Thursday

More birds...

Hello

I had an amazing long weekend in The Highlands, it was beautiful and relaxing and included fires, walks, chocolate and watching 'Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" ie, it was bliss. I then spent Tuesday in Devon watching my niece who was MARY in the school nativity and frankly bloody marvellous! Therefore this weeks 'to-do' list needs to be squished into only a few days, so things are a bit nuts right now!

I'm excited to share some images from my public art project earlier this summer. I've been commissioned by Bellway Homes and Studio Response to create a series of public artworks for a new development of 64 homes in Charfield, South Gloucestershire. Part of my commission was to create a community engagement project, so I worked with Charfield Primary School for two days in July.

After the initial research I had decided to focus my artwork for the project on local birdlife as the geography of the area attracts a range of interesting birds. I therefore wanted to create a project with local local community where they (and I!) could learn about local birds and get excited about the artwork to come. I created a two day full school event and invited in a range of practitioners to deliver a wide range of sessions exploring bird life and inspiring the students. 

These sessions included...

- Bird Ringing at a local nature reserve with Ed Drewitt (British Trust for Ornithology)
Attaching a small, individually numbered metal tag to the leg or wing of a wild bird to enable individual identification.

- Bird Identification in the school playground with the RSPB, learning to use binoculars and spot common British birds

- Creating dens inspired by birds nests with a team of Forest Schools practitioners

- Bird song/ language
Working with author/ illustrator Nadia Shireen exploring bird language

- Lunchtime live birds of prey flying display in the playground 

- Drawing Birds
Led by 'Wildlife Drawing', an observational drawing session with live birds of prey (accompanied by their handler) 

- Play consultation
Working with 'Learning Through Landscapes' Felicity Robinson exploring how to make the green spaces in the development ‘playful’ and enable a variety of different types of play.

- Bird movement 
Dance and movement workshop led by Rise Youth Dance Company to explore how different types of birds move (flapping, gliding, hopping, diving, soaring, flight)

(All images credit: Gareth Iwan Jones http://www.garethiwanjones.com/)







It's still birdy in the studio, as I'm now sculpting the artwork for the development informed and inspired by the engagement events earlier this summer!

Other things I've been up to include...
- designing illustrated blinds for Eton Museum of Natural History (sent the roughs this week...)
- creating 4 x cards for Coworth Park (finished this week and excited to share with you soon!)
- designing the consultation project for my public art commission with Barratt Homes for the new housing development 'Riverdown Park' - Bishopdown Farm, nr Salisbury
- creating a new map illustration for a hotel (tell you more soon)

OK, off to work on my goldfinch sculpture, he currently has a ridiculous beak that will need excessive surgery tonight! x

Friday

Birds, birds, birds

Hello!

I've had a really great week, for the first time in ages there was NO travel to meetings so I could get my head down (and PJ's on!) and get lots of work done. The Christmas playlists in the studio are now on constant rotation, and I've started on the daily mince pie/ coffee breaks!

This weekend I'm off to stay with my friend in Nairn Scotland. I'm (obviously) hoping for snow, and looking forward to lots of gossip and long walks. It's going to be cold so I'm planning to wear ALL my clothes at once.

The main job this week has been starting on the final artwork for my public art commission (Bellway Homes/ Studio Response) for a new housing development in South Gloucester 'St James' Mews.' I'm making tiles, weathervanes and frottage paving stones, but the main thing at the moment is sculpting 8 x life sized birds. Here's the design for my rather wistful (and chubby!) robin...


I'm also...
- designing illustrated blinds for Eton Museum of Natural History
- creating 4 x cards for Coworth Park
- designing the consultation project for my public art commission with Barratt Homes for the new housing development 'Riverdown Park' - Bishopdown Farm, nr Salisbury
- working on the substation cladding for The Lexicon

OK, time to make some more birds and crank up the Christmas music - see you soon x

Saturday

Mexico inspired craft

Hello!

Woke up to a lovely sunny day with frost (these are THE BEST days!) so I'm starting to feel really Christmassy now - I know, I'm sorry, it's not even December yet but I LOVE Christmas!

I've had a brilliant week, last weekend I went away with to a spa with 8 of my oldest friends from school. It was SUCH a treat and there's now much talk of the need to make that an annual event! I had a mountain of work to do on Monday and Tuesday as then that night I had an early Christmas present from my lovely friend Zerin to see a Rambert triple bill at Sadlers Wells which was EPIC! Wed/ Thurs I had the most AMAZING trip to Coworth Park with my sister, Friday was flat hunting in Brighton, and then this weekend we've got our gorgeous nephew to stay. It's been such a brilliant, fun, giggly week but very little work has got done - so next week will have lots of early starts and late nights to catch up!

