Thursday

Camomile for H&B


Hello! here's a new camomile flower illustration for Holland & Barrett, I worked really hard on the colour for the base and neck of the stem and I'm really pleased with how they've turned out!

WHAT A WEEK! I'm currently juggling really exciting jobs for Charbonnel et Walker and Jo Malone and yesterday I was lecturing at De Montford University in Leicester. Today I visited the lovely people at Ted Baker HQ to share the work created during the 2nd term of my residency. They've been funding the residency and are a hugely supportive and creative team so it's always fun to catch up. Term three of the residency starts on Monday, so I'm itching to get back after the Easter break!

I've finished planning for my (fully booked eek!) art classes at this years Squam USA. I'm returning to New England at the start of June to teach a colour filled class and so I've been creating all the hand outs, making the example books and buying paints, pens and crayons in every colour of the rainbow! This will be my third year at Squam (find out about last years visit here), it really is the most beautiful and inspiring place and I'm so looking forward to it!

On Sunday I'm off to Sketch to see a lovely art director from Hakuhodo Ad agency who I originally met during my trip to Tokyo for my solo exhibition in 2013. I'm really excited to catch up with her and especially as Skecth do a special vegan afternoon tea HURRAH! 

Have a fantastic week, and I hope the Spring sun is shining on you x

Wednesday

Fickle Tattoos





Hello! I just wanted to share these new temporary tattoo designs created for Fickle Tattoos, they'll be available to buy from their website soon - next time you see me I'll probably be covered in them!

This week I'm working on the new project for Charbonnel et Walker, and having lots of meetings for REALLY exciting new projects (can't say anything yet but watch this space...). Next week I'm off to De Montfort University in Leicester for a days teaching, and I'm meeting with my favourite people at Ted Baker to show them what I've been up to during term 2 of my Artist Residency at Royal Holloway University.

There's so many amazing exhibitions on at the moment so I'm heading off to see how many I can see on Sunday, on my hit list is... The Fashion Gallery at The Shop at Bluebird, The Hermès exhibition at The Saatchi Gallery, The Goya show at The Courtauld and The Diebenkorn at the RA. I also really want to see Ravilious at The Dulwich Picture Gallery, but I think that's just going to have to wait for another day!

Have a great week (I hope it's full of drawing and adventures) x


Friday

Anniversary commission


Hello!

I just wanted to share this new piece created as an anniversary gift. I worked from photos of the bridal bouquet, and it's a smallish A5 original drawing with touches of watercolour.

Wow what a great week, I have finished the adult colouring book on Birds of Paradise commissioned by Pictura (Templar Publishing) and started a BEAUTIFUL and romantic new commission for Charbonnel et Walker chocolates. 

Term two of my Artist Residency at Royal Holloway University in the Plant Molecular Science Dept finished on Monday (funded by my favourite people at Ted Baker). I am collaborating with scientists to explore the potential of manipulating flowers to reflect my drawings, and even designing a brand new plant! It is the MOST exciting project! On Wednesday I went to meet the super clever cocktail King Ryan Chetiyawardana, A.K.A Mr Lyan at his bar Dandelyan in the Mondrian Hotel on the Southbank.  I'm currently exploring fantastical, invented fruits and seeds and wanted to hear what he would desire in a new fruit in terms of texture, taste, aroma and colour. I am still buzzing with ideas generated from the meeting and will be spending today writing up my notes and making sketches!

I hope that you have a wonderful Easter break with the people you love, and lots and lots and lots of chocolate x

Wednesday

Henley Festival 2015



Hello! I just wanted to share this site map created for the Henley Festival 2015 it was really fun to draw all the different tents and my favourite part was the fireworks and the boats around the floating stage.

Today I've started a REALLY exciting and romantic commission and I'm looking forward to telling you all about it. I'm also happy to announce that the giant London Fields commission is currently being installed and should be complete at the end of April so not long now until I can show you that too! (The London Fields commission is a new retail and residential commission with 32 flats and 5 commercial units and I've created laser cut brass artwork for each of the doors, the lift and a 18 x 6 meter wallpiece PHEW!)

Tomorrow I have the golden ticket as I'm off to see the McQueen exhibition at The V&A and then on Friday I'm going to the Directors Tour at The Drawing Room so lots of exciting things to see and do!

