Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to an exhibition which opens on the 13th December at the Museum of Childhood.

Set with a brief to design a miniature fantastical room, I set about thinking how London could be brought to life for kids. How about swinging in Big Ben, doing your homework in the Houses of Parliament or sleeping in the London Eye?

The exhibition reveals the fascinating stories behind some of the UK’s best loved dolls’ houses, taking you on a journey through the history of the home, everyday lives and changing family relationships. My room features in the Dream House section of the exhibition, an installation of 19 miniature rooms by different designers.

Room with a View

Room with a View

Room with a View

Room with a View Detail

Was really pleased to see my room featured in Time Out’s Things To See feature of the exhibition..

Things to See - Time Out London

Things to See – Time Out London

For further details of the exhibition visit the Museum of Childhood website or the Guardian website here.

 

Norwich skyline – A small world

I was recently asked to produce a skyline of Norwich. As I grew up in Norwich I was delighted to take it on. The client gave the print to her friend as a present who told me that her friend loved it. It also transpired that upon receiving it her friend recognised it as my work, as we had met at Spitalfields Designers Makers fair last Christmas. It’s a small world!

The view is taken from the top of Mousehold Heath, which I believe is the best view point of the skyline in Norwich.

You can see a few of the main attractions from here; the castle, the cathedral and the city hall. I hope it captures what a fine city Norwich is.

Norwich_skyline

‘Curious Kentish Town’

Having spent years visiting friends and my husband (before we were married) in Kentish Town I have a strong affinity with the area. So I was absolutely delighted when commissioned to do an illustrated map  for a book called ‘Curious Kentish Town’.

The book is by the authors Martin Plaut and Andrew Whitehead and is due for publication in September/October 2014. Both Martin and Andrew are journalists, love Kentish Town and have lived in the area for years.

Curious Kentish Town explores more than thirty locations across this part of north London and brings to life the remarkable stories attached to them, with the help of a wealth of photographs and illustrations. The map is designed to help the reader follow in the authors’ footsteps.

You can read more about the book here: curiouskentishtown

I personally can’t wait to read it.

Curious-Kentish-Town-map

 

St Pauls

On my many trips to Tate Modern (most recently to see the wonderful Matisse exhibition), more often than not I walk across Millennium Bridge. When leaving the Tate the view of St Paul’s always blows me away, with one of my favourite places, the Barbican, just beside it. I thought it about time I created a piece specifically devoted to St Paul’s, although it has featured before as part of my larger skylines.St-Pauls

More London and More Shard

Walking along More London Place, I was struck by the geometry of the view of the Shard against the surrounding buildings.

I particularly liked the juxtaposition of the natural trees against the epic buildings.

Shard

Southbank Festival

In preparation of being at the Designers Makers Christmas Fair, at the Southbank Festival next week (20-22nd December) I have created a new print featuring the wheel and of course the Southbank centre itself.

Southbank-FINAL

There should be lots of lovely christmas gifts and a great festive atmosphere so please pop along if you are in the area.

Southbank-Flyer

A view of London fit for a King

Over the summer I was lucky enough to visit the London offices of King, makers of the legendary/infamous casual game Candy Crush Saga. King are based at Central St Giles, the Renzo Piano designed complex near Tottenham Court Road, and they occupy the top floor of the building. The office comes complete with a fantastic roof terrace for staff use.

The offices are impressive but the view from the terrace itself is breathtaking. There are many iconic London vistas but the King view really struck me in that there are very few opportunities to see in all directions from a good height right in the center of London. The offices have 360 degree views of London and on a clear day it feels like every corner of the city is visible.

A 360 degree panorama may be a project for another day but I had to take an opportunity to capture the roof terrace looking south, across Covent Garden. The result is the image below, which takes in the view from the City to the east, through to the Tate Modern, the Royal Opera House and west to the Houses of Parliament.

I’m really pleased with the results and am working on an additional colourway as well. In the meantime, this print will be ready to buy as a limited edition run in time for the Designers/Makers Christmas Market at the Southbank Centre which I’ll be appearing at between 20th and 22nd December. Hurrah!

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View from King's London office

The breathtaking view from King’s London office roof terrace

De Beauvoir Christmas FairI

If you are in Islington this weekend, please pop by and see me, there will be lots of lovely things to buy and lots of Christmas presents.

I will be selling my handmade books, cards and prints.

Hope to see you there.

De Beauvoir Fair

 

Regent’s Canal

Having lived very close to the Broadway Market stretch of Regent’s Canal I have passed the striking gasometers countless times, particularly while heading towards one of my favourite London green spaces, Victoria Park. Now, I am no longer as close to these iconic markers in the Hackney landscape, I felt it time I captured them. I miss the Canal, the warehouses, the house boats, the waterway itself  and of course those Gasometers. This is therefore a fairly nostalgic piece for me, a little tribute to beloved Hackney.

Hackney Gasometer at Sunrise Hackney Gasometer at Dusk

These are both available to buy as prints.

London from the sky!

Taking inspiration from the cable car located at North Greenwich and Royal Victoria, this is a slightly different perspective of London.

It was a beautifully clear day when I went, so the sky was very clear. I loved the idea of looking through the delicate wires of the Dome to the tall blocky style of Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf & O2 Air Line View

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