Wednesday

Eton Natural History Museum




 







Hello!

I'm so pleased to be able to share this new activity trail for The Natural History Museum at Eton College. I am OBSESSED with museums and galleries, and actually have an MA in Museum Studies where I specialised in gallery education, so this was the most amazing project which allowed me to share my love of drawing and museums!

Working closely with the fantastic staff I wrote and illustrated the trail which explores the life of Joseph Banks, and it's printed onto double sided A3 card which then folds into a booklet. It will be used by schools and family groups visiting the museum and takes them around the exhibits to lean more about Banks.

This week I've been on site at Warehaus, working with the architect and developer to plan the install of my artwork. It's a new retail and residential development at London Fields and I've created 32 doors, a lift panel and a large atrium artwork created from laser cut brass. It's a HUGE job and will be installed in Jan 2015, I'm really looking forward to showing it to you! In the meantime my Christmas window will be installed at Coutts on 440 Strand opposite Charing Cross Road in London and will launch on the 1st Dec so I'll be able to show you that very soon.

After such an intense period of working I'm taking things a bit easier, at the weekend I ran away with Steve to Suffolk to a house with the most incredible views and tomorrow I'm taking the day off to go and see the Horst exhibition at the V&A, Leighton House Museum and to watch Mr Turner at the cinema HURRAH!

Have a great week and keep your eye on my Instagram for the first glimpse of my Christmas windows x

Thursday

Harvey Nichols Christmas Windows 2014





Hello!

My illustrated window for Coutts is now FINISHED! it launches at 440 Strand in London (opposite Charing Cross Station) on the 1st December and I am so excited to show it to you! 

Until then I wanted to share some new drawings commissioned earlier this year for Harvey Nichols. Their wonderful 'Into the Woods' Christmas scheme has now launched and late summer I designed a range of creatures for them to help inform the mannequin characters. I was inspired by texture, a lot of tinsel, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, feathers, wire wool, metallics and bright colours. It was a COMPLETELY different commission from the type of work I usually do, and I loved the challenge and opportunity to be given such an open and interesting brief. My favourite character is the top one, with giant pom-pom ears, feathered arms and hairy feet!

Yesterday I spent the day in London visiting Grayson Perry's stunning exhibition at NPG The National Portrait Gallery, and the Egon Schiele show at the Courtauld. Both shows are incredible, and the NPG one is free so do go if you can, the Courtauld one is about £8 and this includes entry to their magnificent collection which is a bargain!

After such an intense month working on the Coutts window, I'm heading off for a long weekend to Suffolk for a well earned rest (and to celebrate my 17 year anniversary with Steve HURRAH!). I've packed magazines, books, a sketchbook and some new Japanese pens. and I'm looking forward to lazy days of reading and long walks on the beach!

Have a fantastic weekend, and I'll be back next week with new work for Eton Natural History Museum x

Sunday

Vitamin D for Holland & Barrett


Hello, I just wanted to quickly share this new illustration for Holland & Barrett about vitamin D supplements. I'm working really hard on finishing off my illustrated Christmas windows for Coutts at the moment - nearly there now as it launches on the 1st Dec and I can't wait to show you!

Back soon... x

Residency update

Hello!

I just wanted to give you a little update on my residency progress this week...

(Each Friday over the course of a year I am working as Artist in Residence at Royal Holloway University in the Plant Molecular Science department funded by the lovely folk at Ted Baker - more info here)

It's the MOST exciting thing I have EVER done, endlessly inspiring, engaging and provoking. I am particularly interested in the Herbarium (pressed plant specimen collection) discovered last week. Particularly the older plants with the glorious copper plate hand written labels!


This inspired me to attend a 'Contemporary Calligraphy' class in London led by Imogen Owen and organised by Quill London (highly HIGHLY recommend!) 


I've also been learning to use the departments microscopes...


Conducting experiments...


Exploring the archives...



and (of course) doing lots and lots and lots and lots of drawing!...




I am also doing a HUGE amount of reading in developmental biology, plant science and synthetic biology, I have regular seminars, group reading sessions and will start to attend lectures next term.