Have a great week, it's felt so Spring like today HURRAH! x

Thursday

Waitrose Kitchen




Hello! Today it really feels like Spring, it's sunny and warm(ish!) and the gardens are full of daffodils, primrose, crocus, and the last of the snowdrops. I'm hard at work on my Birds of Paradise book for Templar, enjoying the sunny studio and drinking copious amounts of earl grey tea! Yesterday I had the most incredible opportunity to visit The Millennium Seed Bank in Sussex where Wolfgang Stuppy (Kew's expert on seed and fruit anatomy and morphology and author) very kindly gave me a private behind the scenes tour and answered my endless bumbling questions. It was so inspiring and exciting and I really couldn't believe my luck! My residency has led to so many interesting and often unexpected meetings and so many people have and continue to be incredible generous with their time.

Last night I went to Sadlers Wells to see the English National Ballet's Modern Masters. It was the very first piece that has stayed with me, Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián’s featuring six men, six women, and six fencing foils, just totally spellbinding. It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning!

Tomorrow I'm off to Brighton to collect a new dress from the geniuses at Dig For Victory (I cannot wait to show it to you!) and on Sunday I'm off to the Barbican to see their conservatory and their new exhibition 'Magnificent Obsessions : The Artist as Collector'.

Above are some images I created for Waitrose Kitchen Magazine, I'm now off to make myself a pasta lunch very similar to the top image!

Have a great day and I hope that it's sunny where you are!

Monday

Adventures in Brussels and Bruges












I had the most wonderful trip to Brussels and Bruges, it was so inspiring and I just wanted to share some snapshots from my (too brief!) time there. I saw and did so much but the things which really inspired me and have stayed with me on my return were..

- The hand carved wooden moulds at J Dandoy for shaping speculoos (spiced biscuits)

- Emilio Lopez-Menchero at the Centrale for Contemporary Art particularly his "Trying to be Frida' photograph displayed in a room with a wonderful printed floor.

- The stunning Breugels at the Musee Old Masters

- The Gallery of Hearts at the Musees Royeaux d'Art et d'Histoire, an entire room full of paintings, sculptures and prints featuring the heart. I found the collection really inspiring, moving and romantic.

- Ellen Harvey's temporary exhibition at the Groeningemuseum depicting maps of Brussels inlaid into mirrow, so the many waterways of the city shone silver and reflected the viewer.

- Andrew George's temporary exhibition at the Memlingmuseum made me cry, a beautiful photography exhibition with accompanying interviews from terminally ill people in hospices.

- The Helig Bloedbasiliek the most beautifully painted and printed church - so inspiring!

This week I'm really excited to be back in the studio working on my Birds of Paradise book for Pictura. On Wednesday I'm having a private behind the scenes tour of The Millennium Seed Bank as part of my Artist in Residence project - I'm SO EXCITED! and can't wait to tell you all about it! x

Wednesday

Petunia Circadia




Hello all! if you've been looking on Instagram you'll know that I've been working on (and teasing you all about) this painting, so I'm really excited to be able to explain all now.... 

... I'm currently Artist in Residence in the Plant Molecular Science Department at Royal Holloway University (funded by the lovely folk at Ted Baker - more info here). As part of this exciting project I've been speaking to gardeners, botanists, breeders and scientists to explore the possibilities of creating new and altering existing plants to reflect my drawings. One of the most interesting projects I had come across in my research was from the USA 'Petunia Circadia' by RevBio, and I had the fantastic opportunity to meet with the two scientists behind the project; Keira Havens and Nikolai Braun whilst they were in London earlier this month.

Petunia Circadia is a petunia that will be developed by Keira and Nikolai to change colour throughout the day. It will start out pink in the morning, travel through purple and end up blue in the evening and yes, when you wake up it will be pink again! This is a long term project, the first stage of which is to create petunias that change colour from white to red (using science rather than dyes!). These plants will then be used by artist Prof. Helen Storey to create a London based installation in response to the Paris Climate Change Summit later this year. In order to fund this exciting work they are launching a crowdfunding campaign here

I am so excited by the potential of this project, and so have joined forces with them to create their glorious Petunia Circadia, visualising its colour change over the course of a single day. Prints of my painting will be sent to individuals that back their campaign as a thank you for their support. I'll be updating this blogpost with the link to the campaign as soon as it goes live, so please check back next week to find out more. If you can't wait follow the links within this post to learn more about RevBio and the science behind their ideas!

Have a wonderful week whatever you get up to and I'll be back next time to tell you all about my upcoming sketchbook trip to Brussels and Bruges! x