As mentioned in the previous post, I created illustrations inspired by the Plaay Studio collection exploring the relationships between garments and wearers. The show will be in Falmouth in October. Check out the tumblr for details ... http://plaaystudio.tumblr.com/

Also, I created a few little patches inspired by the collection 



Last week I was kindly invited by Amelia (Pemberton) and Amelia (Melbourne) to take part in Plaay Studio. They had rented Hay Studios in Cornwall for five days and nights for ten creatives to make art together and live together. The Amelia's spent the week making a collection centered around "play" and we were all invited to create our own work inspired by this collection, which I will show more of in the next post. All of us had our own creative interests some were photographers, film makers, models, illlustrators, knitters - but between the ten of us we undertook our own individual and collaborative project during our stay. And I must say it was such a fun week, making and getting on with things - working fast enough to not really dwell on what you're doing.

Every one there,  apart from Chloe and myself, studied at Falmouth in the art school. So it was really great to see how others work and apply that to my own studio culture. During the week, our aim was to create work for the private view on the Friday, however it wasn't until the day of the show that we really knew what the exhibition would look like - as there was no outline for the show, we would simply present what we had spent the week creating.

Having access to the studio 24 hours was great. Alongside our own individual project we all modelled for life drawing in the evening (wearing the collection, naturally) and made collaborative films in the evenings.

For me, it was the perfect last week of the summer holidays. Getting into the spirit of making things and being influenced by practices other than graphic design (because the world isn't just about GD guys haha!). I spent the week drawing and illustrating which is something I have not done in ages, and really enjoyed it - will share the results soon!


This summer, I was fortunate enough to spend a month interning/hanging out with Margot Bowman. Margot is a London based designer/illustrator who has her fingers in so many pies, it's sort of unreal. From her own swimming costume range to drawing  to customising garments to 15Folds.com to music videos - she can do LOTS of things. I learnt lots of digital and drawing skills and it was by far one of the most fun placements I've done. It was also great working alongside Fred Butler and Kim Howells in the studio. Have a flick through Margot's website and below are some snaps of bits I helped with ... http://www.margotbowman.com/

 Dress customising for Taller Than Your Average's pop up @ Selfridges

 Preparing artwork for Auria, for London Fashion Week.

Leather jacket for Delilah

And creating additional artwork



My favourite

The Snail by Henri Matisse


Yesterday I watched the documentary 'Being Elmo' and I thought it was fantastic. To me there is something so magical about the Muppets; the way they look, their feltiness, the colours, the head bopping - they are just very satisfying to look at and even better when they come to life. From Miss Piggy's clothes to Big Birds feathers to those freaky hermit shell things in Labyrynth, there is something very special about these puppets … and Kevin Clash wouldn't disagree with me.

This documentary follows the story of the Kevin Clash, from Baltimore and his dream to make puppets for Jim Henson. Kevin would  put on puppet shows for his Mum's daycare kids, all made and performed by him - just a high school kid. Of course, there was the inevitable bullying the other kids would give for "playing with toys" in his free time but Clash did not let this knock his confidence. The film shows his follow his dream and getting involved with Kermitt Love and Jim Henson - all very emotional of course.

Having created/resurrected the Elmo character, Kevin has won the hearts of so many children including myself. Elmo is fantastic and in the word's of the documentary he represents 'pure unadulterated love'. And the love children have for Elmo, is very moving and for Clash to create this is awe inspiring. To me, Sesame St is such a great institution for learning how to love (of course your abc and 123s). I would recommend this film to any fan of the show or person with an interest in puppets or making.

And the trailer for the film ...

And here's a tear jerking clip of Jim Henson's funeral, also for you ...


As a commuter, I can find it pretty soul destroying. The Victoria line at 8.30am isn't the most pleasurable experience. However there are a handful of things that can make journeys, just that little bit more enjoyable. Number one on my list being Stylist Magazine. This weekly free magazine is given out at stations. And free doesn't mean without value, Stylist magazine is a great mag and I interned in their art department this August. I've interned at a few magazines before, but Stylist felt very different because of the rapid turnover of issues. And everyone there is super lovely and I learnt so much about editorial design (and fashion, obvs)! If you haven't already checked out this weeks BUMPER fash issue, you can browse it on their website …http://www.stylist.co.uk/



This month I'm taking part in the Plaay studio residency.
Check out the tumblr ... http://plaaystudio.tumblr.com/ and here for updates.


Constructional Toy


Desk calendar