Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hello Birdy

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My birds might be having a little rest but have no fear, these wondrous warbler themed bits and bobs are here to satisfy...


Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Prada Prints Please

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I've been looking back through old Prada collections to marvel at the prints that are created each season.  I love that they often have a very illustrative feel to them and it's really got me thinking about applying my own illustrations to textiles and the different ways I could adapt them.  I'll blame (blame is probably the wrong word, credit is much more appropriate) to the 2012 Menswear show and the fifties style shirts and accessories that were paraded alongside gem studded and neon florals.  

Apparently Miuccia Prada wanted to take a more carefree approach to this collection and the studded/pastel golf shoes were certainly smile worthy in my book.  It's almost enough to make me get the old Bedazzler out.

And of course any brand that uses illustrators must always be appreciated, perfectly demonstrated by their collaboration with James Jean for their Spring 2008 campaign and collection.


Monday, July 18, 2011

(Not so) Mellow Yellow

Monday, July 18, 2011




A few weeks ago I bought a cheapy yellow satchel, whilst rejoicing in its very low price (any guesses where it was from?!) I didn't appreciate the buckle falling off a week later.  I guess I should take heed of the phrase "you get what you pay for."

I think next time I will invest much more wisely...



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nice Stuff

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sigh.  Fairy Shoemother, can I have these boots?  Pretty please?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Afternoon dreaming

Monday, July 11, 2011

Moving on...


I've been thinking a lot about my work recently.  I think it was prompted by an email telling me that my illustrations have been spotted on t shirts in Camden Market (which I stress, were not made by me), not only one one stall but several.  I can only come to the conclusion that they're being churned out by a factory somewhere.

I'm at the point where I accept that people copy your work.  Call it "inspired by" or just down right plagiarism, it'll happen no matter how much you try and protect yourself.  But I'm sort of over that, it's more the fact that I've lost a little bit of a connection to it.  Half of me feels like I should start a fresh, try out something new and move on to something completely different. The other half remains stubborn and refuses to give up on the little doodles that I have become so accustomed to drawing.

So I've decided that moving on isn't a bad thing.  Having said that, I am going through the most frustrating creative block at the moment. I think there are too many things going on in my head to make anything worthwhile at the moment so if anything strange appears here in the near future it's just me clearing the rubbish out!

I'm quite pleased with the new bits and pieces I've been experimenting with but it's not quite getting me anywhere.

Maybe it's time to give the doodling a rest for a bit and try something new.  Who knows?  I'm on the hunt for a bit of inspiration and something to get those creative juices flowing again...  

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friday, July 08, 2011

My Little London - The Museum of London

Friday, July 08, 2011


Visiting the Museum of London has been on my to do list for what seems like an age.  Originally it had just been my intention to take a peek at the London Street Photography exhibition but limiting yourself to just one area of this museum would be a great shame.

As it says on the website "The Museum of London tells the story of one of the world's greatest cities and its people" and what a marvellous job it does of it too.  Made up of 9 galleries (all free, even better!) from "London before London" right up to present day, it really was a pleasure to take a slow wander around.
Dress made in celebration of the Queens coronation 
Scarf commemorating the Festival of Britain
Jewellery from 1938 made by Woolworths
Pearly King of Islington suit
Lyons bakery packaging
Sainsbury's paste pot (Bloater paste was a popular sandwich choice for Sunday afternoon tea!)
Tin toys
Livery badge
Shoes made by Ignazio Pluchino for the Countess de Hamon, a fashionable society palm reader 
Lyons biscuit tin (these would have been sold in their restaurants situated at Marble Arch and Shaftesbury Avenue
Lyons food packaging
Trafalgar Square postcard, 1969
Patent Mary Jane style shoes, 1968
Shirt purchased from Alkasura, 1971
Evening dress in the "tubular" shape made popular in the 1920s
Egyptian style evening dress inspired by the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922


These were just my highlights from the museum, I encourage everyone to go and take a look but if you're not lucky enough to be in our lovely city why not have a browse through their online archives, they're equally fascinating!

London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN



Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Saturday, July 02, 2011

I can't believe it's been a month since my NY visit, I also can't believe I haven't posted about the little trinkets I brought back and the delights that I stumbled across while I was there.

So as I try and round up everything I bought (surprisingly not that much but it's quality not quantity right?) take a peek at some goodies from the brands that caught  my eye.