Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sir John Soane Museum Project

I feel like a lucky bunny this recently, last year I got commissioned by the Museum of London to work on merchandise for their major exhibition and this year I'm cuffed to bits to say that I've been asked to create embroidery designs for the Sir John Soane Museum. So that's 2 out of my 3 wishes used up... one more to go.

To anyone that went to art college, the museum is a treasure trove of inspiration and pretty much in the top 3 places in London, to me it was my favourite museum (well maybe a joint first with Leighton House but still...) Central St Martins was (then) round the corner from it and (as it is still now) free so we did get to visit it at least once a week. There's so so much to take in that you need at least 5 visits to take most of it in. 

 The trouble is with so much in an amazing space is when do you stop? Once of the most intriguing part of the house is the Monk's Parlour; filled with gargoyles and darkness it is beautiful. Sir John's life story itself is a period drama waiting to happen. 

 The front of house - an incredible sight when you walk into Lincoln's Inn Fields. 
If you live near or in London and haven't been then I think you need your wrists slapped. 
I think anyone that has a creative job needs to have a computer ban and stop flicking through pinterest and Google images for inspiration and get back out to beautiful amazing places like this one. 

I shall update more on my embroideries for the museum shop, soon in the meantime go visit. 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Tea for Tina

I was treated this weekend by two lovely school friends who took me out to tea. We went to Betty Blythe in Brook Green. I had no idea what to expect ... well apart from cake and the whole experience was just s'marvellous. Who knew the first thing we'd get to do was rummage in the dressing up box? Hats, gloves and heaps of other period accessories made for a really fun afternoon.

 and yes, the tea itself was devine. 
Sandwiches, other small thingies, teeny cakes, cup cakes the most amazing coconut and orange cake, pots of darjeeling, and friends just want you want on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

 no penny sweets to take home, we were too full
Lots of fun behind what looks like a small corner tea shop.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

It's Only Words

Pulse is looming and I had to pull out this year because it looked like I'd be in a bed eating grapes luckily things are pushed back for a bit but it means that I get to miss out on a tip top show.

Am pleased and excited to see Susan Taylor there who's work has not only flown off the shelves but she's had some great commissions too. Susans been a friend for a very long time so she will be hiding under the table that I've written anything nice about her but hey ho. Susan manages to come up with really commercial images but always puts something that makes them 'hers' - the Cities range could have been so predictable but I think the style and colours have made them timeless. My favourite work of hers has been the vintage style posters that I can't find but the French pieces aren't that far behind....Good luck Susan x

There's a lot of wordy prints and products out there and here be a couple that stand out from the crowd me thinks....

I love the work of Sideshow Designs, I first saw prints in the V&A and I was opposite at Spring Fair earlier this year, I thought his prints really stood out and made people smile which is a task at that show!

Helen from Wetpaint illustrations has gone from strength to strength and her illustrations adorn a heap of products for the likes of John Lewis. Her humour comes flooding through in her work she is as nuts as she is tall and she is tall.