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.

 

London patterns

I spend a lot of time travelling across London on the underground and never without a pen and paper; I am often doodling patterns in a little notebook. I thought it was about time I did something constructive with the patterns, so I have come up with three London-centric cards featuring 3 iconic London buildings: The Gherkin, St Paul’s and Battersea Power Station. As an aside, over the years I have had lots of requests to do more images involving Battersea Power Station, so I hope this is the first of many!

Still working on different colour ways, but these greeting cards should be available to buy before Christmas. I am considering whether these might work as a limited edition screen print as well, so watch this space.

Gherkin

Battersea Power station

Collage card 1

Gherkin Detail

On a walk around the city I saw these two trees against the Gherkin. The gentle organic shape and texture of the trees against the geometric architecture of the Gherkin really appealed, and I saw the opportunity to create an image. I chose the autumnal colours to signify the end of a gorgeous summer and the beginning of hopefully a glorious Autumn.

Should be available to buy as a card or print soon, but feel free to get in touch if you are interested.

close-gherkin-card-low-res

High Rise London: a Triptych

I have just finished the last piece in a three part commission of some of London’s most iconic high rise buildings for a private client.

Initially, the commission was just for one drawing, depicting the Strata building in Elephant & Castle which the client wanted printed on canvas. It was the first time that I have had something printed onto canvas and I was really pleased with the result. The image wrapped around the stretched canvas and was printed at 70cm high.

Strata

Strata (the first of three canvases)

A few weeks later, I was delighted to hear the client come back to me requesting a second canvas of the Gherkin building. As they were familiar with the image from my popular Gherkin greetings card, they were happy with a tweaked version in a similar palette range.

Gherkin

Gherkin (the second of three canvases)

Finally, the third of the images was the iconic Shard. I was chuffed to bits to be commissioned to do a drawing of the Shard as it was great to have an excuse to draw it, especially as I’d watched it grow into the London skyline from our old flat in Hackney.

Shard

The Shard (the final of the three canvases)

It isn’t often I am asked to do a triptych, so this was a really enjoyable process and I’m really pleased with the results, as is the client. All together, they looked like this:

Building-Commission

A Triptych of 3 of London’s skyline hits.

I’ll definitely be doing more canvas based prints from here on but my next project is some bespoke, handmade London themed calendars which I’m rather excited about. Watch this space for more details in due course.