Thursday

Eton Natural History Museum - Eton College

Hello!

WOWSER 2017 is busy and bloody brilliant at the moment. I'm working very long hours in the studio because I'll be off to Scotland week after next to do an Artist Residency at Cove Park (I am BEYOND excited, and rummaging through cupboards to find all the warm things I own ready to pack!)

This week I can share a new timeline about the life of Sir Joseph Banks for permanent display at Eton Natural History Museum (this follows on from the museum activity trails I created for them earlier in 2016). It's a GIANT 1m high x 65cm wide and has been printed and reverse mounted onto perspex by the lovely folk at CColour who printed and installed my drawings for Coutts window display.

OK, more drawing this afternoon before tap dancing class tonight (I've recently returned to ballet and tap classes after a 19 year break and I"M LOVING IT!) xxx


The Hunger Project



Happy New Year! I'm feeling really excited about 2017 and already buried under giant piles of drawings in the studio for lots of different projects. I just wanted to share the print I've donated to The Hunger Project auction to support the fantastic work they do. It's a giclee print of a magnolia watercolour painting hand finished with gold leaf, and really sparkles in the light.

Today I'm being filmed in the studio about one of my public art projects (the studio has therefore gone from level chaos to only mildly messy) and then tomorrow I'm off to the fabricators to see the new samples of the street furniture I'm designing - yipeeeee!

Have a lovely week, wrap up warm, drink lots of medicinal hot chocolate and I'll be back soon x

2016 round up

Hello!

I hope you had a SPECTACULAR Christmas, have been thoroughly spoiled and eaten far too many mince pies and sprouts. I am back to work juggling a rather intimidating nine projects, but I just wanted to take some time out and look back over 2016 because WOWSER, it has been a bloody brilliant year of drawing. I've been a lucky lemon working on diverse and exciting projects and so now's the time for a look back over my favourite projects from the past year...

JANUARY
January saw me get stuck into my two giant projects (both of which are HUGE, exciting, and still ongoing.) The first is designing a block of apartments in Essex, and the second to create all the integrated artwork for a town centre in Berkshire (including lighting, paving, cladding, underpasses and street furniture). I was also continuing with my Artist in Residence project at Royal Holloway University collaborating with plant molecular scientists (more info here) and here's some of my favourite residency work from 2016...







FEBRUARY
My Valentines packaging created for Charbonnel et Walker launched, it was a fantastic open brief and I came up with a design featuring an elaborate peacock in a crown...














I also illustrated an article by Charles Foster for BBC Wildlife Magazine about his experience of spending time with his son living as a badger! It was really fun to draw their heads and I LOVED drawing the worms!...


MARCH
In March my family trail for The Chelsea Physic Garden launched. I LOVED working on this, as I have an MA in Museum Studies specialising in education, so it was great to come up with activities and I had complete freedom with the look and feel of the booklet. I knew I wanted to use stickers, and chose a simple colour scheme of fluorescent green, black and white...








and I created a new illustration for Holland & Barrett for an article about Spirulina...


I also had a fun night drawing at the QEST Gala Dinner at the V&A Museum (I'm a Queen Elizabeth Scholar for illustration)...


APRIL
My colouring book "Birds of Paradise" was published by Pictura...






I also created another illustration for Holland & Barrett about collagen...


MAY
I created a series of fashion illustrations for Proportion London to illustrate their new collection of beautiful mannequins "Mademoiselle"...






I also created some new food illustrations for Waitrose...




JUNE
In June I created some more food drawings for the lovely folk at Waitrose...



I also travelled to Providence USA to film a seven part drawing course (you can sign up for the course now - find out more and watch the trailer here). I then travelled on to New England to teach adult drawing at Squam Art Retreats - find out more about my trip here...



JULY
In July I had an important meeting with representatives from the local planning and conservation departments for the apartment building I'm working on. (I've been commissioned to design a block of apartments in Essex and I've been collaborating with a team of architects to make it a reality.) This is an ongoing project so I can't share any of the design work yet, but I'm looking forward to telling you more in 2017! For the meeting to present my ideas I created A3 handmade artist books which documented the concept and design process...

I also worked on a map for the beautiful Palace Hotel Manchester...


AUGUST
My cover design for I'm Still Here published by Hodder & Stoughton launched...






SEPTEMBER
I started to see more samples from my other major (and ongoing) project, (I'm creating all the integrated artwork for a town centre development in Berkshire, including lighting, street furniture, cladding, gate, underpasses and paving.) Here's a sneaky peek at some of the paving samples...



OCTOBER
In October my Halloween packaging for Charbonnel & Walker launched...







As did my mugs and tea towels for Marks & Spencer...





NOVEMBER
In November I was working with fabricators on my town centre project, here are some resin insects, (initially sculpted from clay and eventually they'll be cast in brass!) I also travelled to Japan to hand paint a mural...






DECEMBER
Here's the mural I hand painted at a university in Tokyo (I had THE BEST time - see more here)...











To finish off the year I just HAD to show you my gorgeous coat created by Dig for Victory in Brighton - my birthday present from Steve this year. I designed the print (you might recognise the plant drawings from the wooden cut outs from September!)


... for now all that's left is to say THANK YOU for all your support and kind comments here on the blog and on Instagram and Twitter - it's really appreciated. Have a wonderful New Year and I can't wait to show you all the exciting things in the pipeline for 2017 xxx