I am loving collaborating, stepping so far outside of my knowledge and comfort zone and embracing all the learning and failing which this is entailing. I look forward to sharing more details as the months progress, but you can watch snaps of my progress each week on Instagram here

In other news... I've just finished two new drawings for Holland & Barrett, and I am DELIGHTED to announce that the Christmas window I am VERY busily creating at the moment is for Coutts. It will launch on the 1st December at 440 The Strand (opposite Charing Cross Station in London) and will be my largest window so far, I'm SO proud of it and cannot wait to share it with you very soon! x

Thursday

Echinacea for Holland & Barrett



Hello! 

Here's a new illustration for Holland & Barrett, I really loved drawing this plant and used much brighter colours than usual - the new Phaidon book I illustrated has obviously had an affect on my colours!

Last night I went to see Lucius in the beautiful Islington Assembly Hall, the music was (of course) FANTASTIC but I really loved the way the two female singers had identical looks - hair, make up and clothing. They would be amazing to draw, as the fact they were dressed up identically actually served to highlight the differences between the two women.

As I was out I missed the start of the new Grayson Perry TV show about Identity, but I'll be watching tonight. From the 25th all the work created for the TV show will be on display at The National Portrait Gallery. It will be incredible (I still constantly think about his show 'Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman' at The British Museum) so if you can make it GO GO GO!

On Sunday I'm going to a calligraphy class, I'm really excited as I always want to improve my hand writing, and the use of text in my illustrations. If I create something that's not too terrible I'll share it on Instagram.

This week I've completed a new wrap around cover for Grist about the NHS, and have started two new drawings for Holland & Barrett. The major job at the moment is a HUGE Christmas window 26 meters x 12 meters I am LOVING it and so excited to see it installed!

See you next week x

Monday

Fearless Drawing Workshop





Hello All

I had such a lovely day on Saturday teaching exercises from my book 'Fearless Drawing' in the beautiful Culver Room at Farnham Library. They created some really beautiful work, here's a few snaps of their rubbings created in and around the library, which were later turned into collages. Yesterday I spent the day reading, I have an ENORMOUS stack of books in my studio to work through as part of my residency studies, it's completely fascinating and I find myself engrossed in the gardens and hedgerows on my daily walks as my understanding of the plant kingdom increases. This week I'll be continuing with the reading, as well as working on a new wrap around cover commission and a HUGE Christmas window!

Have a lovely week whatever you get up to! x

Wednesday

Holland & Barrett & Autumn





Hello all! 

Here's some new drawings for Holland & Barrett, ayurveda and aloe vera - I was particularly pleased with the colours on the ayurveda one as I always seem to find orange so tricky! Another wonderful week, Autumn is certainly here now and as my studio faces out onto a number of large trees I'm taking such pleasure watching the slow colour change and falling leaves. 

This is always my busiest time of year, and I'm currently deep in the planning for a huge Christmas window scheme (more info to follow) and of course having a fantastic time learning, observing, drawing, reading and endlessly thinking about the residency I'm undertaking at Royal Holloway each Friday (funded by the glorious Ted Baker - more info here). I have treated myself to the most beautiful new bike to get to and from the university each week, it's inspired by trips to Amsterdam and Copenhagen and I've gone for an old fashioned dutch bike with giant baskets and a shiny bell. 

Yesterday I had a fascinating look around VGL in Reading, the scale of their machines and sheer number of people on site amazed. I'm looking forward to working with them on a number of projects as I appreciated their knowledge, creativity and friendly manner. Tomorrow I'm off to London to meet the architect and contractor for the huge commission in East London which has kept me busy on and off for the past two years. It's a new development, 32 flats and 5 commercial units with a glass bottomed swimming pool and wild flower garden on the roof. I've completed 32 doors, an engraved lift panel and an enormous 6x18 meter artwork for the atrium - botanical drawings laser cut from huge brass panels - all to be installed by Christmas. I'll be sneaking off in the afternoon for a matinee at Sadler's Wells 'Lord of the Flies' by the always wonderful Matthew Bourne, and hope to squeeze in a few exhibitions and a visit to the E5 Bake House for their delicious bread.

Last weekend I undertook a monumental stop motion drawing as part of my residency, 1.5 x 2 meters and I also managed to fit in a cycle (on the shiny new bike) around Windsor Great Park. This weekend I'll be cooking up ideas for a new wrap around cover commission, and hopefully finding time for my much neglected scrapbook - there is a mountain of inspiration on every surface in the studio and I need to get it all stuck down before it floats away or gets buried!

Have a wonderful weekend x