Last week I gave two talks, one at Westminster University to their Illustration students and a CPD talk to Flanagan Lawrence Architects, (the image above of me jabbering on was taken by the lovely Rob Cartwright). 

It's still totally manic in the studio, catching up from my travels to India and Morocco in October. I'm working on a range of AMAZING projects at the moment, most of them top secret (booo), but I can tell you that I've finished the Christmas card for the Historic Royal Palaces (Kensington Palace, Tower of London etc etc) and I've nearly finished my kitchen range for Marks & Spencer too - I can't wait to show you them!

I'm currently learning about developmental biology on my Artist in Residence project at Royal Holloway. It's fascinating and impossibly difficult in equal measures, it's really informing my work in the studio. This term I've been working on some larger pieces,  if you keep an eye on my Instagram account you can see some sneak peeks.

Next Monday I'll be teaching drawing at The Hoxton (Mon 30th Nov 6.30-8.30pm) based on my book Fearless Drawing. All abilities are very welcome and it will be a super fun taster session. I think there's only two places left at the moment so if you'd like to come book here!

There's so many incredible exhibitions on at the moment so if you're in/ around London I really recommend; Susan Derges at Purdy Hicks, Cy Twombly at the new Gagosian and Irving Penn's Flowers at Hamiltons Gallery. If you're in Somerset I REALLY recommend a trip to the current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, they also have a nice restaurant on site, and the little village where it's situated (Bruton) is a great place to spend the weekend!

OK, back to the drawing board (literally!) x


Scientific diagrams

Hello! I'm really excited to share the first of a new series of scientific diagrams that I'm working on for my residency collaborator at Royal Holloway. I'm really inspired by the way this is working out, particularly in parallel with the more free form work I'm creating as part of the residency.

It's been a crazy week juggling lots of drawings for Daler Rowney, Marks & Spencer and Historic Royal Palaces. All such exciting projects but having to invent more hours on the day (note to self this is what happens if you run away to India and Morocco throughout October ha ha!)

I also just wanted to remind you that I'll be teaching a fun and friendly adult drawing workshop at The Hoxton on Mon 30th Nov 6.30-8.30pm based on my book Fearless Drawing. All abilities are very welcome and it will be a fun taster session. I don't get to teach very often so I'm really excited about this event and it would be so great to meet you there!

Have a fantastic weekend, I'm off to Somerset for long walks, nice food and a PV at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery - see you next week x

The Hunger Project & Podcast


Wow what a week, lots of really exciting meetings about AMAZING new projects (which obviously I can't share yet) but there has been much dancing and celebratory cake eating! In addition to top secret meetings I've been working really hard on something festive for Historic Royal Palaces (Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kew Palace, Hillsborough Castle and The Tower of London) and some products for Marks & Spencer ready for launch this time next year. My podcast for Smart Creative Women is now live, it was such a pleasure to talk with the fantastic Monica Lee about my career and if you'd like to find out more about me and listen in you can check it out here (or on iTunes)

I created the drawing above for The Hunger Project ready to auction at their gala dinner later this month. It's a drawing of the Moringa (miracle) tree which grows quickly, even in drought conditions, has highly nutritious leaves and seed pods which provide high amounts of protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A, B and C, and and it’s seeds are even used to purify unclean water! The Hunger Project is a global non-profit organization whose mission is to end hunger and poverty and fingers crossed my drawing raises lots of money to help their incredible work!

Enjoy the rest of your week and I hope you have an amazing weekend x

Holland & Barrett

Hello lovely people!

Very exciting day, I'm off to London for lots of new project meetings, they're top secret at the moment but I'll share what I'm up to as soon as I can.

Here's some new illustration for Holland & Barrett of honey, I always look forward to this regular commission as they give me complete creative freedom and it's always nature and plant based which is my favourite!

This week I've created a drawing for The Hunger Project to auction at their Gala event in November, I've posted it on Instagram but I'll do a proper blogpost about it soon. I'm also working on a new series of work for my residency project (funded by the super peeps at Ted Baker), and creating Daler Rowney's Christmas card so lots happening in the studio.

Last week I went to see the Fabric of India exhibition at the V&A and it is INCREDIBLE! If you can get there you really should go. I found it particularly relevant as I'm just back from Jaipur (find out more about this trip here) and I'd spent my time there learning about Indian textiles. I was also really excited to see the piece by Brigitte Singh, as I visited her studio whilst I was in India and bought a really beautiful block printed scarf.

