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.

 

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

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

Illustrative Map

Helen Yardley recently commissioned me to draw an illustrative map for the contact page. It was a great commission, with some fun simplified illustrations including The Shard, The Fashion and Textile Museum, Borough Market and The White Cube. Just the type of thing I love doing!

HY Location Map

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.