Monday, 11 May 2015

Response to "The Crones Eyes" by Kate Morton

One of my all time favourite authors in Kate Morton, I really love her style of writing and how you can just loose yourself in her books. At University in my last semester we where aloud to choose what we wanted to Illustrate and set our own briefs so for one of mine I decided to look at Kate Morton's short story within "The forgotten garden", "The Crones eyes". I loved the imagery of the landscape and the beginning paragraph of the princess running away from the palace and stumbling upon a cottage, the crones cottage. This imagery inspired me to create this illustration. I enjoyed creating this illustration especially the trees!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Roman inspired Calendar - The meaning behind the months

Heres another recent project I have been working on for my final semester hand in at Uni. I wanted to depict the meanings behind the Months and which Roman Gods they where named after. The research in to the Months was quite fun to do! I've never created a calendar before, so I really enjoyed  putting it together in InDesign. I'm feeling quite inspired to make another calendar but using my full portfolio on the different months. Have you made a calendar recently? how did you find it.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Alphabet book of British Quirks

My Alphabet book of British quirks is now complete its been such as fun project, thats taken a while but it was great seeing it all finally come together. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Vintage jewellery

I'm a really big fan of all things vintage especially vintage jewellery (a love I got from my Nan) For one of my latest project at uni I've been creating illustration to promote wearing vintage jewellery. If you have any pictures of jewellery you love it would be great to see them!! I think vintage jewellery always has a special story to tell. Whats yours? 

Vintage Jewellery Project

The jewellery we wear today is and always will be influenced by the past. Theres not many things which you can say get better with wear but jewellery is one of these things. Past down through families, it gets a new meaning. The locket Granddad gave to Nana, the old chain that your Mum never took off.  

Personally, my love of jewellery came from my family. When I was younger, around eleven years old, I was given a jewellery box shaped like a treasure chest. which looked worn and half damaged, at that age i don't think I had seen anything which looked so aged, so it became like a mystic object to me. Inside contained, relics from my Nana and my Grandma. Jewellery they had worn themselves when they where my age. Costume jewellery which was popular in the past, colourful brooches, little cameos and dangling chandelier earrings. To other people looking through that jewellery box, it might have just seem old, like tat, but to me it was and is one of my most prized possessions. When I open the lid I still get a whiff of perfume which smells like my Nana and what I would have imagined my Grandma to smell like, bringing back nostalgic memories from my childhood. Some of the jewellery has gems missing, chains which don't fasten but to me this adds to the story and makes me like the pieces even more. Borrowing from the past is the new now.

The whole vintage look, is something which is very popular at the moment in our culture, from fashion and clothing right through to a resurgence in antique furniture. I think people have become more frugal and interested in the ideas of taking things from the past and giving them a new spin, a modern take. Heres a few pieces from my collections. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

My Illustrated alphabet

For the past few weeks I've been busy creating my illustrated alphabet, which is to do with all things British and quirky. I've really enjoyed working on this project as its one of the biggest ones I have undertaken. It was great to be able to have the time to create a full alphabet of illustrations, a real indulgence. What things do you do that are uniquely British? Are there any in my illustrations that you can relate to let me know.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fairytale Inspiration

One of my greatest loves and inspirations are fairytales, I thought I would share a few images which I have been gathering for a recent project I'm doing at University. I think these images all have a beautiful atmosphere. 

 cenotaph to the memory of Sir Joshua Reynolds- John Constable 
The Lady of Shallot -John William Waterhouse 
 sleeping beauty - christian lacroix
Little Red riding Hood- Daniel Egneus

Little Red riding Hood- Daniel Egneus 
Little Red riding Hood- Daniel Egneus 
Su Blackwell

Su Blackwell

Su Blackwell 
Su Blackwell 
Su Blackwell 

Daniel Egneus

Lauren Child

Helen Musselwhite

Helen Musselwhite