Brighten up your January Desktop

Each month this year I'll be giving away free downloadable artwork to brighten up your desktops.
To kick off the series, here's something for your January

Click here and to get your free download. 

Hope you like it!



2016 starts with podcasts!

To kick off the new year I decided to delve into the world of podcasts and only after 2 days I am hooked - all thanks to Grace Bonney's (Design Sponge"After The Jump".

In the series, Grace chats with various independent artists, designers, small business owners, writers and general makers and shakers in the creative community. The show is jam packed with real-life examples of best practice and things to avoid and above all, it's inspiring!

In just two days I have made it to Episode 28 (interview with the great illustrator and designer Julia Rothman).

I love how Grace is able to share her personal success stories and challenges whilst including a range of perspectives along the way.

If you are interested, Seasons 1 & 2 of After the Jump are online here and on iTunes here.

Grace if you happen to read this, thank you! I look forward to tuning in to Season 3. 


Top tips from Art Inc.

This summer I spent some time in some amazing book stores. I came across Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon, thanks to the Tate Modern bookshop and a long wait for a friend before going to see the amazing Sonia Delaunay exhibition
This little gem has re-energised me and my workflow. 
Here's my 5 top tips from the book!


Art Inc. - Recommended book

Art Inc. was one of my summer reads and comes highly recommended by me.
It reminded of the small things and more importantly, how to re-energise myself when creativity seems to slip away.   
It's definitely inspiration for my career ahead!

Hilights include interviews with some top practitioners and independent creative businesses and a step by step guide on how to create a vision map and reach your goals. 

The only thing I would say is some of the legal stuff will not be that useful if you are practising in the UK, like me.

Thanks to Lisa Congdon, a fine artist and illustrator and author for sharing her tips and experience!


Art Inc.: The Essential Guide to building your career as an artist by Lisa Congdon is published by Chronicle Books. 

I found it in the Tate Modern main bookshop - one of the best art book shops in London!


Serpentine gallery shop

This small but perfectly formed book shop in Serpentine Gallery has a great selection of contemporary and classic books and magazines covering a range of specialisms in the arts. 
I absolutely love that it is situated in the heart of Regents Park and had some new titles to refresh my library.  


Arale Records Door 2 of 2

Finally sharing the photos of the finished studio door I did for Arale Records way back in April of last year!

Close up

The balance between humans (and their technology) with nature and the use of technology to live either harmoniously or destructively and how the responsibility with human's ability to reason, logic and create. 

The wonderfully talented Layla Rutherford of Arale Records invited me to customise her studio door. 

Taking inspiration from the Arale concept and values, I created a digital print and layered it with a hand drawn illustration of a cast of human lungs. 

For pics of the door in progress head over to post Arale Records Door 1 of 2.

Thanks Molotow and Chrome and Black for your help with choosing materials!



The Chinese Housea garden pavilion in Sanssouci Park in Potsdamwas designed by the garden architect Johann Gottfried Büring in the then-popular style of Chinoiserie; a combination of ornamental rococo elements and parts of Chinese architecture for the Prussian king Frederick the GreatIt's a little crazy and well worth a visit!

To visit Sanssouci Park and learn about the crazy party animal and militant reign of Frederick the Great you can join a Fat Tire Bike Tour of Potsdam Gardens and Pavillions from Alexanderplatz, Mitte. I highly recommend it!

Berlin 2015


Do you read me? #Berlinbookstore

I popped into this great bookstore on the last day of my latest Berlin visit ... a must do for book lovers and creatives!

I came across Lucky Peach and picked up a copy - an American quarterly journal of food and writing. 

The cover is by Stacey Rozich. 

The back cover is by Maren Caruso.

Auguststraße 28, 10117 Berlin, Germany


Sonia Delaunay - Tate Modern

I definitely recommend visiting this exhibition if you can!