Sunday, 29 July 2012


I tried to write down everything we did while away because I am so are some of the sketches I made of the various things I saw...


 Kitten families! One deformed (my favourite), one that looks like a Betty family. Got very seduced by all the awful trashy Murano glass on sale in Venice....

Friday, 27 July 2012

Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim was pretty cool. I think she probably got the best house in Venice too. I liked the gravestone for all her dead 'babies' (puppies). She was good at coming up with names: Cappucino, Pegreen, Peacock, Toro, Foglia, Madam Butterfly, Baby, Emily, White Angel, Sir Herbert, Sable, Gypsy, Hong Kong and Cellida.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

San Marco

My two favourite paintings by Fra angelico in San Marco, Florence. Beautiful use of story telling/narrative through the hand movements.

The game of there and back

Italian Type

I collected a LOT of photographs of all of the wonderful script typefaces used for many of the signs in Italy (mainly in Florence - I could pretty much compile a whole book of them) and a few others too.....expect to see more cursive cropping up in my work in the near future! Expect many more blog posts to was my first time visiting Italy and I loved it!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


I don't! So see ya! I'm going to be away for around a week to get a bit of sun and shine in Italy - if you need to get in touch just send me an email: and I will get back to you when I return. I can't wait....I am hoping not to bump into any red cloaked dwarves in Venice though...

Sunday, 15 July 2012

It's back!

The Newcastle Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair is back! It will be opening its doors in November - make sure to put it in your diaries - it will be a great day to pick up some vintage treats for christmas presents (or presents to yourself). Keep up to date with what the duo (Mandy Pattullo and Jayne Turner) are up to on their WEBSITEFACEBOOK or TWITTER. This is the newest flier I have produced- I am sure it will be spread across the North East so keep your eyes open!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

In the heart...

Something I was working on a little while ago, but am still trying to figure out how to print....look out for updates in the future - it may become something really cool if all works out...

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Cecil Sharp House - Autumn/Winter

I almost forgot to put these up on here - A few more brochures I have done for Cecil Sharp House for the Autumn Winter season; Season and Education respectively...I am sure you will be able to pick these up in the House or out and about in London sometime soon!

Monday, 9 July 2012

Love from London

Love from London, is a pop up collection organised by Culture Label that launches today at Maiden on Shoreditch High Street, showcasing the all things London!

There will be a launch party on July 18th if you are in the area.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Liberty of London

I am pleased to announce that Liberty's of London will soon have some of my prints in stock as part of the Print Block collection! Hurrah!

They will have Esmerelda, The Spirit of the ship, The worshipful company of Glovers and Basketmakers. A big thank you to Suki at the Print Block for editioning these for me - she is a dream to work with!

Should be in store sometime in July so keep an eye out!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

V and A - new print

The V and A recently purchased what remained of my Pearly King and Queen print edition so keep a look out in the shop and online - it should be in store soon...I think it will be a popular one over a summer celebrating all things London!

Museum of Brands and Packaging

I went to the Museum of Brands and Packaging again yesterday and found it just as thrilling and sickening as last time. I am simultaneously in awe and completely jealous of the collection and the design which makes the whole experience a bit stressful because my brain can't take in everything fast enough. You can't take photos though which is a good encouragement to SLOW DOWN and enjoy it - I made lots of sketches that make little sense now...

This time some of my favourites included: The Royal Family Souvenir in a nutshell (literally a photo concertina book in a nutshell), The Valentines Glo Brite buttons for blackout (they looked like glow in the dark medals), an old Kia Ora bottle in it's point of sale stand and lastly a handmade felt Felix the cat of nightmares...

The Foodie Bugle

I have a nice feature and interview over on The Foodie Bugle this week - 'an online magazine that tells the whole story of good food and drink' . You can have a read if you want HERE (it is quite long!)
Lots of other lovely foody things on there is making me a little hungry!

Friday, 6 July 2012

Grayson Perry - In the Best Possible Taste

I am sure you all watched Grayson's channel 4 mini series exploring the UK's popular tastes across the classes 'In the best possible taste'. If you didn't catch up on 4od HERE. I thought it was a brilliant - thought provoking and intriguing as always and prompted many debates/ conversations/ arguments amongst friends about class distinction which is always interesting...I am not ashamed to admit I am indefinitely middle class.

Anyway I went to see the finished tapestries about a month ago which are on display at the Victoria Miro gallery in London (for about another month). I am generally not so taken by Perry's somewhat gaudy tapestries over his pots, drawings and his role as curator which have a much more immediate and tactile sense of craft and commitment to them but actually as I spent time looking at these I grew to appreciate them more for their fantastic sense of social commentary and story telling. And in fact having watched the programmes they are quite representative translations of Perry's initial felt pen drawings (which I love!), a couple of which are on display. I was also quite excited by the fact that Perry admitted he often draws from google....something I think many artists/ illustrators probably do but feel like they shouldn't admit!

*All images taken from the Victoria Miro website*

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Bow-Wow Pie

I made this image a little while ago and am hoping to get it risographed soon too....I like the way that using these primary colours gives it a sort of 1940's lithographed children's book the same vein as someone like Clarke Hutton.
Anyway, it is about the legend of the bow-wow pie (also known as puppy dog pies) that relates to the tradition of Church clypping in Painswick in the cotswolds. It is tale of rivalry and revenge between two towns...this is just one variation.

Once upon a time there were two sisters, each who had a lover from another town. The distance meant their sweethearts only visited very occasionally, but when they did the sisters would back all sorts of cakes and pies for their arrival to prove what wonderful housewives they would be. However, they soon discovered the irregular visits were because their suitors were really in love with two other maidens from a neighbouring town. As revenge, when their suitors next came to visit they baked a most marvellous pie. As it was so tasty the suitors asked for the recipe, only for the sisters to reveal with malice, that is was made from tow puppy dogs. The young men fled in horror, leaving the sisters triumphant in their vengeance. These days, the first bow-wow pie, as it has since been named, is celebrated each year on feast day with a fruit pie full of china puppies and a large china dog placed on top.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

British Design at the V and A

I went to see the British design exhibition at the V and A a little while ago but I would urge you all to go ( I believe it is on for around another month). A sort of retrospective of various aspects of British design from 1948-2012 that is sure to make you feel country proud!
Probably obviously, I was enthralled by the first 20-30 years of the exhibition which showed some fantastic pieces from some of my favourite designers and artists: Edwards Bawdem Kenneth Rowntree, John Piper, Abram Games David Gentleman....the list goes on! I also thought the posters for Milton Keynes were funny!

They had also designed a great shop to go with the exhibition with lovely vintage printed teatowels and a great selection of books relating to the exhibition....tricky to resist everything! And don't forget - you can get my Good Luck Guide in the V and A shop too!

*All images from the V and A collections archive*