Sunday, 13 December 2009


2nd set of christmas cards made

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


The first of my christmas cards are made...

Sunday, 15 November 2009


The final piece, 45cm x 60cm

The six HOPE pieces

HOPE#1: Card cutout painted using black acrylic with black sequins applied, mounted on grey suedette.

HOPE#2: Wood effect paper cutout, mounted on card covered with green foil.

HOPE#3: Card cutout in reverse painted using lilac acrylic, back mounted with card painted using purple acrylic.

HOPE#4: String, stuck to card painted using orange acrylic.

HOPE#5: Mirror card cutout, mounted on black minerva.

HOPE#6: Blue paper cutout, mounted on yellow suedette.

The six LOVE pieces

LOVE#1: Card cutout painted using red acrylic, mounted onto blue foam sheet.

LOVE#2: Card cutout painted using brown acrylic, mounted onto wood effect paper.

LOVE#3: Card cutout in reverse painted using white acrylic, back mounted with card painted using green acrylic.

LOVE#4: Red PVC cutout, mounted onto canvas painted with gold enamel.

LOVE#5: Card reverse cutout, back mounted with mirror card.

LOVE#6: Yellow suedette cutout, mounted onto purple foam sheet.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

...finishing "LOVE and HOPE"

I've made the final 3 squares having decided 12 will be the final amount, and have used string, sequins, pvc, canvas and enamel paint in addition to the materials I had already used.

I have layed the final 12 squares out in landscape...

...and portrait...

I think I'm going to go with the portrait layout when I fix them together, I just haven't decided wether to stitch them as originally planned though, I'm veering towards not doing so, only fixing them on the reverse in some way.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

...continuing "LOVE and HOPE"

I've now made 9 squares and have so far used: Card, Acrylic Paint, Suedette, Minerva, Foam, Foil Sweet Wrappers, Mirror Card and Wood Effect Paper.

Still unsure how many more there will be or how it will be finally laid out - do I make it portrait, landscape or square?, I'll decide later.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

The beginnings of "LOVE and HOPE"

Inspired by seeing Steven Harringtons' "Community" featured in the book Illustration and incorporating Robert Indianas' iconic "LOVE" and "HOPE" having seen them in New York, I have begun making 15cm squares using different materials to create each one. I then plan to stitch them together to make a mosaic of LOVEs' and HOPEs', I don't know what the final size of the piece will be yet, it will depend on how many different way's of making each square I can come up with.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Working with words...

Dressed To The Nines

Head Full Of Ideas

Wednesday, 22 July 2009


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Saturday, 11 July 2009


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Thursday, 9 July 2009

Work In Progress

The first part of Ponte di Rialto, Venice...

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Dollar & Dime (Initial Design Ideas)

As promised I am uploading the initial design ideas for the Dollar & Dime flyer in various places.

Idea 1: The brief of possibly having a 60/70's american feel inspired this design. Having seen Robert Mars use old american diner/motel signs in his work, I felt it would work well as a housing for the event name, it was just a matter of finding the right shape and style to the text to place within it.

This is probably still my favourite initial idea.

Idea 2: I feel this idea had an american feel to it, partially because of the colouring and partially because it has hints of the american flag layout.

Idea 3: This idea is a close favourite behind Idea 1. The dancing couple helped split the design in two and create an area for the title which stands out purely by having the alternate colour background to the information side of the design.
This was the idea which was revised heavily into the final design, the title layout and it being on a black background being the main part to stay. The dancers were removed to give less of a formal dance look.

Idea 4: Very american looking using the colours and the american flag in the title design. Probably the least clear layout and not the easiest to read, makes this my least favourite layout.

Idea 5: This design is the least american inspired of all the designs and gives a very formal feel to the event.

I felt this one could work easily in more than one layout and therefore included an alternative.

Website Update

Over the past few weeks I have been working on updates to the website, mainly altering the side menu navigation and adding a new section for the Dollar & Dime flyer designs.

It is now up and working so check it out and feel free to comment.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Dollar & Dime

I was asked to work on a design for a flyer for a friend's charity event, after coming up with 5 initial ideas, the layout was evolved and this is the finalised design:

I will post the initial ideas next week after the event has taken place this coming weekend.

Monday, 29 June 2009

The Art of Vacations

My latest series of work incorporates images captured whilst traveling to different countries, produced using dots of ink over backgrounds of pastel blocks painted in acrylic.

These are the first 3 pieces:

Flamingo, Las Vegas NV

Alcatraz, San Francisco CA

Piazza San Marco, Venice