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.

 

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

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

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