Current projects include...
- Designing the consultation project for my public art commission with Barratt Homes and Studio across new housing development 'Riverdown Park' - Bishopdown Farm, nr Salisbury.
AND
- Working on the final artwork (eeeeek!) for my commission for Bellway Homes and Studio Response for a new housing development in South Gloucester 'St James' Mews'
AND
Designing some cards for the wonderful Coworth Park (think heavy card stock and foiling!)

This week I thought I'd show you my new favourite craft inspired by my recent trip to Mexico. I've got into the habit of making stuff each night before bed, and it's really fun and relaxing. In Oaxaca I saw lots of carved wooden masks like these below...


I returned desperate to make one for myself, and so moulded the shape from newspaper and parcel tape, covered it in a thin skin of tissue paper with watered down PVA and then painted with acrylic.




I loved making it and so have since embarked on about a billion other paper mache creatures and projects. I AM NOW PAPER MACHE OBSESSED!

Have a great week xxx

Wednesday

Flora Bhattachary illustrations

Hello all

Cor, twice in 2 weeks eh! Finally back in the saddle of this blog posting malarky now.

Happy to share these illustrations for Flora Bhattachary, it was a lovely brief inspired by some of my sketchbook work and a real pleasure to complete (they were released a little while ago but I'm only just getting round to sharing them with you now!)

Here's the initial roughs...



And here's the final artwork...




Finally starting to feel a bit more caught up from my Mexico break, it was FABULOUS and the heat, colour, inspiration (and break from social media!) was just what I needed. Trying to keep in the holiday vibe with lots of Mexico inspired craft projects (I'll show you some of the results soon!...)

The big news is it's all change in the studio, I've moved back to my Wiltshire hometown for now whilst I sell the flat and then I'm planning on an exciting move to Brighton in the New Year WHOOP WHOOP. For now (as ever) I'm juggling a range of projects - some I can talk about and some I can't, the things keeping me busy include...

- Designing the consultation project for my public art commission with Barratt Homes and Studio across new housing development 'Riverdown Park' - Bishopdown Farm, nr Salisbury.
AND
- Working on the final artwork (eeeeek!) for my commission for Bellway Homes and Studio Response inspired by birds for a new housing development in South Gloucester 'St James' Mews'
AND
Designing some cards for the wonderful Coworth Park (think heavy card stock and foiling!) I'm off there for a spa break with my sister next week and we are RIDICULOUSLY excited.

OK, that's it for today

Be back soon x

Friday

Mexico trip

I'm back from beautiful, colourful Mexico City/ Oaxaca full of ideas - here's a sense of what I saw....

I loved the folk art museum (Museo de Arte Popular - Mexico City) in particular, the colour was INCREDIBLE so I've returned with LOTS  of beautiful hand woven textiles (they're currently draped over EVERY surface in my bedroom) and so the colour inspiration continues x















Sunday

Charbonnel et Walker - Summer

Hello!

I just wanted to share this new summer packaging for Charbonnel et Walker, illustrated boxes with my design on the top, inside lid and hand drawn lettering around the edge...

 



 



  


I'm dying to share some proper photos from the launch of my public art project at The Lexicon Development so I'll be in touch again soon.... Until then,  have a lovely week, it's starting to feel a lot like Autumn now which means, crumpets, DVDs and blankets x

What I've been up to...


Hello! 

Just a quick (deeply belated) update on current projects. Things have moved really quickly for me, shifting from a practice that was mostly illustration, to one which is almost totally public art. I'm having such an exciting time and learning SO MUCH! 

Current jobs include...

- The Lexicon - creating integrated artwork for the new town centre including gobos, paving, lanterns, street furniture, light sculpture, gates, cladding.

- St James' Mews - commissioned by Studio Response to create artwork for a Bellway development of 64 new homes in South Gloucestershire inspired by British birds (hence the goldfinch above that will eventually be a sculpture)

- Riverdown Park creating artwork for a new Barratt development of 500 homes in Salisbury alongside a new country park

- Collaborating with Lynas Smith commissioned by GS8 to design a block of 7 luxury apartments in Essex

- Conningbrook Lakes - lead Artist commissioned by Francis Knight to work with them on the consultation and writing the Arts Strategy for a new development of 300 homes and a country park

There are other exciting things in the pipeline also, but I can't talk about them yet!

I am loving the complete artistic freedom these new longer projects allow, the chance to research and find my own themes of interest to build the work around, and most of all, the chance to work at scale in such diverse materials.

As always, to keep up with progress day to day please follow me on Instagram here

Have a lovely weekend (a long one for those in the UK!) x