QEST Gala Dinner at the V&A


I thought you might like to see a few photos of me taken last week (by the very clever photographer Marcus Dawes) at the QEST Gala Dinner. QEST is The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and they provide grants to enable artist and craftspeople in the UK to attend further study to develop their skills. I became a QEST scholar in 2007 and it COMPLETELY changed my life. They funded my study at Cambridge School of Art in Illustration which enabled me to earn my living as an artist and are AMAZING!! The event was super fancy and fun and I wore one of my favourite dresses (made by Eleanor at Dig for Victory in Brighton) and one of my new floral crowns (made by Bloom Design Studio in the US)

Last weekend I was in Salcombe on the Devon coast and it was HEAVEN, (have a look at my Instagram here). It was such a great break, completely relaxing and I found the colours really inspiring. I particularly loved re-visiting the National Trust property Overbecks, I was last there 16 years ago whilst it was still a youth hostel and it was great to go back. On Tuesday my new colouring book 'Birds of Paradise' launched, which is all very exciting (Amazon link here). Lots of incredible projects in the studio at the moment, fashion illustrations, an animation, packaging, my residency and the two mammoth jobs, designing seven flats in Epping and creating all the artwork for the redevelopment of Bracknell Town Centre. I'm really enjoying the opportunity to learn from architects, planning consultants, developers, landscape architects, historians, lighting specialists, conservation experts, countryside rangers etc etc on these new projects and I can't wait until I can share what I'm plotting!

Have a great weekend, mine will definitely include a trip to the Betty Woodman show at the ICA xx

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