Just a quick reminder that I'm teaching a drawing workshop at The Hoxton in London on the 30th November and I'd really love to see you there (full details here)

Enjoy the rest of the week xx


Drawing Class at The Hoxton


I'm so excited to announce I'll be teaching a fun and friendly drawing class at the Hoxton in Shoreditch London Monday 30th November 18:30-20:30pm. 

Loosely based on my book 'Fearless Drawing' it's a super speedy introduction to a new relationship with drawing. I'll be helping you to uncover or rediscover your own personal approach and style. All abilities are very welcome from complete terrified beginners (my speciality!) to rusty pros. It's a chance to have a go, have a drink and get inspired.

You can find out more details and book here and I can't wait to meet you and get started x

Jaipur Adventure

I've spent the last 10 days in India learning block printing in Jaipur from the fantastic Heather Moore (aka Skinny laMinx), mud resist printing with indigo dyes and block printing with natural dyes in Bagru. I also visited museums, Brigitte Singh's studio, a paper making factory, bazaars and explored the city in tuc-tucs, cars and on my little legs!

We stayed at the Hotel Diggi Palace, it's covered in hand painted details and each morning I had breakfast in the garden surrounded by peacocks, chipmunks and lime green parakeets. On arrival I was given a blessing on my forehead and a garland of marigolds to wear (which are now squished in my flower press!)

The traffic in Jaipur was amazing and included elephants, horses, cars, tuc-tucs, goats, camels, brightly painted trucks, pigs, cows and motorbikes with huge numbers of people and items on. We spotted one motorbike with six members of a family all squashed on! The beeping horns are relentless but not aggressive, there's not really lanes so everyone is just beeping to let everyone else know where they are. The people of Jaipur are so friendly, it was no problem getting lost as everyone wanted to help!

I had THE BEST time in the workshops, and added a bit of hand drawing, painting and nature printing to most of my designs. 

We had so many opportunities to watch and learn from master crafts men and women...

Here's a design I hand painted in mud and then left in the sun to dry, it then was plunged into the ten foot deep indigo blue dye (which I was terrified of falling in!)...

The pink city walls are covered in beautiful hand painted borders and one morning I spotted the painter at work!

I filled an ENTIRE sketchbook printing beautiful hand carved blocks...

One morning we decided to get up early and visit the flower market... 

Here are the garlands I chose...

I loved the bazaars, they were so inspiring...

But there was inspiration everywhere I looked...

The colour combinations in the Old City were INCREDIBLE...

I loved all the bamboo scaffolding... 

The level of painted and sculptural detail in the buildings was amazing...

and the metal detailing at the City Palace...

A highlight was viewing the Indian Miniature Painting collection at the Albert Hall Museum...

On the last day I treated myself to a very old kantha quilt. It's hand stitched, double sided and created from scraps of material held together with thousands of delicate running stitches which gives it a beautiful texture...

I also bought a silk circle skirt from the 30's, the hem is embroidered with Hindi text spelling out many destinations in India. I LOVE it so much and will be heading down to Brighton to see Eleanor at Dig For Victory to get it reworked into a dress...

I cannot recommend this trip highly enough (further info here), it was the PERFECT combination of creative and inspiring workshops with lots of free time to explore the city alone. I will definitely be going back to India, and I'm already day dreaming about my next trip! ...


Illusive Contemporary Illustrtaion

Hello! I'm really pleased to share the new book on Contemporary Illustration from Gestalten "Illusive" above. My large scale installations for Smythson and Coutts were selected for inclusion, and I'm really proud to see them in print (available now in all good bookshops!). There's so many inspiring illustrators and it's a lovely big hardback so I'm really enjoying leafing through with a big cup of tea in the evenings.
It's so great to be back in the studio after Marrakech but it's a brief manic spell of work before I head off to India next Tuesday I AM SOOOO EXCITED! If you'd like to keep up with my travels (and my sketchbook) you can follow me on Instagram here. I've now started the second year of my Artist in Residence project at Royal Holloway University funded by the lovely folk at Ted Baker (there's more info about it here). This term I'm attending the lectures and taking part in the practicals of the Developmental Biology course and it's HARD! lots and lots of studying required - wish me luck!
OK, back to a mixture of finishing off deadlines and packing for next week... next time I'll big back with a HUGE blogpost all about my Indian adventure! x