the big draw festival. They had  special guests writer Jacqueline Wilson and illustrators Nick Sharratt and Marion Deuchars who started  a day of creative fun to launch the Big Draw.

Lost of fun to be had and especially at the OKIDO magazine stall. The people where super nice and Rocket managed to complete his tasks and receive a very nice goodies bag too. Find out more here about OKIDO a very cool magazines just for kids printed here in London about art and science.
Find out more about the big draw here. http://www.thebigdraw.org/









Add fun to your year







Hello it's October already my blog has been neglected lately but  I have been very busy here in London. The weather is so lovely here with crisp sunny days and crunchy leaves underfoot autumn is really here now. Here is a new calendar to download and get you in the mood for some trick and treating this month. Enjoy.

Friday, September 19, 2014

From my desk this week- Upside down house



Hello from my desk this week. Sorry I have been neglecting my blog the pass few weeks. I have been living in an upside down house for the pass few weeks as we make some long due repairs to our home. I have been a bit of nomad around the house and around London finding a spot to draw and create some new prints for the London Print Design Fair coming up soon.

The good news is we will have a fresh new studio  to work in soon. Lots of de cluttering going on and some fresh paint. It will all be worth it as we get ready for the winter months ahead. It feels like an autumn (spring clean) just now in our home.

Have a good weekend and see you next week..

Friday, September 5, 2014

From my desk this week- Summer School last brief.




Hello from my desk this week. This week was the last brief for summer school at make it in design.  I just made it to complete the brief. The brief was to work on layering different decorative styles. I wanted to create a contemporary feel to it. I took some inspiration from my recent trip to Paris and the over the top style of the Palace of Versailles and the simple shapes you can find  of Notre Dame Cathedral. Mixed the two styles together to make a wallpaper design. I really enjoyed summer school but I felt I didn't go very deep with the briefs due to the lack of time I had during the school  holidays.
This last brief I just had an evening to complete it. I definitely want to develop my design into proper collections now.  It was great to had such diverse design styles to work on and products. I am really glad I took part. It has sparked off some fresh new ideas.

You can see the lovely designs everyone created.
View the galleries going live today here.

More about Paris things next week. Have a great weekend XX.

Sketches inspired by Paris.

Bell tower at Notre Dame Cathedral

Ott style of the Palace of Versailles

Ott style of the Palace of Versailles

Sunday, August 31, 2014

From my desk this week- Growing GTS





Hello form my desk this week. Here  is my submission for Lilla Roger's Global Talent search. The brief was to create a piece of wall art using the theme tiny terrariums which is something I have been exploring already remember my piece un free can set you free.

I decide to carry on that theme with a little group of bugs in their tiny world and wanting to go out into the world and explore more out there. In away that's how I feel now I have been through the boot camp experienced I feel I need to go out there and grow and explore more possibilities in the creative world.
On a personal level I didn't feel my piece was quite right for the submission but I had a go. It felt too rushed and not really developed my piece  enough and something that was quite different from something I have made before. I am glad I just went for it and had the experience of submitting. Here are few of my initial ideas sketch below.

The gallery went live this week  so check it out here and the top 50 artist have been chosen. There is some really beautiful work. It must have been so hard to choose them. I will be rooting for some of my fellow boot camp artists in the next round and can't wait to see what they create next.










Friday, August 29, 2014

Add fun to your year



There is an chill in the air now and the leaves are softly starting to fall onto the pavement below. Autumn
is just around the corner and there is an exciting feeling of going back to school in the air.
Here is my September calendar to enjoy and add fun to your year.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer school make it in design Galleries now open.








It's time for brief 2 at the Make it in design Summer school to be revealed. All the galleries are now open so check out the lovely designs here

Here are my designs for the advanced track which was based on the current tribal trend and to design so lovely colourful patterns for storage boxes for a child's room. I have to say I had so little time to do this before I went away so I was really unsure of the results I pushed myself to finish the brief. I just received that last brief today which is just perfect after my trip to Paris and feeling very inspired indeed to work on the last brief with a bit more time to work on it too. Have a good week..

Hallmark Creative blog five words competition shortlisted again.



Hello I am back from Paris and had such a great time. I have been to Paris so many times for work standing in trade shows. It's so nice to actually spend time with my family and with fresh eyes in day light looking at the amazing galleries and sights of Paris . I will let you know about Paris later on.
I had some lovely news while I was away I was short listed again for the five words competition run by Hallmark Creative Blog.

The winner's design by Tabula Rosi was so lovely and I was also happy to see Sara Castro Monteiro  it is so nice to see her work in the shortlist as we have become on-line design friends through various courses and it is so nice to see her design in the shortlist.

A huge big thank you to Hallmark team for selecting my work.